Posted by: Stochasticus Weber | May 8, 2018

PEACE GRAPHIC: 2017 Global Peace Index

Graphic of Vision of Humanity Interactive Global Peace Index map with wob address ( ) of  posted on the back cover of the Stanley Foundation’s seasonal magazine Courier: Provoking Thought and Encouraging Dialogue on World Affairs, No. 92, Spring 2018.


Posted by: Stochasticus Weber | October 31, 2017

FCNL Nuclear Calendar, 30mOctober 2017

Nuclear Calendar

October 30, 2017 Receive updates by email
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 Peace Corps Iran Association, Conference and Reunion, including panel on current state of Iranian-American relations with Ambassador John Limbert, Trita Parsi, and Barbara Slavin, Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street, Annapolis, MD. Register via mail or online.
Oct. 30 5:00 p.m., The Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Administration Perspective, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 419, Washington, DC. Webcast available online.
Oct. 30 7:00 p.m., Former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry; Jeffery Lewis, Monterey Institute of International Studies; Kathleen Stephens, Former U.S. Ambassador to North Korea; Gloria Duffy, Commonwealth Club, “North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and the Threat of War,” Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA. RSVP online.
Nov. 1 10:00-11:30 a.m., Ronald Lehman, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, “Have We Trivialized Disarmament?” Belfer Center, Room 324 Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA.
Nov. 1 7:00 p.m., Erica Fein, Win Without War; Dan Jasper, American Friends Service Committee; Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, Teach In: Concrete Asks for Congress to Stop US War on North Korea,” Women Cross DMZ. RSVP for webinar online.
Nov. 1 10:00 a.m., Thae Yong-ho, Former Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the United Kingdom, Hearing: An Insider’s Look at the North Korean Regime, House Foreign Affairs Committee. Credentialed press admittance only, webcast available online.
Nov. 1 6:00-7:00 p.m., Michael Mastanduno, Dartmouth College, “Making Sense of Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy,” Committee Room 3A, House of Lords, London, UK. Register by email.
Nov. 1 65th anniversary of the world’s first hydrogen bomb test by the United States, Ivy Mike. The test was 700 times the size of the Hiroshima bomb and vaporized the island of Elugelab, Marshall Islands.
Nov. 2 9:00-10:15 a.m., “The United States in Asia: President Trump’s Choices and Challenges,” with five speakers including U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, Washington, DC. RSVP online.
Nov. 2 12:15-1:30 p.m., Ronald Lehman, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, “Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence, Again,” Belfer Center, Room L369 Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA. RSVP online.
Nov. 3 1:30-4:30 p.m., Robert Einhorn, Brookings Institution; Dan Gallington, former Special Assistant for Policy to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; Major General William Hix, U.S. Army, “ICAS Fall Symposium,” Institute for Corean American Studies (ICAS), Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC. RSVP online.
Nov. 3 President Trump in Hawaii (tentative). Briefing at U.S. PACOM, visiting Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial.
Nov. 4 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., “Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons: Is it Legal? Is it Constitutional? Is it Just?,” Conference with 10 speakers, Massachusetts Peace Action, Harvard University Science Center C, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge MA. RSVP online.
Nov. 5 President Trump in Japan (tentative). Meeting with Shinzo Abe and families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea.
Nov. 6 9:00 a.m.-noon, “How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea?” with nine speakers. Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC. RSVP online.
Nov. 6 Noon-5:30 p.m., Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Annual Meeting, University Club of Chicago, 76 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL. Purchase tickets by emailing Lisa McCabe.
Nov. 6 6:00-9:00 p.m., David Sanger, New York Times, Ellen Sandor, (art)n, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Annual Dinner. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, University Club of Chicago, 76 E St., Chicago, IL. Purchase tickets online.
Nov. 7 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Global Security Forum 2017, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 1616 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Washington, DC. RSVP online.
Nov. 7 6:00-7:00 p.m., Torrey Froscher, Former Chief of Analysis at CIA Nonproliferation Center, “North Korea’s Nuclear Program–The Early Years: An Intelligence Perspective,” Non-Proliferation Education Center, North Carolina State University, Room 321 Riddick Hall, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Nov. 7 President Trump in South Korea (tentative). Meeting with Moon Jae-In, speech at National Assembly.
Nov. 7 5:00-6:30 p.m., Maria Korsnick, Nuclear Energy Institute; John Barrett, Canadian Nuclear Association; Frank Saunders, Bruce Power, Re-energizing Nuclear Security, Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. RSVP online.
Nov. 7 U.S. Election Day, with gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia, and mayoral elections in New York City and many cities.
Nov. 8 10:00-11:30 a.m., Alexander Bollfrass, Project on Managing the Atom, “The Half-Lives of Others: Explaining the Accuracy of Nuclear Proliferation Intelligence Assessments,” Belfer Center, Room 324 Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA.
Nov. 8 President Trump in China (tentative). Meeting with Xi Jinping.
Nov. 10-11 President Trump in Vietnam (tentative). Giving speech at APEC CEO Summit, meeting with Tran Dai Quang.
Nov. 10 Veterans Day observed (federal holiday).
Nov. 11 Veterans Day
Nov. 12-13 President Trump in Philippines (tentative). Participating in Special Gala Celebration Dinner for the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN, meeting with Rodrigo Duerte at U.S.-ASEAN Summit.
Nov. 13-15 Seminar Forum: Peace on the Korean Peninsula, United Methodist Church, 100 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC. Email Amy Hong to register.
Nov. 14 2:00-3:00 p.m., Christopher Ford, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Counterproliferation, “Sustaining U.S. Leadership Against Nuclear Terrorism and Proliferation,” Hudson Institute, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC. RSVP online.
Nov. 15 12:30-2:00 p.m., Leland Cogliani, Lewis Burke Associates, “Lessons from the U.S. Senate: Nuclear Policy in the Obama and Trump Administration,” Princeton University, 221 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ.
Nov. 16 5:00 p.m., Gen. Denis Mercier, NATO; Maj. Gen. William Hickman, Supreme Allied Command Transformation; Amy McAuliffe, National Intelligence Council; Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings Institution, “Preparing NATO for Future Global Challenges,” Atlantic Council, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St NW, Washington, DC. RSVP online.
Nov. 23 Thanksgiving (holiday).
Nov. 29 10:00-11:30 a.m., Mariana Budjeryn, Harvard Kennedy School, “Interpreting the Bomb: Ownership and Deterrence in Ukraine’s Nuclear Discourse,” Belfer Center, Room 324, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA.
Nov. 29 3:30-5:00 p.m., Blaine Harden, Washington Post, Patrick McEachern, Wilson Center, Book Launch: King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea,” Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC. RSVP online.
Dec. 2 75th anniversary of the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. University of Chicago.
Dec. 8 30th anniversary of the signing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. Washington. The treaty eliminated nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with intermediate ranges, defined as between 300 and 3,400 miles.
Dec. 12 Hanukkah begins at sunset. Through Dec. 20
Dec. 25 Christmas (holiday).

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Posted by: Stochasticus Weber | October 14, 2017

Who Remembers, Let Alone Honors, the Kellogg-Briand Pact

Originally called “Armistice Day,” the Veterans Day holiday began in 1918, celebrating the end of World War I and the idea of ending all war. A 10-year campaign launched that year resulted in the ratification of the Kellogg-Briand Pact which legally banned all war-making.

The Pact reads:

“The High Contracting Parties solemnly declare in the names of their respective peoples that they condemn recourse to war for the solution of international controversies, and renounce it, as an instrument of national policy in their relations with one another.

“The High Contracting Parties agree that the settlement or solution of all disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them, shall never be sought except by pacific means.”

Posted by: Stochasticus Weber | August 25, 2017

Washington College Student Anthropologists Study Flooding Risks and Eastern Shore flooding

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Audio will be posted by noon. 

A group of anthropology majors from Washington College in Chestertown has spent the summer not at the beach, but as research assistants roaming the Eastern Shore, talking to residents about the risks of flooding and projected sea level rise. They’ve traveled through Talbot, Dorchester and Somerset counties talking to local residents about their communities, changes and their experiences with flooding.

And on a recent trip, Kirsten Webb and Hayley Hartman were visiting Roland and Sheilah Bradshaw at their home on Smith Island. Kirsten was hardly into her opening spiel about community response to flooding when Roland jumped in.

“Well, we had some flooding,” he said. “But, you know, a lot of people say its sea level rise. I don’t believe in that.”

Instead, he said, the island is washing away. There’s no flooding “until the wind comes to the east or we have a hurricane,” he said. And everybody has flooding when there’s a hurricane.

Kirsten asks if he pays attention to the wind patterns and prepares if he knows the wind’s going to be blowing easterly. He says no, they’re used to it. They’re survivors who can make out with what a lot of people couldn’t make out with.

And they’re used to dealing with rising tides, adds Sheila. They’re different from on the mainland.

“When the tide comes up over here, we try to hurry up and go or come back and do what we got to do because then in a couple hours it’s gone,” she said. “But in the city, see, it just builds up and builds up.”

The Washington College project mirrors one conducted by students at Western Illinois University in 2008, when massive floods inundated communities along the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers. David Casagrande, who was on the faculty at the time and ran that project, said then-Governor Rod Blagojevich needed help responding to the situation by figuring out what made the folks along those rivers tick.

Casagrande, now an associate professor of anthropology at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, said his students, who talked to “thousands and thousands of people,” were basically interested in perceptions and attitudes on flood insurance, how they perceived their risk and whether they would be willing to relocate.

Naturally, most folks don’t want to leave their homes, but Casagrande’s students found one whole town–Valmeyer, Illinois–where residents packed up and moved to higher ground. It wasn’t easy; it took a while, he said. But eventually, they did it.

“Not everybody leaves,” Casagrande cautioned. “There are a few die-hards who are still living down in the flood plain, but they built a beautiful new town up on a bluff.”

Aaron Lampman, a friend of Casagrande’s and an associate anthropology professor running the Washington College project, says they chose the Eastern Shore for this study because it’s one of the “hot spots” for flooding in the U.S.. And Maryland suffers some of the most repetitive flood loss in the country.

Lampman says they found “a really interesting dynamic” on the lower shore. Although they have maps put out by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) that predict serious flooding and even inundation over the next 50 to 100 years, no one is talking about relocating.

His students tell him they’re finding people with a sense of place, a deep attachment to the Chesapeake Bay and the lower Eastern Shore. Moving just doesn’t seem like an option to them.

“Many of them have lived here for six generations or more,” Lampman said. “And they seem to have a sense of moral obligation of maintaining community in these places.”

You can hear that as the Bradshaws talk about the different world they live in on Maryland’s last inhabited offshore island.

It may be inconvenient, says Sheila, “but I can’t imagine living somewhere else.”

Not the way things are going on the mainland, adds Roland, what with drive-by shootings and other violence. On Smith Island, “you walk out any time you want of night or day and you don’t worry about nobody bothering you.”

Lampman says the students are finding that people are aware of more flooding, stronger and more frequent storms and erosion, but they don’t seem to think that’s translating into the loss of their land or their community. Instead, they talk about trying to find federal funding for structural solutions, sea walls, groins, break waters, elevating houses.

“You name it. If it’s a structural solution then people are pretty interested in it,” he said, rather than thinking about relocation.

On Smith Island, the Corps of Engineers recently started a project to slow the erosion at Bradshaw’s community of Rhodes Point. The islanders have been trying to get that project for 50 years, Bradshaw says, and finally it’s here to keep the island from washing away.

“It’s been washing ever since I was a kid,” he said. “Every time you have a lot of wind–like this past winter we had a lot of wind, coming from the west and nor’west—it washes away.”

The students, who have been surviving on grants, have pretty much finished their interviews. They’ll be back in school in September to start looking for themes and patterns in the interviews. Meanwhile, Smith Islanders will continue to look for ways to hold off the water and preserve their homes.

Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative is funded with grant support from the Clayton Baker Trust, The Bancroft Foundation, Michael and Ann Hankin, The Jim and Patty Rouse Foundation, The Rob and Elizabeth Tyler Foundation, and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

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The Opinion Pages | Letters

Our Polarized Politics

To the Editor:

Re “Bonhoeffer, Benedict or Ford” (column, Feb. 14):

David Brooks seriously wounds our national civic understanding when he writes, “The baby boomer establishment polarized politics, lost touch with the voters and paved the way for Trump.”

What, in heaven’s name, is the “baby boomer establishment”? The generation that was born in the years after World War II came of age politically through struggles to advance civil rights, end a stupid, imperial war, promote the equality of women and men, and bring an end to poverty.

The mistake of those who fought for these causes was to underestimate the fury of the backlash from moneyed interests to roll back those gains and to insist on establishing a new Gilded Age of war, inequality and rights denial.

That backlash alone is responsible for our polarized politics. Does Mr. Brooks think it wrong to insist on full civil and political equality for all citizens and to insist on an end to ruinous imperial adventures? Since when is standing up for peace, liberty and equality polarizing?


Topsham, Me.

The writer is president emeritus of Earlham College.


Posted by: Stochasticus Weber | November 4, 2016

Economic Commentary from Common Dreams

Posted by: Stochasticus Weber | October 19, 2016

GJEP article on other Indigenous People’s Struggles

15 Other Indigenous Struggles You Need to Know About

“Treatment of Indian Tribes in a Similar Manner as States for Purposes of Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act

“ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 130 [EPA–HQ–OW–2014–0622; FRL–9952–61– OW] RIN 2040–AF52
Treatment of Indian Tribes in a Similar Manner as States for Purposes of Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final rule. . . .

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Global Justice Ecology Project article, “Environmental Crimes Could Warrant International Criminal Court Prosecutions” :

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