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"Es hablando
no matandonos
como habremos
de entendernos"

Melchor Ocampo (Mexico)

It is in talking, not killing
that we are able
to understand one another.

“There Is No Military Solution”

– But Obama Launches a New U.S. War in Syria
By Phyllis Bennis, September 23, 2014 – published in Global Exchange issue 88

President Obama’s decision to bomb Syria stands in stark violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. It contradicts his own commitment, stated a year ago in the UN General Assembly, to reverse Washington’s “perpetual war footing.”

And it portends disaster for the people of Syria, the region and much of the world.

A Child Shall Lead Us

by Sally Breen

December 10th, a day set aside to highlight human rights. What better day for the 2014 Nobel peace prize winner, Malala Yousefzai, to receive the honored prize.

Malala was born in Pakistan in 1997, and Is now 17 years of age, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in the history of the Nobel organization. Her miraculous recovery from being shot in the head by the Taliban two years ago is a lesson in courage and perseverance.

The CIA's interrogation program

[These could be added to the reports, but are perhaps already there.]

Support continuing talks with Iran

The damage from destroying this effort to negotiate a settlement with Iran regarding its nuclear developments is painful to contemplate – and could drive the whole thing into further militancy. From Just Foreign Policy (December 1):
The U.S. and its European partners have agreed to extend the interim nuclear deal with Iran while continuing to work towards a comprehensive, permanent agreement. The extension of the interim deal means that Iran’s nuclear program will continue to be under tightened restrictions and closer international inspection.

Headlines - Syria

Observers: US-led Syria strikes kill over 900
Submitted by WW4 Report 11/23/2014
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Nov. 22 that US-led airstrikes in Syria have killed over 900 people since September—including 785 ISIS fighters, 72 Nusra Front militants and 52 civilians. Among the civilians were eight women and five children. Activists say Syria's civil war has now claimed over 200,000 lives. (AP, Nov. 22)

Does Lobbying Make a Difference? IRAN

From Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest:
“As I listened to stories and saw the excitement on the faces of FCNL constituents returning from meeting with congressional offices in support of diplomacy with Iran, I was reminded of the power of citizen lobbying. 430 people from 43 states -- this week

Why should US destroy someone's property in S.Korea for a naval base to "contain" China?

Living the Eucharist: resisting the destruction of Jeju Island Reflection

Drug Wars Are Good Business

Book Release Speaking Tour with Author

"Drug War Capitalism"
By Dawn Paley (dawnpaley@gmail.com)
• More info / To order: http://www.akpress.org/drug-war-capitalism.html
Drug Wars Are Good Business

There is no military solution

IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis Condemns Escalating War in Syria and Iraq
More troops are not going to solve the problem. It will mean more violence for Iraqis and Syrians, and they will not make us any safer here at home

President Obama chose the tenth anniversary of the first US battle of Fallujah to announce he is almost doubling the US military deployment in Iraq, sending another 1,500 US soldiers back to the war, some of them right back to Fallujah’s Anbar province.

Syrian wars of proxy

[supposing this perspective is most correct: then what objective would there be for US to align with any? or against Assad? The US should seek its useful role outside of the military.]

By As'ad AbuKhalil - Mon, 2014-09-22 ANGRY CORNER


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