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Steps to Encourage Peace in Ukraine
Deb Sawyer: I've often read the quote, "The first casualty of war is truth." But I wonder if there aren't other first casualties including humility and the failure to see that the "enemy" is just as human as we are. ... I encourage the U.S. to take these two steps: First, to talk with the governments of the five NATO countries which house those comparatively few U.S. nuclear weapons and remove those weapons from those countries. ... Second, to change our attitude towards the TPNW (Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons ) ... We have said that we support abolishing nuclear weapons. ... Now we need to again act on that understanding... Visit Website ]
May 18, 2022, 12:02am

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Transcending the Certainties of War
Robert C. Koehler: "The decision to spurn the possibility of peaceful coexistence with Russia at the end of the Cold War is one of the most egregious crimes of the late 20th century," ... there is no military solution to Russia's invasion of Ukraine ... "War profiteers of the West are the same threat to democracy as the authoritarian rulers of the East," ... we need more than ever to preserve and strengthen venues of communication and cooperation between all people on Earth ... East and West should find the peaceful reconciliation and should pursue global governance, unity of all people in the world without armies and borders."... Visit Website ]
Mar 18, 2022, 11:12am

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The Frailty of Peace When Nuclear War Threatens
Robert C. Koehler: “Our world has become so interdependent that violent conflict between two countries inevitably impacts the rest of the world. War is outdated — nonviolence is the only way. We need to develop a sense of the oneness of humanity by considering other human beings as brothers and sisters. This is how we will build a more peaceful world.” ..Dalai Lama Visit Website ]
Mar 4, 2022, 5:31pm

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Don’t Give up on the Blessings of Freedom
John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead: All we are saying is give peace a chance." (John Lennon) Every year finds us struggling to reconcile our hope for a better, freer, more just world with the soul-sucking reality of a world in which greed, meanness and war continue to triumph. ... Thinking good thoughts, being grateful, counting your blessings and adopting a glass-half-full mindset are fine and good, but that’s not enough. This world requires doers, men and women (and children) who will put those good thoughts into action. ... Refuse to remain silent. Take a stand. Speak up. Speak out. Recognize injustice. Don’t turn away from suffering... Visit Website ]
Nov 23, 2021, 1:45pm

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End Military Extremism By Ending War
William J. Astore: James Madison warned Americans that long wars favored autocracy, eroded individual rights, and fed corruption, which would weaken democracy. ... In the latest report on military extremism, which I helped author, we uncover a harsh truth: America's 20-year global war only spreads terror further. ... If the first casualty of war is truth, the persistent casualty of endless war is the very integrity of democracy. ... It's time for Americans to become a new kind of extremist—extreme in their love of democracy, of justice, of virtue, of honor, of peace. ... Today's extremism feeds on war, anger, aggression, fear, hatred, and racism. ... To end it, we must first abolish war, reject lies, and embrace one another without rancor. Visit Website ]
Sep 4, 2021, 12:32pm

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Meditations on Loving the Land
Phil Knight: This is our home, the world that made us. Terra firma – solid earth. We return to the Earth when we die and, as we decompose, become part of Earth once again. ... Getting to really know and love a piece of land is a sensual experience and can be a hard one. In a place being overwhelmed by progress, it is dangerous but essential to love the land. ... We ARE the land, made up of all manner of minerals – our bodies contain calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine, chromium, copper, fluoride, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. ... And water, of course, that incredible fluid that runs through our veins, makes up sixty per cent of our living bodies, and flows through all the veins of the Earth. ... For all that the Earth gives us, we don’t give a lot back. But we sure do take... Visit Website ]
Aug 18, 2021, 2:44pm

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Hiroshima-Nagasaki: The story they want us to forget
Bruce Gagnon: On a trip to Japan for memorial events at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1984 I met many Hibakusha (survivors of the US bombing attacks in 1945). One told the story that after the bomb was dropped the US military would not initially allow medical personnel to come tend the injured. ... Instead US radiological teams came in to study the effects of the bombing on the people. ... The Japanese people were lab rats for the Americans to study. ... A soldiers story: 1945 ... He was a paratrooper. His unit was put on a transport plane and dropped into the mushroom cloud ... The troopers were then medically tested... Visit Website ]
Aug 6, 2021, 12:15pm

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Making War Obsolete
John Repp: We should have abolished war after World War II. ... That war was so lethal and so destructive, even before the dropping of the atomic bombs, that had people understood that there is a real alternative to deadly violent conflict, humanity might have taken another path. ... Why have we not abolished war? ... The mythology of conventional history as told by the dominators rules our minds. ... There is a practical nonviolent substitute for war and violent revolution. ... Civilian-based defense is the idea that a carefully prepared program where an educated and trained citizenry could defend a country using tactics like mass demonstrations, strikes of all kinds and economic shutdowns... Visit Website ]
Jul 28, 2021, 12:26pm

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We Can Only Win Without War
Robert C. Koehler: "Love alone," wrote Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in The Phenomenon of Man, "is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them up and joins them by what is deepest in themselves." ... What if "love" doesn't refer to some hopeful fantasy but, rather, a reverence that transcends the human ego, that connects us beyond ourselves to all of life . . . even to what we fear? ... What if attaining such a connection is the essence of empowerment, rather than bombing and killing what we fear (along with a few innocent bystanders who happen to be in the way)?... Visit Website ]
Jun 25, 2021, 3:57pm

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Life in Revolutionary Times: Lessons From the 1960s
Nathan J. Robinson: In the 1960s, people around the world fought for revolutionary change. What can we learn from them? ... ’60s radicals did change their society for the better. They didn’t create a utopia, and many of their projects failed. But the country, and the world, were better off because of the work that hundreds of thousands of individuals put in, because of their creativity and their refusal to accept that the way things are is necessarily how they have to be. ... We need to figure out what went wrong and what went right, and to understand that what went right can happen again, if we make it... Visit Website ]
May 29, 2021, 4:34pm

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What Does An Ecological Civilization Look Like?
Jeremy Lent: A society based on natural ecology might seem like a far-off utopia—yet ... the multiple problems confronting us right now are symptoms of an even more profound problem: The underlying structure of a global economic and political system that is driving civilization toward a precipice. ... As long as government policies emphasize growth in gross domestic product and transnational corporations relentlessly pursue shareholder returns, we will continue accelerating toward global catastrophe. ... We need to forge a new era for humanity—one that is defined, at its deepest level, by a transformation in the way we make sense of the world, and a concomitant revolution in our values, goals, and collective behavior... Visit Website ]
Feb 19, 2021, 3:30pm

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A Multipoint Plan to End War as We Know It
William Astore: 1. Stop the U.S. from building new generations of nuclear weapons and downsize the vast existing American arsenal, while launching global negotiations to work toward the elimination of all such arsenals. ... 2 If the president wants to set an example when it comes to demilitarizing this over-armed, over-polluted planet of ours, reducing both the military’s fossil-fuel emissions and its poisonous munitions would be a powerful way to start. ... 3. End this century’s forever wars and radically downsize this country’s unprecedented global network of military bases.... Visit Website ]
Feb 4, 2021, 3:54pm

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Why We Can’t Give Up on the Idea of a World Free From Nuclear Weapons
Vijay Prashad: On January 22, 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) became international law for the 122 states who signed the agreement in July 2017. ... “Each State Party undertakes never under any circumstances to... Develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.” ... Nine countries of the 193 member states of the United Nations possess nuclear weapons. Two of them—the United States of America and Russia—have more than 90 percent of all the 13,410 warheads. ... None of the nine nuclear weapons states have joined the TPNW... Visit Website ]
Jan 28, 2021, 2:16pm

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Overfunding of U.S. Military Is Driving Climate Change and White Supremacist Culture of War Crimes
Jack Delaney: The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has used its mammoth budget to enable war crimes, racism, and bigotry. While simultaneously squandering resources, the Pentagon is a leading catalyst behind climate change. ... The DOD and military-industrial complex ranks as the largest non-nation-state when it comes to pumping carbon emissions into the environment. ... Climate change is the result of neo-colonialism, militarism, and exploitation to maintain the bottom lines of Western private industry. ... The Cold War adversary in the form of the Soviet Union no longer exists... Visit Website ]
Aug 26, 2020, 3:07pm

Peace-Love
Lockdown 2020
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.

Mar 28, 2020, 10:40am


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