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August 6, 2016
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The War Was Won Before Hiroshima – And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It

GAR ALPEROVITZ: The top American military leaders who fought World War II, much to the surprise of many who are not aware of the record, were quite clear that the atomic bomb was unnecessary, that Japan was on the verge of surrender, and—for many—that the destruction of large numbers of civilians was immoral. Most were also conservatives, not liberals. Adm. William Leahy, President Truman’s Chief of Staff, wrote in his 1950 memoir I Was There that “the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender.… in being the first to use it, we…adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.” More here.

August 4, 2016
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The US is bombing Libya again. It’s a too-familiar vicious cycle

From Trevor Timm: Just five years after bombing Libya to dispose of Muammar Gaddafi, the US is now officially bombing the country again, this time against alleged Isis terrorist strongholds that cropped up in the power vacuum created by the last bombing.
It’s yet another episode of the War on Terror Circle of Life, where the US bombs a country and then funnels weapons into the region, which leads to chaos and the opportunity for terrorist organizations, which then leads more US bombing.
Like usual in the Obama administration’s wars, there was no congressional vote on the latest airstrikes in Libya and no declaration of war, as required by the constitution. The administration is pinning the legal authority for this military incursion on the 2001 Authorization for Military Force that was meant for Afghanistan and the perpetrators of 9/11, al-Qaida. Isis, of course, didn’t exist until years later, and the two groups are now enemies, but those technicalities don’t seem to bother the Obama administration, which is continuing to expand US military presence abroad with little to no public input.

The pattern of bombing-chaos-bombing in Libya follows the same pattern as Iraq, which was largely free of al-Qaida members before the US invasion in 2003, only to see it become a terrorist hotbed for the group once the US military arrived, eventually leading to the formation of Isis. Iraq War III has been quietly but steadily increasing for months now – the US has well over 5,000 troops back in the country after leaving at the end of 2011. The US troop presence went up again recently, recently reaching battalion-level numbers. More here.

August 4, 2016
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White People in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter: Dara Silverman and Chris Crass

A social justice group that invites white people to fight racism is spreading like wildfire in the US – from 12 to 150 chapters in two years. But how? Dara Silverman and Chris Crass have dedicated their lives to grappling with that question, for the sake of making real change. They are both organizers, educators, and feminist anti-racist activists. Pls watch.

August 3, 2016
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FROM DIVERSITY TO EQUITY IN THE ARTS: A Call to Action in ROC

so excited to be a part of this discussion on aug 18th. thx rachel!

Join the American Association of University Women: Greater Rochester Area (NY) Branch, 21st Century Arts, Up Close and Cultural, and PeaceArt International for the 2nd of a series of timely and candid conversations about issues of race and inclusion in the arts and cultural sector – moderated by the event’s executive producer, Rachel DeGuzman. More here.