Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin is President of Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund, the country’s largest peace and disarmament organization with approximately 200,000 supporters nationwide. 

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"One would never know it from the mainstream US media, but the president who matters most in this process is not Trump, it’s South Korea’s Moon Jae-in." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Everybody, Especially Congressional Democrats, Take a Deep Breath and Follow the President's Lead (President Moon's, Not Trump's)
So it turns out U.S. President Donald Trump is inept at international diplomacy. Who knew? Well, pretty much everybody knew, or at least suspected. But he’s not always wrong about everything (more on that in a bit). The ridiculous video, overblown self-aggrandizement, off-the-cuff declarations of...
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Diplomacy, Hope, and Inspiration in Korea
History will be made this week with the summit meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. With a second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump looming in four to six weeks or so, it's tempting to look past this first summit, but that would be a...
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"US military and foreign policy (nearly one and the same these days), mostly run on auto-pilot, with an almost total lack of democracy, as politicians bought and paid for by weapons contractors further their own interests, rather than ours."(Photo: United States Army Band/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Trump’s Military Madness Parade Actually Makes Sense (But Must Be Stopped!)
President Donald Trump’s edict for the Pentagon to hold a military parade in Washington actually makes sense in a sick way. Shouldn’t we taxpayers get to see the missiles, warheads, tanks, drones, guns and other warfare hardware that over half of federal discretionary spending goes toward every...
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
The Olympic Truce: A Unique Chance to Step Back from the Brink of (Nuclear?) War with North Korea
Another war with North Korea would be disastrous. It could easily go nuclear. It should be unthinkable, and there are peaceful diplomatic alternatives. For South Korea, which would bear the brunt of any conflict with North Korea, there is no military option. As a group of 58 retired US military...
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"As the diplomatic process finally begins, there will be countless opportunities for the Trump administration to undermine it, and countless voices telling it to." (Photo: Woohae Cho/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 05, 2018
North Korea Diplomacy Needs Defending, Not Snarky Tweets
As the U.S., the Korean Peninsula, and the world stare down the barrel of what would be a devastating war between the U.S. and North Korea, President Trump’s reluctant, kinda sorta endorsement via Twitter of proposed talks between North and South Korea triggered a collective sigh of cautious relief...
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Fifty Years On: MLK’s Giant Triplets Still Plague Us, Including Militarism
On Tuesday, April 4, 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. It doesn't seem that long. Dr. King, along with many others, had always tried to combine local and national issues in a global context. Now, added to Dr. King's giant triplets are nuclear disarmament and sustainable...
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Thursday, November 03, 2016
US to the World: “We Can’t Eliminate Our Nukes, Because We Rely on Our Nukes"
Last week, the United Nations took an historic step towards global elimination of nuclear weapons, in voting to begin negotiations next year on a treaty to ban nukes. The U.S. and other nuclear weapon states, other than North Korea, declined to support the resolution, with the U.S. and its allies...
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Friday, September 30, 2016
US at the Crossroads: Start a New Nuclear Arms Race? Or Address Climate Change and Human Needs?
What if I have little time left? How should I spend my time? Most people face these questions in terms of their own lifespans. But what if the subject of these sentences changes from “I” to “we?” What if the subject is not an individual, but humanity? What if climate change is shortening our human...
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Wednesday, August 03, 2016
We Refuse To Be Targets in This Nuclear World
When Barack Obama was elected president, one of his stated hopes was the global elimination of nuclear weapons. Now that he is about to conclude his presidency, his hope (expressed in his visit to Hiroshima) is still that such weapons might be eliminated. But serious steps toward the elimination of...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
5 Top Reasons Why Bernie Sanders Would Be Best President for Peace
After 15 years of war, the next president of the United States will inherit daunting foreign policy challenges. Sadly, many of those challenges were fueled by an “act first, think later” U.S. military policy in places like Iraq and Libya that has backfired. At the same time, the new president will...
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