This is a link to a 3 minute Radio Roxanne Earth Day 2010 audio post… Please listen, and share it with others. Also below is information about actions to take outside. Given that this is Earth Day, and there are plenty of celebrations everywhere to commemorate the 40th anniversary of this, I’m strongly encouraging taking the sentiment to real world actions and sustaining protection of the earth beyond one day. There’s a forest out there who needs us! The text to my commentary is below…
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today spoke out against a bill to create economic sanctions against Iran.
“I support the Obama administration’s efforts towards nuclear nonproliferation. I agree that our security depends on dialogue and negotiations between nations. It was reflected in a proposal that was made last year to freeze Iran’s nuclear programs at existing levels.
Given the crescendo of veiled and increasingly unveiled military threats by the US and Israel against Iran, one has to admire the Iranians for their coolness under extreme pressure. The latest despicable – and in some legal opinion, criminal – threat by the White House that it would use atomic weapons against nuclear-unarmed Iran in the event of a conflict has been dismissed by the authorities in Tehran, who say they remain determined to pursue their civilian nuclear energy programme.
Far from being cowered, Iran has just launched three days of military war games in the Persian Gulf. The Islamic Republic carries out such manoeuvres every summer, but this year it has brought the exercises forward. No official explanation has been given, but it clearly is meant to be a signal to the US and its coterie of western allies that Iran will not be brow beaten by threats of economic sanctions and military strikes, including the threat of unleashing the most terrifying of weapons.
“We are not Indians nor Europeans. … (but are) Americans by birth,”
On April 19, 1810 (200 years ago), Simon Bolivar (the “George Washington of South America”) declared independence from Spain in Caracas, Vz, and started to formulate “Gran Colombia” which was his vision for peace and economic growth for the entire continent of South America.
Being an admirer of the American revolution–where colonists in North America defeated the British to form a united nation that had a common language, religion and customs–Bolivar sought to copy that model in South America.