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Jon Rainwater
Jon Rainwater is Executive Director of Peace Action West and the Peace Education FUnd. For over 25 years, Jon has been active in campaigns on issues of peace, nuclear disarmament, social justice and environmental sustainability. An experienced policy advocate, he has worked on nuclear issues for Greenpeace, advocated for victims of domestic violence for the California Alliance Against Domestic Violence and served as director for the California League of Conservation Voters. Jon has also been involved in the electoral arena in dozens of campaigns for progressive candidates and ballot measures. Before joining Peace Action West, he worked in the environmental field helping to pass groundbreaking legislation on global warming emissions and environmental justice in California. Jon now leads Peace Action West's efforts to stop the development of new nuclear weapons, to end the war in Iraq and to promote diplomacy with Iran.

Peace Action West is the region's largest and most enduring lobby for a just foreign policy and smarter security. Through targeted grassroots pressure on members of Congress, media campaigns and coalition work, Peace Action West promotes a foreign policy rooted in support for human rights and democracy, eliminating the threat posed by nuclear weapons and promotion of international cooperation. The organization has close to 50,000 supporters around the western United States. More information on the organization and its campaigns is available at

Entries by Jon Rainwater

Congress Is Falling Into ISIS's Trap on Syrian Refugees

(29) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 7:28 PM


On Thursday, our nation's better angels lost. Fear won. We are called to take bold and generous action as we face the greatest humanitarian crisis in generations. Instead, a majority of members of the House bowed to fear, prejudice and political expediency and...

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Huckabee, Trump, Netanyahu, and the Politics of Provocation

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 3:58 AM


Mike Huckabee is doubling down.

Not only is he sticking by his outrageous remark that President Obama "will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven," he wears the president's response as a badge of honor. Within hours...

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Cakewalk Cotton and 'Kill the Deal' Kristol's Easy War

(92) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 10:01 AM

Within the last few days, neo-conservative pundit Bill Kristol and the Ayatollah's pen pal, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) have added their names to the list of people seriously suggesting airstrikes on Iran might better constrain that country's nuclear programs than negotiations. They join Senator John McCain, UN Ambassador...

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Saudi, Israeli Support for Iran Deal Clouds Critics' Narrative

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 3:53 PM


Media coverage of the nuclear talks will often take the opposition of Israel, Saudi Arabia and Gulf States to Iran nuclear diplomacy as a given. It's an easy way to boil things down into a "he said, she said" tale of two opposing...

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Diplomats Gain Iran Breakthrough. Senator: "Neville Chamberlain got a better deal from Hitler."

(131) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 5:55 PM


Americans who want to avoid another war in the Middle East ought to be grateful to U.S. and allied diplomats for the solid peace framework that was announced today. But the hard working negotiators were predictably and instantly lambasted as "appeasers" in...

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McCain Joins Bolton, Invites Israel to Bomb Iran

(1288) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 5:15 PM

Say what, John McCain?

Senator John McCain took to the Senate floor last week to rail against peace talks with Iran. No surprises there. But McCain went beyond blasting the deal. He suggested a surprising and disturbing method of blowing up the talks.

The Israelis will need...
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With New Letters, D.C. Showdown on Iran Roils On

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 1:36 PM

Forget the Cotton 47 letter. The new letters are where the action is.

Tensions between the White House and Congress over the Iran talks reached a boiling point over the weekend. A couple days ago, Senator Bob Corker, one of a handful of Republicans who took a pass on...

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Tone Deaf Iran Nuclear Sanctions Bill Introduced

(4) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 2:25 PM


After weeks of rumors, Iran sanctions legislation has materialized in Congress. The philosophy behind the bill is reminiscent of a certain iconic Saturday Night Live sketch.

As you may remember, in the sketch a stern Christopher Walken plays the music producer that...

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The Fog of "Humanitarian War" in Libya Threatens Civilians

(14) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 12:40 PM

A palpable air of confusion and international infighting dominated the opening days of the Libyan war. On Sunday, Arab League chief Amr Moussa raised eyebrows when he said: "What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the...

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Libya: A Worsening Humanitarian and Refugee Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 1:35 PM

As the Middle East goes through breathtaking generational change, the United States plays catch up. U.S. leaders ought to call up all the diplomatic finesse and creativity they can muster. Repositioning the U.S. as a friend to the people and not the puppet master behind the autocrats will be no...

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U.S. Veto of UN Israeli Settlement Resolution: A Golden Opportunity Missed

(365) Comments | Posted February 20, 2011 | 5:44 PM

Yesterday at the UN, as many countries of the Middle East navigated a great generational change, the United States missed a perfectly timed opportunity to take a stand for peace and human rights. The U.S. vetoed a Security Council resolution, sponsored by 130 nations, calling on Israel to...

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Breaking the Silence and Bearing Witness: The Wages of the Afghanistan War

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2009 | 7:30 PM

Last night, on a cool clear night lit by floodlights, a Boeing 747 touched down in Dover, Delaware. In a solemn 20-minute-long ceremony, a team wearing white gloves and camouflage fatigues carried a flag-draped casket off the plane. The casket carried the remains of Staff Sgt Phillip Myers, who was...

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