H. R. 881, the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act, prevents the expenditure of money in the federal budget for the use of cluster bombs unless it is certified that fewer than one percent of the bomblets distributed by U.S. cluster bombs fail to explode, and unless the policy dictating the use of cluster bombs specifies that the cluster bombs will only be used against military targets, not in areas where civilians are likely to go. [...]
Barbara Lee and eight other members of the House of Representatives have introduced legislation to create a Department of Peacebuilding. [...]
Seen today: The flag of the united states of peace. As I took this photograph, a passerby stopped and asked, “What country is that from?”
“It could be from our own country,” I said.
Afghanistan has banned American soldiers and their NATO allies from Maidan Wardak, a province adjoining the Afghan capital of Kabul. Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, explains that American soldiers have been accused of participation in the violence, while the U.S. military has refused even to respond to official Afghan government investigators [...]
This morning, Reuters is reporting on a violent incident with the headline Ten Afghan “civilians” killed in NATO airstrike.
This headline leaves me wondering what the difference between is between “civilians” and civilians. 5 of the “civilians” killed were children… or were they “children”? Were they only “killed”, rather than being killed? Did they “live” [...]
A significant reduction in our nation’s military budget would not only bring our economy back to a more sustainable footing. It would also wean Washington’s political culture away from an unhealthy tendency to perceive a military crisis around every corner. [...]
What is a Massachusetts Democrat?
In the race to replace John Kerry in the U.S. Senate, it looks as though two members of the House of Representatives — Ed Markey of Massachusetts District 7 and Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts District 9 — will be the prominent contenders for the Democratic party nomination. As members of [...]
Occupy Denver has just issued a call to protest at the first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
The first of the three Presidential “debates” will take place in Denver, Colorado on October 3rd. We have no doubt that this charade will produce plenty of false promises, lies, empty platitudes and misleading statements. [...]
Burning things and killing people because there’s a movie you don’t like is not the kind of bullying rage that makes the world a better place. But let’s put that in context. Over the last twelve years, how many Muslims have killed Christians? Most people stop there, but the second question needs to be [...]