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History US Military Economy

History US Military Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
ROOSEVELT’s New Deal, 1933-1945 New Deal deficits create strong economic growth: correlation .73 from 1934 through 1939. New Deal Provides Five Times War Growth: Total growth from 1933 to 1941 was 86%. Total growth from 1942 to 1947 was 17%. Unemployment change followed deficit change R=.74.  Note that unemployment decreased at a steady rate from…
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We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden in the ’80s

We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden in the ’80s | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Jingoists conveniently forget the West's Cold War strategy was to arm the Islamic extremists that became al-Qaida VIDEO
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Women, communists and foreigners: the forgotten heroes of Paris, 1945

Women, communists and foreigners: the forgotten heroes of Paris, 1945 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For years French politicians pushed a myth of liberation from the Nazis that was miltiary and male. The truth is somewhat different
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War and social movements in the age of globalization - Open Democracy

War and social movements in the age of globalization - Open Democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In his vast body of social scientific work, Charles Tilly made two fundamental contributions to our understanding of the development of modern states and social movements. In the first body of work, Tilly argued that war and preparations for war were the origin of the modern state. In the second, he polemicized against social movement scholarship for focusing narrowly on Northern reformist movements, ignoring more violent forms of what he called contentious politics.  But Tilly made little attempt to bring together his “top-down” approach to war and state-building with his “bottom-up” research on contentious politics. With the growth of non-state violent movements in the twenty-first century, especially in the global South, this is a lacuna that we must work to close.

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Skouries forest gold mining

Skouries forest gold mining | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Across the world are conflict zones, they resemble war zones, only they are not, these are conflict zones where ordinary citizens find themselves in conflict with extractive industry, oil, fracking, mining.
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The truth about evil | John Gray

The truth about evil | John Gray | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The long read: Our leaders talk a great deal about vanquishing the forces of evil. But, John Gray argues, their rhetoric reveals a failure to accept that cruelty and conflict are basic human traits
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Pentagon: We could soon be fighting climate wars

Pentagon: We could soon be fighting climate wars | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In one of its strongest statements yet on the need to prepare for climate change, the Defense Department today released a report that says global warming "poses immediate risks to US national security" and will exacerbate national security-related threats ranging "from infectious disease to terrorism."
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Why Israel is losing the social media war over Gaza | Paul Mason | Paul Mason

Why Israel is losing the social media war over Gaza | Paul Mason | Paul Mason | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For the first time in a major Arab-Israeli conflict, the world has access to non-traditional sources of reality such as Twitter - and it means Israel is losing the battle for hearts and minds.
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At Front Lines, Bearing Witness in Real Time

At Front Lines, Bearing Witness in Real Time | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We used to witness war in the rearview mirror. But journalists often now deliver what they see via Twitter, before consulting with headquarters, and it has made for more visceral reporting.
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Breaking the cycle of violence: technology can bring hope for peace - The Guardian

Breaking the cycle of violence: technology can bring hope for peace - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What's really interesting about tech-enabled peacebuilding initiatives is that they shift the balance of power. Thanks to these tools and the social and organisational forms they help create, local peacebuilders are now better equipped to challenge state-sanctioned or socially normative narratives and notions of identity. Technology can shape the future of local peacebuilding.

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LocalMark's curator insight, July 25, 2014 9:38 AM

Let's not be naive. Technology bringing hope? Please. 

 

Let's not be cynical. Technology bringing hope? It can happen. 

 

Which side are you on? 

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Vision of Humanity

Vision of Humanity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A ground-breaking milestone in the study of peace. For the first time, an Index has been created that ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of that peace.
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Our shopping, funds tyranny,terrorism and war - Clean Trade

Our shopping, funds tyranny,terrorism and war - Clean Trade | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Clean Trade is a non-partisan campaign to change the law that forces all of us to fund repression, conflict and extremism when we shop.

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Paris: The War ISIS Wants by Scott Atran and Nafees Hamid

Paris: The War ISIS Wants by Scott Atran and Nafees Hamid | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Following the Paris attacks, France, the United States, and our allies may opt for all-out war. But even if ISIS is destroyed, its message could still captivate many in coming generations.
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Bitcoin vs. War: Can Bitcoin End War?

Stefan Molyneux and Jeffrey Tucker talk about what has made war possible, who profits from war, the role public education plays in modern war, unintended .
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Artificial intelligence could encourage war, experts fear - Sydney Morning Herald

Artificial intelligence could encourage war, experts fear - Sydney Morning Herald | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It's the theme of many dystopian sci-fi books and movies: a super-intelligent machine becomes self-aware and wreaks havoc.
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John Pilger on ISIS: Only When We See the War Criminals In Our Midst Will the Blood Begin to Dry

John Pilger on ISIS: Only When We See the War Criminals In Our Midst Will the Blood Begin to Dry | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

ISIS is the progeny of those in Washington and London who, in destroying Iraq as both a state and a society, conspired to commit an epic crime against humanity. Like Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, ISIS are the mutations of a western state terror dispensed by a venal imperial elite undeterred by the consequences of actions taken at great remove in distance and culture. Their culpability is unmentionable in "our" societies.

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Noam Chomsky: What links ISIS to World War 1, Gaza and nuclear catastrophe - Stop the War Coalition

Noam Chomsky: What links ISIS to World War 1, Gaza and nuclear catastrophe - Stop the War Coalition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We have come perilously close to disaster before, says Noam Chomsky, and are toying with catastrophe again. It is not that possible peaceful solutions are lacking.

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Pamela Hills's curator insight, October 21, 2014 10:11 AM

 As I read about Bio weapons Ebola and Marburg I was thinking is this another covert plan for Population reduction ? So many lies, millions of deaths and no end in sight ! This is one very real plan of a Zionist Government ! They want a population they can control in the " New World Order "

 Which leads me to this question folks, Since Dr. Death is said to work with Intelligence and Israel holds most chemical weapons in the world is he living in Israel ?

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New Statesman | John Gray: is religion to blame for history’s bloodiest wars?

New Statesman | John Gray: is religion to blame for history’s bloodiest wars? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Not long after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, in which Ayatollah Ruhollah Kho­meini became supreme leader, a US official was heard to exclaim: “Who ever took religion seriously?” The official was baffled at the interruption of what he assumed was an overwhelmingly powerful historical trend. Pretty well everyone at the time took it for granted that religion was on the way out, not only as a matter of personal belief, but even more as a deciding factor in politics. Secularisation was advancing everywhere, and with increasing scientific knowledge and growing prosperity it was poised to become a universal human condition. True, there were some countries that remained stubbornly religious – including, ironically, the United States. But these were exceptions. Religion was an atavistic way of thinking which was gradually but inexorably losing its power. In universities, grandiose theories of secularisation were taught as established fact, while politicians dismissed ideas they didn’t like as “mere theology”. The unimportance of religion was part of conventional wisdom, an unthinking assumption of those who liked to see themselves as thinking people.
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▶ Bitcoin vs. War: Can Bitcoin End War? - YouTube

Without government run central banks and inflationary currencies, engaging in war is much more difficult. Stefan Molyneux speaks about the potential of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies to end war and brainstorms on how it would be possible start a war in a bitcoin economy. Speech recorded on April 12th at the Toronto Bitcoin Expo 2014.

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Professor William I. Robinson: Global Capitalism Is in the Midst of Its Most Severe Crisis

Professor William I. Robinson: Global Capitalism Is in the Midst of Its Most Severe Crisis | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
US intervention abroad in the 20th century - the forging of a US empire - claimed tens of millions of victims, inflicted untold suffering, and set back the aspirations of freedom and democracy in dozens of countries.
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Have We Gone From a Post-War to a Pre-War World? - Huffington Post

Have We Gone From a Post-War to a Pre-War World? - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Have We Gone From a Post-War to a Pre-War World?
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