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Colombia’s Truth Commission is dealing with nearly 60 years of violence, cruelty, human rights violations, etc.

July 19, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

TWO CENTURIES AGO — in 1822 — U.S. President James Monroe UNILATERALLY issued “The Monroe Doctrine,” which asserted the U.S. government’s right to do whatever it wants to any and all nations in Latin America — and threatened war against any European nation that threatened to stop us. The U.S. has been acting upon that imperialist doctrine — in violation of Latin American people’s yearning for freedom and democracy.  The U.S. has intervened militarily in many Latin American nations, overthrown many democratic governments, installed dictators, funded extremely brutal dictators and death squads, and allowed U.S. business corporations to exploit the […]

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70 years later, the U.S. keeps its dangerous land mines in Korea. Biden should remove them now!

July 19, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Win Without War (www.winwithoutwar.org) posted this on July 15, 2022: Ursala Knudsen-Latta of the Friends Committee on National Legislation eviscerates the Biden administration’s argument that the U.S. needs a special exception from the global effort to ban anti-personnel landmines in order to use these indiscriminate weapons to guard South Korea from North Korean invasion. Landmines have killed around 1,000 people just going about their daily lives in South Korea in recent decades, and the South Korean government has moved to clear mines rather than add to them. The U.S. should abandon its defense of landmines in Korea and embrace the […]

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U.S. military spending: Here is the newest information

July 19, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Most of the federal spending for nuclear weapons is in the Dept. of ENERGY budget, not in the Dept. of “Defense.” I don’t know how much of the spending for space weapons is in the budgets of the various agencies. The MILITARY budget is huge — and every year it has been getting MORE AND MORE HUGE.  President Trump kept increasing the amounts he was requesting, and Congress kept adding to that.  Now President Biden has been increasing the amounts he has been asking for, and Congress keeps adding to that. Voters need to know that this is a BI-PARTISAN […]

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Nations that ratified TPNW — and some other nations — met June 21-23 to follow up

July 19, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

The nations that have ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) met in Vienna for three days in June to plan more follow-up implementation after ratification.  Some other supporters joined with them.  See information at www.icanw.org  Also, a great number of non-governmental peace supporters attended.  Many of them were from the global South, and many were young adults. This short article was posted there when the meeting began:  https://www.icanw.org/first_meeting_of_states_parties_begins These two links were posted near the meeting’s end:  https://www.icanw.org/tpnw1msp_press_release and https://www.icanw.org/1msp_declaration_and_action_plan_adopted   The proceedings were recorded.  You can watch the recording and get more information here:  https://nuclearbantreaty.org/live-from-vienna-us-civil-society-at-the-tpnw-first-meeting-of-states-parties/ […]

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UPDATES on Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons

July 19, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Although nearly all of the U.S.’s mainstream media have FAILED to report on the powerful, historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), much of the world is very enthusiastic.   Recently several more nations have ratified the TPNW, for a current total of 66.  Several more nations are likely to ratify it soon.  When a nation ratifies a treaty, the nation commits itself to incorporating the treaty’s provisions and requirements into its own national laws.  The TPNW includes a POWERFUL SERIES OF VERBS AND COMMITMENTS that prevent a nation from ANY AND ALL activities that would support or […]

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11-minute video supports Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

July 19, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Jim Manista, an active member of the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, produced this smart 11-minute video supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  This Treaty is POWERFUL and HISTORIC.  Although 66 nations have ratified the Treaty, mainstream news media in the U.S. have ALMOST TOTALLY REFUSED to cover this hot news. We encourage you to watch Jim’s video at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wU1p2XIbHLZZ36fSSa_jOu7avHCnX9sg/view?usp=sharing      

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Here is a GREAT EXAMPLE of how to use humor in our outreach: This movie satirized the Cold War.

July 1, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

During the workshops I conduct to strengthen people’s skills in organizing grassroots movements, I encourage the participants to use humor, wit and satire in raising issues.  Even hard, scary issues such as nuclear weapons can be approached.  When people are laughing, their defenses are lowered, so they can see things in fresh ways.   You can watch for FREE the movie I linked here.  It came out in 1966, during the height of the Cold War.  It pointed out – in very funny ways – the ridiculousness of some people’s fears, and also the humanity of Russian submariners.   I […]

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We CAN’T abolish nuclear weapons until we MAKE THE PUBLIC FACE THE PROBLEM!

July 1, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

In 1962 James Baldwin wrote an essay for The New York Times titled, “As Much Truth As One Can Bear.”  He wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”  In 1962 Baldwin was writing about the U.S.’s extremely serious problem about pervasive and persistent racial injustice.   Baldwin’s insight is still true, and it pertains also to nuclear weapons.  Since 1945 nuclear weapons have been a persistent – but largely ignored – part of the status quo.  Government propaganda fooled the American public into accepting nuclear weapons as an ongoing […]

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Global report lists U.S. among ‘democratic backsliding’ countries:

July 1, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

People who say “America First” need to recognize that we are below Mongolia and many other nations:  Canadian national security task force is preparing for the collapse of the United States (msn.com)   Global report lists U.S. among ‘democratic backsliding’ countries:  https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/american-democracy-2655784123          

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Colombia elected a GREAT PROGRESSIVE after decades of right-wingers

June 30, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

For a very long time, Colombia has been ruled by cruel, corrupt, right-wing governments.  The U.S. has vigorously supported (and aggressively armed) those governments. But in June 2022, Colombia’s voters elected a great progressive to be their next president.  He joins some newly elected progressives in some other Latin American nations. SEE THESE ARTICLES:     On June 27, 2022, John Feffer, a very savvy writer about international affairs (who was also a guest on one of my recent TV programs) wrote: Gustavo Petro and Francia Marquez are remarkable leaders. Petro has courageously rooted out corruption and collusion between politicians […]

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Recognize and Counter Mainstream Media Bias

June 24, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

The July 2022 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” provides fresh information and insights about a systemic problem that perpetuates war and all kinds of injustice.  This systemic problem also interferes with our efforts to solve all of the problems we care about. This TV interview is about bias in mainstream news media. Media bias is very pervasive – and because it is so very pervasive, it is often not even noticed.  It distorts what people know about vital issues such as war and peace, the economy, race, the criminal justice system, the climate, and all of the other important issues.  […]

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Poverty — Militarism — Nuclear Weapons

June 12, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

I wrote this article about the linkages between poverty and militarism (including excessive military spending) and nuclear weapons. It contains links to more sources of information. I invite you to share it widely. Article for blog — Poverty – Militarism – Nuclear Weapons  

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Nonviolence is MORE POWERFUL than war. Nonviolence WORKS BETTER than war.

June 8, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

I wrote this a few years ago.  If you have not yet read it, it will give you some insights into why nonviolence is not only ethical, but also is PRACTICAL and POWERFUL.  A Solid Case for Nonviolence as Ethical, Practical and Powerful Workshop #1 in my 6-part series about Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing uses some of the information in the resource I linked above, plus a lot more.  I offer the series of 6 workshops several times each year.  The next series runs on Tuesdays from June 14 through July 19, 2021.  See information about the series at this blog […]

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U.S. militarism invades and hurts Africa, but the American people are not informed about this!

June 4, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Can We Demilitarize U.S. Policy in Africa?  In 2021, the House passed a bill that sounds good, but doesn’t end Washington’s failed, militarized approach or get to root problems.  https://fpif.org/can-we-demilitarize-u-s-policy-in-africa/?emci=f9f10536-e5ef-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=446c1b75-8cf0-eb11-b563-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=3993183   Troops trained by AFRICOM have been behind nine coups d’etat on the African continent in the thirteen years of the military command’s existence. This news was reported by the Black Alliance for Peace, which does a good job of connecting issues of race and militarism.  See www.blackallianceforpeace.com — and much information at various parts of their blog, including this collection of informative resources about AFRICOM, the U.S. military entity […]

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Trump politicized “Voice of America” for his benefit. Biden promptly undid that corruption and supported whistleblowers..

June 4, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

For decades one of the U.S.’s ways of propagandizing the rest of the world on behalf of the U.S.’s political agenda has been the “Voice of America.”  While basically pro-U.S., VOA did allow other views.  In fact, in November 1974, a month after I quit my job in a Washington State welfare office because the welfare system is abusive in many ways to poor people, VOA interviewed me for a worldwide broadcast they would make soon.  I was invited to explain the economic injustices of the U.S.’s welfare system.  Apparently, the VOA did have some fair-mindedness as they sought to […]