A Game-Changer for the Middle East
Negotiators in Switzerland just won a huge victory for diplomacy over war. Now we've got to protect it.
By Phyllis Bennis, April 2, 2015.
Negotiators in Lausanne, Switzerland just won a huge victory for diplomacy over war.
The hard-fought first-stage negotiations resulted in the outlines of an agreement that will significantly limit Iran’s nuclear program in return for significant relief from crippling economic sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations.
Both sides made major concessions, though it appears Iran’s are far greater.
Tehran accepted that U.S. and EU sanctions will not be lifted until after the UN’s watchdog agency verifies that Iran has fully implemented its new nuclear obligations — which could be years down the line. It agreed to severe cuts in its nuclear infrastructure, including the reduction of its current 19,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium to just over 6,000.
at the PRC!
The last Saturday of each month
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Marjorie Cohn - www.Truth-Out.org
You know the fix is in when a suspect who shot an unarmed man voluntarily provides four hours of un- cross examined testimony to a grand jury without taking the Fifth.
On August 9, Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson gunned down 18-year-old African American Michael Brown. Since that fateful day, people across the country have protested against racial profiling, excessive police force, and the failure of the criminal justice system to provide accountability.
The nail in the coffin of "equal justice under law" came on November 24, when the St. Louis County grand jury refused to indict Wilson for any criminal charges in the shooting death of Brown. In a virtually unprecedented move, St. Louis Prosecutor Robert McCulloch in effect deputized the grand jurors to sit as triers of fact as in a jury trial. Read More…
Telling My Son About Ferguson
By MICHELLE ALEXANDERNOV. 26, 2014
New York Times Op-Ed
MY son wants an answer. He is 10 years old, and he wants me to tell him that he doesn't need to worry. He is a black boy, rather sheltered, and knows little of the world beyond our safe, quiet neighborhood. His eyes are wide and holding my gaze, silently begging me to say: No, sweetheart, you have no need to worry. Most officers are nothing like Officer Wilson. They would not shoot you — or anyone — while you're unarmed, running away or even toward them. READ MORE...
Most White People in America Are Completely Oblivious
Tim Wise - www.AlterNet.org
I suppose there is no longer much point in debating the facts surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown. First, because Officer Darren Wilson has been cleared by a grand jury, and even the collective brilliance of a thousand bloggers pointing out the glaring inconsistencies in his version of events that August day won't result in a different outcome. And second, because Wilson's guilt or innocence was always somewhat secondary to the larger issue: namely, the issue of this gigantic national inkblot staring us in the face, and what we see when we look at it--and more to the point, why? Read More...
War Doesn't Work
By Judith LeBlanc, Field Director,Peace Action
The media calls the U.S. public war weary.
Yes, the people are war weary after seemingly endless and pointless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Deep down most people know that endless war is not a solution. The U.S. cannot bomb an organization, ideology, religious fanaticism or sectarian strife out of existence. As we continued military action, Al Qaeda has continued to grow. There is no long term military solution to the threat of ISIS or terrorism.
Write a letter to the editor to remind the President, Congress and our communities: there is no military solution.
In Iraq, history proves that short term military victories turn into long term nightmares. Ten years ago, U.S. private contractors were brutally killed. The battle for Fallujah was waged with horrendous consequences. Now ISIS controls Fallujah. For the people of Fallujah, the U.S.-instigated nightmare continues.
We need a coalition for a political solution, not military action! There are alternatives to bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria that are not posed in public opinion polls and are largely absent in the political debate. The alternatives require the U.S. to replace military action with a real international diplomatic response that will provide the political power, the economic incentives and support for rebuilding a non-sectarian Iraq, humanitarian aid and an end to the Syrian war.
The President and Congress should:
1. Stop the bombing and military escalation. We've seen before how unintended consequences can spiral out of control, causing more pain and suffering in the region and hurting U.S. security.
2. Hit ISIS where it hurts: the wallet! Take steps to cut the cash flowing to ISIS. Crack down on Turkish, Iraqi, and other oil dealers who are purchasing ISIS's oil on the black market, which would cut ISIS off from its most important revenue stream.
3. Build a coalition for a political solution, not military action! Support a United Nations-led effort to convene Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iran, European Union and Russia to develop strong diplomatic, economic and political initiatives to restrict the flow of arms, militias and finances across borders. Support restarting UN-sponsored negotiations to end the Syrian civil war.
Write a letter to the editor There is no long term solution to the threat of ISIS. No to bombing! Yes to a political solution.
You can also call Congress, which is currently somewhat confused about whether it will do its Constitutional job and vote on any authorization for war, with this same message. The U.S. Capitol switchboard number is(202) 224-3121, they will connect you to your U.S. Representative or Senators' offices.
The people are war weary. Peace Action is war wise and our mission is to build a movement that is vocal in articulating the alternatives to war. Please write a letter today.
Our sister organizations and some reporters are providing an abundance of resource materials, some are below.
2. To Defeat the Islamic State, Follow the Money By Howard J. Shatz
3. Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS by Phyllis Bennis, a Peace Action Advisory Board member
Not THIS again!
NO TROOPS TO THE
Activists hail San Onofre nuclear
power plant reactor shutdown
Closing of reactors at 40-year-old San Onofre power plant reflects harsh economics facing ageing fleet of US reactor
The Fort Calhoun nuclear reactor in Nebraska was shut down in 2011. Photograph: AP Photo/Nati Harnik
America's nuclear reactor fleet moved deeper into middle-aged crisis on Friday when operators decide to shut down two reactors at the troubled San Onofre power plant in California. READ MORE
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
In an act of solidarity with Fukushima, Japan on March 11, 2012 a coalition of demonstrators protested outside of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The station has been shut down for more than 2 months due to safety concerns. The protesters want it dismantled forever. They were joined by Fukushima survivors. Download petitions at CaliforniaNuclearInitiative.com
DON'T RESTART SAN ONOFRE!
San Diego Unified School Board Considers
Resolution on Restart of Defective
San Onofre Nuclear Reactor
SDUSD Board Would Join Several Coastal City Councils in Calling for an Adjudicated License Amendment Hearing by the NRC
Activist wants hearing on nuke plant licensing
SEE VIDEO HERE
SAN DIEGO - Citizens' Oversight Project activist Raymond Lutz asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Wednesday to hold a formal hearing on changes to Southern California Edison's license for the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant.
SHUT DOWN SAN ONOFRE
NUCLEAR GENERATING SYSTEM
No Nukes! Stop San Onofre from Restarting!
Is Nuclear Fallout from Japan still Bombarding America?
go to this link and watch the interview about reactor 2!
The THE Mainichi Daily News in Japan is reporting that the Japanese government is actually drawing up plans for the possible evacuation of Tokyo
Anti-War and Disarmament
"Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Since 1980 the Peace Resource Center has been a consistent voice in the San Diego community, speaking out against violence in all of its forms and providing a voice for peaceful, nonviolent ways to solve interpersonal, community and global problems.