Anne-Marie O’Reilly (Campaign Against Arms Trade): The Devastating Impact of UK Weapons Sales (+ transcript)

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Protest against US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

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by Anne-Marie O’Reilly
Right Livelihood Award Foundation Archive
7 December 2012

Mister Deputy Speaker,
Honourable Members of Parliament,
Your excellencies,
Fellow laureates,
Dear friends,

Thank you

It is a great honour to accept the Right Livelihood Award on behalf of Campaign Against Arms Trade. The Award is a valued tribute to the work of thousands of people in the UK, whose collective action has managed to expose, challenge and impede the arms trade since we began our work nearly 40 years ago.

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Peace On Earth—Classic Christmas Cartoon (1939) + Good Will to Men (1955)

Glory to God in the Highest, Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men

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Michael Strum on Dec 11, 2019

Peace on Earth is a one-reel 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon short directed by Hugh Harman, about a post-apocalyptic world populated only by animals.

Two young squirrels ask their grandfather on Christmas Eve who the “men” are in the lyric “Peace on Earth, good will to men.” Continue reading

US Postal Workers On Week-long Hunger Strike

Save the Post Office Rally

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PressTVGlobalNews·Dec 23, 2012

Six days starving to save six-day delivery. That’s the message of a group of former and current postal workers who went on an emergency hunger strike on the National Mall as well as walking through the halls of Congress and to the White House in Washington DC.

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Law of Value 10: Price and Value by Brendan M. Cooney

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Commercial Capitalism for Christmas

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brendanmcooney·Dec 23, 2012

[Here’s a yo-yo. Let’s say it took an hour to make, parts and everything. And here’s a bag of high-fructose jelly beans. Let’s say they took 20 minutes to make. What if they both sold for $5, despite having different labor contents? Wouldn’t this be a big problem for Marx’s value theory?

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NDAA–The Final Battle by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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December 24, 2012

Witness Against Torture: 96-Hour Cage Vigil at the White House

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Over the past year I and other plaintiffs including Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg have pressed a lawsuit in the federal courts to nullify Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This egregious section, which permits the government to use the military to detain U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers, could have been easily fixed by Congress. The Senate and House had the opportunity this month to include in the 2013 version of the NDAA an unequivocal statement that all U.S. citizens would be exempt from 1021(b)(2), leaving the section to apply only to foreigners. Continue reading