MICHAEL CARRIGAN and PETER BERGEL – Our country continues to expend nearly half its discretionary budget on its military might. That leaves only half for everything else. The perennial explanation given to defend this lopsided priority is that the military guards our national security. If only that were true!
MARK ENGLER and PAUL ENGLER – The importance of grassroots organizing is still being underestimated.
REBECCA ROWE – The Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin sent a mine developer back to the drawing board after a legal battle over sacred sites and water contamination.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – What a world this is. I fear far less â€œaidâ€ is given, and far less profit is envisioned, to promote â€œthe right of all people, regardless of their faith, to have self-determination and equal rights.â€
NORMAN SOLOMON – AP president, Gary Pruitt, said â€œwe are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing APâ€™s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza.â€
NICOLAI N. PETRO – The United States insists on seeing Ukraine through the prism of Russia, rather than through the complex realities of Ukraine.
DALIRI OROPEZA and REYNA HAYDEE RAMIREZ – The gas pipeline was already a foregone conclusion, at least thatâ€™s what the company, the subsidiary, and the government of Sonora thought. They were wrong. Yaqui women narrate how they have stopped this project.
MEL GURTOV – â€œThe problem with the Middle East is that you can try to turn your back on it, but it wonâ€™t turn its back on you,â€ said Martin S. Indyk, former US ambassador to Israel. And it hasnâ€™t: once again, Israelis and Palestinians are at war.
JOE CIRINCIONE – The panel with no diversity of views was meant to reinforce a forgone conclusion: more money for more weapons.
WIM LAVEN – We can speak out against oppression, we can demand assistance for those in need, and we can strive to do better. The world depends on our collective action and commitment.
LAWRENCE WITTNER – Last year was a terrible time for vast numbers of people around the globe, who experienced not only a terrible disease pandemic, accompanied by widespread sickness and death, but severe economic hardship. Even so, the disasters of 2020 were not shocking enough to jolt the worldâ€™s most powerful nations out of their traditional preoccupation with enhancing their armed might, for once again they raised their military spending to new heights.
ALEXIS BENVENISTE – Carbon emissions are a huge contributor to climate change, so companies are getting creative about finding ways to suck the heat-trapping element out of the atmosphere and slow global warming.
SARAH BETANCOURT – Massachusetts has the lowest US gun death rates, and John Rosenthal says mass shootings wonâ€™t stop without real national action.
JOHN LAFORGE – Joe Biden has his own Douglas MacArthur moment, and should replace the head of US Strategic Command, Adm. Charles A. Richard, just as Harry Truman fired the insubordinate commander of the US war in Korea.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – Are we transcending the religion that gave us slavery?