By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2017
“…I don’t see Manning’s commutation as a victory,” said Coombs, “I see it as an unfortunate failure of military justice to do its job.”
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By Peter Nightingale on April 11, 2017
Days before the latest U.S. knee-jerk bombing attack on Syria, it was exactly 50 years since Martin Luther King gave his “carefully forgotten” speech Beyond Vietnam. King spoke about what he called “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government.” The ruling elites have now made King presentable in polite company. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2017
“So does that make torture okay?” interrupted a constituent.
“No, of course not…” replied Whitehouse, caught off guard.
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 27, 2016
Andrew Bacevich, a noted scholar, author, and critic of U.S. imperialism, will be speaking on U.S. policy, or lack thereof, in the Middle East on October 6 from 7-9 pm at the Westminster Unitarian Church, 24 Kenyon Street in East Greenwich, RI.
By Bob Plain on September 19, 2016
The Union of Concerned Scientists and the Catholic Church have at least two things in common. Both organizations have sounded the alarm on climate change and nuclear proliferation. It’s the latter that will bring the two organizations together on this week in Providence. They are two of the organizations hosting a forum called “A New […]
By Bob Plain on July 7, 2016
The protests against Textron cluster bombs are spreading from Rhode Island to Massachusetts. On Wednesday, Massachusetts Peace Action held a protest at Textron Systems, a subsidiary of Providence-based Textron in Wilmington, Mass., that was attended by more than 40 people. “This was inspired by the Providence protests,” said Cole Harrison, executive director of Mass Peace […]
By Bob Plain on June 20, 2016
Congress is coming under increasing pressure to stop supplying cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, but Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed doesn’t seem to be feeling it. He said the weapons, which are made by Rhode Island-based Textron and banned by 119 nations but not the US and Saudi Arabia, “should still be provided under strict […]
By Bob Plain on June 16, 2016
Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin both supported an amendment to the House military spending bill that would stopped the United States from transferring Textron-made cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to transfer or authorize the transfer of any cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia,” […]
By Bob Plain on May 6, 2016
Focusing more sharply on Textron, a new Human Rights Watch report calls on the United States government and the Rhode Island-based conglomerate to stop selling cluster bombs. The report offers fresh evidence the Textron-made weapons – banned by 119 nations but not by the US – were used by Saudi Arabian forces in Yemen, injured […]
By Bob Plain on April 15, 2016
Multiple peace groups are targeting Textron because the Rhode Island-based conglomerate provided cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia that were used in the conflict in Yemen, injuring civilians and contributing to a growing human rights catastrophe in the severely impoverished Middle Eastern nation. CODEPINK, a female-organized anti-war group, the Cluster Munition Coalition, (ICBL-CMC) an international group […]
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By East Bay Citizens for Peace on April 1, 2016
On Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. will present a talk titled “The End of the American Empire: Foreign Policy without Diplomacy” at The Barrington Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall. 461 County Rd, Barrington, RI.
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By Bob Plain on March 4, 2016
Rhode Island-based Textron sold cluster bombs to seven foreign nations since 2004, according to a report from PAX, a peace group that is part of a global initiative to end the production and use of these increasingly controversial air-to-armored vehicle weapon of war. Textron’s cluster bomb, the only such weapon still made in North America, […]
By Bob Plain on February 29, 2016
Rhode Island-based Textron is one of four private-companies on earth, and the last North American producer, to manufacture what is quickly becoming one of the world’s most controversial weapons of war: cluster bombs. “The cluster munition industry is gone because many nations have banned the weapon,” said Mark Hiznay, a senior arms researcher for Human […]
By Andrew Stewart on February 25, 2016
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Eric Draitser. He is a geopolitical analyst and commentator whose work can be read in CounterPunch, RT television’s website, and a variety of other forums. He currently can be heard weekly delivering the podcast CounterPunch Radio.
By Bob Plain on February 24, 2016
Rhode Island-based Textron sold to Saudi Arabia cluster bombs that, according to a new Human Rights Watch report, “are being used in civilian areas contrary to US export requirements and also appear to be failing to meet the reliability standard required for US export of the weapons.” The CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapons produced by Textron, […]
By Harry Rix on February 20, 2016
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott The fix is in. The President is not elected by 105 million American voters. No, the President is selected by five Supreme Court justices. Justice Antonin Scalia writes that recounting Florida votes will “cast a cloud” over the election. […]
By transportprovidence on February 1, 2016
“Whatever critiques there might be of Bloomberg, the fact is that he’s led on some issues. Bernie Sanders should work hard to undermine Bloomberg’s base of support on a key issue where the Bloomberg administration led: transportation.”
By Harry Rix on December 13, 2015
We must overcome our country’s fears and purge our national prejudices, especially with regard to Muslims. Today, Jesus would teach the parable of The Good Muslim and, regarding our Middle East wars, teach us to become peacemakers.
By Greg Matos on November 2, 2015
Over the past two weeks, this series has laid out a case for why Rhode Island is in the business of empowering veterans and what the future of state-level veterans affairs can be. But a discussion about veterans can’t occur in a media vacuum and it’s impossible to ignore sizzling headlines about the VA and […]
By Greg Matos on October 26, 2015
Veterans are fierce, persistent against all odds, and amazing leaders. Sure, not all veterans are the same, but a majority of vets are exceptional with whatever they pour their energy into, whether it’s fixing diesel engines or running a Fortune 100 company. A vision for the future of the Division of Veterans Affairs has to […]