U.S. POLITICS: “It’s Time We Have a Holiday to Honor Those Who Try to Stop Wars Too” / Vox ☮

Eugene V. Debs

Eugene V. Debs, who went to jail for opposing World War I. (Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day often get equated, but there is an essential distinction between the two. Veteran’s Day honors all who have served the American military in wars. Memorial Day honors those who’ve perished. It’s an annual reminder that wars have grave human costs, which must be both recognized and minimized.

Those costs are not inevitable. We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce them, to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters.

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INJUSTICE: “Chelsea E. Manning and the Power Elite” ☮

Chelsea E. Manningh/t: Anti-Theists. Pro Active Atheists. Opposing Religious Harm.

CONTEMPORARY POLITICS: “A Society of Captives” / Chris Hedges ☮

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: “Ex-President Wins Uruguay Election, Pot Plan Safe” / Tabare Vazquez

Presidential candidate for the ruling Broad Front party Tabare Vazquez kisses a Uruguya's flag as he celebrates in Montevideo, Uruguay Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Exits polls shows that Broad Front coalition candidate and former president Tabare Vazquez has won the presidential elections.(AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

Presidential candidate for the ruling Broad Front party Tabare Vazquez kisses a Uruguya’s flag as he celebrates in Montevideo, Uruguay Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Exits polls shows that Broad Front coalition candidate and former president Tabare Vazquez has won the presidential elections.(AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Tabare Vazquez easily won Uruguay’s presidential election on Sunday, returning to power a left-leaning coalition that has helped legalize gay marriage and moved to create the world’s first state-run marijuana marketplace.

The runoff vote had drawn international attention because Vazquez’s rival, center-right candidate Luis Lacalle Pou, had promised to undo much of the plan to put the government in charge of regulating the production, distribution and sale of marijuana on a nationwide scale.

Lacalle Pou, 41, called Vazquez to concede and “wish him great success” after exit polls showed him losing. Late Sunday night, Uruguay’s Electoral Court announced that with all the votes counted, Vazquez had 53 percent support and Lacalle Pou 40 percent.

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