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.

Walkers, Coastal Contacts Needed for Climate Crisis Walk

September 1, 2009
Walkers, Coastal Contacts Needed for Climate Crisis Walk

A group of dedicated people is organizing a 35-day walk from Coos Bay to Portland, via Astoria -- a total of 350 miles at an average pace of ten miles a day. Walkers and organizers will meet with local residents along the route to talk about the threat of rising sea level due to...

Corvallis Peace Fair to Mark International Day of Peace

September 1, 2009
Corvallis Peace Fair to Mark International Day of Peace

CHARLES NEWLIN: The United Nations' International Day of Peace - celebrated every year on September 21 - is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. Established by U.N. resolution in 1982, "Peace Day" has grown to include millions of people around the world...

Calendar

September 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.

A Weaver’s Welcome: Eyewitness Report from Pakistan

July 30, 2009
A Weaver’s Welcome: Eyewitness Report from Pakistan

KATHY KELLY: Pakistan needs help on a much larger scale. The U.S. has pledged 100 million dollars toward relief efforts. Two other disclosures about money budgeted for Pakistan should be considered in light of the unbearable burdens borne by close to two million new refugees.

DeFazio Explains Why He Voted for More War Funds

July 1, 2009
DeFazio Explains Why He Voted for More War Funds

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO: Thank you for contacting me about the 2009 Iraq/Afghanistan Defense Supplemental Appropriations bill. This bill provides $96.7 billion, 87% of which would be to cover costs relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for the rest of this fiscal year. I voted for these funds because I chose to give...

Response to DeFazio on the Supplemental

July 1, 2009
Response to DeFazio on the Supplemental

REBECCA GRIFFIN: Here in Oregon, it's instructive to look at Rep. Peter DeFazio's letter to his constituents explaining his decision to vote in favor of more than $90 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. DeFazio is reliably progressive on foreign policy, and is likely to be an ally if we can...

Are We Facing a Worse Economic Hit?

July 1, 2009
Are We Facing a Worse Economic Hit?

PETER BERGEL: In the past half year we have come to realize that our economic system is a lot more vulnerable than we thought, and that economic threats can come from directions most of us had never considered. While our government obsesses about terrorists of the Al Qaeda variety, we have recently been shown...

Afghanistan: the March of Folly Continues

July 1, 2009
Afghanistan: the March of Folly Continues

NORMAN SOLOMON: To understand what's up with President Obama as he escalates the war in Afghanistan, there may be no better place to look than a book published 25 years ago.

What are our Fireworks Celebrating?

July 1, 2009
What are our Fireworks Celebrating?

KEN McCORMACK: The Fourth of July is when "We, the people,” light up the sky with conspicuous consumption — blowing up millions of dollars because it's pretty. Sometimes, it seems as though we are indeed only killer apes, as the anthropologist said, whose salient feature is a love of things that go "bang." But...

President Obama: Change Your Afghanistan Plans

July 1, 2009
President Obama: Change Your Afghanistan Plans

CHARLES BUSCH: The purpose of this letter is to ask you to change the plans you have announced for increasing the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

Army Chief of Staff Wants to Keep U.S. Combat Troops in Iraq for 10 More Years

July 1, 2009
Army Chief of Staff Wants to Keep  U.S. Combat Troops in Iraq for 10 More Years

TOM ANDREWS: Comments on May 27th by Army Chief of Staff General George Casey that the Pentagon needs to begin planning to leave U.S. combat troops in Iraq for another decade stand in direct conflict with the current Status of Forces Agreement between our two countries, the stated policy of President Obama and the...

Why Would Anyone Oppose Torture?

July 1, 2009
Why Would Anyone Oppose Torture?

DAVID SWANSON: Someone recently asked if I could please explain to him why anybody would oppose torture. After all, we defend killing in wars, so why not defend torture? Wouldn't I torture to save my kidnapped child?

Wexler: We’re on the Road to Stopping Torture

July 1, 2009
Wexler: We’re on the Road to Stopping Torture

CONGRESSMAN ROBERT WEXLER: On May 14th, I participated in Judiciary Committee hearings where Attorney General Eric Holder said definitively: "If somebody was tortured to death, clearly a crime would have occurred." My confidence in our Justice Department and American justice system was redeemed today while watching and listening to Attorney General Holder. There...

Response to Senator Merkley

July 1, 2009
Response to Senator Merkley

PETER BERGEL: I am deeply distressed to see no mention at all of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, nor any explanation as to why you supported the supplemental request for still more war funding.

Global Military Spending

July 1, 2009
Global Military Spending

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, http://www.sipri.org/, (SIPRI) has issued its annual report on global military spending. Worldwide, governments spent a record $1.46 trillion on their armed forces in 2008. The United States accounted for 42 percent of the global arms spending. When will we realize that's simply too much?

Profile in Courage: Afghanistan’s Malalai Joya

July 1, 2009
Profile in Courage: Afghanistan’s Malalai Joya

HELAY SAFI: A brave young woman came in the political scenario of Afghanistan. Her speeches about peoples' basic rights were broadcasted throughout the country. Her passion about helping people and standing for truth was very courageous. Her name was Malalai Joya. Joya was one of the candidates for the National Assembly. She grew up...

West Plots to Supplant United Nations with Global NATO

July 1, 2009
West Plots to Supplant United Nations with Global NATO

RICK ROZOFF: Ten years ago it first became evident to the world that moves were afoot in major Western capitals to circumvent, subvert and ultimately supplant the United Nations, as the U.N. could not always be counted on to act in strict accordance with the dictates of the United States and its NATO allies....

Native Council Wins Right to Intervene in Yucca Mountain License Application

July 1, 2009
Native Council Wins Right to Intervene in Yucca Mountain License Application

IAN ZABARTE: NCAC raised three "contentions" in opposition to the licensing of the facility. First, NCAC demonstrated that the lands on which the facility is proposed to be built, remain Shoshone lands. The judges agreed that this is a "viable" legal claim, and this contention is admitted. Decision, page 130. (The judges accepted our...

The Beltway Bulletin

July 1, 2009
The Beltway Bulletin

PHIL CARVER: A good summary of legislation proposed in Congress this year.

How I Want to Discuss Israel/Palestine

July 1, 2009
How I Want to Discuss Israel/Palestine

PETER MILLER: I don't subscribe to the notion that "Zionism doesn't announce itself. It's a stealth war, on our minds." I don't subscribe to conspiracy theory. The opponents of Palestinian rights are well established and out in the open. I don't want to become like AIPAC and folks...

Dare We “Dictate” the Terms of Middle East Peace?

July 1, 2009
Dare We “Dictate” the Terms of Middle East Peace?

MARIAH LEUNG: Regarding the Israel/Palestine conflict, we often hear the well-worn statement: "We can't, and shouldn't, dictate the terms of peace we don't live there." I challenge this assumption.

Pakistan Must Build a Peaceful and Just Social Order

July 1, 2009
Pakistan Must Build a Peaceful and Just Social Order

PRITAM K. ROHILA: After years of dilly-dallying, the Pakistan government and the Army have launched an offensive against the extremists in Swat, Buner and Dir. In retaliation, extremists have carried out brazen and well-planned suicide and car-bombing attacks in different parts of Pakistan. They have targeted police and military personnel and installations, prestigious hotels,...

Afghanistan: Where Empires Go to Die

July 1, 2009
Afghanistan: Where Empires Go to Die

TOM ENGELHARDT: Excerpt: “…had they not been so blinded by triumphalism, Bush's people really wouldn't have needed to know much to avoid catastrophe. This wasn't atomic science or brain surgery. They needn't have been experts on Central Asia, or mastered Pashto or Dari, or recalled the history of the anti-Soviet War that had ended...

“I’m Pro-Israel and I’m Pro-Palestinian, and I’m Hoping for a Just Peace There”

July 1, 2009
“I’m Pro-Israel and I’m Pro-Palestinian, and I’m Hoping for a Just Peace There”

The title says it all. Excellent short video.

Action: Petition Obama to Halt West Bank Settlements

July 1, 2009
Action: Petition Obama to Halt West Bank Settlements

Sign the petition at http://bit.ly/35Z96. The petition signatures will be published in major Israeli newspapers.

Israeli Palestinian Conflict 101

July 1, 2009
Israeli Palestinian Conflict 101

Find answers to many frequently asked questions about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict from Jewish Voice for Peace.

Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance Leaders on Trial in Israeli Military Court

July 1, 2009
Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance Leaders on Trial in Israeli Military Court

An Israeli military court is trying a leader of the Palestinian nonviolent resistance for organizing just that; nonviolent resistance to occupation.

Palestinians File 936 War Crimes Suits in Spanish Court

July 1, 2009
Palestinians File 936 War Crimes Suits in Spanish Court

Palestinian lawyers have prepared 936 lawsuits against Israel over alleged war crimes committed during its three-week offensive against Hamas in Gaza, the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel has reported. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza has recorded the cases, the magazine said, which include alleged incidents of children shot at close range,...

Illegal Arrests: Getting Beyond Rights

July 1, 2009
Illegal Arrests: Getting Beyond Rights

SARAH K. LOOSE: What's to be done when people's basic constitutional and human rights are violated by the very folks whose job it is to protect them?

“Civil Liberties Under Obama: Are We Still At Risk?” Draws Overflow Crowd

July 1, 2009
“Civil Liberties Under Obama: Are We Still At Risk?” Draws Overflow Crowd

MARK KRAMER: On June 17, an overflow crowd of 100 attended a forum titled "Civil Liberties Under Obama: Are We Still At Risk?" at Portland State University. The event was sponsored by the Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the ACLU of Oregon, Peace and Justice Works, the American Constitution Society,...

Charges Against Suu Kyi Spark Outrage

July 1, 2009
Charges Against Suu Kyi Spark Outrage

Charges levied by the Myanmar military junta against Aung San Suu Kyi after an uninvited visit by an American man who swam to her house has unleashed a storm of international criticism from human-rights advocates, governments and dignitaries.

Confronting the Bomb Now Available

July 1, 2009
Confronting the Bomb Now Available

A new book, Confronting the Bomb -- A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement by frequent PeaceWorker contributor Dr. Lawrence S. Wittner is now available from Stanford University Press as part of its Stanford Nuclear Age series.