Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden is a former state senator and leader of 1960's peace, justice and environmental movements. He currently teaches at PitzerCollege in Los Angeles. His books include The Port Huron Statement [new edition], Street Wars and The Zapatista Reader.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 2:30pm
Why the US-Cuba Deal Really Is a Victory for the Cuban Revolution
No one in the mainstream media will acknowledge it, but the normalization of American relations with Havana, symbolized by release of prisoners today, is a huge success for the Cuban Revolution. The hostile US policy, euphemistically known as “regime change,” has been thwarted. The Cuban Communist...
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 7:15am
Ukraine: Anvil of the New Cold War
The Cold War is perhaps not even remembered by this generation of Americans, beyond dim and distorted traces. Yes, the power alignments in the world have shifted, for example, by the rise of the BRICS and their opposition to Western finance capital. And yes, the rise of China offsets the demise of...
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U.S. and Kuwaiti troops unite to close the gate between Kuwait and Iraq after the last military convoy passed through on Dec. 18, 2011. (Photo: public domain / wikimedia commons) Views
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 9:30am
Behind the Madness in Iraq
The U.S. had no business invading Iraq. We toppled a dictatorship on a false 9/11 rationale, which plunged Iraq into a sectarian civil war inside a war with the United States. We left behind a vengeance-driven Shiite regime aligned with Iran. Now the sectarian war in Syria is enlarging into a...
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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 6:53am
Bill de Blasio: Harbinger of a New Populist Left in America
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 7:36am
The Threat of the Imperial Presidency
Civil libertarians, human rights advocates and peace advocates should insist on a renewed congressional assertion of its power under the Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, to take part in declaring war.
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Friday, November 30, 2012 - 1:53pm
The Possibility of a ‘Drone Drawdown’ in Peace Talks
The tangled path to ending US drone strikes will be mapped through diplomacy, courtroom challenges, activist protests and pressure on the mainstream media to challenge official secrecy.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 7:44am
Saving Obama, Saving Ourselves
The threat of a Romney-Ryan regime should be enough to convince a narrow American majority to vote for Barack Obama, including the disappointed rank-and-file of social movements. A widening of economic and racial inequality. Cuts in Medicare and Medical. More global warming and extreme weather. Strangling of reproductive rights. Unaffordable tuition. The Neo-cons back in the saddle. Two or three more right-wing Supreme Court appointments to come.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 12:47pm
Can the Caravan of Peace End the War on Drugs?
A new peace movement to end the US-sponsored drug war begins with buses rolling and feet marching from the Tijuana–San Diego border on August 12 through twenty-five US cities to Washington, DC, in September.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 6:46am
Obama's Afghanistan Speech: A Guide for the Perplexed
President Obama’s dramatic speech from Afghanistan should be parsed as a careful election-year orchestration of his plan to “wind down” the war. It is no accident that the speech came during the first-year commemoration of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the event providing Obama the rationale for ending American combat while placing hawks and political rivals on the defensive.
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Friday, March 30, 2012 - 1:41pm
Participatory Democracy: From the Port Huron Statement to Occupy Wall Street
This is the fiftieth anniversary year of the Port Huron Statement , the founding declaration of Students for a Democratic Society, issued as a “living document” in 1962.
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