Jean Athey

Jean Athey is a coordinator of Montgomery County (Maryland) Peace Action, and Secretary of the national Peace Action Board of Directors. She is traveling with women's organizations and activists in Afghanistan. This post and others are available on the blog http://peaceactionmc.wordpress.com/

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 11:49am
Washington Post Supports Corporate Welfare for Lockheed Martin
Corporate welfare for the military industrial complex is alive and well—even at the local level—and important mainstream media outlets, such as The Washington Post, continue to editorialize in support of more. But sometimes local activists can prevail, as in the case described here.
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Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:03am
Community Resolutions Against the Machine
Communities all over the United States are reeling from budget cuts. Military contractors, meanwhile, have remained fat and well-fed on the one part of federal spending that so far hasn’t been touched by budget-cutting fever: the Pentagon.
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Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 1:02pm
The Shura in the Porno Cafe: An American Peace Activist's Observations in Afghanistan
Afghanistan ranks 176th out of 178 countries on Transparency International’s corruption index, only slightly better than Somalia and tied with Myanmar. So perhaps it isn’t surprising that no matter who I speak with, the conversation quickly turns to corruption. In Afghanistan, corruption doesn’t mean just a little skimming off the top by a few people. Rather, it means a corrosive destruction of society based on a complete lack of justice. It means that the government’s sole function is to accept bribes.
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