Reject Endless, Worldwide War

March 3, 2015
Reject Endless, Worldwide War

DAVID SWANSON - We strongly reject President Obama’s request for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of the U.S.-led war on ISIS. We urge Congress to oppose the request for a war which is endless, not the last resort, illegal by national and international standards, geographically unlimited, and unwinnable. The resultant...

This is the Real Significance of Obama’s Keystone XL Veto

March 1, 2015
This is the Real Significance of Obama’s Keystone XL Veto

CHRIS MOONEY - The Keystone fight is truly different. For environmentalists, it’s fundamentally about keeping fossil fuels in the ground, unburned, a stance that causes a more polarizing clash with industry.

CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks

February 27, 2015
CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks

NORMAN SOLOMoN - A month after former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts with circumstantial metadata, the zealous prosecution is now having potentially major consequences -- casting doubt on the credibility of claims by the U.S. government that Iran has developed a nuclear weapons program.

China-U.S. Strategic Nuclear Stability: The Chinese View

February 25, 2015
China-U.S. Strategic Nuclear Stability: The Chinese View

CHARLES D. FERGUSON - “To destroy the other, you have to destroy part of yourself. To deter the other, you have to deter yourself,” according to a Chinese nuclear strategy expert. During the week of February 9th, I had the privilege to travel to China where I heard this statement during the Ninth China-U.S....

Obama Plays Nuclear Hardball With Israel

February 23, 2015
Obama Plays Nuclear Hardball With Israel

MARK H. GAFFNEY - Finally. After many years of official hypocrisy, a US president appears to be playing hardball with Israel. The US government has declassified a1987 report documenting Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program.

A Military Manual for Nonviolent War

February 21, 2015
A Military Manual for Nonviolent War

TINA ROSENBERG - Several years ago, before their protest movement was co-opted by violence, a group of young Syrians looking for a way to topple President Bashar al-Assad traveled to an isolated beach resort outside Syria to take a weeklong class in revolution. The teachers were Srdja Popovic and Slobodan Djinovic — leaders of...

Why Tesla’s Battery for Your Home Should Terrify Utilities

February 19, 2015
Why Tesla’s Battery for Your Home Should Terrify Utilities

JOSH DZIEZA - Earlier this week, during a disappointing Tesla earnings call, Elon Musk mentioned in passing that he’d be producing a stationary battery for powering the home in the next few months. It sounded like a throwaway side project from someone who’s never seen a side project he doesn’t like. But it’s a...

Are the U.S. and Russian Governments Once Again on the Nuclear Warpath?

February 17, 2015
Are the U.S. and Russian Governments Once Again on the Nuclear Warpath?

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - A quarter century after the end of the Cold War and decades after the signing of landmark nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements, are the U.S. and Russian governments once more engaged in a potentially disastrous nuclear arms race with one another? It certainly looks like it.

Meet The 80 People Who Are As Rich As Half The World

February 15, 2015
Meet The 80 People Who Are As Rich As Half The World

MONA CHALABI - Eighty people hold the same amount of wealth as the world’s 3.6 billion poorest people, according to an analysis just released from Oxfam. The report from the global anti-poverty organization finds that since 2009, the wealth of those 80 richest has doubled in nominal terms — while the wealth of the...

How to Get Out of the Nuclear Swamp

February 13, 2015
How to Get Out of the Nuclear Swamp

XANTHE HALL - This week I read an email exchange that made me think. Actually, it worried me deeply. In one of the messages an old friend described the Nuclear Weapons Convention – an idea many of us fought for since the early nineties – as a “fairy tale." A second mail called it...

Hypermasculinity With World-Ending Weapons is Bad for Everyone

February 11, 2015
Hypermasculinity With World-Ending Weapons is Bad for Everyone

WINSLOW MYERS - Escalating tensions in the Ukraine raise the concern that the “firebreak” between conventional and the tactical nuclear weapons potentially available to all parties in the conflict could be breached, with unforeseen consequences.

Obama Proposes to Boost Spending for Nuclear Armaments

February 9, 2015
Obama Proposes to Boost Spending for Nuclear Armaments

DOUGLAS BIRCH - The Obama administration has proposed to boost spending on the U.S. stockpile of nuclear warheads at a higher rate than for many other military programs, according to White House budget documents published February 2. Arms control advocates call the ambitious program both bloated and wasteful, and based on an outdated view...

Editor Of Major Newspaper Says He Planted Stories For CIA

February 7, 2015
Editor Of Major Newspaper Says He Planted Stories For CIA

RALPH LOPEZ - Becoming the first credentialed, well-known media insider to step forward and state publicly that he was secretly a “propagandist,” an editor of a major German daily has said that he personally planted stories for the CIA. Saying he believes a medical condition gives him only a few years to live, and...

The Abusive Incarceration Of Sister Megan Rice

February 5, 2015
The Abusive Incarceration Of Sister Megan Rice

LINDA STASI - Sister Megan Rice and two other activists broke into the facility outside Knoxville, Tenn., in 2012 to bring attention to the dangers of unimpeded nuclear proliferation. They also exposed gaps in national security by showing how easy it was to get in. Now, Sister Megan lives in horrifying conditions in a...

The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower

February 3, 2015
The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower

NORMAN SOLOMON - The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling — after his conviction Monday, January 26, as a CIA whistleblower. Sterling’s indictment four years ago received fleeting news coverage that recited the government’s charges. From the outset, the Justice Department portrayed him as bitter and vengeful — with the classic trash-the-whistleblower word...

Militarism in the Air We Breathe

February 1, 2015
Militarism in the Air We Breathe

DAVID SWANSON - If there is a group of Americans to whom Iraqis struggling with the health effects of depleted uranium, cluster bombs, white phosphorous, and all the various poisons of war can relate, it might be the mostly black and largely poor residents of Gibsland, in northern Louisiana.

Congress Seeks Netanyahu’s Direction

January 30, 2015
Congress Seeks Netanyahu’s Direction

ROBERT PARRY - Showing who some in Congress believe is the real master of U.S. foreign policy, House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session and offer a rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s comments on world affairs in his State of the Union speech. Boehner made...

North Korea Offers U.S. Deal to Halt Nuclear Test

January 28, 2015
North Korea Offers U.S. Deal to Halt Nuclear Test

CHOE SANG-HUN - Jan. 10, Seoul, South Korea — North Korea said Saturday that it had told the United States that it would impose a temporary moratorium on nuclear tests if Washington canceled its joint annual military exercises with South Korea to help promote dialogue on the divided Korean Peninsula.

Inside the Uniform, Under the Hood, Longing for Change

January 26, 2015
Inside the Uniform, Under the Hood, Longing for Change

KATHY KELLY - From January 4-12, 2015, Witness Against Torture (WAT) activists assembled in Washington D.C. for an annual time of fasting and public witness to end the United States' use of torture and indefinite detention and to demand the closure, with immediate freedom for those long cleared for release, of the illegal U.S....

“We Are All Charlie” – But Is That Story So Simple?

January 24, 2015
“We Are All Charlie” – But Is That Story So Simple?

JAN OBERG - Eleven points as a reflection on the terror in Paris and – not the least – the reactions to it:

Celebrate 2014’s Disarmament Success Stories

January 22, 2015

MINES ACTION CANADA - The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots had a pretty good 2014 but many people view 2014 as a terrible year full of death, war and disease around the world. Fortunately, things are not as bleak as the news makes them look. The humanitarian disarmament world has seen a lot of...

How Rich Are the 400 Richest Americans – and What Do They Do with Their Money?

January 20, 2015
How Rich Are the 400 Richest Americans – and What Do They Do with Their Money?

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - In the supposedly classless society of the United States, the wealthiest Americans are doing remarkably well. According to Forbes, a leading business magazine, the combined wealth of the 400 richest Americans has now reached the staggering total of $2.3 trillion. This gives them an average net worth of $5.7...

The Revenge of the CIA: Scapegoating Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

January 19, 2015
The Revenge of the CIA: Scapegoating Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

NORMAN SOLOMAN - This week, in a federal courtroom, I’ve heard a series of government witnesses testify behind a screen while expounding on a central precept of the national security state: The CIA can do no wrong. Those CIA employees and consultants are more than mere loyalists for an agency that soaks up...

CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran

January 18, 2015
CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran

DAVID SWANSON - Since Tuesday and continuing for the coming three weeks, an amazing trial is happening in U.S. District Court at 401 Courthouse Square in Alexandria, Va. The trial is open to the public, and among the upcoming witnesses is Condoleezza Rice, but -- unlike the Chelsea Manning trial -- most of the...

Taking a Meaningless Progressive Stand in Congress

January 16, 2015
Taking a Meaningless Progressive Stand in Congress

DAVE LINDORFF - The Democrats are showing their true colors now that they have lost control of both houses of Congress. Suddenly, with the assurance that they don’t have to worry about being taken seriously, the “party of the people” has come forward with a proposal to levy a 0.1% tax on short-term stock...

Historian Poses Ten Questions for Conservatives

January 14, 2015
Historian Poses Ten Questions for Conservatives

LAWRENCE WITTNER - Now that the Republican Party―the conservative voice in mainstream U.S. electoral politics―has attained the most thoroughgoing control of Congress that it has enjoyed since 1928, it’s an appropriate time to take a good look at modern conservatism.

Climate Politics at a Dead End – How to Build a New Road

January 12, 2015
Climate Politics at a Dead End – How to Build a New Road

PATRICK MAZZA - Climate politics is dead-ended. It may seem strange to make such a statement in the wake of the much-heralded U.S.-China climate deal announced November 12. So let me clarify.

Nuclear Harbinger: Vermont Yankee Plant Shuttered

January 10, 2015
Nuclear Harbinger: Vermont Yankee Plant Shuttered

JOHN LAFORGE - On December 29, the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor was shut down for good, cancelled 18 years before its license expired. The shutdown comes after thousands of protest actions; widespread uncontrolled leaks of radioactive tritium; the shocking collapse of a cooling tower; operator mismanagement; lying and cover-ups; and the state legislature’s 2010...

Day 2 of the Fast for Justice to Close Guantanamo

January 8, 2015

CLIFF SLOAN - When I began as the State Department’s envoy for closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, many people advised me that progress was impossible. They were wrong.

In the U.S. 49.7 Million Are Now Poor, and 80% of the Total Population Is Near Poverty

January 6, 2015

SIMEON ARI - If you live in the United States, there is a good chance that you are now living in poverty or near poverty. Nearly 50 million Americans, (49.7 Million), are living below the poverty line, with 80% of the entire U.S. population living near poverty or below it.

The Threshold For Nuclear War Between Pakistan and India Keeps Dropping

January 4, 2015
The Threshold For Nuclear War Between Pakistan and India Keeps Dropping

RUSS WELLEN - Most people think that, since the end of the Cold War, chances that a nuclear war will break out are slim to none. Though some nervousness has surfaced since the Ukraine crisis, it’s true that, barring an accident, the United States and Russia are unlikely to attack each other with nuclear...

Renaming Afghan War, Renaming Murder

January 2, 2015
Renaming Afghan War, Renaming Murder

DAVID SWANSON - The U.S.-led NATO war on Afghanistan has lasted so long they've decided to rename it, declare the old war over, and announce a brand new war they're just sure you're going to love.

The Christmas Truce: Pitting Sanity Against Insanity

December 31, 2014
The Christmas Truce: Pitting Sanity Against Insanity

WINSLOW MYERS - A hundred years after the "Christmas Truce" it seems we would prefer to sentimentalize the story of Christmas in the trenches rather than using it as a measure of our own mental health. In the way we think about war, most of us suffer equally from group schizophrenia, made infinitely more...

It’s Time Oregon Put a Price on Carbon

December 29, 2014
It’s Time Oregon Put a Price on Carbon

CAMILA THORNDIKE and DAN GOLDEN - Climate change hurts Southern Oregon. It hurts local businesses that rely on skiers and snowboarders when Mount Ashland fails to open. It hurts ranchers and farmers with drought and unseasonable heat. It hurts our forests when the fire season starts sooner and ends later each year. But these...

Resisting the Unspeakable in Afghanistan

December 27, 2014
Resisting the Unspeakable in Afghanistan

PAT KENNELLY - 2014 marks the deadliest year in Afghanistan for civilians, fighters, and foreigners. The situation has reached a new low as the myth of the Afghan state continues. Thirteen years into America’s longest war, the international community argues that Afghanistan is growing stronger, despite nearly all indicators suggesting otherwise. Yet, there is...

Take the Next Step After Vienna – Global Mobilization to Abolish Nuclear Weapons!

December 25, 2014
Take the Next Step After Vienna – Global Mobilization to Abolish Nuclear Weapons!

ABOLITION 2000 - Global coalition follows-up Vienna conference with mobilization to achieve a nuclear abolition agreement at the 2015 NPT Review Conference.

How About Another Christmas Truce?

December 24, 2014
How About Another Christmas Truce?

ARNOLD OLIVER - On the evening of December 24th a century ago, peace broke out in the most unlikely of places. In the blasted, putrid trenches of Belgium and France, soldiers fighting on the Western Front put aside their arms in what became known as the Christmas Truce. Although World War I was then...

Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Transform the Climate Debate

December 23, 2014
Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Transform the Climate Debate

NAOMI KLEIN - What does #BlackLivesMatter, and the unshakable moral principle that it represents, have to do with climate change? Everything.

Six Myths About Climate Change that Liberals Rarely Question

December 21, 2014
Six Myths About Climate Change that Liberals Rarely Question

ERIC LINDBERG - We have a situation, then, where one half of the population says it is not happening, and the other half says it is happening but fighting it doesn’t have to change our way of life. Like a dysfunctional and enabling married couple, the bickering and finger-pointing, and anger ensures that nothing...

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.