Trump’s Comments Recall a Racist Past in Immigration Policy

January 15, 2018
Trump’s Comments Recall a Racist Past in Immigration Policy

JOSE-ANTONIO OROSCO - About a century ago, Americans struggled to find a language to describe what a multicultural, racially diverse, and democratic society would look like. One group of progressive thinkers, led by figures such as John Dewey, Alain Locke, and Jane Addams, urged us to imagine a nation where immigrants were not...

Poll: Public Overwhelmingly Opposed to Military Interventions

January 13, 2018

JAMES CARDEN - Last week, the Committee for a Responsible Foreign Policy—a bipartisan advocacy group calling for congressional oversight of America’s lengthy list of military interventions abroad—released the results of a survey that show broad public support for Congress to reclaim its constitutional prerogatives in the exercise of foreign policy (see Article 1, Section...

North Korea Diplomacy Needs Defending, Not Snarky Tweets

January 11, 2018
North Korea Diplomacy Needs Defending, Not Snarky Tweets

GABE MURPHY and KEVIN MARTIN - As the U.S., the Korean Peninsula, and the world stare down the barrel of what would be a devastating war between the U.S. and North Korea, President Trump’s reluctant, kinda sorta endorsement via Twitter of proposed talks between North and South Korea triggered a collective sigh of cautious...

Memories of Leading Peace Scholar/Activist Marcus Raskin

January 9, 2018
Memories of Leading Peace Scholar/Activist Marcus Raskin

DAVID CORTRIGHT - Marcus Raskin died in Washington DC. He was the founder and long-time director of the Institute for Policy Studies, the influential left-liberal think tank that was at the heart of the Vietnam antiwar movement and many progressive projects over the decades.

Portland Fossil Fuel Ordinance Ruled Constitutional

January 7, 2018

PRESS RELEASE - January 4, 2017 (Salem, OR)—Today, the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed, in large part, a Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) decision that invalidated Portland’s landmark Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Amendments, passed unanimously in December 2016. The Court ruled that Portland did not violate the Dormant Commerce Clause of the U.S....

10 Good Things About 2017

January 5, 2018
10 Good Things About 2017

MEDEA BENJAMIN - When I recently asked a prominent activist how she was doing, she took my hands, looked me in the eyes and said, “Everything I’ve been working on for 50 years has gone down the toilet.” With so many good people feeling depressed, let’s point to the positive things that happened, even...

Bernie Sanders’ New Year’s Resolution

January 3, 2018
Bernie Sanders’ New Year’s Resolution

SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS - Here is a New Year's resolution I hope you will share with me. In 2018 we will not only intensify the struggle against Trumpism, we will increase our efforts to spread the progressive vision in every corner of the land. Yes. We will create a vibrant democracy where the voices...

Corporate-Spun Science Should Not Be Guiding Policy

January 1, 2018

CAREY GILLAM - As an invited expert to a European Parliament hearing last month, I joined scientists, regulators and others in what has become a global debate over the activities of the American seed and agrochemical giant, Monsanto, and the “science” surrounding glyphosate, the active ingredient in its popular Roundup herbicide.

What a Failed Civil Rights Campaign Can Teach Activists of Today

December 30, 2017

CAM FENTON - As climate activists prepare to stop a tar sands pipeline in British Columbia, history offers an important lesson on fighting a restrained and measured opponent.

Big Banks and Major Investors are Distancing Themselves from Tar Sands Projects

December 28, 2017
Big Banks and Major Investors are Distancing Themselves from Tar Sands Projects

DIANA BEST - More and more banks and major investors are distancing themselves from tar sands.

Should We Pay the Staggering Economic and Human Costs of Nuclear Weapons?

December 26, 2017
Should We Pay the Staggering Economic and Human Costs of Nuclear Weapons?

LAWRENCE WITTNER - Most countries are moving down the road toward a nuclear weapons-free world. This past July, the official representatives of most of the world’s nations, meeting in a UN-sponsored conclave, voted 122 to 1 (with 1 abstention) for an international treaty prohibiting countries from developing, testing, manufacturing, possessing, transferring, or threatening to...

Let It Go: The Arctic Will Never Be Frozen Again

December 24, 2017
Let It Go: The Arctic Will Never Be Frozen Again

ERIC HOLTHAUS - Two weeks ago, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more. The region is now definitively trending toward an ice-free state, the...

The Real Story Behind Katharine Graham and “The Post”

December 22, 2017
The Real Story Behind Katharine Graham and “The Post”

NORMAN SOLOMON - Movie critics are already hailing “The Post,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. Millions of people will see the film in early winter. But the real-life political story of Graham and her newspaper is not a narrative that’s headed to the multiplexes.

Cashing Out From the Climate Casino

December 20, 2017
Cashing Out From the Climate Casino

BILL MCKIBBEN - It’s hard to be optimistic about climate action, not in a week when federal scientists reported that “the Arctic shows no sign of returning” to the “reliably frozen region of recent past decades.” Not in a month when California’s wildfires show every sign of burning straight through Christmas. And not in...

Muslim Ban Threatens the Freedom of All

December 18, 2017
Muslim Ban Threatens the Freedom of All

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - Dred Scott lives! With the Supreme Court’s declaration that President Trump’s third version of a Muslim travel ban is now enforceable, even as legal challenges against it proceed, the court and the country reopen the racism that permeates American history.

Coordinated Campaigns Needed to Offer Real Resistance to Trumpism

December 16, 2017
Coordinated Campaigns Needed to Offer Real Resistance to Trumpism

TOM H. HASTINGS - Since the #GagMeElection of 2016 we have heard a great deal about “resistance.” Nevertheless, we’ve seen relatively little of it actually happening. Who is doing what toward what announced goal?

Human Rights Day Recognizes Human Instinct for Compassion

December 14, 2017
Human Rights Day Recognizes Human Instinct for Compassion

PRITAM K. ROHILA - On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations, and which must be protected all over the world.

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: Saving Humanity from Itself

December 12, 2017
The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: Saving Humanity from Itself

ROBERT F. DODGE - Since the beginning of the nuclear age and the dropping of the first atomic bombs, humankind has struggled with the reality of being able to destroy the planet on the one hand and the abolition of these weapons on the other. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign...

Mass Shootings: Time for Thoughts and Prayers or Time for Change?

December 10, 2017
Mass Shootings: Time for Thoughts and Prayers or Time for Change?

MELISSA A. WORK - After 20 children were killed by gun violence in Sandy Hook politicians did nothing. They made no changes, and continued to say, “Now is not the right time to talk about gun control. It is the time to mourn.” My question to you is when is the right time to...

Rising Seas Release Radiation from Pacific Island Bomb Crater

December 8, 2017
Rising Seas Release Radiation from Pacific Island Bomb Crater

MARK WILLACY - Rising seas caused by climate change are seeping inside a United States nuclear waste dump on a remote and low-lying Pacific atoll, flushing out radioactive substances left behind from some of the world’s largest atomic weapons tests.

Cultural Shift on Gender-Based Violence Needed

December 6, 2017
Cultural Shift on Gender-Based Violence Needed

LAURA FINLEY - November 25th kicked off the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. At no time has this work been more necessary than now. From rampant sexual harassment to sexual assault, domestic violence and sexual trafficking, women across the globe and in the U.S face gender-based violence at horrifying rates.

Climate-Change Risks May Lower Municipal Credit Ratings

December 4, 2017
Climate-Change Risks May Lower Municipal Credit Ratings

THE REAL DEAL (South Florida Real Estate News) - Credit rating agency Moody’s Investor Services Inc. warns that it may downgrade the ratings of U.S. states and cities that fail to prepare for the impact of climate change.

The Illusion of Armed Salvation

December 2, 2017
The Illusion of Armed Salvation

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - This time, the “the fire and the fury” of American mass murder erupted in church. Twenty-six people were killed, including children, one only 18 months old. How do we stroke their memory? How do we move forward? This is bigger than gun control. We should begin, I think, by envisioning...

‘Violent Flank Effects’ and the Strategic Naiveté of Antifa

November 30, 2017

MOLLY WALLACE - In a 2015 article for the journal Mobilization, Erica Chenoweth and Kurt Schock examined all nonviolent campaigns from 1900-2006 with radical (i.e. maximalist”) goals — such as the “removal of an incumbent national government, self-determination, secession, or the expulsion of foreign occupation” — to see how the presence or absence...

Massive Overkill Brought to You By the Nuclear-Industrial Complex

November 28, 2017
Massive Overkill Brought to You By the Nuclear-Industrial Complex

WILLIAM D. HARTUNG - Unless the nuclear spending spree long in the making and now being pushed by President Trump as the best thing since the invention of golf is stopped thanks to public opposition, the rise of an anti-nuclear movement, or Congressional action, we’re in trouble. And of course, the nuclear weapons...

Trump’s Hatchet Man and the Plot to Loot America’s Wilderness

November 26, 2017
Trump’s Hatchet Man and the Plot to Loot America’s Wilderness

ADAM FEDERMAN - A little-known bureaucrat named James Cason is reshaping the Department of the Interior.

How Internet Co-ops Can Protect Us From Net Neutrality Rollbacks

November 24, 2017
How Internet Co-ops Can Protect Us From Net Neutrality Rollbacks

SAMMI-JO LEE - “The FCC is basically taking the regulations off of big companies, but local companies can still offer high-quality internet access at good prices,” Christopher Mitchell says. Without net neutrality, broadband providers will be able to charge more for better access and faster speeds, or be able to restrict traffic to preferred...

Congressional “Realists” Call for US to Curtail Its Use of the Military

November 22, 2017

FINLAY LEWIS - They could caucus in a phone booth. They are known as “realists,” and their default position on questions of foreign policy and national security is one of skepticism about the value of interventions abroad and of respect for privacy at home. In a debate largely being litigated within the ranks of...

Why We are Suing the Norwegian Government

November 20, 2017
Why We are Suing the Norwegian Government

TRULS GULOWSEN - For the first time ever, a government is being brought to justice for opening new areas for oil and gas extraction after signing and ratifying the Paris Agreement. This historic court case is set to begin in Oslo, Norway, on November 14. Greenpeace and Norwegian environmental organisation Nature and Youth are...

An Escalating Afghan Crisis of ‘Profit’ over ‘Life’

November 18, 2017
An Escalating Afghan Crisis of ‘Profit’ over ‘Life’

DR. HAKIM YOUNG - The eyes of potential investors and benefactors, corporations and governments alike, are fixed on ‘profit’, not on the potentially disastrous pollution and depletion of the water supply to Mes Aynak and Kabul residents! This does not auger well for Surkh Gul, Inaam, and the estimated 6 million residents of Kabul.

Top Democrats Stage Anti-Trump Revolt at Bonn Climate Summit

November 16, 2017

DAVID SIDERS, EMILY HOLDEN AND SARA STEFANINI - A handful of Democratic governors and scores of other lawmakers and mayors are mounting an insurgency at the United Nations climate conference here, orchestrating a highly choreographed campaign to persuade world leaders that President Donald Trump doesn’t speak for the United States on climate change.

Future Still Bright for Electric Vehicles in Ore. Even If Tax Credit is Axed

November 14, 2017
Future Still Bright for Electric Vehicles in Ore. Even If Tax Credit is Axed

ERIC TEGETHOFF - The auto industry and supporters of electric vehicles don't want to see Congress put the brakes on an electric vehicle tax incentive, but the fuel's future still is looking bright.

How to Respond When Someone Uses a Vehicle as a Weapon of Terror

November 12, 2017
How to Respond When Someone Uses a Vehicle as a Weapon of Terror

PATRICK T. HILLER - There are many ways we can respond to vehicles being used as weapons that make such incidents less likely in the future. If we don’t use these alternatives, it is not because they are not available, but because of artificially imposed constraints, lack of interest, or self-interest. The broad social...

Trump’s Finger on the Button is not the Main Problem with Nukes

November 10, 2017
Trump’s Finger on the Button is not the Main Problem with Nukes

WINSLOW MYERS - At some point in the near or semi-distant future, one way or another, Mr. Trump will have departed public office. For many reasons, perhaps most of all because we managed (if we do manage) to avoid nuclear war during his tenure, we will feel relief. But we may also feel a...

Tens of Thousands Rally in Tokyo Against Their Government’s Pro-Nuclear Amendment

November 8, 2017
Tens of Thousands Rally in Tokyo Against Their Government’s Pro-Nuclear Amendment

JAPAN TIMES - Tens of thousands of people staged a rally in central Tokyo on Friday to protest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend the Constitution.

How Can We Turn Military Spending into a Budget for the People?

November 6, 2017
How Can We Turn Military Spending into a Budget for the People?

FRIDA BERRIGAN - The problem isn’t that we are spending more on the military — it’s that it comes at the expense of just about every social good imaginable. Over the next decade, the Republican-held White House and Congress are planning over $5 trillion in cuts to the safety net.

Dear Baby Boomers, Your Children Need You

November 4, 2017
Dear Baby Boomers, Your Children Need You

LISA FULLER - Dear Baby Boomers: Your children and your grandchildren need you right now- their lives may depend on it. I know, because I am one of them.

Congressional Budget Office: US Nuclear Forces To Cost $1.2 Trillion over 30 Years

November 2, 2017

PRESS RELEASE from THE LOS ALAMOS STUDY GROUP - On Oct. 31, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its 73-page of the future costs of maintaining and modernizing US nuclear weapons, entitled “Approaches for Managing the Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2017 to 2046.” The total cost estimated by CBO was $1.242 trillion...

General Motors Is Going All Electric

October 31, 2017
General Motors Is Going All Electric

ALEX DAVIES - After more than a century peddling vehicles that pollute the atmosphere, General Motors is ending its relationship with gasoline and diesel. This morning, the American automotive giant announced that it is working toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future. That starts with two new, fully electric models next year—then at least 18 more...

The Mote in North Korea’s Eye, the Forest in the USA’s Eye

October 29, 2017
The Mote in North Korea’s Eye, the Forest in the USA’s Eye

KARY LOVE - Mass murder of 59 is the mote in the eye of that lone “Las Vegas” killer and we all condemn him. Mass murder of all humanity is the forest in the eye of Donny Trump and we are called upon to salute him. Trump has recently threatened North Korea with nuclear...

Some Corporate Horror Stories You Probably Don’t Know and What to Do About Them

October 27, 2017
Some Corporate Horror Stories You Probably Don’t Know and What to Do About Them

PAUL CIENFUEGOS - In early October, Project Censored released its always-newsworthy Top 25 Most Censored Stories of the past year. These are urgent and essential stories that the mainstream corporate-owned media failed to cover. There’s just one problem with this annual list, and it’s the same problem year after year with Project Censored’s annual...

Partial Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on DAPL

October 25, 2017
Partial Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on DAPL

THE INDIGENOUS AMERICAN and PORTSIDE - The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.

Necessity As the Mother of Prevention

October 23, 2017
Necessity As the Mother of Prevention

TOM H. HASTINGS - This essay is meant to help those who are especially interested in the court proceedings of nonviolent resisters to anthropogenic climate change. The intended readers would include nonviolent resisters, their lawyers, and those experts in strategic nonviolent civil resistance who may be asked to provide expert testimony validating the use...

US Bomb Tests and Bidding Wars Herald New (Unlawful) $1.5 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Complex

October 21, 2017
US Bomb Tests and Bidding Wars Herald New (Unlawful) $1.5 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Complex

JOHN LAFORGE - While much of the world pursues the abolition of nuclear weapons -- embraced by the adoption July 7 by 122 nations of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons -- the militarized Trump White House is pursuing plans for a trillion-dollar rebuild of the entire US nuclear weapons complex.

Only Nonviolent Resistance Will Destroy the Corporate State

October 19, 2017
Only Nonviolent Resistance Will Destroy the Corporate State

CHRIS HEDGES - The encampments by Native Americans at Standing Rock, N.D., from April 2016 to February 2017 to block construction of the Dakota Access pipeline provided the template for future resistance movements. The action was nonviolent. It was sustained. It was highly organized. It was grounded in spiritual, intellectual and communal traditions. And...

“Heartbreaking” Trial Convicts Heroic Climate Change Activist

October 17, 2017
“Heartbreaking” Trial Convicts Heroic Climate Change Activist

TOM H. HASTINGS - Michael Foster was born and raised in Texas, in an oil family. His crime in North Dakota was turning off the Keystone pipeline in a symbolic but real call to all of us to do what we can to stop global climate chaos.

Should Limiting North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions Be the Responsibility of the U.S. Government?

October 15, 2017

LAWRENCE WITTNER - Leaving aside the wisdom of U.S. policy, why is the U.S. government playing a leading role in the North Korean nuclear situation at all?

Needed: A “Men Against Gun Violence” Campaign

October 13, 2017
Needed: A “Men Against Gun Violence” Campaign

ROB OKUN - Okay, guys, white guys—all guys—this is our moment to say, “Enough!” This is the moment to start a national “Men Against Gun Violence” campaign. Right after Newtown, women launched “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense” the day after the murder of 20 six and seven year-olds, and six staff at Sandy...

ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize is Humanity’s Rx for Survival

October 11, 2017
ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize is Humanity’s Rx for Survival

ROBERT F. DODGE. M.D. - Friday’s (Oct. 7) award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) draws attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and the global movement to abolish these weapons as the only reliable way to guarantee that...

Focus on the Violence of Our Culture, not the Details of the Shooting

October 9, 2017
Focus on the Violence of Our Culture, not the Details of the Shooting

MICHAEL N. NAGLER - Although I have been studying nonviolence – and therefore indirectly violence – for many years, what I want to share with you about this latest gun tragedy is just plain common sense. And not to keep you in suspense, here’s my answer: this man slaughtered his fellow human beings...