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PEACE DIVIDEND July 30, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Peace.
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The economic benefits of peace are seldom described. War as has been long recognized is good for profits.  Wars, including foreign interventions and invasions, are particularly good for generating refugees, who then become the victims, which we blame, in essence because we mostly imagine they are not like us, despite being human.
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ECONOMIC NEO-IMPERIALISM February 26, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Modern History, Peace.
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John Perkins has written previously on his experience as an economic hit-man. The job is to negotiate with poor/developing countries loans from IMF and other sources that are designed to fail.
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PROPAGANDA AND POLICY February 20, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Duckspeak, Peace, US Politics.
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Under Gillard, and presumably the same practice will be followed by an Abbott-led Government, Australian Foreign policy has been outsourced to the US Administration.
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MALI AND TERRORISM January 16, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Africa, Peace, Terrorism Issues.
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So what is going on in Mali? The UN Security Council has authorized the French military intervention in its former colony.

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UNKNOWN AFGHANISTAN January 4, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Modern History, Peace.
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The framing of war, organized and systematic murder, creates a distorted prism to view human beings, their motivations and their actions.

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BLAME HAITI? November 15, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Modern History, Peace.
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Weather has taken an extraordinary toll over the last year in the United States. The cost is likely to be high in dollar terms and in other ways.
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“HISTORIC” MINDANAO PEACE AGREEMENT October 21, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Nonviolence, Peace, South East Asia.
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Peace agreements too often founder with the opposing parties returning to violence.

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MYTH AND MEMORY: 11 SEPTEMBER 2001 September 12, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Peace, Social Environment.
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Among the many little known facts about the 11th of Sepetember is that it is the Coptic New Year.
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WHERE IS THE RHETORIC OF PEACE ? September 4, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in nuclear weapons capability, Peace, US Politics.
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What a difference fifty years has made to the tone of American Presidents.  John Kennedy gave the impression he was serious about world peace; recent office holders, in particular Bush and Obama, have be on a course of continual war.
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DEPARTMENT OF PEACE August 10, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Peace, Social Environment, Terrorism Issues.
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The notion of a Department of Peace proposed by, for example Dennis Kucinich, struck me as one of those ideas with which I could not come to terms so conditioned am to war and defence as the norm for governments. The war in Syria has changed my mind.
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REMEMBERING HIROSHIMA August 7, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth, Modern History, Peace.
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Today marked the 67th anniversary of  the bombing of Hiroshima., the first use of nuclear weapons.  Three days later, another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Civilization did not end, neither did the still continuing export of uranium, and other countries have acquired nuclear weapons so increasing the possibility of nuclear war.
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OSLO NOW AURORA July 22, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth, Peace.
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It is now one year since the bombing in Oslo and the massacre on the Utoya Island. And in recent days there has been the killings in the picture theatre in Colorado.

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“FORWARD”: NORMALIZE MURDER OR NOT? June 13, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth, Peace.
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The normalization of violence, whether it is the homeless out on the streets of our cities or the summary execution by executive fiat of people by drone in NW Waziristan, or Yemen or Somalia is a way of wearing down principled opposition to unacceptable by constant repetition.
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EXITING AFGHANISTAN June 1, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, Peace.
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The endeavour to control Afghanistan by the United States and its acolytes will soon ingloriously end and at extraordinary cost. Such is the destiny of imperial ambition. What then for the people of Afghanistan?
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US CHIEF MAGISTRATE’S DRONE WARFARE May 31, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Duckspeak, Peace, Terrorism Issues, US Politics.
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Roman Emperors,  or at least the Roman Kings, who pre-dated them were Chief Magistrates much like Charles I of England who lost his head over the issue.
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DEFENDING ISRAEL May 24, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Israel-Palestine, Peace, Terrorism Issues.
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Not only does Israel live in “a very tough neighbourhood”, but then there is the media environment.
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CHICAGO NATO SUMMITRY AND PROTESTS May 23, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, Peace.
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US citizens attempted to exercise their First Amendment rights in Chicago during the Nato gathering of leaders, which strangely included Australia.
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NAKBA REMEMBERED May 16, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Human Rights, Israel-Palestine, Peace.
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Palestinians have remembered Nakba, and the complicity of the Western Imperial Powers and the Jewish settlers in the dispossession from their land in 1948.
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FRAMING JESUS May 11, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Peace, Philosophy, Social Environment.
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Jesus of Nazareth has an extraordinary story. The same is true of Buddha. Both narratives have been enhanced by mythical constructs, but that is the nature of story telling. The historical case for Buddha seems to have been better established.
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THE SECRET SOCIETY April 25, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Duckspeak, Peace.
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One, among the several reasons, people form societies is to organize the process of justice.
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