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What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
I learned that Washington never told a lie.
I learned that soldiers seldom die.
I learned that everybody's free.
And that's what the teacher said to me.
That's what I learned in school today.
That's what I learned in school.

"How to Start a Revolution"

Jamila Raqib

...the world's foremost scholar on strategic nonviolent action...

will talk about the practice of nonviolent action in world affairs

November 11
4:15 at Chase Hall, Bates College in Lewiston

7:00 at Curtis Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick

Information raises major questions.

Tell your representativesthat Congress must talk about what the US is going to do and not do in this region, what are the rationale and objectives of military action, as well as the need for Security Council action, because U.N. charter Article 2 prohibits the use of military force against other nations unless authorized by the Security Council.

Backsliding on Nuclear Promises

New York Times – September 23, 2014

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
(published on-line Sept. 22, 2014; in print edition on Sept 23)

Islamic State – in Iraq and Syria -- a major issue in a world of issues.

September 19, 2014 -- Friends Committee on National Legislation

The US is hearing emphasis on the need to go after this group militarily – in Syria and Iraq.

This cannot succeed.
It lacks examination of clarified purpose or of probable results on the part of the US or other nations.
There is urgency for Congressional, national, international discussion .

Peace Action Responds to Obama’s ISIS Plan

Washington, DC — September 10, 2014 — In response to President Obama’s speech on dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Peace Action, the largest peace group in the U.S. made the following statements:

Who's Responsible for the Flight of Honduran Children

"Yes, gangs are rampant in Honduras. But the truly dangerous gang is the Honduran government. And our own [U.S. and Canadian] tax dollars are pouring into it while our top officials praise its virtues."
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Who's Responsible For Flight Of Honduran Children?
07/09/2014, by Dana Frank, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-frank/whos-responsible-for-the-hondur...

Points on Ukraine -- April 17, 2014

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges Congress, the Obama administration and policymakers throughout the European Union to adopt policies toward the Ukraine crisis that deescalate the conflict while providing a constructive path forward. The diplomatic deal struck this week by diplomats from the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union, who agreed to a framework plan designed to end violence in Ukraine, is a very positive step in the right direction.

To Make a World Without War

What to do Next?
William Pfaff
Paris, March 26, 2014 – Here again in the Ukrainian affair we see the Manichean habits of mind of the Cold War, still the most powerful precedent in the last fifty years of American and Western political history and policy studies.

The truth about Venezuela: a revolt of the well-off, not a 'terror campaign'

John Kerry’s rhetoric is divorced from the reality on the ground, where life goes on – even at the barricades
Mark Weisbrot, theguardian.com, Thursday 20 March 2014

Images forge reality, granting a power to television and video and even still photographs that can burrow deep into people’s consciousness without them even knowing it.

Ukraine: an analysis

by David McReynolds
(Edge Left is an occasional column, written by David McReynolds. It can be reprinted without further permission)

Before launching into my analysis of events in Ukraine, there are a few points which should be made for an American audience.

If the Defense Department's Not Defensive, What Would Be?

David Swanson came to Maine February 15, speaking with groups in Brunswick and in Portland to debunk the “pro-war” stance, to confront myths we are conditioned to hear, officials and media telling us war is inevitable, necessary, beneficial….We have been conditioned for war, and we use weapons to handle crises.

People from 53 countries have signed onto worldbeyodwar.org.
The United States has troops in 175 countries.

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
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Congressman Michael H. Michaud
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