Trump’s Climate Demands Roil U.S. Allies

April 24, 2017
Trump’s Climate Demands Roil U.S. Allies

ANDREW RESTUCCIA - President Donald Trump’s abrupt turnaround on U.S. climate policy is fueling tension with several of America’s closest allies, which are resisting the administration’s demands that they support a bigger role for nuclear power and fossil fuels in the world’s energy supply.

The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have a Huge Stake in Blaming Russia

April 22, 2017
The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have a Huge Stake in Blaming Russia

NORMAN SOLOMON - After Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss nearly six months ago, her most powerful Democratic allies feared losing control of the party. Efforts to lip-synch economic populism while remaining closely tied to Wall Street had led to a catastrophic defeat. In the aftermath, the party’s progressive base -- personified by Bernie Sanders --...

The Potential of an “Oregon Climate Test”

April 20, 2017
The Potential of an “Oregon Climate Test”

ERIC DE PLACE - After a string of successes defending the Northwest from ill-conceived dirty energy projects, the thin green line—the Northwest’s opposition movement to coal, oil, and gas exports—is starting to play offense. Local governments around the region are already updating land use laws to protect their communities from the depredations of fossil...

Keep Your Eye on Trump’s Main Agenda

April 18, 2017
Keep Your Eye on Trump’s Main Agenda

PETER BERGEL - Not so fast, fellow progressives! We’ve underestimated Donald Trump a couple of times now. Let’s not do it again. He may be all the things we think he is – racist, xenophobic, narcissistic, homophobic, anti-Muslim, power-mad. At the same time, though, he’s also getting away with a deadly distraction game –...

Civil Rights Advocates Renew Efforts to Oust Bannon

April 17, 2017
Civil Rights Advocates Renew Efforts to Oust Bannon

NEWS RELEASE - As news outlets continue to report on whether embattled White House chief strategist and white nationalist Stephen Bannon will continue serving in the administration, 23 diverse civil rights groups are reminding the Trump Administration that governing through Bannon’s divisive and hateful campaign style is out of step with the country.

Intelligence Professionals: Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation

April 15, 2017
Intelligence Professionals: Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation

VETERAN INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS FOR SANITY - More than two dozen ex-U.S. intelligence officials urge President Trump to rethink his claims blaming the Syrian government for the chemical deaths in Idlib and to pull back from his dangerous escalation of tensions with Russia.

“They’ll Never Learn” Department: Trump and North Korea

April 13, 2017
“They’ll Never Learn” Department: Trump and North Korea

MEL GURTOV - As Donald Trump prepared to meet Xi Jinping, his administration was going down the old road of believing it can pressure China to solve the North Korea nuclear weapons problem—or face a US-initiated trade war.

First Right to Climate Law Adopted in Colorado

April 11, 2017

COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND - Lafayette, CO, recently adopted the first law in Colorado recognizing the right to a healthy climate for people and nature, and banned the extraction of oil and gas as a violation of that right. CELDF assisted the community in drafting the measure.

Trump Succumbs To Bush/Obama Perpetual War

April 9, 2017
Trump Succumbs To Bush/Obama Perpetual War

ANN WRIGHT - President Trump is becoming the third post-9/11 president to prosecute bloody conflicts in the Mideast and impose mass surveillance at home, with no end in sight.

U.S. Out of Korea

April 7, 2017
U.S. Out of Korea

DAVID SWANSON - My biggest concern is not the embarrassment of a U.S. public afraid of the tiny impoverished nation of North Korea. If that embarrassed me, how would I survive what U.S. culture makes of ISIS, or -- for that matter -- the election of Donald Trump? My biggest concern is that U.S....

Trump’s Budget Assault on the Environment

April 5, 2017
Trump’s Budget Assault on the Environment

HARVEY WASSERMAN - Donald Trump’s first budget makes his antipathy to the environment clear—and his love for fossil fuels and nuclear power even clearer.

Leaked NAFTA Plan Another Gift to Corporations

April 3, 2017
Leaked NAFTA Plan Another Gift to Corporations

ARTHUR STAMOULIS - The Trump administration’s leaked plan to “tweak” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) confirms one of our worst fears: that President Trump is poised to let big corporations dictate how NAFTA is rewritten.

Trump’s Coal Mining Promise Can’t Be Fulfilled

April 1, 2017
Trump’s Coal Mining Promise Can’t Be Fulfilled

JAMES HAUGHT - Even if Trump wipes out federal pollution and safety controls, I doubt that it will “get . . . miners back to work.” They would stand a better chance if Trump shifted enough federal funds to training for jobs of the future instead of easy but hollow promises that he can’t...

Why ICE Raids Imperil Us All

March 30, 2017
Why ICE Raids Imperil Us All

ANDREW MOSS - When silent complicity prevails, the gates to authoritarianism are opened wide. Yet the choice to speak on behalf of the other can still be exercised if citizens act in time. In such choosing we can see not only the movement of the individual conscience. We can also see...

Trump Responds to ‘Biggest Case on the Planet’ – Kids vs. Climate Change

March 26, 2017
Trump Responds to ‘Biggest Case on the Planet’ – Kids vs. Climate Change

LAURA PARKER - A pioneering lawsuit against the U.S. government on global warming won the right to a trial. Now Trump wants an appeals court to cancel it.

Depleted Uranium Weapons Leave Shameful Legacy of Radioactive Death

March 24, 2017
Depleted Uranium Weapons Leave Shameful Legacy of Radioactive Death

BARBARA KOEPPEL - Although the United States and its allies call their newest weapons conventional, which means non-nuclear, the truth is more complicated. Scientists I interviewed here in the United States, and in Canada, Europe, and Lebanon describe this latest generation of weapons as radioactive and chemically poisonous. While not nuclear, they leave high...

Trump Budget Violates His Promises, Kills Jobs

March 22, 2017
Trump Budget Violates His Promises, Kills Jobs

TOM HASTINGS - Trump’s budget is out, his Trumpcare bill is introduced, and between them they are astonishingly stupid and promise-breaking.

Focus on Whistleblowers’ Information, Not Sources or Motivations

March 20, 2017
Focus on Whistleblowers’ Information, Not Sources or Motivations

JESSELYN RADACK - It is the leakiest of times in the Executive Branch. , Wikileaks published a massive and, by all accounts genuine, trove of documents revealing that the CIA has been stockpiling, and lost control of, hacking tools it uses against targets. Particularly noteworthy were the revelations that...

The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump, a Political Hot Potato, is Back

March 18, 2017
The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump, a Political Hot Potato, is Back

TOM DICHRISTOPHER - The White House's budget blueprint released Thursday seeks to revive spending for a hotly contested facility in Nevada that would store the nation's nuclear waste.

Protest and Persist: Why Giving Up Hope is Not an Option

March 16, 2017
Protest and Persist: Why Giving Up Hope is Not an Option

REBECCA SOLNIT - I began talking about hope in 2003, in the bleak days after the war in Iraq was launched. Fourteen years later, I use the term hope because it navigates a way forward between the false certainties of optimism and of pessimism, and the complacency or passivity that goes with both. Optimism...

U.S. Prepares for War in Korea

March 14, 2017

BRUCE GAGNON - South Korea and the US launched their annual Key Resolve military exercise Monday, which involves scenarios for the employment of US anti-missile assets and special warfare forces tasked with removing North Korea’s leadership in a contingency.

President Donald Trump Should Make a Deal with North Korea

March 12, 2017

KEVIN MARTIN - President Donald Trump likes to be known for his deal-making, and now he has the opportunity to make deals that can impact world peace and security, not just real estate or other business deals for his profit. North Korea would be a great place to start.

Trump Is Our Imperial Vulture Come Home to Roost – We Must Repent

March 10, 2017

BOB FITRIKAS and HARVEY WASSERMAN - As the nightmare reality of Donald Trump sinks in, we need to put our resistance in a larger perspective.

Let’s Give the CIA the Credit It Deserves

March 10, 2017
Let’s Give the CIA the Credit It Deserves

NORMAN SOLOMON - For months now, our country has endured the tacit denigration of American ingenuity. Countless statements -- from elected officials, activist groups, journalists and many others -- have ignored our nation’s superb blend of dazzling high-tech capacities and statecraft mendacities. Fortunately, this week the news about release of illuminating CIA documents by...

Contacts with Russian Diplomats are Normal Statecraft

March 8, 2017

JACK MATLOCK - Finding a way to improve relations with Russia is in the vital interest of the United States. Nuclear weapons constitute an existential threat to our nation, and indeed to humanity. We are on the brink of another nuclear arms race which would be not only dangerous in itself, but would make...

Veterans For Peace Endorses Gabbard’s Stop Arming Terrorists Act

March 6, 2017
Veterans For Peace Endorses Gabbard’s Stop Arming Terrorists Act

TULSI GABBARD - “Those who have seen and experienced war firsthand share a unique appreciation for the need for peace. From Iraq to Libya and now in Syria, the U.S. has and continues to wage wars of regime change, each resulting in unimaginable suffering, devastating loss of life, and the strengthening of terrorist groups...

Our Causes Are Connected, Our Movements Should Be Too

March 3, 2017
Our Causes Are Connected, Our Movements Should Be Too

DAVID SWANSON - In my view, not only was Thomas Jefferson right to list all of King George’s wrongs, not only was Martin Luther King Jr. right to propose taking on militarism, racism, and extreme materialism all together, but the way to an effective movement — not just a larger movement, but a coherent...

Trump Can Prove He’s Not a Putin Puppet by Blowing Up the World

March 2, 2017
Trump Can Prove He’s Not a Putin Puppet by Blowing Up the World

NORMAN SOLOMON - Four weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote that “nothing he has done since the inauguration allays fears that he is in effect a Putin puppet.” The liberal pundit concluded with a matter-of-fact reference to “the Trump-Putin axis.” Such lines of attack have become routine, citing...

Arizona Leader Kills Protest Bill after Widespread Criticism

March 1, 2017

BOB CHRISTIE - The speaker of the Arizona House said Monday he won't hear a bill that makes participating in or helping organize a protest that turns into a riot an offense that could lead to criminal racketeering charges, a move prompted by widespread criticism that the legislation sought to limit First Amendment rights.

What You Need to Know about the “Carbon Bubble” to Understand Trump

February 26, 2017
What You Need to Know about the “Carbon Bubble” to Understand Trump

ALEX STEFFEN- You can’t understand what Trump’s doing to America without understanding the “Carbon Bubble.”

What It Takes to Change Hearts and Minds

February 25, 2017
What It Takes to Change Hearts and Minds

COLIN BEAVAN - Some years ago, the communications psychologist John Marshall Roberts said at a talk I attended that there are three ways of converting people to a cause: by threat of force, by intellectual argument, and by inspiration. The most effective of these methods, Roberts said, is aligning communication about your cause with...

Do These 10 Things, and Trump Will Be Toast

February 22, 2017
Do These 10 Things, and Trump Will Be Toast

MICHAEL MOORE - Friends, I welcome you to "The Michael Moore Easy-to-Follow 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump." First, let's acknowledge what we all know to be true: Trump is in deep, deep trouble -- in the pocket of Russians, surrounded by alt.right idiots, alone in his bathrobe in a mostly-empty White House -- and...

NW Ratepayers Will Save Over $250 Million if Columbia Generating Station Nuclear Power Plant Replaced with Renewables

February 19, 2017

OREGON AND WASHINGTON PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - Portland utility economist Robert McCullough’s study indicates savings to Northwest ratepayers of between $261.2 million and $530.7 million over ten years if the Columbia Generating Station nuclear plant is closed and replaced with clean renewable energy alternatives.

Dutch Bank Will Not Pursue Future Business With Energy Transfer Equity due to the Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

February 16, 2017
Dutch Bank Will Not Pursue Future Business With Energy Transfer Equity due to the Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

WAKINYAN WAANATAN (MATT REMLE - LAKOTA) - ABN AMRO Bank based in Amsterdam released a statement strongly condemning Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), the parent company to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), over the Dakota Access pipeline. While the Dutch based bank is not involved in financing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, and is...

It May Take Only 3.5% of the Population to Topple a Dictator – with Civil Resistance

February 14, 2017
It May Take Only 3.5% of the Population to Topple a Dictator – with Civil Resistance

ERICA CHENOWTH - The United States has a rich history with effective uses of nonviolent resistance. It’s time to become familiar with it.

Cherokee Nation Wins Restraining Order to Prevent Radwaste Disposal Near Local Rivers

February 13, 2017

ANADISGOI, OFFICIAL CHREOKEE NATION NEWSROOM - The Cherokee Nation and state of Oklahoma jointly filed and were granted a restraining order today against Sequoyah Fuels Corporation near Gore to stop the company from disposing radioactive waste near the Arkansas and Illinois rivers. The request was granted by Sequoyah County District Judge Jeff Payton.

The Long Road to Impeach Trump Just Got Shorter

February 11, 2017
The Long Road to Impeach Trump Just Got Shorter

NORMAN SOLOMON - The momentum to impeach President Trump is accelerating.

A 10-point Plan to Stop Trump and Make Gains in Justice and Equality

February 10, 2017

GEORGE LAKEY - I was among the 100,000 who marched in San Francisco’s Women’s March the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. While enthusiasm for the struggle seemed high, an important question was looming: What’s the strategic plan, as we head into the Trump era? Although there’s no simple answer, I offer this 10-point plan...

Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement

February 8, 2017
Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement

JOSHUA HOLLAND - An explosion of new activism offers a ray of hope in these dark political times.

Activists Call for National General Strike in the US to Bring Down Donald Trump

February 7, 2017

ANDREW GRIFFIN - Activists are calling for people to stop working and buying things for a day to bring down Donald Trump.

Nomination of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General Poses Threat to Our Democracy

February 6, 2017

COMMON CAUSE: Karen Hobert Flynn, Paul S. Ryan, Allegra Chapman - The nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to serve as U.S. Attorney General is a threat to many of our nation’s most cherished ideals of democracy. His actions and publicly stated views are out of touch with our nation’s citizens, its laws, and with...

Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed?

February 5, 2017
Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed?

DAVID SWANSON - Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed? Here's why I ask. Maddow devotes many minutes on MSNBC stirring up hatred of Russia in order to establish that there is a vague possibility that President Donald Trump might be corrupted by a foreign government.

Here’s What’s Psychologically Wrong with Donald Trump

February 3, 2017
Here’s What’s Psychologically Wrong with Donald Trump

KAREN WEHRSTEIN - With all the talk of Donald Trump’s mental health status, I’ve decided to do something I’ve put off for a while: write a diary that shows he is a textbook case of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), and spell out what that means in terms of what to expect from him and...

Gorbachev Urges Trump and Putin to Introduce UN Resolution Banning Nuclear War

February 1, 2017

DAVID CAPLAN - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has issued a dire warning: "The world is preparing for war." And with a phone call scheduled on Saturday between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Gorbachev is urging the leaders to put a halt to a such a deadly path by spearheading a...

An Inside\Outside Strategy for Defending the US Republic

January 30, 2017
An Inside\Outside Strategy for Defending the US Republic

MARIA STEPHAN - Both the administrative pillar of resistance and the ‘Indivisible’ legislative pillar will be bolstered if linked to a grassroots strategy of cross-issue mobilizing and direct action – the core strategy.

Reclaiming Our Democracy

January 28, 2017
Reclaiming Our Democracy

ANDREW MOSS - Donald Trump can hardly sustain a movement as a "cure" or unifier. Something much deeper has to be involved, and that something is nothing less than the reclamation of our democracy and the democratic promise of the American experiment.

Breaking Badlands: National Park Service Goes Yugely Rogue, Insists On Pesky Facts

January 26, 2017
Breaking Badlands: National Park Service Goes Yugely Rogue, Insists On Pesky Facts

ABBY ZIMET - Well this is cool: Trumpian efforts to block information on climate change - 'cause who needs science and/or a planet? - have sparked fierce, creative, heart-stirring resistance by the National Park Service and its many friends, suggesting the Revolution may yet be tweeted.

Trump Could Remake U.S.–Russian Relations, but Will He?

January 24, 2017

NICOLAI PETRO - The Trump administration has a unique opportunity to change the American foreign policy debate about Russia and move beyond the outdated policy of containment.

Chinese Billionaire Says US Wasted Trillions on Wars and Wall Street

January 22, 2017
Chinese Billionaire Says US Wasted Trillions on Wars and Wall Street

LAUREN MCCAULEY - "In the past 30 years, America had 13 wars spending $2 trillion," said Alibaba founder Jack Ma. "What if the money was spent on the Midwest of the United States?" Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Wednesday, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma accused the United States of spending too...

Six Things We Should Do Better As Everything Gets Worse

January 20, 2017
Six Things We Should Do Better As Everything Gets Worse

DAVID SWANSON - Here I am in occupied DC. The White House looks like a Green Zone. There was a time when you could walk up to it. Caravans of police cars and black SUVs zoom by with sirens blaring and everyone else forced aside. Do people look outraged? No, they grin and admire....