Youth March

Creating Momentum: Youth and the Anti-War Movement

For the generation of activists politically shaped by the Vietnam War the similarities between then and now are striking; the nation is deeply divided and US soldiers fresh out of high school are dying by the hundreds each year. From heading national peace organizations to demonstrating weekly in their communities, these older activists are at the forefront of the movement. This was seen recently with Cindy Sheehan’s catalyzing actions outside of Bush’s ranch which evolved into a nation-wide tour with other military families. Sheehan has become the unofficial spokesperson for the peace movement. Given all of this, what role have youth in the United States played in the anti-war struggle? What challenges do they face within the movement and within the larger political culture? A closer look at some current student-led campaigns will show how, despite widespread youth apathy, young activists are creating the essential urgency needed to end the occupation of Iraq and move toward forging a sustainable peace. This will also help address a crucial dilemma for the wider anti-war movement: How can activists, young and old, inspire committed action? read more

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Saudi minister sees Iraq disintegrating

RIYADHSaudi Arabia‘s foreign minister has issued a blistering assessment of the situation in Iraq, warning that the country is “gradually going toward disintegration.” Meeting with the international media on Sept. 22 – but directing urgent comments to the U.S. and British administrations – Prince Saud al-Faisal said, “There seems to be no dynamic now that is pulling the country together. All the dynamics there are pushing the people away from each other." read more

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Army shopping for anthrax

SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. military is in the market for mass quantities of anthrax, according to contract requests discovered by the Sunshine Project, a U.S.-German organization that opposes the use of biological and chemical weapons. According to New Scientist, the controversial move is likely to raise questions over the U.S. commitment to treaties designed to limit the spread of biological weapons.

The contract requests relate to the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, and ask companies to bid for the production of bulk quantities of a non-virulent strain of anthrax and equipment to produce significant volumes of other biological agents. read more

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Test Ban Treaty stalled at 11-nation roadblock

NEW YORK – A three-day UN meeting on bringing the nuclear test ban treaty into force ended with a plea for ratification of the pact by 11 key holdouts, including the United States, China, Israel and Iran. The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty has been ratified by 125 countries, but nine years after its initial adoption the prospects remain doubtful.

Ratification by 11 more countries is required before the treaty takes effect, and six of them boycotted the event – the United States, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Vietnam and Iran. read more

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Gaza water supplies dangerous low

GAZA STRIP – Dangerously low drinking water reserves, dilapidated decontamination facilities, and a nearly dry water table are the warning signs of a looming crisis in Gaza, according to Shaddad al-Atili, water and ecological affairs advisor to the Palestinian Authority. "We are heading toward an ecological catastrophe," he told Agence France Presse last week, citing as one reason Gaza’s rapidly growing population of 1.3 million people, 900,000 of them refugees.

Rain alone isn’t enough to sustain the Palestinian territory, which receives between 1.5 billion to 1.9 billion cubic feet of rainwater annually but consumes about three times that amount, Atili says. "Besides, Israel has not authorized us to import water from regions outside Gaza." Israel has offered to sell them desalinated water for $1 per cubic meter, which the Palestinians find too costly. read more

El Alto Protest

El Alto, Bolivia: A New World Out Of Differences

El Alto, Bolivia, at 13,300 feet above sea level, is in shambles viewed from the outside, if one cultivates someone else's Western, colonial way of looking. Another perspective, though, reveals the history of an amazing place where social mobilization has called the powers that be into question and done it without centralized or unified organizations. Here are facts and insights for understanding the Aymaras' capital city that reinvented the word insurrection.