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Time To Account For The Cost Of War

We wouldn’t have the sequester today, if it wasn’t for all the wasteful military spending that took place to enable the invasion and occupation of Iraq. However, Republicans and conservative Democrats remain reluctant to cut military spending back down to pre-war levels, and have worked to obfuscate the true financial cost of the war. [...]

Sitting On A Mountain Of Nuclear Weapons, Obama and GOP Argue About When Iran Will Get Theirs

The United States of America does not have a strong moral footing for engaging in a military attack against Iran in order to prevent the construction of a nuclear weapon there. [...]

Republicans Seek To Help Terrorists Get Weapons

Greg Hittelman of the Conflict Awareness Project, writes that “The world’s weapons business is a kind of Wild West: law and order is not the rule, it’s the exception.” The unregulated flow of deadly weapons across international borders has encouraged the high rate of war between nations, civil war, terrorism, piracy, and other violent crime. [...]

The Twisted Blade Of Nuclear Aggression

Here in the United States, unlike in North Korea, our federal government is established and maintained through democratic elections. The American people have, for generations, endorsed the policy of nuclear brinksmanship. [...]

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” [...]