Archive: 01/2010

MLK: Justice Mandates Economic Transformation

Patrick D. Jones
NFP State Board Member 

The following article appeared in The Omaha World-Herald: Columns - Midlands Voices on January 25, 2010. The writer is an associate professor of history and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of “The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee” (Harvard University Press).

If we are serious about developing a more humane economic system in the wake of our nation’s ongoing woes, perhaps we should reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream” of economic justice.

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StratCom... The Next Generation in War-fighting


The following article was prepared for distribution at the United Nations Association-USA National Convention, June 12-14 in Washington, D.C.

The consolidation of eight military missions in U.S. Strategic Command (nuclear deterrence; space; cyberspace; full-spectrum global strike; missile defense; intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance; information operations; and combating weapons of mass destruction) constitutes more than a simple expansion of StratCom’s power and reach.

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What Would a Responsible Plan to End the U.S. War in Afghanistan Look Like?


Author and analyst Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Annual Peace Conference in Grand Island October 24. Focusing on the dangers of escalating the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, Bennis warned that the widening quagmire in that war-torn nation threatens to become, in her words, “Obama’s Vietnam.”

The following excerpt from her new book co-authored with David Wildman, Ending the U.S. War in Afghanistan: A Primer(Interlink Publishing, November 2009, provides an ‘exit strategy’ for the U.S. to begin honorably extricating itself from this eight-year-long conflict. Given the steadily deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, her message could not be more urgent.

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The Lilliputians & the Giant

Paul Olson
UNL Emeritus Professor 

Speaking Our Peace Graphic

When Gulliver comes ashore in Lulliputia and immediately goes to sleep from exhaustion, the mite-sized Lilliputians bind him to the ground with tiny ropes, then loose “a shower of above a Hundred Arrows, discharged on my [Gulliver’s] left Hand, which pricked me like so many needles.” The Lilliputians disrupt Gulliver’s life temporarily and cause him pain, but cannot destroy him. They are, I think, a metaphor for modern post-Cold War conflicts: insurgencies waged through small-scale sorties and provocative threats that annoy and create disruption. They cause hurt and upend our sense of security and feelings of control. We respond with modern military assets: smart bombs, surges, drones, counter-insurgencies, bribes, frontal attacks, and efforts to capture the ‘hearts and minds’ of the enemy. As with the Rome’s pax romana, we wish to teach total peace through total control.

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Copenhagen: Games People Play

Professor Bruce E. Johansen

Global Warming Graphic

I was reading the New York Times web page in my office when a story popped in describing how “dozens of developing countries, including China and India, threatened to walk out [of the Copenhagen climate talks] in protest, saying that the world’s richer countries were not doing enough to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.” Within minutes of that post, I received an email from NASA scientist James Hansen regarding a new paper he and several colleagues (most of them from China) had just had published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, entitled “Black Soot and the Survival of Tibetan Glaciers.”

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