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When Will the United States Join the International Land Mine Ban Treaty?

Barack Obama has been playing coy with the issue of land mines. His administration began a review of the idea of signing the treaty four years ago. [...]

A Bipartisan Bill To Reduce Cluster Bombs

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. [...]

The Evolution of a Quote: Misconceived, Misattributed, Misconstrued

Yesterday a professional contact of mine shared the following message on Facebook:

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an [...]

A Department of Peacebuilding

Barbara Lee and eight other members of the House of Representatives have introduced legislation to create a Department of Peacebuilding. [...]

The Peace Flag Still Waves

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.

American Soldiers Accused Of Murdering And Torturing Afghan Civilians

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 [...]

Reuters "Reports" On Civilians Killed By "NATO"

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” [...]

What Does A Military Crisis Of Readiness Look Like?

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. [...]

How We're Talking About Drones Today

Yesterday, Peregrin Wood noted the leaking of a previously secret legal document written by the presidential administration of Barack Obama, a document that justifies the killing of American citizens who have been convicted of no crime, without the right to a trial and even without charges being brought to a criminal court. The tool for [...]

What is a Massachusetts Democrat? Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch offer two Very Different Answers

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 [...]

Call to Protest at the First Presidential Debate in Denver October 3 2012

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. [...]