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Building a Just and Sustainable World   May 2008

YES! Magazine Cover issue 46
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How to Join the Community of Nations

Dear Reader,

U.S. foreign policy is in shambles; it seems that our brief run as the world’s sole superpower is drawing to a close. But that doesn’t have to be bad news.

The Summer 2008 issue of YES! shows how we could save billions by cutting back on military spending, closing some of our 800-plus foreign military bases, and abolishing nuclear weapons. We could recreate our relationships with Iran, China, Cuba, and elsewhere, and base our foreign policy on the world’s common need for a more secure and sustainable planet.

You can help make that happen. The “Superpower? Get Over It” issue of YES! shows how people are voting in their hometown for peace, supporting returning veterans, and linking up with people from distant parts of the world.

If you aren’t already a subscriber, get this issue as the first in your subscription, or try us out with a Free Trial Issue. Already sold on YES! Magazine? Consider buying multiple copies at our discount rate to share with your neighbors, colleagues, faith group, or elected officials.

Voting in Vermont, photo by Jessamyn C. West   Mural, photo by Barbara Soldi   Human Shield, photo by Michael Loadenthal
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Sarah van Gelder
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