Ed Asner Supports Marcy Winograd for Congress

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Join Ed Asner and PDA at a Fundraiser to get Marcy Winograd Elected to Congress

Reconsidering the Nuclear Power Industry Bailout

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Tracy Emblem: the United States should consider phasing out its nuclear power plants over the next generation and begin investing in other safer renewable energy sources. We can lead the world in clean energy technology.

The Peace Movement Today

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Lawrence Wittner: Despite the President’s rhetorical support for nuclear abolition, it looks like the United States and other nations are on a very slow track to ridding the world of the nuclear menace.

Russian Arms Control Proposals Worth Considering

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Ivan Eland: Missile defense is an expensive relic of the Cold War, which the U.S. can no longer afford given its huge budget deficits and high debt levels. Keeping the program alive are Republicans who want to preserve this white elephant to realize the grandiose “Star Wars” dream of their hero, Ronald Reagan.

It’s Still the Same Old Story—from Guns to Nukes

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Lawrence Wittner: Are we safer with more firepower or less? Despite the propaganda of the gunslingers, the arms manufacturers, and the military enthusiasts, it does seem that the world would be a lot safer with fewer guns and fewer nuclear weapons.

Extending Nuclear Umbrella Is a Bad Idea

Ivan Eland: Extending the U.S. nuclear shield to the much more unstable and violent region of the Middle East seems supremely foolhardy. The U.S. could more easily get dragged into an unplanned and unneeded future nuclear exchange there than in any other area of the world.

Why Republicans Don’t Want the “New Start” Treaty

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Robert Reich: Has the President’s olive branch on extending the Bush tax breaks for the rich opened a new era in bi-partisanship? Doubtful.

U.S. Policy Toward the Koreas Is Unrealistic

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Ivan Eland: The United States could undermine Chinese support for North Korea by giving South Korea five years notice that it will abrogate the U.S.-South Korean security alliance.

Will Senate Republicans Produce Another International Disaster?

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Lawrence Wittner: As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote this December on ratification of the New START Treaty, Republican legislators appear on the verge of producing an international disaster.

New START Is Worthy, but Let’s Not Violate the Constitution to Save It

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Ivan Eland: Denying Obama a victory—even if it’s good for the country—is very irresponsible. And on balance, the New START Treaty is good for the country.

Public Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free World

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Lawrence S. Wittner: One of the ironies of the current international situation is that, although some government leaders now talk of building a nuclear weapons-free world, there has been limited public mobilization around that goal—at least compared to the action-packed 1980s.

Rewriting History

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Tom Degan: So let’s all take a deep breath, shall we? These silly Republicans (in their present incarnation anyway) are about as much responsible for the gains of the civil rights era as I am for the invention of Cheese Doodles. Get a grip.

Turkey’s Policy Toward Iran Is Worth Emulating

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Ivan Eland: The sad truth is that if Iran wants a nuclear weapon, it will likely eventually get one. So the United States should quit wasting valuable political capital beseeching, threatening, and horse-trading with China, Russia, and other UN Security Council members to incrementally ratchet up likely futile multilateral economic sanctions against I

Harman Uses Fear Tactics on Voters and Winograd

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Linda Milazzo: Because of partisan politics and hawks like California Congresswoman Harman, America lacks the resources to confront immediate dangers that have nothing to do with bin Laden: hurricanes, oil spills, floods, tornadoes, unfunded education, decaying infrastructure, exorbitant health costs, and corporate greed.

Information Terrorists Hijack Our Airwaves

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Nomiki Konst: While Obama has done an admirable job ignoring the Tea Party outbursts and outlandish claims and focusing on moving his agenda forward, Maddow, Matthews, Olbermann, Colbert, Stewart, Cooper, Crowley, Sanchez and Shultz have missed an incredible opportunity to vocalize the progressive agenda while they have the floor. For eight years, progressives were unable to bring their agenda to the table and had to constantly act on the defensive.

Alan Kuperman: Another Benny Morris School Armchair General

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Joseph Palermo: And after urging the United States military to do the dirty work Kuperman believes there would be an international deterrent effect from the U.S. military aggression “because the American military has global reach, air strikes against Iran would be a strong warning to other would-be [nuclear] proliferators.”

Reducing Our Only Existential Threat

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Ivan Eland: Despite its recession from the headlines, the Soviet Union and now Russia has been and still is the only country to have enough nuclear warheads to pose such a cataclysmic threat to the U.S. homeland.

Moving Toward a Nuke-Free World

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Today, when the call for a nuclear-free world has been revived by the nuclear powers, skeptics might wonder if it is merely another propaganda ploy. Are the warriors and would-be warriors ready to forgo their nuclear toys? Probably not.

LA Progressive: October 11 to 17, 2009

This week’s articles in the LA PROGRESSIVE

Why Obama Should Not Have Received the Peace Prize — Yet

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he Prize is really more of Booby Prize for Obama’s predecessor. Had the world not suffered eight years of George W. Bush, Obama would not be receiving the Prize. He’s prizeworthy and praiseworthy only by comparison.

Boycotting Fox News Advertisers

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Complaining to Fox News, or even CNN about Lou Dobbs, for instance, does not always seem productive. Boycotting sponsors/advertisers seems a stronger way to protest.

Iran: Just Deal With It

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s overwhelming victory in Iran’s presidential election disappointed many who had hoped for a president who is not an international embarrassment and loose cannon. That is the image portrayed in the western media, and with such an image, many find it possible to explain such a victory only by fraud and intimidation. But we [...]

The Other War in Pakistan

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Defeating the Taliban and al-Qaida is only one part of the struggle to build peace in Pakistan. Humanitarian aid for over two million people who have been displaced by the fighting is equally critical to building stability in the troubled country. Pakistan’s prime minister says the militants will be defeated, but public support will be [...]

The World According To Newt, And Other Right Wing Lunacies

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Newt Gingrich was positively apoplectic on Fox News Sunday, bemoaning the shift in US foreign policy to one based on fantasy. No doubt, Gingrich had this specific declaration in mind when he prattled on to Chris Wallace: “We are not just discussing limits on a further increase of nuclear weapons. We seek, instead, to reduce [...]

Leaving as He Arrived: On a Lie and a Prayer

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by Charley James – George Bush is leaving the White House the same way he entered: On a lie and a prayer. He took office on a lie that he won the 2000 election and a prayer no one would object. Now that he’s finally – finally! – leaving, Bush is lying about his disastrous [...]

Military Industrial Complex: Even Worse than We Thought

In iconoclastic journalist Robert Scheer’s brilliantly titled new book “The Pornography of Power,” we get confirmation– in infuriating black and white—of rumors that have haunted the country on and off since September 11. For some of us, there’s disturbing new information too. Scheer begins by emphasizing the fear that surrounded neoconservatives as they grew up [...]

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