Unlimited Power: Poison to the Nation’s Soul

August 29, 2015
Unlimited Power: Poison to the Nation’s Soul

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - The awareness that must emerge from a decade-and-counting of torture revelations is that absolute power over others does not keep us safe and should not be pursued. And torture is only a minute fraction of the wrong we promulgate through unchecked militarism, the aim of which is domination of the...

Stop Committing the Sin of Nuclear Weapons

August 27, 2015
Stop Committing the Sin of Nuclear Weapons

REV. JOHN DEAR - Los Alamos sits above the second poorest county in the U.S. and is located in New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the country. The land was originally stolen from indigenous peoples by the U.S. government. Radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory was routinely dumped into the canyons...

Tell Your Senator to Oppose War on Iran

August 25, 2015
Tell Your Senator to Oppose War on Iran

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Edward Snowden Wins Swedish Human Rights Award for NSA Revelations

August 23, 2015
Edward Snowden Wins Swedish Human Rights Award for NSA Revelations

EWEN MACASKILL - Whistleblower Edward Snowden received several standing ovations in the Swedish parliament after being given the Right Livelihood award for his revelations of the scale of state surveillance.

Recent Civil Resistance Against Shell Oil Shows Important Role Nonviolence Plays

August 21, 2015
Recent Civil Resistance Against Shell Oil Shows Important Role Nonviolence Plays

PATRICK T. HILLER - I don’t know any of the 13 activists who lowered themselves from the St. John ’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon, nor any of the dozens of kayakers paddling in the Willamette River below them, but they succeeded in a temporary blockade of the Shell-leased Arctic-bound icebreaker MSV Fennica. I know...

Would Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?

August 19, 2015
Would Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?

NORMAN SOLOMAN - CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling went to prison. If he were white, he probably wouldn’t be there.

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

August 17, 2015
What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - Academician Dr. Lawrence Wittner performed many literature reviews in his scholarly career; this essay is a mini-version of US citizen opinion on the questions surrounding our growing gap between rich and everyone else, as well as the decimation of the middle class. In this clear and objective logical survey of...

Obama and Osama: Where Does the Truth Lie?

August 15, 2015
Obama and Osama: Where Does the Truth Lie?

IBRAHIM S. BAHATI - Since Osama bin Laden’s death 2 May 2011, the official account of the Navy Seals’ raid has been challenged, most recently and cogently by journalist Seymour Hersh, alleging that “Washington's official account of the hunt for Bin Laden and the raid that led to his death was a lie.” In...

Resist the Pro-Violence Conspiracy

August 13, 2015
Resist the Pro-Violence Conspiracy

DAVID SOLEIL - As thoughtful, caring parents, we would never want to teach our kids that violence is the answer to any or every problem. We want our children to learn to get along with others, share, be kind, say "excuse me," and try their best at an empathetic, "I'm sorry." I thought...

In Iraq, I Raided Insurgents. In Virginia, the Police Raided Me.

August 11, 2015
In Iraq, I Raided Insurgents. In Virginia, the Police Raided Me.

ALEX GORDON - I had done this a few dozen times myself, 6,000 miles away from my Alexandria, Va., apartment. As an Army infantryman in Iraq, I’d always been on the trigger side of the weapon. Now that I was on the barrel side, I recalled basic training’s most important firearm rule: Aim only...

Obama Must Ignore Middle Eastern Whiners About Iran

August 9, 2015
Obama Must Ignore Middle Eastern Whiners About Iran

MEL GURTOV - One of the predictable outcomes of any US effort to reset relations with an adversary is that allies start whining about their vulnerability and demanding some sort of compensation for it. Thus, no sooner was the nuclear deal with Iran concluded than the Israelis, Saudis, and other Middle East partners criticize...

NBC Dares Mention Climate in Spread of Lyme Disease, But Not Who Created Lyme Disease

August 7, 2015
NBC Dares Mention Climate in Spread of Lyme Disease, But Not Who Created Lyme Disease

DAVID SWANSON - Climate change is apparently encouraging the spread of Lyme disease, and a report by NBC News dares to say so. This may seem like a fresh breath of honest sanity in a media context in which even the weather reports usually avoid the topic of human global destruction. However, another topic...

F16s for Iraq: Good for Profiteers; Bad for Everyone Else

August 5, 2015
F16s for Iraq: Good for Profiteers; Bad for Everyone Else

TOM H. HASTINGS - The US has delivered the first batch of F16 fighter jets to Iraq. How long until ISIS grabs them? How long before Iraq’s BFF Iran reverse engineers them from nose to tail? How exactly is this even remotely in the interest of the security of the US citizens whose government...

Heavily Armed Does Not Equal Being Secure

August 3, 2015
Heavily Armed Does Not Equal Being Secure

ROBERT KOEHLER - The more that people lose touch with their own humanity, the more, I fear, they will feel the need to be armed – desperately imagining it’s the same thing as being secure. And the news cycle will continue, endlessly bringing us more of the same.

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.