Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking

December 19, 2014
Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking

DENNIS KUCINICH - Late Thursday night , the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill, a hydra-headed incubator of poisonous conflict. The second provocative anti-Russian legislation in a week, it further polarizes our relations with Russia, helping to cement a Russia-China alliance against Western hegemony, and undermines long-term America’s financial...

Vienna Conference Could ‘Change the Calculus’ of US Nuclear Policy

December 17, 2014
Vienna Conference Could ‘Change the Calculus’ of US Nuclear Policy

JOE CIRINCIONE - While Iran negotiations get screaming headlines, recent conferences on the consequences of the use of nuclear weapons have not gotten much attention. Maybe they should. They are generating a growing movement that could have a bigger impact on U.S. nuclear policy than many have assumed.

Catholic Church Revises Nuclear Weapons Stance

December 15, 2014
Catholic Church Revises Nuclear Weapons Stance

KEVIN CLARKE - The Catholic Church seemed to throw its support behind what is, in Europe at least, an accelerating movement demanding the abolition of nuclear weapons during the first day of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons on Dec. 8.

America is on a “Hot War Footing”: House Legislation Paves the Way for War with Russia?

December 13, 2014
America is on a “Hot War Footing”: House Legislation Paves the Way for War with Russia?

MICHAL CHOSSUDOVSKY - America is on a war footing. While a World War Three Scenario has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon for more than ten years, military action against Russia is now contemplated at an “operational level.” Similarly, both the Senate and the House have introduced enabling legislation which provides...

Germany Does Something the U.S. Hasn’t for Peace

December 11, 2014
Germany Does Something the U.S. Hasn’t for Peace

DAVID SWANSON - Imagine a letter co-signed by former presidents, former representatives from both sides of the aisle, House speakers, former governors, attorneys general, cabinet members, ambassadors, CEOs, movie stars and directors, writers, astronauts, religious leaders, mayors, academics, mainstream media correspondents, and more — all united in stating “Nobody wants war.” Imagine the...

U.S. ‘Group Think’ on Syria, Ukraine Endangers World Peace

December 9, 2014
U.S. ‘Group Think’ on Syria, Ukraine Endangers World Peace

ROBERT PARRY - Neocon ideology appears to have seized near total control over the editorial pages of America’s premier news organizations, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, contributing to an information crisis inside “the world’s superpower,” a development that should unnerve both Americans and the world community.

Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military?

December 7, 2014
Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military?

KATHY KELLY - It seems the greatest danger – the greatest violence – that any of us face is contained in our attacks on our environment. Today’s children and generations to follow them face nightmares of scarcity, disease, mass displacement, social chaos, and war, due to our patterns of consumption and pollution.

How We Learned to Stop Playing With Blocks and Ban Nuclear Weapons

December 5, 2014
How We Learned to Stop Playing With Blocks and Ban Nuclear Weapons

RAY ACHESON - “It is in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never used again, under any circumstances.” This is the view of the 155 states that endorsed the joint statement delivered by Ambassador Dell Higgie of New Zealand. “The only way to guarantee that nuclear weapons will...

Costa Rica Celebrates 66th Anniversary of the Abolition of its Army

December 3, 2014
Costa Rica Celebrates 66th Anniversary of the Abolition of its Army

MANUEL A. GONZALEZ SANZ - Costa Rica abolished its army 66 years ago. During national celebrations children and young people as the main protagonists carry the Costa Rican flag and proudly parade in their school uniforms. The image of a military parade with thousands of soldiers displaying their weapons and equipment is unknown to...

NATO: Rebellion in the Ranks?

December 1, 2014
NATO: Rebellion in the Ranks?

JOHN FEFFER - The countries of the former Warsaw Pact are not knuckling under to pressure from Russia. They're trying to avoid a new cold war.

Obama’s ISIS War is Illegal

November 29, 2014
Obama’s ISIS War is Illegal

SENATOR RAND PAUL - The president is subverting the Constitution—and America’s latest undeclared war in the Middle East is just the latest example.

Ferguson: Reliving or Reversing a Violent Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

November 27, 2014
Ferguson: Reliving or Reversing a Violent Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

DAVID RAGLAND with WAYNE ADAMS, MAHDIS AZARMANDI and MARK LANCE - It’s been 100 days since Darren Wilson killed unarmed young African American Michael Brown and the world is watching and waiting to hear the forgone conclusion of white officer Wilson’s non-indictment. Many expect a violent reaction from an angry community when there is...

Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

November 25, 2014
Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

KATHY KELLY - News agencies reported this morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year. The order authorizes U.S. airstrikes “to support Afghan military operations in the country” and U.S. ground troops to continue normal operations, which...

U.N. Predicts New Global Population Boom

November 23, 2014
U.N. Predicts New Global Population Boom

DAVID TALBOT - A new analysis suggests that the world’s population will keep rising through 2100, and not flatten around 2050 as has been widely assumed. Such an increase would have huge implications, but the prediction’s reliability is debatable, given that it does not take into account future hardships a large population would likely...

American Journey From Terror to Peace, 9/11 to 11/11

November 21, 2014
American Journey From Terror to Peace, 9/11 to 11/11

ELIZABETH KUCINICH and DENNIS KUCINICH - America's future may well be described by whether we can successfully navigate the path from terror to peace, a path from 9/11 to 11/11 and the spirit of Armistice. It is a path that requires truth, reconciliation, commitment and courage. War-weary Americans are ready for a new direction,...

The Bases Of War In The Middle East

November 19, 2014
The Bases Of War In The Middle East

DAVID VINE - With the launch of a new U.S.-led war in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State (IS), the United States has engaged in aggressive military action in at least 13 countries in the Greater Middle East since 1980. In that time, every American president has invaded, occupied, bombed, or gone to...

Divestment on Campus: Debate is One-Sided

November 17, 2014
Divestment on Campus: Debate is One-Sided

EVAN J. MANDERY - Climate change is our era’s defining challenge, but most of America’s universities are planning to sit this one out. Though students and faculty members at more than 400 colleges have called for administrators to divest from fossil-fuel energy companies, fewer than 20 have committed to doing so. Stanford recently divested...

Ten Things to Know About the Climate Deal

November 15, 2014
Ten Things to Know About the Climate Deal

BILL MCKIBBEN - November 12: Last night, just weeks after the largest climate mobilization ever, the world's two biggest polluters -- the United States and China -- announced their most ambitious climate action yet. That is not a coincidence: it's a sign that our pressure is working, and that we need to apply much...

Apocalypse Now: Seriously, It’s Time for a Major Rethink About Liberal and Progressive Politics

November 13, 2014
Apocalypse Now: Seriously, It’s Time for a Major Rethink About Liberal and Progressive Politics

DON HAZEN - We are losing badly to the corporate state. Here's what we need to do.

The Disturbing Expansion of the Military-Industrial Complex

November 11, 2014
The Disturbing Expansion of the Military-Industrial Complex

MAIREAD MAGUIRE - How can we explain that in the 21st century we are still training millions of men and women in our armed forces and sending them to war? There are more choices than war or peace, there are multi-optional choices and a civilian-based non-military diplomatic-political policy has more chance of succeeding in...

How We Are Being Led to War – Again

November 9, 2014
How We Are Being Led to War – Again

DANNY KATCH - The reactionaries of ISIS are being depicted as uniquely violent and barbaric--but as Danny Katch argues, the most violent force in the Middle East is U.S. imperialism.

What the Election Results Mean for the Climate Movement

November 7, 2014
What the Election Results Mean for the Climate Movement

MAY BOEVE - The results of the November 4, 2014 election were pretty rough. But when times get tough, it’s really important to remember to breathe, and focus on how we’re going to fix this problem together. Here’s my early sense of what this election means for the climate movement:

Nuclear Power’s Dangers Are Not Banished by Denial

November 5, 2014
Nuclear Power’s Dangers Are Not Banished by Denial

JOHN LAFORGE - Weakening radiation standards, a cap on accident liability, reactor propaganda vs improvements, old units running past expiration dates, revving the engines beyond design specs …. You’d think we were itching for a meltdown. The Environmental Protection Agency has recommended increased radiation exposure limits following major releases. It would save the industry...

The Umbrella Revolution: Nonviolent Struggle Erupts in Hong Kong

November 3, 2014
The Umbrella Revolution: Nonviolent Struggle Erupts in Hong Kong

ROLIEN HOYNG and MURAT ES - Two professors in Hong Kong interview fellow academics, student activists and graduate students from mainland China in order to draw out Hong Kong’s history in relation to globalizing forms of political expression. Colonial history, neoliberal urban governance, and Chinese authoritarianism all bear on the current unrest.

Why Don’t We Build a Movement?

November 1, 2014
Why Don’t We Build a Movement?

KAZU HAGA - What if all organizations in Oakland who work for social justice put down their egos and worked to create a COLLECTIVE work-plan for the next 10 years? Not just deciding to work together on 1 campaign for a year. Actually built integrated workplans that allow us to still do what each...

Massive Protests Lead Guatemala to Reject ‘Monsanto Law’ in Court

October 30, 2014
Massive Protests Lead Guatemala to Reject ‘Monsanto Law’ in Court

TEX DWORKIN - In a landmark decision on September 4, following intense pressure by indigenous people, trade unions, farmer’s organizations and others, the Guatemalan judiciary ruled to suspend the controversial Plant Variety Protection Law, commonly referred to as the ‘Monsanto Law’ because of the multinational biotech company’s involvement in it.

The United States is No. 1 — But in What?

October 28, 2014
The United States is No. 1 — But in What?

LAWRENCE WITTNER - American politicians are fond of telling their audiences that the United States is the greatest country in the world. Is there any evidence for this claim?

New Pentagon Study Confirms Risks of Climate Change

October 26, 2014
New Pentagon Study Confirms Risks of Climate Change

CORAL DAVENPORT - The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published in May, 2014 by a leading government-funded military research organization concluded.

Paying Respects, Pentagon Revives Vietnam, and War Over Truth

October 24, 2014
Paying Respects, Pentagon Revives Vietnam, and War Over Truth

SHERYL GAY STOLBERG - It has been nearly half a century since a young antiwar protester named Tom Hayden traveled to Hanoi to investigate President Lyndon B. Johnson’s claims that the United States was not bombing civilians in Vietnam. Mr. Hayden saw destroyed villages and came away, he says, “pretty wounded by the...

Risen’s New Book Exposes the “War on Terror”

October 22, 2014
Risen’s New Book Exposes the “War on Terror”

NORMAN SOLOMON - No single review or interview can do justice to Pay Any Price -- the new book by James Risen that is the antithesis of what routinely passes for journalism about the “war on terror.” Instead of evasive tunnel vision, the book offers big-picture acuity: focusing on realities that are pervasive and...

When Liberals Go to War: As ISIS Slaughters Kurds in Kobani, the U.S. Bombs Syrian Grain Silos

October 20, 2014
When Liberals Go to War: As ISIS Slaughters Kurds in Kobani, the U.S. Bombs Syrian Grain Silos

AJAMU BARAKA - The U.S. is conducting a curious humanitarian war against ISIS in Syria. While Kobani, the largely Kurdish district that straddles the border with Turkey is being attacked by ISIS forces and facing the very real possibility of mass civilian killings if it falls, U.S. military spokespersons claimed that they are watching...

Why Vote?

October 18, 2014
Why Vote?

STARHAWK - We’re getting close to voter registration deadlines here in the US for our November elections, and it’s time for my periodic voting rant. Why vote, when politics are vile, the right wing is a pack of intransigent bullies and the politicians who call themselves progressive inevitably go belly-up and give in to...

Building the Movement to End the Latest Expanded U.S. War in the Middle East

October 16, 2014

JIM LAFFERTY - If the U.S. public gained a fuller and more honest understanding of what U.S. and U.S. backed Arab states have done that has led to the creation of ISIS, what the true nature of the threat is from ISIS, and the futility and negative blow-back from waging such a war, antiwar...

Oregon and Washington Continue to Fund Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

October 14, 2014

ONWARD OREGON - Although Governors Kitzhaber and Inslee are publicly concerned about fossil fuel exports, other branches of our state governments are investing in infrastructure supporting these activities. Thanks to our friends at Sightline Institute, we see that Oregon and Washington have made substantial investments in enhancing fossil fuel export facilities.

Peace is Breaking Out All Over the World

October 12, 2014
Peace is Breaking Out All Over the World

STEVEN YOUNGBLOOD - A friend and colleague recently wrote me and asked if I, an advocate for peace, was discouraged by the avalanche of violence that seems to be engulfing mankind. It’s certainly easy to get discouraged, or even to abandon the notion that peace is possible, given the new status quo in Ukraine,...

The New War, the Forever War, and a World Beyond War

October 10, 2014
The New War, the Forever War, and a World Beyond War

WORLD BEYOND WAR ISIS STATEMENT - The following is an assessment of the current ISIS crisis. The statement examines: (1) the social context of the destructive violence in Syria and Iraq -- where we are; (2) viable nonviolent alternatives -- what should be done; and (3) opportunities for civil society to advocate and push...

People’s Climate March Was a “Glimpse of the Movement We Need”

October 8, 2014
People’s Climate March Was a “Glimpse of the Movement We Need”

NAOMI KLEIN - Once every five or 10 years, Naomi Klein publishes a book that changes the way we see things. With No Logo, published in 1999, she explored corporate power in a globalized world and the movements springing up to resist it. The Shock Doctrine, published in 2007, showed how governments collude with...

What Would a Paradigm for Peace Look Like?

October 6, 2014
What Would a Paradigm for Peace Look Like?

DAVID SWANSON - Raise your hand if you weren't surprised when fancy films of beheadings resulted in bombings? Keep your hand up if you weren't shocked when bombings resulted in more brutality and beheadings? Is it possible we need a radically different way of thinking about how to solve violence?

Global Problems Call for Global Solutions

October 4, 2014
Global Problems Call for Global Solutions

LAWRENCE WITTNER - Sometimes, amid the heated political debate about what should done by the U.S. government in world affairs, a proposal cuts through the TV babble of the supposed experts with a clear, useful suggestion.

Overcoming Our Inner Dinosaur

October 2, 2014
Overcoming Our Inner Dinosaur

WINSLOW MYERS - Is it too much of a stretch to link the alleged police execution of Michael Brown in Missouri with the terrorist execution of journalist James Foley somewhere in Iraq? Setting aside obvious differences, do these tragedies have anything in common?

A Good End Date for the New War Is Today

September 30, 2014
A Good End Date for the New War Is Today

DAVID SWANSON - Here's my basic contention: Congress knows how to compromise. We don't have to pre-compromise for them. (How'd that work out on healthcare?) (How'd that ever work out?) And when we do pre-compromise for them (such as the time AFSCME banned "single-payer" signs from "public option" rallies, so as to simulate public...

Human Shield and Collateral Damage Excuses Are Terrorist Arguments

September 28, 2014
Human Shield and Collateral Damage Excuses Are Terrorist Arguments

ROBERT J. GOULD - Lady Justice, Justitia, depicted as a blindfolded statue since the 15th century, illustrates John Rawl’s conception of justice as requiring a veil of ignorance (A Theory of Justice, 1971). Such a veil of ignorance means that, in order to be just, we must ignore the differences between people, such...

DeFazio Stakes Out Anti-War Position on ISIS

September 26, 2014
DeFazio Stakes Out Anti-War Position on ISIS

PETER DEFAZIO - Thank you for contacting me with your opposition to President Obama's plan to take military action against the terrorist organization the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). We are in complete agreement on this issue. You will be pleased to know that I voted against the authorization to arm Syrian...

It’s Time to Give Up Our Nationalist Illusions

September 24, 2014
It’s Time to Give Up Our Nationalist Illusions

LAWRENCE WITTNER - After thousands of years of bloody wars among contending tribes, regions, and nations, is it finally possible to dispense with the chauvinist ideas of the past? To judge by President Barack Obama’s televised address on the evening of September 10, it is not. Discussing his plan to “take out” ISIS,...

Hope, Voting and Creating the World You Want to Live In

September 22, 2014
Hope, Voting and Creating the World You Want to Live In

PAUL ROGAT LOEB - We live in a time fraught with bad news. From the toll of violence and poverty to the escalating march of climate change, every week brings temptations to despair. Hope may actually be more beleaguered in the wake of a president who won the office in part by branding himself...

Young Afghani Teaches Important Nonviolence Lessons

September 20, 2014
Young Afghani Teaches Important Nonviolence Lessons

KATHY KELLY - Here in Kabul, one of my finest friends is Zekerullah, who has gone back to school in the 8th grade although he is an 18-year old young man who has already had to learn far too many of life’s harsh lessons.

Warning to War Supporters

September 18, 2014
Warning to War Supporters

DAVID SWANSON - I know you mean well. I know you think you've found a bargain that nobody else noticed hidden in a back corner of the used car lot. Let me warn you: it's a clunker. Here, I'll list the defects. You can have your own mechanic check them out:

Stepping Away from the “Gates of Hell”

September 16, 2014
Stepping Away from the “Gates of Hell”

WINSLOW MYERS - The way the United States has chosen to approach the chaos of the Middle East has far more frightening implications than we think, especially in terms of the world our children will inherit. If we are honest about how our adversaries perceive us, we will have to admit that there is...

Finally, Fake News Done Right

September 14, 2014
Finally, Fake News Done Right

DAVID SWANSON - John Oliver is what I always wished Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert would be. In fact, he's what I always wished Ted Koppel or Jim Lehrer would be.

Progress in Pakistan Depends on Women’s Participation

September 12, 2014
Progress in Pakistan Depends on Women’s Participation

RIZWAN ZULFIGAR BHUTTA - Women have a vital role in the progress of human society. Yet, women’s contributions to progress aren’t always acknowledged by or even included in history books. In her 1998 book, “You Can’t Kill the Spirit: Women and Nonviolent Action,” writer Pam McAllister spotlights stories, struggles and contributions of women all...