March 8th, 2011

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International Women's Day

This is from Writer's Almanac:

Today is International Women's Day, which has been celebrated in the United States, Russia, and parts of Europe since the turn of the 20th century.

It was during this holiday in 1917 that women workers in Russia left factories and took to the streets to protest food shortages. When Czar Nicholas II ordered the military to intervene, they did not. Shortly afterward, he abdicated, and shortly after that, women in Russia were given the right to vote, three years before women in the U.S.

International Women's Day is celebrated in 28 countries and recognized by the United Nations.
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Institute for Peace!


Who could be against an Institute for Peace, a group that costs little and accomplishes much.

From the article:

Congress would be hard-pressed to find an agency that does more with less. The institute’s entire budget would not pay for the Afghan war for three hours, is less than the cost of a fighter plane, and wouldn’t sustain even 40 American troops in Afghanistan for a year. Within the budget, peace-building is financed as part of national security programs, and is recognized as an important adjunct to conventional defense spending and diplomacy. The institute’s share of the proposed international affairs budget, $43 million, is minuscule: less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the State Department’s budget, and one-hundredth of 1 percent of the Pentagon’s.

This week, as the Senate considers alternatives to the House budget bill, we should remember that the stakes for national security and peace-building are high. The institute was created in 1984, when the cold war was still at its height. Congressional leaders guided by Senator Spark M. Matsunaga, a Hawaii Democrat, saw the need for an institution that would strengthen the nation’s ability to limit international violence and manage global conflict. President Ronald Reagan signed the act creating the institute. A bipartisan majority of Congress has supported it since — until now.

Zebulen pointed out that "Americans" voted the people into office who are working so hard to destroy the country.  This is true and all Americans now need to wake up and write and call those who represent them and say we want peace.  We want Head Start.  We want heating oil for the elderly.  We want to support morality, ethics, and values.