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Department of Peace and Non-Violence

By Nathan Schmitt

The past February, Dennis Kucinich introduced H.R. 808–Department of Peace and Nonviolence Act. The bill is currently going through subcommittees of the House, though rather slowly at this point, and gathering co-sponsors of which there are currently 67. Here is a summary of the bill:

Department of Peace and Nonviolence Act – Establishes a Department of Peace and Nonviolence, which shall be headed by a Secretary of Peace and Nonviolence appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. Sets forth the mission of the Department, including to: (1) hold peace as an organizing principle; (2) endeavor to promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights; and (3) develop policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful resolution of conflict, and structured mediation of conflict.

Establishes in the Department the Intergovernmental Advisory Council on Peace and Nonviolence, which shall provide assistance and make recommendations to the Secretary and the President concerning intergovernmental policies relating to peace and nonviolent conflict resolution.

Transfers to the Department the functions, assets, and personnel of various federal agencies.

Establishes a Federal Interagency Committee on Peace and Nonviolence.

Establishes Peace Day. Urges all citizens to observe and celebrate the blessings of peace and endeavor to create peace on such day.” (1)


November 8, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

On Strike: Writers Guild of America (Video)

By Nathan Schmitt

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The Writers Guild of America went on strike earlier this week asking for a royalties increase on media sales. Above is a video, albeit a crude one, that outlines the general terms of the strike. Here is a page of the latest news on the strike. According to United Press International,

Anxiety is rippling through the U.S. entertainment industry as it appears the Writers Guild of America strike could stretch into 2008.

Hopes for a fast resolution are wilting as neither the WGA, nor the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television producers has made a clear attempt to revive talks since negotiations broke down Sunday night, said Wednesday.” (1)

The affected shows range far and wide from daily shows such as “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” and “The Late Show with David Letterman” to series such as “24” and “Lost” will go into re-runs and not finish out their seasons, respectively.

November 8, 2007 Posted by | Nathan Schmitt, Video, WGA Strike | , , | Leave a comment

Hate Begets Hate: A White House Story

By Nathan Schmitt

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino issued this statement today:

This morning President Bush called President Karzai of Afghanistan to express his deepest sympathies regarding the horrendous suicide bombing in Baglan province yesterday. The cold blooded killers targeted innocent schoolchildren and lawmakers who were there to celebrate the opening of a new sugar factory.

The President said that the murderous act reminds all of us about the brutality of the enemy we are facing. He said that their hearts are filled with evil and they only see with hate. The President told President Karzai that America cares deeply about the Afghan people and he urged him to remain strong.” (1)

This is a sensitive subject to touch on, and although I think they need to, I understand why the mainstream news media don’t cover it. This being said, I think the statement speaks for itself for the most part. I would just like to look briefly at one of the statements.

He said that their hearts are filled with evil and they only see with hate.” (1)

Now, I’d like to make it extremely clear that I’m not diminishing the horrible acts of terrorism or justifying terrorists in ANY sense. There is, however, a limit of rationality in judging such people. Such a claim as Bush’s presents a myriad of philosophical problems from fundamental human nature (“their hearts are filled with evil”) to subjectivity with regard to separation of individual personalities–that is to say, the independent existence of conscious personalities that make it impossible for the self to know the true intentions of the other.

It doesn’t take anything beyond rudimentary philosophical analysis to see that this claim by Bush is anything but legitimate. Perhaps his intentions are good, but his words are certainly not fair, no matter who they’re directed towards.

November 8, 2007 Posted by | Afghanistan, Dana Perino, General Discourse, George W. Bush, Nathan Schmitt, Terrorism | , , , | Leave a comment