When Liberals Go to War: As ISIS Slaughters Kurds in Kobani, the U.S. Bombs Syrian Grain Silos

October 20, 2014
When Liberals Go to War: As ISIS Slaughters Kurds in Kobani, the U.S. Bombs Syrian Grain Silos

AJAMU BARAKA - The U.S. is conducting a curious humanitarian war against ISIS in Syria. While Kobani, the largely Kurdish district that straddles the border with Turkey is being attacked by ISIS forces and facing the very real possibility of mass civilian killings if it falls, U.S. military spokespersons claimed that they are watching...

Why Vote?

October 18, 2014
Why Vote?

STARHAWK - We’re getting close to voter registration deadlines here in the US for our November elections, and it’s time for my periodic voting rant. Why vote, when politics are vile, the right wing is a pack of intransigent bullies and the politicians who call themselves progressive inevitably go belly-up and give in to...

Building the Movement to End the Latest Expanded U.S. War in the Middle East

October 16, 2014

JIM LAFFERTY - If the U.S. public gained a fuller and more honest understanding of what U.S. and U.S. backed Arab states have done that has led to the creation of ISIS, what the true nature of the threat is from ISIS, and the futility and negative blow-back from waging such a war, antiwar...

Oregon and Washington Continue to Fund Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

October 14, 2014

ONWARD OREGON - Although Governors Kitzhaber and Inslee are publicly concerned about fossil fuel exports, other branches of our state governments are investing in infrastructure supporting these activities. Thanks to our friends at Sightline Institute, we see that Oregon and Washington have made substantial investments in enhancing fossil fuel export facilities.

Peace is Breaking Out All Over the World

October 12, 2014
Peace is Breaking Out All Over the World

STEVEN YOUNGBLOOD - A friend and colleague recently wrote me and asked if I, an advocate for peace, was discouraged by the avalanche of violence that seems to be engulfing mankind. It’s certainly easy to get discouraged, or even to abandon the notion that peace is possible, given the new status quo in Ukraine,...

The New War, the Forever War, and a World Beyond War

October 10, 2014
The New War, the Forever War, and a World Beyond War

WORLD BEYOND WAR ISIS STATEMENT - The following is an assessment of the current ISIS crisis. The statement examines: (1) the social context of the destructive violence in Syria and Iraq -- where we are; (2) viable nonviolent alternatives -- what should be done; and (3) opportunities for civil society to advocate and push...

People’s Climate March Was a “Glimpse of the Movement We Need”

October 8, 2014
People’s Climate March Was a “Glimpse of the Movement We Need”

NAOMI KLEIN - Once every five or 10 years, Naomi Klein publishes a book that changes the way we see things. With No Logo, published in 1999, she explored corporate power in a globalized world and the movements springing up to resist it. The Shock Doctrine, published in 2007, showed how governments collude with...

What Would a Paradigm for Peace Look Like?

October 6, 2014
What Would a Paradigm for Peace Look Like?

DAVID SWANSON - Raise your hand if you weren't surprised when fancy films of beheadings resulted in bombings? Keep your hand up if you weren't shocked when bombings resulted in more brutality and beheadings? Is it possible we need a radically different way of thinking about how to solve violence?

Global Problems Call for Global Solutions

October 4, 2014
Global Problems Call for Global Solutions

LAWRENCE WITTNER - Sometimes, amid the heated political debate about what should done by the U.S. government in world affairs, a proposal cuts through the TV babble of the supposed experts with a clear, useful suggestion.

Overcoming Our Inner Dinosaur

October 2, 2014
Overcoming Our Inner Dinosaur

WINSLOW MYERS - Is it too much of a stretch to link the alleged police execution of Michael Brown in Missouri with the terrorist execution of journalist James Foley somewhere in Iraq? Setting aside obvious differences, do these tragedies have anything in common?

A Good End Date for the New War Is Today

September 30, 2014
A Good End Date for the New War Is Today

DAVID SWANSON - Here's my basic contention: Congress knows how to compromise. We don't have to pre-compromise for them. (How'd that work out on healthcare?) (How'd that ever work out?) And when we do pre-compromise for them (such as the time AFSCME banned "single-payer" signs from "public option" rallies, so as to simulate public...

Human Shield and Collateral Damage Excuses Are Terrorist Arguments

September 28, 2014
Human Shield and Collateral Damage Excuses Are Terrorist Arguments

ROBERT J. GOULD - Lady Justice, Justitia, depicted as a blindfolded statue since the 15th century, illustrates John Rawl’s conception of justice as requiring a veil of ignorance (A Theory of Justice, 1971). Such a veil of ignorance means that, in order to be just, we must ignore the differences between people, such...

DeFazio Stakes Out Anti-War Position on ISIS

September 26, 2014
DeFazio Stakes Out Anti-War Position on ISIS

PETER DEFAZIO - Thank you for contacting me with your opposition to President Obama's plan to take military action against the terrorist organization the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). We are in complete agreement on this issue. You will be pleased to know that I voted against the authorization to arm Syrian...

It’s Time to Give Up Our Nationalist Illusions

September 24, 2014
It’s Time to Give Up Our Nationalist Illusions

LAWRENCE WITTNER - After thousands of years of bloody wars among contending tribes, regions, and nations, is it finally possible to dispense with the chauvinist ideas of the past? To judge by President Barack Obama’s televised address on the evening of September 10, it is not. Discussing his plan to “take out” ISIS,...

Hope, Voting and Creating the World You Want to Live In

September 22, 2014
Hope, Voting and Creating the World You Want to Live In

PAUL ROGAT LOEB - We live in a time fraught with bad news. From the toll of violence and poverty to the escalating march of climate change, every week brings temptations to despair. Hope may actually be more beleaguered in the wake of a president who won the office in part by branding himself...

Young Afghani Teaches Important Nonviolence Lessons

September 20, 2014
Young Afghani Teaches Important Nonviolence Lessons

KATHY KELLY - Here in Kabul, one of my finest friends is Zekerullah, who has gone back to school in the 8th grade although he is an 18-year old young man who has already had to learn far too many of life’s harsh lessons.

Warning to War Supporters

September 18, 2014
Warning to War Supporters

DAVID SWANSON - I know you mean well. I know you think you've found a bargain that nobody else noticed hidden in a back corner of the used car lot. Let me warn you: it's a clunker. Here, I'll list the defects. You can have your own mechanic check them out:

Stepping Away from the “Gates of Hell”

September 16, 2014
Stepping Away from the “Gates of Hell”

WINSLOW MYERS - The way the United States has chosen to approach the chaos of the Middle East has far more frightening implications than we think, especially in terms of the world our children will inherit. If we are honest about how our adversaries perceive us, we will have to admit that there is...

Finally, Fake News Done Right

September 14, 2014
Finally, Fake News Done Right

DAVID SWANSON - John Oliver is what I always wished Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert would be. In fact, he's what I always wished Ted Koppel or Jim Lehrer would be.

Progress in Pakistan Depends on Women’s Participation

September 12, 2014
Progress in Pakistan Depends on Women’s Participation

RIZWAN ZULFIGAR BHUTTA - Women have a vital role in the progress of human society. Yet, women’s contributions to progress aren’t always acknowledged by or even included in history books. In her 1998 book, “You Can’t Kill the Spirit: Women and Nonviolent Action,” writer Pam McAllister spotlights stories, struggles and contributions of women all...

Conventional Military Has Lost Its Power

September 10, 2014
Conventional Military Has Lost Its Power

STEPHEN KINZER - Today’s conflicts illustrate the declining value of conventional military power. For many decades, the United States dominated the world mainly because we had the most potent military. We still do — but that no longer brings the dominance it once assured. For much of history, power has been won on the...

Oregon Has Nation’s Lowest Total Effective Business Tax Rate

September 8, 2014
Oregon Has Nation’s Lowest Total Effective Business Tax Rate

CHUCK SHEKETOFF - Oregon has the lowest “total effective business tax rate" in the country, according to a study (PDF), conducted by the accounting firm Ernst & Young on behalf of the Council On State Taxation (COST). The accounting firm found that the total state and local taxes paid by Oregon businesses amounted to...

Five Rules on Which to Base Authentic Security and a World at Peace

September 6, 2014

KENT SHIFFERD - The latest border changes in Ukraine are just another replay of too many past scenarios: the breakup of former Yugoslavia, East Timor, Chechnya, the Sudetenland Crisis of the 1930s, and the centuries-long back and forth of the Alsace and Lorraine between France and Germany. If we could base the resolution...

Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

September 4, 2014
Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

DEIRDRE SMITH - It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis.

The Lone Ranger Rides Again – America’s Return to Iraq

September 2, 2014
The Lone Ranger Rides Again – America’s Return to Iraq

MEL GURTOV - In an interview with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times on August 8, President Obama stressed that the US was only fighting the Islamic State (IS, or ISIS) in Iraq as a partner, not as Iraq’s or the Kurds’ air force. Obama claims his officials are reminding everyone, “We will...

Possible GOP Ultimatum to Putin Too Much for True Conservatives

August 31, 2014
Possible GOP Ultimatum to Putin Too Much for True Conservatives

PAT BUCHANAN - Editor’s Note: "Who would have thought The PeaceWorker would run an article by conservative Pat Buchanan? Read it and you’ll see why." July 28, 2014 - With the party united, the odds are now at least even that the GOP will not only hold the House but also capture the...

Guerilla Woolfare: Against the Madness of Mutually Assured Destruction

August 29, 2014
Guerilla Woolfare: Against the Madness of Mutually Assured Destruction

JAINE ROSE and REBECCA JOHNSON - Editor’s Note: “While Nagasaki Day has come and gone, this innovative project richly deserves to be known by people all around the world, so ‘Ask me what I’m knitting.’” On 9th August – the 69th anniversary of the incineration of Nagasaki by a plutonium bomb code-named “Fat Man”...

Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

August 27, 2014
Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

LAWRENCE WITTNER - Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators—unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless and benefitless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt)―are thriving.

Stop the Wars, Stop the Warming!

August 25, 2014

APPEAL TO THE PEACE AND CLIMATE MOVEMENTS - The developing climate emergency does not exist in isolation. . . . We must understand and confront the social and economic context that produced and accompanies it: war and unlimited military expenditures, corporate globalization, vast social inequality and racism.

Recalling the Lessons of Wisconsin

August 23, 2014
Recalling the Lessons of Wisconsin

DAVID SWANSON - A new film called Wisconsin Rising is screening around the country, the subject, of course, being the activism surrounding the mass occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol in 2011. I recommend attending a planned screening or setting up a new one, and discussing the film collectively upon its conclusion. For...

Study Shows Effects of Biomass Burning on Climate, Health

August 21, 2014
Study Shows Effects of Biomass Burning on Climate, Health

GLEN MARTIN - A Stanford University professor's calculations indicate that wildfires and other types of fires involving plant matter play a much bigger role in climate change and human health than previously thought. It has long been known that biomass burning -- burning forests to create agricultural lands, burning savannah as a ritual ,...

Borderfree Community: Volunteers for Peace in Afghanistan

August 19, 2014
Borderfree Community: Volunteers for Peace in Afghanistan

KATHY KELLY - The Borderfree Center is named for Prof. Noam Chomsky’s call, in a 2013 American University of Beirut commencement speech, for participation in “a worldwide struggle to preserve the global commons” so as to secure “decent human survival in a world that has no borders.” The symbol of their participation is...

Military-Industrial Complex Conduct Invites Nonviolent Direct Action

August 17, 2014
Military-Industrial Complex Conduct Invites Nonviolent Direct Action

SHERWOOD ROSS - Why is there no non-violent outcry against America's military-industrial complex? (MIC) A Congress that is complicit in its wars, surely will not reign it in.

Afghanistan to Cost More Than Marshall Plan, Watchdog Says

August 15, 2014
Afghanistan to Cost More Than Marshall Plan, Watchdog Says

JOSH SMITH - By the time its combat troops depart at the end of 2014, the United States will have appropriated more money trying to fix Afghanistan than it did on the Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover economically after World War II, according to an analysis by a government watchdog.

“Who Speaks for Earth?”

August 13, 2014
“Who Speaks for Earth?”

WINSLOW MYERS - Few people remember them today, but there were significant global leadership initiatives in the 1980s against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The dawn of the nuclear era had coincided with the beginning of the Cold War. People in the United States and their leaders viewed the world through the lens of...

Apathy or Genocide for Gaza? Citizens Say, ‘Enough!’

August 11, 2014
Apathy or Genocide for Gaza? Citizens Say, ‘Enough!’

ERIN NIEMELA - Israeli, Palestinian and American citizens, between Israelis and Palestinians, we don’t need a “humanitarian pause.” We need actual humanitarians – everyday citizens who work together, rise up and shout “Enough!” to the gunrunning, bloodshed, enmification and apathy. We can end the violence for good and build peace forever – but we...

Doom from the Depths: Coming Your Way

August 9, 2014
Doom from the Depths:  Coming Your Way

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - Ever since the horrors of submarine warfare became a key issue during World War I, submarines have had a sinister reputation. And the building of new, immensely costly, nuclear-armed submarines by the U.S. government and others may soon raise the level of earlier anxiety to a nuclear nightmare.

Turning Up the Heat on Climate

August 7, 2014

REGISTER-GUARD EDITORIAL - Eugene city councilors can find plenty of excuses Monday to walk away from an ordinance committing the city to an aggressive strategy for reducing local contributions to climate change. Amid the hubbub over a proposed paid sick leave law, an abdication of leadership on climate change might be little noticed. But...

Hiroshima – 69 Years Later

August 5, 2014
Hiroshima – 69 Years Later

ROBERT F. DODGE, M.D. - On Aug. 6th, sixty-nine years ago, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, killing 80-140 thousand people immediately. Three days later on August 9th, a second U.S. nuclear bomb was dropped over Nagasaki, killing an additional 74,000 people. From that week to the present moment the world has...

U.S. Voters Hold Key to Peace in Middle East

August 4, 2014
U.S. Voters Hold Key to Peace in Middle East

DR. TOM H. HASTINGS - More than any other time in the history of the conflict over the tiny ancient land we call Israel and Palestine, voters from a land across the sea hold unused power to change the basic course and outcomes of that conflict. At this time, those voters--who are also largely...

Planning for a Day of Peace

August 3, 2014
Planning for a Day of Peace

DAVID SWANSON - We need our governments to begin planning for a day of peace. Instead of investing everything in planning for war, preparing for war, and proliferating enough weapons to fuel plenty of wars, governments could invest in alternatives to war, nonviolent means of conflict resolution, moves toward justice that reduce conflict, international...

It’s Time to Reform the Supreme Court — Here Are Five Ways to Do It

August 1, 2014
It’s Time to Reform the Supreme Court — Here Are Five Ways to Do It

ERWIN CHEMERINSKY - In a forthcoming book, The Case Against the Supreme Court (to be published by Viking on September 25), I argue that throughout American history, the Supreme Court has largely failed at its most important tasks of enforcing the Constitution and protecting the rights of minorities. The Supreme Court’s decisions about...

We are Israeli Reservists. We Refuse to Serve: A Petition.

July 30, 2014
We are Israeli Reservists. We Refuse to Serve: A Petition.

YAEL EVEN OR - Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves — which are made up of ex-soldiers — there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part.

Victory: House Overwhelmingly Supports Progressive Resolution on U.S. Military Involvement in Iraq

July 28, 2014
Victory: House Overwhelmingly Supports Progressive Resolution on U.S. Military Involvement in Iraq

BECKY BOND - These days, the House almost never passes good legislation. But thanks to the leadership of two unwavering progressive champions in Congress, Reps. Barbara Lee and Jim McGovern, the House got it right yesterday – and got it right in a big way.

Editorial Position of the New York Times: Thumbs Up for Gaza Slaughter

July 26, 2014

ABBA SOLOMON and NORMAN SOLOMON - Over the weekend, the New York Times sent out a clear signal: the mass slaughter of civilians is acceptable when the Israeli military is doing the killing. Under the headline “Israel’s War in Gaza,” the most powerful newspaper in the United States editorialized that such carnage is necessary....

In Gaza, U.S. Citizens are Paying Israel’s Tab

July 24, 2014

WIM LAVEN - A riveting letter is making its rounds from Dr. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor volunteering in Palestine. In it, Dr. Gilbert describes his first-hand account of Israel’s boots on the ground in Gaza - the sounds of F16s, drones and Apache helicopters, “So much made and paid in and by US,”...

Suppression of Dissent in World War I: A Reminder of Where Fascism Leads

July 22, 2014

AL CARROLL - It is the anniversary of the assassination that led to the start of World War I. Some articles will focus on the veterans, or on what some falsely claim was the first time the US was not isolationist. (That was never true. The US freely invaded Latin America many times before...

War Journalism Leads the Bleeding in Gaza

July 21, 2014
War Journalism Leads the Bleeding in Gaza

ERIN NIEMELA - As Israel’s boots hit the ground in Gaza, Operation War Journalism rages on. Both Arab and Israeli war journalists weaponize rhetoric: False dichotomies (do we bomb or do nothing?) and a pro-violence worldview, among other deadly bullets. War journalism sells violent conflict – “if it bleeds, it leads” – and we’re...

With Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change, Things Could Get Worse

July 18, 2014
With Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change, Things Could Get Worse

JOHN LORETZ - There’s more bad news from the climate scientists. Not about global warming, where the news is never good, but about the impact nuclear weapons would have on the atmosphere, our climate, and food production if even a very small number were used in a limited, regional conflict.

Ready to Die for Oil? – Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars

July 16, 2014
Ready to Die for Oil? – Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars

MICHAEL T. KLARE - In a fossil-fuel world, control over oil and gas reserves is an essential component of national power. “Oil fuels more than automobiles and airplanes,” Robert Ebel of the Center for Strategic and International Studies told a State Department audience in 2002. “Oil fuels military power, national treasuries, and...