[haw-info] HAW Notes: WikiLeaks; New START Treaty; links to recent articles of interest
Here are some notes, plus our latest set of links to recent on-line articles of interest.
1. At least two on-line petitions are being circulated protesting the government crackdown on WikiLeaks. One was inititated by Voters for Peace and has been signed by over 4,000 people as of Thursday. It is at https://sites.google.com/site/wilibeaks/. The other is sponsored by Credo Action, which is turn is sponsored by Working Assets. It is at http://www.credoaction.com/campaign/wikileaks/index2.html?rc=homepage.
2. Jeffrey Kimball, a foreign policy historian and HAW member, has written to suggest that HAW members and friends call their senators (especially if the senators are Republicans but even if not), urging them to support the New START treaty. He writes, "Getting this treaty ratified will be a step forward toward the creation of a new global nuclear arms control regime and toward the prevention of war; failure to ratify would constitute a disastrous step backward – and a victory for the Right." He says that a vote may come up next week and that "We have a good chance of winning if we act." The Friends Committee on National Legislation has information at http://www.fcnl.org/nuclear/index.htm.
Links to Recent Articles of Interest
"The Lynch-Mob Moment"
By Tom Hayden, Peace Exchange Bulletin, posted December 9
"Leaks Disclose Complicated U.S. Strategy"
By William Pfaff, Truthdig.com, posted December 8
"From Jefferson to Assange"
By Robert Scheer, Truthdig.com, posted December 7
"Reading Other People's Mail with Wikileaks"
By Lloyd Gardner, History News Network, posted December 6
The author teaches history at Rutgers University
"The Decline and Fall of the American Empire: Four Scenarios for the End of the American Century by 2025"
By Alfred W. McCoy, TomDispatch.com, posted December 5
The author teaches history at the University of Wisconsin
"Where's the American Empire When We Need It?"
By Robert Kaplan, Washington Post, posted December 3
An interesting neoconservative analysis
"Will Senate Republicans Produce Another International Disaster?"
By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted November 29
The author is a professor emeritus of history at SUNY Albany
"Scammed in Afghanistan"
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted November 23
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan
"How to Schedule a War: The Incredible Shrinking Withdrawal Date"
By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted November 23
"Worse than Vietnam"
By Robert Wright, New York Times blog, posted November 23
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