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Conference: Who Decides About War?

“Who Decides About War” will be a national conference confronting essential questions raised by the U.S. invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. These questions are timely, as the political process that brought the United States into those wars is widely recognized today as having been flawed at best, dishonest at worst.

This engaging event will bring together activists and academics, public officials and veterans, lawyers and military families to accomplish two goals. First, to educate ourselves and each other about the issues involved, the state of the law, and alternatives. Second, to develop a statement of common principles leading to a more democratic, comprehensive, and durable national defense policy — one that will honor the Constitution and help keep the United States from entering into unnecessary wars.

Panelists will include:

Keynote Speaker Morton Halperin, Senior Advisor, Open Society Institute
Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
Leah Bolger, National VP, Veterans for Peace
Elaine Brower, Military Families Speak Out
Prof. Marjorie Cohn, President, National Lawyers Guild
Sen. Richard Madaleno, State Senator, Montgomery County, Maryland
Geoff Millard, Chair, Iraq Vets Against the War
John Nichols, Esq., The Nation magazine
Benson Scotch, Senior Legal Counsel, Bring the Guard Home! It’s the Law.
David Swanson, Founder, AfterDowningStreet

The conference will go from October 2-3, 2009. More information and registration on the event can be found on its website.

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Iraq: Nightmare or New Democracy?

While Iraq could easily become Obama’s nightmare with a policy that emphasizes sectarian divisions, a national unity framework will help Iraq become a new democracy in the Middle East.

Revamping Plan Colombia

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Blood and Oil in Central Asia

Conn Hallinan shows how the map of conflict corresponds all too well with the map of future energy supplies.