Erin Niemela

Erin Niemela is a graduate student in the Conflict Resolution program at Portland State University and a PeaceVoice syndicated journalist. Follow on Twitter: @erinniemela

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 9:30am
Victims of US Foreign Policy Deserve Our Votes
The 2014 general elections are around the corner and candidates are walking political tightropes in hopes of earning our votes. But, what if candidates had to earn the votes of all the people whose lives would be directly impacted by their appointment? Imagine the speech Sen. Lindsey Graham would...
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 7:00am
The New Realpolitik: Henry Kissinger, ISIS, and American Empire
The re-emergence of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and his latest book, “World Order,” has prompted accolades and resentments from across the political spectrum. “World Order” is realism re-emerging in a time of American idealistic, “moral” foreign policy. Kissinger campaigns once again...
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 7:00am
Beyond Apathy or Genocide: World Citizens Say, ‘Enough!’ in Gaza
“ Does this war make me look fat? ” That’s the question on Rachel Weinstein’s mind according to her August 3, 2014 blog for The Times of Israel. Al-Jazeera stopped naming deaths of Palestinians and Israelis after July 24 th , “ given the volume and speed at which casualties were reported by Gaza...
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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:30pm
Insidious Myth Prevents Peace in Gaza
Media frame violent conflict to reinforce certain biases and myths, emphasizing some facts and omitting others to produce compelling, narratives. Good guys and bad guys are crafted and re-crafted in media discourse, and this is especially the case with the protracted Israel-Palestine conflict...
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Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:15pm
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: The Problem Isn’t Conflict, It’s Violent Conflict Management
In 2014, the growing list of suffering by violent conflict management includes (but is not limited to): more than 10,000 murders and kidnappings in Nigeria, civil war in Syria, escalated terrorism in Iraq, an asymmetrical bombardment in Gaza, and now somebody, some faction, some government shot...
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Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 10:18am
War or Do Nothing? Alternative Options for Iranian Nuclear Issue Still MIA
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 2:10pm
An American Awakening to the Addiction of War
The recent NSA revelations of widespread surveillance on American citizens should be cause for intense protest. Surely it will be, as a day of nationwide mass action to restore the Fourth Amendment has been planned for the fourth of July. But any awake American can see that PRISM is only one sock on a long line of dirty laundry. The list of U.S.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 12:25pm
We are Better Than This
Americans will remember Monday, April 15, 2013 as a day in which unspeakable violence took the lives of three people and wounded at least 153 after bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line. Thousands of miles away, Iraqis will remember this same Monday as a day in which violence claimed the lives of at least 31 people and over 200 injured after multiple car bombs detonated in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, and several other areas. Afghans will remember this Monday as a day in which a ghastly roadside bomb in the Zabul province killed seven and wounded four other human beings.
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Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 11:24am
We Could All End Up Like Bradley Manning – Marking 1000 Days in Detention
“I wouldn’t want to end up like Bradley Manning.” Those words were the beginning of an outpouring this week by an associate of mine who claimed to have experienced government and corporate corruption that many only read about in alternative media reports.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6:58am
Voting? Done. Democracy? Just Begun.
Election night is finally over. Television can resume its originally broadcast programs and Facebook can return to cat memes and photos of our dinner. We can go back to talking about our personal lives at work and our work lives at home. Relatives can begin to pick up the pieces of their divided relationships, while children can find some relief from the incessant blaring of talk radio on the drive to school.
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