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Obey

Living in America,
sometimes makes me think
I live in a luxurious concentration camp.  I can have anything I want as long as I obey certain rules.

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Who Are the Nuclear Scofflaws?

 

By Lawrence S. Wittner

Given all the frothing by hawkish U.S. Senators about Iran’s possible development of nuclear weapons, one might think that Iran was violating the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

 

But it’s not.  The NPT, signed by 190 nations and in effect since 1970, is a treaty in which the non-nuclear nations agreed to forgo developing nuclear weapons and the nuclear nations agreed to divest themselves of their nuclear weapons.  It also granted nations the right to develop peaceful nuclear power.  The current negotiations in which Iran is engaged with other nations are merely designed to guarantee that Iran, which signed the NPT, does not cross the line from developing nuclear power to developing nuclear weapons.

 

Nine nations, however, have flouted the NPT by either developing nuclear weapons since the treaty went into effect or failing to honor the commitment to disarm.  These nine scofflaws and their nuclear arsenals are Russia (7,500 nuclear warheads), the United States (7,100 nuclear warheads), France (300 nuclear warheads), China (250 nuclear warheads), Britain (215 nuclear warheads), Pakistan (100-120 nuclear warheads), India (90-110 nuclear warheads), Israel (80 nuclear warheads), and North Korea (<10 nuclear warheads).

 

Nor are the nuclear powers likely to be in compliance with the NPT any time soon.
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June Vigil for Keaton Otis

Date/Time
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Location
NE 6th and Halsey
NE 6th and Halsey
Portland, Oregon

Event Information:

Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police three years ago. The police admitted they stopped him for “looking like a gangster.” His father, Fred Bryant, has held a monthly vigil every month on the 12 since his son’s murder in his struggle for justice for three years, on the spot where Keaton’s life was taken.

Please join that struggle this month and help to spread the word.

- See more at: http://portlandsocialists.org/?event=june-vigil-for-keaton-otis#sthash.uInUw3Wc.dpuf

February Vigil for Keaton Otis

Date/Time
Friday, February 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Location
NE 6th and Halsey

Portland, Oregon

Event Information:

Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police six years ago. The police admitted they stopped him for “looking like a gangster.” His father, Fred Bryyant, has held a monthly vigil every month on the 12 since his son’s murder in his struggle for justice for three years, on the spot where Keaton’s life was taken.

Please join that struggle this month and help to spread the word.

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The Fight for $15 Finally Comes to Portland by SHAMUS COOKE

Like the Occupy movement before it, the “fight for $15” came to Portland as a transplant. Portland activists watched events in Seattle with a skeptical eye, but Seattle’s “fantasy” of $15 was transformed into an emerging reality, now replete with the support of the Mayor and City Council who are working on a plan to implement the new minimum wage. 
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Salt and Terror in Afghanistan  ...by Kathy Kelly

In late January in a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, I joined several dozen people, working seamstresses, some college students, socially engaged teenagers and a few visiting internationals like myself, to discuss world hunger. Our emphasis was not exclusively on their own country’s worsening hunger problems. The Afghan Peace Volunteers, in whose home we were meeting, draw strength from looking beyond their own very real struggles.

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America’s Peace Ship

By Lawrence S. Wittner

Is there an emotional connection between the oceans and the pursuit of peace? 
For whatever reason, peace ships have been increasing in number over the past century.

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Why War Is Not Inevitable

By David Swanson

If war were inevitable, there would be little point in trying to end it. If war were inevitable, a moral case might be made for trying to lessen its damage while it continued. And numerous parochial cases could be made for being prepared to win inevitable wars for this side or that side.

Developing ways to avoid generating conflicts is part of the answer, but some occurrence of conflict (or major disagreement) is inevitable, which is why we must use more effective and less destructive tools to resolve conflicts and to achieve security. But there is nothing inevitable about war. It is not made necessary by our genes, by other inevitable forces in our culture, or by crises beyond our control.

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