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After fifty years of activism, politics and writing, Tom Hayden still is a leading voice for ending the war in Iraq, erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and reforming politics through greater citizen participation.
Currently he is writing and advocating for US exiting Afghanistan.
(5 comments) Thursday, December 18, 2014 Why the US-Cuba Deal Really Is a Victory for the Cuban Revolution
For over a year, leaders in both countries have conducted regular private debates and consultations, which resulted in the detailed normalization plan released in both capitals today. No one was more important on the American congressional team than Senator Patrick Leahy. Their tight discipline held until the final moment.
(7 comments) Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Bernie Sanders Could Be the 2016 Democratic Candidate We've All Been Waiting For
The Clinton forces currently dismiss the Sanders' challenge, relying on an early monopoly of endorsements and money to project an aura of inevitability. But her advisers have reason to worry if she has to face Sanders in 20 to 30 debates where he will have a populist advantage with the voters judging them.
(2 comments) Thursday, September 26, 2013 Defend de Blasio Now
It's too bad that the anarchists and many of the Occupiers who are so dogmatically against electoral politics won't vote, at least not whole-heartedly, for a candidate who carries forward the spark they lit.
a De Blasio victory in New York could well put progressive politics on the central stage of national media coverage and debate.
Saturday, September 7, 2013 Fooled Again Into Wider War?
The Syrian war resolution being rushed through Congress conceals an agenda for escalation far beyond President Obama's repeated pledge of a "narrow" and limited "shot across the bow" of the Assad regime. The American public and Congress are being fooled into wider war and regime change by another name. The first casualty in politics and war, it turns out, is the truth.
Sunday, October 7, 2012 Citizen Diplomacy Against Drones Over Pakistan
Drones are seen by the Obama administration as inflicting serious damage on insurgent sanctuaries as the US gradually withdraws troops from Afghanistan. From a political viewpoint, the drone strikes result in few American casualties and are invisible to a public addicted to television.
(1 comments) Thursday, September 6, 2012 Saving Obama, Saving Ourselves
"Hope" and "change" were code words for Obama's signal achievement, becoming the first African-American president. In doing so, he opened the door to the presidency to Latinos, women, Jews, gays and lesbians, and others long assumed to be "unqualified." In victory, however, Obama inevitably fueled emotions ranging from anxiety to hatred among the legions that became the Tea Party counter-movement.
(10 comments) Thursday, June 7, 2012 The Heartbreak in Wisconsin
The big picture is disastrous for Democrats and progressives. Walker beat Democrat Tom Barrett solidly, 53 percent to 46 percent, in a campaign fueled by unprecedented levels of corporate money. The Tea Party, which became relatively isolated during the Republican presidential campaign, is back in the saddle.
Monday, October 17, 2011 UN Torture Report Stirs Pressure for Congressional Response
No one in Congress has introduced language to expose and defund US assistance to human rights violators like the Afghan security forces, but the time may be approaching. The gravity of the UN report is stirring new concern in NATO countries and may make it impossible to continue routine evasions of the Leahy Law here.
(5 comments) Wednesday, October 5, 2011 US Killings in Yemen: Good Politics at Home, But a Quagmire Abroad
On May 2 of this year, Osama bin Laden was killed in a Navy Seals raid on his home and compound. That killing didn't deter an attack on a Chinook that left 38 dead, including 30 Americans, among them 22 Navy Seals, nor did the assassination of the Al Qaeda leader stop the September insurgent attacks on the US embassy, NATO headquarters and a CIA station in Kabul.
(1 comments) Thursday, June 23, 2011 Obama Quickens Afghan Withdrawal in Face of Pressure for Peace
Obama will be trying to sell himself to peace voters while watching out for the military, as well as unpredictable pressures from Republicans, and facing military families who wonder just what this was all about.
(3 comments) Thursday, June 9, 2011 The Fight for Peace Heats Up
An Obama refusal to decide on a significant troop reduction may jeopardize his re-election and will reveal much about power in Washington. Is there an institutional mindset firmly committed to the Long War in spite of huge public opposition, or does democratic sentiment matter enough overrule the elites and shorten the war?
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Elections a Setback for Peace
Both parties collaborated in keeping Afghanistan out of the national election debate and media coverage while during the period June-November alone, 274 American soldiers were killed and 2,934 were wounded on the battlefield.
(2 comments) Thursday, August 26, 2010 US Combat Ends in Iraq, But Covert Operations Begin
The immediate future is uncertain. US soldiers currently being sent to Iraq are told their mission is "to shut it down." But the real story is being hidden by the Obama administration's insistence that its promise to end the war is being kept. A war that started with dreams of bringing democracy to the Middle East is ending by keeping plans for more troops hidden from American voters.
Friday, July 2, 2010 House Stands Firm on Afghanistan Withdrawal Timetable
One hundred sixty-two House members, including a large majority of Democrats, sent a significant antiwar message to President Obama last night, forcing the White House to depend for Afghanistan war support on the Republicans who want to unseat the Democrats and Obama himself in upcoming elections.
(14 comments) Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Congress Votes for War, 65 Dissent
A plain reading of yesterday's vote on the Kucinich war powers resolution is that an overwhelming majority of the House has authorized the Afghanistan war, including a majority of Democrats. The war now has greater legitimacy. The vote was 356-65-9.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Exit Strategies for Afghanistan and Iraq
Meanwhile, on Afghanistan, the Congressional Progressive Caucus is in disarray. Leadership on Afghanistan issues has been passed to Representative Mike Honda, a progressive Democrat from San Jose, who last year circulated a dramatic exit proposal that would flip US Afghan spending from 80 percent military to 80 percent civilian.
(4 comments) Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Why die for Karzai?
Has it occurred to anyone in the White House national security circles or the pundit class that these recent American deaths were wasteful and immoral? That sending Americans to die for an unpopular regime of warlords, landlords, drug dealers and CIA assets (Karzai's brother) is impossible to justify? And that rather than admitting the mistake, the president and his advisors are preparing to compound it?
(1 comments) Thursday, September 24, 2009 A Bold Sen. Feingold Could Lead the Way Out of Afghanistan
Feingold has learned to play the Senate game when it comes to new proposals. Like chess, when a single senator moves, other senators follow or readjust. That's what is happening. Not a single senator had spoken out against the war until Feingold said in an Aug. 24 interview in Appleton that the U.S. should consider a flexible timetable.
Thursday, July 9, 2009 Has Bratton's LAPD Really Reformed?
Retaliation is so integral to LAPD culture that judicial notice of its role is in order. --Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel, Rampart Reconsidered, 2007
Last week's arrest of Alex Sanchez on gang conspiracy charges raises fundamental questions about whether the Los Angeles Police Department has reformed itself, or whether extralegal tactics are still being employed on the streets of the underclass.
Thursday, July 2, 2009 Alex Sanchez Denied Bail
A federal magistrate yesterday denied Alex Sanchez bail in his gang conspiracy trial as expected, but the prosecution entered a surprisingly "weak" case, according to defense counsel. The indictment of Alex Sanchez, a revered gangbanger-turned-peacemaker, raises doubts about the LAPD and whether it should be released from a federal court order.
A federal magistrate denied Alex Sanchez bail in his gang conspiracy trial, but