I have the opportunity to travel to Iran in April with some of the best peace activists in the United States on a mission of peace. We will report on everything we are able to do and learn. I can only go if you can help me fund the trip. Please chip in anything you can here http://davidswanson.org/donate
NB: We are waiting for our visas. If the visas do not come through, funds you've donated will be used when the trip can be rescheduled or will be put to other good use in the cause of peace.
Thank you! --David Swanson
Each year, the Fellowship of Reconciliation awards three peace prizes -- international, national, and local -- to individuals or organizations whose commitment to peace, justice, and reconciliation is recognized as extraordinary.
There is no requirement that you or the nominee have any affiliation with FOR, so please share this announcement with your networks of peace and justice advocates!
Awards are made in three categories -- you can browse the list of past winners to see who's won before.
International Pfeffer Peace Award: Established in 1989 by Leo and Freda Pfeffer, the award honors an individual or organization working globally for peace and justice.
Martin Luther King Jr. Award: Established by FOR in 1979, the award recognizes a person or group working in the United States in the tradition of Reverend Dr. King's nonviolent approach to transforming racial, social, and economic injustice.
Nyack-Area Peace Award: Established by FOR in 2006, the award honors an organization or individual involved in significant peace and justice work in the Nyack, New York area, where FOR's national headquarters is located.
Mark C. Johnson, Ph.D.
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Image: "Dove of Peace," 1727, presented by Pope John Paul II to the United Nations in 1979. (Wikimedia, public domain.)
Back then, everybody was writing about Iraq, but it’s surprising how few Americans, including reporters, paid much attention to the suffering of Iraqis. Today, Iraq is in the news again. The words, the memorials, the retrospectives are pouring out, and again the suffering of Iraqis isn’t what’s on anyone’s mind. This was why I returned to that country before the recent 10th anniversary of the Bush administration’s invasion and why I feel compelled to write a few grim words about Iraqis today.
Please join the Washington Peace Center for a dance party to celebrate our 50th year of working for peace and justice. Plus celebrate May Day with our community!
What: Dance party and celebration!
When: Sat, May 4th, 9pm-midnight
Where: St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St NW (near Columbia Heights Metro -green/yellow line)
Tickets for the dance party are $5-50, sliding scale, payable at the door.
Dance the night away and celebrate 50 years of working for peace and justice. DJs, drinks and great company! View our interactive timeline of the past 50 years and record the moment in our photo booth.
Limited tickets for dinner and program earlier in the evening are available. Click here http://washingtonpeacecenter.
May Day is a holiday for all! Come celebrate with our community.
Click here to RSVP for the dance party on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/
As you’ve probably read by now, a man apparently trying to impersonate a pilot on a US Airways flight in Philadelphia now faces federal and state charges.
by Stephen Lendman
In 2008, candidate Obama promised to close Guantanamo. Straightaway as president, he issued Executive Order titled "Review and Disposition of Individuals Detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Closure of Detention Facilities."
Obama Spurns Palestinian Rights
by Stephen Lendman
He frankly doesn't give a damn. He spent three days in Israel. He showed one-sided support. He gave Palestinians short shrift. He spent token time in Ramallah.
He told Israelis "so long as there is a United States of America, Ah-tem lo lah-vahd (You are not alone)." He left no doubt what he means.
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Whistleblower Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he should receive it.
No individual has done more to push back against what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism" than Bradley Manning. The United States is the leading exporter of weapons and itself spends as much preparing for more wars as the rest of the world combined. Manning is the leading actor in opposition to U.S. warmaking, and therefore militarism around the world. What he has done has hurt the cause of violence in a number of other nations as well.
And right now, remaining in prison and facing relentless prosecution by the U.S. government, Manning is in need of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Alfred Nobel's will left funding for a prize to be awarded to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
The intent of the prize was to fund this work. As a result of enormous legal expenses, Bradley Manning is in need of that funding, unlike some other peace prize recipients. In addition, his secret trial -- with a potential death sentence -- could use all the attention that can be shined on it.
The people of the United States and the rest of the world have learned more about the intentions of the U.S. government from Bradley Manning than from anyone else. "Thanks to Manning's alleged disclosures, we have a sense of what transpired in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have an image of how Washington operates in the world," author Chase Madar wrote in his book about Manning's whistleblowing.
"Thanks to those revelations we now know just how our government leaned on the Vatican to quell opposition to the Iraq War. We now know how Washington pressured the German government to block the prosecution of CIA agents who kidnapped an innocent man, Khaled El-Masri, while he was on vacation. We know how our State Department lobbied hard to prevent a minimum wage increase in Haiti, the hemisphere's poorest nation."
Manning revealed a secret U.S. war in Yemen, U.S. records of massive civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, video of a U.S. helicopter attack on civilians and their rescuers in Baghdad, and facts about the corruption of numerous governments including those of the United States, Tunisia, and Egypt. In those last two nations Manning's revelations contributed to nonviolent pro-democracy movements.
Among the revelations made by Manning through WikiLeaks is the extent of time and energy the U.S. State Department puts into marketing U.S. weapons to the world's governments. We all have a better understanding of the work that is needed for peace as a result of this exposure of "diplomacy" as consisting so greatly of weapons selling.
The Guardian newspaper and BBC Arabic detailed last week how the United States armed and trained Iraqi police commando units that ran torture centers and death squads. Maggie O'Kane, executive producer of the documentary, said: "I hope this film will be a legacy that actually says, 'If you want to go to war, this is what war means. It means 14-year-old boys being hung up and tortured. It means men being turned on spits. And that's called counter-insurgency. . . .' This would not be coming to light if it hadn't been for Bradley Manning."
Not only has Manning done the most to resist militarism, but he has done it for its own sake, and not by chance or for any ulterior motive. This is made clear by his recent statement in court and by his earlier communications in the chat logs that have long been a part of his case. Manning was horrified by crimes and abuses. He believed the public should know what was happening. He believed democracy was more important than blind subservience in the name of a "democracy."
Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Movement in the Icelandic Parliament, the Pirates of the EU; representatives from the Swedish Pirate Party, and the former Secretary of State in Tunisia for Sport & Youth. The nomination states, in part: "These revelations have fueled democratic uprisings around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia. According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on the foreign and domestic policies of European nations, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S. troops from the occupation in Iraq."
The Norwegian Nobel Committee (send them a note) can either begin awarding the peace prize to opponents of war or continue on its current course -- one which already has many questioning, not whether Manning is worthy of the prize, but whether the prize is worthy of Manning.
by Stephen Lendman
It's all over but the post mortems. Eurocrats demanded their pound of flesh. Cypriot officials surrendered.
They sold out their people. They deserve better. Expect greater than ever hard times. Expect growing poverty, unemployment and despair. Expect public anger. At issue is whether it'll bubble up and explode.
A full five years after the TSA began installing airport scanners and forcing people through them, and almost two years after it was ordered by Congress and the courts to hold a public comment period on them, the agency is finally complying.
Never mind that logic and common sense dictate that an agency would take public comments before implementing a new, invasive procedure.
What Follows Turkish/Israeli Reconciliation
by Stephen Lendman
A separate article called it grand betrayal. Aggrieved families were denied justice. What's ahead matters most. Be concerned. Be very concerned.
Shameless NYT Defense of Obamacare
by Stephen Lendman
Obamacare is a healthcare rationing scheme. It enriches insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains.
Universal, single-payer coverage alone works. Obama and complicit Democrats spurned it.
March 21-28 Week of Action for Bahrain
Fast from March 24-30 in solidarity with those detained indefinitely and on hunger strike at Guantanamo. Vigils will take place in NYC, Washingt on DC, Chicago, Des Moines, and other cities on March 24. Email email@example.com
March 26-30 World Social Forum in Tunis
March - April, NY City, Festival of Conscience
April 4 Another Life with David Swanson
April 1-30 Fasting for the climate
April 4 - July 3 Tour de Peace across the country
April 5-7 Historians Against War in Baltimore, Md.
April 8-10 Washington, D.C., School of the Americas Watch
April 4-6 San Diego, protest drones
April 4-7 – Drone Manufacturing. Actions around the country directed at drone manufacturing facilities in region and calling for an end to manufacturing weaponized and surveillance drones. Coordinator: Joe Scarry – firstname.lastname@example.org
April 16-18 – Drone Research/Training. Actions/teach-ins, etc. at colleges & universities that do drone research or pilot training. Demand an end to research and training related to drone warfare. Coordinator: Marge Van Cleef email@example.com
April 27-28 – Drone Bases. Organize protests at bases in region. Hancock Reaper drone base protest organizers calling for large demonstrations there. Coordinator: Dave Soumis firstname.lastname@example.org
More April Anti-Drone-Kill Events
April 13 Anti-Drone Kills March on White House
April 13 Hyattsville, Md., "Building Bridges: Creating the Beloved Community"
April 15 Global Day of Action on Military Spending
April 20 Robin Hood Tax -- Noon Rally at Murrow Park (Pennsylvania Ave between 18th & 19th Streets) in Washington, DC, 12:30pm – March to IMF, World Bank, and US Treasury
April 22-26 Dallas, Texas, People's Response to George W. Bush Lie-Bury
March and Rally April 25th
May 1, MAY DAY
May 3-5 Asheville, NC, National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee
May 10-12 Labor Fight Back Conference at Rutgers
June 1 Fort Meade, Md., Rally for Bradley Manning
June 7-9 Left Forum in NYC
June 22 Little Rock, Ark., United We Stand Festival
August 3 Abolish It
August 7-11, 2013, Veterans For Peace Convention in Madison, WI
August 7-11, 2013, Democracy Convention in Madison, WI
August 18-19 Philadelphia, Penn., Marking 60 years since overthrow of Mossadegh
November 22 Occupy the Grassy Knoll