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The $110 Billion Myth of Supporting Saudi Arabia’s Defense Needs

The $110 Billion Myth of Supporting Saudi Arabia’s Defense Needs 928 Words By Patrick T. Hiller Amidst a range of domestic controversies and the pushback against his agenda and actions, President Trump went back to one of his default personas, that of a self-proclaimed dealmaker “stro
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Don’t get distracted by a carrier group wandering around Southeast Asia. Get real about preventing war.

Don’t get distracted by a carrier group wandering around Southeast Asia. Get real about preventing war. 932 Words By Patrick T. Hiller During further escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea, pundits and other experts are trying to figure out what was behind th
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Resistance gone mainstream

Resistance gone mainstream 905 Words By Patrick T. Hiller When reality show celebrity Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, many of us who professionally and passionately work for peace and justice knew that it was once again time to ramp up nonviolent resistance. We had to
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Guns Against Grizzlies at Schools or Peace Education as Resistance?

Guns Against Grizzlies at Schools or Peace Education as Resistance? 839 Words By Patrick T. Hiller The inauguration of a new President is looming and incoming administration officials like billionaire Betsy DeVos—Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education–are stumbling through confirmati
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Why Aleppo is the symptom of what is wrong with how we deal with atrocities

Why Aleppo is the symptom of what is wrong with how we deal with atrocities 847 Words By Patrick T. Hiller “Never again!” is once again brought to our attention as we are facing killing and suffering of civilians on a large scale. The Syrian city of Aleppo is under siege and the Unite
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The Wars Have Come to U.S. Soil

The Wars Have Come to U.S. Soil 867 Words By Patrick T. Hiller The tragic night of July 7, 2016 was the most visible manifestation of U.S. wars reaching our own soil. To be clear, I am not talking about the absurd and insulting notion that there is a war between the #BlackLivesMatter
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A derailed oil train opens the path for living democracy

A derailed oil train opens the path for living democracy 800 Words By Patrick T. Hiller Last week a train carrying crude oil in 14 tankcars derailed in the tiny river town of Mosier, Oregon—42,000 gallons spilled, 32,000 gallons burned, and 10,000 gallons clogged the municipal wastewa
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There’s Nothing Collateral About a Toddler Washed Ashore

There’s Nothing Collateral About a Toddler Washed Ashore 815 Words By Patrick T. Hiller The heartbreaking pictures of three-year-old Aylan Kurdhi symbolize everything that is wrong with war. Following #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik (humanity washed ashore) is a painful confrontation with what s
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The icebreaker and #ShellNo: How activists determine the course

By Patrick T. Hiller I don’t know any of the 13 activists who lowered themselves from the St. John ’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon, nor any of the dozens of kayakers paddling in the Willamette River below them, but they succeeded in a temporary blockade of the Shell-leased Arctic-bound
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Deal with the Deal. Nuclear Nonproliferation, Sanctions Relief, Then What?

Iran Nuclear Deal
The day the historic nuclear deal between Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, France and Germany (P5+1) was reached, President Obama declared that “the world can do remarkable things when we share a vision of peacefully addressing conflicts.” At the same tim
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