Trump’s Handling of North Korea Is Going to Lead Us Straight Into Nuclear Disaster

June 12, 2017
Trump’s Handling of North Korea Is Going to Lead Us Straight Into Nuclear Disaster

RAJAN MENON - President Donald Trump wouldn’t be the first leader, confronted with trouble at home, to trigger a crisis abroad and then appeal for unity and paint critics as unpatriotic. Keep in mind, after all, that this is the man who has already warned of “a major, major war” with North Korea.

A Dying Man’s Gift of Awareness

June 10, 2017
A Dying Man’s Gift of Awareness

ROBERT C. KOEHLER -- “Tell them, I want everybody to know, I want everybody on the train to know, I love them . . .” These words are also part of the geopolitics of murder — these words of light and hope, alive and pulsing amid the bullet casings, the blood and wreckage, the...

Swim for Peace: Reaching Out in Peace to Russia

June 3, 2017
Swim for Peace: Reaching Out in Peace to Russia

ELIZABETH MURRAY - The mainstream U.S. media bristles with hostility toward Russia – fueling a New McCarthyism – but the press finds no space for grassroots American gestures of peace.

President Trump: Toss Your Generals’ Escalation Plans in the Trash

June 1, 2017
President Trump: Toss Your Generals’ Escalation Plans in the Trash

RON PAUL - By the end of last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Advisor HR McMaster were scheduled to deliver to President Trump their plans for military escalations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. President Trump would be wise to rip the plans up and send his national security team back to...

Class War in the Capital City

May 30, 2017
Class War in the Capital City

DON MCINTOSH - There’s a top-down class war under way, but unlike the 1930s, when thugs shot workers on strike picket lines, today’s business organizations are using “hired gun” lobbyists in state capitols, to rewrite the laws — all of them — in their favor. That’s the basic argument made by political scientist Gordon...

This Is What’s Really Behind North Korea’s Nuclear Provocations

May 28, 2017

BRUCE CUMINGS - It’s easy to dismiss Kim Jong-un as a madman. But there’s a long history of US aggression against the North, which we forget at our peril.

US Support of Saudi Attacks on Yemen Must Cease

May 26, 2017
US Support of Saudi Attacks on Yemen Must Cease

KATHY KELLY - The U.S. has decidedly taken the side of the Saudi-led coalition. Consider a Reuters report, on April 19, 2017, after U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with senior Saudi officials. According to the report, U.S. officials said “U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition was discussed including what more assistance the United...

Lockheed Martin-Funded Experts Agree: South Korea Needs More Lockheed Martin Missiles

May 24, 2017
Lockheed Martin-Funded Experts Agree: South Korea Needs More Lockheed Martin Missiles

ADAM JOHNSON - As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to rise, one think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), has become a ubiquitous voice on the topic of missile defense, providing Official-Sounding Quotes to dozens of reporters in Western media outlets. All of these quotes speak to...

Gorbachev: It Was Worse Than This, and We Fixed It

May 22, 2017
Gorbachev: It Was Worse Than This, and We Fixed It

DAVID SWANSON - On Friday, May 12, in Moscow I and a group from the United States met with former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. He said the current relationship between Washington and Moscow alarmed him. But, he said, it is possible to rebuild trust. “We had a situation that was worse,...

Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Dump-Harbinger of the Collapse of the Entire Industry?

May 20, 2017
Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Dump-Harbinger of the Collapse of the Entire Industry?

HARVEY WASSERMAN - The collapse of a tunnel at the massive nuclear waste dump at Hanford, Washington, 200 miles east of Seattle, has sent shock waves through a nuclear power industry already in the process of a global collapse.

The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker

May 18, 2017
The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker

WILLIAM D. HARTUNG - Never has a society spent more for less.

What If He’s Not an Idiot?

May 16, 2017
What If He’s Not an Idiot?

JOHN ATCHESON - It’s worth considering what we are not talking about as we watch the political pornography of the Trump Administration play out and also how the focus on Russia undercuts the Democratic Party. In other words, what if this is exactly what Trump intended when he fired Comey? It’s worth remembering...

Cherokee Nation Lawsuit Holds Drug Distributors Accountable for Opioid Diversion

May 14, 2017

KARLA JO HELMS - Prescription opioid overdose deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives have increased nearly four-fold since 1999. Novus Medical Detox Center believes a new Cherokee Nation lawsuit against opioid distributors may be the first of many.

Killer Drones Take Another Step Into the Mainstream

May 12, 2017
Killer Drones Take Another Step Into the Mainstream

NORMAN SOLOMON - No longer will the pilots who steer drones and fire missiles while staring at computer screens be confined to remote areas like the Nevada desert. With scant public information or debate, sizable American communities are becoming enmeshed in drone warfare on other continents. Along the way, how deeply will we understand...

Portland, Ore., Becomes First Major U.S. City to End All New Investment in Corporations

May 10, 2017
Portland, Ore., Becomes First Major U.S. City to End All New Investment in Corporations

MELISSA HELLMANN - To avoid doing business with socially irresponsible corporations, the city is willing to lose investment income—about $4.5 million a year.

Needed: A Public Plan for Peace

May 8, 2017
Needed: A Public Plan for Peace

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - The American will to wage war — endless war, pointless war, total war — is, I fear, impervious to public opinion and even political action. It remains alive deep in the underground bunker of American militarism, protected from sanity. This goes beyond the staying power of our loser generals, who...

Oil Price Collapse is ‘Permanent’; Analyst Says Fossil Fuel has had Its Day

May 6, 2017
Oil Price Collapse is ‘Permanent’; Analyst Says Fossil Fuel has had Its Day

JILLIAN AMBROSE - The latest collapse of the oil market is the harbinger of a global energy revolution which could spell the end-game for fossil fuels. These theories were laughable less than a decade ago when oil prices grazed highs of more than $140 a barrel. But the burn out of the oil industry...

The Crash of Cassini and the Nuclearization of Space

May 3, 2017
The Crash of Cassini and the Nuclearization of Space

KARL GROSSMAN - Despite protests around the world, the Cassini space probe—containing more deadly plutonium than had ever been used on a space device—was launched 20 years ago. And this past weekend—on Earth Day—the probe and its plutonium were sent crashing into Saturn.

Hunger Strike Begins in Rural Oregon

May 2, 2017

PRESS RELEASE - ICE’s attempt to break strike greeted with resistance in Oregon.

Get Real About Preventing War with North Korea

April 30, 2017
Get Real About Preventing War with North Korea

PATRICK T. HILLER - It is time for the public and its servants – our elected officials – to get away from the pretense that there are no alternatives to projecting and using military force, when indeed there are many constructive responses. This matters greatly, because a study has shown that there is a...

‘Too Cheap to Meter’ Nuclear Plants Seek Welfare Again

April 28, 2017
‘Too Cheap to Meter’ Nuclear Plants Seek Welfare Again

JOHN LAFORGE - You have to hand it to the nuclear industry for socializing costs and privatizing profits. Last year, lobbyists for operators of dirty, deadbeat old reactors won massive public subsidies -- bailouts -- in New York and Illinois that will keep decrepit, retirement-age reactors from shutting down. Instead of turning off the...

Trump Quadruples Obama’s Rate of Drone Strikes

April 26, 2017
Trump Quadruples Obama’s Rate of Drone Strikes

JOSEPH GIBSON - “Trump has taken Obama’s massive and limitless drone war and quadrupled strikes—more than one a day now,” said Courage to Resist's Jeff Paterson. “My hope is that because it’s now The Donald lawlessly murdering people with flying robots, folks will begin to realize how insane this ‘less interventionist’ policy is. Aside...

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...