A Summer of Discontent: the Consolidation of Nuclear Disarmament and Deterrence Divides

August 26, 2016
A Summer of Discontent: the Consolidation of Nuclear Disarmament and Deterrence Divides

JENNY NIELSON - Nuclear weapons policy—issues relating to deterrence and disarmament—has been discussed this summer in various fora and generated significant media and public interest. The diverging views on the value, role and risks of nuclear weapons, and the increasing polarization among those promoting nuclear deterrence postures and disarmament, have been evidenced in a...

Audit: Pentagon Cannot Account For $6.5 Trillion Dollars Is Taxpayer Money

August 24, 2016
Audit: Pentagon Cannot Account For $6.5 Trillion Dollars Is Taxpayer Money

JAY SYRMOPOULOS - A new Department of Defense Inspector General’s report, released last week, has left Americans stunned at the jaw-dropping lack of accountability and oversight. The glaring report revealed the Pentagon couldn’t account for $6.5 trillion dollars worth of Army general fund transactions and data, according to a report by the Fiscal Times....

McKibben: Time to Declare a War (Literally) on Climate Change

August 22, 2016
McKibben: Time to Declare a War (Literally) on Climate Change

JON QUEALLY - We're under attack, says author and climate campaigner Bill McKibben, and the only way to defeat the enemy is to declare a global war against the destructive practices that threaten the world's imperiled ecosystems and human civilization as we know it.

‘No First Use’ Nuclear Policy Proposal Assailed by U.S. Cabinet Officials, Allies

August 20, 2016
‘No First Use’ Nuclear Policy Proposal Assailed by U.S. Cabinet Officials, Allies

PAUL SONNE, GORDON LUBOLD, CAROL E. LEE - A proposal under consideration at the White House to reverse decades of U.S. nuclear policy by declaring a “No First Use” protocol for nuclear weapons has run into opposition from top cabinet officials and U.S. allies. The opposition, from Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of...

Lost on the Way to the Voting Booth: Dignity and Respect

August 18, 2016
Lost on the Way to the Voting Booth: Dignity and Respect

RIVERA SUN - If there is one political action every American should take between now and November, it is to lift our heads with greater dignity and treat our fellow Americans with respect. Regardless of others, our own self-respect should demand such action. We can engage in functional civic dialogue. There is no...

American Casualties of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program

August 16, 2016
American Casualties of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - When Americans think about nuclear weapons, they comfort themselves with the thought that these weapons’ vast destruction of human life has not taken place since 1945—at least not yet. But, in reality, it has taken place, with shocking levels of U.S. casualties.

Massive Deployment of US WMD Spotlighted by Peace Group

August 14, 2016
Massive Deployment of US WMD Spotlighted by Peace Group

MARTHA BASKIN - The ad pierces your consciousness and catches you by surprise. Plastered on the side of Seattle's King County Metro it hurls you momentarily back in time, to a time when nuclear weapons were an imminent threat to our survival. Or did the era never end?

The U.S. Government Needs to Reorder Its Priorities

August 12, 2016
The U.S. Government Needs to Reorder Its Priorities

ADAM VOGEL - The politicians say we have the funds to spend on weapons that will destroy life on earth. It is time for the people to stand up and insist those funds be used to help our citizens create better lives for themselves and a better world for everyone. We have the funds,...

10 Facts the Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You About the War in Syria

August 10, 2016

DARIUS SHAHTAHMASEBI - August 04, 2016 "Information Clearing House" - "Anti Media" - Corporate media regularly attempts to present Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria as solely responsible for the ongoing conflict in the region. The media does report on events that contradict this narrative — albeit sparingly — but taken together, these underreported details...

DOD WOE: The Pentagon’s War on the Earth

August 8, 2016

TOM H. HASTINGS - We are waging war. We are the Nation of War. We destroy. We kill. Everyone fears us. Fewer and fewer admire us. But our fighting forces—and their attendant industries which manufacture the bombs, bullets, and ballistic delivery devices—also wage a war on the clean air, clean water, and clean soil...

The White Rose: Nonviolent Resistance to Hitler

August 6, 2016
The White Rose: Nonviolent Resistance to Hitler

RIVERA SUN - In June 1942, a pair of German university students formed The White Rose, a German resistance movement that used a series of leaflets to decry Nazi militarism and call for an end to the war. Hans Scholl and Alexander Schmorell wrote the first four leaflets between the end of June and...

China’s Bad Day in Court

August 4, 2016
China’s Bad Day in Court

MEL GURTOV - As had been widely expected, the Permanent Court of Arbitration under the UN Convention on he Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) ruled on July 12 in favor of the Philippines’ suit to declare Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea (SCS) illegal. On every particular, the court found that...

Investigators Fool U.S. Nuke Agency Into Providing Material for ‘Dirty Bomb

August 3, 2016
Investigators Fool U.S. Nuke Agency Into Providing Material for ‘Dirty Bomb

ADAM KREDO - Undercover inspectors working for the U.S. Government Accountability Office were able to fool the United States’ top nuclear regulator into granting it licenses to acquire material necessary to build a “dirty bomb,” or crude nuclear device, according to a new oversight report.

Growing a Culture of Nonviolence

August 1, 2016
Growing a Culture of Nonviolence

RIVERA SUN - Is America tired of its violence yet? While the media reports on the onslaught of shootings, militarism, police violence, and hate-motivated violent crimes, growing numbers of citizens are taking a stand in nonviolent action and community organizing nationwide.

Proactive Philanthropy: Don’t Wait, Reach Out!

July 30, 2016
Proactive Philanthropy: Don’t Wait, Reach Out!

ROBERT J. GOULD - If you have money to give, don’t wait for a call, an email, or a formal proposal, please reach out to a local community organization that is working on a cause you believe in, and get involved with what they do, and when you are convinced that they are doing...

Obama Considering Nuclear Reductions Via Executive Order

July 28, 2016
Obama Considering Nuclear Reductions Via Executive Order

RAMESH JAURA - Despite protests by Republican congressional leaders and the heads of Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, President Barack Obama is garnering wide support for his reported plan to implement at least a part of his cherished nuclear agenda through a series of executive actions during the next months before leaving...

“No Conflict Has Ever Been Solved with Violence”

July 26, 2016
“No Conflict Has Ever Been Solved with Violence”

WINSLOW MYERS - Martin Luther King Jr., in his famous Riverside Church speech of 1967, “Beyond Vietnam,” cataloged the ingredients of the toxic brew we must acknowledge and eliminate if we really hope to make America great: rampant racism, materialism, and militarism.

Abolish NATO

July 24, 2016

TOM MAYER - A passionate denunciation of NATO is given by Dennis J. Halliday, former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (1994-98): “NATO as it expands today is absolutely not what the world of struggling economies and deprived populations require. It is nothing, but a negative force. It is undermining an already fragile United Nations. NATO...

The Wars Have Come to U.S. Soil

July 22, 2016
The Wars Have Come to U.S. Soil

PATRICK T. HILLER - The war that has come home is that of unchallenged U.S. militarism. While easily identifiable in wars abroad, the sometimes subtler forms of militarism played out in six ways over the last days.

Time for a Woman to Lead U.N.

July 20, 2016
Time for a Woman to Lead U.N.

TRUDY RUBIN - When it comes to Western political leaders, we have definitely arrived at The Time of the Woman. Hillary Clinton is the first serious female candidate for U.S. president, Theresa May just took over as British prime minister, and Germany's Angela Merkel remains the most powerful European politician. Moreover, the nationalist Marine...

U.S. Plans to Saturate Globe With Weapons

July 18, 2016
U.S. Plans to Saturate Globe With Weapons

DAVID SWANSON - As the United States and NATO antagonize Russia, and pressure NATO members to buy more weapons, and showcase U.S. weapons in numerous wars, and use every carrot and stick in the State Department to market U.S. weapons, an "official" who happens to have been located at a giant weapons trade show...

Democratic Socialism Returns to the U.S.

July 16, 2016
Democratic Socialism Returns to the U.S.

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - It’s clear that democratic socialism has made a comeback in American life.

The Nonviolent History of American Independence

July 14, 2016
The Nonviolent History of American Independence

RIVERA SUN - Independence Day is commemorated with fireworks and flag-waving, gun salutes and military parades... but one of our nation's founding fathers, John Adams, wrote, "A history of military operations... is not a history of the American Revolution."

Keep Your Guns But Repeal the Second Amendment

July 12, 2016

TOM H. HASTINGS - My real point on the Second Amendment is that it effectively blocks sane control of weaponry. Repealing the Second Amendment would not affect anything that most gun owners feel is desirable. But the Second Amendment as interpreted by the Supremes does make it possible for the gun industry, through its...

What is Really Going on in China?

July 10, 2016
What  is Really Going on in China?

MEL GURTOV - Will the real China please stand up? In the US media, most stories about China raise questions that amount to threat-mongering. How can China’s “aggressiveness” in the South China Sea be stopped? Is China forming a new alliance with Putin’s Russia? Has China hacked its way into...

The Catholic Church’s Turn Toward Nonviolence

July 8, 2016
The Catholic Church’s Turn Toward Nonviolence

JOHN DEAR - “I believe we are at an important and hopeful turning point in human history,” Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire said after a Rome conference in April, “a turning from violence to nonviolence, war to peace.” I hope Christians and Church people everywhere will study our statement, urge their local church...

Walkers Expose Prison Industrial Complex

July 6, 2016
Walkers Expose Prison Industrial Complex

KATHY KELLY - Along with Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) companions, I’m part of a 150 mile walk from Chicago to Thomson, IL, a small town in Northwest IL where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is setting up an Administrative Maximum prison, also known as a Supermax. Prison laborers from U.S. minimum security prisons...

Recruiting Child Soldiers in the United States

July 4, 2016
Recruiting Child Soldiers in the United States

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - What’s the difference between education and obedience? If you see very little, you probably have no problem with the militarization of the American school system — or rather, the militarization of the impoverished schools . . . the ones that can’t afford new textbooks or functional plumbing, much less art...

We Shall Be Heard: Nonviolence is the Key to Social Gains

July 2, 2016
We Shall Be Heard: Nonviolence is the Key to Social Gains

JOSE-ANTONIO OROSCO - Fifty years ago this past March, a small group of activists left Delano, California and began a march to Sacramento to raise national awareness about the plight of farmworkers. By the time the march made it to the state capitol, its ranks had swelled to over 10,000 people. California politicians and...

How Nonviolence is Building Trust in Afghanistan

June 30, 2016
How Nonviolence is Building Trust in Afghanistan

KATHY KELLY - Here in Kabul, I read a recent BBC op-ed by Ahmed Rashid, urging a “diplomatic offensive” to build or repair relationships with the varied groups representing armed extremism in Afghanistan. Rashid has insisted, for years, that severe mistrust makes it almost impossible for such groups to negotiate an end to Afghanistan’s...

Remembering Argentina’s Mothers of the Disappeared

June 28, 2016
Remembering Argentina’s Mothers of the Disappeared

RIVERA SUN - Campaign Nonviolence is a movement to build a culture of active nonviolence. We share the stories of nonviolent action, drawing lessons, strength, and strategy from the global grassroots movements for change. Throughout the year, we look at historic struggles. The last week of April commemorated the 39th anniversary of the first...

How We Won on Net Neutrality

June 26, 2016
How We Won on Net Neutrality

RAY MORRIS - We won something big last week and we want to make sure you know just how important it was. For over a decade, CREDO fought ferociously to protect Net Neutrality. Last week a federal court handed us a huge and game-changing win for the future of an open and equal internet...

New Tool for Communities on How to Promote Peace

June 24, 2016

THE COMMUNITY TOOLBOX - Promoting Peace is a free online resource offering detailed guidance and links to resources for students and those working as advocates. Focused on concrete steps that can be taken as an individual, a family, a community, and global society it showcases evidence-based approaches shown to be effective in preventing...

Global Peace Index: Peace Gap is Widening

June 22, 2016
Global Peace Index: Peace Gap is Widening

INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMICS AND PEACE - In the 12 months since the last Global Peace Index, increased conflict, terrorism and the refugee crisis suggests a less peaceful world. However, despite the increasingly unequal gap between peaceful and less peaceful nations, there are positive trends where the data tells a different story.

More Than 450 organizations Tell Congress: Oppose Trans Pacific Partnership

June 20, 2016

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH - More than 450 environmental, landowner, Indigenous rights and allied organizations that oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership tell Congress that pending trade deals threaten efforts to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Report Includes Recommendations for U.S. Fathers

June 18, 2016
Report Includes Recommendations for U.S. Fathers

ROB OKUN - Millions of men will wake up Sunday to handmade cards, neckties, and, maybe, a new electronic gadget. It’s Father’s Day 2016, a time to acknowledge dear old Dad. But beyond this increasingly commercialized day of purchasing manly presents lies a deeper, more important question: where is fatherhood in the U.S. going...

Time for a Nonviolent Assault on Our Blood-Stained Congress

June 16, 2016
Time for a Nonviolent Assault on Our Blood-Stained Congress

TOM H. HASTINGS - After the horrific shooting in Orlando there are some facts we might want to consider.

Former OPW Director on Peace Mission to Russia

June 14, 2016
Former OPW Director on Peace Mission to Russia

PETER BERGEL - As some of you know, I’ll leave on June 15 to join a citizen diplomacy peace delegation to Russia for two weeks. I will take with me a peace message from the mayor and mayor-elect of Salem, OR and will, I hope, bring back peace messages from Russian citizens, decision-makers, academicians...

Why Tuition-Free College Makes Sense

June 12, 2016
Why Tuition-Free College Makes Sense

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - The major argument for free public college and university education is the same as for free public education in general: like the free public elementary and high schools already existing in the United States, free public higher education provides educational opportunity for all and strengthens the American workforce.

Evaluating Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

June 10, 2016
Evaluating Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

MEL GURTOV - How should we evaluate Obama’s foreign policy record? Right-wing critics will of course excoriate Obama for all the usual things—weakness against adversaries like Russia and China, negotiating with instead of subverting Cuba and Iran, eviscerating the US military, undermining relations with Israel. On the left, Obama is already being...

Rethinking Criminal Justice

June 8, 2016
Rethinking Criminal Justice

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - “For over forty years our criminal justice system has over-relied on punishment, policing, incarceration and detention. This has ushered in an age of mass incarceration. This era is marked by sentencing policies that lead to racially disproportionate incarceration rates and a variety of ‘collateral consequences’ that have harmed our communities...

Obama in Hiroshima Paints a Peace Sign on a Bomb

June 6, 2016
Obama in Hiroshima Paints a Peace Sign on a Bomb

DAVID SWANSON - President Obama went to Hiroshima, did not apologize, did not state the facts of the matter (that there was no justification for the bombings there and in Nagasaki), and did not announce any steps to reverse his pro-nuke policies (building more nukes, putting more nukes in Europe, defying the nonproliferation treaty,...

Momentum Builds for Nuclear Ban Treaty

June 4, 2016

KINGSTON REIF - A growing number of non-nuclear-weapon states are expressing support for the immediate commencement of negotiations on a legally binding agreement to prohibit nuclear weapons, despite strong opposition from those states that possess nuclear weapons and many U.S. allies. The contentious debate over how best to advance nuclear disarmament occurred at a...

On June 2nd Remember the Mother’s Day Peace Proclamation

June 2, 2016
On June 2nd Remember the Mother’s Day Peace Proclamation

RIVERA SUN - Every year in May, peace activists circulate Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Peace Proclamation. But, Howe did not commemorate Mother's Day in May . . . for 30 years Americans celebrated Mother's Day for Peace on June 2nd. It was Julia Ward Howe's contemporary, Anna Jarvis, who established the May celebration...

What Will Rise Ye?

May 31, 2016
What Will Rise Ye?

KATHY KELLY - How can we, each of us, help lift the hammer of justice, cultivating a world at peace.

North Korea, Following China and India, Pledges No-First-Use of Nuclear Weapons. So Could Obama

May 29, 2016
North Korea, Following China and India, Pledges No-First-Use of Nuclear Weapons. So Could Obama

JOHN LAFORGE - North Korea’s May 7 declaration that it would not be first to use nuclear weapons was met with official derision instead of relief and applause. Not one report of the announcement I could find noted that the United States has never made such a no-first-use pledge. None of three dozen news...

Direct Action Taken to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

May 27, 2016
Direct Action Taken to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

ANNE MILLHOLLEN - On May 7, members of Beyond War NW were able to join the Mother’s Day Gathering and Action sponsored by the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington (www.gzcenter.org). The back fence to their lovely, forested Center, is part of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Located 20 miles from Seattle,...

Woman Describes How Street Abuse Feels

May 25, 2016
Woman Describes How Street Abuse Feels

LAURA FINLEY - It wasn’t the first time. Like most women—84 percent across 22 countries, in fact-- I have been catcalled by random men many times. In a widely shared 2014 experiment, a woman in New York City received 100 catcalls in just ten hours. But last night was definitely the scariest I have...

Yes to Assertive, No to Aggressive

May 23, 2016
Yes to Assertive, No to Aggressive

TOM H. HASTINGS - I teach and write in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, with a special focus on strategic nonviolence. It is a rich field, growing in its scholarship and its widespread usage. I’m so enthused by this—the more we wage our conflicts with nonviolence the lower the costs. Counting the...

Peace, Not Russia, Is Real Threat to US Power

May 21, 2016
Peace, Not Russia, Is Real Threat to US Power

FINIAN CUNNINGHAM - The monstrous US military budget is a classic illustration of the proverb about not seeing the woods for the trees. It is such an overwhelming outgrowth, all too often it is misperceived.