To wish there were a law against war seems a pipe dream. But far from fantasy, it turns out there already is a law against war. Really. And it's still on the books. It's called the Kellogg-Briand Pact, signed in Paris on August ...
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Don't overlook the trash men

StarNews,
Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016



The best way to appreciate the men who regularly collect our garbage is to imagine what if they did not do their job.

We have a tragic example of this starting with the Gulf War in 1991. Those old enough might ...
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Contrails or Chemtrails?

La Jicarita,
Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Also at La Jicarita


It all began in Taos, New Mexico, where my husband and I lived and where for months I had been noticing jets in the blue sky over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains leaving long trails of white exhaust behind them. I had never before ...
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Public Library, Epitome of Democracy

Gannett Newspapers,
Written Sunday, October 20, 2013



By charging a membership fee--no matter how small--the public library in Taos, New Mexico, tells the world what its community values and is willing to support or not. Learning the news sent me to my files, where I dusted ...
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Water Is Complicated

La Jicarita News,
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Also at LaJicarita.org


To illustrate the complication of water, take the case of the El Valle de los Ranchos Water & Sanitation District (El Valle) vs. Jose Venito Martinez Acequia (JVM Acequia).

John Miera, Tom Trojnar, ...
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Who Owns the Sky?

The Taos News,
Published Thursday, September 20, 2012



Mark Twain quipped, “Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.” What would he think of two scientists from Harvard--David W. Keith, whose field is applied physics, and James G. ...
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The Sky's the Limit

The Taos News ,
Published Thursday, May 31, 2012



Both New Mexico Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall voted for two new laws that could detrimentally affect the quality of our lives--the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act  (NDAA) and the FAA Air Transportation ...
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Take Action by Submitting Your Comments

The Taos News ,
Published Thursday, February 16, 2012



Peaceful Skies Coalition has learned that Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo is currently a candidate to train pilots of friendly foreign countries, as well as U.S. pilots, to fly the loud F-35 bomber. Other candidates are ...
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We're All in This Together--Please Sign the Petition


Written Monday, January 30, 2012



The Pentagon is disregarding its ban on military expansion in the top portion of the "51st State"--the beautiful 60 million acres in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico that the Army and ...
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"The 51st State"

The Taos News ,
Published Thursday, January 19, 2012
Also at WarIsACrime.org

Also at readersupportednews.org


Lila Garrett is the radio talk show host of “Connect the Dots” on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles. When she saw a map of the U.S. military’s plan to join an area of southern Colorado to northern New ...
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Eyes on the Family Dollar Store

The Taos News ,
Published Thursday, December 8, 2011
Also at Taos Friends United


A real estate developer, an artist, and a farmer are all, understandably, going to look at the same piece of property with different eyes: the first for what he can build on it; the second for how he can paint it; the third, for ...
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"How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives"

The Taos News ,
Published Thursday, September 29, 2011



“How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives” is the subtitle of a book by Nick Turse called “The Complex”—recommended reading for anyone concerned about the state of ...
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The hearing of the lawsuit the Los Alamos Study Group (LASG), a non-profit nuclear education and watchdog organization, brought against the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration, responsible ...
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Have We Gone Crazy? A Look at U.S. Needs vs. Endless War

Taos Horse Fly,
Published Monday, November 15, 2010



People who think the proposed Air Force training flights of assault (and assault-support) aircraft over 55 peaceful counties in Northern New ...
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The Bad Plan of the U.S. Air Force

The Taos News ,
Published Thursday, September 16, 2010



Maybe the U.S. Air Force thought no one would notice its plan to turn some 87,000 square miles of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado into a training ground for Low Altitude Tactical Navigation ...
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Experiencing the Bomb

Taos Horse Fly ,
Published August 2010
Also at WarIsACrime.org


I asked a bright and educated 33-year-old friend if she ever thought about the atomic bomb.

“No,” she ...
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The Sense of Awe

Taos Horse Fly ,
Published July 2010



Seeing a film clip on the Internet made by Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, of the ocean eerily bubbling like a chemistry experiment as it washed up on a wide beach in Pensacola, Florida, ...
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A Pentagon for Peace

Taos Horse Fly,
Published May 2010



Why doesn’t the U.S. government have a building as big as the Pentagon to work on peace? For "big," of course, the Pentagon makes the Guinness Book of Records: it covers the largest ground ...
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Most people living in the great expanses of northern New Mexico appreciate seeing rainbows touch the ground from end to end. They know that majestic wooded mountains, turquoise skies by day, and spangled skies by night rightly ...
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Nuclear Reactor Proposal: What a Waste!

The Taos News, "My Turn,"
Published Wednesday, March 3, 2010



President Obama has proposed to offer $54 billion in loans for construction of new nuclear reactors. This should come as no surprise to his supporters because throughout his presidential campaign he said he was in favor of nuclear ...
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Memorial Day


Written Friday, May 1, 2009



Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." A corollary of his saying could be "The unexamined holiday is not worth celebrating." What would we find if we examined Memorial ...
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Justice for Outlaws: the Bushies

Horse Fly,
Published Monday, December 15, 2008
Also at AfterDowningStreet.org


What is justice? Considering how soon the pre-schooler, new to the knack of stringing words into sentences, is claiming, "Hey! That’s not fair!" human beings seemed wired for justice. Something in us wants to ...
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The Cost of Working at LANL

Horse Fly,
Published Friday, August 15, 2008



In April 2000, then-Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Bill Richardson admitted for the first time that workers at nuclear weapons plants had been harmed by radiation and toxic poisoning. Richardson pushed for President Bill ...
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Voices from LANL

Horse Fly,
Published Sunday, June 15, 2008



PHILIP SCHOFIELD, PYRO/CHEMICAL TECHNICIAN, TALKS ABOUT HIS FATHER: "He was what you call a jack of all trades, a welder, a painter, carpenter. He could do it all. . . He wound up becoming their handyman. . .He worked up (at ...
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Bombs, Away!

Horse Fly,
Published Tuesday, April 15, 2008



Fifty-five miles downwind of Los Alamos, Taosenos may be surprised to learn that, according to Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group (LASG), eleven new nuclear warheads or plutonium "pits" were manufactured ...
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Bush and Gandhi on Christianity

Horse Fly,
Published Wednesday, December 15, 2004



If George W. Bush were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict him? What if in the roundup, Mohandas K. Gandhi was inadvertently hauled in for the same charge? Gandhi, of course, was the Hindu leader ...
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Above the Law

Horse Fly,
Published Wednesday, September 15, 2004



On Aug. 26, 2004, just days before the Republican National Convention opened in Madison Square Garden, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark convened an Iraq War Crimes Tribunal at the Martin Luther King, Jr. High School on ...
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"Fast Food Nation" at War with Iraq

Horse Fly,
Published Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Also at commondreams.org


In his book Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser’s description of the dissociation of workers in fast-food chains like McDonald’s from the end product of their work could apply to the U.S.-led ...
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The Porky Pig Approach On Not Invading Iraq

Horse Fly,
Published Thursday, August 15, 2002
Also at commondreams.org


When I ask myself why I believe the United States should not invade Iraq, as the Bush administration seems fixing to do, I find myself wondering how my inner Porky Pig might put it.

A long time ago, when I was ...
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Where Does Iraq's Money Go?

The Nonviolent Activist, the Magazine of the War Resisters League, Volume 19, Number 2,
Published March-April 2002



The ink was barely dry on the 1991 cease-fire before the U.N. Security Council set up a commission to process claims against Iraq totaling more than $300 billion for damages suffered during the Persian Gulf War. The claims totaled ...
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Seeing the Devastation with Their Own Eyes

The Nonviolent Activist, the Magazine of the War Resisters League, Volume 16, Number 6,
Published November-December 1999



The U.S. State Department warned Phyllis Bennis not to go to Iraq because of the danger. A fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, the progressive Washington think-tank, Bennis traveled to Iraq anyway at the end of August with ...
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Iraq Suffers Under Sanctions

Peace & Freedom, the Magazine of the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom,
Published June-August 1999



In early March, the new Executive Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR-USA) Rev. John Dear led a seven-person delegation to Iraq. Dear traveled with Nobel Peace Laureates Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland ...
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Iraqi Policy and Institutionalized Child Abuse: Interview of STK by Felix Carroll

The Record-Review of Bedford and Pound Ridge,
Published Friday, February 13, 1998



Suzy Kane has a long history of trying to "sort things out," as she says. But with the war drums beating loud in recent weeks for a heavy military response to Iraq, sorting things out has become difficult, even ...
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Another First for the U.S.: The Bombed Nuclear Reactor in Iraq

Fellowship, the Magazine of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, January/February 1997. Reprinted as "U.S. First to Target [Operating] Nuclear Reactor" in book Metal of Dishonor, Depleted Uranium, International Action Center, New York, 1997



One fact of the Persian Gulf War seems to have been recorded in invisible ink: the United States is the first nation in history to have intentionally bombed an operating nuclear reactor. When asked the Defense ...
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Asking the Wrong Questions About Iraq

Peace & Freedom, the Magazine of the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom,
Published October-December 1996



When it comes to the subject of Iraq, the question people invariably ask is “What about Saddam Hussein?” the question that backs peace-lovers like WILPFers [Women’s International League for Peace and ...
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For Want of a Spare Part

Peace & Freedom, the Magazine of the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom,
Published April-June, 1996



The adage "For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost" could well describe the effects of the almost six-year-old sanctions on Iraq: for want of a ...
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The Latin words Finis origine pendent are cut into the seal of Phillips Academy (cut by Paul Revere, in fact). Phillips Academy, or "Andover," as it is called, is the preparatory school in Andover, ...
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Sanctions

The Patent Trader, "Guest View,"
Published Thursday, July 23, 1992



For many of us our consciences are soothed when the United Nations imposes "sanctions" on a miscreant such as Serbia because the word "sanctions" connotes the quality of high moral ground. Its Latin root ...
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International War Crimes Tribunal

The Patent Trader, "Guest View,"
Published Thursday, March 12, 1992



As the United States wakes up to the human rights abuses committed by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s government, at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in New York City on February 29, I was one of 2,000 people who ...
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