Spooks on the Loose

October 1, 2009
Spooks on the Loose

KEN MCCORMACK: The CIA and over 20 other such agencies are rapidly spreading our national disease — much more dangerous than the flu — diagnosed by doctors "terminal hypocrisy." Hypocrisy syndrome appears with two levels of truth. Truth one is public. Truth two is simply the dirty laundry.

Recovering to Death

October 1, 2009
Recovering to Death

TOM H. HASTINGS: If stimulus packages for corporate sinkholes are good enough for the American taxpayer, why can’t we find $5.4 billion to create minimum wage jobs, with full health care benefits, for the 216,000 Americans who lost their jobs in August? Coincidentally, $5.4 billion is the amount the Pentagon will spend next year...

When “Public Options” Serve the Public — and When They Don’t

October 1, 2009
When “Public Options” Serve the Public — and When They Don’t

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER: Currently, there is nothing more controversial in President Barack Obama's health care reform proposal than the "public option." Much of the controversy, of course, has been generated by private insurance companies, determined to safeguard their hefty profits, and by Republican politicians, eager to destroy anything that might redound to the benefit...

Major Religions Call for Investigation into Torture

October 1, 2009
Major Religions Call for Investigation into Torture

CHARLES BUSCH: Our nation is presently involved in a debate about the sanctioned use of torture by the United States since 9/11. Is it enough to denounce torture and focus on the future, or do we need to investigate the past and seek accountability?

Letters to the Editor

October 1, 2009
Letters to the Editor

This months LETTERS include: 1) Resist Tearing the Tops Off Mountains to Mine Coal; 2) Recruiters: Replacing Those They Have Killed; and 3) Obstructionists Ignore American Health and Well-Being.

Insitu Deserves a Harder Look

October 1, 2009
Insitu Deserves a Harder Look

SUSAN GARRETT CROWLEY: Insitu, a local drone developer now owned by Boeing, has recently approached cities in the Columbia River Gorge as a part of a public relations campaign to develop public support for its operations. Since Boeing/Insitu has initiated this discussion, Washington and Oregon citizens may want to carefully consider the true nature...

News That’s Not Fit to Print

October 1, 2009
News That’s Not Fit to Print

PROJECT CENSORED: Some news is just too hot to cover and Project Censored for 34 years has been exposing the most under-covered censored news stories of the year with their annual release of the Censored yearbooks.

Racial Profiling and Domestic Terrorism: Making White Terror Invisible While Blaming the Victim

October 1, 2009
Racial Profiling and Domestic Terrorism:  Making White Terror Invisible While Blaming the Victim

DR. BEAU GROSSCUP: Since the 9/11 attacks, racial profiling has become an accepted component of the War on Terror. Given that the perpetrators of 9/11 were assumed to be members of Al Qaeda, anyone looking "Middle Eastern" or Arab or Muslim was/is racially profiled as suspicious. But in combating domestic terrorism, racial profiling of...

Beltway Bulletin

October 1, 2009
Beltway Bulletin

PHIL CARVER: This month's Beltway Bulletin includes: 1) Ending the Afghanistan War; 2) The Health Care Bill; 3) Debunking Climate Change Deniers; and 4) More Information.

Confronting an Evil Past

October 1, 2009
Confronting an Evil Past

JORGE HEINE: The initial trickle of evidence about the many illegal ways in which Washington pursued its counterterrorist offensive from 2001 to 2008, first exposed by the pictures from Abu Ghraib in 2004, has turned into a veritable flood.

Blackwater’s Private Spies

October 1, 2009
Blackwater’s Private Spies

JEREMY SCAHILL: Blackwater had largely receded from the headlines save for the occasional blip on the media radar sparked by Congressman Henry Waxman's ongoing investigations into its activities. Its forces remained deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and business continued to pour in.

Covert Action 101

October 1, 2009
Covert Action 101

J. V. GRADY: It is quite possible, even probable, that many of the bombings against the Shi'ia and Sunni populations have been carried out by American, British, and even Israeli operatives.

The Illegal Spying Game, Played Over and Over

October 1, 2009
The Illegal Spying Game, Played Over and Over

GLENN GREENWALD: Ever since The New York Times revealed in December, 2005 that the Bush administration had spent the last four years illegally spying on Americans' communications without warrants, there have been numerous additional revelations of various types of massive illegal government spying.

Brief-ings

October 1, 2009
Brief-ings

Brief insights: 1) Despite Slump U.S. Role As Top Arms Supplier Grows; 2) Intelligence Agencies Say No New Nukes in Iran; 3) Radio Play for Peace - Get Your Free Copy; 4) U.S. Dominates Arms Sales; 5) Keeping Nuclear Abolition on the Agenda; and 6) Think Outside the Box.

OPW Welcomes Leonard Perez as 5% Solution Staff

October 1, 2009
OPW Welcomes Leonard Perez as 5% Solution Staff

LEONARD PEREZ: Oregon PeaceWorks is delighted to once again have a staff person working on its 5% Solution to the Climate Crisis program.

Two Events to Feature Claude AnShin Thomas

October 1, 2009
Two Events to Feature Claude AnShin Thomas

CLAUDE ANSHIN THOMAS: Highly decorated combat veteran, zen priest, world renowned retreat leader, and public speaker Claude AnShin Thomas will facilitate a meeting with soldiers/veterans and peace activists to address the painful alienation often existing between them at 4 p.m. Sunday November 22, 2009 above the Tea Party Bookshop, 210 Liberty Street N.E. ...

Iconic Farm Worker Organizer to Speak in Salem Oct. 21

October 1, 2009
Iconic Farm Worker Organizer to Speak in Salem Oct. 21

DOLORES HUERTA: The annual Salem Peace Lecture will celebrate its 20th year by presenting United Farm Worker union organizer Dolores Huerta on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Hudson Hall in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center at Willamette University. Ms. Huerta will speak on "Immigration Reform and Farm Worker Justice." The...

If Peace Broke Out, What Would It Look Like?

October 1, 2009
If Peace Broke Out, What Would It Look Like?

PETER BERGEL: Response to OPW's call for better peace movement strategy has been warm. What's it all about? Read my editorial (include link here) in this month's PeaceWorker or visit OPW's blog at http://oregonpeaceworks.org/wordpress/?cat=4.

Are You Getting OPW’s Emails?

October 1, 2009
Are You Getting OPW’s Emails?

OREGON PEACEWORKS: OPW periodically sends out information about current events, OPW projects, new PeaceWorker postings, other groups' projects, and more. If we have your email address, we have added it to our lists, but if we don't, we can't send you any of this great stuff.

Coming Soon: the Great Getaway Raffle

October 1, 2009
Coming Soon: the Great Getaway Raffle

OREGON PEACEWORKS: Tickets for OPW's popular Great Getaway Raffle will be available as soon as we secure all our great getaway packages. Watch your email for details.

Calendar

October 1, 2009
Calendar

To offer calendar items, post them at www.oregonprogressivenetwork.org or email them to: updates@oregonpeaceworks.org before the 12th of the month for following month's issue.

“If You’re Not Teaching Peace, What Are You Teaching?”

September 1, 2009
“If You’re Not Teaching Peace, What Are You Teaching?”

DARREN REILEY: This sign was carried by one of our Peace Village teachers at Eugene, Oregon's annual March protest against the war in Iraq. The explicit, rhetorical question carries within it, naturally, several subtler, implicit ones. One of the main critiques suggested by this question is that "peace," as a subject, philosophy, or even...

NPP Tallies Cost of War Through September 2009

September 1, 2009
NPP Tallies Cost of War Through September 2009

Congress has appropriated another $84.8 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the remainder of the 2009 fiscal year ending September 30, 2009. The Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009, signed into law by President Obama on June 24, 2009, allocates $45.5 billion for war-related actions in Iraq and $39.4 billion to Afghanistan .

Senate Rubber Stamps Army Increase on 93-1 Vote

September 1, 2009
Senate Rubber Stamps Army Increase on 93-1 Vote

JASON DITZ: In a 93-1 vote, the U.S. Senate has agreed to authorize a “temporary” increase of the size of the army by up to 30,000 additional troops. The vote appears to be little more than a rubber stamp approving an announcement by Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his intention to increase the military...

Lust for Profit is Out of Control

September 1, 2009
Lust for Profit is Out of Control

PETER BERGEL: $700 billion is a number that rings a bell for most Americans these days. It was the first installment U.S. taxpayers were forced to pony up for Wall Street to "stimulate" the economy. But, according to analyst Don Monkrude, that sum is also, coincidentally, the amount by which the 400 richest Americans...

The Incredible Shrinking Health Care Reform

September 1, 2009
The Incredible Shrinking Health Care Reform

NORMAN SOLOMON: Like soap in a rainstorm, "health care reform" is wasting away.

They’ve Got the Whole World in Their Hands

September 1, 2009
They’ve Got the Whole World in Their Hands

KEN McCORMACK: If we are to have peace, it must begin with the children.

Seeing Obama as Norwegians See Him

September 1, 2009
Seeing Obama as Norwegians See Him

GEORGE LAKEY: I just returned from a research trip to Norway where the people I interviewed often brought up the topic of our new President. The first was Kristin Clemet, the director of a conservative think tank. "This spring on a delegation to Washington I was struck again," she said, "by how different the...

Letters to the Editor

September 1, 2009
Letters to the Editor

This month's letters to the Editor: 1) Vote With Your Dollars Against Chevron ; 2) Mountaintop Removal Protest Prompts Bail Money Request; 3) ACES Bill Too Watered Down to Support; and 4) Voice of the People? Not.

Now We See You, Now We Don’t: The Human Cost of Drone Attacks

September 1, 2009
Now We See You, Now We Don’t: The Human Cost of Drone Attacks

KATHY KELLY: In early June, 2009, I was in the Shah Mansoor displaced persons camp in Pakistan, listening to one resident detail the carnage which had spurred his and his family's flight there a mere 15 days earlier. Their city, Mingora, had come under massive aerial bombardment. He recalled harried efforts to bury corpses...

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: Hope for Returning Veterans

September 1, 2009
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: Hope for Returning Veterans

BILL SCHEURER: Major Tammy Duckworth hobbled to the podium on her own power - aided by prosthetic devices in both her legs and one arm. An Iraq War veteran who was severely injured in battle and now serves as Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, she spoke of one of her comrades who arrived first...

Honduran President Zelaya Preaches Nonviolence to OAS

September 1, 2009
Honduran President Zelaya Preaches Nonviolence to OAS

Inaugurating the recent OAS Assembly in San Pedro Sula, Honduaran President Manuel Zelaya spoke about nonviolence.

U.S. Troops Hiding in Iraqi Homes

September 1, 2009
U.S. Troops Hiding in Iraqi Homes

DAVID SWANSON: A few words from U.S. troops in Iraq, all quoted in Chapter 1 of Dahr Jamail's brilliant new book, The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Beltway Bulletin

September 1, 2009
Beltway Bulletin

PHIL CARVER: This month's Beltway Bulletin includes: 1) Climate Bill Passes the House; 2) Global Warming Likely Worse than Forecast; and 3) Health Care Legislation.

Peace Village Children Empowered to Change the World

September 1, 2009
Peace Village Children Empowered to Change the World

KEN McCORMACK: When Charles Busch, a Congregational minister, arrived in Lincoln City, Oregon, from Tombstone, Arizona, he was accustomed to reenactments of the glorious shootout at the famous O.K. Corral. Years later, however, the big community event in Lincoln City became Peace Village, whose 13th anniversary was celebrated last summer.

JROTC to Target Many More Schools

September 1, 2009
JROTC to Target Many More Schools

SAM DIENER: JROTC, a high school program to militarize youth in high schools, wants to invade hundreds more schools. It has already invaded almost 3,400. Congress passed a little-noticed measure in the 2009 National Defense Authorization bill to expand the number of JROTC schools to 3,700 by 2020. To do this, the military will...

Peace Academy Replaces ROTC

September 1, 2009
Peace Academy Replaces ROTC

MARY JOHNSTON-DE LEON: Chapter 54 of the Veterans for Peace (VFP) in Santa Barbara, California, is proud to announce the birth of a new entity at Santa Barbara High School: the Peace Academy. The new academy replaces the high school's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), which was closed down because of lack of...

Military Charter School Established in New Mexico

September 1, 2009
Military Charter School Established in New Mexico

CHRISTINE STEELE: Twelve soldiers have been camped out for seven days under the baking desert sun at Firebase Reazin. They were up all night Tuesday defending the perimeter. They are hot, tired, sick of eating MREs. They miss the comforts of home: a hot shower, a bowl of cereal, the television.

Israeli Teens Break Law, Refuse to Serve, Explain Why

September 1, 2009
Israeli Teens Break Law, Refuse to Serve, Explain Why

PEACEWORK MAGAZINE: In the spring of 2008, a group of high school seniors followed in the tradition of earlier teenaged Israeli conscientious objectors (traditionally referred to as the shministim) and publicly declared their refusal to serve in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) as required by law. Four women COs, signatories of the 2008 high...

Coming to a Mall Near You: High Tech Recruiting

September 1, 2009
Coming to a Mall Near You: High Tech Recruiting

STUDENT PEACE ACTION NETWORK: "This is so cool! This is so cool," the enthralled 13 year-old kept repeating as he squeezed rounds from his M-16, picking off "enemy combatants" while perched on a real Army Humvee. We're in the new Army Experience Center in suburban Philadelphia and the young teen, who doesn't look older...

Maryland Fails to Protect Students’ Privacy from Military

September 1, 2009
Maryland Fails to Protect Students’ Privacy from Military

PAT ELDER: Maryland has failed to enact legislation to protect the privacy of students who take Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) in Maryland's public schools.The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, (ASVAB) is the military's entrance exam that is given to fresh recruits to determine their aptitude for various military occupations. The test is...

There is a Field

September 1, 2009
There is a Field

CHARLES BUSCH: Fields of Peace is a response to what is happening in today's Global Village: the awareness of people throughout the world that they are part of an immense, intimate whole; and that to injure a neighbor is to injure oneself. Governments can't respond to this; their understanding is subject to borders. It...

Peace Teaching Tool Now Available

September 1, 2009
Peace Teaching Tool Now Available

MICHAEL TROKAN: Rethinking Schools Press has announced the publication of a new book by nationally renowned teacher and writer Linda Christensen — Teaching for Joy and Justice: Re-imagining the Language Arts Classroom. It combines concrete, hands-on advice with inspiration, hope and joy. As Christensen writes in her introduction, the book begins "with the non-negotiable...

Brief-ings

September 1, 2009
Brief-ings

Brief insights: 1) No Longer Home of the WOPR; 2) What's Happening to the Economy? and 3) George Carlin's thoughts about the "American Dream".

Text of U.S.-Russia Nuclear Understanding

September 1, 2009
Text of U.S.-Russia Nuclear Understanding

Here is the actual text of the understanding between the U.S. and Russia. As you can see, there is a lot to be worked out, which I hear is supposed to be done by December. There may be a temporary understanding between the time START expires and when the Senate ratifies in the first...

What Has Prevented Nuclear War?

September 1, 2009
What Has Prevented Nuclear War?

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER: One of the great questions of the modern world is: Why has nuclear war not occurred since 1945?

Global Civil Society Versus Planetary Annihilation: The Chronicle of Challenge

September 1, 2009
Global Civil Society Versus Planetary Annihilation:  The Chronicle of Challenge

TOM H. HASTINGS: Lawrence S. Wittner embodies two roles to me. First, he is a first-rate academic historian, a scholar whose work defies what academicians call validity threats. That is a good thing, because he needs that in order to continue surviving in his second role that I find especially exemplary; he is a...

Perennial Plowshares Activist Jailed on Hiroshima Day

September 1, 2009
Perennial Plowshares Activist Jailed on Hiroshima Day

FR. CARL KABAT: Fr. Carl Kabat marked Hiroshima Day this year by slipping into a Colorado missile silo and hammering on a nuclear weapon, for which he was arrested. He entered the site at about 8:30 a.m. By 8:34 he had hung banners and begun to symbolically disarm the missile. Security forces moved in...

OPW Develops Peace Visioning Project

September 1, 2009
OPW Develops Peace Visioning Project

PETER BERGEL: The peace movement in the United States has had few new ideas for decades. We are still using the main organizing tools we used in the 60s and before: demonstrating, educating, lobbying and electioneering. Occasionally we also engage in civil resistance direct actions to halt something particularly egregious. Most of these approaches...

Burrito Booth Generates Fun, Dollars

September 1, 2009
Burrito Booth Generates Fun, Dollars

PETER BERGEL: OPW's annual Burrito Booth fundraiser at the Salem Art Fair generated about $3,500 for OPW projects as well as giving some 60-70 volunteers a great chance to work together in a delightful, peaceful atmosphere serving organic vegetarian burritos to hungry fairgoers.