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Congress: Do Your Job

By Elizabeth Beavers on 09/12/2014 @ 10:35 AM

Tags: foreign policy, war is not the answer, drones, aumf, iraq

If Congress avoids voting on the new war against the Islamic State (IS), it is avoiding its sole purpose - to represent the people of the United States and to allow for debate and challenge to the President's plan.

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Anything Can Happen: 13 Years After 9/11

Anything Can Happen: 13 Years After 9/11

By Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm on 09/11/2014 @ 03:21 PM

Tags: war is not the answer

Thirteen years later, I write from my new desk at Friends Committee on National Legislation, looking out my window with sadness and apprehension to the American flag at half-mast in front of the Capitol.

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Iraq bombing? We've seen this movie before

Iraq bombing? We've seen this movie before

By Jim Cason on 09/09/2014 @ 12:00 PM

Tags: war is not the answer, Iraq, new

The U.S. plan to "destroy" the Islamic State through a bombing campaign is a rerun of failed policies over the past decade. There are better ways to stop the killing and advance peace and security.

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Race and (In)Justice in Ferguson

Race and (In)Justice in Ferguson

By Tila Neguse on 08/28/2014 @ 11:45 AM

Tags: incarceration, criminal justice, new

The combination of entrenched discriminatory policies and a history of over-policing of communities of color created a situation like the one in Ferguson.

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Water Wars and Climate Conflict—Do we have more to fear than bad alliterations?

Water Wars and Climate Conflict—Do we have more to fear than bad alliterations?

By Kate Edelen on 08/26/2014 @ 12:00 PM

Tags: Environment, ppdc, water

Does securitizing the environment further legitimize the military-first response, reduce willingness to cooperate across borders, and even devalue civilian-led approaches? What is the most appropriate way to respond to issues of climate conflict?

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You Can't Solve Iraq in Iraq

You Can't Solve Iraq in Iraq

By Theo Sitther on 08/22/2014 @ 05:30 PM

Tags: iraq, war is not the answer

The Senate Appropriations Committee rightly raised some questions about the president’s request and reduced the Pentagon portion of the CTPF by more than half to $1.9-billion. This is welcome news.

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FCNL Participates in the Africa Leaders Summit

FCNL Participates in the Africa Leaders Summit

By Allyson Neville-Morgan on 08/19/2014 @ 03:37 PM

Tags: ppdc, peacebuilding

While the Summit was a remarkable moment to focus on critical issues related to shared security and prosperity, a great many challenges remain, particularly when it comes to addressing the root causes of violent extremism and conflict.

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FCNL Hosts Capitol Hill Event on the Crisis in Central African Republic

FCNL Hosts Capitol Hill Event on the Crisis in Central African Republic

By Allyson Neville-Morgan on 08/19/2014 @ 03:37 PM

Tags: ppdc, peacebuilding

Investing in the people of CAR will be a critical element in the transition from crisis to development, and must be incorporated into planning now. That’s why FCNL is working to support a long-term strategy for U.S. engagement.

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Emily Wirzba

A Powerful Voice on Climate Disruption

By Emily Wirzba on 08/14/2014 @ 05:00 PM

Tags: environment, energy

A group of five middle school students came to Washington, D.C. from Yardley Friends Meeting, PA, to lobby their Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick on climate disruption. Their experience lobbying illustrates just how important it is for young students to engage with Congress.

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Elizabeth Beavers

Ferguson Looks Like a War Zone. Here's Why.

By Elizabeth Beavers on 08/14/2014 @ 10:35 AM

Tags: militarism

The people of Ferguson, Missouri are not the enemy. But police in Ferguson have met protestors with violence, armed with weapons and gear that looks like it belongs in a war zone. That's not surprising.

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