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...

What’s North Korea Afraid of?

October 7, 2017
What’s North Korea Afraid of?

DAVID SWANSON - “Peace” clubs in U.S. schools are likely to teach that a local bully is afraid and in need of help. They are much less likely to teach that about entities involved in the actual subject of peace (meaning the absence of war), such as — to take the example momentarily most...

Our Enemy is Our Weapons

October 5, 2017
Our Enemy is Our Weapons

WINSLOW MYERS - It is long past time for us to recognize that the greater enemy is not someone in another country shouting threats, but the weapons themselves. On the basis of this shared truth, new relationships among adversaries can flourish that will allow reciprocal reduction and elimination. Nature within her inmost self divides,...

Growing Violence and Climate Change Are Linked

October 3, 2017

FODAY DARBOE - Violence is a profound threat and it is likely exacerbated by climate chaos. Global warming as an important effect on civil conflicts has been recently debated by many scholars and policymakers. Scholars from backgrounds as diverse as economics, climate science, peace studies, and political science have explored the adverse effects of...

The OFF Act: A Necessary Next Step in Addressing the Climate Change Crisis

October 1, 2017

MARK SCHLOSBERG - Recently Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act), the strongest, most aggressive climate change legislation we've got. But it's up to us to build the pressure to help make the OFF Act a reality. And we must.

The Silencing of Dissent

September 29, 2017
The Silencing of Dissent

CHRIS HEDGES - The ruling elites, who grasp that the reigning ideology of global corporate capitalism and imperial expansion no longer has moral or intellectual credibility, have mounted a campaign to shut down the platforms given to their critics. The attacks within this campaign include blacklisting, censorship and slandering dissidents as foreign agents for...

Communities Prepare to Fight Fracked Gas Pipeline

September 27, 2017

PRESS RELEASE FROM ROGUE CLIMATE - Landowners, Tribes, and community groups are ready to stop the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG export terminal terminal for the third time in 12 years, following yesterday’s announcement by Veresen Inc. that it has filed its permit application for the project with the Federal...

Are We Watching a Slow-Motion Military Coup?

September 25, 2017
Are We Watching a Slow-Motion Military Coup?

STEPHEN KINZER - In a democracy, no one should be comforted to hear that generals have imposed discipline on an elected head of state. That was never supposed to happen in the United States. Now it has.

Trump at the UN: “Wrong Speech, at the Wrong Time, to the Wrong Audience”

September 23, 2017
Trump at the UN: “Wrong Speech, at the Wrong Time, to the Wrong Audience”

PATRICK T. HILLER - “It was the wrong speech, at the wrong time, to the wrong audience,” Swedish foreign Minister Margot Wallström expressed about what global and U.S. audiences helplessly had to endure during President Donald Trump’s September 19, 2017 address to the United Nations General Assembly. President Trump acted like a bully, but...

Anti-Pipeline Activists across the Country Unite to #StopETP

September 21, 2017
Anti-Pipeline Activists across the Country Unite to #StopETP

BRANDON JORDAN - The company behind the Dakota Access pipeline and many other damaging fossil fuel projects — Energy Transfer Partners — was the focus of nearly 20 actions spanning 10 U.S. states last week. The #StopETP protests, which took place on Friday and Saturday, included a flotilla on a Louisiana bayou, a blockade...

10 Ways Shame & Blame Hurts Social Justice Efforts

September 19, 2017

VANISSAR TARAKALI - We have all experienced it. We have inflicted it on ourselves or others. Subtle and not-so-subtle shaming, blaming and self-righteous ostracizing undermine social justice work. But let’s say our community or social justice group decides to take these habitual shame and blame pitfalls seriously. Changing old habits is possible when we...

“Carpe Diem Politics”: How to Do More Than Just Resist

September 17, 2017
“Carpe Diem Politics”: How to Do More Than Just Resist

ROMAN KRZNARIC - Here’s something that might surprise you: One of the most powerful weapons we can use against far-right authoritarians like President Donald Trump has its roots in ancient philosophy. In particular, we can draw on the idea of carpe diem, or “seize the day,” a maxim penned by the Roman poet Horace....

Impacts of Trump & Paxton’s Policies: “U.S. Might Not Have Enough Construction Workers to Rebuild”

September 15, 2017

PRESS RELEASE FROM AMERICA'S VOICE : TEXAS - As Hurricane Harvey’s destruction and devastation continues across Texas and Louisiana, key elected, community, and thought leaders are looking towards the next step: rebuilding. Daniel Gross of Slate reports that Trump’s harsh and un-American immigration policies may have an unintended consequence – hampering construction efforts in...

Mass Civil Disobedience Campaign Obstructs One of Europe’s Largest Polluters

September 13, 2017
Mass Civil Disobedience Campaign Obstructs One of Europe’s Largest Polluters

SARA FREEMAN-WOOLPERT - Red and yellow circus tents rose over the Rhineland farmland of western Germany last weekend, as over 6,000 climate justice activists converged for a series of action days to protest coal mining in the region. This included a mass civil disobedience campaign called Ende Gelände (or Here and No Further), in...

9 Amazing New Innovations That Are Creating More Fuel Efficiency

September 11, 2017

MARSHALL TULLEY - We’ve all heard that cars are getting more efficient. But how exactly is this happening? Here are 9 innovations driving the increased efficiency.

German Foreign Minister Joins Calls to Withdraw US Nukes from the Country

September 9, 2017

RT NEWS - Germany’s top diplomat has backed the suggestion of Social Democrat (SPD) leader and Chancellor hopeful Martin Schulz, who has pledged to rid his country of US nukes. Washington, meanwhile, is pressing ahead to modernize its nuclear stockpile.

Stop Fetishizing These War Victims And The Piece Of Cloth They’re Draped In

September 7, 2017
Stop Fetishizing These War Victims And The Piece Of Cloth They’re Draped In

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE - The practice of invoking fallen soldiers in order to win debates about toxic US policies is obscene, illogical, and pernicious, and it needs to stop.

Sleeping Near a Forest Fire

September 5, 2017
Sleeping Near a Forest Fire

JENNIFER HOFMANN - It isn't exactly the kind of situation you go looking for, pitching your tent mere miles from a forest inferno, sleeping on the ground zipped up into a sleeping bag. But it exactly what is happening in America right now. On the precipice of danger, finding a way to live.

‘There must be another way’: Israeli 19-year-old Jailed for Refusing Military Service

September 3, 2017
‘There must be another way’: Israeli 19-year-old Jailed for Refusing Military Service

BETHAN MCKERNAN - ‘I do not believe in building walls but building bridges,’ pacifist Noa Gur Golan says in rare case of IDF draft refusal. “When I was little, I dreamt of being an IDF war pilot,” says 19-year-old Noa Gur Golan. Now, however, the teenager is sitting in Military Prison 396 near Haifa....

North Korea Has Many Reasons to Fear the US but the US Has Few to Fear North Korea

September 1, 2017
North Korea Has Many Reasons to Fear the US but the US Has Few to Fear North Korea

JOHN LAFORGE - The US public wants to know why North Korea is so paranoid, militarily hostile and boastful. LaForge answers.

Talk Now. A Nuclear Conflict is Unwinnable

August 30, 2017

WAR PREVENTION INITIATIVE -- Press Release - The War Prevention Initiative strongly argues that there is no military solution to the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and that all sectors of society need to disrupt the escalation and insist on talks.

Mayors for Peace Call for Early Adoption of Nuclear Abolition Treaty

August 28, 2017

MAYORS FOR PEACE - “We call on the cities around the world to unite in cross-border cooperation to pave the way towards the abolition of nuclear weapons.” This call made by the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki led to the establishment of “Mayors for Peace.” Since then, we have appealed for the establishment of...

Ann Wright Wins 2017 Peace Prize

August 26, 2017

U.S. PEACE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION - We are pleased to announce that the US Peace Memorial Foundation has awarded its 2017 Peace Prize to The Honorable Ann Wright “for courageous antiwar activism, inspirational peace leadership, and selfless citizen diplomacy.”

Don’t Feed the Trolls – How to Combat the Alt-Right

August 24, 2017
Don’t Feed the Trolls – How to Combat the Alt-Right

KAZU HAGA - Nazism and white supremacy are forms of violence. Let’s start there. The constitution does not protect violence, and I’m happy to see that the California chapter of the ACLU has taken a stand against protecting the “free speech” of hate groups. But with or without marching permits, it is clear that...

Should I Go to That Neo-Nazi Rally to Fight Back?

August 22, 2017

STEPHANIE VAN HOOK and MICHAEL NAGLER - When we hear that the Neo-Nazi movement is coming to our town, most of us naturally feel called—or pushed-- to some kind of action. But not every action is going to be effective, especially if we are walking into a situation where the level of dehumanization is...

What Did MLK Mean by “Love”?

August 20, 2017
What Did MLK Mean by “Love”?

JOSE-ANTONIO OROSCO - As someone who regularly teaches about the political philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I often spend time discussing with students the ways in which King’s ideas are taken out of context and turned into sound bites in order to support positions he would not himself have taken.

Amid the Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports of Hate-Fueled Violence

August 18, 2017
Amid the Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports of Hate-Fueled Violence

JOE SEXTON - Documenting Hate’s catalogue of incidents captures the seeming ordinariness of many of them.

Chemical Industry’s Years of Deadly Malfeasance Revealed in “Poison Papers”

August 16, 2017
Chemical Industry’s Years of Deadly Malfeasance Revealed in “Poison Papers”

SHARON LERNER - For decades, some of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky, damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents obtained through legal discovery in lawsuits against Dow,...