As Climate Crime Continues, Who’s Going to Jail? Tim DeChristopher?

March 10, 2011
As Climate Crime Continues, Who’s Going to Jail? Tim DeChristopher?

BILL MCKIBBEN - Let's consider for a moment the targets the federal government chooses to make an example of. So far, no bankers have been charged, despite the unmitigated greed that nearly brought the world economy down. No coal or oil execs have been charged, despite fouling the entire atmosphere and putting civilization as...

Wise Investment: Save the U.S. Institute of Peace

March 8, 2011
Wise Investment: Save the U.S. Institute of Peace

BETTY A. REARDON AND TONY JENKINS - The New York Times recently featured significant articles highlighting the important role of non-formal civilian education and training contributing to the nonviolent toppling of dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt (Feb 13: A Tunisian-Egyptian Link That Shook Arab History; Feb 16: Shy U.S. Intellectual Created Playbook Used...

Idealism is the New Realism

March 6, 2011
Idealism is the New Realism

PETER BERGEL - I was among the 800 or so who turned out in Salem, OR on Feb. 26 to support preservation of Wisconsin public employees’ collective bargaining rights and protest the increasing domination by corporations of our political and economic system. It was one of those heady moments when ordinary people scent the...

Bradley Manning Charged With 22 New Counts, Including Capital Offense

March 4, 2011
Bradley Manning Charged With 22 New Counts, Including Capital Offense

KIM ZETTER - The Army has filed 22 new counts against suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, among them a capital offense for which the government said it would not seek the death penalty. The charges, filed Tuesday but disclosed only Wednesday, are one charge of aiding the enemy, five counts of theft of public property...

‘Mad as Hell’ in Madison

March 2, 2011
‘Mad as Hell’ in Madison

RALPH NADER - The large demonstrations at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin are driven by a middle class awakening to the spectre of its destruction by the corporate reactionaries and their toady Governor Scott Walker. For years the middle class has watched the plutocrats stomp on the poor while listening to the two parties...

What Kind of Society Do We Want?

February 28, 2011
What Kind of Society Do We Want?

ROBERT WEISSMAN - We are now having a major dispute about what kind of society America should be. Right now, the flashpoint in this controversy is Wisconsin, where tens of thousands of people are demonstrating every day in an effort to block Governor Scott Walker’s plan to all but end collective bargaining rights for...

Your 1040 Tax Form Lies to You

February 26, 2011
Your 1040 Tax Form Lies to You

DAVID SWANSON - Pick up a copy of a 1040EZ US income tax form with all the instructions, particularly pages 36-37. Here are those two pages in a PDF. You'll discover that the U.S. government only spends 22% of its money on "National defense, veterans, and foreign affairs." The form admits that you could...

Global Warming: The United Nations Courts Tinseltown

February 24, 2011
Global Warming: The United Nations Courts Tinseltown

MARGOT ROOSEVELT - The United Nations has long courted celebrities for its peace-keeping and anti-poverty efforts, from Mia Farrow and Ricky Martin to George Clooney and Angelina Jolie. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement. Hollywood stars grasp at gravitas; the U.N. pushes for publicity. Now the beleaguered multi-national agency, fresh from a disappointing round of climate...

Trading Self-Destructive Activism for Nonviolence

February 22, 2011
Trading Self-Destructive Activism for Nonviolence

ALEX DOHERTY - [It gives me especial pleasure to present this article to PeaceWorker readers because I recall hearing Mark Rudd speak at a rally on the U of California campus in 1968, just after the occupation he refers to below. I thought his rhetoric was wrong-headed at the time and am delighted that...

Egypt-Like Outrage in Wisconsin

February 20, 2011
Egypt-Like Outrage in Wisconsin

AMERICAN RIGHTS AT WORK ACTION TEAM - Have you heard? 30,000 protesters flooded the Wisconsin state house, and a group of state senators have literally fled the state to fight against the worst union-busting state bill in recent memory. Governor Scott Walker has proposed a draconian bill of cuts targeted at public workers who...

NPP Analyses Obama’s FY 2012 Budget Request

February 18, 2011
NPP Analyses  Obama’s FY 2012 Budget Request

JOE COMERFORD - On February 14, the White House released the Obama Administration's budget request for Fiscal Year 2012, which begins on October 1, 2011. As expected, the estimated $3.7 trillion FY2012 request contains a number of critical policy and fiscal goals, including: Reducing the government's annual deficit by placing a five-year freeze on so-called...

Breaking the Chain of Command

February 16, 2011
Breaking the Chain of Command

MICHAEL NAGLER - When is a whistleblower not a whistleblower? When he’s a scapegoat. Pfc. Bradley Manning is an unfortunate – and a challenging – case in point, and to understand why we need to see it in context.

A Strong Wind Blows Mubarak Into History

February 15, 2011
A Strong Wind Blows Mubarak Into History

URI AVNERY - We are in the middle of a geological event. An earthquake of epoch-making dimensions is changing the landscape of our region. Mountains turn into valleys, islands emerge from the sea, volcanoes cover the land with lava. People are afraid of change. When it happens, they tend to deny, ignore, pretend that...

Public Says Cut Pentagon, Obama Says Increase It

February 14, 2011
Public Says Cut Pentagon, Obama Says Increase It

DAVID SWANSON - Did you know that the U.S. public wants military spending cut? Did you know that President Barack Obama wants to increase it for his third year in a row? Actually I already know that most of you didn't know either of these things.

PATRIOT Act Extension Blocked… For Now

February 13, 2011
PATRIOT Act Extension Blocked… For Now

REP. JOHN CONYERS, JR - On February 8, we were able to vote down the House Republican Leadership's effort to extend the PATRIOT Act surveillance law. It was a bipartisan victory, as most House Democrats and 26 brave Republicans voted to stop the bill under the special rules the Republicans invoked. I...

Blind Faith in Militarism Serves U.S. Poorly

February 12, 2011
Blind Faith in Militarism Serves U.S. Poorly

MICHAEL TRUE - Blind faith -- adhering to a proposition with no reasonable justification of its truth -- is more dangerous for politicians than it is for religionists. True believers may acknowledge their blind faith in religious dogma, while foreign policy wonks seldom acknowledge their blind faith in political dogma. Yet many legislators and...

ReVisioning Value 2011 Conference Set to Take Center Stage March 7th & 8th

February 11, 2011
ReVisioning Value 2011 Conference Set to Take Center Stage March 7th & 8th

DAVID BALL - Those who have followed Oregon PeaceWorks peace visioning will find this event to be a natural tie-in. Often when proponents of social change are asked if they are succeeding, the answer is ambiguous. Identifying a problem is easy…finding a tangible working solution becomes the trick. Amy Pearl, executive director...

Why I May Run for Congress

February 10, 2011
Why I May Run for Congress

NORMAN SOLOMON - Norman Solomon has been a regular PeaceWorker columnist since the PeaceWorker began in 1988. By then he was already a widely published author, but I had met him more than a decade earlier as an activist in the struggle to stop nuclear power development in Oregon. From that time to this...

Israel Attacks Under Cover of Egypt

February 9, 2011
Israel Attacks Under Cover of Egypt

PAM RASMUSSEN BAILEY - I am living right now in northern Gaza. Israeli F-16s struck early this morning (1 a.m. Feb. 9). These were the closest I have ever been and the blasts were so loud and close I felt them in my bones. The child who was killed lived just a couple of...

Backstory of the New START Treaty Revealed

February 8, 2011
Backstory of the New START Treaty Revealed

JOHN LAFORGE - Last May the Obama administration promised $80 billion to the nuclear weapons establishment for “modernizing” the arsenal. Three large H-bomb laboratories will share about $10 billion annually to “upgrade” U.S. warheads, and they will get equal sums for the next 10 years. The funds are for a new $4.5 billion “Chemistry...

FBI, Police Call Peace Center Presence “a Misunderstanding”

February 6, 2011
FBI, Police Call Peace Center Presence “a Misunderstanding”

JACKIE OROZCO - It's just a "misunderstanding." That's the F.B.I. explanation about what happened at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center in Memphis, TN last week. Agents went to the center and the Memphis Police Tactical Squad surrounded the place last night for what they are calling "safety" reasons. F.B.I. agents said they showed...

Rep. Kurt Schrader Shares National Security Views with OPW

February 4, 2011
Rep. Kurt Schrader Shares National Security Views with OPW

PETER BERGEL - On January 31 I met with Representative Kurt Schrader to find out what his attitudes were on several of Oregon PeaceWorks’ issues. Here are the questions I asked him followed by my notes on his answers.

Beyond the Arizona Shooting: Personal Responsibility

February 2, 2011
Beyond the Arizona Shooting: Personal Responsibility

DORIS MORRIS - I needed a way to express my feelings about the recent shooting involving our representative, Gabrielle Giffords, so began writing this reflection a few days ago. I am open to comments.

Act to Prevent Honey Bee Extinction

January 31, 2011
Act to Prevent Honey Bee Extinction

ADAM KLAUS - Since 2006, U.S. honey bee populations have been in precipitous decline, with some estimates suggesting losses as high as 30% per year.1 While that's terrible, the problem is far greater than just the loss of a species. Without bees, a big piece of our food supply is in serious danger. Pollination...

A Time for Action — Not Servility

January 29, 2011
A Time for Action — Not Servility

JEFF COHEN AND NORMAN SOLOMON - While Washington pundits are talking up a new civility, many progressives are bracing for the old servility -- a bipartisanship that is servile to a corporate elite that is unquenchably greedy and more powerful than ever. But this is not a time for despair. It’s a time...

It’s Still the Same Old Story — from Guns to Nukes

January 27, 2011
It’s Still the Same Old Story — from Guns to Nukes

LAWRENCE A. WITTNER - The discussion of the Tucson tragedy should be familiar, as we witness similar massacres in U.S. schools, shopping centers, and other public places played out periodically. Each time, the NRA and other gun apologists tell us that the easy accessibility of firearms, including assault weapons, had nothing to do...

Red Alert for U.S. Residents: Dollar Fades in International Oil Trading

January 25, 2011
Red Alert for U.S. Residents: Dollar Fades in International Oil Trading

ROBERT FISK - In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading. Iran announced late last month that its foreign currency reserves would henceforth be held in euros rather than dollars.

The Third Force Idea: Creating a New Political Voice

January 23, 2011
The Third Force Idea: Creating a New Political Voice

TED GLICK - “Those who take the meat from the table teach contentment. Those for whom the taxes are destined demand sacrifice. Those who eat their fill speak to the hungry of wonderful times to come. Those who lead the country into the abyss call ruling too difficult for ordinary men and women.” - Bertolt Brecht ...

12 Honor MLK with Arrests at Trident Protest

January 21, 2011
12 Honor MLK with Arrests at Trident Protest

LEONARD EIGER - Last Saturday, January 15, the Seattle Raging Grannies set the mood for honoring Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington. Eighty three people from the Center participated in a vigil at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale with the help of a full...

5% Solution Take Personal Action: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

January 19, 2011
5% Solution  Take Personal Action: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

CLIFF BOYER - A great New Year’s resolution would be to take the 5% Solution pledge to reduce your carbon footprint 5% in 2011. Scientists say that 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the safe limit to support human life on earth. Right now we are at 388 parts...

Open Letter to President Obama: Meet with Civil Society Leaders

January 17, 2011
Open Letter to President Obama: Meet with Civil Society Leaders

RALPH NADER - Dear President Obama: The sentiments expressed in this letter may have more meaning more for you now that the results of the mid-term elections are clear. You have seen what can happen when a number of your supporters lose their enthusiasm and stay home or do not actively participate as volunteers.

Iran’s Green Movement: Why Peace Activists Should Care

January 15, 2011
Iran’s  Green Movement: Why Peace Activists Should Care

DANNY POSTEL & NADER HASHEMI - We are peace activists and supporters of the Green movement in Iran. We adamantly oppose any military attack on Iran, and we stand in solidarity with the democratic struggle in Iran. We see these positions as inextricably linked, as forming a consistent position based on the principles of...

Pakistan is Urdu for Cambodia

January 13, 2011
Pakistan is Urdu for Cambodia

JOHN LAFORGE - U.S. attacks on Pakistan using missiles fired from remote-controlled “drone” warplanes have been increasing under President Obama. These covert bombings often kill civilians in violation of the law of war. Even when the missiles somehow blow up targeted individuals, they kill mere suspects. The U.S. denies that its Green Berets, Navy...

After New START: Where Does Nuclear Disarmament Go From Here?

January 11, 2011
After New START: Where Does Nuclear Disarmament Go From Here?

LAWRENCE WITTNER - With U.S. Senate ratification of the New START treaty on December 22, supporters of nuclear disarmament won an important victory. Signed by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last April, the treaty commits the two nations to cut the number of their deployed strategic (i.e. long-range) nuclear warheads...

New Deal for Local Economies

January 9, 2011
New Deal for Local Economies

STACY MITCHELL - Let me begin by sharing some good news. Scattered here and there, in my country and in yours, the seeds of a new, more local, and more durable economy are taking root.

Obama Pushes NAFTA-Style Korea Trade Deal

January 7, 2011
Obama Pushes NAFTA-Style Korea Trade Deal

JAMES PLOESER AND BEATRIZ LOPEZ - It’s the moment we hoped would never come. President Obama has announced he’ll submit to Congress the Bush-negotiated, NAFTA-style Korea trade deal. Obama is moving forward on this job-killing trade deal with Korea without living up to his fair trade campaign commitments. The Korea vote will be the...

Justice is Bigger Than “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

January 5, 2011
Justice is Bigger Than “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

STEPHANIE N. VAN HOOK and MICHAEL N. NAGLER - In 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech at Ebenezer Baptist Church called “Beyond Vietnam,” where he declared that his conscience would not allow him to remain silent on the question of Vietnam, on the horrors of war, on the threat of violence to...

This “Lame Duck” Had Wings

January 3, 2011
This “Lame Duck” Had Wings

CHRIS HELLMAN - After the November elections, members of Congress returned to Capitol Hill for their “lame duck” session with one huge piece of unfinished business – the Fiscal Year 2011 budget. And while they failed to complete work on the budget – the government is currently running on a “continuing resolution” that funds...

Why Did Progressive Media Miss This Important Progressive Story?

January 1, 2011
Why Did Progressive Media Miss This Important Progressive Story?

PAUL CIENFUEGOS - On November 17, Democracy Now ran a news story about the historic Pittsburgh City Council vote in their news headlines: "Pittsburgh has become the first Pennsylvania city to pass a measure barring natural gas drilling. In a unanimous vote, the Pittsburgh City Council approved the ban within city limits. Pittsburgh sits...

NYT Columnist Exposes Big Military Taboo

December 30, 2010
NYT Columnist Exposes Big Military Taboo

NICHOLAS KRISTOF - We face wrenching budget cutting in the years ahead, but there’s one huge area of government spending that Democrats and Republicans alike have so far treated as sacrosanct. It’s the military/security world, and it’s time to bust that taboo.

A New Year: Time to Envision, Demand Peace

December 28, 2010
A New Year: Time to Envision, Demand Peace

MICHAEL TRUE - “The same war continues,” Denise Levertov wrote, in “Life at War.” Her lament is even more appropriate for 2011 than as it was when she wrote the poem forty-five years ago. Columnists and academics, including International Relations professor Andrew Bacevich, Boston University, are finally acknowledging facts familiar to anyone “awake” regarding...

No Nuke Loan Guarantees in New Government Bill

December 26, 2010
No Nuke Loan Guarantees in New Government Bill

MICHAEL MARIOTTE - Citizen lobbyists sent more than 15,000 letters to Congress in December and made many, many phone calls to stop $8 billion in taxpayer loans for new nuclear reactor construction. And the final government funding bill, signed by President Obama, contains not one dime for new nukes! The Senate was forced to pull...

New START Treaty: a Win for the US and the World

December 23, 2010
New START Treaty: a Win for the US and the World

DON KRAUS - The United States Senate has agreed to the New START Treaty. The bilateral nuclear arms treaty passed with bipartisan support by a 71 to 26 margin. The roll call vote came after months of highly partisan debate and despite a packed Senate schedule.

Nissan Hopes Zero-Emission Leaf Will Electrify Drivers

December 22, 2010
Nissan Hopes Zero-Emission Leaf Will Electrify Drivers

SPACE MART STAFF -- Billed as the world's first mass-produced electric car, this month's launch of the Nissan Leaf is expected to send a jolt through an auto industry racing to build greener vehicles. The Leaf -- short for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car -- has enjoyed a crescendo of industry buzz, last month...

Looking Back on the Nuclear Freeze and Its Impact

December 20, 2010
Looking Back on the Nuclear Freeze and Its Impact

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - In Oregon, the Nuclear Freeze movement was led by Citizen Action for Lasting Security, one of the organizations that later merged into Oregon PeaceWorks. As we end one year and begin a new one, it is encouraging to look back at historian Lawrence Wittner’s chronicle of that exciting movement. -...

White House Dries Out Moral Collapse in Spin Cycle

December 18, 2010
White House Dries Out Moral Collapse in Spin Cycle

NORMAN SOLOMON - On December 5th, in a column about economic policy, Paul Krugman focused on “moral collapse” at the White House -- “a complete failure of purpose and loss of direction.” Meanwhile, President Obama flew to Afghanistan, where he put on a leather bomber jacket and told U.S. troops: “You’re achieving your objectives....

The Values That Underlie Peace

December 17, 2010
The Values That Underlie Peace

ROBERT RACK - I happened into a conversation with man sitting next to me on a plane ten or fifteen years ago that today seems almost prophetic. It was one of those gradual conversations that can happen when you're in a car or maybe in a stuck elevator for a long time with someone,...

We Are in a Lynch-Mob Moment

December 15, 2010
We Are in a Lynch-Mob Moment

TOM HAYDEN - We know that conservatives are extremists for order, but why have so many liberals lost their minds and joined the frenzy over Julian Assange and WikiLeaks? As the secrets of power are unmasked, there is a growing bipartisan demand that Julian Assange must die.

Reader: Tea Party is “Grossly Racist”

December 12, 2010
Reader: Tea Party is “Grossly Racist”

RON LOWE - Let's cut to the chase about the Tea Party. Do you want to spend another year listening to their hypocrisy and tomfoolery? Could it be that Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, the Tea Party, and Republicans, are getting away with their lies because their base and many Americans are simply dumber than...

Anti-Earmark Tea Party Caucus Takes $1 Billion in Earmarks

December 10, 2010
Anti-Earmark Tea Party Caucus Takes $1 Billion in Earmarks

REID WILSON - Members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus may tout their commitment to cutting government spending now, but they used the 111th Congress to request hundreds of earmarks that, taken cumulatively, added more than $1 billion to the federal budget.