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Cluster Bombs and Civilian Lives | by Ramzy Baroud via CommonDreams.org

Efficient Killing, Profits and Human Rights. Cluster bombs are in the news again, thanks to a recent report from Amnesty International. The human rights agency has confirmed that 35 women and children were killed following the latest US attacks on an alleged al-Qaeda hideout in Yemen. Initially, there were attempts to bury the story, and Yemen officially denied that civilians ...

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Why Petraeus won’t salvage the war in Afghanistan

As Gen. David Petraeus prepares for his next command, his supporters are hoping he can rescue a failing war for the second time in just a few years. But both the dire state of the war effort in Afghanistan and his approach to taking command in Iraq in early 2007 suggest that Petraeus will not try to replicate an apparent ...

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How a negotiated peace could leave Afghanistan looking like Lebanon | Daniel Serwer via The Washington Post

While President Obama is surging troops into Afghanistan and money into Pakistan, plans are being laid for a negotiated settlement to be reached before the beginning of the American drawdown in July 2011. Gen. David Petraeus’s appointment this week as U.S. commander in Afghanistan increases the urgency of defining the terms of such a settlement. For those of us who ...

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The Next Deepwater Horizon?

Obama halted new offshore drilling, but allowed existing production to continue—including another BP Gulf rig flying numerous red flags. Last week, President Barack Obama put new deepwater drilling operations on hold for another six months. With the Gulf of Mexico spill entering its fifth week, this move was meant to show that the administration is taking a more cautious approach ...

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Prevent War: Oil Disaster Shows Need for Law of the Sea Treaty

A dispatch from Friends Committee on National Legislation: A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest As oil continues gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the BP disaster, policymakers in Washington are discussing prospects for more drilling in deep waters. Although President Obama has called for a temporary moratorium on offshore drilling, oil companies have already been competing for new ...

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NPT Review: Progress, but Israel an Issue

There are few more crucial linchpins to global security than the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty NPT of 1968, TIME Magazine reports. The document helps curb the ambitions of nations that covet nuclear weapons and puts pressure on countries holding the bomb to work toward its eventual elimination. So there was a lot at stake when delegates met in New York City ...

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GE And UTC Face Off Over Engine Funding

Two of Connecticut’s top guns, General Electric and United Technologies Corp., waged a war of words Wednesday in print and over the air. The annual fight over funding for an alternate engine program for the Joint Strike Fighter, an advanced fighter jet, turned into a public spectacle as the normally staid blue-chip companies bashed each other’s role in the development ...

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START a good step toward abolition of nuclear weapons

While START is not the ultimate goal that PEP and other peace organizations seek, it is another small step toward the abolition of nuclear weapons that we are struggling to achieve. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson of FaithfulSecurity.org writes: It’s not often that we have the opportunity to weigh in on a concrete step that will improve nuclear security — these chances sometimes ...

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Take the Peace-Train or Donate a Seat

A dispatch from Henry Lowendorf, of the Greater New Haven Peace Council: During May, hundreds of representatives from all the nations will be reviewing the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty at the United Nations. Last year President Obama called for nuclear abolition, but maybe “not in my lifetime.” We say: “Nuclear Abolition In Our Lifetime!” We realize major nuclear powers won’t abolish ...

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