WMO: 2011 One of the Hottest Years on Record

December 1, 2011
WMO: 2011 One of the Hottest Years on Record

JON HERSKOVITZ - The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and humans are to blame, a report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Tuesday. It warned increasing global average temperatures were expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns.

Don’t Sit This One Out – What’s Your Vision for Occupy Wall Street?

November 29, 2011
Don’t Sit This One Out – What’s Your Vision for Occupy Wall Street?

MICHAEL MOORE - This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is to come up with the vision and goals of the movement. It was attended by 40+ people and the discussion was both inspiring and invigorating. Here is what we ended up proposing as...

Wall Street Battle Plan to Address Occupy Leaked

November 27, 2011
Wall Street Battle Plan to Address Occupy Leaked

SAM GEDULDIG, ET AL - Leading Democratic Party strategists have begun to openly discuss the benefits of embracing the growing and increasingly organized Occupy Wall Street {OWS) movement to prevent Republican gains in Congress and the White House next year. We have seen this process of adopting extreme positions and movements to...

Human Development Report Calls for Inclusive, Sustainable Development

November 25, 2011
Human Development Report Calls for Inclusive, Sustainable Development

ETHICAL MARKETS - Norway, Australia, and the Netherlands lead the world in the 2011 Human Development Index (HDI), while the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, and Burundi are at the bottom of the Human Development Report’s annual rankings of national achievement in health, education, and income, released today by the United Nations Development...

GTO: Give Thanks for Occupy

November 24, 2011
GTO: Give Thanks for Occupy

TYGER RICARD - We are told, and have come to accept, that the Occupy movement lacks focus, direction, and purpose. How can a group be successful without a linear plan and a list of demands? How does camping in a park solve the world's problems? Onlookers often say that in the last two...

Occupy Wall Street – Something Happening Here

November 23, 2011
Occupy Wall Street – Something Happening Here

TOM CORDARO - The weekend of Oct. 15-16 my daughter Angela and I had the privilege of attending the Pax Christi Metro New York Fall Assembly where I gave the keynote address. As you might expect a lot of the conversation focused on the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement that started in Zuccotti Park...

Gregory Franck-Weiby Remembered

November 22, 2011
Gregory Franck-Weiby Remembered

IN MEMORIAM - Memorial Services are scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2011, for Gregory Paul Franck-Weiby, Silverton-area artist, numismatic master and peace activist who died at about 3 a.m. Friday, November 11, 2011 after suffering a massive stroke the previous Wednesday. He was 61.

This Is What Revolution Looks Like

November 21, 2011
This Is What Revolution Looks Like

CHRIS HEDGES - Welcome to the revolution. Our elites have exposed their hand. They have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They can steal but they cannot share. They can talk but they cannot speak.

Bloomberg Personifies What the Occupation Opposes

November 19, 2011
Bloomberg Personifies What the Occupation Opposes

GLEN FORD - It was never in the cards for a plutocrat mayor to long tolerate a movement whose essential logic is the dissolution of his class. “If the Occupy Wall Street movement has been about anything, it is the absolute necessity to rid the nation – and the world – of the collective...

Is the Pipeline Victory a Turning Point for the Climate Movement?

November 17, 2011
Is the Pipeline Victory a Turning Point for the Climate Movement?

TED GLICK - Two days ago I was convinced that the amazing Keystone XL pipeline victory won by the North American climate movement on November 10 was going to be, without question, a pivotal turning point. Today, having thought more about it, I’d say it’s more like somewhere between “maybe” and “probably.”

Corporate Media Stumped on How to Cover the Occupy Movement

November 15, 2011
Corporate Media Stumped on How to Cover the Occupy Movement

RUSS BAKER - Conventional journalism is increasingly irrelevant in a time of crisis. We find abundant proof in a recent column from the New York Times’ so-called “Public Editor,” who is supposed to somehow magically represent the public interest and rarefied ethical values to the rest of the paper.

World Headed for Irreversible Climate Change in Five Years, IEA Warns

November 13, 2011
World Headed for Irreversible Climate Change in Five Years, IEA Warns

FIONA HARVEY - If fossil fuel infrastructure is not rapidly changed, the world will 'lose for ever' the chance to avoid dangerous climate change.

The Curiosity Mission: Nukes in Space

November 11, 2011
The Curiosity Mission: Nukes in Space

KARL GROSSMAN - NASA intends in coming weeks to launch a rover to be deployed on Mars fueled with 10.6 pounds of plutonium. Opponents of the launch in Florida, concerned about an accident releasing deadly plutonium, such as the explosion of the rocket that’s to loft the rover, have created a Facebook page warning...

Can Occupy Open the Door to a Better World?

November 9, 2011
Can Occupy Open the Door to a Better World?

PETER BERGEL - The Occupy movement has opened space for a national – even international – dialogue on the kind of world we want to live in. It has empowered many citizens to find the audacity and courage to think outside the box – to consider sweeping solutions that were off the table a...

Will Obama Take Us to War in Iran?

November 7, 2011
Will Obama Take Us to War in Iran?

NICK HOPKINS - Britain's armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern about Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme, the Guardian has learned.

A 51st State for Armed Robotic Drones

November 5, 2011
A 51st State for Armed Robotic Drones

DAVID SWANSON - Weaponized UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), also known as drones, have their own caucus in Congress, and the Pentagon’s plan is to give them their own state as well.

Worst Congress. Ever.

November 3, 2011
Worst Congress. Ever.

RT.COM BLOG - In the 34 years that an ongoing poll has asked Americans for their take on Congress, never in the three-decade span has that number dipped into the single digits. Never, at least, until now. The results of the latest survey from CBS News and The New York Times confirm that Congress’...

Despite Bombings & Beheadings, Stats Show a Peaceful World

November 1, 2011
Despite Bombings & Beheadings, Stats Show a Peaceful World

SETH BORENSTEIN - It seems as if violence is everywhere, but it's really on the run. Yes, thousands of people have died in bloody unrest from Africa to Pakistan, while terrorists plot bombings and kidnappings. Wars drag on in Iraq and Afghanistan. In peaceful Norway, a man massacred 69 youths in July. In Mexico,...

The Meagerness of the Republican Debates, the Smallness of the President’s Solutions, and the Need for a Progessive Alternative

October 30, 2011
The Meagerness of the Republican Debates, the Smallness of the President’s Solutions, and the Need for a Progessive Alternative

ROBERT REICH - Republicans are debating again tomorrow night. And once again, Americans will hear the standard regressive litany: government is bad, Medicare and Medicaid should be cut, “Obamacare” is killing the economy, undocumented immigrants are taking our jobs, the military should get more money, taxes should be lowered on corporations and the rich,...

We the 99% Demand a Totally Different Federal Budget

October 28, 2011
We the 99% Demand a Totally Different Federal Budget

DAVID SWANSON - We can fit our demands on a bumpersticker: "Majority Rule" or "People Over Profits" or "Love Not Greed." But we don't want to. Our government is doing everything wrong, and we should be allowed to present the full list of grievances. We can, however, give the world a...

Selling Out Children to the Military

October 26, 2011
Selling Out Children to the Military

TERI SHOFNER - On Monday, October 17, a few concerned parents came to the business meeting of the Portland Public School Board of Education to ask that they turn away the military’s offer to take 5th graders out of school to a military base. We’ve been asking them very politely for several years, even...

Patagonia: Building A Strong Brand Out Of Old Clothes

October 24, 2011
Patagonia: Building A Strong Brand Out Of Old Clothes

MARC STOIBER - Every once in a while, a completely counterintuitive idea comes along, shakes up our assumptions, and becomes the new normal. I believe Patagonia Clothing’s Common Threads initiative is an idea like that. If you follow green business news, you’ll recall Common Threads making headlines a few weeks ago.

How Gas Cars Use More Electricity Than Electric Ones

October 22, 2011
How Gas Cars Use More Electricity Than Electric Ones

SEBASTIAN BLANCO - EVangelist Peder Norby, who has been having more fun driving and writing about his Mini E than anyone at BMW probably thought possible, recently wrote a most interesting post comparing electricity usage to produce gasoline to the electricity needed to drive an electric car. The short version: "It takes more electricity...

A Movement Too Big to Fail

October 20, 2011
A Movement Too Big to Fail

CHRIS HEDGES - There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups like MoveOn. The faux liberal reformers, whose abject failure to stand up for the rights of the poor and...

Does ‘Political Disobedience’ Describe the Occupy Movement?

October 18, 2011
Does ‘Political Disobedience’ Describe the Occupy Movement?

BERNARD E. HARCOURT - Our language has not yet caught up with the political phenomenon that is emerging in Zuccotti Park and spreading across the nation, though it is clear that a political paradigm shift is taking place before our very eyes. It’s time to begin to name and in naming, to better understand...

5 Facts You Should Know About the Wealthiest One Percent of Americans

October 16, 2011
5 Facts You Should Know About the Wealthiest One Percent of Americans

ZAID JILANI - It may shock you to learn exactly how wealthy this top 1 percent of Americans is. As the ongoing occupation of Wall Street by hundreds of protesters enters its third week — and as protests spread to other cities such as Boston and Los Angeles — demonstrators have endorsed a new slogan:...

Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now

October 14, 2011
Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now

NAOMI KLEIN - I was honored to be invited to speak at Occupy Wall Street on Thursday night. Since amplification is (disgracefully) banned, and everything I say will have to be repeated by hundreds of people so others can hear (a k a “the human microphone”), what I actually say at Liberty Plaza will have to...

Americans Finally Join the Wave of Healthy Global Protest

October 12, 2011
Americans Finally Join the Wave of Healthy Global Protest

RANDALL AMSTER - “Hello, you’ve reached the people of the United States of America. We’re away from our desks right now, and perhaps for good — so instead of leaving a message for us, we encourage you to take your messages directly to the halls of power for their consideration. If you require immediate...

Green Transition is on the Global Agenda

October 10, 2011
Green Transition is on the Global Agenda

HAZEL HENDERSON - Every country in the world is actively participating in preparations for Rio+20, the follow-up Earth Summit in Brazil, June 2012, to stimulate the transition to a green economy. The powerful 34 countries of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) have a Green Growth Strategy; the EU views "a transition...

World Divided on New Plan to Combat Global Warming

October 8, 2011
World Divided on New Plan to Combat Global Warming

DAVID FOGARTY - A new plan to curb global warming risks becoming a battleground between rich and poor nations and could struggle to get off the ground as negotiators battle over the fate of the ailing Kyoto climate pact.

Peace Lecturer Will Be Famed Palestinian Journalist

October 6, 2011
Peace Lecturer Will Be Famed Palestinian Journalist

PETER BERGEL - Rami Khouri will deliver Salem’s annual Peace Lecture on October 19th at 7:30 p.m. at Willamette University’s Hudson Hall in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. As this year’s Peace Lecturer, Khouri becomes the 22nd speaker in a series which has featured such luminaries as Daniel Ellsberg, Philip Berrigan, Helen Caldicott,...

What Needs Changing?

October 4, 2011
What Needs Changing?

JONATHAN WILLIAMS - How do we win? How do we get our demands met? We need power. But what is power? How do we get it? Simply put, power is the ability to act; the ability to end the wars, the ability to convert our economy, the ability to change the world. But how...

10 Myths That Keep Us From Creating The World We Want

October 2, 2011
10 Myths That Keep Us From Creating The World We Want

FRANCES MOORE LAPPE - From Diet for a Small Planet exactly 40 years ago, it dawned on me that humans are actively creating the scarcity we say we are trying to escape. Whoa! Why would our bright species do such a thing? Researching my new book, EcoMind, Changing the Way We Think to Create...

Kansas City Here It Comes: A New Nuclear Weapons Plant

September 30, 2011
Kansas City Here It Comes: A New Nuclear Weapons Plant

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - Should the U.S. government be building more nuclear weapons? Residents of Kansas City, Missouri don’t appear to think so, for they are engaged in a bitter fight against the construction of a new nuclear weapons plant in their community.

New Database of Nonviolent Campaigns Now Available

September 28, 2011
New Database of Nonviolent Campaigns Now Available

GEORGE LAKEY - I am happy to announce that a four-year project is now ready for release to you: 430 cases (and growing) of campaigns from around the world that used nonviolent direct action.

Coral Reefs ‘Will Be Gone By End of the Century’

September 26, 2011
Coral Reefs ‘Will Be Gone By End of the Century’

ANDREW MARSZAL - Coral reefs are on course to become the first ecosystem that human activity will eliminate entirely from the Earth, a leading United Nations scientist claims. He says this event will occur before the end of the present century, which means that there are children already born who will live to see...

Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult

September 24, 2011
Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult

MIKE LOFGREN - Both parties are rotten - how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election? Both parties are captives to corporate loot.

Progressives Propose to Challenge Obama in Primaries

September 22, 2011
Progressives Propose to Challenge Obama in Primaries

SINGLE PAYER ACTION BLOG - Progressive leaders, led by Ralph Nader and Cornel West unveiled a proposal this week to challenge President Obama in the Democratic Party’s presidential primaries in 2012.

Don’t Cut International Humanitarian Assistance

September 20, 2011
Don’t Cut International Humanitarian Assistance

CORY MCMAHON & RICHARD CLARK - Genocide expert Daniel Goldhagen has shown that genocide — which includes deliberate famine and other silent killing campaigns — has occurred more than 70 times since 1900 with a death toll of at least 127 million, outnumbering the casualties of all of mankind’s 20th century wars. It is...

Do We Have Our Priorities Straight?

September 18, 2011
Do We Have Our Priorities Straight?

BETSY CRITES - What do Durham and Afghanistan have in common? We are worlds apart, but we both have people who need jobs, health care, schools, transportation and sewers, and help for our homeless, elderly and hungry. Neither of us is getting our critical needs met in part because a war neither of us...

Our Future Is Not Being Televised

September 16, 2011
Our Future Is Not Being Televised

PETER BERGEL - On Tuesday night a reported 100,000 Americans joined Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for a national conversation about breaking the partisan gridlock in Washington DC. It was another great example of the growing willingness of ordinary people to reclaim their power from those to whom they have delegated it, only to see...

North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle” – It’s Not Oil

September 14, 2011
North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle” – It’s Not Oil

ELLEN BROWN - The state-owned Bank of North Dakota is credited with the state's relatively healthy economy.

Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred

September 12, 2011
Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred

CHRIS HEDGES - News personalities, politicians, self-appointed experts on the Muslim world, and law enforcement and intelligence officials, as well as the Christian right, have successfully demonized Muslims in the United States since the attacks of 2001. It is acceptable to say things openly about Muslims that could never be said about any other...

Ten Years After 9/11: The Dollars and Sense of War

September 10, 2011
Ten Years After 9/11: The Dollars and Sense of War

NATIONAL PRIORITIES PROJECT - Friday, October 7, 2011 will mark ten years since the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. In light of an already increasing level of interest, the National Priorities Project (NPP) has released new numbers, analysis and tools around the costs of a decade at war.

Green Sectors Top $2.4 Trillion at Midyear

September 8, 2011
Green Sectors Top $2.4 Trillion at Midyear

ETHICAL MARKETS MEDIA - Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil) has released its August 2011 update of the Green Transition Scoreboard® which tracks private sector investments since 2007 in green companies and technologies globally. These investments now totalmore than $2.4 trillion.

Fund Our Communities – Bring Our War Dollars Home

September 6, 2011
Fund Our Communities – Bring Our War Dollars Home

PEACE ACTION - U.S. military spending is higher than it has been since World War II, at a level difficult to justify by any threats to the American people. A close look at U.S. military spending shows that it is directed toward threats posed by conventional opponents such as the Soviet Union. That is,...

Eight Alternatives to Hitting Children

September 4, 2011
Eight Alternatives to Hitting Children

KERBY T. ALVY - Another tragic example of parental corporal punishment that spiraled out of control occurred recently in Phoenix, AZ, when a six-year-old boy named Jacob was beaten severely by his parents. Because of the extent of his injuries (which were likely caused by a belt buckle and possibly a wire hanger according...

The Future of Food – The Global South Shows the Way

September 2, 2011
The Future of Food – The Global South Shows the Way

JAMES O'NIONS - Last week in the town of Krems in Austria, 400 people met to discuss the future of our food system. Delegates from around 40 countries met to discuss how to progress towards "food sovereignty" in Europe. Food sovereignty is a radical proposal for the production and distribution of food that is...

Who’s Really Writing States’ Legislation?

August 31, 2011
Who’s Really Writing States’ Legislation?

David Ball - Republican legislators picked up 680 seats in state house and senate chambers in the 2010 elections. "They now hold more state legislative seats than at any time since 1928, the year that Herbert Hoover came to the presidency," says reporter John Nichols. "They control 25 states both houses of...

Libya and Beyond: How Did We Get There and What Happens Next?

August 29, 2011
Libya and Beyond:  How Did We Get There and What Happens Next?

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH - Libyan rebels have entered Tripoli. As gun battles break out across the city, it is timely to enter into a discussion as to how the rebels arrived there. It is time to review the curious role of NATO and the future of U.S. interventionism.