Broad Coalition of Grassroots Voices Call for Healthy Climate Act

February 13, 2016

PRESS RELEASE - More than 500 businesses, people of faith, farmers and ranchers, and groups from communities of color from across the state are calling on the Oregon legislature to pass the comprehensive Healthy Climate Act (Senate Bill 1574) this legislative session.

If Only the Nuclear Arsenal Were Fool Proof

February 11, 2016
If Only the Nuclear Arsenal Were Fool Proof

JOHN LAFORGE - What is the government waiting for? Is a self-inflicted nuclear weapon disaster the only way to force the military to turn the nuclear pistols away from our heads and put the safety on?

WAAAHHHH…But We Don’t Wanna Get Arrested!

February 9, 2016
WAAAHHHH…But We Don’t Wanna Get Arrested!

MIKE FERNER - As the macho, gun-toting, testosterone-addled cowboys who took over the wildlife refuge in Oregon call it quits, their pitiful whine can be heard all the way to Florida: “Waaahhh…but we don’t wanna get arrested…” So much for the rugged-individualists and badass proponents of personal responsibility. Let’s see what happens as their...

Time for a Reset in US-Saudi Relations

February 7, 2016
Time for a Reset in US-Saudi Relations

MEL GURTOV - How long must a so-called ally be tolerated and coddled, with mountains of arms, when its actions contradict US policy and violate international norms? Indefinitely, since access to oil, support of Israel, and reliance on the authoritarian Middle East monarchies have been staples of US policy for many decades. Yet wouldn’t...

Open Letter: Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age

February 5, 2016
Open Letter: Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age

RICHARD FALK, DAVID KRIEGER (pictured) and ROBER LANEY - By their purported test of a hydrogen bomb early in 2016, North Korea reminded the world that nuclear dangers are not an abstraction, but a continuing menace that the governments and peoples of the world ignore at their peril. Even if the test were...

The Bernie Campaign: The Democratic Party’s Biggest Insurrection in Decades

February 3, 2016
The Bernie Campaign: The Democratic Party’s Biggest Insurrection in Decades

NORMAN SOLOMON - The Bernie campaign could be a watershed for progressive organizing through the rest of this decade and beyond. That will largely depend on what activists do -- in the next weeks, months and years.

Nonviolence is the Key to Our Future

February 1, 2016
Nonviolence is the Key to Our Future

MICHAEL N. NAGLER - He came out against the war. Against all advice. In his famous speech opposing the Vietnam War at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King announced to the world his departure, or rather expansion, of his role as civil rights leader to that of a...

Israel Receives Fifth German Nuclear-Capable Submarine

January 30, 2016

PRESSTV - The Israeli regime has received of a fifth submarine from Germany, amid pressure on Berlin to halt the delivery of the state-of-the-art weaponry that is capable of being armed with nuclear warheads.

Second Amendment Gun Possession Arguments Fail Evidence Test

January 28, 2016
Second Amendment Gun Possession Arguments Fail Evidence Test

DR. BARRY GAN - Gun rights advocates rest their case heavily on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, insisting that the Second Amendment gives people the right to keep and bear arms. They are mistaken in their claim.

The Tragedy of Al Jazeera America’s Demise

January 26, 2016
The Tragedy of Al Jazeera America’s Demise

ARI PAUL - Skeptics said it wouldn’t last, and they were right. On January 13, the world learned that Al Jazeera America would soon close. And while some employees could migrate into the network’s expanded digital operations, many will spend the coming days and weeks looking for new work.

Slaves in All But Name

January 24, 2016
Slaves in All But Name

COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND - Communities across the U.S. are stripped of their right to local self-government, and the right to protect themselves from corporate harms and the corporate state. Read how we are “Slaves in all but Name” in Community Rights Paper 11 – and what is possible with the Community Rights...

How the World is Proving Martin Luther King Right about Nonviolence

January 22, 2016
How the World is Proving Martin Luther King Right about Nonviolence

ERICA CHENOWITH and DR. MARIA J. STEPHAN - Since 2011, the world has been a deeply contentious place. Although armed insurgencies rage across the Middle East, the Sahel and Southern Asia, violent civil conflicts are no longer the primary way that people seek to redress their grievances. Instead, from Tunis to Tahrir Square, from...

Which Nation Truly Speaks for Nuclear Peace?

January 20, 2016
Which Nation Truly Speaks for Nuclear Peace?

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - “Just as we stood for freedom in the 20th century, we must stand together for the right of people everywhere to live free from fear in the 21st century. And . . . as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral...

Healthy Climate Bill Would Protect Health, Businesses and Jobs

January 18, 2016

NEIL SMITH and TONIA MORO - The great majority of Oregonians want to see smart, practical action to slow climate change. We know the effects of climate disruption ― heat waves, drought, wildfires, unrecognizably extreme weather ― will be too destructive to delay action. Further, we have the opportunity to animate our economy by...

What the Women of Berlin’s Rosenstrasse Protest Can Teach Us About Trump

January 16, 2016
What the Women of Berlin’s Rosenstrasse Protest Can Teach Us About Trump

RIVERA SUN - Many United States citizens are appalled at recent remarks by Donald Trump and other bigoted politicians advocating policies against Muslims that are eerily reminiscent of Nazi policies toward the Jews. The parallels between the 1930s-40s in Germany and the United States in 2015 are frightening. It is clear to many citizens...

Still Torture After All These Years

January 12, 2016
Still Torture After All These Years

JOHN LAFORGE - A full accounting and criminal investigation of the torture regime must be made, including disclosure of videotapes of CIA interrogations under Bush and of force-feeding under Obama. There is no other way to demonstrate that law binds U.S. presidents, to ensure that such crimes are not repeated, to recover the right...

Kenyan Muslims Nonviolently Shield Christians in Bus Attack

January 10, 2016
Kenyan Muslims Nonviolently Shield Christians in Bus Attack

BASHKAS JUGSODAAY - A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses.

You Say ISIL, I Say ISIS, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

January 8, 2016
You Say ISIL, I Say ISIS, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

TOM H. HASTINGS - John McCain frequently justifies his most war whacky ideas with, “I’d rather fight them over there than fight them here.” As if those are the two choices. As if presenting a non sequitur null set false dichotomy is a response that would ever work.

Has the Time Come for Democratization of the Economy?

January 6, 2016
Has the Time Come for Democratization of the Economy?

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - Many Americans are becoming fed up with economic inequality. Of course, they might be distracted by xenophobia and fear-mongering, which have been promoted assiduously in recent months by pro-corporate politicians. Even so, there are growing indications that Americans favor democracy not only in their politics, but in their...

Defeat Their Terrorism By Ending Ours

January 4, 2016
Defeat Their Terrorism By Ending Ours

NICHOLAS J. S. DAVIES - We need to restore legitimacy and reason to our own country's international behavior, so we can begin to regain the moral and legal ground from which to defeat terrorism - theirs and ours.

Beloved Peace Activist Peg Morton Dies at 85

January 2, 2016
Beloved Peace Activist Peg Morton Dies at 85

JEFF WRIGHT - Peg Morton, arguably Eugene’s best-known peace activist, has died at age 85.

10 Good Things About The Not-So-Great Year 2015

December 31, 2015
10 Good Things About The Not-So-Great Year 2015

MEDEA BENJAMIN - It would certainly be easy to do a piece about 10 horrible events from 2015, from the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis, to the bombings in Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino, to the rise of Donald Trump and Islamophobia. But that wouldn’t be a very inspiring way to...

If We Want to Save the Earth….

December 29, 2015
If We Want to Save the Earth….

ALLIANCE FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE - The same imperialism that has caused so much damage to the Global South today continues expanding and threatening the whole planet. Consequently, the struggle for climate justice has converted into a struggle for the liberation of all workers, peasants, indigenous and ecosystems. The struggle against Empire is a struggle...

Vets Respond to Comfort Frightened Muslim Child

December 27, 2015
Vets Respond to Comfort Frightened Muslim Child

ERIC MARCH - When Melissa Chance Yassini came home from work on Dec. 8, she found her daughter Sofia in tears. Sofia had been watching the news with her grandmother, when she heard about Donald Trump's call to deport refugees and ban Muslims from entering America.

The Values of Jesus Were Liberal Values

December 25, 2015
The Values of Jesus Were Liberal Values

JAMES A. HAUGHT - Christ’s teachings were virtually a prescription for the compassionate “safety net” upholding people and families in modern democracies.

Peace Education – Important Part of the Answer to Mass Shootings

December 23, 2015
Peace Education – Important Part of the Answer to Mass Shootings

LAURA FINLEY - Surely some uber-conservative political candidates will call me out on “politicizing tragedy” but I don’t care. I don’t want to pray for victims. I don’t want to seek vengeance on perpetrators. I want this never to happen again; I want to never feel this weight again. Not just something but so...

The Paris Climate-Change Agreement: Hold the Champagne

December 21, 2015
The Paris Climate-Change Agreement: Hold the Champagne

MEL GURTOV - The Paris accord gives us something to celebrate—a serious undertaking by virtually every country, rich or poor, to commit to reducing carbon emissions such that our warming planet does not rise another 2 degrees Celsius, and if possible no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. The hope is that the combination...

Pledging to Resist Fear and Hatred

December 19, 2015
Pledging to Resist Fear and Hatred

RIVERA SUN - At this time, it has become imperative for citizens to speak up and stand up against the rise of Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism, and the politics of hatred. When this pledge from Showing Up For Racial Justice came to my attention, I did not hesitate to sign it.

Top U.S.Special Forces Chief: Iraq War was a “Huge Error”

December 17, 2015
Top U.S.Special Forces Chief: Iraq War was a “Huge Error”

PAUL VALE - The former top US Special Forces chief claimed on Sunday, November 29, that blinding emotion after the 9/11 attacks led the United States and its allies to take the wrong strategic decisions to counter al-Qaeda, calling the subsequent Iraq War a “huge error.” The admission by Michael Flynn, made to German...

Grand Promises of Paris Climate Deal Undermined by Squalid Retrenchments

December 15, 2015
Grand Promises of Paris Climate Deal Undermined by Squalid Retrenchments

GEORGE MONBIOT - By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster, for until governments undertake to keep fossil fuels in the ground, they will continue to undermine agreement they have just made.

Do Mass Killings Bother You?

December 13, 2015
Do Mass Killings Bother You?

DAVID SWANSON - Exploiting one tragedy to fuel hatred toward a large segment of the human population of earth is madness.

How Our Naive Understanding of Violence Helps ISIS

December 11, 2015
How Our Naive Understanding of Violence Helps ISIS

PAUL K. CHAPPELL - Today most people’s understanding of violence is naive, because they do not realize how much the Internet and social media, the newest incarnations of mass media, have changed warfare. The most powerful weapon that ISIS has is the Internet with social media, which has allowed ISIS to recruit people from...

Obama’s Speech, Translated into Candor

December 9, 2015
Obama’s Speech, Translated into Candor

NORMAN SOLOMON - Here is a condensed version of President Obama's speech from the Oval Office on Sunday night, unofficially translated into plain English.

Can Cities Take the Lead on Climate Change?

December 7, 2015
Can Cities Take the Lead on Climate Change?

SAM ROSS-BROWN - As national efforts heading into the Paris summit fall short of averting catastrophic warming, how far cities can go to close the gap is hard to know.

Former Drone Operators Say They Were “Horrified” By Cruelty of Assassination Program

December 5, 2015
Former Drone Operators Say They Were “Horrified” By Cruelty of Assassination Program

MURTAZA HUSSAIN - U.S. DRONE OPERATORS are inflicting heavy civilian casualties and have developed an institutional culture callous to the death of children and other innocents, four former operators said at a press briefing in New York.

U.S. Values Demand That We Accept Syrian Refugees

December 3, 2015
U.S. Values Demand That We Accept Syrian Refugees

MAJD ISREB, M.D. - Syrian people have suffered enough for almost five years in the worst humanitarian disaster since WWII. American people who were generous enough to accept about 760,000 Vietnamese refugees, and many Bosnian refugees are surely able to extend a welcoming hand to less than 0.01 percent of the displaced Syrians.

Pope Francis’ Call for Social Activism Follows in the Footsteps of Other “Radical” Catholics

December 1, 2015
Pope Francis’ Call for Social Activism Follows in the Footsteps of Other “Radical” Catholics

PATRICK O'NEILL - In the wake of Pope Francis's visit last month, controversy continues to swirl. Some Catholics wish the pope had focused primarily on what they feel is the most important issue for the Catholic church – abortion. Others applaud him for covering a broad variety of global issues. The LGBT community is...

Don’t Try to Overthrow ISIS; Undermine It

November 29, 2015
Don’t Try to Overthrow ISIS; Undermine It

TOM H. HASTINGS - Even some of my favorite doves are advocating a mixed military response to ISIS. I can’t agree. The history of our violent response to terrorism began as a trickle, then a stream, then a torrent into Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, and Syria. Each and every time we “won” (deposed...

Nuclear Power Makes ISIS an Apocalyptic Threat

November 27, 2015
Nuclear Power Makes ISIS an Apocalyptic Threat

HARVEY WASSERMAN - As you read this, a terror attack has put atomic reactors in Ukraine at the brink of another Chernobyl-scale apocalypse. Transmission lines have been blown up. Power to at least two major nuclear power stations has been “dangerously” cut. Without emergency backup, those nukes could lose coolant to their radioactive cores...

Ordeals of Whistleblowers in a “Democracy”

November 25, 2015
Ordeals of Whistleblowers in a “Democracy”

VICTOR WALLIS - The more extreme the crimes of state, the more the state seeks to shroud them in secrecy. The greater the secrecy and the accompanying lies, the more vital becomes the role of whistleblowers – and the more vindictive becomes the state in its pursuit of them.

Arming Dictators: An American Tradition

November 23, 2015
Arming Dictators: An American Tradition

MEL GURTOV - The contrast between Obama the engager and Obama the warrior is striking. US arms exports to authoritarian regimes such as Pakistan’s, just one element of military aid, continue to rise even as we celebrate the President’s initiatives with Iran and Cuba.

Terrorism is Un-Islamic; Terrorism Is Un-American

November 21, 2015

FODAY JUSTICE DARBOE - In the wake of the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris and the double suicide bombing in Beirut on November 12th, many Muslims took to Twitter to loudly and unequivocally condemn the terrorists attacks with the hashtags— #NotInMyName, #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist, but is this enough to counter Islamic extremism? When will “moderate Muslims”...

Bombs Will Not Heal Our Broken Hearts

November 19, 2015
Bombs Will Not Heal Our Broken Hearts

RIVERA SUN - In the past 36 hours, I have watched and listened to hundreds of reactions of ordinary people to the attacks in Paris. With a clenched gut, I feared the reiteration of the sequence of 9/11: anger, shock, fear, calls for vengeance, war, and more violence. Instead, I saw the unexpected, and...

Justice Not Vengeance After Paris

November 17, 2015
Justice Not Vengeance After Paris

PHYLLIS BENNIS - France is in mourning and in shock. We still don’t know how many people were killed and injured. In fact, there’s a lot we still don’t know—including who was responsible. The ISIS claim of responsibility tells us virtually nothing about who really planned or carried out the attacks; opportunist claims are...

These Are the 100 Most Militarized Universities in America

November 15, 2015
These Are the 100 Most Militarized Universities in America

WILLIAM M. ARKIN and ALEXA O'BRIEN - An information and intelligence shift has emerged in America's national security state over the last two decades, and that change has been reflected in the country's educational institutions as they have become increasingly tied to the military, intelligence, and law enforcement worlds. This is why VICE News...

New Survey Finds Significant Number of Veterans with PTSD and TBI

November 13, 2015
New Survey Finds Significant Number of Veterans with PTSD and TBI

GENE WEXLER - A new survey of 23,000 injured service members finds post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are two of the biggest mental health issues facing veterans right now.

Fukushima Radiation in Pacific Reaches West Coast

November 11, 2015
Fukushima Radiation in Pacific Reaches West Coast

JOHN LAFORGE - “We should be carefully monitoring the oceans after what is certainly the largest accidental release of radioactive contaminants to the oceans in history,” marine chemist Ken Buesseler said last spring. Instead, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency halted its emergency radiation monitoring of Fukushima’s radioactive plume in May 2011, three months after...

Canadian City Completely Eradicates Homelessness With Brand New Approach

November 9, 2015

ISAAC SAUL - In the Canadian town of Medicine Hat, Alberta, where 60,000 people live, everyone has a home tonight.

UN to Vote on Nuclear Disarmament Resolutions

November 7, 2015

UNFOLD ZERO - From Monday November 2, and running the whole week, the United Nations General Assembly in New York on a number of draft resolutions on nuclear disarmament. Many of these are repeat resolutions from previous years – and countries for them the same way...

Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

November 5, 2015
Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

LAWRENCE WITTNER - The shock and disbelief with which many political pundits have responded to Bernie Sanders’ description of himself as a “democratic socialist”—a supporter of democratic control of the economy—provide a clear indication of how little they know about the popularity and influence of democratic socialism over the course of American history.