Everyone Matters

April 1, 2012
Everyone Matters

BY KEN BUTIGAN - Larry taught me that everyone matters, and it was this primal lesson that consciously and unconsciously fueled a longing within for a world whose policies, structures and conditions reflected this most basic fact.

Does the United States Spend Too Much on Homeland Security?

March 30, 2012
Does the United States Spend Too Much on Homeland Security?

BY JOHN MUELLER AND MARK G. STEWART - In seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of the massive increases in homeland security expenditures since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the common and urgent query has been, "Are we safer?" This, however, is the wrong question.

Try a Little Nuclear Sanity

March 28, 2012
Try a Little Nuclear Sanity

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - On February 8, 2012, Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act (H.R. 3974).

Tax on Out-of-State Political Money Could Outflank Citizens United

March 26, 2012
Tax on Out-of-State Political Money Could Outflank Citizens United

ROB HAGER - In southern Minnesota (Paul Wellstone country), a new revolt against money in politics has started. Should this revolt spread, it would provide a far quicker and more effective grassroots strategy to get big and corporate money out of more elections than the popular but misguided campaign to pass municipal resolutions...

5 Freedom-Killing Tactics Police Will Use to Crack Down on Protests in 2012

March 24, 2012
5 Freedom-Killing Tactics Police Will Use to Crack Down on Protests in 2012

STEVEN ROSENFELD - Across America many cities and police forces are eyeing new ways to crack down on protesters. The First Amendment right to assemble and protest is going to get a black eye in 2012—as it has every time there has been an upsurge in America’s social justice movements.

Even Cato Institute Agrees that Nuclear Iran is an Exaggerated Threat

March 22, 2012
Even Cato Institute Agrees that Nuclear Iran is an Exaggerated Threat

MALOU INNOCENT & JONATHAN OWEN - The Republican presidential hopefuls, Ron Paul excepted, would prefer a more bellicose response to Iran’s nuclear aspirations than President Obama’s current stance. Cato Institute staff argue that this is approach is flawed.

America’s Plutocrats Play the Political Ponies

March 20, 2012
America’s Plutocrats Play the Political Ponies

SAM PIZZIGATI - Any resemblance between democracy and U.S. Presidential politics has become, in our new super PAC era, purely coincidental. The only mystery: Why aren’t billionaires making even bigger bets?

What We Have to Do to Secure a Rosy Future

March 18, 2012
What We Have to Do to Secure a Rosy Future

TOM MURPHY - In this post, I offer a rosy vision for what I think we could accomplish in the near term to maximize our chances of coming out shiny and happy on the tail end of the fossil fuel saga.

Avoiding War with Iran Requires Creative Thinking

March 16, 2012
Avoiding War with Iran Requires Creative Thinking

SUSI SNYDER - The European Union, as a key actor in global non-proliferation and disarmament discussions, and charged with facilitating dialogue with Iran over its nuclear program, bears a specific responsibility to encourage a peaceful negotiated solution based on mutual trust and respect for all parties.

Murder Is Legal, Says Attorney General

March 14, 2012
Murder Is Legal, Says Attorney General

DAVID SWANSON - Attorney General Eric Holder explained last week why it's legal to murder people...

Department of Defense Should Further Reduce Its Budget

March 10, 2012
Department of Defense Should Further Reduce Its Budget

CRAIG CLINE - Last summer, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, a law that requires the DoD to reduce its enormous “budget” by close to $1 trillion over the next 10 years.

Secret Tribunal Threatens the Environment

March 8, 2012
Secret Tribunal Threatens the Environment

GLOBAL WATCH - For 18 years, Amazonian indigenous people have fought tirelessly to get Chevron to clean up horrific toxic contamination in a swath of Ecuador the size of Rhode Island. Finally last year, justice prevailed: an Ecuadorian appeals court reaffirmed that Chevron had to pay $18 billion to clean up the disaster...

Illusion of Separation Causes Global Disasters

March 6, 2012
Illusion of Separation Causes Global Disasters

WINSLOW MYERS - The biggest challenges we face all have their root cause in an artificial separation—between nations, races, religions, classes, between political parties, between humans and the living ecosystem upon which we depend for life—even between our heads and hearts. Such apparent separations represent a kind of global neurosis for which one antidote...

Americans Oppose Fossil Fuel Subsidies

March 4, 2012
Americans Oppose Fossil Fuel Subsidies

ANTHONY LEISEROWITZ - In his new proposed federal budget, President Obama called on Congress to repeal more than $4 billion a year in subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, arguing that these "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies...impede investment in clean energy sources and undermine efforts to address the threat of climate change."

Dennis’ Prayer for America Speech

March 2, 2012
Dennis’ Prayer for America Speech

DENNIS KUCINICH - Ten years ago, as we watched the Bush administration – through Attorney General John Ashcroft - respond to the horrific events of 9/11/01, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio gave this stirring speech. Now, ten years later, measure Kucinich’s wisdom against that which has been actually directing our nation’s path

The 10 Most Excellent Reasons to Attack Iran

February 23, 2012
The 10 Most Excellent Reasons to Attack Iran

DAVID SWANSON - 1. Iran has threatened to fight back if attacked, and that's a war crime. War crimes must be punished.

How to Strengthen the UN’s Ability to Maintain International Peace and Security

February 21, 2012
How to Strengthen the UN’s Ability to Maintain International Peace and Security

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - Conservative politicians often portray the United Nations as a powerful monster, poised to gobble up the United States and other countries and put them under alien rule. The reality, of course, is quite different.

Not Another Rabbit Hole!

February 19, 2012
Not Another Rabbit Hole!

IAN HRRIS - When Alice went down the rabbit hole in Lewis Carol’s novel, Alice and Wonderland, she experienced all kinds of unpleasant surprises. What kind of surprises will we Americans face if our government bombs Iran?

Government Health Care OK For Politicians But Not Us

February 17, 2012
Government Health Care OK For Politicians But Not Us

JESSE JACKSON - Republicans on the campaign trail denounce Obama’s health-care reforms as a virtual threat to the Republic. It’s “socialized medicine,” “a job killer,” “a government takeover of health care.” All the Republican candidates for president promise to repeal it, and Republican legislators are virtually united in trying to do so.

The Big Money Behind State Laws

February 15, 2012
The Big Money Behind State Laws

NY TIMES EDITORIAL - It is no coincidence that so many state legislatures have spent the last year taking the same destructive actions: making it harder for minorities and other groups that support Democrats to vote, obstructing health care reform, weakening environmental regulations and breaking the spines of public- and private-sector unions. All of...

Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cost 20,000 Jobs Per Year

February 13, 2012
Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cost 20,000 Jobs Per Year

MARK WIGG - Canada has a surplus of crude oil and the US is pretty much their only market. About 20% of our oil now comes from Canada. According to today’s Toronto Globe and Mail (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/crude-glut-in-us-suppresses-canadian-oil-prices/article2330013/) , we are paying $30 less per barrel for tar sands oil because they have no place...

ALEC Education “Academy” Launches on Island Resort

February 11, 2012
ALEC Education “Academy” Launches on Island Resort

DUSTIN BIELKE - Today, hundreds of state legislators from across the nation will head out to an "island" resort on the coast of Florida to a unique "education academy" sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). There will be no students or teachers. Instead, legislators, representatives from right-wing think tanks and for-profit education...

Federal Jury Says Cops Can’t Arrest People for Recording Police Encounters

February 9, 2012
Federal Jury Says Cops Can’t Arrest People for Recording Police Encounters

JACOB SULLUM - Last week a federal jury in Oregon awarded damages to an environmental activist who sued the city of Eugene after a police officer seized his video camera and arrested him for wiretapping. In March 2009, Josh Schlossberg was distributing leaflets outside Umpqua Bank in downtown Eugene when Sgt. Bill Solesbee told...

Chicago Prepares an Iron Fist for NATO/G8 Protests

February 7, 2012
Chicago Prepares an Iron Fist for NATO/G8 Protests

BRIAN TERRELL - On January 25, the host committee for the G8/NATO summit in Chicago in May unveiled a new slogan for the event, “The Global Crossroads.” The mood of the organizers is upbeat and positive. This is a grand opportunity to market Chicago with an eye for the tourist dollar and the...

Pentagon Seeks Mightier Bomb vs. Iran

February 5, 2012
Pentagon Seeks Mightier Bomb vs. Iran

ADAM ENTOUS - Pentagon war planners have concluded that their largest conventional bomb isn't yet capable of destroying Iran's most heavily fortified underground facilities, and are stepping up efforts to make it more powerful, according to U.S. officials briefed on the plan.

Audit: U.S. Defense Department Can’t Account for Billions for Iraq

February 3, 2012
Audit: U.S. Defense Department Can’t Account for Billions for Iraq

JOSH LEVS - The U.S. Defense Department cannot account for about $2 billion it was given to cover Iraq-related expenses and is not providing Iraq with a complete list of U.S.-funded reconstruction projects, according to two new government audits.

Oil and Water Wars Ahead in the Geo-Energy Era

February 1, 2012
Oil and Water Wars Ahead in the Geo-Energy Era

MICHAEL T. KLARE - Welcome to an edgy world where a single incident at an energy “chokepoint” could set a region aflame, provoking bloody encounters, boosting oil prices, and putting the global economy at risk. With energy demand on the rise and sources of supply dwindling, we are, in fact, entering a new...

Chris Hedges: Why I’m Suing Barack Obama

January 30, 2012
Chris Hedges: Why I’m Suing Barack Obama

CHRIS HEDGES - Attorneys Carl J. Mayer and Bruce I. Afran filed a complaint Friday in the Southern U.S. District Court in New York City on my behalf as a plaintiff against Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to challenge the legality of the Authorization for Use of Military Force as embedded...

Local View: U.S. Military – Global Warming is Real

January 28, 2012
Local View: U.S. Military – Global Warming is Real

TIM RINNE - Skeptics of human-caused climate change unremittingly contend that the science is inconclusive and the debate still is unsettled. The U.S. military, on the other hand, entertains no such doubts.

The Man Who May Bring the Banksters to Justice (If They Don’t Break His Knees First)

January 26, 2012
The Man Who May Bring the Banksters to Justice (If They Don’t Break His Knees First)

MILES MOGULESCU - New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman may go down in history as the most important public official in reforming the corrupt financial system that caused the great Financial Crisis of 2008 and holding the perps responsible -- if he can hold out against pressure from Wall Street, the Federal Reserve,...

Charlottesville, Va., City Council Passes Resolution Opposing War on Iran

January 24, 2012
Charlottesville, Va., City Council Passes Resolution Opposing War on Iran

DAVID SWANSON - The City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, home of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and the University of Virginia, passed on Tuesday evening, January 17, 2012, a resolution believed to be a first in the country, opposing the launching of a war on Iran, as well as calling for an end to current...

Defense Act is Unconstitutional

January 22, 2012
Defense Act is Unconstitutional

BRIAN J. TRAUTMAN - Each year, Congress authorizes the budget of the Department of Defense through a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA of 2012, however, is unlike any previous ones. This year’s legislation contains highly controversial provisions that empower the Armed Forces to engage in civilian law enforcement and to selectively suspend...

Victory Against Tar Sands Pipeline

January 20, 2012
Victory Against Tar Sands Pipeline

FRANCES BEINECKE - Let’s face it: Big Oil is used to getting its way. But not any more. President Obama has just rejected a permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline -- a project that promised riches for the oil giants and an environmental disaster for the rest of us.

Peace Writing Contest for Oregon High School Juniors and Seniors Now Open

January 18, 2012
Peace Writing Contest for Oregon High School Juniors and Seniors Now Open

PRESS RELEASE - Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility announces its fourth annual Greenfield Peace Writing Contest for 11th or 12th grade students in Oregon. Students may enter by submitting an original piece of fiction, poem, or essay (maximum 600 words) reflecting on the following question:

U.S. Troops Going to Israel

January 16, 2012
U.S. Troops Going to Israel

GLOBAL NETWORK - In one of the most blacked-out stories in America right now, the US military is preparing to send thousands of US troops, along with US Naval anti-missile ships and accompanying support personnel, to Israel. It took forever to find a second source for confirmation of this story and both relatively mainstream...

Slip-Sliding to War with Iran

January 14, 2012
Slip-Sliding to War with Iran

ROBERT PARRY - With the typical backdrop of alarmist propaganda in place, the stage is now set for a new war, this time with Iran. The slightest miscalculation (or provocation) by the United States, Israel or Iran could touch off a violent scenario that will have devastating consequences.

NDAA: Congress Signed Its Own Arrest Warrants

January 12, 2012
NDAA: Congress Signed Its Own Arrest Warrants

NAOMI WOLF - I never thought I would have to write this: but - incredibly - Congress has now passed the National Defense Appropriations Act, with Amendment 1031, which allows for the military detention of American citizens. The amendment is so loosely worded that any American citizen could be held without due process.

Hackers Reveal Personal Data of 860,000 Stratfor Subscribers

January 10, 2012
Hackers Reveal Personal Data of 860,000 Stratfor Subscribers

KEN DILANIAN - A computer hacking group has revealed email addresses and other personal data from former Vice President Dan Quayle, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, and hundreds of U.S. intelligence, law enforcement and military officials in a high-profile case of cyber-theft.

Protesters Played Important Role in Ending Iraq War

January 8, 2012
Protesters Played Important Role in Ending Iraq War

MADELYN HOFFMAN - As 2011 ends, it is time to reflect upon continuing U.S. involvement in overseas wars and the impact that involvement has here at home. It is a good time to reflect on the role that protest played in getting us here and what those protests still want to achieve so the...

Six Tricks Corporate Elites Use to Hoard All the Wealth

January 6, 2012
Six Tricks Corporate Elites Use to Hoard All the Wealth

LES LEOPOLD - Day in and day out we are told that if the government doesn’t tighten its belt, we’re all headed for debtor’s prison. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are under attack. State budgets are in disarray. Teachers and firemen are getting canned. Public services are slashed. This is the new America and...

Uncle Sam is Making the Wrong Choices

January 4, 2012
Uncle Sam is Making the Wrong Choices

NORMAN SOLOMON - On a recent day in Petaluma, two very different events spotlighted grim results of upside-down priorities from the federal government. Upwards of 600 people gathered for an early breakfast at the Veterans Memorial Hall to raise money for the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), a nonprofit organization that last year sheltered nearly...

Where Next for Occupy?

January 2, 2012
Where Next for Occupy?

CHARLES EISENSTEIN - Occupy has awakened a potent energy that had been lying dormant. It has made activists of people of a new generation, and brought renewed hope to veterans of past movements. Unlike earlier protest movements, it has not objected to any specific policy, such as segregation or the Vietnam War. It is...

If You Care About Keystone and Climate Change, Occupy Exxon

December 31, 2011
If You Care About Keystone and Climate Change, Occupy Exxon

PAUL LOEB - It seemed like the afterthought in the payroll tax cut extension fight, a small consolation prize to the Republicans on what should have been the easiest of bi-partisan votes. But the two-month clock is now ticking on whether Obama will approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada's environmentally disastrous tar sands....

Bring the War Dollars Home

December 29, 2011
Bring the War Dollars Home

BETSY CRITES - The withdrawal from Iraq is to be celebrated like a migraine that finally subsides. It is what the majority of Americans have long asked for through pollsters and by their election of a president who promised to get us out.

Occupy Wall Street Trims Beaks of Congo’s ‘Debt Vultures’

December 27, 2011
Occupy Wall Street Trims Beaks of Congo’s ‘Debt Vultures’

GREG PALAST - This past Sunday, a deputation from Occupy Wall Street crossed the bridge from Manhattan and brought its protest to the Brooklyn residence of one of New York's "vultures" This type of vulture doesn't roost in a tree, but in a swish brownstone.

Sustainability Reporting Enters New Phase, Say Experts

December 25, 2011
Sustainability Reporting Enters New Phase, Say Experts

GLOBAL REPORTING INITIATIVE - Reporting corporate economic, environmental and social performance is entering a new phase, moving from a pioneering and experimental practice to become standard practice, say sustainability reporting experts. The number of reports continues to increase, as does the variety of organizations that report, according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)’s Year...

Two Parties, One Approach to Climate Science

December 23, 2011
Two Parties, One Approach to Climate Science

PETER FRUMHOFF AND KERRY EMANUEL - One of us is a Republican, the other a Democrat. We hold different views on many issues. But as scientists, we share a deep conviction that leaders of both parties must speak to the reality and risks of human-caused climate change, and commit themselves to finding bipartisan solutions.

Why ‘We The People’ Must Triumph Over Corporate Power

December 21, 2011
Why ‘We The People’ Must Triumph Over Corporate Power

BILL MOYERS - Rarely have so few imposed such damage on so many. When five conservative members of the Supreme Court handed for-profit corporations the right to secretly flood political campaigns with tidal waves of cash on the eve of an election, they moved America closer to outright plutocracy, where political power derived from...

Durban Deal Will Not Avert Catastrophic Climate Change, Say Scientists

December 19, 2011
Durban Deal Will Not Avert Catastrophic Climate Change, Say Scientists

FIONA HARVEY - Scientists and environmental groups warned that urgent action was still needed to rescue the world from climate change, despite the deal sealed on Sunday morning in Durban after two weeks of talks. Andy Atkins, executive director of Friends of the Earth, said: "This empty shell of a plan leaves the...

Walmart Heirs Have Net Worth Equal to All the Bottom 30 Percent of Americans

December 17, 2011
Walmart Heirs Have Net Worth Equal to All the Bottom 30 Percent of Americans

PAT GARAFALO - Income inequality in the U.S. is currently the highest its been since the 1920s, with the 400 richest Americans (who are all billionaires) having as much wealth as the bottom 50 percent of Americans combined. And as it turns out, just one wealthy family has managed to amass a fortune equal...