Friday, August 23, 2019


Stop Iran War & Stop Imperialism Peace Protests | Week 11  Protest on Saturday August 24, 2019, Court House, 11 a.m.
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Dear Friends,

We've now held Peace Protests in Fayetteville 10 weeks in a row!  Here are 14 photos from this last protest..  Thanks again to Pauline for taking pictures & thanks to everyone that showed up!
Once again, we're continuing these protests at least 2 more weeks until the end of August, and we meet every Saturday at 11 a.m. in front of the Washington County Courthouse in Fayetteville.  Over the next week we need to decide what to do next?  We need all the input we can get, so please respond to this email with your thoughts.  

We're probably reaching a few hundred people every Saturday, which is certainly meaningful, but we can reach tens of thousands if we hold novel actions that will gain news coverage.  (We did gain news coverage at the beginning). Creating a new story could mean a protest at Tom Cotton's office, and/or some form of civil disobedience.  This could also mean working to pass a Peace Resolution at the Fayetteville City Council, and then other cities across Arkansas.  We'll hold a meeting to decide what to do next at Fayetteville Public Library immediately after this upcoming protest.

Here is our 6th ad in this Monday's Arkansas Democrat Gazette, including a quote by the great radical Dr. King:

We still need help distributing the attached flyers, especially at Farmers Market & UA campus.  If you know any UA students that may help, please ask them.  Also, share this email with your friends and if you're on Facebook, please share & invite your friends to this Facebook event page.  Lastly, if you would like to donate, you can do so online here, or mail checks made out to Arkansas Nonviolence Alliance, 60 W. Smith St. Fayetteville AR 72701.

See You Saturday!
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IRAN NEWSLETTER, August 23, 2019.  #31

 (#11 Oct. 8, 2011; #12 Jan. 31, 2012; #13 Feb. 22, 2012; #14 Feb. 26, 2012; #15 March 17, 2012; #16 April 12, 2012; #17 May 21, 2012; #18, July 9, 2012; #19 August 13, 2012; #20 Sept. 10, 2012; #21, Dec. 14, 2012; #22 March 5, 2013; #23 Nov. 12, 2013; #24 March 5, 2014; #25 January 17, 2015; #26, July 28, 2015; #27, June 3, 2018; #28, June 21, 2019; #29, July 11, 2019; #30, August 9, 2019.)

Kathy Kelly.  “Take Heed & Seek Peace,” The Catholic Worker
The Daily Kos, We’ve Seen This Before with Iraq
Hasan, The Intercept, US Mainstream Media Lies About Iran
The Intercept Podcast, John Bolton’s War
Negin Farsad.  “Why Iran Is [NOT] Our Enemy.”  The Progressive
Thalif Deen.  Sanctions Will Undermine 1947 US Treaty with UN.  Inter Press Service (IPS)  News Agency

KATHY KELLY.  “TAKE HEED AND SEEK PEACE.”  THE CATHOLIC WORKER (August-September, 2019). Excellent short, circumstantial appraisal of US Middle Eastern policies comparing US illegal wars against Iraq and Iran and US support of Israel and Saudi Arabia.  (Sorry, I could not retrieve her article.) The US is threatening Iran, not the reverse.  Kelly appeals to US to return to the US/Iran nuclear agreement.  (She is one of our country’s greatest peacemakers, check her out, you’ll be enriched knowing about her.)

From The Daily Kos
We’ve seen this roadmap to war before.
We’ve seen this roadmap to war before.
Do you remember the last time we went to war based on thin and questionable evidence? Linking Iran to Al Qaeda is today’s version of the false links of yellowcake uranium to Saddam Hussein in the run up to the Iraq war. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees reports, “They are looking to bootstrap an argument to allow the president to do what he likes without coming to Congress, and they feel the 2001 authorization will allow them to go to war with Iran.”
As I’m sure you know, a war with Iran would have devastating consequences in both blood and treasure, potentially even worse than the war in Iraq. According to.dozens of Middle Eastern scholars, a war with Iran would undoubtedly lead to a horrific toll of dead and injured, major environmental destruction, large scale forced migration, world-wide recession, as well as producing other equally dangerous and unintended consequences. [2] Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates adds, “If you think the war in Iraq was hard, an attack on Iran would, in my opinion, be a catastrophe,” and commented that such an attack would only “make a nuclear-armed Iran inevitable.”
Make no mistake, the time to prevent a war is now. Last week, Trump reportedly called off a military strike on Iran. How much longer do you think he’ll stand up to the constant pro-war rhetoric from Iran hawks like Bolton and Pompeo on his national security team? The time for Congress to act is now. Sign our petition today demanding that Congress speak out and step in to stop the march to war with Iran.

 Here Are Five Lies About Iran That We Need to Refute to Stop Another Illegal War.   Mehdi Hasan August 14 2019, 1:51 p.m.  (also in Transcend Media Services).
Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran.  By  Mehdi Hasan.  The Intercept (5-18-19).
Do U.S. reporters, anchors, and editors really want more Middle Eastern blood on their hands? They’re certainly acting like it.
HERE WE GO again. Sixteen years after the U.S. media helped the Bush administration spread myths and lies about the threat posed by Iraq to the United States and its allies, the Trump administration is spreading similar myths and lies about the threat posed by Iran.
The 64,000-rial question, therefore, is whether or not journalists have learned any lessons whatsoever from the Iraqi WMD debacle of 2003.
Well, consider these recent headlines:
“US deploying more Patriot missiles to Middle East, amid Iranian threats” (CNN)
“Pentagon Builds Deterrent Force Against Possible Iranian Attack” (New York Times)
“U.S. Says Iran Likely Behind Ship Attacks” (Wall Street Journal)
“Iranian threats led to White House’s deployment announcement, U.S. officials say” (Washington Post)
The evidence for these hawkish headlines? For this stream of alarmist media reports about “threats” and “attacks” from Iran? Yes, you guessed it: statements provided to reporters by U.S. officials hiding behind a cloak of anonymity. In some cases, just one official. Take the Wall Street Journal’s scoop:
An initial U.S. assessment indicated Iran likely was behind the attack on two Saudi Arabian oil tankers and two other vessels damaged over the weekend near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. official said, a finding that, if confirmed, would further inflame military tensions in the Persian Gulf.
Why would you trust the word of a single official on such a sensitive and contentious issue? And why, oh why, would you rely on the testimony of a member of the Trump administration, known globally, of course, for its stringent and unbending adherence to the truth?
More here:

Will John Bolton Finally Get His War With Iran?
Deconstructed Podcast.  The Intercept (5-18-19).   The hawkish national security adviser may be on the verge of achieving his most cherished foreign policy goal.   LISTEN →
The Intercept:  Betsy Reed, Editor-in-Chief based in New York City.  Glenn Greenwald, Co-founding Editor; Jeremy Scahill, Co-founding Editor.

Negin Farsad.  “Why Iran Is [NOT] Our Enemy.”  The Progressive (Aug. Sept. 2019).  Rejects half a dozen accusations of Iran threatening war, before fingering the US as the real war-threatener. (Farsad concludes that the US has real, immense enemies it should be concentrating on—climate change, for example--, and Iran is not among them.)   --Dick
Negin Farsad is the Iranian female host of the political comedy podcast Fake the Nation.

News and Views from the Global South                  
Will Sanctions Undermine 1947 US Treaty with UN?  By Thalif Deen.    [The answer is resoundingly YES!  And another treaty smashed by Trump.  Read Deen below.  –Dick]
Reprint |         | Print | Send by email 

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 14 2019 (IPS) - When Yassir Arafat was denied a US visa to visit New York to address the United Nations back in 1988, the General Assembly defied the United States by temporarily moving the UN’s highest policy making body to Geneva– perhaps for the first time in UN history– providing a less-hostile political environment for the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).
Arafat, who first addressed the UN in 1974, took a swipe at Washington when he prefaced his statement by saying “it never occurred to me that my second meeting with this honourable Assembly, since 1974, would take place in the hospitable city of Geneva”.
If Zarif is denied a visa, as expected, it will be a violation of the 1947 UN-US headquarters agreement under which Washington was expected to facilitate -- not hinder-- the smooth functioning of the world body
The Trump administration, which has had an ongoing battle with Iran, has imposed a rash of political and economic sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Javid Zarif — even as Washington, paradoxically, proclaims that the Iranian problem can be resolved only diplomatically while, at the same time, it keeps the negotiator-in-chief away from the US.
The sanctions on Zarif will also prevent him from being a member of the Iranian delegation – and also from addressing the six high-level summit meetings scheduled for late September.
If Zarif is denied a visa, as expected, it will be a violation of the 1947 UN-US headquarters agreement under which Washington was expected to facilitate — not hinder– the smooth functioning of the world body.
While the PLO was not a full-fledged UN member state, Iran is a founding member of the world body.
The Trump administration has already reneged or abandoned several international agreements, including the 2015 Paris Climate Change agreement, the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, and most recently the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia which helped seal the end of the Cold War.

UN Charter
George, Abel, Art about Tulsi Gabbard and building the peace movement.
Who Wants War?  The Warmakers!
Republicans Boozman and Cotton v. Udall-Kaine-Lee Amendment.
Action: Call or write AR’s Congressional Delegation, WOMACK
Chomsky v. Bolton and the other War-Lovers ruling our government.
Peace Action v. Bolton and Pompeo et al.
Dick: NADG and Mainstream Media
Dick:  UAF Panel on Iran as US threatens WAR
Foreign Pushing to War: “Coalition of the Killing”: Netanyahu, bin Salman, bin Zayed
Uri Ben-Eliezer, Israeli’s Militaristic Nationalism
Iran Newsletters 27-29

END IRAN NEWSLETTER #31, August 23, 2019.

Saturday, August 10, 2019


Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology

901 W. Cleveland St.  From south on 49, turn east on Wedington, right/south on  Garland, left east on Cleveland, two blocks to UUFF.  
OMNI is located at 3274 Lee Avenue parallel to N. College southeast of the Village Inn and 2ND building south of Liquor World.  More information: 935-4422; 442-4600.     Or take College to Harold St (at Flying Burrito), turn east (right if you’re heading north). Go one block to Lee and turn left.  Go one block to Bertha.   We’re the gray brick on the corner, 2nd house south of Liquor World, solar panels on roof!
Or bike to OMNI.  For example the Trail goes from MLKJr. Blvd. north passing OMNI to the west, and it is a short and easy route along Appleby to Fiesta Square then across 71B to OMNI a few blocks farther. 

I.  Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration, 7p.m. UUFF
Kelly Mulhollan MC
Film, Nichola Radan
Music, Mahshid Iranipavast
Poetry, Gerry Sloan
Abel Tomlinson
 Lioneld Jordan
Faith Laukon
Jean Gordon
Sidney Burris
II.  Nuclear Weapons, Reports and Resistance
From Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Iran Today, Vijay Prashad
Cold War Retaliation Continues, Dick
The Nuclear Resister Magazine
Space Alert! Magazine
Nuclear Weapons Bills in Congress
Contacting Our Congressmen
Every one of these activities is done by people just like you, making our community a great place. Take a look!

Buildiing the community WE WANT TO LIVE IN. Even though the world's on edge, waiting for the next shock, we're doing all we can to make it better. So we need each other, friends. Here are some of the people who are doing something about it. Come and connect in O M N I.

Sunday August 11
7:00 pm - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 901 W. Cleveland

The world is getting more dangerous by the day, as authoritarian nuclear powers vie for dominance. There is critical work to be done to prepare the people to defend democracy, the planet, and life itself. When the hearts of the people recognize each other as one people, never again will we do what was done to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Events such as this are working toward that time.

Let's acknowledge together the nuclear history that brought us to this moment, and ponder what we in Northwest Arkansas can do to move our country in a good direction.

The annual commemoration is coming together beautifully. Because of the tense situation with Iran, we've invited Iranian musician Mahshid Iraniprivast to perform, and she graciously agreed. There will also be a striking and moving music video done by Professor Nikola Radan called ":Hiroshima: Clash of Civilizations".  Keynote Speaker, Dr. SIdney Burris, University of Arkansas and Omni Peace Prize Awardee 2017: Meditation on Hiroshima
Jean Gordon of Little Rock will talk about WAND - Women Acting for Nuclear Disarmament, and Faith Leukon will talk about the sad history of nuclear testing at her home on the Marshall Islands. Gerry Sloan will read his new poem “3 for Hiroshima.”  In addition, you'll appreciate the traditional elements of the event - proclamation and comments by Mayor Jordan, music by Still on the Hill, and the traditional Obon Lights Ceremony.

This year's event will be a meaningful compendium of information that should not be lost in the bombast of war being promoted at this very time.

If you have any questions call Omni at 479-935-4422 and check out the facebook event page. Look forward to seeing you here Omni folks.

Just as Arkansas has an infamous military-industrial complex (Camden, Jacksonville, Fort Smith, and that’s not all), it also has a vital peace movement, as our program reveals (and there is more—stay with us for 2020!) --Dick).
Program Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration
Sunday August 11, 2019, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville
901 S. Cleveland, Fayetteville AR
“Echo’s of Peace: Anti-Nuclear Weapons Movement History”

3       Welcome – MC Kelly Mulhollan
10     Opening Music and Film – Nichola Radan – “Hiroshima: Clash of Civilizations”
3       No War on Iran – protests invitation – Abel Tomlinson
8       Mayor’s Proclamation – Mayor Lioneld Jordan
10     Speaker – Faith Laukon, “Marshall Islands Nuclear History”
5  Poem by Gerry Sloan, “3 for Hiroshima”
7-10  Music – Mahshid Iranipavast, Santour player, music of Iran
10     Speaker – Jean Gordon – “History of WAND, Women Acting for Nuclear Disarmament “
8       Reading of the Names of the Sufferers  - Ehsan, Karen Takemoto
15     Keynote Speaker – Dr. Sydney Burris, University of Arkansas and Omni Peace Prize Awardee 2017, “Hiroshima Meditation”
6       Obon Lights Ceremony – Instrumental “May Peace Prevail on Earth”  -  Kelly and Donna Mulhollan
4       Closing Music – Audience chant -  Kelly and Donna Mulhollan

Hiroshima Remembrance, music from Iran Kelly & Donna Mulhollan 
Hello OMNI open micer's!  
I know we are still on break, but I wanted to give a heads up on an event that will include music you don't want to miss.  Along with a wonderful group of speakers, our annual Hiroshima Remembrance will include a musical performance by Mahshid Iranipravast.  Mahshid is from Iran and will perform on the Santour.  We heard her play last night and she is fabulous!
Also, UofA music professor, Nikola Radan will present his powerful music video called Hiroshima: Clash of Civilizations.  Finally, Donna and I will perform our traditional peace chant with the help of Susan Shore and Michael Cockrum.  
It will be a wonderful event.  This Sunday, (August 11th) 7:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville, 901 Cleveland St.
Hope to see you there!    Kelly and Donna

Faith Laukon
(Grab your atlas!  --D)
Faith and her mother currently live in Springdale. 

Faith was born in Springfield, MO. 
Neisen is from Rongelap atoll. She moved to the US to join her husband, Adelbert, who is from Arno Atoll and had relocated to attend college. Faith is one of the first Marshallese children born in the continental US.

Faith’s family are nuclear survivors. Her mother was returned to the atoll as a child after the Bravo detonation and experienced first-hand the suffering of those subjected to radiation exposure. Faith’s uncle was John Anjain, the mayor of Rongelap at the time of the testing and the person who got the Japanese government to come in and do soil tests on Rongelap after the US refused to evacuate them.

Faith can speak to the plight of the Rongelapese people in the aftermath of nuclear testing. 

Here is her title and contact info:
Faith Laukon, Director of Community Engagement
Marshallese Educational Initiative

Jean Gordon
 Just call it Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament or Disarm the Patriarchy.  
 I live in Little Rock.  We moved to Fayetteville on Springbrook Farm during  my high school and college years. 1939-1949.    
I have been active in peace since the ‘70s:  Arkansas Peace Center, Peace Links, and then WAND.   I had been chair of the Arkansas Peace Center and of Peace Links, which Betty Bumpers started to involve women in the peace movement, especially to end the nuclear arms races with the Soviet Union. . I served on the board of national WAND when I started the Arkansas chapter in 1997.  

   Sidney Burris
Sidney Burris is a Professor English at the University of Arkansas. He specializes in 20th-century literature and creative nonfiction.
Professor Burris brought His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the University of Arkansas in May 2011, the culmination of an interest that began at Virginia, where he studied Sanskrit, and was able to see the Dalai Lama in 1979 during his first trip to America.
Professor Burris has published two books of poetry (a third is forthcoming in 2021), one book of literary criticism, and numerous essays. He has an essay forthcoming in an anthology of essays dedicated to the impact of guns on our college campuses.  Along with his English classes, Professor Burris regularly offers classes in human-rights literature and in the history of non-violence.
He co-teaches the history of nonviolence with Geshe Thupten Dorjee, a Tibetan monk from Drepung Loseling Monastery in South
In 2007, Professor Burris and Geshe Dorjee founded The TEXT Program (Tibetans in Exile Today), an oral history and study abroad project at the University of Arkansas that allows Arkansas students to travel to India and live among the Tibetan refugees, recording their stories and later archiving them at the TEXT website. The TEXT Program has been endorsed by the Dalai Lama and travels to India during the summers of odd-numbered years.

Gerry Sloan will read his poem, “3 for Hiroshima”
Gerry Sloan is a retired music professor who lives in Fayetteville.  He has published two poetry collections:  Paper Lanterns (2011) and Crossings: A Memoir in Verse (2017), as well as three chapbooks, Friday Poems.  Recent work has appeared or is upcoming in Elder Mountain, Cave Region Review, The Idle Class, and Poetry Construction No. 22 (in Mandarin).  Other interests include movies, jazz, and Japanese pottery.


There must be bones under the paved street.” (8-10-19).   Posted Aug 09, 2019 by Vijay Prashad

Originally published: Tricontinental (August 8, 2019).   Source  share on Twitter Like There must be bones under the paved street on Facebook
A critique of the H-N bombings and their aftermath today: the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, the Doomsday Clock (2 minutes to midnight), nuclear weapons again central to military strategy by nuclear nations, modernization of nuclear weapons (US $50 billion /year for next decade).
What we can do, what is within our power here in Arkansas:
1. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, negotiated in 2017, has not been ratified.  Read this essay and send it or a summary to our Congressional Delegation, OUR representatives.  Speak your mind to these miscreants, who profess to be believers in the teachings of Jesus!
2.  The conclusion of the essay explains the Iran Nuclear Deal, its colossal importance to the world, the disaster of its unilateral cancelation by Pres. Trump, the illegal US economic war against Iran, and the continuing illegal US provocations.   Absorb these few paragraphs and contact the war-making representatives who presume to represent us  --Dick.  See below to contact our senators and congressman.

Esper Says U.S. Missile for Pacific on To-do List.”  NADG (August 4, 2019).
Pentagon Secretary Esper plans to “deploy an intermediate-range conventional missile in the Pacific region within months, now that President Donald Trump…has formally pulled out of a Cold-War-era arms-control treaty with Russia.”  The title is strange: the US has been lobbing missiles into the Pacific for decades from Vandenberg AFB in California.  I wasn’t able to copy the report, though I am a subscriber; see if you can get it, for it details another step in the intensification of the arms race.  We need many citizens informed and engaged to resist our national weapons expansion and threatening regime.  See my preceding newsletters on Hiroshima-Nagasaki, my newsletters on H-N and nuclear weapons abolition ( ), and my newsletters on the nuclear weapons abolition movement (  --Dick.

The Nuclear Resister: “A Chronicle of Hope” (July 31, 2019) arrived yesterday, and I have had time to read some of it by now.  It’s a favorite magazine for me, partly because edited by a courageous, steadfast couple who keeps the peace movement informed especially of protesters in the US and around the world.  Here’re the 3 headlines on p. 1:  “Blockaders Demand Conversion of Bath Iron Works”; “Manning Still in Prison, Daily Fines Mount”; “Memorial Day, 4th of July Arrests at K.C. Nuke Plant.”  Later articles range widely.
The latest no. of Space Alert! just now arrived.  For you who wish to keep abreast of resistance to nuclear weapons expansion into space, this is the magazine for you.  It’s subtitled: Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.  Its editor, Bruce Gagnon, spoke here around 2002.

Nuclear weapons-related bills in the U.S. Congress google search 8-9-19, 2019.   A research tool for political action.  OMNI needs a watcher, interpreter, and activist leader for these bills.  Many of you possess the skills.  To volunteer, contact Gladys.
Nuclear weapons-related bills in the U.S. Congress.
Sign In. Current Legislation, All Legislation, All Sources, --, Committee Reports ...... H.R.669 - Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2019116th Congress (2019-2020) | Get alerts ... There is one summary for H.R.669. ... This bill prohibits the President from conducting a nuclear strike against an enemy that did not ...
Introduced in Senate (01/24/2019). Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2019. This bill prohibits the President from conducting a nuclear strike ...
Jan 30, 2019 - Fischer quoted the 2009 bipartisan Congressional Commission on the ... “The purpose of US nuclear weapons is to deter a nuclear attack on ...
As one of the five recognized nuclear powers of the world, the U.S. plays a ... Tell your congressperson how you feel about current legislation related to nuclear weapons! ... Cutting Off Funding for Missiles Until INF Treaty Withdrawal is Studied.
Jan 29, 2019 - Support for the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2019: Ploughshares ... We need Congress to act now more than ever." Union of ...
Jan 30, 2019 - ... that it is the policy of the United States not to use nuclear weapons first. ... Act to ensure that Congress continues to have an oversight role in ...
Jan 30, 2019 - Legislation introduced by Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate on ... that “it is the policy of the United States not to use nuclear weapons first. ... from launching a nuclear first strike without congressional approval.
The Atomic Energy Act of 1946 (McMahon Act) determined how the United States would control and manage the nuclear technology it had jointly developed with its World War II allies, the United Kingdom and Canada. Most significantly, the Act ruled that nuclear weapon development and .... The more conservative elements in Congress now moved to toughen the act.
3 days ago - It is past time for the United States to renounce nuclear weapons as a strategy ... The Friends Committee on National Legislation seeks a “world free of war ... The Congress will authorize roughly $25 billion this year for nuclear ...

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Lowell Office phone:  479-725-0400
Senator Tom Cotton: (202)224-2353
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Rep. Steve Womack, 3rd District: (202)225-4301
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