Archive: 06/2015

Pope Francis, Climate, and Controversy

By Bruce E. Johansen

Pope Francis’ major encyclical (teaching letter) on the environment (focusing on climate change) is not unusual for its scientific content—many individuals and groups have emphasized the serious nature of global warming in hundreds of reports. However, the rollout of this document in June was very notable for the strategy used to publicize it, and distinguished by its large audience: 1 billion Roman Catholics worldwide. The document is also very unusual for its fusion of scientific support with moral persuasion. “I wish to address every person living on this planet,” the Pope wrote.

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Pope Says Weapons Manufacturers Can't Call Themselves Christian

By Philip Pullella

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.

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Tell the Senate: Vote No on the Pentagon Slush Fund

The following is a message from our friends at Peace Action.

You’ll remember from last week that the annual defense policy setting ritual is happening in the Senate this week and for once there is significant opposition building.

We need to fuel that opposition.

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Legislative Wrap-up 2015

Nebraskans for Peace advocated on over 20 bills during this legislative session. Volunteers testified on 5 bills, letters were sent to committees on 15 bills, Action Alerts were sent out to NFP members and friends state-wide on key bills, numerous posts were placed on our Facebook page throughout the session, emails were sent to Senators and letters were hand delivered to the offices of some Senators.

Thank you to all who read the updates sent to you throughout the session and to those who called, emailed or visited your Senators to make your voices be heard.

We experienced some successes and some set-backs, and some bills are on hold until next session. Here is the outcome on some of our key pieces of legislation:

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So What's All the Fuss About Fast Track, TPP, TTIP?

Nothing less than the prevention of corporate plutocracy is at stake

by Hank Van den Berg
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Economics Professor Emeritus

Many Americans are aware that there have been some negotiations with some other countries about some new international trade and investment agreement, but few have any idea of the meaning of these negotiations. The media have not helped much; they have either been ignoring the negotiations or, when they do bring them up, they report them as “trade negotiations.” The agreements currently being negotiated between the U.S. negotiators and foreign governments are actually a large step towards diminishing the nation state and replacing it with a global corporate plutocracy.

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