Looks Like the 1% is Going to Get Away with It

September 5, 2012
Looks Like the 1% is Going to Get Away with It

PETER J. HENNINGS - The criminal investigation was prompted by a referral from the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, based on its 635-page report on the financial crisis that included details on Goldman’s transactions in mortgage-backed securities. The report highlighted potential conflicts of interest in how Goldman dealt with its clients and questioned whether...

Organize to Address Threats Ignored by Dysfunctional Government

September 3, 2012
Organize to Address Threats Ignored by Dysfunctional Government

PETER BERGEL - In my email this morning was a message from one of my favorite organizations, the League of Conservation Voters, that began: “We just won a major victory..."but I have to admit that my reaction was “really?”

Will Nuclear Power Continue to Hobble Along Despite Its Radioactive Achilles’ Heel?

September 1, 2012
Will Nuclear Power Continue to Hobble Along Despite Its Radioactive Achilles’ Heel?

ALLISON FISHER - Radioactive waste has often been referred to as the Achilles heel of nuclear power. It should be. It poses a threat to human health and our environment for hundreds of thousands of years. To date, a safe and viable way to permanently isolate it has not been identified. However, this dilemma...

Rand Paul: Government Spied on Americans ‘Gazillions’ of Times

August 30, 2012
Rand Paul: Government Spied on Americans ‘Gazillions’ of Times

SEN. RAND PAUL - Does the government really peer into the personal business of everyone in America? According to Judge Andrew Napolitano, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has put the number of instances that the feds have spied on Americans in the “gazillions.”

Keep Genetically Engineered Canola Out of Oregon

August 28, 2012
Keep Genetically Engineered Canola Out of Oregon

BRENDA GAINES - Late last Friday, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) sent out a news release announcing its plan to file a temporary administrative rule that would dramatically expand the area in the Willamette Valley where canola can be grown: from a few hundred acres to 300,000 acres. This short-sighted ruling, which would...

FBI Raids Homes of Occupy Protesters in Oregon and Washington

August 26, 2012
FBI Raids Homes of Occupy Protesters in Oregon and Washington

TOM CARTER - Over the last month, heavily armed “domestic terrorism” units of the FBI used battering rams and stun grenades to conduct early-morning raids on the homes of political protesters in Seattle and Olympia, Washington and Portland, Oregon. On July 25, three homes were raided in Portland alone and, since July 10, as...

Nine Nobel Peace Laureates Call on NBC to Cancel “Stars Earn Stripes”

August 24, 2012
Nine Nobel Peace Laureates Call on NBC to Cancel “Stars Earn Stripes”

ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU - “Stars Earn Stripes” is not just another reality show. Hosted by retired four-star general Wesley Clark, the program pairs minor celebrities with US military personnel and puts them through simulated military training, including some live fire drills and helicopter drops. The official NBC website for the show...

Soft Necks Will Not Be Slaughtered: Applying Nonviolence in a Hard Situation

August 22, 2012
Soft Necks Will Not Be Slaughtered: Applying Nonviolence in a Hard Situation

HAKIM and KATHY KELLY - Abdulhai remembers his father being killed by the Taliban. “Anyone who takes up a weapon in revenge, whether the Talib or any other, is acting like the Talibs who murdered my father,” he says, in a matter of fact way. “The solution does not lie in...

Why Do We Have So Much Violence in the U.S.?

August 20, 2012
Why Do We Have So Much Violence in the U.S.?

MICHAEL MINCH - Can anything be said in the wake of the most recent murderous eruption, this time in Aurora, Colorado? On one hand, many people jump forward quickly with new laments, calls for greater gun control, appeals against such control, and frankly, everything we’ve heard so many times before. Others,...

Bill McKibben is Wrong, We Must Not Forget That “We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us”

August 18, 2012
Bill McKibben is Wrong, We Must Not Forget That “We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us”

NICKOLAS C. ARGUIMBAU - This is a response to Bill McKibben's Rolling Stone article, "Warming's Terrifying New Math: Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is," Global Warming's Terrifying New Math. Bill McKibben has once again put his heart and soul into an...

Catholic Activists Breach Tennessee Nuclear Weapons Plant in Protest

August 16, 2012
Catholic Activists Breach Tennessee Nuclear Weapons Plant in Protest

JOSHUA J. MCELWEE - Three Catholics broke into a guarded nuclear weapons complex in Tennessee on Saturday in an act of civil disobedience and made their way outside of its most secure facilities before they were arrested. The three, an 82-year-old religious sister and two middle-aged men connected with the Catholic Worker movement, were...

Thanks to North Dakota, U.S. Waste of Natural Gas Grows Rapidly

August 14, 2012
Thanks to North Dakota, U.S. Waste of Natural Gas Grows Rapidly

MARK CLAYTON - The United States is posting rapid growth in the waste of natural gas in new oil fields where the fuel is either burned or vented into the atmosphere. Experts say the process damages the environment and fails to maximize the return to investors.

Hope is for the Lazy: The Challenge of Our Dead World

August 12, 2012
Hope is for the Lazy: The Challenge of Our Dead World

ROBERT JENSEN - In 2005, I preached on the ecological crisis in a sermon I titled “Hope is for the Weak: The Challenge of a Broken World.” Looking back, I realize that I had been far too upbeat and optimistic, probably trying too hard to be liked. Today I want to correct that. Hence,...

From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Approaching the Nuclear Tipping Point

August 10, 2012
From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Approaching the Nuclear Tipping Point

DR. ROBERT DODGE - This week marks the 67th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the combined initial death toll of approximately 200,000 and thousands more in the years that followed. As Albert Einstein famously said, “With the dawn of the nuclear age everything changed save our modes of...

Nuclear Disarmament Action Buried by Massacre News

August 8, 2012
Nuclear Disarmament Action Buried by Massacre News

JOHN LAFORGE - James Holmes was in court Mon., July 30, in Aurora, Colorado, charged with 142 counts of murder, etc. The whole world knows of this initial hearing for the alleged murderer/terrorist because every detail of Holmes’ life is now regularly put at the top of TV and radio news shows and...

Eyewitness Report: When War Comes…

August 6, 2012
Eyewitness Report: When War Comes…

JANINE DI GIOVANNI - What does it feel like when a war begins? When does life as you know it implode? How do you know when it is time to pack up your home and your family and leave your country? Or if you decide not to, why? For ordinary people, war starts with...

Sanity Scores a Modest Victory on Military Budget Vote

August 4, 2012
Sanity Scores a Modest Victory on Military Budget Vote

REBECCA GRIFFIN - Last week, the House of Representatives took a small but important step toward reining in Pentagon spending. Thank you to all of you who responded to our call to tell your representative to support amendments to cut the military budget and end the war in Afghanistan.

Unlike Mitt Romney, Most Americans Want to Cut U.S. Military Spending

August 2, 2012
Unlike Mitt Romney, Most Americans Want to Cut U.S. Military Spending

LAWRENCE WITTNER - On some issues, there is a serious disconnect between candidates for public office and the public they are hoping to represent. Take the case of Mitt Romney and military spending.

The Shredding of Our Fundamental Rights and the Common Good

July 31, 2012
The Shredding of Our Fundamental Rights and the Common Good

NOAM CHOMSKY - Recent events trace a threatening trajectory, sufficiently so that it may be worthwhile to look ahead a few generations to the millennium anniversary of one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights: the issuance of Magna Carta, the charter of English liberties imposed on King John...

On Facts, Lies and Sarah Palin

July 29, 2012
On Facts, Lies and Sarah Palin

LEONARD PITTS, JR. - The death panels are back. Sarah Palin's vision of a dystopian society in which the elderly and infirm would be required to justify their continued existence before a jury of federal functionaries has been widely ridiculed since she first posted it on Facebook three years ago. It was designated "Lie...

‘Black Hole’ Hides Trillions in Ill-Gotten Gains

July 27, 2012
‘Black Hole’ Hides Trillions in Ill-Gotten Gains

F. BRINLEY BRUTON - Thanks to lax international tax rules the world’s super rich have siphoned at least $21 trillion -- more than 50 percent larger than the entire U.S. economy -- into secretive tax-free havens, according to a study by UK campaign group Tax Justice Network. According to the study, the world’s top...

U.S. Government Receives “Warmonger of the Year” Award

July 25, 2012
U.S. Government Receives “Warmonger of the Year” Award

PORTLAND PEACE AND JUSTICE WORKS - On Saturday, July 22, in a hotly contested race, the United States Government was named "Warmonger of the Year" by a group of Portlanders, winning 30% of the 311 votes cast. The contest was held at the 20th anniversary event of local group Peace and Justice Works (PJW),...

The Lessons Washington Can’t Draw from the Failure of the Military Option

July 23, 2012
The Lessons Washington Can’t Draw from the Failure of the Military Option

TOM ENGELHARDT - Americans may feel more distant from war than at any time since World War II began. Certainly, a smaller percentage of us — less than 1% — serves in the military in this all-volunteer era of ours and, on the face of it, Washington’s constant warring in distant lands seems...

U.S. Ranked 88th or 16th in Peace Indices

July 21, 2012
U.S. Ranked 88th or 16th in Peace Indices

SATO MATSUI and PAMMIE SHAPIRO - Recently, the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) released the annual 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI), and also the inaugural report on the Positive Peace Index (PPI), which aims to incite optimism in the analysis of global peace measurements.

Digging for China: Coal is Northwest’s Next Big Climate Struggle

July 19, 2012
Digging for China: Coal is Northwest’s Next Big Climate Struggle

JASON MARK - It’s no surprise that many Bellingham residents are against plans to make the area home to one of the country’s largest coal-export terminals. Peabody Energy, the world’s biggest non-state-owned coal-mining company, is working with developers to convert the Cherry Point piers — located just north of town on the U.S.-Canada border...

Want to Eliminate Terrorism? Offer Nonviolent Leadership

July 17, 2012
Want to Eliminate Terrorism? Offer Nonviolent Leadership

TOM H. HASTINGS - When I teach about the possibilities of a nonviolent response to terrorism, I try to cover many aspects of this complex topic. One of the main strands is the idea that the objectives of al Qa'ida, as stated by Osama bin Laden on several occasions in the 1990s, were not...

Lockheed’s You-May-Be-Fired Notices Called Scare Tactic

July 15, 2012
Lockheed’s You-May-Be-Fired Notices Called Scare Tactic

LAURA LITVAN - Companies led by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT), the world’s largest defense contractor, say federal and state laws may require them to send out blanket notifications of potential job cuts before the election unless President Barack Obama and Congress act by October to avert automatic defense reductions of $500 billion over a...

Should the Military Use Our Money to Sponsor NASCAR Teams?

July 13, 2012
Should the Military Use Our Money to Sponsor NASCAR Teams?

DAVID SWANSON - Most people are going to agree that the ideal recruit is not a drooling idiot who announces, "I want to join up because the military sponsors NASCAR drivers."

Forecast is Hot: We’re Already Topping Dust Bowl Temperatures

July 11, 2012
Forecast is Hot: We’re Already Topping Dust Bowl Temperatures

JOE ROMM - This heat wave has broken thousands of temperature records. Climate Central reported Satuday, “In many cases, records that had stood since the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s have been equaled or exceeded, and this event is likely to go down in history as one of America’s worst.”

Shaky Assumptions About Military Spending

July 9, 2012
Shaky Assumptions About Military Spending

BETSY CRITES - Fear can be a great motivator – and a great manipulator. Those who oppose cuts to military funding play on our fears to convince us that any reduction in the defense budget would be a dangerous threat to our national security and to our economy. But is this level of panic...

Syria: Only Diplomacy Can Stop the War

July 7, 2012
Syria: Only Diplomacy Can Stop the War

PHYLLIS BENNIS - Syria is close to full-scale civil war. If the conflict escalates further, as former UN Secretary-General and current envoy of both the UN and the Arab League Kofi Annan noted: "Syria is not Libya, it will not implode, it will explode beyond its borders."

Groups Propose Clean Energy Agenda for U.S.

July 5, 2012
Groups Propose Clean Energy Agenda for U.S.

MICHAEL MARIOTTE - Fed up with the undue influence of the energy companies, utilities, lobbyists and other interests that are making it impossible for Washington to move forward decisively in achieving America’s clean energy future, Nuclear Information and Resource Service and 35 other citizen organizations with more than 1.1 million combined members are joining...

Activist Film: “American Autumn: An Occudoc”

July 3, 2012
Activist Film: “American Autumn: An Occudoc”

DAVID SWANSON - Dennis Trainor, Jr., has produced a full-length movie of the Occupy movement, and he's done a hell of a great job. The Occupy movement was created, as are all movements in the United States, in large part by the corporate media...

Philadelphia City Council Adopts Resolution to Redirect Military Spending

July 1, 2012
Philadelphia City Council Adopts Resolution to Redirect Military Spending

JANE DUGDALE - Philadelphia City Council, by a vote of 15-2, passed - on June 21 - a resolution "calling on the U.S. Congress to bring all U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, to take the funds saved by that action and by significantly cutting the Pentagon budget, and to use that money to fund...

Drones Over America – Are They Spying on You?

June 29, 2012
Drones Over America – Are They Spying on You?

BRAD KNICKERBOCKER - Thousands of drones could be routinely flying over the United States within the next 10 years. They can help with law enforcement and border control, but they also raise questions about invasion of privacy.

Book Review: Hail Holy Light

June 27, 2012
Book Review: Hail Holy Light

CRAIG CLINE - The title of the book is true to the author’s intent: to explore both the historical and the psychological-social-spiritual events that took place in the 1960s. He makes this exploration personal; a memoir of his own journey and “healing” -- from his old self to his new one.

U.S. Sets Another Record on Defense Sales

June 25, 2012
U.S. Sets Another Record on Defense Sales

CAREY L. BIIRON - The United States is set to far surpass previous records for defense sales this year, according to U.S. officials. "Despite the global economic strain, demand for U.S. defense products and services is stronger than ever," Andrew J. Shapiro, an assistant secretary in the U.S. State Department, said last week.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Adopts Strong New Mayors for Peace Resolution

June 23, 2012
U.S. Conference of Mayors Adopts Strong New Mayors for Peace Resolution

JACKIE CABASSO - At the close of its 80th annual meeting in Orlando Florida, on June 16, 2012, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) unanimously adopted a strong, comprehensive, new Mayors for Peace resolution: "Calling for U.S. Leadership in Global Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Redirection of Nuclear Weapons Spending to Meet the Urgent...

Syrian Ceasefire Faces Many Obstacles

June 21, 2012
Syrian Ceasefire Faces Many Obstacles

BILL RHATICAN - Just over two weeks ago the town of Houla was the scene of a horrible massacre claiming more than 100 innocent lives, many of them women and children. The violence is yet another tragic event in an increasingly violent conflict driven by the Assad government, its supporters and a wide...

Diplomats Agree on ‘Weak’ Text for Rio+20 Summit

June 20, 2012
Diplomats Agree on ‘Weak’ Text for Rio+20 Summit

NINA CHESTNEY AND VALERIE VOLCOVICI - Diplomats from over 190 countries agreed on a draft text on green global development on Tuesday to be approved this week at a summit in Rio de Janeiro, but environmentalists complained the agreement was too weak.

Radiation is Carcinogenic: Any Exposure Can Cause Cancer

June 19, 2012
Radiation is Carcinogenic: Any Exposure Can Cause Cancer

JOHN LAFORGE - There is no safe level of exposure to ionizing radiation, only legally “allowable” doses. Types of ionizing radiation include gamma rays, beta and alpha particles, and X-rays emitted by radioactive elements — like the iodine-131, cesium-137, strontium-90 and even plutonium-239 — that have been spewed into the air and the sea...

The State of the Anti-War Movement

June 17, 2012
The State of the Anti-War Movement

DAVID SWANSON - A magazine asked me this morning for my thoughts on Iraq and the peace movement. What did this war produce?

Albania’s Nightmare: Human Trafficking

June 15, 2012
Albania’s Nightmare: Human Trafficking

ALLISON INSCORE - Young women and children face the greatest risk of abduction in Albania, and are used for organ harvesting, forced labor or prostitution. In most cases, as in this case, the victims are killed.

Do Nuclear Weapons Really Deter Aggression?

June 13, 2012
Do Nuclear Weapons Really Deter Aggression?

LAWRENCE WITTNER - It’s often said that nuclear weapons have protected nations from military attack. But is there any solid evidence to bolster this contention? Without such evidence, the argument that nuclear weapons prevented something that never occurred is simply a counter-factual abstraction that cannot be proved.

Take Action to Scuttle Latest Trade Scam

June 11, 2012
Take Action to Scuttle Latest Trade Scam

MELINDA ST. LOUIS - Together, we have cracked open the crypt hiding Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” negotiations, but TPP talks continue in extreme secrecy. While some members of Congress have begun to take notice, we need to sound a much louder alarm.

Justice Stevens: Citizens United Ruling Will Fall Apart

June 9, 2012
Justice Stevens: Citizens United Ruling Will Fall Apart

SAHIL KAPUR - Two and a half years after the landmark Supreme Court ruling that invited a flood of corporate money in U.S. elections, the justice who led the barnstorming dissent says he’s increasingly convinced the decision won’t stand the test of time.

War? No Thanks, I’m Trying to Quit

June 7, 2012
War? No Thanks, I’m Trying to Quit

WINSLOW MYERS - The vision and possible shape of a world beyond war has modified since the lessening of superpower tensions between the United States and the now long-departed U.S.S.R.

News from Wisconsin Not All Bad

June 6, 2012
News from Wisconsin Not All Bad

MICHAEL KEEGAN - Despite the national headlines, last night’s results from Wisconsin were a mixed bag. It appears that by just a few hundred votes, our efforts in the Racine State Senate district were successful, meaning we flipped the Senate to Democratic control and the new majority will be able to block [Gov....

Why Even Failed Activism Succeeds

June 5, 2012
Why Even Failed Activism Succeeds

DAVID SWANSON - Almost every account includes belated discoveries of the extent to which a government was been spying on and infiltrating activist groups. And almost every such account includes belated discoveries of the extent to which government officials were influenced by activist groups even while pretending to ignore popular pressure.

House Republicans Add Gay Marriage Measure to Defense Bill

June 3, 2012
House Republicans Add Gay Marriage Measure to Defense Bill

IAN DUNCAN & LISA MASCARO - Wading into the gay marriage debate, the Republican-led House tacked a provision banning same-sex marriages at military chapels onto a sweeping defense bill that is now headed to the Senate.