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Peace Movement

Give Peace a Chance: John, Yoko, Canada and the Genesis of Rock & Roll Diplomacy

Hirad Abtahi | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Hirad Abtahi

In 1969, at the intersection of the New Left, Counterculture and Flower Power, popular music's most avant-garde couple, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, launched -- together with Canada -- Rock & Roll diplomacy, amidst wars and revolutions.

Hungary's Independent Peace Movement

John Feffer | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
John Feffer

One of the great stories of the 1980s to be obscured by the success of civil society organizations like Solidarity in Poland and Civic Forum in Czechoslovakia was the rise of an independent peace movement in a region dominated by official peace councils.

When Will They Ever Learn? The American People and Support for War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Of all America's wars over the past century, only World War II has retained mass public approval. In almost all cases, Americans turned against wars they once supported. How should one explain this pattern of disillusionment?

Mission Accomplished? Syria, the Anti-War Movement, and the Spirit of Internationalism

Danny Postel | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Danny Postel

It's hard for me to share the peace movement's triumphalism. Yes, a US military attack was thwarted - good. But is that where the story ends?

We Were So Close to Preventing Genocide

John Feffer | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
John Feffer

Yugoslavia. The very word conjures up images of war, fratricide, and genocide. But imagine if the tensions that escalated between Serbs and Croats in 1990 were somehow addressed and war averted.

What Studs Terkel and Rebecca Solnit Taught Me

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The largest antiwar movement ever to protest a war that had yet to happen had just packed its tents and gone home in despair, while George W. Bush and his top officials were in their “mission accomplished” triumphalist mode.

Music Video Premiere of "Guerra Solo Muertos" by Moisés Gadea

Joshua Berman | Posted 10.25.2012 | Latino Voices
Joshua Berman

Moisés Gadea is a singer-songwriter from Managua who was once declared "Songwriter of the Year" by the Nicaraguan National Assembly. "Guerra Solo Mue...

Albany County Issues a Peace Dividend Proclamation

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Some simply dismissed the proclamation as the Democratic presidential campaign platform. Others said that they would be willing to sign it if the savings on military programs were not re-channeled to domestic social programs.

Black Women Make History Too -- An Interview On Coretta Scott King

Martha Burk | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics
Martha Burk

Before her death in 2006, in preparation for a new biography, Coretta King met many times with Dr. Barbara Reynolds, one of the founding editors of USA Today. I recently interviewed Dr. Reynolds on her time with Mrs. King.

What Will the Democratic Left Do in 2012?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

It seems that the Democratic party's leftwing, while giving tepid backing to Obama, will concentrate its energies on candidates and ventures that it considers more deserving of its support.

War Redefined: Women, War & Peace

Abigail E. Disney | Posted 01.08.2012 | Impact
Abigail E. Disney

We have spent too many centuries tolerating a limited and limiting narrative of war. The desire for a new dialogue on war and peace is not limited by one's personal politics -- peace doesn't have a side, or a color or a race.

Memo to Occupy Protesters: Don't Make The Mistakes We Made in the 60s

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

Somehow the hippie movement lost its unity and credibility when it became about flower children making love and tripping out instead of what we can do together to end war and create social justice.

The Peace Movement Today

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Recently, when commentators have bothered to notice the American peace movement, they have pronounced it dead. But this is far from the case. Adm...

As 10th Year of Longest War Begins the Flood of Bad News in Afghanistan Continues

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kevin Zeese

Anti-war voters need to make sure that Obama and team get the message from the enthusiasm gap in the midterm elections: the Democrats cannot take the peace vote for granted.

Is the Iraq War Over? Are U.S. Troops Still Fighting and Dying in Iraq?

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

In the week since the much publicized withdrawal of "combat" troops from Iraq it has become more evident that the Iraq War continues under a different name: "Operation New Dawn."

Can Americans Who Oppose War and Empire Work Together?

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Or will both sides generalize about the worst of the other and allow militarists to win? Senator Lindsay Graham, a war supporting senator from South ...

We Fought the War and the War Won: Will We Let It Win Again?

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

It was seven years ago that I found myself running the wrong way up Sixth Avenue with my high school sweetheart. Through the rain we ran, with peace on our lips. New York's Finest were running after us, as they had a way of doing with pesky antiwar protesters.

Peace Activists Stage Civil Disobedience on 7th Anniversary of Beginning of Iraq War

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

At noon today local peace activists poured blood -- synthetic, non-toxic blood-colored dye -- into the Chicago river to commemorate and protest the 7th anniversary of the Iraq war and occupation.

Our Taliban

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

The far right wing in The Netherlands -- and its counterparts elsewhere in Europe -- is just as intolerant and narrow-minded and xenophobic as the radical Islamists it dislikes so much in Afghanistan.

Thank You for Joining the Peace Movement, Mayor Daley!

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

Dear Mayor Daley, After nearly 7 years of war in Iraq and over 8 in Afghanistan, we heartily thank you for joining the peace movement now that your son is facing another deployment.

Holy Wars, Just Wars, and No Wars

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Deepak Chopra

There are three principles governing President Obama's foreign policy outlook: holy wars are always unjust, just wars exist, and peace is an ultimate goal.

What Britain's Oldest Soldier Said

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

The most heartening sign for peace may be the absence of an anti-war movement, in that Obama holds anti-war views, not as his crusade, but as a natural aspect of his generation's thinking.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

We somehow looked beyond color, religion, education, class, income and all the other things we've used to separate us from each other.

Af-Pak Blowback

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Even with so much sophisticated military hardware at their disposal, half a million Pakistani soldiers can't seem to counter the determined efforts of, at most, 15,000 Taliban fighters.

Obama's Hopeful Revision on Afghanistan

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

President Obama pledged to "forge a hard-earned peace on Afghanistan" today, a potentially significant reformulation of his war aims.