ROBERT KOEHLER – Why is the American sense of justice simply linear and bureaucratic? Why is priority number one, in the wake of such a crime â€“ a crime against humanity â€“ to charge, convict and punish, rather than heal, understand and change? Rupert Ross, in his bookÂ Returning to the Teachings, examines indigenous approaches to justice around the world: â€œThe purpose is healing, not punishment â€“ a healing accomplished by the full range of people who were affected by the original event.â€ This is the core ofÂ Restorative Justice.
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Time is Money â€“ The Devastating Impacts of American Culture on Foreign Policy
ERIN NIEMELA – Two days before Christmas my brother called, frantically demanding I tell him what to purchase for my two young children and myself. For the kids, I said, buy Legos. For myself, I neither need nor want anything. I requested he write for me a brief letter answering the following question: If you could give me anything in the world for Christmas, what would it be and why? My dear brotherâ€™s response was less than agreeable: â€œWhat the hell? Iâ€™m too busy to do that! Just tell me what you want!â€ In his defense, he just had a new baby, but his response warrants a closer look into American culture and how it impacts all of us.
Make Pentagon Savings Part of Budget Negotiations
REPS KEITH ELLISON AND MICK MULVANEY – We believe pursuing savings in the Pentagon’s budget must be one part of the larger — and critical — effort to improve our nation’s fiscal condition.
To argue that the defense budget should be off the table ignores the growth in defense spending–which since 2000 has increased more than a third after adjusting for inflation. We can disagree about the proper amount of defense spending, but it is clear that recent growth has not been tied to strategic needs.
White House Website is Lying About Your Taxes
DAVID SWANSON – The White House has a handy website to mislead you about your tax dollars at http://www.whitehouse.gov/taxreceipt. It claims that only 26.3% goes to “National Defense.”