Buddy Bell

Buddy Bell (buddy@vcnv.org) co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence  www.vcnv.org

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Friday, October 14, 2016
Policies of Exclusion Challenged Across the Board and Across the Border
On the morning of Oct. 8, a group of US veterans who were deported to Mexico, in some cases after having fought in U.S. wars, congregated in Plaza Ochoa, Nogales, Sonora. They were joined by members of Dreamer Moms International, which advocates for women deported while their children stayed in the...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The US Ought to Un-Swivel Its China Pivot
For the last week, I’ve been walking on a peace march organized by the Nipponzan Myohoji order of Buddhist monks. This march is similar in some ways to another: the Okinawa “Beggars’ March” of 1955-1956. At that time, farmers who had been forcefully removed from their fields by U.S. soldiers in the...
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Thursday, July 30, 2015
No Warlords Need Apply—A Call for Credible Peacemaking in Afghanistan
A second round of peace talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives, expected to begin before the end of July, 2015, suggests that some parties to the fighting want to declare a cease fire. But even in the short time since the first round on July 7 th , fighting has...
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Friday, January 02, 2015
Something Ended January 1, But It Wasn’t the Afghanistan War
In 2002, at a time when insurance providers were unwilling to provide coverage for losses resulting from acts of terrorism, and when construction and utility companies were stalling in their development projects, Congress passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA). They decided to socialize...
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Monday, July 28, 2014
Sacred Hearts, Sacred Lives: Children Crossing the Border
From July 13 to July 20, I drove a small truck from Minneapolis, Minnesota down to McAllen, Texas. The truck went to Mexico and is now one of four vehicles on a ship destined for Cuba, donations made possible through the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace. The...
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Walking Against NATO: Agitators Stride Towards Peace
On w hat is now the 17th day of our walk from Madison to Chicago, the number 165 does not seem to encapsulate all the progress we have made. We are 17 days and 165 miles away from the day I drove into Madison, where news arrived that Air Force One had descended on pre-dawn Kabul for the forging of the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Why Do We Protest the NATO Summit?
After the end of World War II, a group of nations in the north Atlantic established NATO (pdf) to impede Russian influence over the reconstruction of Europe and to facilitate their own. The economic blueprint begun under the Marshall Plan and continued with NATO saw European member countries shift their energy dependency from coal to oil at a time when the U.S.
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