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New York State's Assault on Students Fighting for Peace

Vincent Intondi | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

At a time when the voices of bigotry, racism, and war mongering have in many ways, become the loudest, we cannot allow New York State to silence those students fighting for peace. This nation, and indeed the world, need their voices now more than ever.

June 12, 1982 and Obama's Trip to Hiroshima

Vincent Intondi | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

Leading up to President Obama's historic trip, I was asked by a reporter when he decided to visit Hiroshima? I responded: "June 12, 1982." On that da...

Vietnam: Story Without an End

Jonah Raskin | Posted 10.22.2016 | Politics
Jonah Raskin

The bigger the story the longer it takes to reach the front pages of major newspapers and TV screens. That maxim is probably nowhere more evident in recent times than in the example of the War in Vietnam.

Peace is Not Weak

Vincent Intondi | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
Vincent Intondi

Today, it seems that we are surround by war, gun violence, and police brutality, and that is the very reason, now more than ever, we must collectively strive for peace. That does not mean, we should naively think achieving peace will be easy or even in our lifetime.

The Future Of Social Movements

John Feffer | Posted 07.27.2016 | World
John Feffer

Social movements didn't disappear from Slovenia. Some groups became professionalized, like the Peace Institute. Other voluntary organizations continued, particularly among the younger generation. But they no longer had the prominence or influence they enjoyed during that brief period in the 1980s.

On Educating for Peace, and Banning ALL Nukes

John Bredin | Posted 07.16.2016 | Politics
John Bredin

The only candidates in the 2016 race who might embrace these ideas are Bernie Sanders for the Democrats, and Jill Stein with the Greens. To help incubate a new politics of peace, though, a think tank co-founded by intellectuals Michael Lerner and Cornel West called the "Network for Spiritual Progressives" (NSP) has some good ideas.

The Pankow Peace Group

John Feffer | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
John Feffer

Organized in the Pankow neighborhood of East Berlin in 1981, the Pankow Peace Group not only took bold positions on nuclear issues but interpreted peace more broadly to include pedagogy, economic development, and environmentalism.

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. Admi...

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.