Thoughts on flag burning incident and the life of Whitney Houston

My thoughts on the Michigan father of a soldier who burned the NJ flag in protest of the lowering of the flag for Whitney Houston: The man from Michigan who burned a NJ flag to show his upset about the honor to Whitney Houston is completely wrong. First of all, it is wrong and taboo […]

Obama’s SOTU Speech Last Night…

For the full text of Obama’s 1/26/2011 SOTU speech, go to alternet: here. Kimberly writes: There were many ironies, horrors, and hypocrisies in President Obama’s speech last night. He said stuff that appalled me about: the economy; war; “clean” coal (ha! ha!); nuclear energy; and his ridiculous, right-wing approach to failing schools. He sometimes sounded […]

Obama calls people who want military out of schools “divisive”

For the full text of President Obama’s State of the Union speech, go to alternet: here. Quote: …And with that change, I call on all of our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and the ROTC. It is time to leave behind the divisive battles of the past. It is time […]

Military Recruitment in Our Schools- Students’ Rights and an NYCLU Guide (via Peace and Justice Online)

High School Junior ROTC The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) reports, “The US Military is aggressively recruiting young people for military service.”  “Recruiters,” the NYCLU states, “often target immigrants, students from poor families and people of color.” The targeting of teens in low income and minority communities is an acknowledged and accepted practice, according […]

Sheehan: We Need “Don’t Go, Don’t Kill (DGDK)” More Than a Repeal of DADT

The recent repeal of the US military policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is far from being the human rights advancement some are touting it to be. I find it intellectually dishonest, in fact, illogical on any level to associate human rights with any military, let alone one that is currently dehum … Read More […]

Lesser Evil: Obama’s continuity [of Bush Policies] praised

“For example, the American policies on renditions — the same. The American policies of taking the fight to the enemy, taking the leadership off the battlefield, continues. Indefinite detention of detainees continues. Military commissions continue to be in effect. “State secrets has been invoked as much by President Obama’s administration as by President Bush’s administration […]

ROBOT KILL-CHOPPER GOES ROGUE above Washington DC! • The Register

ROBOT KILL-CHOPPER GOES ROGUE above Washington DC! • The Register. A software error, combined with an unfortunate user action, led to a US military robot helicopter – developed from a manned version and capable of carrying a fearsome arsenal of weapons – straying into restricted airspace near Washington DC, according to reports. : Though this […]

DN! Debate: Is DREAM Act a Solution for Millions of Undocumented Youth or a Funnel for Military Recruitment?

Democracy Now! Debate: Is DREAM Act a Solution for Millions of Undocumented Youth or a Funnel for Military Recruitment? The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act—DREAM—would allow undocumented young people a chance at citizenship provided they attend college for at least two years or enlist in the military. It’s been described as a […]

More reasons to end the wars now! (A Liberty perspective)

Hat/tip to Paulie at Independent Political Report for reporting on this story. -KW Libertarian Party Monday Message: 10 reasons to end the wars now Dear Friend of Liberty, The long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been back in the news recently, and we just had the bizarre spectacle of the Republican National Committee Chairman […]

John Murtha dies (and the implications on war and peace)

Condolences to the family of  Congressperson John Murtha. Apart from the loss of a respected person and elected official, Murtha’s death will also have serious implications on war and peace, because he was the Chair of the United States House of Representatives Defense Appropriations Sub-Committee. Murtha belonged to the Democratic Party. The full story at […]

The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of the Military

Review by Kim Scipes of Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism Yet he makes an incredibly important point, trying to put things into perspective and to focus our attention:  “… here’s the awful truth:  even if every person, every automobile, and every factory suddenly emitted zero emissions, the Earth would still be headed head […]

Flip sides: Poetry, War and Peace

Last month, we posted an open letter from Maxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr., a poet of the peace community, who asked that President Obama read poetry before any discussions of military strategy. Max believes that this would help impress upon leaders the cost of war, and lead us towards peace. In sharing Max’s thoughts, a friend […]

If the war came to your backyard, would you try to stop it?

Do you know that a company in Long Island, New York, is part of manufacturing parts for predator drones? Predator drones are operated by men and women in Nevada, who program them to kill people half a world away in Iraq and Afghanistan. (A Democracy Now! story about drones linked here and excerpted below.) Will […]

Seven hundred and sixty four American service members have died in Afghanistan…

More than seven hundred American service members have died in the war in Afghanistan. There is a list in the NY Times, published August 7, 2009. The NY Times writes, “The Department of Defense has identified 764 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed […]