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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Living under constant threat of drones

Much of the public debate about drone strikes in Pakistan has focused narrowly on whether strikes are ‘doing their job’—i.e., whether the majority of those killed are “militants.” That framing, however, fails to take account of the people on the ground who live with the daily presence of lethal drones in their skies and with the constant threat of drone strikes in their communities.

Numerous other reports have highlighted the disastrous impacts of Taliban and other armed actor operations in Pakistan. Those impacts must also factor into the formulation of governance and military policy in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). This report, however, aims to draw attention to a critical gap in understanding, specifically about life under drones and the socio-economic impacts of drone strikes on civilians in North Waziristan.

Available evidence suggests that these impacts are significant, and challenges the prevailing US government and media narrative that portrays drones as pinpoint precision weapons with limited collateral impact. It is crucial that broader civilian impacts and the voices of those affected be given due weight in US debates about drones.

New site Living under drones for further reading.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

EDIGER MEMORIAL INTERFAITH CELEBRATION of ACTIVE NONVIOLENCE Las Vegas, Nevada Community Event, September 23, 2012



For Immediate Release                     September 17, 2012
               
From: Nevada Desert Experience.
CONTACT: Jim Haber, Coordinator (702) 646-4814

EDIGER MEMORIAL INTERFAITH CELEBRATION of ACTIVE NONVIOLENCE
Las Vegas, Nevada Community Event, September 23, 2012

(Las Vegas, NV). The Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada is partnering with Nevada Desert Experience and Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service to present a community event – The Ediger Memorial Interfaith Celebration of Active Nonviolence – on Sunday, September 23, from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Islamic Society of Nevada, 4730 East Desert Inn Road.

The Celebration of Active Nonviolence comes on the heals of the International day of Peace, September 21. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend the free event (donations welcome) which will include a program of powerful panelists, useful exercises, heart-lifting music, stimulating dialogue and a complementary dinner. Childcare available.

About some of the presenters and prayer-offerers:
Vincent Harding, chairperson of the Hope Project; A Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal, will share the keynote presentation with Nobel Prize nominee Kathy Kelly. Co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Kelly recently returned from another of many delegations to Afghanistan in coordination with the Afghan Peace Volunteers. Harding was a close friend of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. and is credited with drafting one of King's most outstanding talks, the April 4, 1967 Riverside Church sermon when he came out publicly against the war in Vietnam.

Mary Litell will share self-care techniques taught by Capacitar International in settings including refugee camps, prisons and schools. Rae Abileah of CODEPINK Women for Peace and Young, Jewish & Proud will talk about what inspires her to be a nonviolent activist today.  Ahmed Younis, Co-Author of the soon-to-be-released book American Blackness: Reflective Thoughts by Men of Faith, will offer reflections on the discussion from the perspective of an up-and-coming Muslim-American . The St. James the Apostle Catholic Church Gospel Choir will stir the audience to song. Prayers for Peace will be offered by representatives of many faiths, including Imam Aslam Abdullah, Bishop Dan Edwards, Pastor Gard Jameson, Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, Fr. Louis Vitale. Priestess Candace Ross, Sikh Teji Malik and Rev. Adolph Kunen.

As an expressive, community-building effort, a “Graffiti Wall for Free Expression” will be available for people to artistically share and blend their philosophies and hopes for a world free of wars, hatred and violence, and how we might create that here. A substantial library of hard to find nonviolence resources will also be on display.

The late Peter Ediger, local poet and peacemaker dedicated his life to the practice of nonviolence in many ways, both personal and political. Ediger's work in his final months was to organize this event to help the world to begin “celebrating faith, hope and love as alternatives to cynicism, despair and fear” by engaging (all) communities into passionate dialogue of the true meaning of active nonviolence – any creative alternative to either passive inaction or countering violence with more violence.

Jim Haber, who has chaired the celebration's organizing committee since Ediger's death in February comments, “Participants will leave the Ediger Celebration with useful tools for helping cope with violence in their lives be it due to war or other abuse. People's real-life stories will be discussed, of resisting violence without returning it and actually succeeding more than with violence and retaliation. The mass killings in Aurora CO, Milwaukee WI and elsewhere shouldn't be seen as isolated from the violence and wars our country is engaged in abroad, especially since the U.S. produces more weapons than any other country, is responsible for over half of global arms sales and spends over $2 Billion every day on the military.”

Gard Jameson, lifelong philanthropist, author, scholar and Chair of the Interfaith Counsel of Southern Nevada, shares, “Hopefully we can escalate the quality of our collaborations catalyzed by the tragedy in Libya and the hope of a better world. Our event on the 23rd provides great opportunity for community engagement.”

Vincent Harding offers, “Part of what gives me hope is that wherever I go in this country in the midst of all the temptation to despair, I find women and men and young people and communities working to create an alternative to fear and despair....”

Kathy Kelly warns, “Over the past six decades, U.S. activists have made significant gains in movements for civil rights, women's rights and labor rights. And yet, we must heed Dwight Eisenhower's words, spoken three days before he left the oval office:  "Be wary of the unwarranted influence of the military-industrial complex.  Our gathering will help us plan and act with tough minds and tender hearts as we work toward ending the scourge of warfare..

People can get more information or RSVP (appreciated for food preparation and childcare) Please Visit Nevadadesertexperience.org or Interfaithsn.org.  Contact Us at (702) 646-4814 or Visit Us on Facebook – Ediger Celebration of Active Nonviolence.

Peace, Shalom, Pace e Bene!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review on Y-12 before July breach: accomplishments were deemed to have an "exceeded level of high quality performance."

This week, Congressmen scold DOE in Tennessee for security breach of Y-12 nuclear facility, after Congressional hearing:

Read more here: http://blogs.knoxnews.com/humphrey/2012/09/congressmen-scold-doe-over-oak.html

and:

http://blogs.knoxnews.com/munger/2012/09/nnsa-touted-y-12s-security---.html

See also of Sept 19th:
Y-12 Firm Sees No Fraud on Guard Exams


We had a short phone conversation with Sister Megan Rice, and she pointed us to several websites about the Oakridge, TN Y-12 Facility, for instance here, about the cheating on security tests, and she said to check out this website too: Global Security Newswire.

Here is a YouTube featuring:

"Greg Boertje-Obed, the last of three Plowshares protesters to be released from jail pending their trial scheduled for Feb. 26 in U.S. District Court, talked about his cause Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012 before boarding a bus for Minnesota to be with his family and prepare for trial."



Also follow Frank Munger's Atomic City Underground-blog on KnoxNews, for instance here when he writes about "Y-12."

Thanks Sister Megan!

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Ediger Memorial Interfaith Celebration of Active Nonviolence


A major event we have coming up soon:

Nevada Desert Experience, The Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, and Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service proudly present

The Ediger Memorial Interfaith Celebration of Active Nonviolence

A stimulating Sunday of dynamic, thought-provoking discussions, uplifting music, delicious food, and the sharing of useful tools for dealing with violence and its aftermath.

Time:
Sunday, September 23, 3:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Place:
Islamic Society of Nevada
4730 East Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas

Active nonviolence is any creative alternative to passive inaction on the one hand,
or countering violence with more violence on the other hand.

Presenters include:
Vincent Harding Chairperson, Veterans of Hope Project: A Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal

Kathy Kelly Founder, Voices for Creative Nonviolence (just back from another trip to Afghanistan)

Mary Litell Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and Capacitar International

Rae Abileah CODEPINK Women for Peace and Young, Jewish & Proud

Ahmed Younis Co-author of American Blackness: Reflective Thoughts by Men of Faith (Roman & Littlefield, Fall 2012) and from 2008 to 2012, Senior Analyst for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.

St. James the Apostle Catholic Church Gospel Choir (singing A Cappella)
Under the direction of Susan Briare

Help decorate our Graffiti Wall of Free Expression

Complementary Dinner Courtesy of the Islamic Society of Nevada

Free Admission ($10 donation suggested)

Peter Ediger (1932-2012) was a poet and peace-maker, a veteran of many nonviolent campaigns who first envisioned this event. We are honored to bring this celebration to life!

For all inquiries and to request Free Child Care, RSVP to Nevada Desert Experience
702-646-4814
info @ NevadaDesertExperience.org

Sign onto this event on Facebook too.

Gonna take Us All, Jon Fromer (RIP

To keep the spirit!

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