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.

At Last! Good News About Nukes

April 27, 2011
At Last! Good News About Nukes

MICHAEL MARIOTTE - Even while the tragedy of the Fukushima disaster continues and our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Japan, there has been a spate of good news on this side of the Pacific.

Plutonium Fuel that Threatens Japan Could Come to Washington Nuke

April 25, 2011
Plutonium Fuel that Threatens Japan Could Come to Washington Nuke

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH - Fukushima Daiichi reactor number 3 – one of the reactors in Japan that has suffered a partial meltdown and that remains endangered – is using an unusual, highly volatile form of reactor fuel that is not yet used in the U.S. but that has been proposed for use at...

WikiLeaks Points to a New Kind of Journalism

April 23, 2011
WikiLeaks Points to a New Kind of Journalism

RACHEL KENNEDY - April has been a momentous month for WikiLeaks. On April 6 Julian Assange was given a date by Britain’s High Court to appeal against extradition to Sweden. Meanwhile, British diplomats have joined many others who are pressuring the U.S. to provide humane treatment of 23-year old Bradley Manning, the U. S....

People’s Budget Reflects Public’s Desires

April 21, 2011
People’s Budget Reflects Public’s Desires

JEFREY SACHS - Just when it seemed that all of Washington had lost its values and its connection with the American people, a bolt of hope has arrived. It is the People's Budget put forward by the co-chairs of the 80-member Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Withdrawal Issues: What NATO Countries Say About the Future of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe

April 19, 2011
Withdrawal Issues:  What NATO Countries Say About the Future of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe

SUSI SNYDER and WILBERT VAN DER ZEIJDEN - For decades, the U.S. has deployed nuclear weapons on the territories of NATO allies in Europe. Now, about 200 of these weapons remain – in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. The weapons were originally intended to be used to put up a...

Analysis of the FY 2011 Federal Budget Agreement

April 18, 2011
Analysis of the FY 2011 Federal Budget Agreement

JO COMERFORD - Six months after the start of the current fiscal year (FY2011), congressional leaders and President Obama have reached agreement on a budget for the second half...

Action Alerts from Indian Country

April 17, 2011
Action Alerts from Indian Country

POO HA BAH - Anishinabe Kweag, a group of women indigenous to the area now called Ontario, is calling on Bruce Power to halt its plans to ship 16 decommissioned nuclear steam generators through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

Youth or Nukes – Where Are Our Priorities?

April 15, 2011
Youth or Nukes – Where Are Our Priorities?

ROBERT DODGE, MD - The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2011 the International Year of Youth. This is in recognition of children’s rights throughout the world and to realize the potential of children everywhere. The resolution proclaiming the Year signifies the importance the international community places on integrating youth-related issues into global,...

Top Ten Tax Avoiders

April 13, 2011
Top Ten Tax Avoiders

WORKINGINAMERICA.ORG - Read the following Top Ten Tax Avoiders, and think about the closed schools, struggling students, empty firehouses, and the unemployed workers dreading the day their benefits run out. It doesn’t need to be this way.

I’ll Meet You in Rumi’s Field

April 11, 2011
I’ll Meet You in Rumi’s Field

WINSLOW MYERS - Keeping the biggest possible picture in mind, paradoxically, may give us the best lens through which to focus clearly upon the messy details of our lives at every level — internationally, nationally, locally, even personally. What can this abstract immensity have to do with our own lives? More than we think,...

Libya: Backing the Destructiveness of Military Power Again

April 9, 2011
Libya: Backing the Destructiveness of Military Power Again

IAN HARRIS - People should not be surprised that the United States has put itself in line to dictate the nature of the next head of state in Libya. After all, in 1954 this country replaced an elected leader in Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh, who had promised to nationalize the oil in his country....

Attack on Libya May Unleash a Long War

April 7, 2011
Attack on Libya May Unleash a Long War

PHYLLIS BENNIS - The United States and its allies launched the war against Libya on the eighth anniversary of the 2003invasion of Iraq. President Barack Obama says the U.S. will transfer command authority very soon, that military action should be over in "days, not weeks," and that he wants no boots on the ground....

Let’s End the War Now!

April 5, 2011
Let’s End the War Now!

CRAIG CLINE - I’m a “baby boomer” -- one of about 76 million American children born during the demographic post-World War II baby boom -- between the years of 1946 and 1964. If you’re a baby boomer, too, this message is especially for you. We have patriotic work to do… again.

Health and the Nuclear Gamble

April 3, 2011
Health and the Nuclear Gamble

ROBERT F. DODGE, MD - The world has anxiously watched the events in Japan unfolding this past few weeks after the horrific earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. The feelings are magnified out of a sense of helplessness in aiding the victims in Japan mixed with concerns for potential effects and implications to our...

Dangerous Plumes of Disinformation Spewing from Meltdowns

April 1, 2011
Dangerous Plumes of Disinformation Spewing from Meltdowns

JOHN LAFORGE - Well-reported plumes of radiation have spread to California and beyond from the wrecked six-reactor complex at Fukushima, Japan. What’s worse in terms of citizen awareness, clouds of disinformation are circling even faster.

Beauty in the Bleakness: A Letter from Sendai

March 31, 2011
Beauty in the Bleakness: A Letter from Sendai

LETTER FROM SENDAI - This inspiring letter was received by an OPW member from a friend in Sendai, Japan.

Is the World Headed Toward Peace?

March 31, 2011
Is the World Headed Toward Peace?

KENT D. SHIFFERD - With the 20th century having been the bloodiest in history, and with bombs falling in Libya, explosions in Iraq, Hamas rockets falling on Israel and a seemingly endless war in Afghanistan, the answer to the question above seems an obvious “No!” However, if you take the long view and...

What Can Afghanistan and Pakistan Teach Us About Nonviolence?

March 28, 2011
What Can Afghanistan and Pakistan Teach Us About Nonviolence?

DAVID SWANSON - I may soon have an opportunity to meet with nonviolent activists in Afghanistan, an area of the world we falsely imagine has earned the name "graveyard of empires" purely through violent resistance. I was educated in the United States and learned in some detail about the lives of several morally...

Actions You Can Take Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World

March 26, 2011
Actions You Can Take Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World

CAMPAIGN FOR A NUCLEAR WEAPONS FREE WORLD - In 2011 we will push the Obama administration and Congress to shift priorities in the nuclear weapons budget, including: Cutting funding for expensive, unnecessary nuclear bomb production plants. Preserving and increasing spending to dismantle warheads and secure nuclear material around the world.

People Power – The Unconquerable Authority

March 24, 2011
People Power – The Unconquerable Authority

WINSLOW MYERS - Muhammar Khaddafy’s brutal reaction to the aspirations of his own people is becoming a textbook case in the futility of opposing the citizens from whose consent a leader’s political authority derives, however illegitimately. Instead, his stubborn egotism has led to absurd violence, even civil war. At moments like this, the world...

Must See Chart: This Is What Class War Looks Like

March 22, 2011
Must See Chart: This Is What Class War Looks Like

GREYWOLFE359 - This chart puts the class war in simple, visual terms. On the left you have the "shared sacrifices" and "painful cuts" that the Republicans claim we must make to get our fiscal house in order. On the right, you can plainly see why these cuts are "necessary." The reason? Because...

Defending Democracy 101

March 20, 2011
Defending Democracy 101

DAVID D. LEEPER - Main Street Wisconsin—harbinger for the nation—is becoming aware that our democracy is being threatened by some very rich, powerful people. The super-wealthy are threatening the very core of our democracy as they consolidate more and more wealth and power.

Nuclear Power Madness

March 18, 2011
Nuclear Power Madness

NORMON SOLOMON - Like every other president since the 1940s, Barack Obama has promoted nuclear power. Now, with reactors melting down in Japan, the official stance is more disconnected from reality than ever.

Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Stokes Fear in Europe

March 16, 2011
Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Stokes Fear in Europe

JUDY DEMPSEY - The nuclear power emergency that began unfolding at a Japanese atomic power plant during the weekend could lead to a major reassessment in European countries that are already building such plants or are considering a shift from fossil fuels to nuclear energy to combat climate change.

Congressional Ds Need to Learn from Wisconsin

March 14, 2011
Congressional Ds Need to Learn from Wisconsin

BECKY BOND - The contrast between the Democratic state senators from Wisconsin and the Democratic senators in Washington, D.C. couldn't be starker. In the face of extreme overreach by Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans in the state house, 14 Wisconsin state senators stood up and fought for almost a month — forcing Governor Walker...

The People vs. the U.S. Government

March 12, 2011
The People vs. the U.S. Government

DAVID SWANSON - Statistically speaking, virtually nobody in the United States of America knows that we spend more on the military than the rest of the world combined, that we could eliminate most of our military and still have the world's largest, that over half of the money our government raises from income taxes...

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...