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.

Baucus Commits Medical Malpractice — Arrests Doctors

July 1, 2009
Baucus Commits Medical Malpractice — Arrests Doctors

Baucus has single-payer advocates arrested and removed, including doctors and nurses.

Activists Protest Drone Warfare

July 1, 2009
Activists Protest Drone Warfare

VALERIE SATUREN: Fourteen peace activists were arrested on April 10 at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada, during a 10-day vigil protesting unmanned aircraft strikes along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

Obama Administration Defends Recruiting Children

July 1, 2009
Obama Administration Defends Recruiting Children

California voters passed measures F and J last November prohibiting military recruiters from initiating contact with minors. Now the Obama administration is demanding that the law be overturned.

Study Exposes Transport’s Hidden Impact on the Environment

July 1, 2009
Study Exposes Transport’s  Hidden Impact on the Environment

A new study by researchers at the University of California looks beyond the exhaust pipe at the impact of transport on the environment.

Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: Opportunities and Roadblocks

July 1, 2009
Abolishing Nuclear Weapons:  Opportunities and Roadblocks

SUSI SNYDER: The final preparatory committee meeting of the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ended on May 15 with adoption of an agenda for the 2010 NPT Review Conference. This is a positive step towards nuclear weapons abolition. However, the road to a world free of nuclear weapons still has many bumps to overcome,...

The News on Nukes

July 1, 2009
The News on Nukes

FRIDA BERRIGAN: It's not on the front pages of what is left of U.S. newspapers. The headlines are dominated by violence in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq, by Miss America's semi-nude photo scandal, and by cyber war-games and coal-fires power plans in China. But just about everyone who is anyone is talking about nuclear weapons...

The New Nuclear Math

July 1, 2009
The New Nuclear Math

JOHN LORETZ: Pick a number. Any number. How about 1,500? That's how many nuclear weapons General Nikolai Solovtsov wants to keep in the Russian arsenal at the conclusion of the next round of START negotiations with the U.S.

ElBaradei: Warning Words on Nuclear Proliferation, Oversight

July 1, 2009
ElBaradei: Warning Words on  Nuclear Proliferation, Oversight

Outgoing International Atomic Energy Agency director Mohamed ElBaradei said the current international nuclear regime risked falling apart because of the recent uptick in nuclear proliferation, with new nations developing or threatening to develop nuclear technology. Though

Garten Services Launches Zero Waste Events Project in Salem

July 1, 2009
Garten Services Launches Zero Waste Events Project in Salem

Garten Services has begun a new project that will help all your gatherings and events be more sustainable. It's called Garten's Zero Waste Events. Formally launched on June 15th with seed grant funding from the Oregon DEQ, Garten's Zero Waste Events can now help you put sustainability into action by assisting in the reduction...

Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era

July 1, 2009
Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era

JAMES TRIMARCO: A new book by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, founder of Daily Kos, is essential reading for anyone who wants to use new media to organize political activism.

Changes Underway at OPW

July 1, 2009
Changes Underway at OPW

The OPW Board has decided to continue to produce a printed PeaceWorker for at least two more quarterly issues (Sept and Dec/Jan), but it will only be available to those willing to pay for it, either by subscribing at $15/year or by making a donation of $15 or more to Oregon PeaceWorks. However, both...

Calendar

July 1, 2009
Calendar

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