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.

Peace Workers Must Commit to the Long Haul

December 8, 2010
Peace Workers Must Commit to the Long Haul

PETER BERGEL - Former U.S. Poet Laureate William Stafford wrote in his journal on March 20, 1990, “Artists and peace workers are in it for the long haul and not to be judged by immediate results. Redemption comes with care.” Seeing the results of last month’s election, it would be easy to get discouraged....

Why North Korea’s Attack is Not a Crisis

December 6, 2010
Why North Korea’s Attack is Not a Crisis

JOE CIRINCIONE AND PAUL CARROLL - Headlines and pundits once again declare that we have a crisis on our hands in the wake of discovering that North Korea is building a new nuclear reactor and a uranium enrichment plant. More ominously, last Tuesday brought news of direct artillery barrages between North and South Korea,...

Will Senate Republicans Torpedo the New START Treaty?

December 4, 2010
Will Senate Republicans Torpedo the New START Treaty?

BY LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote this December on ratification of the New START Treaty, Republican legislators appear on the verge of producing an international disaster. From the standpoint of logic, there are excellent reasons to ratify the treaty. This agreement between the U.S. and Russian governments...

Poll: Health Care, Social Security Rated as Top Budget Priorities

December 2, 2010
Poll: Health Care, Social Security Rated as Top Budget Priorities

BY ANGUS REID PUBLIC OPINION - As a new Congress prepares to take office in January, Americans believe that Health Care and Social Security should account for a large proportion of the country’s next budget, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found. Health Care (9.9%) and Social Security (9.9%) were the...

North Korea’s Consistent Message to the U.S.

November 30, 2010
North Korea’s Consistent Message to the U.S.

BY JIMMY CARTER - No one can completely understand the motivations of the North Koreans, but it is entirely possible that their recent revelation of their uranium enrichment centrifuges and Pyongyang's shelling of a South Korean island Tuesday are designed to remind the world that they deserve respect in negotiations that will shape their...

“War Does This to Your Mind”

November 28, 2010
“War Does This to Your Mind”

KATHY KELLY - Kabul-- Khamad Jan, age 22, remembers that, as a youngster, he was a good student who enjoyed studying. “Now, I can’t seem to think,” he said sadly, looking at the ground. There was a long pause. “War does this to your mind.”

Let’s Expand Our Definition of Defense

November 26, 2010
Let’s Expand Our Definition of Defense

CRAIG CLINE - There appear to be no easy ways out of the financial difficulties we face. We have "money messes" at our local, state, and federal levels. There is one big thing that can help us though, and I propose that all of us get behind the following objective, with all the...

Obama Wooing “Economic Royalists”

November 24, 2010
Obama Wooing “Economic Royalists”

NORMAN SOLOMON - In his first term, President Franklin Roosevelt denounced “the economic royalists.” He drew the line against the heartless rich: “They are unanimous in their hate for me -- and I welcome their hatred.” What a different Democratic president we have today.

Restoring Sanity with a New Story

November 22, 2010
Restoring Sanity with a New Story

WINSLOW MYERS - After the silly season of the mid-term elections, where left and right each proclaimed imminent apocalypse if the other side prevailed, it can be a relief to turn to measured voices and larger views. No voice is more measured nor view larger than that of the late Thomas Berry, a historian...

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. –...