Anti-War and Human Rights Leader Ariel Gold Appointed as Fellowship of Reconciliation Executive Director

From the Fellowship of Reconciliation USA (FOR-USA):

FOR-USA, the nation’s oldest interfaith peace and justice organization (founded in 1915) has named Ms. Gold – a veteran peace and justice advocate – to take the helm as the organization’s first Jewish executive director. Prior to this groundbreaking appointment, for the past seven years Ms. Gold worked at CODEPINK Women for Peace, where she was the national co-director and a Middle East policy analyst.

FOR-USA is part of the global International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) movement with branches, groups, and affiliates in more than 50 countries. FOR-USA and IFOR have counted among their active members several Nobel Peace laureates, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It is with great humility that I follow in the footsteps of a long list of incredible people involved with FOR, including early racial and gender equality activist Jane Addams – who joined FOR-USA in 1919 and withstood harsh criticism for her embrace of pacifism during WWI – and radical labor activist and lesbian Grace Hutchins, who joined FOR-USA in 1920,” said Gold. “I am immensely honored to take a position once held by A.J. Muste, the renowned clergyman, political thinker, and peacemaker who served as FOR’s executive director from 1940 to 1953.”

The complete press release can be found here on our website, FORUSA.org.

Why Is the US-NATO Rushing Into War With Russia and China?

“Why is the US-NATO rushing into war with Russia and China?” is the title of the latest Space Alert podcast, a project of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

It is an interview with John Walsh who lives in the Bay area in California. Until recently John was Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School.He has written on issues of peace and health care for the San Francisco Chronicle, EastBayTimes/San Jose Mercury News, Antiwar.com, Asia Times, LA Progressive, CounterPunch, Consortium News, Scheerpost and others. John is also an active member of the Veterans For Peace Russia Working Group.

The podcast is hosted by Bruce Gagnon Coordinator of the Global Network who lives in Brunswick, Maine.

Antiwar.com Among Four Finalists for the 2022 US Peace Prize

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The 2022 US Peace Prize nominees are: Costs of War, National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth, Randolph Bourne Institute (Antiwar.com), and RootsAction.

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Trita Parsi: New Iran Sanctions May Spell Death of the JCPOA

From Responsible Statecraft:

According to the state department on Wednesday, Washington is slapping new sanctions on Iran’s petroleum and petrochemical producers, along with Hong Kong and Emirati companies accused of selling the oil on East Asia markets in violation of existing embargoes.

In a tweet, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that “absent a commitment from Iran to return to the JCPOA, an outcome we continue to pursue, we will keep using our authorities to target Iran’s exports of energy products.”
But is this really the best way to get back into a deal that Washington was the first to leave, and for which talks have been on thin ice and time is ticking away? Quincy Institute’s Trita Parsi, author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, weighs in.