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Blogger Profile: Mike Ferner

Mike Ferner is a former president of Veterans for Peace, a Vietnam veteran and former Navy hospital corpsman. He is the author of Inside the Red Zone: A Veteran For Peace Reports from Iraq and War and Peace and Democracy.

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Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

April 23rd, 2013

A Tale of Two Tragedies

On April 15, 29 year-old Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi, 23 and Martin Richard, 8, left home to watch runners cross the finish line in the Boston Marathon.  They and their families thought they would return that day as always.  But they never did.  As the world now knows, Krystle, Lu ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

February 4th, 2013

U.S. to become a second-rate power

(Cue sound of emergency alarms.  Insert graphics for panic, terror, devastation and collapse  here ______.) Yes, believe it, friends.  That is exactly what Outgoing Secretary of War Panetta said in a Feb. 1 exit interview with USA Today, when asked what effects looming cuts will have on the War Department ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

October 24th, 2011

I Woke Up One Morning and the War Was Over

America’s war in Iraq is over.  The last U.S. troops will leave by year’s end, “with their heads held high, proud of their success and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops.”  So sayeth President Obama.A “sham of a mockery of a sham,” is ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

October 4th, 2011

Veterans Denounce Obama's Claimed Authority to Kill Anybody He Wants to, as Long as They Are Overseas

As of September 29, 2011, we are only one step away from a government where the top official can kill anybody, anywhere, any time he feels it necessary – and do it in complete secret. With last week’s lawless killings of two U.S. citizens living in Yemen, Anwar Al-Awlaqi and Samir ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

May 4th, 2011

"Justice Has Been Done"?

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.” -- MLK“Justice has been done,” said President Obama.  “Justice has been done.”  “Justice has been done.” Justice has been done!?  Justice!?  Justice??  For the last ten years, we’ve been engaged in an exercise of justice?  ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

February 24th, 2011

Civil Resistance to the Wars Continues

"We should not think that the destruction and suffering unleashed by war is limited to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Individuals and whole cities here at home have become 'collateral damage.'  Millions of people are thrown out of their jobs and then out of their homes.  Pressures cascade onto state and local governments as ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

February 2nd, 2011

This Is Not a Place for Life

KABUL – The NGO’s offices were sparse and well worn, but they bustled with a palpable sense of purpose. Our host’s hospitality was unerring. For reasons that will become obvious, we will call him Dr. Ahmed Hasan. Everything else about him and his work is precisely as related.Dr. Hasan is ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

January 14th, 2011

Young Afghans Work for Peace, Starting With Their Own Hearts

"He stares into the distance and sometimes he talks incoherently," Abdulai said, describing his older brother a decade after the Taliban killed their father and grandfather for being the wrong ethnicity. But, he recalled through a fragile smile, "When our family fled, my brother piggy-backed me into the mountains."Abdulai, 15, ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

January 3rd, 2011

"Dear Afghanistan": A Global Listening Project for Peace

Note: The five boys I met in Kabul, Afghanistan, from the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers were young – the oldest only 20 – and as charming and well-mannered as teenage boys can humanly be. Their mentor, Hakim, displayed patience and tireless compassion. I found it easy to settle into a ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

December 9th, 2010

Take a Stand for Peace!

During the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King called our government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” True then—and even more so today. A few years before that, in 1964 Mario Savio made his great speech at Berkeley; at the end he says, “There is a time when ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

November 13th, 2010

Take a Stand for Peace

This letter invites you to join what will be the largest veteran-led civil resistance to U.S. wars and occupations in recent history, Washington, D.C., December 16. www.stopthesewars.org. During the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King called our government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." That was true then—and ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

October 1st, 2010

'MR. OBAMA: END THESE F***ING WARS! WAR IS THE OBSCENITY!'

Mission accomplished. No arrests made. We even got the banner back. Here's our press release:Today at 1:00pm eastern time, U.S. military veterans hung an enormous banner on the front of the Newseum, wrapping their message around the First Amendment chiseled in five stories of limestone.Opposed to the wars and occupations ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

August 31st, 2010

Veterans Respond to Obama's "Rebranded Occupation" Announcement

A veteran’s perspective makes it clear that two major points must be made in response to President Obama’s announcement regarding combat troops leaving Iraq.First, there is no such thing as “non combat troops.” It is a contradiction in terms. It is internally inconsistent. It is illogical. It is simply not ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

October 27th, 2009

No One Else Will Stop the Killing

In a statement today directed to the U.S. House of Representatives, President Obama and its membership, Veterans For Peace urged its chapters to demonstrate opposition to the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan by doing two things: 1) Take the actions listed below within the next several days, before President Obama ... continue reading

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Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
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Open Mike

  • April 23rd, 2013

    A Tale of Two Tragedies

    On April 15, 29 year-old Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi, 23 and Martin Richard, 8, left home to watch runners cross the finish line in the ...

  • February 4th, 2013

    U.S. to become a second-rate power

    (Cue sound of emergency alarms.  Insert graphics for panic, terror, devastation and collapse  here ______.) Yes, believe it, friends.  That is exactly what Outgoing Secretary ...

  • October 24th, 2011

    I Woke Up One Morning and the War Was Over

    America’s war in Iraq is over.  The last U.S. troops will leave by year’s end, “with their heads held high, proud of their success and ...

  • October 4th, 2011

    Veterans Denounce Obama's Claimed Authority to Kill Anybody He Wants to, as Long as They Are Overseas

    As of September 29, 2011, we are only one step away from a government where the top official can kill anybody, anywhere, any time he ...

  • May 4th, 2011

    "Justice Has Been Done"?

    “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.” -- MLK“Justice has been done,” said President Obama.  “Justice ...

  • February 24th, 2011

    Civil Resistance to the Wars Continues

    "We should not think that the destruction and suffering unleashed by war is limited to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Individuals and whole cities here at home have become ...

  • February 2nd, 2011

    This Is Not a Place for Life

    KABUL – The NGO’s offices were sparse and well worn, but they bustled with a palpable sense of purpose. Our host’s hospitality was unerring. For ...

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