Shocking Election Facts

November 20, 2010
Shocking Election Facts

PUBLIC CITIZEN - Stunning Statistics of the Week: * $97: The amount per vote spent by Nevada Republican Sharron Angle and Connecticut Republican Linda McMahon – a record. * $69: The amount per vote spent by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev). * $33:...

Congress: Laws to Pass Before the Republicans Take Over

November 18, 2010
Congress: Laws to Pass Before the Republicans Take Over

MICHAEL MOORE - Welcome back to our nation's capital, Congressional Democrats, for your one final session of the 111th Congress. Come January, the Republicans will take over the House while the Democrats will retain control of the Senate. But Dems - here's something I don't understand: Why do you look all sullen and depressed?...

Small Community Banks Promote Radical Vision

November 16, 2010
Small Community Banks Promote Radical Vision

ZACH CARTER - One response to our out-of-control and crashing economic system is to take charge of it at the local level, shouldering the big, irresponsible banks out of the picture. The concept of the Common Good Bank is a way to move toward that goal in a sensible manner. This article explains the...

The Prison Boom Comes Home to Roost

November 14, 2010
The Prison Boom Comes Home to Roost

JAMES CARROLL - Will the fiscal collapse that has laid bare gross inequalities in the U.S. economic system lead to meaningful reforms toward a more just society? One answer is suggested by the bursting of what might be called the "other housing bubble,'' for these two years have also brought to crisis the three-decade-long...

Are Cruel Years Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

November 12, 2010
Are Cruel Years Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

WILLIAM LOREN KATZ - In 2010, with the blessing of a five-to-four Supreme Court, unlimited money from anonymous corporate sources was allowed to select candidates and call the political tune. It is hardly surprising the party best able to tap these funds scored major gains. While suspicious of repentant witches, the public fell for...

The Election and Nuclear Power – Good, Bad and Ugly

November 10, 2010
The Election and Nuclear Power – Good, Bad and Ugly

MICHAEL MARIOTTE - By now you're probably as sick of election news, results and analysis as we are, but since we haven't seen anything useful specifically on the election's impact on nuclear power, we hope you'll bear with us. We'll keep it short!

The Independent Private Contractor Military is Now in Control

November 8, 2010
The Independent Private Contractor Military is Now in Control

MARTI HIKEN AND LUKE HIKEN - A funny thing happened on the way to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The U.S. military became privatized. Private contractors, i.e. mercenaries, are now the predominant military force comprising the armamentarium of the United States. In effect, private contractors supplanted the U.S. military as...

Disaster or Victory? Two Progressive Views of the Election Results

November 6, 2010
Disaster or Victory? Two Progressive Views of the Election Results

NORMAN SOLOMON & KAREN DOLAN - Media critic Norman Solomon describes the election as "grim history" while Institute for Policy Studies staff Karen Dolan reads the results as a victory for progressives. Both views are well worth considering and both call for visionary grassroots action in response. See both below. - Editor

Path for Vote on New START Treaty this Year Goes Through Kyl

November 4, 2010
Path for Vote on New START Treaty this Year Goes Through Kyl

JOSH ROGIN - According to top officials the administration is working hard to secure a floor vote for the New START nuclear reductions treaty with Russia during Congress's post-election lame duck session. "We are looking to pursue a final vote on the floor before the end of the year and we think it's...

Learning from the Tea Party

November 2, 2010
Learning from the Tea Party

TED GLICK - Polling and pundits tell us that tonight we will see a significant political incursion from the right wing, if not, indeed, a complete power takeover. We may not appreciate the Tea Party, but we had better learn a few lessons from them, as this article suggests. Business as usual is not...

How (Not to) to Organize a Community

October 31, 2010
How (Not to) to Organize a Community

DMITRY ORLOV - Just in time for Halloween comes a fascinating thought piece about some real-life horror: one vision of how some of today’s most positive community-building activities to could turn on us in the face of declining access to oil. Avoiding this future is another strong reason to do the peace visioning Oregon...

Syria Reasserts Its Centrality to Peace

October 29, 2010
Syria Reasserts Its Centrality to Peace

ALON BEN-MEIR - Despite efforts to internationally isolate Syria, especially during the Bush era, Syria has reasserted itself as a central player in the Middle East. Following the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, the United States withdrew its ambassador to Beirut, intensified sanctions against Damascus and sought to deepen Syria's...

Afghan Youth Group Undermines Prejudice

October 27, 2010
Afghan Youth Group Undermines Prejudice

DAVID SMITH-FERRI - Bamiyan Province in Afghanistan, a stunningly beautiful mountainous region, is located in the center of the country, roughly 100 miles from Kabul. Most people here live in small, autonomous villages tucked into high mountain valleys, and work dawn to dusk just to scratch out a meager living as subsistence farmers, shepherds,...

Calling in the Feds on Nonprofit Front Groups

October 25, 2010
Calling in the Feds on Nonprofit Front Groups

KEVEN ZEESE - One reason why the U.S. sees ongoing wars, massive military budgets and record arms sales is because the military industrial complex spends massively on elections. This year, corporate spending on elections is worse than ever thanks to the Citizens United decision and political operatives like Karl Rove who have created...

Following Up on Minnesota FBI Raids

October 23, 2010
Following Up on Minnesota FBI Raids

MINNEAPOLIS ANTI-WAR COMMITTEE - On September 24, the FBI raided the homes and offices of peace workers in Minneapolis, MN and elsewhere (see The PeaceWorker, Oct. 1 and Oct. 17). Here is the most recent news and action request from the Minneapolis Anti-War Committee, including an excellent resolution currently in the Minnesota Legislature. –...

Oppose Animal Wrongs

October 21, 2010
Oppose Animal Wrongs

CRAIG AND CHERIE CLINE -- We have given our personal support to a great many “animal issues” organizations over the past 40 years. We think it would be highly beneficial for all of the organizations (and at least indirectly beneficial for all the animals) if they were to better engage and network with each...

Progressive Canaries in a Political Mine

October 19, 2010
Progressive Canaries in a Political Mine

NORMAN SOLOMON -- Take it from David Axelrod. “Almost the entire Republican margin is based on the enthusiasm gap,” the president’s senior adviser said last week. “And if Democrats come out in the same turnout as Republicans, it’s going to be a much different election.” But we don’t get to have a different election.

Take Action to Oppose FBI Raids

October 17, 2010
Take Action to Oppose FBI Raids

PETER BERGEL -- On October 1, The PeaceWorker ran an article on the frightening and unconscionable FBI raids on peace workers that happened in the Minneapolis area and elsewhere. Since then, some activists have refused to cooperate with a Grand Jury, thereby running the risk that they will be jailed.

The Top Censored Stories From 2009-2010

October 15, 2010
The Top Censored Stories From 2009-2010

PROJECT CENSORED -- Project Censored annually picks stories the corporate media should be covering, but aren’t. The links below identify the stories and take you to bibliographies that spell them out. Many of the issues Project Censored selects are so suppressed that you may not even be aware of them, yet what you don’t...

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October 13, 2010

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Are the Dems Really Listening?

October 13, 2010
Are the Dems Really Listening?

MICHAEL MOORE -- Ok! We're halfway through the week and we're off to a great start. Last week I gave the spineless Dems five friendly suggestions for things they could do on the off chance they were interested in winning the midterm elections on November 2nd: 1. Deliver a blunt, nonstop reminder to the American...

Public Mobilization Needed for a Nuclear-Free World

October 11, 2010
Public Mobilization Needed for a Nuclear-Free World

LAWRENCE WITTNER -- One of the ironies of the current international situation is that, although some government leaders now talk of building a nuclear weapons-free world, there has been limited public mobilization around that goal — at least compared to the action-packed 1980s.

How Much Have We Really Paid for the Wall St. Bailout?

October 9, 2010
How Much Have We Really Paid for the Wall St. Bailout?

SOURCEWATCH -- Hint: It’s a lot more than $700 billion.

What If Peace Broke Out? One Man’s View

October 7, 2010
What If Peace Broke Out? One Man’s View

ED HEMMINGSON -- My thoughts here are in response to Oregon PeaceWorks’ call for personal visions of what the world might look like if “peace broke out.” That term of course, is a satirical twist on the common expression, “war broke out,” which is used by the popular media, as though war were...

5 Things Dems Can Do to Turn It Around by November 2nd

October 5, 2010
5 Things Dems Can Do to Turn It Around by November 2nd

MICHAEL MOORE -- Not only does Michael Moore express many of the frustrations progressives currently experience in relation to the leadership of the Democrats in Congress and the White House, but he also – and much more importantly – suggests some quick fixes the Democratic leadership could and should implement to head off their...

U.S. Neutrality Essential in Mid-East Peace Talks

October 3, 2010
U.S. Neutrality Essential in Mid-East Peace Talks

JACK KIRKWOOD -- American leaders and commentators often refer to Israel as our ally. Yet despite six decades of relationship, this term gained wide usage only after President Bush declared alliance with Israel against the terrorists after 9/11/01. American forces have never joined Israel in any military campaign.

FBI Raids Anti-War and Solidarity Activists’ Homes

October 1, 2010
FBI Raids Anti-War and Solidarity Activists’ Homes

ACTIVIST SOURCES -- The FBI initiated a raid on six houses in Chicago and Minneapolis on Friday, October 24, 2010, at 7 a.m. central time. About a dozen activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan were handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury. They also attempted to intimidate activists in California...

You Must Read This Book: Washington Rules

September 29, 2010
You Must Read This Book: Washington Rules

CRAIG CLINE -- I want to recommend a "must read" book for anyone who wonders why our country is still at war after nine years. We wage war - -despite the deep wounds and dreadful deaths that it imposes not only on our so-called enemies, but also on ourselves.

“End of Combat” Claim Disputed

September 27, 2010
“End of Combat” Claim Disputed

JOHN LAFORGE -- The press made a big deal of it. The president even starred in an Oval Office TV show about the “end to U.S. combat” in Iraq, which was announced on August 31. Mr. Obama said he’d fulfilled a promise to end the war. Obama’s bit of theater cost less than George...

Peace Movement Wins a Victory in Court

September 25, 2010
Peace Movement Wins a Victory in Court

JOHN DEAR -- "Fourteen anti-war activists may have made history last week in a Las Vegas courtroom when they turned a misdemeanor trespassing trial into a possible referendum on America's newfound taste for remote-controlled warfare." That's how one Las Vegas newspaper summed up our stunning day in court on Tuesday, when fourteen of us...

John Perkins Lecture Kicks Off MyPeace Project

September 23, 2010
John Perkins Lecture Kicks Off MyPeace Project

PETER BERGEL -- Best-selling author John Perkins (Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Hoodwinked) spoke to a large, enthusiastic audience at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium in Salem on Tuesday night, kicking off a month-long series of peace visioning events called the MyPeace Project.

When You Get a Whiff of Disaster, Pay Attention!

September 20, 2010
When You Get a Whiff of Disaster, Pay Attention!

TOM HASTINGS -- San Bruno, California, is about 12 miles south of San Francisco, near the airport. That is where the gas line ruptured and exploded into a massive fireball hundreds of feet tall, burning dozens of homes, killing at least four, and injuring many others. Residents report having gotten whiffs of gas now...

German Nuclear Plan Encounters Mounting Opposition

September 17, 2010
German Nuclear Plan Encounters Mounting Opposition

DER SPIEGEL MAGAZINE STAFF - Chancellor Angela Merkel had hoped that with a quick resolution, she could sidestep a national debate over nuclear energy. Many, though, see her new plan as a windfall for the country's power utilities. Opposition, both within her government and elsewhere, is on the rise.

Right-Wing Republicans vs. Corporate Democrats vs. Progressive Populists

September 15, 2010
Right-Wing Republicans vs. Corporate Democrats vs. Progressive Populists

NORMAN SOLOMON -- At this bleak political moment, gaining congressional power for progressives might seem like pie in the sky. More and more desperate efforts are underway to stave off a Republican takeover of Congress. But the necessity of trying to prevent right-wing rule on Capitol Hill should not obscure the need to win...

Moving Beyond Peace Processes Past

September 13, 2010
Moving Beyond Peace Processes Past

AFIF SAFIEH -- The Obama administration has been persistent about the Middle East peace process. But is it serious about peace? If it is, and I believe that President Barack Obama is personally serious in spite of widespread skepticism among Arabs and Palestinians, then this administration needs to understand why its predecessors have failed....

Time to End the Cuban Travel Ban

September 11, 2010
Time to End the Cuban Travel Ban

EPISCOPAL PUBLIC POLICY NETWORK -- The Cuba travel ban has done nothing, over the past five decades, to weaken the Cuban government or to prompt reforms in political or human rights. Most importantly, the Cuban people have been harmed by the ban because they have been cut off from the friendship and support of...

How Should Progressives Respond to the End of the Oil Age?

September 9, 2010
How Should Progressives Respond to the End of the Oil Age?

ERIK LINDBERG -- The August issue of “The Progressive” featured a series of essays on “the Big Spill” in the Gulf of Mexico, with the intention, I believe, of bringing our oil addiction into the foreground of political dialogue. In his article, “Energy Extremism,” Michael Klare thus asks a vital question about the end...

Trade Offs Tool Shows the Magnitude of Federal Budget Spending

September 7, 2010
Trade Offs Tool Shows the Magnitude of Federal Budget Spending

NATIONAL PRIORITIES PROJECT -- With all eyes on our nation's budget, National Priorities Project (NPP) has overhauled its Trade Offs Tool designed to clarify the magnitude and localized impact of federal spending programs. The tool estimates FY2011 spending for select federal programs for individual states, counties, congressional districts, and towns. It then represents these...

How Many Attacks on our Liberty Can We Tolerate?

September 5, 2010
How Many Attacks on our Liberty Can We Tolerate?

PETER BERGEL -- Here’s another intrusion into the rights that most of us thought were sacrosanct in these United States: now government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This development is...

Obama’s Speech: A Brief for Endless War

September 3, 2010
Obama’s Speech: A Brief for Endless War

NORMAN SOLOMON -- On the last night of August, the president used an Oval Office speech to boost a policy of perpetual war. Hours later, the New York Times front page offered a credulous gloss for the end of “the seven-year American combat mission in Iraq.”

Ocean Energy Generator Demonstrates Potential

September 1, 2010
Ocean Energy Generator Demonstrates Potential

SUZY KIST -- Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC), an industry leader in tidal, river and deep-water ocean current energy technology and projects, announced on August 18 that its Beta Power System, the largest ocean energy “power plant” ever installed in U.S. waters, has successfully generated grid-compatible power from tidal currents at its Cobscook...

Nuclear Weapons and the Way We Think

August 30, 2010
Nuclear Weapons and the Way We Think

WINSLOW MYERS -- Two strategic goals of the U.S. are an apparent desire to control Middle East oil and the expressed commitment to help keep Israel safe. This requires the U.S. to refuse the laudable vision of the Middle East as a nuclear weapons-free zone, which would demand that Israel dismantle its nuclear arsenal....

Gen. Petraeus Goes to Media War

August 28, 2010
Gen. Petraeus Goes to Media War

NORMAN SOLOMON -- It’s already history. In mid-August 2010, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan launched a huge media campaign to prevent any substantial withdrawal of military forces the next summer. The morning after Gen. David Petraeus appeared in a Sunday interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to promote the war effort, the New York...

How Much Is Enough? America’s Runaway Military Spending

August 26, 2010
How Much Is Enough? America’s Runaway Military Spending

LAWRENCE WITTNER -- The August 9 announcement by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates of cost-containment measures at the Defense Department should not obscure two underlying facts. First, as he conceded, these proposed economies will not result in cutting the overall Pentagon budget, which is slated for expansion.

You Can Get It If You Really Want

August 24, 2010
You Can Get It If You Really Want

PETER BERGEL -- Two days ago, The PeaceWorker published an explanation by Rep Peter DeFazio of his recent votes on funding the war in Afghanistan. This article was encouraging in that it expressed the misgivings many of us have about the war and those prosecuting it. It also explained in a cogent way what...

DeFazio Explains His Opposition to Afghanistan War Funding

August 22, 2010
DeFazio Explains His Opposition to Afghanistan War Funding

REP. PETER DEFAZIO -- Given that the war in Afghanistan has entered its ninth year without clearly defined objectives or an exit strategy, I wanted to provide you an update of my continued opposition to our head-in-the-sand Afghanistan policies. We recently saw a major shakeup in military leadership in Afghanistan, but it is...

Nuclear “Renaissance” Stalls: Collapse of Flagship Reactor Project Expected

August 20, 2010
Nuclear “Renaissance” Stalls: Collapse of Flagship Reactor Project Expected

MICHAEL MARIOTTE -- The flagship project to build a new nuclear power reactor in the United States — the one that provided the economic model for most new reactor proposals since — is in serious trouble and likely will collapse of its own weight before construction can even begin.

Drone Protesters Challenge Genocidal Policy

August 18, 2010
Drone Protesters Challenge Genocidal Policy

JASON WHITED -- Fourteen nonviolent direct actionists at Creech Air Force Base in Southern Nevada face charges for entering the base to protest the use of unmanned weapons which kill indiscriminately halfway around the world. These weapons are guided to their targets from air-conditioned trailers at Creech. Trial for the “Creech 14” is set...

Time to Get Out of Afghanistan

August 16, 2010
Time to Get Out of Afghanistan

RALPH NADER -- The war in Afghanistan is nearly nine years old — the longest in American history. After the U.S. quickly toppled the Taliban regime in October 2001, the Taliban, by all accounts, came back stronger and harsher enough to control now at least 30 percent of the country. During this time, U.S....

Top 5 Social Security Myths

August 14, 2010
Top 5 Social Security Myths

EDITOR-- The “realities” listed in this article are correct as far as they go, but they do not go far enough. While it is strictly true that “there is no Social Security crisis” because the Social Security Trust Fund “is full of U.S. Treasury Bonds,” the implication is that everything is all right. This...