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    Freedom Rider: Iran Fights Back


    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    The signs that Iran will be a new target for the U.S. are ominous and unmistakable,” but there are no indications that the Islamic Republic will break under superpower pressure. Instead, the Iranian president is visiting with other heads of state on the U.S. hit list. Washington’s demonization machinery is at full throttle, yet the truth remains: “Iran continues to be inconvenient to the United States for the simple reason that it exists and asserts its rights as a sovereign nation.”

    The Absence of a Draft Makes Americans Feel Immune to War


    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The best thing for the U.S. any movement that truly wants an end to U.S. wars, would be to bring back the draft. “The all-volunteer military has made it far easier for the United States to wage unjust and illegal wars, because the vast majority of the population has no direct stake in keeping the peace.” A new study shows the disconnect between Americans and their military is deeper than ever. “This vast experiential chasm between the general population and the U.S. military has reached an all time high during the same decade that has seen ‘the longest period of sustained conflict in the nation’s history.’”

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    Global Resistance, Local Action, and Vision

    Cynthia McKinneyby Cynthia McKinney
    A successful movement for change needs more than energy and commitment – it also requires “people feverishly working to redefine for all who want to be active...just what the prize is.” When a war-expanding president is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, peace itself is in need of redefinition. Only the forces of death prosper when “people believe that war is peace, slavery is freedom, ignorance is strength, and lies are truth.”

    Pentagon High Crimes: A Retired Lt. Colonel Speaks Out

    by David Swanson

    George Bush "seems like the Paris Hilton of politics," but Dick Cheney appears to take "world domination seriously."  So seriously, according to a retired officer who worked at the Pentagon's Near East Policy Directorate, Cheney and his minions in the administration got away for years systematically lying to the Congress and the American people about Iraq. Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski (retired) has no doubt that Bush and many underlings committed impeachable offenses. Nevertheless, Democrats are falling for the same con game in the run-up to war with Iran.

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