Mass. Peace Action co-sponsors a monthly vigil at Sen. Kerry's office calling for an end to the Afghanistan War. The next vigil is Wednesday, August 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at One Bowdoin Square, Boston (Bowdoin T, blue line).
US deaths in Afghanistan reached 1,217 in July, and 6,773 have been wounded. Expenditures on the Afghanistan war have reached $324 billion. WikiLeaks made clear that the war is going even worse than the government admits, but Congress approved another $38 billion to escalate troop levels in Afghanistan with the support of Senators Kerry and Brown.
by Jeff Klein
So-called “IRAN DIVESTMENT” passed in the final days of Massachusetts state legislature and has been signed by Governor Patrick. We opposed this measure not out of support for the Iranian government, but because it was one local aspect of a national (and international) campaign to raise tensions with Iran and promote a new military confrontation. Israel’s purported interests are at the center of this campaign.
In theory, an investment policy that promotes the values of peace and human rights is desirable. But, despite the protestations of its supporters, that is not what the Iran Divestment bill is about. Although Iran’s record is far from perfect, there are worse human rights abusers who are US allies and which have threatened to attack or actually attacked their neighbors, as Iran has not. Israel, unlike Iran, is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and is believed to have as many as 200 nuclear weapons -- but receives upwards of $3 billion in annual US aid.
Remarks of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Hiroshima, Japan, 6 August 2010, on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city by the United States I have come to Hiroshima on a pilgrimage for peace. Every world leader should join us along this path. Disarmament is among the most important, most noble, goals of the United Nations. And I would like to say, as well, that it is a goal to which I have devoted much of my life. We are neighbors, Korea and Japan. We, too, know what it is to live under the nuclear shadow.
by Winslow Myers
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” —Proverbs 29:18
Attending the local premier at the Kendall Square theater of the chilling new documentary about the danger of nuclear weapons, “Countdown to Zero,” I found myself, a peace activist for decades, overcome with frustration, when I should have been celebrating an effective restatement of the issues. Most of the audience in the half-filled theater were retirees like me, people in their sixties or seventies. Where were the young whose futures are far more at stake than mine?
How stale and obvious the dilemmas in the film seemed! Men dead half a century—Einstein, Oppenheimer, John F. Kennedy—saw immediately that these weapons had changed the environment of our planet forever. Even that old fossil Ronald Reagan knew the score, and along with Gorbachev (interviewed in the film) called for zero nuclear weapons in their summit at Reykjavik way back in the 1980s. But few paid heed, and here we are in 2010, psychically numbed by the same anxiety about being annihilated, this time by a terrorist suitcase weapon, that we endured during the long years of the cold war.
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