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Obama is bullish on war, no matter how you spin it.

  • Rather than being remembered as the reluctant warrior, pushed into war by circumstance, there is far more likelihood Obama will be remembered as the opposite: the president who cemented the forever war mentality and architecture that has continually expanded, and that tragically shows no signs of slowing.
  • The president has reached the dubious milestone of being at war longer than any of his predecessors. And the conflicts aren’t ending anytime soon.
  • Related: The Death Stops Here: The Death and Resurrection of Daniel Berrigan

Trevor Timm, The Guardian

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Monday 16 May 2016 | Barack Obama has now been at war longer than any president in United States history, as the New York Times pointed out on Sunday. Barring some sort of peace miracle in the next six months, he will be the only president who ever served two full terms in office while constantly being at war. And given how he has transformed how the US fights overseas, his wars will likely continue long after he leaves office.

Anytime the media writes about Obama and war, it’s apparently a rule that the author must mention that Obama supposedly fights his wars more reluctantly than his predecessors. But in many contexts, this is misleading. Obama hasn’t attempted to avoid war; he has merely redefined it. In some ways, he has fought them in a far more aggressively than any president before him, just with different tools.

Trevor Timm is a Guardian US columnist and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit that supports and defends journalism dedicated to transparency and accountability.

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The Death Stops Here: The Death and Resurrection of Daniel Berrigan, Jeremy Varon, Public Seminar

  • We entered the funeral knowing that Dan Berrigan’s life had changed the world and our own lives. We left hoping that his death would change these as well.
  • Whether that happens is up to us.
  • Related: Daniel Berrigan, Poet, Peacemaker (May 9, 1921 - April 30, 2016)

 

Racist McShootface

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgShame Missouri legislators for taking a dangerous step towards being the first new "Stand Your Ground" state since Trayvon's killing.
  • Related: Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture.

Lucy McBath, Everytown for Gun Safety

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/American%20Culture%20of%20Violence_1.jpgMay 14, 2016 | I was sickened to hear that Trayvon Martin's killer is auctioning off the gun used to take Trayvon's life. My son Jordan was also an unarmed African-American teenager killed by an angry man with a gun, and I can only imagine Trayvon's mother's pain at this news.

People are outraged by the auction of the gun used to murder Trayvon. But here's what's also outrageous: Yesterday, the Missouri legislature passed a Stand Your Ground bill just like the one that let Trayvon's killer walk free in Florida. Stand Your Ground laws make communities less safe by letting people shoot to kill in public places, even when they can walk away from the danger.

This fight is far from over, David, and we'll be urging the governor to veto. But today there's something we need to do first: Shame Missouri legislators for taking a dangerous step towards being the first new "Stand Your Ground" state since Trayvon's killing.

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We'll deliver your messages straight to their inboxes.

Lucy McBath, Faith and Outreach Leader, Everytown for Gun Safety 

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Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture, Pamela Haag, Salon

America was born with a unique bond to gun culture, some would have you believe. They're peddling bad history.

 

 

The Death Stops Here: The Death and Resurrection of Daniel Berrigan

 

  • We entered the funeral knowing that Dan Berrigan’s life had changed the world and our own lives. We left hoping that his death would change these as well.
  • Whether that happens is up to us.
  • Related: Daniel Berrigan, Poet, Peacemaker (May 9, 1921 - April 30, 2016)

Jeremy Varon, Public Seminar

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May 12, 2016 | Fidgety and a little bored in the crammed pews of the Church of St. Francis Xavier, my eight-year-old son waited with us for the service to begin. For distraction and readiness, he etched on his program, with his parents’ help: “Today we reflect on the life of Daniel Berrigan. He was a great priest, prophet, poet and peacemaker. He touched many lives with his actions and words. It is nice to be in such a beautiful church with so many people honoring a man they loved.” Simple and true, these words presaged a ceremony that edified and even transformed the two thousand or so people blessed to have been there.

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The death on April 30 of the 94-year-old Fr. Dan Berrigan, S.J. at a Jesuit infirmary in New York City has been big news. Heartfelt obituaries have poured forth: from fellow priest and political troublemaker John Dear; from the rogue Washington Post columnist Coleman McCarthy, who for decades tried to explain radical pacifism to Beltway readers; from the New York Times, which ran an uncommonly long remembrance of Berrigan by the evening of his death; from Democracy Now, which devoted a full broadcast to his life and legacy; and from far-flung bloggers in the Catholic and peace and justice worlds.

Jeremy Varon, Associate Professor of History, The New School for Social Research

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Daniel Berrigan, Poet, Peacemaker (May 9, 1921 - April 30, 2016), Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • "He is a most remarkable person," Fr. J. Richard Neuhaus said of Berrigan in a telephone interview, "a most devout person and a devoted priest. 
  • We at Tikkun magazine, the voice of Jewish progressives, liberals, radicals and anti-capitalist non-violent revolutionaries, will deeply mourn the loss of our brother Daniel Berrigan.
  • Part 1: Daniel Berrigan, poet, peacemaker, dies at 94
  • Part 2: Father Daniel Berrigan, z'l  dead at 94

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