Federated Governments: The Nation Versus The State, Part 2 by Arthur D. Robbins

Resist Imperialism

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained
April 4, 2017

War has indeed become perpetual and peace no longer even a fleeting wish nor a distant memory. We have become habituated to the rumblings of war and the steady drum beat of propaganda about war’s necessity and the noble motives that inspire it.

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In the Midst of a World in Turmoil and Transition, What Do We Need to Do to Create Peace? by Graham Peebles

Stop Violence + Create Peace

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
January 26, 2017

Throughout his Christmas message and in keeping with the hymn of the time, Pope Francis repeatedly called for Peace in our World. “Not merely the word, but a real and concrete peace” brought about by changing those attitudes, patterns of behavior and socio-economic systems that bring about conflict. Peace not simply in relationship to armed conflict, but peace for all people in a range of situations.
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Our International Relations Are Built Upon Lies by Dennis Kucinich

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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by Dennis Kucinich
World Beyond War, Oct. 20, 2016
October 21, 2016

The most consequential statement by Secretary Clinton in last night’s debate was her pronouncement that a no-fly zone over Syria could “save lives and hasten the end of the conflict,” that a no-fly zone would provide “safe zones on the ground” was in “the best interests of the people on the ground in Syria” and would “help us with our fight against ISIS.”

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An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind by Rev. John Dear

War is terrorism with a bigger budget

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by Rev. John Dear
originally published on Common Dreams, Nov. 28, 2015
January 15, 2016

Millions of Americans believe that war doesn’t work, that war cannot end terrorism because war is terrorism, and that U.S. war-making is breeding a new generation of terrorists around the world. Millions also want the senseless killing to stop and they realize we must begin with ending our own military’s killing sprees. Americans want a new nonviolent response to the violence in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. We don’t want to keep on inspiring millions of oppressed people to join ISIS or Al Qaeda. We want to stop the killing, make reparations, and start healing our world.

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Stop Smoking the Democrack by Cindy Sheehan and David Swanson

by Cindy Sheehan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Mar. 28, 2015

and by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
Mar. 28, 2015

2014 Global Day Of Action Against Drones DC 13

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The U.S. government is toying with a war with nuclear Russia while already waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, having done severe damage to Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. Military spending is climbing ever higher. Presidential war powers are ever more extreme. The proliferation of nuclear technology is combining with the ease and secrecy of drone wars to raise the risk of a Dr. Strangelove finish to the human species. And, let’s face it, you had more time to give a damn when the president was a Republican.

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Six13: Chanukah (Shake It Off) + Jewish Voice for Peace: Chanukah 2014

Hanukkah 18th century

Chanukah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Updated: Dec. 7, 2015

Happy Chanukah!

Six13Sings on Dec 11, 2014

CHAG SAMEACH! Life got you down? You should be thinking about the miracle of light. Just shake it off… it’s Chanukah! Continue reading

Father John Dear: Jesus Weeps: Resisting Violence, Building Peace

Weeping Jesus

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days on Apr 1, 2014

Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2014 — “Jesus Weeps: Resisting Violence, Building Peace” kicked off the evening of Friday, March 21 with with welcome activities, including a rousing keynote from Catholic peace activist and author Rev. John Dear.

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Father John Dear: Cultivating Peace Within Us and Around Us (must-see)

Who would Jesus Bomb?

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talkingsticktv on Mar 27, 2014

Interview with Father John Dear author of “The Nonviolent Life”.

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Needed: Three Obama Speeches for the People by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
January 16, 2014

Dear President Obama:

All the daily decisions and crises you have to confront must not preclude occasional addresses to the country that rise to the level of statesmanship, transcending the hurly-burly of politics and executive branch administration.

There are three areas where the people need the views and vision of their President.

1. A major address on the resources and preconditions necessary for the government to wage peace as a continual policy of statecraft and not just sporadic initiatives between waging war or engaging in other violent conflicts. Continue reading

Building a Global Movement to End All War by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
January 12, 2014

110/365: End all wars!

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I’ve been involved in starting enough activist campaigns and coalitions to know when one has more potential than any other I’ve seen.  When hundreds of people and organizations are signing up on the website before you’ve announced it anywhere, and nine months before you plan to officially launch, and when a large percentage of the people signing on ask how they can donate funding, and when people from other countries volunteer to translate your declaration into other languages, and when committees form of volunteer women and men to work on a dozen different aspects of the planning — and they actually get to work in a serious way, and when none of this is due to anything in the news or any statement from anyone in government or any contrast between one political party and another, then it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to help build as a movement.

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David Swanson: Lies and War, Part 1 + What Drives War? Part 2 + Are There Just Wars? Part 3

David Swanson tied one on for peace!

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
December 15, 2013

TheRealNews on Dec 14, 2013

On RAI with Paul Jay, David Swanson, author of “War is a Lie”, talks about becoming a full time activist for peace.  Continue reading

Exclusive: Peace 101: Will the Real Saint Francis Please Stand Up by Rocket Kirchner

by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
November 11, 2013

Saint Francis

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Gandhi liked him. Martin Luther King, Jr. liked him. The Sufis like him. The Catholics like him. The Dalia Lama likes him. Mandela likes him. Bishop Tutu likes him. Aung San Suu Kyi likes him. Atheist humanitarians like him. Chris Hedges likes him. There is even a new Pope who liked him enough to take his name. The New Age crowd likes him. In fact I don’t think I have ever read any bad press about the man. But just who is Saint Francis and why does he matter now more than ever?

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Socialism: Change Has to Begin at the Roots by William T. Hathaway

Build a Peace Economy!

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
August 3, 2013

Terrorists, serial killers, domestic murderers — their ghoulish deeds fill our news and popular entertainment, interspersed with wars, riots, and brutal repressions. Violence surrounds us.

Where does it come from?

The answer propagated by the mass media is that violence is human nature. It’s just the way people are.

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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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Tommy Cherry·Dec 1, 2009

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