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AP photo / Carol Phelps

A Submarine to Fight al-Qaida?s Navy

A trillion dollars here, a trillion dollars there, and soon you’re talking real money. But when it comes to reporting on what the Bush war legacy has cost American taxpayers, the media have been shockingly indifferent to the highest run-up in military spending since World War II.

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Consider Iraq Defined

Quite a “defining moment” in Iraq, wasn’t it? At this rate, John McCain is going to be proved right: The war will last a century.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


McKinney and Nader
runcynthiarun.org/votenader.org

A Conscientious Objection

Those of us who oppose the war, who believe that all U.S. troops should be withdrawn and the network of permanent bases in Iraq dismantled, have only two options in the coming presidential elections—Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney.

Posted on Mar 23, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Oded Balilty

The World as It Is

War creates a world without empathy. Those who have empathy cannot, as did Palestinian gunman Alaa Hisham Abu Dheim, coldly murder students in a Jerusalem library. Those who have empathy cannot drop tons of iron fragmentation bombs on crowded Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza, killing more than 120 Palestinians in a week, of whom one in five were children and more than half were civilians.

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


Olmert Bush Abbas
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Bush Hopeful for 11th-Hour Mideast Peace Deal

In keeping with the tradition of U.S. presidents attempting to forge peace agreements during their last years in office, President Bush remains optimistic about securing an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in the final 10 months of his administration despite the recent outbreak of violence in the Middle East.

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Berger and Albright
news.bbc.co.uk

Whispering in the Ear of the President

It’s safe to assume that the people currently advising Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on foreign policy will continue to do so if their candidate is elected. So what approaches can we expect from an Obama or a Clinton administration? There are some bad apples in either bunch, but Foreign Policy in Focus says the company Obama and Clinton keep largely parallels their votes on the war.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Baz Ratner

Milton Viorst on Israel’s Tragic Predicament

Can decent Israelis, caught between complacency and conscience, save their beleaguered country from the corruptions of power, religious fanaticism and crippling hubris?

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Giving Israel a Pass

The former “60 Minutes” producer laments the unfortunate tendency to treat any criticism of Israel as an attack on the Jewish people and a denial of their past suffering.

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Kucinich and Obama

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King and Child
AP photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Remembering Martin Luther King

“Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. That is where we are today.”

—Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE


Hamas mourners
AP photo / Khalil Hamra

The Lessons of Violence

The former New York Times Middle East bureau chief warns that the actions that led to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza will not bring peace to Israel but will instead create a new generation of Palestinian militants.

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Gaza Déjà Vu

The Mosaic Intelligence Report looks at Bush’s rosy predictions for peace in the Middle East and explains why his optimism is unwarranted.

Posted on Jan 20, 2008 READ MORE


Bush and Co.
news.bbc.co.uk

Bush Lands in Israel

President Bush has arrived in Israel, where he plans to do some legacy shopping and see if he can’t just solve this Mideast conflict everyone is always talking about. Everyday Israelis and Palestinians, however, remain skeptical that their leaders will find a solution before the end of 2008, as promised.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Carol Brightman on the 1960s

Three new memoirs by veterans of the New Left provide nuance and complexity to a tumultuous decade whose political and cultural legacy is still contested. Bonus points to those who can answer the question: Do you still need a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows?

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Zachary Karabell on Mark Lilla’s ‘The Stillborn God’

With religious passions inflaming and complicating politics worldwide, the very project of a secular future is threatened.  In “The Stillborn God,” Mark Lilla reveals the roots of the age-old quest to bring political life under God’s authority.  He also explores how modern Western thinkers found a way to free politics from theological power and build barriers against destructive religious fanaticism.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
White House photo / Tina Hager

Mr. Bush Goes to Israel

For the first time during his presidency, in the final year of his final term, George W. Bush is headed to Israel and the West Bank. Given that he’s even less popular in the Mideast than he is at home, massive security preparations are under way.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Keeping Kucinich Quiet

Video blogger and Dennis Kucinich fan Davis Fleetwood hits the streets of Des Moines to find out why the peace candidate was excluded from the final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucus.

Posted on Dec 17, 2007 READ MORE


Half Way

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Peace Protest
AP photo / Bela Szandelszky

Why We Resist

The refusal to pay my taxes if we go to war with Iran, and the portion of my taxes spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan if we do not cut off funding for these two conflicts, is not a means. It is an end. I do not know if my refusal, and the refusal of others, will be effective in halting these wars. All I know is that it is worth doing.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert, Bush and Abbas

Meeting Low Expectations for Peace

Now that the Annapolis peace summit is over, the Mosaic Intelligence Report investigates the fallout from lowering the diplomatic bar, putting the slapstick back in world affairs and the conspicuous absence of Iraq, Iran and Hamas.

Posted on Dec 2, 2007 READ MORE


Bush’s Costume Party

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Déjà Vu in Annapolis

Haven’t we been here before? Isn’t Annapolis just a repeat of the White House lawn and the Oslo agreement, a series of pious claims and promises in which two weak men, Messrs. Abbas and Olmert, even use the same words of Oslo.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert Bush Abbas
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Olmert Warns of Israel’s End If Two-State Solution Isn’t Found

If Israeli and Palestinian officials can’t find a way to establish a Palestinian state, the state of Israel won’t survive, according to Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.  These words of warning came on the heels of Olmert’s meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and President Bush in Annapolis, Md., during which the three leaders laid out plans and set goals for formal peace talks.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Light a Candle

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Christmas Summit

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Annapolis Peace Summit — Dead Before Arrival

The Mosaic Intelligence Report’s Jamal Dajani heads to Jerusalem to find out why the Bush administration’s highly vaunted Annapolis peace summit has generated little more than skepticism in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007 READ MORE


Imagine Peace—A Ray of Light in Dark Times

John Lennon would have turned 67 years old last week had he not been murdered in 1980 by a mentally disturbed fan. On his birthday, Oct. 9, his widow, peace activist and artist Yoko Ono, realized a dream they shared.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
Eric Lee / Paramount Classics via NYT

Draft Gore for President?

Al Gore and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their crusade against global warming. Now, just imagine what would happen if the Nobel laureate applied himself with equal intensity to ending the war in Iraq.  That could be the beginning of a thrilling presidential campaign.

Posted on Oct 12, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
usatoday.com

Gore Has His Eye on the Prize

Forget the Oscar—the Nobel Peace Prize is where it’s at, and environmental advocate and former Vice President Al Gore may soon add one to his trophy case. That’s according to the predictions of a number of Nobel experts who did some handicapping for Reuters.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE


Chevron’s Pipeline Is the Burmese Regime’s Lifeline

The barbarous military regime depends on revenue from the nation’s gas reserves and partners such as Chevron to buy bullets for the guns it points at monks, a detail conveniently ignored by the Bush administration.

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Begging for Peace

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Marva participants
facebook.com

Israel’s Toy Soldiers

If you are a young Muslim American and head off to the Middle East for a spell in a fundamentalist “madrassa,” or religious school, Homeland Security will probably greet you at the airport when you return.  But if you are an American Jew and you join hundreds of teenagers from Europe and Mexico for an eight-week training course run by the Israel Defense Forces, you can post your picture wearing an Israeli army uniform and holding an automatic weapon on MySpace.

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


Aznar and Bush
voltairenet.org

Bush Before the War

Joe Conason tells the story revealed by recently released transcripts of a meeting held between Spain’s then-prime minister and President Bush prior to the war. As one might expect, Bush was arrogant and determined to invade, diplomacy be damned.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


Hamas rally
foreignpolicy.com

Israel Rejects Peace Petition

The Israeli government has dismissed a petition calling for a cease-fire with Hamas. The document, which was written by some of Israel’s leading writers and intellectuals, notes that “Israel has in the past negotiated with its worst enemies.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Condi Visits the Middle East

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Tear Down That Wall

I sat down with former President Jimmy Carter last week at the Carter Center in Atlanta. The Center was hosting a conference of human rights defenders, people at the front lines confronting repressive regimes around the globe. After a quarter-century of humanitarian work through the Carter Center, monitoring elections, working to eradicate neglected tropical diseases and focusing on the poor, Jimmy Carter now finds himself at the center of the storm in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


Man walking along Gaza border
AP Photo / Kevin Frayer

Starving Gaza

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel and the U.S. are making a ghetto out of Gaza, hoping that cutting the territory off from the rest of the world will weaken democratically elected Hamas. They are wrong, and the innocent people of the Gaza Strip are paying the price.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


The Peace Broker

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Cindy Sheehan Speaks
AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

A Call to Service

The “Waging Peace” author argues that the antiwar movement’s strategies are failing to reach everyday Americans and doing little to end the war or repair our troubled democracy. He proposes a different model to win the hearts and minds of mainstream America: national service.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


Abbas and Olmert
cbc.ca

Israelis Want Peace, but Aren’t Holding Their Breath

A new poll shows that 70 percent of Israelis favor peace with the Palestinians along the lines of a two-state solution, but only 39 percent think peace will be achieved in the near future. Meanwhile, a majority of Israelis favor strengthening ties with Mahmoud Abbas’ (above left) Fatah regime in the West Bank.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


Israeli guard tower
AP Photo / Emilio Morenatti

Looking Back on 40 Years of Occupation

Israel captured and occupied the Gaza Strip and the West Bank 40 years ago this week.  The victory was celebrated as a great triumph, at once tripling the size of the land under Israeli control, including East Jerusalem.  It was, however, a Pyrrhic victory.  As the occupation stretched over the decades, it transformed and deformed Israeli society.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE


Howe
Harvard.edu

The Anti-War Origins of Mother’s Day

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe responded to the horrors of the Civil War by issuing her “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” calling on women around the world to rise up and oppose war in all its forms. It would be decades before Americans officially began celebrating Mother’s Day, and much of the original spirit of the proclamation has since been lost.

Posted on May 13, 2007 READ MORE


Northern Ireland Chooses Peace

The heads of Northern Ireland’s main Protestant and Catholic political parties have joined together in an historic power-sharing government. Ian Paisley, leader of an anti-Catholic church, and Martin McGuinness, formerly of the IRA, will lead the new government. Both men have spent time in prison for their extremist roles in the conflict.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


Nusseibeh
bcm.bc.edu

Palestinians’ Hard Choice: An Interview With Sari Nusseibeh

Palestinian intellectual, political figure and former PLO official Sari Nusseibeh (above) talks with Jon Wiener, historian and contributor to The Nation, about Nusseibeh’s new memoir, future prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and the 2006 July War in Lebanon—a war, he says, that “both sides lost.”

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


Arab States Create Israel ‘Contact Group’

A number of Arab foreign ministers have appointed Egypt and Jordan to meet with Israel over a peace proposal that would normalize relations between the Jewish state and the Arab world in exchange for a long list of concessions, some very unlikely to be met.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


Bringing the Troops Home

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The Decider

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Bush
whitehouse.gov

Hang Up on War

If you are upset that Congress won’t defund the war in Iraq, there’s something you can do: Stop paying a tax. Legally.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert
latimes.com

Israel Warms to Peace Initiative

Responding to a Saudi peace proposal, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has invited all Arab heads of state to meet in Jerusalem for talks. Israel had rejected similar proposals, but Olmert now takes a different view, saying a multilateral meeting would be “worth the effort.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


House Approves Iraq Timetable

The House of Representatives narrowly passed the hotly debated timeline for getting American troops out of Iraq by Aug. 31, 2008. Bush has indicated he will veto the bill. In a statement to the press,  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “The American people see the reality of war. The president does not.”

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


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