Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden

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

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Thursday, May 03, 2012
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
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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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Failure of Gradualism in Afghanistan
Killing at least sixteen Afghan civilians as they slept. Urinating on dead Afghan bodies while laughing about it. Setting fire to their Korans. Day after day, a tired American public hears that these are just “isolated acts” and that these incidents “cast shadows” and “complicate” Washington’s plan for a gradual withdrawal of troops over the next thirty-four months.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Why Naomi Wolf's Occupy Conspiracy Theory Can't Explain Occupy LA
Compared with the brutal police crackdowns against the Occupy movement in New York City, Oakland and even the pacific Davis campus of the University of California, the attempted eviction of Occupy Los Angeles has been almost entirely peaceful. The question is why, and whether it can last.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Who Will Be the Un-Bloomberg? What Mayors Should Say About Wall Street
After the forcible eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters in several major cities, the media are aflutter, with the Los Angeles Times asking, “Where Does the Occupy Movement Go Now?” The New York Times headline poses the same question: “Jolted, Wall St. Protesters Face Challenge for Future.” Why aren’t they asking the questions, Where does Wall Street reform stand after eight weeks of massive occupations and coverage? When will our politicians act? Or do they see their job as cleansing protesters from public spaces?
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Heart-Attack Iraq: Lessons From an Antiwar Movement
On October 21, when President Obama announced that all American troops would be withdrawing from Iraq, I learned that I needed surgery on a blocked carotid artery, and soon. Ten years earlier, between the 9/11 attacks and the US invasion of Iraq, I was having quintuple bypass surgery. The Cedars-Sinai doctors even delayed the operation in case Los Angeles was struck that day.
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Friday, September 09, 2011
White House vs. Military Over the Iraq Endgame
Rumors are rife that the United States will leave 3,000–4,000 troops behind in Iraq after the current December 31 deadline for total withdrawal, mainly as trainers for the Iraqi army. That would mean a withdrawal of some 45,000 American troops that are still currently there, and an annual taxpayer savings of $47 billion.
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Friday, May 13, 2011
Obama Nears Key Decisions on Afghan Strategy
The Obama administration is on the verge of decisions that will permanently define the Afghanistan and Iraq wars through the 2012 election. Obama will decide, first, how many US troops to begin pulling out of Afghanistan starting this July and running through 2012 and, second, whether to comply with the current plan to withdraw all American forces from Iraq by this December, or leave troops and bases behind.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Obama's Big Choice in Latin America
President Obama makes the first visit of his life to Latin America this week. For some time now the thirty-four-nation continent has been ignored by the United States, in comparison with Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel/Palestine and now North Africa, not to mention Europe. The irony is that Latin America has experienced a wave of democratic elections and a new era of independence after a generation of US-backed dictatorships.
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Friday, November 12, 2010
When Will Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan Ever End?
Persistent waffling on dates for American troop withdrawals from Afghanistan has eroded any remaining patience with the Obama White House among peace activists and voters, a majority of whom favors a timeline for US troop withdrawals.
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