Will Griffin: The Treaty to Prevent War in Outer Space: P.A.R.O.S.

Will Griffin: The Treaty to Prevent War in Outer Space: P.A.R.O.S.

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
March 28, 2019

“The Outer Space Treaty represents the basic legal framework of international space law. Among its principles, it bars states party to the treaty from placing weapons of mass destruction in Earth orbit, installing them on the Moon or any other celestial body, or otherwise stationing them in outer space. It exclusively limits the use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for testing weapons of any kind, conducting military maneuvers, or establishing military bases, installations, and fortifications (Article IV).” Outer Space Treaty

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Anything War Can Do, Peace Can Do Better by David Swanson

Peace

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Note: David’s piece contains many pictures, so you may wish to read it in full on his website.

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 9, 2019

William James’ idea of the need to create a moral equivalent of war first struck me, decades ago, when I read about it, as about as sensible an idea as inventing a new way to punch yourself in the face. This was not purely because times have changed, because weapons have become more powerful, because the earth’s climate is collapsing, or because nonviolent activism has become widely understood as requiring courage, sacrifice, camarderie, dedication, discipline, and strength, without any of the counterproductive murder, maiming, destroying, occupying, hating, looting, pillaging, or stupidity.

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What If Governments Obeyed Laws? by David Swanson + Merchants of Death: How the Military-Industrial Complex Profits from Endless War

What If Governments Obeyed Laws? by David Swanson + Merchants of Death: How the Military-Industrial Complex Profits from Endless War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 19, 2018

Do we need new laws or adherence to the old ones?

Yes.

Both.

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Abby Martin VS Edward Rodriguez on Peace and Paramilitaries in Colombia

Abby Martin VS Edward Rodriguez on Peace and Paramilitaries in Colombia

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on May 27, 2018

Colombia’s presidential election could determine the fate of the historic peace deal ending their 53-year civil war. While most in the country want to honor the agreement, Colombia’s right wing has been a fervent opponent.

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A Trumparade Would Stir Up War Fever by David Swanson + What Banner Would You Carry In The Counter Parade? by Rivera Sun

2015 DC Spring Rising Against War 12

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[DS recommends listening to David’s rant on Soundcloud.]

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 8, 2018

People have a wide range of reasons for opposing a military Trumparade through Washington. Here are nearly 20,000 people who say:

“We demand that the United States hold no militarism-glorifying parade displaying weaponry of war. Should such a thing be staged, we will visibly support peace on that day.”

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“Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But….” by David Swanson + Drummer Boy of War

Genocide Phnom Penh

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 14, 2017

According to the Washington Post, “Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But . . . .”

Is that a statement that should ever be followed by a “but”? I contend that it isn’t. There isn’t something that can outweigh risking millions of casualties. The Washington Post thinks otherwise. Here’s a fuller quote:
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You Can’t Have a Progressive Movement Without Peace by David Swanson + Desmond Tutu on #NoWar

Veterans for Peace Banner Drop: "How is the War Economy Working for You?" (Pittsburgh, PA)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 9, 2017

Remarks at People’s Convergence Conference, Sept. 8, 2017

Here’s my five-minute case for why you can’t have an effective progressive movement in the United States that doesn’t include working for peace. War and militarism and bases and ships and missiles and sanctions and nuclear threats and hostility make up the filter through which much of the other 96% of humanity experiences this 4%. The U.S. Congress chooses how to spend a great deal of money each year, and chooses to put 54% of it into war and preparations for war. The wars demonstrably increase rather than reduce or eliminate anti-U.S. sentiment and violence. They endanger us rather than protect us. The wars are a top cause of death and injury in the world, and a top cause of famines and disease epidemics and refugee crises that cause massive additional suffering. But war kills most by diverting resources. Small fractions of U.S. military spending could end starvation, provide clean water, end diseases, even end the use of fossil fuels worldwide. Military spending also reduces jobs in comparison to other spending or not taxing working people in the first place.

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Trump’s Hundred Days of Rage and Rapacity by Ralph Nader + Nader Accepts Gandhi Peace Award: All Wars Are Preventable

Bully Culprit - Trump

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, April 26, 2017
April 28, 2017

The Lawless-loving corporatists have worked overtime to besmirch the word “regulation” (or law and order for corporations) and edify the word “deregulation,” to help bring about their dream state of dismantled or weakened regulation.

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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

2014 Global Day Of Action Against Drones DC 13

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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

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