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....

Activist Challenges Supreme Court Over Capital Punishment

January 18, 2017
Activist Challenges Supreme Court Over Capital Punishment

JACK PAYDEN-TRAVERS - “I won’t be able to make that appointment as I’ll be in jail next Tuesday,” I told the nurse who was setting the date for my checkup to remove stiches. She appeared a bit shocked that this aging white middle class male was going to jail. I tried to assure...

What Kind of Nonviolence Training Do You Need?

January 16, 2017
What Kind of Nonviolence Training Do You Need?

RIVERA SUN - Campaign Nonviolence is often contacted by people who are looking for nonviolence trainings. Frequently, they are not sure what type of training they need, or what the catch-phrases are to describe what they're looking for. This guide is offered as a resource in identifying which type of nonviolence training supports the...

Healthcare is a Basic Human Right Not a Political Football

January 15, 2017

WIM LAVEN - On May 4th 2013 I delivered the eulogy for my 33-year-old brother. I’m not sure that our political representatives understand what this feels like when they make decisions to take healthcare away from people.

Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day

January 13, 2017
Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day

DAVID SWANSON - The U.S. government has now generated numerous news stories and released multiple "reports" aimed at persuading us that Vladimir Putin is to blame for Donald Trump becoming president. U.S. media has dutifully informed us that the case has been made. But a closer analysis finds a different reality.

Resolve in 2017: Eternal Hostility to Poverty, Racism and Militarism

January 11, 2017
Resolve in 2017: Eternal Hostility to Poverty, Racism and Militarism

KATHY KELLY - No matter what gang is issuing the orders to kill, whether a massive military power or a smaller group that has acquired weapons, we can all claim our right not to develop, store, sell or use weapons. We can claim our right not to kill and not to live with the...

Family Life Under the Stigma of Undocumented Immigration

January 9, 2017

'REBECCA SCHNEIDER' - There are roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States today. They have children, they work, and they pay taxes that they cannot claim later. They live in constant fear that they will be taken from their children who are citizens of the United States.

Be a Citizen Diplomat in 2017

January 7, 2017
Be a Citizen Diplomat in 2017

SHARON TENNISON - For the whole of 2016, we have been actively deliberating how best to use the Center for Citizen Initiatives' 33-year experience in the US-Russia field––since Russia is increasingly being declared America’s enemy #1––which we totally reject. We’ve concluded that our successful programs of the ’80s are precisely what is needed again...

UN General Assembly Approves Historic Resolution

January 6, 2017
UN General Assembly Approves Historic Resolution

TONY ROBINSON - On December 23, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly approved an historic resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The vote follows a decision on 27 October, 2016, by the General Assembly’s First Committee – which deals with disarmament and international security matters – to begin...

Obama Signs Momentous “Star Wars II” Defense Bill

January 4, 2017

TYLER DURDEN - The mainstream media has lambasted the president-elect for "endangering the world" and "starting another nuclear arms race." However, that same mainstream media appears mute in their response to what President Obama just did.

We’re There! Renewables Now Cheapest Unsubsidized Electricity in U.S.

January 2, 2017
We’re There! Renewables Now Cheapest Unsubsidized Electricity in U.S.

STEPHEN EDELSTEIN - Over the past few years, the cost of electricity generation from renewable-energy sources has decreased dramatically. So much so, that renewable energy may have just hit an important milestone, according to one study. In the U.S., wind and solar power are now cheaper sources of electricity than natural gas—even without subsidies.

Preparing for the Storm

January 1, 2017
Preparing for the Storm

DAVID CORTRIGHT - It is time for resistance, for acts of radical, even revolutionary, patriotism. We need to re-think our priorities and put our bodies and souls on the line. Business as usual is no longer an option.

Introducing the New Pledge of Allegiance

December 30, 2016

ROBERT kOEHLER - The challenge presented by Trump requires something more than resistance. I believe it requires reaching for, and pledging our allegiance to, a much larger, more compassionate and peace-oriented country than the one we have now. It requires pledging allegiance to the planet and the future.

Yes, Dubya, Now I Miss You

December 28, 2016
Yes, Dubya, Now I Miss You

DAVID SWANSON - When George W. Bush made the case for attacking and destroying the nation of Iraq, he made claims that, if true, would have justified nothing. And he proposed as evidence for those claims fraudulent, implausible, and even ridiculous pieces of information. But he was expected to produce evidence. There was no...

Climate-Change Effects Happening Faster Than Expected

December 26, 2016
Climate-Change Effects Happening Faster Than Expected

ERIC TEGETHOFF - Many of the effects of climate change scientists did not expect to happen for decades into the future are happening now. According to a new study in the journal Science, researchers found that every ecosystem on Earth is being impacted by a warming globe, from the genetic level up.

Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy

December 24, 2016
Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy

NORMAN SOLOMON - Many big factors affect any presidential race, and the Russian government may have tried to be one of them for the 2016 election—though it’s hardly the slam dunk that agencies like the CIA and U.S. mass media are now claiming. But in any event, this month it has become routine for...

A Visit to Russia for “Life Extension” of the Planet

December 22, 2016
A Visit to Russia for “Life Extension” of the Planet

BRIAN TERRELL - The life extension of our planet needs to be a universal goal. To speak of, let alone pour a nation’s wealth into a program of “life extension programs for weapon systems” is nothing short of madness. Our Russian friends’ confidence in our collective sanity and the steadiness of our leadership, especially...

How to Scrap the Electoral College

December 20, 2016
How to Scrap the Electoral College

JOHN LAFORGE - The Electoral College is based on state law, so when enough additional states pass the National Popular Vote bill -- enough to add up to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House -- then the “electors” would be legally bound to vote for the popular vote winner and...

People Are in the Streets Protesting Donald Trump. But When Does Protest Actually Work?

December 18, 2016
People Are in the Streets Protesting Donald Trump. But When Does Protest Actually Work?

ERICA CHENOWETH - The politics of dissent is back in the United States. Since 2011, the country has witnessed the resurgence of popular action — from Occupy Wall Street to Flood Wall Street to Black Lives Matter to Standing Rock. Since Nov. 8, many Americans have participated in protests and marches in nearly every...

Détente Now: A New Call for Peace, Security, and Cooperation

December 16, 2016

GILBERT DOCTOROW, UTE FINCKH-KRAMER, LUDGER VOLMER, ROLF EKEUS and NOAM CHOMSKY - A transatlantic appeal for a new policy of détente with Russia has been launched. The declaration’s authors invite the general public to join leading political figures and social activists who have publicly rallied to support the call.

Coalition Applauds Final Denial of Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline

December 14, 2016

NEWS RELEASE FROM ROGUE CLIMATE (SENT BY HANNAH SOHL) - Late Friday, December 9, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied a request from Canadian oil and gas companies for rehearing of the case surrounding the proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline, finalizing the commission's rejection of the...

The Road Ahead in Saving the Climate

December 12, 2016
The Road Ahead in Saving the Climate

HUNTER CUTTING - Saving the climate and reaping the power of renewable energy is a vision that can help power the climate/sustainability movement as we go back to work. We will get no help from the Republican Congress or the Trump presidency in this effort. But the economics of the ongoing revolution in the...

What Being a Refugee in Afghanistan Means

December 10, 2016
What Being a Refugee in Afghanistan Means

KATHY KELLY - December 10th marks the U.N. Human Rights Day, celebrating and upholding the indispensable and crucial declaration of universal human rights. On the eve of this event, I visited a refugee camp housing 700 families in Kabul. Conditions in refugee camps can be deplorable, intolerable. Here, the situation is best described as...

Media Complicity Is Key to Blacklisting Websites

December 8, 2016
Media Complicity Is Key to Blacklisting Websites

NORMAN SOLOMON - We still don’t have any sort of apology or retraction from the Washington Post for promoting “The List” -- the highly dangerous blacklist that got a huge boost from the newspaper’s fawning coverage on November 24. The project of smearing 200 websites with one broad brush wouldn’t have gotten far without...

Congress Must Drain the Swamp, Not Clog the Drain

December 6, 2016

PRESS RELEASE, PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY - Congress must take the shackles off of federal agencies trying to drain the Washington swamp and fix government, nine newly elected members of Congress told their future colleagues in a letter circulated November 28..

Trump’s Possible Path out of Ukraine Crisis

December 4, 2016
Trump’s Possible Path out of Ukraine Crisis

JONATHAN MARSHALL - If Donald Trump wants to make a decisive and constructive mark on U.S. foreign policy early in his presidency, there’s no better place to start than by helping to end the brutal war in Ukraine that has claimed some 10,000 lives.

Focus on the Silver Lining

December 2, 2016
Focus on the Silver Lining

PETER BERGEL - The election is over and Trump won. In a country with a sane election system, he would not have, but we have the Electoral College, so he did. In Joe Hill’s immortal words, “Don’t mourn; organize!”

Standing Rock: Determining President Obama’s Legacy to All Americans

November 30, 2016
Standing Rock: Determining President Obama’s Legacy to All Americans

ELLEN LINDEEN - What the president does next will determine Obama’s legacy with Native Americans. He has protected and provided for many Americans who were ignored until his presidency. However, the First People on this land, who know the past in a way descendants of immigrants and colonists cannot, are uniting to protect the...

Please Stop Thinking You’re Better Than Trump Supporters

November 28, 2016
Please Stop Thinking You’re Better Than Trump Supporters

CHARLES EISENSTEIN - Normal is coming unhinged. For the past eight years it has been possible for most people (at least in the relatively privileged classes) to believe that society is sound, that the system, though creaky, basically works, and that the progressive deterioration of everything from ecology to economy is a temporary deviation...

Another $11.6 Billion for Obama/Trump Wars? Hell No!

November 26, 2016
Another $11.6 Billion for Obama/Trump Wars? Hell No!

DAVID SWANSON - President Obama waited until after the election last week to propose an unpopular idea. He asked Congress for $11.6 billion extra — outside the huge existing military budget — for wars. Here’s his letter including all the gory details. Please read it yourself when you begin to hope that I’m making...

Jury is Still Out on Trump’s Foreign Policy Agenda

November 24, 2016
Jury is Still Out on Trump’s Foreign Policy Agenda

ROBERT PARRY - By inviting in Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat hostile to “regime change” wars, President-elect Trump may be signaling a major break with Republican neocon orthodoxy and a big shake-up of the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

Governor Kate Brown, West Coast Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Climate Action

November 22, 2016

NEWS RELEASE, OFFICE OF GOVERNOR KATE BROWN - Oregon Governor Kate Brown, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark issue a statement that strongly supports their continuing lead on Climate Change.

Democracy is Not Demonization

November 20, 2016
Democracy is Not Demonization

SAADIA AHMAD - I am a Muslim-American and a peacebuilder. In the aftermath of a polarizing election season, the victory of President-elect Donald Trump, and an onslaught of violent hate crimes and proposed policies threatening human rights, I am struggling to simultaneously maintain my commitment to both roles and identities.

Fear and Strength in Oregon’s Immigrant Communities Post-Election

November 18, 2016
Fear and Strength in Oregon’s Immigrant Communities Post-Election

ERIC TEGETHOFF - Immigrant communities across Oregon are preparing to take President-elect Donald Trump at his word regarding ramping up deportations during his presidency.

Something to Teach Us About Living Well

November 16, 2016
Something to Teach Us About Living Well

DAVID SMITH-FERRI - At a gathering in Redwood Valley, California, on November 6th, I listened while a Native American activist told us that opposition to DAPL shouldn’t be about moving the pipeline off-rez. It should be about an end to pipelines. It should be about the shift we need to make to alternative energy....

First Effect of Trump Win: Al-Qaeda Morale in Aleppo Collapses, Western Campaign against Russian Bombing Ends

November 14, 2016
First Effect of Trump Win: Al-Qaeda Morale in Aleppo Collapses, Western Campaign against Russian Bombing Ends

ALEXANDER MERCOURIS - One place where Donald Trump’s election victory has had an immediate effect is in the battlefield around Aleppo. Reports from the area of the battlefield speak of a total collapse of morale amongst the Al-Qaeda led Jihadi forces which have been attacking the city from the south west, as whatever lingering...

Celebrate and Take Action to Support Paris Climate Agreement

November 12, 2016
Celebrate and Take Action to Support Paris Climate Agreement

REV. CANON SALLY G. BINGHAM - Today is an historic day! The Paris Climate Agreement will become international law. Currently 96 countries have ratified the agreement, representing just over two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Paris agreement will reduce emissions toward a shared goal of keeping global...

Measure 97 Defeat Shows Need for Corporate Tax Transparency

November 10, 2016
Measure 97 Defeat Shows Need for Corporate Tax Transparency

CHUCK SHEKETOFF - November 8, 2016, will be remembered as a dark day in Oregon history. An avalanche of corporate money buried with misinformation the best chance in over two decades to finally confront the chronic underfunding of our public schools and other public services. Corporate money won; the people of Oregon lost.

Time for an ACLU Shift on Campaign Finance?

November 8, 2016
Time for an ACLU Shift on Campaign Finance?

ELIZA NEWLIN CARNEY - The American Civil Liberties Union’s selection of David Cole as its new national legal director creates an opening for the group to revisit a campaign-finance stance that is increasingly out of step with its members and the nation.

Standing with Standing Rock: #NoDAPL

November 6, 2016
Standing with Standing Rock: #NoDAPL

REV. ANTHONY GRIMES - Right now, FOR National Council member Sahar Alsahlani, former National Council member Rick Ufford-Chase, FOR executive assistant Juliette Suarez, and I are traveling to the Standing Rock Sioux nation in North Dakota to join more than 350 faith leaders from across the United States.

The United Nations Votes to Start Negotiations to Ban the Bomb

November 4, 2016
The United Nations Votes to Start Negotiations to Ban the Bomb

ALICE SLATER - One hundred and twenty-six nations voted to move forward with negotiations to prohibit nuclear weapons — just as the world has already done for biological and chemical weapons.

Are the US and Russia Sleepwalking into War?

November 2, 2016
Are the US and Russia Sleepwalking into War?

RAMESH THAKUR - Are the increasingly frosty relations between the United States and Russia going to turn into all-out war? Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Ramesh Thakur weighs the evidence.

The U.S. National Bird Is Now a Drone

October 31, 2016
The U.S. National Bird Is Now a Drone

DAVID SWANSON - Officially, of course, the national bird of the United States is that half-a-peace-sign that Philadelphia sports fans like to hold up at opposing teams. But unofficially, the film National Bird has it right: the national bird is a killer drone.

We Need to Unite Globally Around Opposition to the Entire Institution of War

October 29, 2016
We Need to Unite Globally Around Opposition to the Entire Institution of War

DAVID SWANSON - David Swanson answers questions posed by an Italian journalist about how to achieve global opposition to the very institution of war.

‘Listen Up, America’: Actress Shailene Woodley Calls on Public to Join Dakota Access Fight

October 27, 2016
‘Listen Up, America’: Actress Shailene Woodley Calls on Public to Join Dakota Access Fight

NIKA KNIGHT - After actress Shailene Woodley's October 10 arrest for participating in a prayer action against the Dakota Access Pipeline went viral among her fans, the Divergent series star issued an impassioned plea to the American public to pay attention instead to the Native-American-led fight for water and land.

Cops Jail 141 in ND: Even More ‘Water Protectors’ Step Up to the Frontline, Citing 1851 Treaty

October 25, 2016
Cops Jail 141 in ND: Even More ‘Water Protectors’ Step Up to the Frontline, Citing 1851 Treaty

NAVAJO - It was not 83 Water Protectors who were arrested on Saturday, October 22, as reported yesterday: 141 people were actually jailed! The 83 count was from the Morton County jail alone. Due to a lack of space to hold the 141 arrested, Morton County sent protectors to several county jails. Arrestees continue...

Top US General: Hillary’s No Fly Zone Strategy Would ‘Require’ War With Russia

October 23, 2016

SPUTNIK INTERNATIONAL - During testimony before the Senate Committee on Armed Services last week General Joseph Dunford rang the alarm over a policy shift that is gaining more traction within the halls of Washington following the collapse of the ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in Syria saying that it could result...

Human Decency Moves Civilization Forward

October 21, 2016
Human Decency Moves Civilization Forward

JAMES A. HAUGHT - As long as supposed enemies drop their guns to rescue a dangling child, there’s hope that decency can outweigh the world’s ugliness, and civilization can keep on improving.

The Cuban Missile Crisis-What It Has To Teach

October 19, 2016
The Cuban Missile Crisis-What It Has To Teach

JOHN PEPPER - In reading the recent biography of Robert Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy:The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye, I have acquired a very different understanding of the Cuban Missile Crisis and its relevance to the challenging geo-political situation we face today.