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Wednesday, 03 October 2007 04:23

Jeff Leys: Our Bonhoeffer Moment

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by Jeff Leys
Voices for Creative Nonviolence (Co-Coordinator)

The Bonhoeffer Moment of nonviolent civil resistance and disobedience to the world war being waged by the United States is clearly at hand. As Congress considers an additional $190 billion to fund the Iraq-Afghanistan war through September 2008 and as the threats of war against Iran become increasingly loud, it is time for us to learn lessons from the German resistance to Hitler, to the Nazi regime, and to the war waged by the German nation-state. We must engage in the Long Resistance to this current world war, using every nonviolent means to bring about its end.

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by Mike Ferner

WAUKEGAN, IL -- A judge in the 19th Circuit Court of Illinois today (October 2) dismissed trespassing charges against an antiwar activist stemming from a civil disobedience demonstration last year at the nation's command center for processing military recruits.

Wednesday, 03 October 2007 02:36

Mary Shaw: A very expensive quagmire

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by Mary Shaw

Last week, the White House sent Defense Secretary Robert Gates to Capitol Hill to lobby for increased funding to keep the killing going on in Iraq for another year. The updated price tag: over $190 billion. For one year. And for what?

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by Burt Hall

To Members of Congress:

The basic problem is that Democrats have not presented a vision of how to replace our presence with a force that could maintain stability in the region for a period of years. A distinct possibility is an all-Muslim force under the UN flag, supported by both trained Iraqis and militias. Sadr has already agreed to support UN troops with his militia if Americans (will only) leave. With a good Democratic vision of how to maintain stability, here are four options to force the President to remove our troops:

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by Norman Solomon

This article is excerpted from Norman Solomon's new book "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State."

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by Peter Michaelson

Don't laugh at them, Hillary, bite their heads off!

Why didn't you take a chomp out of Chris Wallace, as your husband did a while back?

You burst out laughing when Wallace asked you, on Fox News last week, why you're so "hyperpartisan." Your aides said later that, coming from Fox News, his question was pretty funny and merited your laughter.

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by Michael Winship

When I heard about last week's ostensibly successful test of the missile defense shield, I thought back 45 years to the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, when we feared ourselves defenseless from Russian nuclear rockets just a hundred miles offshore.

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by Martha Rosenberg

Chicago, IL -- David Warwak looks like Eric Schlosser the author of Fast Food Nation. He sounds like Eric Schlosser. Unfortunately, instead of a best seller, Warwak's efforts to wake young people up to the politics of eating have earned him a pink slip at the Chicago area middle school where he has taught art for almost 8 years.

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by Mary Shaw

On September 27 here in Philadelphia, the Liberty Medal for 2007 was awarded to Bono and his organization DATA (Debt AIDS Trade Africa), for their work in fighting AIDS and poverty in Africa. Each year, the National Constitution Center awards the Liberty Medal to a person or persons for outstanding work in advancing the cause of liberty around the world.

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by L M (Johnson) Tschudy

OK, as a life-long "hippie at heart" who has long advocated that peace and love are much better as a life philosophy than war and hate, even I comprehend that there comes a time when I can no longer continue being diplomatic. Eventually, one has to come to the realization that when you are dealing with an elephant's ass, you have to admit and resort to treating the elephant's ass exactly the same way it is treating you.

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