The making of a conscientious objector

Opinion Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia, 28, of Miami, joined the Army in 1995. Following a three-year hitch with the Army, he joined the Florida National Guard partly because he was promised college tuition assistance. Mejia had moved to the U.S. with his mother from Nicaragua at age 18.

Taking on the Vietnam syndrome lie

Opinion The Vietnam War ended in 1975. But, judging by the e-mail I got recently denouncing John Kerry’s role in Vietnam Veterans Against the War and even dredging up Jane Fonda (the “Hanoi Jane” of right-wing hate propaganda), the Bush administration is preparing for an ideological blitzkrieg on that war.

War, capitalism, and George W. Bush

Opinion We are living in a fragile and unstable world. But perhaps that has always been the lot of humankind – certainly, it is a state of affairs as old as capitalism.

Weapons of mass destruction: The case of Agent Orange

At the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India, this January, victims of Agent Orange, which the U.S. military sprayed over 12 percent of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, gave moving testimony of the continuing price Vietnam is paying in human and financial terms, nearly 30 years after the war ended.

Why are veterans getting sick?

America’s recent wars have killed many hundreds of American soldiers on the battlefields.

The costs of perpetual war

The War Resister’s League estimates that in fiscal year 2005 the Bush administration’s imperial war budget will top $935 billion.

Haitians resisting U.S. occupation

Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s arrival in Jamaica this week, two weeks after he was kidnapped in Port-au-Prince and flown to the Central African Republic in a U.S.-engineered coup, has infuriated the Bush administration and Haiti’s wealthy elite.

Whats behind Sharons disengagement?

On March 15, Israel’s parliament barely approved the scheme put forward by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, with U.S. approval, to unilaterally “disengage” from the Gaza Strip by evacuating most of the Jewish settlements in the narrow seaside territory. The vote in the 120-member body was 46 for, 45 against.

Interview: A father speaks out so no more will die

LAWRENCE, Mass. – “My son has to be a symbol of peace,” Fernando Suárez del Solar told this reporter in an interview here March 9. His son Jesús, a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, was one of the first U.S. soldiers to die in the invasion of Iraq. click here for Spanish text

Halliburton, Bechtel branded war profiteers

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of protesters picketed the offices of the Halliburton and Bechtel corporations in 20 cities, Feb. 24, with signs reading “Merchants of Death” and “Stop the corporate invasion of Iraq.”

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