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Tom Hayden is a former State Senator and leader of Sixties peace, justice and environmental movements. As founder and Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, CA, Hayden remains a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy. He has authored 20 books, including The Lost Gospel of the Earth (1996), Ending the War in Iraq (2007), The Long Sixties (2009) and Inspiring Participatory Democracy: Student Movements from Port Huron to Today (2012).

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Behind the Madness in Iraq

(117) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:18 PM

The U.S. had no business invading Iraq. We toppled a dictatorship on a false 9/11 rationale, which plunged Iraq into a sectarian civil war inside a war with the United States. We left behind a vengeance-driven Shiite regime aligned with Iran. Now the sectarian war in Syria is enlarging into...

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US Trafficking in Cuban Players

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 3:41 PM

The shocking story of Yasiel Puig's hazardous journey from Cuba to the Los Angeles Dodgers calls for a congressional hearings to end the trafficking in Cuban athletes, carve an exemption into the US economic embargo, and legalize the entry of Cuban players to compete in the major leagues without having...

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The Urgency of Venezuela

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 2:12 PM

"Creo que la mano, la mano invisible de los Estados Unidos, está involucrado en la crisis venezolana. El presidente Obama debe indicar en palabras claras de que Estados Unidos se opone a cualquier intento de un golpe de Estado y los Estados Unidos no va a apoyar directa oindirectamente. Las...

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Afghanistan - A Bandaid on America's Defeat

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Looks like a victory for Afghanistan in its role as the graveyard of empires.

It appears that the US troop commitment will decline from 105,000 to 6,000-9,000 under the current White House plan, about half the number advocated by the Pentagon. American special forces will continue - at a slower...

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Two, Three, Many Americas?

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 8:49 PM

Since the posting of "Becoming Two Countries in 2014," many readers have argued that we actually are becoming three or more Americas, while others cling to the dream of becoming one America again. The purpose of the original posting was not to propose breaking up the country, but...

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Defend de Blasio Now

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 6:29 PM

A full-page of revelations in the New York Times that Bill De Blasio was an active organizer in the Central American solidarity movement and before that, an outspoken opponent of nuclear power in high school, should hugely excite the progressive base in New York politics after a long...

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A Lesson of the Irish Hunger Strike

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 6:59 PM

Word from within is that California's prison hunger strikers have been studying the Irish hunger strike of 1981 led by Bobby Sands, in which 10 Irish Republicans died because of the stubborn refusal of Margaret Thatcher to recognize them as human.

California Governor Jerry Brown and California prison officials could...

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Trayvon Died for Our Sins

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 3:27 PM

For Trayvon Martin and his family I feel a sadness that will not lift. For America, I feel a dread that certain horrors repeat again and again, chief among them the killing of young men of color, not only with impunity for their killers but under the cover of judicial...

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California the Focal Point of Green Revolution

(26) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 4:12 PM

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At the heart of California Governor Jerry Brown's China-California energy initiative is the possibility of a major turn away from climate devastation.

California, under Governor Jerry Brown's leadership, is playing a pivotal role in the struggle to transform the global economy toward energy...

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Jerry Brown's Energy Diplomacy

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:03 PM

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California Governor Jerry Brown at Tsinghua University in Beijing on April 11, 2013. (Photo: David Siders)

Gov. Jerry Brown is accelerating his California energy diplomacy with China as President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping begin private discussions in California this week on...

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Eric Garcetti's Future

(8) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 6:49 PM

Eric Garcetti may not have had President Barack Obama's endorsement, but Obama's efficient operation helped Garcetti become mayor. Garcetti had significant support from Obama's GOTV team and the president's fundraising base. David Axelrod did three events for Garcetti in Los Angeles 10 days ago, speaking in glowing terms about the...

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Possible Pro-Democracy Initiatives on the Horizon? LA Votes

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 4:10 PM

I am supporting Eric Garcetti for mayor because he best represents the potential for new leadership in Los Angeles. The changes that we need, however, run far deeper than what a new mayor can overcome. Unless participatory democracy becomes a greater cause in LA, Eric Garcetti -- or any mayor...

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Earth Night

(10) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 9:14 PM

After 43 years of Earth Days, it is past time to contemplate the possible coming of Earth Night.

There is little promise, so far, of a coming "reverse polarization" or evolutionary leap that might prevent the piracy of our life support -- clean air, water, soil and healthy eco-systems --...

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Kansas: Storm Against the Future

(3) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 5:42 PM

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The clinic once operated by the late Dr. George Tiller, soon to re-open.


WICHITA -- The clinic where Dr. George Tiller performed abortions until being shot and killed during worship at his church on May 31, 2009, will be open for...

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The Long War Reaches Mali

(4) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 7:46 PM

Despite withdrawals of our combat troops, the United States has ensnared itself in a self-perpetuating Long War now spreading to Mali. North Africa currently is the "central focus" in the War on Terror, according to Bloomberg. (July 31) Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is "strengthening its...

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Romney's Uncovered Mormon Roots

(24) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 5:22 PM

The Republican inquisition into Barack Obama's family roots is in total contrast to the avoidance of Mitt Romney's Mexican Mormon past. As recently as 2009, 72-year-old Meredith Romney, a relative of the Republican nominee, was kidnapped by Mexican gunmen in a strange vendetta involving drug cartels, land disputes...

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Winning the Peace Vote in November

(60) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 9:01 AM

President Obama and the Democrats need a new peace initiative to increase turnout and voting by pro-peace voters who will make a critical difference in this November's election.

The president has already recognized the importance of this constituency. In every speech he points to winding down the Iraq War and...

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Support Mounts for Salvadoran Gang Truce

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 10:51 AM

Longtime gang peace process advocates in Los Angeles announced new support on Memorial Day for the 11-week truce called by incarcerated Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street gang leaders which has sharply reduced homicides in El Salvador.

An estimated 700 lives have been saved since March as...

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What Is Obama's Position on Afghanistan? Say It Again?

(28) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 9:49 AM

As a candidate opposing the Iraq War, Barack Obama improved his hawkish credentials by promising to track down Osama bin Laden, expand drone attacks, and escalate the American troop numbers in Afghanistan. Three years later, bin Laden is dead, the drones inflame Pakistan opinion and complicate a peace settlement, and...

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The Inconvenient Truths of South Central 1992

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 7:35 PM

Most of the widespread commemorative discussion of South Central's 1992 has missed three very important lessons:

First, the Crips-Bloods truce occurred before the April 29 Simi Valley not-guilty verdicts in the Rodney King beating case. Helped along by Jim Brown, as many as 200 young men boarded buses and traveled...

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