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.

Are We On the Brink of a New Great Awakening?

August 27, 2011
Are We On the Brink of a New Great Awakening?

WINSLOW MYERS - The brilliance of the “Mad Men” television series lies in the crackerjack acting and script, but even more in the way the series dramatizes the paradigm shift of American women from gross subjugation to rough equality.

The Post-Western World is Coming On Fast

August 25, 2011
The Post-Western World is Coming On Fast

KENNETH RAPOZA - The economic crisis in advanced economies is accelerating the timeline in which big emerging nations like China rule the global economy. Instead of the market focusing on American shopping habits, they’ll be focused on consumers in Shanghai and Mumbai. Unless the US can recover the 8.5 million jobs it lost in...

The Middle East and the Debt Ceiling Conflict — The Similarities and Challenges of Ideological Conflicts

August 23, 2011
The Middle East and the Debt Ceiling Conflict — The Similarities and Challenges of Ideological Conflicts

DOUGLAS E. NOLL - Those of us outside of Washington D.C. are faced with potential disaster if our elected representatives cannot compromise on debt ceiling limits. The conflict has spiraled into pure ideology. As a mediator and peacemaker, I deal with this type of conflict frequently.

Our Biggest Security Threat Is Global Warming-Induced Extreme Weather

August 21, 2011
Our Biggest Security Threat Is Global Warming-Induced Extreme Weather

SCOTT THILL - Scientists have been predicting for years that global warming would produce record-breaking extremes on either side of the thermometer. This past winter, America survived its so-called snowpocalypse, and now that summer has arrived, we've got a heat dome.

Climate Change Movement Initiates Civil Resistance

August 19, 2011
Climate Change Movement Initiates Civil Resistance

BILL MCKIBBEN - Ain’t eBay grand? For $10 you can buy a sack of 50 assorted Obama ’08 buttons, and that’s what I’ve been doing. If you look closely, you might see them this weekend on the lapels of some of the global warming protesters holding a sit-in outside the White House.

Want to Slash the Debt? Here’s a Quarter Trillion

August 17, 2011
Want to Slash the Debt? Here’s a Quarter Trillion

LAWRENCE WITTNER - In the midst of the current stampede to slash federal spending, Congress might want to take a look at two unnecessary (and dangerous) "national security" programs that, if cut, would save the United States over a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade.

UCS Scientist Separates Electric Car Fact from Hype

August 15, 2011
UCS Scientist Separates Electric Car Fact from Hype

DAVID FRIEDMAN - With the battery-electric Nissan Leaf and the gas-electric, plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt now on the showroom floor, and with plans by most major car companies to offer at least one model driven partially or completely by batteries or fuel cells in the next few years, we stand at the cusp of...

Debt Deal Will Increase Economic Inequality, Devastate American Workers, Communities

August 13, 2011
Debt Deal Will Increase Economic Inequality, Devastate American Workers, Communities

BRIAN J. TRAUTMAN - The debt deal cuts roughly $2.4 trillion in federal spending over the next decade without any new revenue streams. It slashes social services like education and health, and threatens to weaken the vital entitlement programs of our frayed social safety net. It is far from representing the shared sacrifice that...

Rioting for ‘Justice’ in London

August 11, 2011
Rioting for ‘Justice’ in London

JESSE STRAUSS - On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered outside the Tottenham police station, peacefully calling for "justice" for Mark Duggan, a man killed by officers three days prior. Police stood in formation, separating the community members from the station they were guarding, until a 16-year-old woman reportedly approached an officer to find out...

Congress Needs Basic Reform

August 9, 2011
Congress Needs Basic Reform

DAVID BALL - I am writing to you today to pass on some information that I came upon recently that I thought you at Oregon PeaceWorks might be interested in. This is bipartisan in nature and is aimed at both Democrats and Republicans.

University Offers Leadership for Sustainable Change Certificate

August 7, 2011
University Offers Leadership for Sustainable Change Certificate

VERNICE SOLIMAR, PHD - Over the years, students and faculty at John F. Kennedy University have expressed a desire to apply principles of psychology, human development and human potential to social action, diversity and systems approaches to planetary issues...a major need for the 21st century was a new paradigm of leadership that would solve...

Schrader Requests Obama to Withdraw from Iraq Now

August 5, 2011
Schrader Requests Obama to Withdraw from Iraq Now

REP. KURT SCHRADER - Rep. Kurt Schrader joined 94 other members of the House in sending the following letter to President Barack Obama urging him to remove all U.S. troops by this year’s end. – Ed.

ALEC – a Big Reason Why We Can’t Tackle Climate Change

August 3, 2011
ALEC – a Big Reason Why We Can’t Tackle Climate Change

JILL RICHARDSON - As the U.S. suffers through catastrophic tornadoes, heat waves, and other climate extremes - no doubt just a small taste of what the climate crisis will bring in the future - polluting industries and the politicians that serve them want to convince you that excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is...

Kucinich to Holder:Stop FBI Repression of Anti-war Activists

August 1, 2011
Kucinich to Holder:Stop FBI Repression of Anti-war Activists

COMMITTEE TO STOP FBI REPRESSION - The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is pleased to circulate the following letter from Congressman Kucinich, addressed to Attorney General Holder. Rep. Kucinich is the tenth Congressional representative to raise concerns about the FBI's repression of anti-war and solidarity activists.

This September 11, Love Your Enemy to Restore Dignity

July 30, 2011
This September 11, Love Your Enemy to Restore Dignity

TODD DIEHL - As September 11, 2001 reaches its 10th anniversary, I would like to propose an alternative: Love Your Enemy. We have all witnessed the actions of a nation focused on hate and revenge. Now it is time to move our hearts and turn our focus to actions based on love, reconciliation, and...

American Public Shows How it Would Cut the Budget Deficit

July 28, 2011
American Public Shows How it Would Cut the Budget Deficit

WORLD PUBLIC OPINION.ORG - An innovative study has found that when a representative sample of the American public was presented the federal budget, they proposed changes far different from those the Obama administration or the Republican-led House have proposed.

Deconstructing the “Federal Debt Crisis”

July 26, 2011
Deconstructing the “Federal Debt Crisis”

SAM PIZZIGATI - Once upon a time in America, back a century ago, our nation's rich paid virtually nothing in taxes to the federal government. And that same federal government did virtually nothing to better the lives of average Americans.

The Real Significance of the Debt Ceiling Debate

July 24, 2011
The Real Significance of the Debt Ceiling Debate

DAVE COHEN - It is mid-July, and the debt ceiling hysteria is peaking. What is the significance of this debate? What is its real meaning for ordinary Americans? These questions can be answered at two different levels, from inside the consensual reality box and from outside that box (and see here).

Conventional Wisdom Challenged: Technology is NOT Neutral

July 22, 2011
Conventional Wisdom Challenged: Technology is NOT Neutral

MICKEY Z - “The truth has to be repeated,” wrote Pakistani scholar Eqbal Ahmad. “It doesn’t become stale just because it has been told once. So keep repeating it. Don’t bother about who has listened, who not listened… the media and the other institutions of power are so powerful that telling the truth once...

Wouldn’t It Be Nice: The “There’s Plenty of Money Act”of 2012

July 20, 2011
Wouldn’t It Be Nice: The “There’s Plenty of Money Act”of 2012

DAVID SWANSON - To highly resolve that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the United States of America. This Act may be cited as the Start Doing Our Damn Jobs...

Students Must Rally Against Global Warming

July 18, 2011
Students Must Rally Against Global Warming

MARTY ESSEN - As a professional speaker, I’ve spent much of the past four years performing at colleges across the country. While the subject of my show is rare and interesting wildlife on all seven continents, I also address the effects of global warming.

Extreme Weather Link ‘Can No Longer Be Ignored’

July 16, 2011
Extreme Weather Link ‘Can No Longer Be Ignored’

STEVE CONNOR - Scientists are to end their 20-year reluctance to link climate change with extreme weather – the heavy storms, floods and droughts which often fill news bulletins – as part of a radical departure from a previous equivocal position that many now see as increasingly untenable.

Next Plutonium Space Launch Set

July 14, 2011
Next Plutonium Space Launch Set

BRUCE GAGNON - The next plutonium enabled space mission, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), is scheduled to be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida between November 25 and December 18 of this year. The MSL rover, known as "Curiosity," will be fueled with 4.8 kilograms (10.56 pounds) of plutonium dioxide. It will be, NASA says,...

Report: Time is Ripe to Rebalance U.S. Security Resources

July 12, 2011
Report: Time is Ripe to Rebalance U.S. Security Resources

LAWRENCE KORB and MIRIAM PEMBERTON - Two of 2011’s most extraordinary developments point in a single direction. First, the death of Osama bin Laden was accomplished by means that resembled a police action. A painstaking investigation preceded the operation by a group of special forces roughly the size of a SWAT team. Then came the...

Sacred Mantras Need Examination

July 10, 2011
Sacred Mantras Need Examination

URI AVNERY - The Palestinians are planning something thoroughly obnoxious: they intend to apply to the UN for statehood. Why obnoxious? Any Israeli spokesman (not to mention spokeswoman) will tell you readily: because it is a “unilateral” move. How dare they proclaim a state unilaterally? How dare they do so without the consent of...

Honduras: A Sty in the Eye of the Obama Regime

July 8, 2011
Honduras: A Sty in the Eye of the Obama Regime

IAN HARRIS - Honduras has for a long time been a “banana republic” controlled by U.S. interests. With the lowest per capita income in Central America, but with a strong military, Honduras in the 80s was viewed as a “U.S. surrogate” in the region, providing a base for counter-insurgency operations especially in Nicaragua. The...

Price of U.S. Wars: $4.4 Trillion?

July 6, 2011
Price of U.S. Wars: $4.4 Trillion?

TIM MAK - The final bill for U.S. military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan could be as high as $4.4 trillion, according to a comprehensive new report.

We’re Down, but We’re Not Licked

July 4, 2011
We’re Down, but We’re Not Licked

PETER BERGEL - Recently my email brought two items on the same day which, when I put them together, seemed like a strong message for Independence Day.

Environmental Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

July 2, 2011
Environmental Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

BILL MCKIBBEN - This will be a slightly longer letter than common for the Internet age -- it's serious stuff. The short version is we want you to consider doing something hard: coming to Washington in the hottest and stickiest weeks of the summer and engaging in civil disobedience that will likely get you...

Staying Human: Preparing to Sail to Gaza

June 30, 2011
Staying Human: Preparing to Sail to Gaza

KATHY KELLY - Last week, newly-arrived in Athens as part of the U.S. Boat to Gaza project, our team of activists gathered for nonviolence training. We are here to sail to Gaza, in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade, in our ship, "The Audacity of Hope."

An Open Letter to Graduates

June 28, 2011
An Open Letter to Graduates

DAVID KRIEGER - What does it mean to be human? Why are we here on Earth? What are the greatest goals one can pursue in life? What are the keys to a happy and fulfilled life? If you didn’t, it’s not too late.

Fukushima: “Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind”

June 26, 2011
Fukushima: “Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind”

DAHRJAMAIL - Scientific experts believe Japan's nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public. "Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera.

People Power Is More Effective Than Armed Might

June 24, 2011
People Power Is More Effective Than Armed Might

ERICA CHENOWETH - From Cairo, Egypt, to Madison, Wisconsin, civil societyis fighting back through massive nonviolent resistance. But what makes for a successful campaign? The data is in.

Obama’s Withdrawal Speech:Contrasting Views from Two Peace Advocates

June 23, 2011
Obama’s Withdrawal Speech:Contrasting Views from Two Peace Advocates

REBECCA GRIFFIN & TOM HAYDEN - Rebecca Griffin and Tom Hayden are both strong peace advocates who have worked long and hard to end the wars in the Middle East. Their views on President Obama’s speech about his Afghan war plans are quite divergent, yet both make valid and important points.

Greens Call Germany’s Gradual Reactor Phase-out Too Slow

June 22, 2011
Greens Call Germany’s Gradual Reactor Phase-out Too Slow

JOHN LAFORGE - Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted quickly to nationwide antinuclear protests re-ignited by the still-out-of-control radiation disaster at Fukushima, Japan. The Chancellor first ordered the powering-down of the seven oldest and most dangerous reactors in Germany, and she halted plans for any new reactor construction.

It’s Time for Our Troops to Come Home

June 20, 2011
It’s Time for Our Troops to Come Home

SEN. JEFF MERKLEY - In the aftermath of September 11th, our nation went to war in Afghanistan. We had three goals: to dislodge the Taliban government, destroy al Qaeda training camps, and to bring to justice those who masterminded the attacks.

Mercy Mission to Gaza Defies Israeli Threats

June 18, 2011
Mercy Mission to Gaza Defies Israeli Threats

ZACHARY ROBINSON - To answer those who still believe that "humanitarian intervention" can take the form of cruise missiles, bombs and attack helicopters launched by the armed forces of the (former?) colonial powers --- this is what real humanitarian intervention looks like.

Congress Members Sue Obama to End Libya War

June 17, 2011
Congress Members Sue Obama to End Libya War

DAVID SWANSON - On Wednesday in federal court, 10 members of the U.S. Congress sued President Obama in an attempt to end U.S. involvement in a war in Libya.These are the plaintiffs: Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Walter Jones (R-NC), Howard Coble (R-NC), John Duncan (R-TN), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), John Conyers (D-MI), Ron Paul (R-TX), Michael...

They’re Eating Our Lunch – U.S. Misses Green Opportunities

June 16, 2011
They’re Eating Our Lunch – U.S. Misses Green Opportunities

ELISABETH ROSENTHAL - The Mark Group started hunting for a new untapped market when it realized that its core business — insulating old homes using innovative technology — would drop off in coming years. Based in the rust-belt city of Leicester, the company had grown rapidly over the last decade largely because of...

Was Fukushima Too Big to Fail?

June 14, 2011
Was Fukushima Too Big to Fail?

TOM H. HASTINGS - When George Bush started bailing out corporations, and Barack Obama continued Bush’s program, we were told that those corporations were too big to fail. The dangers of massive corporations dragging down all of us were noted, they were bailed out. And then were they then downsized? Nope. What is up...

UN Chief Challenges World: Agree on Tougher Target for Climate Change

June 12, 2011
UN Chief Challenges World: Agree on Tougher Target for Climate Change

FIONA HARVEY - The world should agree to limit global warming to just 1.5C instead of the current target of 2C, the United Nations' climate chief has said, in remarks that shocked the governments of developed nations.