Subrata Ghoshroy, research affiliate at MIT
Judy Bello, NY State Coalition to Ground the Drones
The Pentagon has a new strategy for 21st century warfare: overwhelm the enemy with high tech, "intelligent" forces. Full Spectrum Dominance will utilize drones, space weapons and cyber attacks. Covert operations are favored, invading with large armies is a thing of the past. The antiwar movement needs a new response, activists opposing killer-drones have led the way.Filed under:
Please join Peace & Planet on March 9 in Cambridge to hear the distinguished scholar Fr. Bryan Hehir present a Catholic approach to nuclear disarmament.
The occasion will be an organizing meeting for the Peace & Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear Free, Just, and Sustainable World in New York City, April 26, 2015.
The U.S. plans to spend $1 trillion on its nuclear weapons over the next 30 years, but we are told we don't have $3 billion to fix the MBTA.
Hehir is Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at the Harvard Kennedy School and Secretary for Health Care and Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston. He was executive director of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops when the conference wrote its pastoral letters calling for nuclear disarmament, and was dean of the Harvard Divinity School. Please invite your contacts in faith communities to this lecture which is sure to be a rewarding event! Read a recent article.Filed under:
Origins and Future of ISIS
Note: Prof. Elaine Hagopian’s talk on Dec. 10 at a UJP sponsored program covered the historical origins of the conflicts in the Middle East, and also much information on ISIS, which is presented here in summary.
View video at youtube.com/watch?v=MQsVBH4BkJ4
ISIS developed out of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and is therefore one consequence of the US invasion and occupation starting in 2003. Local Sunni tribes cooperated with the US during the “surge” or “Arab awakening” in 2007 fighting Al-Qaeda. They expected to be rewarded by being part of the Iraqi government. However, the Shia regime under Maliki pursued sectarian policies and imprisoned and killed Sunni leaders. Al-Qaeda in Iraq was able to regroup and recruit Sunni support, and rebranded as ISIS. It grew into a decentralized but well organized group, with money from Saudis and captured US weapons including tanks.
The new year is a time to renew our hopes for peace and justice and reflect on 2014 -- including the violence both at home and abroad in the last few months. Grand juries exonerated police in the terrible killings of young black men, generating shock, protests and recognition of persistent racism. Another young person's anger overcame his sanity, resulting in the cold-blooded shootings of two police in Brooklyn. Why are guns so readily used and available in a culture of violence?
JeJu Island: South Korean activists to speak and show film "Gureombi -- The Wind is Blowing" on struggle to oppose US militarism
Two young Koreans active in the campaign to stop the construction of the huge new naval base are touring to provide information and build support. The new base will serve both South Korean and US warships such as guided missile destroyers and aircraft carriers. The base is key element of the "pivot" strategy to expand US military presence in Asia/Pacific. A principal US goal is to contain rising Chinese power. Construction is also damaging a pristine marine environment. Korean peace, environmental and religious activists have built a major grassroots campaign and seek international support.Filed under: