Renee Parsons

Renee Parsons

Renee Parsons has been a member of the ACLU’s Florida State Board of Directors and president of the ACLU Treasure Coast Chapter. She has been an elected public official in Colorado, an environmental lobbyist with Friends of the Earth and staff member of the US House of Representatives in Washington D.C..

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 6:42am
The Strategic Partnership Agreement and Pakistan
As President Obama has committed to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014, the recently signed Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) with Afghan President Hamid Karzai will implement an 'enduring' strategic partnership that extends a US presence in that country until 2024.
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Friday, May 4, 2012 - 6:52am
NATO: A Twenty-First Century Failure
For the first time in more than a decade, representatives from NATO's 28 member nations will meet in Chicago on May 21 for a two day conference.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 7:04am
US Hegemony in Latin America
While the 'misconduct' of Secret Service agents with prostitutes in Colombia is a significant, if titillating scandal, most media reports have missed the tectonic political shift that surfaced at the recent Summit of the Americas meeting.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 8:20am
Operation Shamrock and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
Despite an idealistic vision of the country's devotion to the Constitution and its Bill of Rights amendments, it may come as a shock to any American who has not been paying attention that the US government has been conducting illegal unconstitutional surveillance on its citizens for much of the last hundred years.
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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 1:24pm
Iran and the Non-Proliferation Treaty
Soon after President Obama's speech before AIPAC's annual convention, the potential attack on Iran, which just a few weeks earlier had seemed so imminent, faded quietly into the background. Gone from the headlines were the daily threats of military options 'on the table' and bellicose rhetoric that did little to calm the fevered war pitch that was building prior to the AIPAC meeting.
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Friday, March 23, 2012 - 7:09am
Afghanistan and the Roman Empire
As Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stepped off the plane in Afghanistan recently, he accurately summed up the evils of war. Arriving to calm Afghani reaction to the massacre of sixteen civilians in their homes by a U.S. soldier, Panetta said that "war is hell." The Secretary went on to predict that these "incidents are going to take place. This is not the first and probably won't be the last."
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Friday, March 9, 2012 - 7:56am
The Politics of Women's Health Care
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Friday, March 2, 2012 - 2:59pm
AIPAC and the Senate's Reckless Resolution
In recent weeks, President Obama has wisely cooled his previously red-hot rhetoric in preparation for a US attack on Iran. Perhaps the reality of blow back on the US from another pre-emptive military attack on a mostly defenseless Mideast country gave the administration good reason to pause. Or perhaps it was the sudden realization that the country's real national security interest does not lie in provoking another costly war. Negative impacts of a new war on the upcoming presidential election may also have benefited the cause for peace.
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Friday, February 10, 2012 - 9:23am
George Washington and the 2012 Presidential Campaign
As the 2012 presidential election campaign kicks into high gear with a slate of mediocre candidates, it is ironic that 200 years after a population of 3 million produced a collection of Founding Fathers (including at least two polymaths; Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson) with natural leadership abilities to create a new nation has yet to produce a comparable set of politicians from 300 million citizens.
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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 11:02am
What Happened to the War Powers Act?
On Sunday night's 60 Minutes program, Scott Pelley opened an interview with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with the question, "How many countries are we currently engaged in a shooting war?" Surprised by the question, Panetta, who laughed heartily as if Pelley had just told him a really humorous knock-knock joke that tickled his funny bone, responded 'that's a good question.
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