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A Veteran’s Perspective On Memorial Day
As Americans mark Memorial Day, a holiday that invites us to reflect on the cost of war, we are reprinting these remarks that a leader of the Veterans for Peace made last week at Ralph Nader’s Breaking Through Power conference in Washington. For 31 years, Veterans For Peace has been the only...
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A Fond Farewell to New York's Peace Pentagon
Nearly 20 years ago, as I left the War Resisters League , or WRL, offices in lower Manhattan for the first time, I noticed that my fingertips were covered in black soot and ink. My hands were full of tracts and leaflets, and I had been looking through nonviolence training materials for the last...
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Sanders, Brown Speak Out On Gunboat Diplomacy For Corporations
Members of Congress are weighing in against the U.S. government’s use of “gunboat diplomacy”-style intimidation of Colombia against that country allowing a generic version of an ultraexpensive cancer drug named Gleevec in order to protect the public’s health. Meanwhile, a coalition of nonprofit...
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Fighting for CA Workers, Sanders Slams NYT for Ignoring 'Real Issues'
In an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on Sunday, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders had harsh words for media more interested in stoking candidates' antagonism toward each other instead of focusing "on the real issues" of a shrinking middle class and rising wealth inequality...
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No, I Won't Work for Hillary Clinton: A Response to Robert Reich
I don't know Robert Reich personally, but I greatly respect and appreciate his work; his voice is an important one in the fight against inequality . He has, however, repeatedly come down on the wrong side of one crucial issue, an issue that has serious implications for the future of American...
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Establishment Democrats Courting Disaster
In the 1964 film classic, Dr. Strangelove, Slim Pickens is seen riding a nuclear bomb down to his certain death – and perhaps to the end of us all – while he calmly inventories his survival equipment. The Democratic Party Establishment’s commitment to Hillary Clinton is a lot like that. As Hillary...
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538 Sacrifices Integrity to Go After Sanders on Independents
I used to be an admirer of Nate Silver and his empirical approach to covering elections. Not that the horserace ought to be the center of campaign journalism, but since media are going to focus on predicting who’s going to win, it seemed like Silver was approaching it as public opinion research...
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Tragic Valor of Marines at Con Thien
It was known to local missionaries as “the Hill of Angels,” but to the occupying Marines, Con Thien was a little piece of hell. Just two miles south of the Demilitarized Zone (the DMZ dividing line between North and South Vietnam), it was a barren, bulldozed plateau of red dirt 160 meters high and...
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As Chilcot Inquiry Nears, Tony Blair Hints He May Fight Verdict
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has hinted that he would refuse to accept the verdict of the highly anticipated Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq if it concludes that he privately signed the country up for war while publicly claiming a final decision had not yet been made. In...
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Thousands Call on DNC to Oust 'Corporatist Tool' Wasserman Schultz
More than 40,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to remove embattled chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has faced increasing criticism over her leadership of the party in the 2016 election cycle. The petition, organized by the grassroots group...
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