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On Friday, April 5, 2013, J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Alfred McCoy, delivered the keynote speech at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War, called "The New Faces of War." Professor McCoy's book, Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines and the Rise of the Surveillance State, won the 2011 George McT. Kahin Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. Excerpts of his keynote speech are featured in this video, which was produced by Richard Concepcion.

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, veteran peace and justice activist and historian, David Swanson, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Swanson, whose latest book is When the World Outlawed War, participated on a panel called "Law and the New Faces of War."

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Harry Haines, professor at Montclair State University, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Haines participated on a panel called "U.S. Soldiers and the Vietnam War Experience."

On Sunday, April 7, 2013, Ray McGovern, retired CIA officer turned political activist, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. McGovern participated on a panel called "Indefinite Detention and War Against Iran: How Are These Strands of US Foreign Policy Connected?"

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Matthias Maass, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Maas participated on a panel called "Law and the New Faces of War."

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Dante Simbulan spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Simbulan, who is affiliated with the KATARUNGAN Center for Peace, Justice and Human Rights in the Philippines, participated on a panel called "Understanding and Responding to the Asia-Pacific Pivot."

Demonstrators parade down Broadway during a May Day march in New York, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Activists in New York City converged on Union Square before a march downtown towards City Hall as they protested for better working conditions, immigration reform and other social issues. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

On May 1st, 2013, I had the pleasure of marching with you from Union Square to City Hall in New York City. It was an honor, a privilege, to stand with you. The demands for the legalization of all undocumented citizens, education and healthcare for all, a future free of nuclear danger, an end to homelessness and the abolition of poverty were backed by a righteous strength and fearlessness that I have never seen in my life. It is truly admirable. We owe it to ourselves to celebrate.

Nuestra Escuela. Photo By: Iris Kirsch

“Our school” in more ways than one, Nuestra Escuela is a gem. The school is democratically organized, honoring the voices of students and teachers alike.

Of course, teenagers in general are not always known to use the most forethought of any age group. In addition is that many of these young people have experienced poverty, abuse and failure, and it might seem foolhardy to entrust them with important decisions about their education.

U.S. armed drone and Guantanamo prisoners. Image source: october2011.org

Drone warfare, its legality, ethics and military use, was examined at a workshop held on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, at Remsen Hall, in Baltimore, MD, on Tuesday afternoon, April 16, 2013. Medea Benjamin, a peace & social justice activist and cofounder of CODEPINK, spoke about legality, ethics and military use of drones. Five days ealier, over a hundred Human Rights activists staged a “Day of Action” demonstration in front of the White House to remind President Obama to keep his word on closing Guantanamo. Peace activist, Frank Cordaro of the Catholic Worker Community in Des Moines, Iowa, read a poem written by one of the Guantanamo prisoners.

Student Body President Joshua Martínez standing in front of the main campus of Nuestra Escuela in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Caguas, Puerto Rico, about 30 miles south of the capital, San Juan, is home to about 87,000 people. By day, commerce bustles around a few major medical centers. Shortly after 5pm, people return to their homes, and the shop-lined streets downtown are vacant.

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