Lawrence Wittner: One of the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires high schools to share students’ names and contact information with military recruiters unless students or their parents opt out of this arrangement.
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.
Kathy Kelly: We walked in solidarity with villagers in Gangjeong, South Korea, who’d welcomed many of us to join in their campaign to stop militarization of their beautiful Jeju Island.
Janet Phelan: The configuration of the nation’s public water systems, a configuration which contains parallel water mains, would provide the perfect, undetectable delivery system for a bio/chem attack.
Cathy Deppe: The Japanese peace movement delivered more than 6 million signatures from all over Japan, calling for an international convention for the abolishment of all nuclear weapons.
K.J. Noh: Abe refuses to acknowledge the facts, and the facts are these: colonial aggression, colonial exploitation, war of aggression/invasion, crimes against the peace, war crimes, crimes against humanity: mass enslavement….
Kathy Kelly: Are all of us waiting for the terrible plantings at Los Alamos, in a dreadful accident or in one of the swiftly developing moments of crisis looming in our future, to spring up from the earth, an inconceivable whirlwind we hope never to harvest?
e see far too many exclamation points these days. From social media’s prolific tufts of sentence-ending triple exclamation points to the hackneyed declarations that everything is somehow “unique,” and by some contorted maze of specifics, “historic.” Most of the time, all we really mean is that something is… peculiar. August 6th is a day when […]
Rivera Sun: At Los Alamos (the cradle of the bomb), citizens will gather to mark the days with peace vigils, demonstrations, public speeches from nationally renowned activists, and trainings in nonviolence.
“… no real security, just powers of retaliation.” his was Norman Mailer, four-plus decades ago, writing in “Miami and the Siege of Chicago” about the obsessive security measures – “helicopters riding overhead like roller coasters, state troopers with magnums on their hip and crash helmets, squad cars, motorcycles” – at the Democratic and Republican national conventions, which […]
Russell Vandenbroucke: Thousands watched a solitary stars and bars descend its capitol flagpole in Columbia; hundreds saw more than 1000 stars and stripes standing sentry before the Wall, one for each of Kentucky’s fallen heroes.
Gary Corseri: The hidden truth of a college education these days is that naïve students are entangled in spiders’ webs of inescapable debts while pursuing an “American Dream” with which safe-cracking politician-“guardians” of the treasury have long since absconded.
John LaForge: Nuclear weapons-related scandals have rocked the Air Force and the Navy, resulting in hundreds of demotions, firings, courts-martial and forced retirements.
Lawrence Wittner: Placed in the context of over a half century of nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements, the Iran nuclear deal does not seem at all outlandish.