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    Published on 05-26-2011 09:33 AM
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    By Norman Solomon

    In times of war, U.S. presidents have often talked about yearning for peace. But the last decade has brought a gradual shift in the rhetorical zeitgeist while a tacit assumption has taken hold -- war must go on, one way or another.

    “I am continuing and I am increasing the search for every possible path to peace,” Lyndon Johnson said while escalating the Vietnam War. In early 1991, the first President Bush offered the public this convolution: “Even as planes of the multinational forces attack Iraq, I prefer to think of peace, not war.” More than a decade later, George W. Bush told a joint session of Congress: “We seek peace. We strive for peace.”


    While absurdly hypocritical,
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    Norman Solomon
    Published on 03-14-2011 02:25 PM
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    by Norman Solomon


    Like every other president since the 1940s, Barack Obama has promoted nuclear power. Now, with reactors melting down in Japan, the official stance is more disconnected from reality than ever.

    Political elites are still clinging to the oxymoron of “safe nuclear power.” It’s up to us -- people around the world -- to peacefully and insistently shut those plants down.


    There is no more techno-advanced country in the world than Japan. Nuclear power is not safe there, and it is not safe anywhere.


    As the
    New York Times reported on Monday, “most of the nuclear plants in the United States share some or all of the risk factors that played a role at Fukushima Daiichi: locations ...
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    Norman Solomon
    Published on 01-27-2011 08:49 AM
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    Dear fellow WaccoBB readers/posters,
    This article I wrote was printed in the San Francisco Bay Guardian today.
    -- Norman
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    Why I May Run for Congress

    By Norman Solomon


    One of the most inspiring political leaders in recent decades, Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), famously declared: "I represent the democratic wing of the Democratic Party." Today we need progressives in Congress who will represent the progressive wing of the Progressive Caucus.

    That's the largest caucus on Capitol Hill — but having 80 members on the roster won't do much good if many cave under pressure.


    For 18 years, the North Bay has
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