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...

ALEC Assists Right Wing Corporations in Suppressing the Colored Vote

December 15, 2011
ALEC Assists Right Wing Corporations in Suppressing the Colored Vote

COLOR OF CHANGE.ORG - For years, the right wing has been trying to stop Black people, other people of color, young people, and the elderly from voting for partisan gain — and now some of America's biggest companies are helping them do it.

LA and Occupy LA Agree: It’s Time to End Corporate Personhood

December 13, 2011
LA and Occupy LA Agree: It’s Time to End Corporate Personhood

BROOKE JARVIS - On December 3, just two days before Occupy L.A. was evicted by police, the General Assembly of the occupation passed a unanimous resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood.

Occupy Our Homes

December 11, 2011
Occupy Our Homes

J.A. MYERSON - Yesterday, no one had lived in 702 Vermont Street for three years. Vermont Street sits in East New York, the Brooklyn neighborhood where foreclosures are five times more frequent than in the rest of the state. Today, Alfredo and Tasha and their son and daughter moved in, with the help of...

Is Your Cell Phone Spying on You?

December 9, 2011
Is Your Cell Phone Spying on You?

JIM COOK - Many people have cell phones. Many of those love their phones, and some are so attached to them that they should seriously consider a surgical implant. I am not one of this crowd and, when I was working, only carried a cell phone under protest and rarely turned it on. I...

Where Were You When They Crucified My Movement?

December 7, 2011
Where Were You When They Crucified My Movement?

CHRIS HEDGES - The Occupy movement is the force that will revitalize traditional Christianity in the United States or signal its moral, social and political irrelevance. The mainstream church, battered by declining numbers and a failure to defiantly condemn the crimes and cruelty of the corporate state, as well as a refusal to vigorously...

How About Sending Social Services to Occupy Encampments Instead of Police?

December 5, 2011
How About Sending Social Services to Occupy Encampments Instead of Police?

MICHAEL LERNER - Call Mayor Bloomberg of NYC, Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, or whoever is your mayor and suggest that they support the Occupy movement by providing encouragement to social workers, teachers, clergy and others to go down to the Occupy encampments and volunteer time and energy to help those who badly need...

Occupy the Next Level: Four Ideas for the Movement

December 3, 2011
Occupy the Next Level: Four Ideas for the Movement

JOSH HEALEY - Over the last two weeks, mayors across the country (apparently coordinated by the FBI) shut down many of the largest Occupy encampments, including in New York, Oakland, Portland, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and more. Police arrested hundreds of peaceful activists, inevitably leaving clouds of pepper spray and millions of dollars in...

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.