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.

Open Government Groups Asked to Rescind Transparency Award Given to Obama

June 10, 2011
Open Government Groups Asked to Rescind Transparency Award Given to Obama

SIBEL EDMONDS & COLEEN ROWLEY - On March 28, 2011, President Obama was given a “transparency award” from five “open government” organizations: OMB Watch, the National Security Archive, the Project on Government Oversight, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and OpenTheGovernment.org. Ironically — and quite likely in response to growing public...

Mexicans Use Nonviolence to Address War on Drugs

June 8, 2011
Mexicans Use Nonviolence to Address War on Drugs

PATRICK T. HILLER - A new, citizen-driven nonviolent reality is emerging in the escalated war on drugs in Mexico.

The Search for War Never Ends in DC

June 6, 2011
The Search for War Never Ends in DC

NORMAN SOLOMON - In times of war, U.S. presidents have often talked about yearning for peace. But the last decade has brought a gradual shift in the rhetorical zeitgeist while a tacit assumption has taken hold -- war must go on, one way or another.

Cynthia McKinney Reports from Libya Under NATO Attack

June 4, 2011
Cynthia McKinney Reports from Libya Under NATO Attack

CYNTHIA MCKINNEY - While serving on the House International Relations Committee from 1993 to 2003, it became clear to me that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was an anachronism. Founded in 1945 at the end of World War II, NATO was founded by the United States in response to the Soviet Union's...

Savings, Not Cost: Arresting Climate Change Makes Economic Sense

June 2, 2011
Savings, Not Cost: Arresting Climate Change Makes Economic Sense

EUGENE REGISTER GUARD - The science of climate change is more controversial in the United States than in most other countries — skeptics reject the evidence that temperatures are rising due to increased levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases or, if they accept the data that point to global warming, claim that...

Global Peace Index Shows Decline in World Peace for Third Year

May 31, 2011
Global Peace Index Shows Decline in World Peace for Third Year

THE INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMICS AND PEACE - The threat of terrorist attacks and the likelihood of violent demonstrations were the two leading factors (1) making the world less peaceful in 2011, according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI), released May 25, 2011. This is the third consecutive year that the GPI, produced by...

Kucinich Calls for Obedience to War Powers Act re: Libya

May 29, 2011
Kucinich Calls for Obedience to War Powers Act re: Libya

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH - Mr. Speaker. The critical issue before this nation today is not Libyan democracy, it is American democracy. In the next hour I will describe the dangers facing our own democracy. The principles of world democracy are embodied in the UN Charter, conceived to end the scourge of war for all...

Legislators Request U.S. Not to Send More Radwaste to NW

May 27, 2011
Legislators Request U.S. Not to Send More Radwaste to NW

REP. JULES BAILEY - Under the leadership of Rep. Jules Bailey, 17 Oregon representatives and senators from Portland have written Energy Secretary Steven Chu protesting the addition of new radioactive material to the profoundly contaminated Hanford site in southern Washington.

FBI Left Damning Document at Site of Peace Group Raid

May 26, 2011
FBI Left Damning Document at Site of Peace Group Raid

BILL SOREM - A press conference at the offices of the Anti-War Committee office last week revealed an interesting remnant of the FBI raids on peace activists in Minneapolis and Chicago on September 24, 2010. They left a copy of the FBI SWAT team operational plan and the set of questions that was to...

Militarist Madness Threatens National Security

May 25, 2011
Militarist Madness Threatens National Security

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - According to a recent report from the prestigious Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), world military expenditures grew to a record $1.63 trillion in 2010. Middle East nations alone spent $111 billion on the military, with Saudi Arabia leading the way.

Santana Booed for Speaking Out at Baseball Game

May 23, 2011
Santana Booed for Speaking Out at Baseball Game

DAVE ZIRIN - Major League Baseball’s annual Civil Rights Game was poised to be a migraine-inducing exercise in Orwellian irony. Forget about the fact that Civil Rights was to be honored in Atlanta, where fans root for a team called the Braves and cheer in unison with the ubiquitous "tomahawk chop."

UN Human Rights Chief Criticizes U.S. on Guantanamo Bay

May 21, 2011
UN Human Rights Chief Criticizes U.S. on Guantanamo Bay

JENNIFER M. FREEDMAN - President Barack Obama’s failure to close Guantanamo Bay and his decision to try some prisoners in military courts are “extremely disappointing,” said the United Nations’ top human-rights official.

16-Year-Old Sues U.S. Government Over Climate Change

May 19, 2011
16-Year-Old Sues U.S. Government Over Climate Change

ALEC LOORZ - I am 16 years old. This morning I filed a lawsuit against the United States of America, for allowing money to be more powerful than the survival of my generation, and for making decisions that threaten our right to a safe and healthy planet.

Revenge is Obsolete

May 17, 2011
Revenge is Obsolete

WINSLOW MYERS - Our euphoric national mood in the wake of the assassination of Osama bin Laden may make for a reluctance to look once again, or perhaps for the first time, at his demands. There has been almost nothing in the mainstream press that examines his motivations for terrorism.

Defense Cuts? Military Cuts? Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off!

May 15, 2011
Defense Cuts? Military Cuts? Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off!

DAVID SWANSON - The New York Times has posted seven super-short columns on how to cut the U.S. military. All seven seem to support cutting the military in one way or another. That's excellent, and I don't mean to complain, but . . . .

How Will Your Kids Say They Spent Their Summer Vacation?

May 13, 2011
How Will Your Kids Say They Spent Their Summer Vacation?

LAURA CARVER AND JANE SOMMERVILLE - While the root causes for many problems are complex, one common cause is lack of social engagement -- something we want to do something about. In fact, this is what we are doing for our summer vacation.

Pentagon Proposes Cutting Its Own Budget for the Sake of National Security

May 11, 2011
Pentagon Proposes Cutting Its Own Budget for the Sake of National Security

JOHN NORRIS - The United States is fundamentally getting it wrong when it comes to setting its priorities, particularly with regard to the budget and how Americans as a nation use their resources more broadly.

Leave Iraq On Time With Dignity

May 9, 2011
Leave Iraq On Time With Dignity

LAWRENCE J. KORB - Like jilted lovers, the U.S. military and many of those who got U.S. into the senseless invasion of Iraq have been pressing the Iraqi government to change its mind about removing all U.S. troops by the December 2011 deadline.

The Anti-War Roots of Mothers’ Day

May 7, 2011
The Anti-War Roots of Mothers’ Day

GARY G. KOHLS - Julia Ward Howe, author of the Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870 was a life-long abolitionist and therefore, early on, she was a supporter of the Union Army’s anti-slavery rationale for going to war to prevent the pro-slavery politicians and industrialists in the Confederate South from seceding from the union over...

How Americans Can Get Up and Stand Up

May 5, 2011
How Americans Can Get Up and Stand Up

DAVID SWANSON - In December 2009, psychologist Bruce Levine published an article at Alternet called "Are Americans a Broken People?" His timing couldn't have been better. Americans of good will and bad analysis were suffering a severe fit of Obamanation withdrawal. The article was reposted everywhere, commented on endlessly, and responded to voluminously. (This...

It’s Time to Close California’s Nuclear Power Plants

May 3, 2011
It’s Time to Close California’s Nuclear Power Plants

NORMAN SOLOMON - The facts all point to this “inconvenient truth” -- the time has come to shut down California’s two nuclear power plants as part of a swift transition to an energy policy focused on clean and green renewable sources and conservation.

Open Letter to President Obama: Bin Laden Assassination Is Not Something to Celebrate

May 2, 2011
Open Letter to President Obama: Bin Laden Assassination Is Not Something to Celebrate

DAN HANDELMAN - We were very troubled by your announcement Sunday night about the death of Osama Bin Laden. You described his assassination at the hands of a secret U.S. operation as "justice," an "achievement" that "should be welcomed by all people who believe in peace and humanity."

White House Website is Lying About Your Taxes

May 1, 2011
White House Website is Lying About Your Taxes

DAVID SWANSON - The White House has a handy website to mislead you about your tax dollars at http://www.whitehouse.gov/taxreceipt. It claims that only 26.3% goes to "National Defense."

This is What #1 Looks Like

April 29, 2011
This is What #1 Looks Like

DAVID MORRIS - For Republican presidential candidates the phrase “American Exceptionalism” has taken on almost talismanic qualities. Newt Gingrich’s new book is titled, A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters. “America the Exceptional” is the title of a chapter in Sarah Palin’s book America by Heart.