Nonviolence Was an Important Part of the U.S. Struggle for Independence

August 2, 2015
Nonviolence Was an Important Part of the U.S. Struggle for Independence

STEPHANIE VAN HOOK - When Gandhi met with the British viceroy Lord Irwin after his imprisonment following the 1930 Salt Satyagraha, they shared a pot of tea. Gandhi, mischieviously took out a package of contraband salt, opened it and sprinkled a bit into his cup. Looking at the astounded Lord Irwin he told him...

Obama’s Legacy for Africa Needs Improvement

July 31, 2015
Obama’s Legacy for Africa Needs Improvement

FODAY DARBOE - In light of President Obama’s 2015 trip to Africa, likely his last trip to Africa as the U.S. president, it is appropriate to evaluate his government’s foreign policies in Africa since he assumed office. Through this assessment, it is sadly plain to see that Obama’s policies have not helped the vast...

Who Pays Taxes in the US? Everyone but the Super-Rich

July 29, 2015
Who Pays Taxes in the US? Everyone but the Super-Rich

THOM HARTMANN - Why are our seniors paying higher taxes on their social security benefits than billionaires pay on stocks? The IRS released a new report that reveals the staggering amount of money that the top one-thousandth of the 1% in the US is hoarding.

Are Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament Agreements of Any Value?

July 27, 2015
Are Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament Agreements of Any Value?

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - The recent announcement of a nuclear deal between the governments of Iran and other major nations, including the United States, naturally draws our attention to the history of international nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements. What accounts for their advent on the world scene and what have they accomplished?

GOP Attempting to Kill Environmental Regulations Across the Board With Sneaky Budget Riders

July 25, 2015

EMERSON URRY - It seems like we, at EnviroNews, have been reporting on this type of thing all year. That is, sketchy environmental riders being attached to totally unrelated appropriations bills in backdoor efforts to kill environmental and wildlife protections. Yes, this year's spending bills are littered with Republican-stamped provisions seeking to gut current...

Bang Bang! You’re Not Dead

July 23, 2015
Bang Bang! You’re Not Dead

CLANCY SIGAL - I hold no special brief for the British police at whose hands and batons I’ve split a lip or two. But here in Los Angeles, where our trimly athletic LAPD shoots fewer civilians than, say, in Albuquerque or Baltimore, we’re seeing a spike in “he was reaching into his...

Boeing Patents Nuclear-Powered Airplane

July 21, 2015
Boeing Patents Nuclear-Powered Airplane

KARL GROSSMAN - Consider getting on to an airplane with nuclear-powered engines. Consider the consequences if an atomic airplane crashes. The Boeing Company last week received approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an airplane engine that combines the use of lasers and nuclear power. “Boeing’s newly-patented engine provides thrust in a...

Greek Financial Debacle is a Crisis of Soulless Economics

July 19, 2015
Greek Financial Debacle is a Crisis of Soulless Economics

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - Austerity, the brutal tool of neoliberal capitalism, stands up to Greek democracy and stares it down. Oh well. We’re remarkably comfortable with soulless economics. Pope Francis, speaking this week in Paraguay, cried to the nations of Planet Earth: “I ask them not to yield to an economic model … which...

What’s Being Ignored in the Iranian Nuclear Deal?

July 17, 2015
What’s Being Ignored in the Iranian Nuclear Deal?

WINSLOW MYERS - I’m not an expert, just another interested citizen who follows the news, but something genuinely bothers me about the U.S. negotiations with Iran, whether they are ultimately successful or not.

New Oil Drilling Threatens New Disasters

July 15, 2015
New Oil Drilling Threatens New Disasters

MEL GURTOV - On January 17 the New York Times reported that, to appease environmentalists, the Obama administration would “ban drilling in portions of the Arctic Ocean’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.” But in return, Republicans and the oil and gas industry got federal approval to drill in a large swath of the Atlantic...

Pope Francis is Taking on Climate Change

July 13, 2015

ETHICAL MARKETS - The encyclical from Pope Francis marks yet another significant milestone in our planet’s march toward a global climate change agreement in Paris this December. The fact that the leader to more than 1 billion Catholics—roughly 14 percent of the world’s population—is urging action on climate...

Historic Peace Ship Is Re-Launched

July 11, 2015
Historic Peace Ship Is Re-Launched

ARNOLD OLIVER - Along the rugged coast of northern California’s Humboldt County, maritime history is being made. June 20th marked the launch ceremony of the rebuilt sailing ketch, the Golden Rule, after four years of hard work by a restoration team led by Veterans for Peace. As we shall see, the Golden Rule is...

If U.S. Military Spending Returned to 2001 Level

July 9, 2015
If U.S. Military Spending Returned to 2001 Level

DAVID SWANSON - The House of Representatives has headed out of town to memorialize wars without managing to achieve agreement with the Senate on reauthorizing some of the most abusive “temporary” measures of the PATRIOT Act. Three cheers for Congressional vacations! What if not just our civil liberties but our budget got a little...

How We Can Overcome Nuclear Apartheid

July 7, 2015

RICHARD LENNANE - At the closing session of the NPT review conference on 22 May, South Africa described the NPT regime as a form of "nuclear apartheid." This certainly captures the idea of a privileged minority unjustly imposing its will on a disenfranchised majority. But in many ways, a better analogy is that of...

Will There Be a Dawn of Justice?

July 5, 2015
Will There Be a Dawn of Justice?

KATHY KELLY - “Guantanamo Diary,” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, is his story of being imprisoned in Guantanamo since 2002. In all his years of captivity, he has never been charged with a crime. He has suffered grotesque torture, humiliation and mistreatment, and yet his memoir includes many humane, tender accounts, including remembrances of...

Supreme Court Rejects EPA’s Regulation of Power Plants’ Emissions of Mercury and Other Toxins

July 3, 2015
Supreme Court Rejects EPA’s Regulation of Power Plants’ Emissions of Mercury and Other Toxins

METEOR BLADE (TIMOTHY LANGE) - The U.S. Supreme Court plunked a setback into the lap of the Environmental Protection Agency Monday by trashing the agency's regulation of emissions of mercury and other air toxins (MATS) from electricity-generating plants. The court overturned a lower-court decision in the case of Michigan v. EPA stating that...

Eyewitness Reports on Life in Afghanistan

July 1, 2015
Eyewitness Reports on Life in Afghanistan

MARTHA HENNESSY - Despite uncertainties over the future, the APV community pursues small but significant efforts at the Borderfree Center. They give a fine example of how a community can cooperate toward reaching shared goals, rather than compete. Roses keep blooming in Kabul amid the chaos and dust, and a tiny light of...

War, Murder and the American Way

June 29, 2015
War, Murder and the American Way

ROBERT KOEHLER - Every war and every mass murder spreads fear and hatred — and inspiration — in their aftermath. We can’t go to war without spawning imitators. The day after nine members of Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were murdered, USA Today reported, the vigils at two South Carolina churches, in Charleston...

Corvallis Council Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuels

June 27, 2015
Corvallis Council Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuels

KRIS PAUL - The Corvallis, Oregon divest campaign which started last fall came to a successful conclusion with the Corvallis City Council voting to divest on June 15th, 2015. Excited supporters in the audience clapped as the council unanimously voted to pass the resolution and were gently reminded by Mayor Traber that clapping...

These Four Steps Could Help End Gun Violence

June 25, 2015
These Four Steps Could Help End Gun Violence

TOM H. HASTINGS - What can we imagine would be important to ending gun violence in our increasingly Tombstone Territory USA, where cars are getting safer and guns are getting more lethal? I’d offer four starter steps toward addressing a combination of necessary and contributory causes.

Subsidies at 16 Times Carbon Prices Stymie Pollution Curbs

June 23, 2015
Subsidies at 16 Times Carbon Prices Stymie Pollution Curbs

MATHEW CARR - Subsidies for fossil fuels are overwhelming efforts to curb pollution, the International Energy Agency said. Tax-breaks, subsidized fuel prices and other government support amount to an incentive to pollute worth $115 per metric ton of carbon-dioxide, the agency said Monday in its Energy and Climate Change report. That compares with an...

Supreme Court: Corporations Over People AGAIN

June 21, 2015
Supreme Court: Corporations Over People AGAIN

LAURA FINLEY - Here we go again. Another court decision favoring businesses over human rights. Sadly, it is no shock that the Supreme Court is friendlier to business more than anything or anyone else. From its 2010 Citizens United blunder that allowed even greater corporate influence on our political process to the 2014 Hobby...

Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs

June 19, 2015
Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth. But does it? New York State’s experience indicates that, when it comes to producing jobs, corporate welfare programs...

U.S.-China Crisis Looms in the South China Sea

June 17, 2015
U.S.-China Crisis Looms in the South China Sea

MEL GURTOV - The long-running, multi-party dispute over control of islets in the South China Sea (SCS) is worsening both in rhetoric and provocative activity. Meeting in late May at the Shangri-La Dialogue on regional security, U.S. and Chinese defense officials sparred over responsibility for the increased tension, though they stopped short of issuing...

A Misleading Moment of Celebration for a New Surveillance Program

June 15, 2015
A Misleading Moment of Celebration for a New Surveillance Program

NORMAN SOLOMON - The morning after final passage of the USA Freedom Act, while some foes of mass surveillance were celebrating, Thomas Drake sounded decidedly glum. The new law, he told me, is “a new spy program.” It restarts some of the worst aspects of the Patriot Act and further codifies systematic violations of...

Seattle’s Raging Grannies Arrested After Blocking Shell Workers From Access to Arctic Drilling Rig

June 11, 2015
Seattle’s Raging Grannies Arrested After Blocking Shell Workers From Access to Arctic Drilling Rig

ALEX GARLAND - The Seattle Police Department (SPD) rose early Tuesday morning, wooed by a swarm of Raging Grannies and other protesters who had gathered at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 bridge and Chelan Avenue South. Protesters attempted to prevent workers from boarding Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling rig, the Polar Pioneer. For...

To Prevent War with Iran, Remember Deceptions of War with Iraq

June 9, 2015

REV. ROBERT MOORE and RICHARD MOODY - The question recently was raised to presumed presidential candidate Jeb Bush whether, knowing what he knows now, he would have started a war with Iraq, as his brother, President George W. Bush, did in 2003. His initial answer, on which he flip-flopped a number of times in...

Costa Rica Abolished its Military, Never Regretted it

June 7, 2015
Costa Rica Abolished its Military, Never Regretted it

DAVID SWANSON - The forthcoming film, A Bold Peace: Costa Rica's Path of Demilitarization, should be given every possible means of support and promotion. After all, it documents the blatant violation of laws of physics, human nature, and economics, as understood in the United States -- and the violators seem positively gleeful about it....

Here Are the Navy’s Plans to Bomb the Arctic

June 5, 2015
Here Are the Navy’s Plans to Bomb the Arctic

DAHR JAMAIL - The waters of the Gulf of Alaska are some of the most pristine in the world. That will change next month.

Errors and Lies: How the U.S. Was Lied into War

June 3, 2015
Errors and Lies: How the U.S. Was Lied into War

PAUL KRUGMAN - Surprise! It turns out that there’s something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make his own run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, we may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had a decade ago. But many influential...

Jeffrey Sterling vs. the CIA: An Untold Story of Race and Retribution

June 1, 2015
Jeffrey Sterling vs. the CIA: An Untold Story of Race and Retribution

NORMAN SOLOMON - A dozen years before his recent sentencing to a 42-month prison term based on a jury’s conclusion that he gave classified information to a New York Times journalist, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was in the midst of a protracted and fruitless effort to find someone in Congress willing to look...

Did We Almost Lose New York?

May 30, 2015
Did We Almost Lose New York?

HARVEY WASSERMAN - For the third time in a decade, a major fire/explosion has ripped apart a transformer at the Indian Point reactor complex.

The Data is In: Your Opinion Does Not Matter to Congress

May 28, 2015
The Data is In: Your Opinion Does Not Matter to Congress

REPRESENT.US WEBSITE - According to a Princeton University study, public opinion has “near-zero” impact on U.S. law.

US Officials: ‘Saudis Set to Buy Nuclear Weapons from Pakistan’

May 26, 2015

YASMIN KAYE - Saudi Arabia is said to have taken the "strategic decision" to acquire "off-the-shelf" nuclear weapons from ally Pakistan, senior US officials told the Sunday Times. Sunni Arab states are increasingly concerned of the repercussions of a deal currently being negotiated between world powers and Shi'ite rival Iran, which they fear may...

People Have The Power To Bring About Change

May 24, 2015
People Have The Power To Bring About Change

DAVID SUZUKI - Recent events in Canada have shown not only that change is possible, but that people won’t stand for having corporate interests put before their own.

A Preview of Coming Wars: Do Black Lives Matter in Africa?

May 22, 2015
A Preview of Coming Wars: Do Black Lives Matter in Africa?

DAVID SWANSON - Reading Nick Turse's new book, Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa, raises the question of whether black lives in Africa matter to the U.S. military any more than black lives in the United States matter to the police lately trained and armed by that military.

Chamber and Google Among Top Lobbying Spenders in First Quarter of 2015

May 20, 2015
Chamber and Google Among Top Lobbying Spenders in First Quarter of 2015

DANIEL STEVENS - Monday, April 20, marked the deadline for companies and organizations to file their 2015 first quarter federal lobbying disclosure reports. Below is a list of the top ten organizations and how much they spent lobbying Congress and federal agencies between January 1, 2015, and March 31, 2015.

Iran Nuclear Talks. A Fresh Tone in Washington with a Breath of Oregon

May 18, 2015
Iran Nuclear Talks. A Fresh Tone in Washington with a Breath of Oregon

PATRICK T. HILLER - It is easy to be a cynic listening to some of the more nonsensical chatter coming out of Congress. Despite the most comprehensive international agreement between the United States and its P5+1 partners (the members of the UN Security Council and Germany) with Iran on its nuclear program, the calls...

Courage Is Contagious: Manning, Snowden, Assange Stand Up for Freedom

May 16, 2015
Courage Is Contagious: Manning, Snowden, Assange Stand Up for Freedom

ABBY ZIMET - May Day saw the Berlin unveiling of Anything To Say?, a public art project and "monument to courage" featuring life-size bronze statues of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, all of whom have "lost their freedom for the truth." The installation in Berlin's Alexanderplatz, a project conceived by American journalist...

Nuclear Weapons Protesters’ Sabotage Conviction Overturned — Court Says Jury Verdict Was Not Rational

May 14, 2015
Nuclear Weapons Protesters’ Sabotage Conviction Overturned — Court Says Jury Verdict Was Not Rational

JOHN LAFORGE - An Appeals Court has vacated the sabotage convictions of peace activists Greg-Boertje-Obed, of Duluth, Min., and his co-defendants Michael Walli of Washington, DC, and Sr. Megan Rice of New York City. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found that federal prosecutors failed to prove -- and that “no rational jury could...

Tennessee: Nun’s Sabotage Conviction Overturned

May 12, 2015

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - A nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who splashed blood on the walls of a bunker holding weapons-grade uranium — exposing vulnerabilities in the nation’s nuclear security — were wrongly convicted of sabotage, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

U.S. Bill of Rights Rewritten to Match Today’s Reality

May 10, 2015
U.S. Bill of Rights Rewritten to Match Today’s Reality

DAVID SWANSON - There just might be a big boost in government honesty soon, as both houses of Congress have now passed with two-thirds votes and sent to the states for ratification a potential 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution bearing the unofficial title "The Truth in Advertising Amendment." This is the text as...

Time to Ban the Bomb

May 8, 2015
Time to Ban the Bomb

ALICE SLATER - Global Momentum is building for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. While the world has banned chemical and biological weapons, there is no explicit legal prohibition of nuclear weapons, although the International Court of Justice ruled unanimously that there is an obligation to bring to a conclusion negotiations for their total...

Arresting the Wrong Suspects

May 6, 2015
Arresting the Wrong Suspects

JOHN LAFORGE - Here at the United Nations, talk is focused on the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (N-P.T.). At about 11 a.m. Apr. 28, I was handcuffed with 21 other nuclear realists after blocking an entrance to the US Mission. I say “realists” because US media won’t pay much attention to US violations of nuclear...

Leading Whistleblowers Call for Congressional Action

May 4, 2015
Leading Whistleblowers Call for Congressional Action

JOHN HANRAHAN - On Monday, April 27, seven prominent national security whistleblowers called for a number of wide-ranging reforms — including passage of the “Surveillance State Repeal Act,” which would repeal the USA Patriot Act — in an effort to restore the Constitutionally guaranteed 4th Amendment right to be free from government spying. Several...

Pro and Con: Local GMO Ban on May Ballot

May 2, 2015

BETHANY CARLSON, RACHEL SANDSTROM and ROB GOFFINS - What does Benton County GMO measure 2-89 do? What are the pros and cons?

Wisconsin Grandmother Jailed for Opposing Drone Murders

April 30, 2015
Wisconsin Grandmother Jailed for Opposing Drone Murders

DAVID SWANSON - Joy First reports from Mauston, Wisc., that Bonnie Block, a Madison grandmother and long-time peace activist, was found guilty of trespassing in a jury trial in the Juneau County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, and sent to jail.

The Limits of U.S. Missile Defense

April 28, 2015
The Limits of U.S. Missile Defense

STEVEN PIFER - On March 23, 1983, Ronald Reagan announced the Strategic Defense Initiative, popularly known as “Star Wars.” After thirty-two years and tens of billions of dollars, defending the U.S. homeland against attack by strategic ballistic missiles still poses a daunting challenge. Missile defense ambitions have been regularly scaled-back. The United States should...

Seeking Truth Together: Challenging the Silence Racism Creates

April 26, 2015
Seeking Truth Together: Challenging the Silence Racism Creates

DAVID RAGLAND - When racial bias occurs it is customary to suggest that such practices are out of the norm or something only done by an individual out of touch with prevailing social values, but racism is part of American social ecology, often as unrecognized as the air we breathe.

Could Iran be Just the Start?

April 24, 2015
Could Iran be Just the Start?

ERIKA SIMPSON - The most high-profile nuclear issue is the interim accord between Iran and six world powers to restrict Iran’s development of nuclear power. And if the fundamentals of the Iranian deal could be treated as a template for all countries, the international community would be well on its way to choking off...