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Syria: Responding to Brutality

By Jim Cason on 09/30/2014 @ 06:00 PM

Tags: war is not the answer, Iraq, Syria

The brutal images from Iraq and Syria compel us to act. But what if our actions make matters worse?

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The Language of Force

By Matt Southworth on 09/24/2014 @ 12:30 PM

Tags: Iraq, Middle East, Weapons, War Is Not the Answer

"The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force," said President Obama in address to the United Nations General Assembly. But where did I.S. learn this language?

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Stop the Bombs Raining Down on Syria

Posted on 09/23/2014 @ 02:20 PM

Tags: iraq, syria, war is not the answer

If Congress doesn't stop the U.S. war in Syria, the bombs raining down on Syria will likely be the beginning of another open-ended, multi-billion U.S. war in the Middle East.

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New Census Poverty Data: Steps Out of Poverty

By Tila Neguse on 09/18/2014 @ 12:20 PM

Tags: Budget, Domestic, Poverty, budget news, new

On Tuesday September 16, the US Census Bureau released its annual Income and Poverty report revealing that in 2013, 14.5 percent of US citizens lived in poverty, a half percentage point decrease from the 15 percent of those living in poverty in 2012.

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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

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

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

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?

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

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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