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.

How to Divest from Armageddon

June 1, 2012
How to Divest from Armageddon

PATRICK HILLER - In 1951 the U.S. gs partovernment’s Civil Defense Branch produced the film Duck and Cover. ... Even at that time the usefulness of the proposed duck-and-cover maneuver in the face of the utter annihilation arising from a nuclear blast was questioned.

Comparing the Social Security Shortfall and the Cost of the Bush Tax Cuts

May 30, 2012
Comparing the Social Security Shortfall and the Cost of the Bush Tax Cuts

KATHY RUFFING - Social Security’s trustees recently reported that — over the next 75 years — Social Security will have a shortfall of 2.67 percent of taxable payroll, or 1 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). That is, raising taxes by an average of 1 percent of GDP could put Social Security on...

Majority of Americans Willing to Make Defense Cuts

May 25, 2012
Majority of Americans Willing to Make Defense Cuts

STIMSOM CENTER - In a unique study, three quarters of respondents favored cutting defense as a way to reduce the deficit, including two thirds of Republicans as well as nine in 10 Democrats.

Judge Blocks Controversial NDAA

May 23, 2012
Judge Blocks Controversial NDAA

ADAM KLASFELD - A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to block provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the military to indefinitely detain anyone it accuses of knowingly or unknowingly supporting terrorism.

Survey: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Defense Cuts

May 21, 2012
Survey: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Defense Cuts

EYDER PERALTA - A U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C, conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay in 2011. As Congress struggles to rein in the federal deficit, a new survey finds Americans preferred to cut defense spending more than any other program.

Don’t Believe the NATO Hype: Alternatives Exist to War, Economic Crises

May 19, 2012
Don’t Believe the NATO Hype: Alternatives Exist to War, Economic Crises

DR. JOSEPH GERSON -Beyond this hysteria, peace, labor and immigrant rights activists and scholars are gathering in Chicago for the May 18-19 Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice, to present the case against NATO-driven militarism.

Symbolic Court Finds Bush Guilty of War Crimes

May 17, 2012
Symbolic Court Finds Bush Guilty of War Crimes

BIG NEWS NETWORK.COM - George W. Bush and several other members of his administration have been found guilty of war crimes by the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War.

Top 10 Electric Car Makers – United States 2012 EV Market Leaders

May 15, 2012
Top 10 Electric Car Makers – United States 2012 EV Market Leaders

JOHN ADDISON - Electric car sales triple in the U.S. each year – 20,000 in 2011, 60,000 or more in 2012, 180,000 or more in 2013. Accenture forecasts 1.5 million electric vehicles in the United States by 2015. Over 10 million electric vehicles are possible by 2020, especially if oil prices rise as battery...

Carbon Tax Needed to Protect Us from Coal

May 13, 2012
Carbon Tax Needed to Protect Us from Coal

TAMATA STATON, LAURA CARVER & PHILIP CARVER -An economically efficient policy would place a price-adder (tax) on fossil fuels based on their carbon-content. Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) has introduced legislation to price carbon emissions -- the Save Our Climate Act of 2011, H.R. 3242. Revenue is collected at the point of first...

99% Spring Disrupts Verizon Shareholder Meeting Six Times

May 11, 2012
99% Spring Disrupts Verizon Shareholder Meeting Six Times

DAVE JOHNSON- The highly-profitable company Verizon -- the 16th largest corporation in America -- is asking its workers for givebacks amounting to as much as $20,000 each, while tripling the compensation of CEO Lowell McAdam from $7.2 million to $23.1 million. The company made $22.5 billion in profits over the past four years while...

U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership: Where Are the Voices of Afghan Citizens?

May 9, 2012
U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership: Where Are the Voices of Afghan Citizens?

ERIN E NIEMELA - As the NATO summit approaches in May, throngs of peace protestors are expected to descend on Chicago to pressure the U.S.-led, 28-nation military alliance for an end to the war in Afghanistan. But for some activists, it will be too late to protest the greatest threat to a peaceful Afghanistan:...

Stop the Nuclear-Industry Welfare Program

May 7, 2012
Stop the Nuclear-Industry Welfare Program

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS AND RYAN ALEXANDER - Since 1948 the federal government has spent more than $95 billion (in 2011 dollars) on nuclear energy R&D. That is more than four times the amount spent on solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biofuels, and hydropower combined.

Who Are Those 1% Who Own America?

May 3, 2012
Who Are Those 1% Who Own America?

Jim Cook - After all the talk about "the 1%", who are these people really? Where do they work and how much do they really make? At the top of the list is Tim Cook, who replaced Steve Jobs at Apple.

2012 U.S. Peace Index Highlights America’s Most and Least Peaceful States and Cities

May 2, 2012
2012 U.S. Peace Index Highlights America’s Most and Least Peaceful States and Cities

MICHAEL SHANK AND CRAIG BROWNSTEIN - The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) announces the second annual release of the United States Peace Index (USPI). The 2012 USPI provides a comprehensive assessment of U.S. peacefulness at the state and city levels and analysis of the costs associated with violence and the socio-economic measures associated...

Tea Party and Occupy Share Some Similarities

May 1, 2012
Tea Party and Occupy Share Some Similarities

JOHN DARLING - Tea Party and Occupy supporters found that they have many similarities at a forum in Southern Oregon. In their first public outing together, Tea Party and Occupy backers — and an audience of 200 — found a lot of common ground. They agreed that corporations, lobbyists, the military and the federal...

The Shame of Nations: New Record Set for Spending on War

April 29, 2012
The Shame of Nations: New Record Set for Spending on War

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER -"World military spending reached a record $1,738 billion in 2011 -- an increase of $138 billion over the previous year. The United States accounted for 41 percent of that, or $711 billion."

Drone Activist Denied Visa

April 27, 2012
Drone Activist Denied Visa

SHAHZAD AKBAR - The drone campaign, which continues to be conducted without oversight and accountability, is documented to have taken a horrendous toll on the civilian population of these regions, the magnitude of which has only come to light through the efforts of grassroots activists such as Akbar.

Backward Glance and Some Advice for Dick Cheney

April 25, 2012
Backward Glance and Some Advice for Dick Cheney

CRAIG CLINE - Former Vice President Dick Cheney is the fortunate beneficiary of a heart transplant. I hope his new heart has more compassion than his old one did.

Victory Against ALEC – Objectionable Task Force Ends

April 23, 2012
Victory Against ALEC – Objectionable Task Force Ends

NANCY SCOLA - Public Safety and Elections was not quite a rogue unit, it was a distraction. Today's release from ALEC was titled 'ALEC Sharpens Focus,' and the theme continued in its body, which said the group was recommitting to its 'efforts on the economic front, a priority that has been the hallmark of...

Tax Time and Time to Re-Imagine Our Broken Food System

April 21, 2012
Tax Time and Time to Re-Imagine Our Broken Food System

DR. WILL TUTTLE - "organic foods are not only not subsidized, but organic growers are actually penalized by being forced to pay large amounts of money to have their products certified as organic"

The Tyranny of Freedom

April 19, 2012
The Tyranny of Freedom

WILLIAM DERESIEWICZ - Freedom has become the be-all and the end-all of our political expectation, the full meaning of the American experiment. Justice is gone, and even more conspicuously banished is that term of terms for movements from abolitionism to feminism, for Lincoln and King: equality.

Vermont Senate Votes to Amend Ending Corporate Personhood

April 17, 2012
Vermont Senate Votes to Amend Ending Corporate Personhood

MOVE TO AMEND - Vermont is poised to become the first state to call for an amendment to abolish the doctrine known as “Corporate Personhood” which gives corporations constitutional rights meant to protect people.

Lawsuit Challenges Steens Mtn. Wind Project

April 15, 2012
Lawsuit Challenges Steens Mtn. Wind Project

PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE - The project would dissect land protected by Congress in 2000. Brent Fenty, executive director of the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), says going to court was a last resort.

Thinking the Unthinkable on Iran

April 13, 2012
Thinking the Unthinkable on Iran

EDITOR'S NOTE - This article adds to the peace movement’s usual analysis, which views control of oil supplies as the driving force behind U.S. policy toward Iran, the notion that nuclear nonproliferation might actually be the prime objective. Whether or not you believe that nonproliferation is the most important aspect, it is reasonable to...

Why the 99% Spring?

April 11, 2012
Why the 99% Spring?

GEORGE GOEHL - We live in an America where more than 46 million Americans live below the poverty level. This is the highest poverty rate since the Census Bureau began publishing such figures.

Is New Bill a Clampdown on Protest?

April 9, 2012
Is New Bill a Clampdown on Protest?

RUSS BAKER - Is the president being asked to pound yet another nail into the coffin of democratic expression? So say alarmist scenarios concerning HR 347 (the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011), now on the president’s desk.

Occupy Wall Street May Be Changing Wall Street Firms

April 7, 2012
Occupy Wall Street May Be Changing Wall Street Firms

KHADEEJA SAFDAR - The majority of marketing and communications executives at financial services firms said that Occupy Wall Street has impacted their business, according to a study...

Congress Needs to Hear No Iran War Message NOW

April 5, 2012
Congress Needs to Hear No Iran War Message NOW

REBECCA GRIFFIN - Tell your representative and senators to oppose bills that bring us closer to war with Iran, and to support diplomacy.