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New START Treaty Advances

September 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, in a bipartisan vote, voted for the Resolution of Advice and Consent to Ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between the U.S. and Russia.   New START would cut deployed, strategic nuclear weapons.    It is …

Peace Legislative Update with Paul Kawika Martin

September 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

When: Friday, September 24, 2010, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Where: First Church Congrational • 11 Garden St • Room 204 • Cambridge Join Massachusetts Peace Action and the UJP Legislative Task Force as we review Congressional developments relating to peace issues. Paul Kawika Martin, …

Fall newsletter!

September 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

Mass Peace Action’s fall newsletter was mailed to our members and supporters this week.   Look for it in your mailbox soon!   In the meantime, you can read the newsletter online here.

Countdown to Zerø Returns!

September 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

For those who missed Countdown to Zero in August, there will be a special showing at the Harvard Kennedy School on Friday, October 1 at 7pm, as part of the Global Voices film festival sponsored by the United Nations Association of Greater Boston. Click here …

In the two contested Democratic primaries for U.S. House of Representatives seats in Massachusetts, challengers are emphasizing similar antiwar messages in their attempt to win nominations September 14.   In the open District 10 (Quincy, South Shore, Cape Cod) seat being vacated by Rep. Delahunt, …

Interview with Andrew Bacevich

August 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

By Andrew Feldman, August 26, 2010 - Foreign Policy in Focus

Andrew BacevichAndrew Bacevich is a professor of international relations and history at Boston University and the author of the new book, Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War. You can read a review of this book here. Bacevich talks with FPIF’s Andrew Feldman about current U.S. military policy and the ethics of intervention.

ANDREW FELDMAN: One of the main premises of your new book is that our current military policies are not working for the United States. You don’t really address the question of if it did work for the United States, would it be a kind of policy that we could or should use?

ANDREW BACEVICH: My previous book, The Limits of Power, argues that there was a time when an expansionist policy served to enhance American power and American prosperity. And so, setting aside moral considerations, during the Mexican war, we took Texas and California. And guess what? It benefited the United States of America tremendously, whether the war was just or not.

But my argument is, roughly since the 1960s and very much so since 9/11, expansionism has an opposite effect. We’re not enhancing our power; we’re squandering it. We’re not building our prosperity; we’re going bankrupt.

By Walter Pincus Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, August 23, 2010; A06 Three $100 million air base expansions in southern and northern Afghanistan illustrate Pentagon plans to continue building multimillion-dollar facilities in that country to support increased U.S. military operations well into the future. Despite growing public unhappiness with the Afghan war -- and President Obama's pledge that he will begin withdrawing troops in July 2011 -- many of the installations being built in Afghanistan have extended time horizons. None of the three projects in southern and northern Afghanistan is expected to be completed until the latter half of 2011. All of them are for use by U.S. forces rather than their Afghan counterparts.

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