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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Monday, July 20, 2009
Pentagon Enlists Feminists for War Aims
Over a decade ago a young woman approached me on the California Senate floor with a petition against the Taliban. Women are being repressed, tortured and killed by religious fundamentalists, she said. I signed on. The Taliban seemed like a Ku Klux Klan aimed at women. I was disgusted that the State Department and oil companies would negotiate with them over pipelines, with cursory regard for women's rights. I still feel that way.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
MoveOn Weighs In
MoveOn.org resumed its historical antiwar stance this week, symbolically breaking with the Obama administration for the first time. After being criticized for abandoning the antiwar stance that won it millions of activist supporters, the organization sent targeted mailings supporting the demand for...
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
MoveOn: Break the Silence on Torture and War
Progressives who have been silent on the escalating wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan have a new opportunity to change their stance now that the nearly $100 billion Congressional war supplemental ( HR 2346 ) authorizes suppression of hundreds of torture photographs held by the Pentagon.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The Silence of MoveOn
The most powerful grassroots organization of the peace movement, MoveOn, remains silent as the American wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan simmer or escalate.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
McChrystal's Rise: More Secrets, Less Daylight
All along there were two US wars in Iraq. There was the public war, in which the Pentagon tried to manipulate the mainstream media into being a "message amplifier," while some intrepid reporters and bloggers fought back. Then there was the secret war carried out by the Special Operations forces, whose existence was denied even by the Pentagon.
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Friday, March 27, 2009
Don't Go There Mr. President!
17,000 or 21,000 more US troops will not protect Americans against Al Qaeda attacks.
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Friday, March 06, 2009
Rage is Good
Hopefully, the demonstrations planned on Wall Street April 4 will contribute to the global uprising. Our president and Congress need the pressure.
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Monday, March 02, 2009
Partial Peace, Looming War
President Obama has surprised the national security establishment, and not a few in the peace movement, with his Friday commitment to pull all American troops out of Iraq by 2011.
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Thursday, January 08, 2009
Obama's Silence
Back when Barack Obama was a longshot candidate in the Iowa primary, he was morally candid, saying on March 11, 2007, that "nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people." It was one month after the announcement of Obama's campaign, and the last time he would make such a statement. Three days later, at the AIPAC conference in Washington DC, he was hammered as inexperienced by the New York Times reporter, Patrick Healy, on March 14.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Obama, Iraq and Afghanistan
Barack Obama has restated his phased withdrawal plan for Iraq in response to public questioning, but committed himself to expanding the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Any proposal to transfer American troops from Iraq to Afghanistan and Pakistan is sure to cause debate and questions among peace...
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