Lawrence Wittner: With the 2018 Congressional elections occurring in less than a year, the peace movement has the opportunity to enhance its leverage over U.S. public policy.
The Military Industrial Complex
President Eisenhower warned against the dangers of developing a military industrial complex. It appears that when all you have in your toolbox is hammers, everything looks like a nail. The articles below give a sense of the many ways we use all of the hammers we've invested in.
WJ Astore: Incredibly, some of these so-called alien enemy combatants have been imprisoned for up to 15 years without benefit of trial; indeed, without even being charged with a crime. How is this possible in a democracy? What does it say about our country?
WJ Astore: U.S. and Coalition forces have been fighting the Afghan War for 16 years. Surges have come and gone. More than a trillion dollars has been spent. Yet the enemy retains the initiative and largely dictates the terms of the conflict.
Murray Polner: The real question for amnesiac, distracted Americans, is whether any American President, now or in the future, can be stopped or delayed even though he or she has the sole right to decide when and if to start a nuclear war.
uring the spring of 1999, as part of Voices in the Wilderness’s campaign to end indiscriminately lethal U.S./U.N. economic sanctions against Iraq, the Fellowship of Reconciliation arranged for two Nobel Peace laureates, Adolfo Perez Esquivel and Mairead Maguire, to visit the country. Before their travel, Voices activists helped organize meetings for them with a range […]
WJ Astore: Does it matter to Americans if the true count of civilian deaths is closer to 10,000 than 500? To most Americans, sadly, I’m not sure it matters.
Ronald Leach: National leadership must recognize that even when there is a clear uncontroversial cause – jus ad bellum, the justice of war, the ability to ensure and sustain justice in war or the perception of justice in war is near impossible.
Hakim Young: A U.S. and Afghan Geological Survey of Kabul Basin’s water resources found that about half of the shallow groundwater supply wells could become dry by 2050 due to declining recharge and stream-flows under projected climate change.
Kathy Kelly: The mothers’ travails echo across Afghanistan, where one-third of the population lives below the poverty line (earning less than $2 a day) and a further 50 percent are barely above this.
WD Ehrhart: In May 1970, after the killings at Kent State, I joined the antiwar movement, but I did not spit on myself or call myself “baby killer.” Moreover, I never saw anyone else around me abusing soldiers or veterans.
Dr. Tech Young Wee: Like a mad fever, I saw the blood-stained history of humanity streaming into that spartan room in Kabul.
Murray Polner: And now it’s time for Kim Jong-un and his feral twin Donald Trump, two allegedly tough guys threatening millions of us, sounding much like end-times lunacy.
Winslow Myers: We pretend our nuclear weapons are good and theirs are bad, when the weapons are a mindless, heartless system that cares neither who occupies the moral high ground nor who “wins.”