Cost-Benefit Analyses for Open and Closed Fists

June 23, 2010
Cost-Benefit Analyses for Open and Closed Fists

TOM H. HASTINGS -- Here comes the 4th of July and we are barely done with Memorial Day. The flags of nationalistic patriotic fervor sprout and resprout across the land, in the parks, on the lawns, on billboards, on the Internet, and generally everywhere. Military jets will fly in formation, anthems will fill the...

Ten Suggestions for Effective Activism

June 21, 2010
Ten Suggestions for Effective Activism

PAUL ROGAT LOEB -- Effective activism is a long-haul process, not “save the earth in 30 days, ask me how.” But there are some principles that seem to reoccur for people addressing every kind of challenge from the Gulf Oil spill to inadequate funding for urban schools to how to deal with Afghanistan and...

Join Independence from Oil Visual Demo

June 19, 2010
Join Independence from Oil Visual Demo

SARAH HODGEDON -- There is no doubt that the human race must wean itself from dependence on oil if it is to survive and avoid the worst aspects of global warming. The Sierra Club has devised an imaginative way to bring this message to Congress as an Independence Day celebration. Read more...

Cheaponomics

June 17, 2010
Cheaponomics

RAJ PATEL -- A top ten list of things that aren’t as cheap as you think.

Police State Tactics Take Another Step Forward

June 15, 2010
Police State Tactics Take Another Step Forward

WENDY MCELROY -- In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer. Even if the encounter involves you and may be necessary to your defense,...

Palestinian, Israeli Physicians Call for Inquiry on Attack on Ships

June 13, 2010
Palestinian, Israeli Physicians Call for Inquiry on Attack on Ships

IPPNW -- The following is a joint statement from the Palestinian and Israeli affiliates of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) on the recent violence at sea. This statement is the product of unique and powerful collaboration, with physicians transcending political and ideological divisions to speak out with a common...

Replacing Offshore Oil Would Take 195 Californias or 74 Texases

June 11, 2010
Replacing Offshore Oil Would Take 195 Californias or 74 Texases

CHRIS NELDER -- As the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster continues to unfold, the peak oil community has a “teachable moment” in which it can illuminate the reality of our energy plight. The public has had a crash course in the challenges of offshore oil, and learned a whole new vocabulary. They are more aware...

Unarmed and Courageous: Emergency Workers in Afghanistan

June 11, 2010
Unarmed and Courageous: Emergency Workers in Afghanistan

KATHY KELLY & JOSH BROLLIER -- These brave peace correspondents, reporting from a desperately dangerous place, reveal why U.S. policy is failing in Afghanistan.

Can We Live With the Bomb?

June 9, 2010
Can We Live With the Bomb?

LAWRENCE WITTNER -- For some time now, it has been clear that nuclear weapons threaten the existence not only of humanity, but of all life on Earth. Thus, Barack Obama's pledge to work for a nuclear weapons-free world—made during his 2008 presidential campaign and subsequently in public statements—has resonated nicely with supporters of nuclear...

Harman Gives Cover to Gaza Aid Piracy

June 7, 2010
Harman Gives Cover to Gaza Aid Piracy

NORMAN SOLOMON -- When Israel attacked the Gaza aid flotilla, Congresswoman Jane Harman was engaged in a parallel assault. Israel’s government relied on the efficacy of violence; Harman’s campaign was counting on the power of paid media. In both cases, the targets were advocates of human rights for Palestinian people.

OPW Lauches Online Peace Store

June 5, 2010
OPW Lauches Online Peace Store

CARRIE ADAMS -- If you have ever visited the Oregon PeaceWorks office in Salem, you have seen our display of peace merchandise. If you’ve never had that opportunity, you no longer need miss out. OPW has launched its online Peace Store which you can visit with a mere mouseclick.

The World After Abundance

June 3, 2010
The World After Abundance

JOHN MICHAEL GREER -- It has been nearly four decades now since the limits to industrial civilization’s trajectory of limitless material growth on a limited planet have been clearly visible on the horizon of our future. Over that time, a remarkable paradox has unfolded. The closer we get to the limits to growth, the...

Beltway Bulletin – American Power Act Analysis

June 1, 2010
Beltway Bulletin – American Power Act Analysis

PHIL CARVER -- The Senate is now considering the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill, titled the American Power Act (APA). It has several improvements over H.R. 2454, the Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House in June 2009.

Actual War Spending to Top $1 Trillion Today

May 30, 2010
Actual War Spending to Top $1 Trillion Today

NATIONAL PRIORITIES PROJECT -- National Priorities Project's Cost of War counter http://www.costofwar.com/, designed to count the total money appropriated for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, will reach the $1 trillion mark on May 30 at approximately 10:06 a.m. (regardless of time zone).

Answering Rand Paul on Civil Rights

May 28, 2010
Answering Rand Paul on Civil Rights

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER -- Rand Paul's criticism of the federal civil rights legislation of the 1960s can be better evaluated by looking at the workings of similar legislation that appeared on the state level two decades before.

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Holds 50th Reunion

May 26, 2010
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Holds 50th Reunion

DAVID HARTSOUGH -- I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the 50th reunion of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), April 15-18, 2010, in Raleigh, NC. Over 800 SNCC workers, their families and friends came together for four days to remember, reflect, share stories, inspire a younger generation, and strategize about how to...

Brilliant Transportation Idea: Carsharing for All

May 24, 2010
Brilliant Transportation Idea: Carsharing for All

SARA STROUD -- Carsharing is on the rise, but it must be more scalable to have a real impact on easing traffic congestion and cutting carbon emissions, according to cleantech investor Sunil Paul. That’s the idea behind Spride Share, a San Francisco-based carsharing startup that came out of stealth in late April and...

Tell Your Reps: No More War Funding

May 22, 2010
Tell Your Reps: No More War Funding

NORMAN SOLOMON -- Official Washington may be good at spinning rhetoric in murky fog, but there’s no way around this fact: war can only continue if Congress votes to pay for it.

Environment Oregon Kicks Off Ban the Bag Campaign

May 20, 2010
Environment Oregon Kicks Off Ban the Bag Campaign

ENVIRONMENT OREGON -- An island of trash twice the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean is killing more than 1 million seabirds, 100,000 sea turtles and marine mammals, and countless fish each year. Plastic makes up 90 percent of this toxic soup, and four-fifths of that plastic, much of which is plastic bags,...

How Does the Global Warming Pollution from Cars Compare to Other Major Sources Such As a Coal Power Plant?

May 18, 2010
How Does the Global Warming Pollution from Cars Compare to Other Major Sources Such As a Coal Power Plant?

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS -- Ask a Scientist: S. Tompkins from Charlotte, NC, asks "How does the global warming pollution from cars compare to other major sources such as a coal power plant?" and is answered by Clean Vehicles Senior Engineer Jim Kliesch.

If I Had a Trillion Dollars: Youth Video Contest Announced

May 16, 2010
If I Had a Trillion Dollars: Youth Video Contest Announced

NATIONAL PRIORITIES PROJECT -- The money that is being spent on the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will reach $1 trillion within the next five months. This money could be spent in our communities on many things that now face cuts, like after school programs, art and music programs, and summer jobs. You...

Troubling Questions About Nominee Elena Kagan

May 14, 2010
Troubling Questions About Nominee Elena Kagan

GUY-URIEL CHARLES -- Elena Kagan, currently the Solicitor General of the United States, is widely rumored to be President Obama's top choice to succeed Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court. The most compelling and least compelling aspect of a Kagan nomination is that we do not know where she stands on many of the...

Kagan Supreme Court Nomination Invites GOP Election Victories

May 12, 2010
Kagan Supreme Court Nomination Invites GOP Election Victories

NORMAN SOLOMON -- If President Obama has his way, Elena Kagan will replace John Paul Stevens -- and the Supreme Court will move rightward. The nomination is very disturbing, especially because it’s part of a pattern.

Pentagon Lifts Hold on Planned Oregon Wind Farm

May 9, 2010
Pentagon Lifts Hold on Planned Oregon Wind Farm

DINA FINE MARON - The Pentagon announced April 30 it is dropping its opposition to the development in eastern Oregon of what's being touted as the world's largest land-based wind energy project.

Thinking About a Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit?

May 7, 2010
Thinking About a Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit?

ROGER VALDEZ -- It’s not often that I actually see an energy efficiency program at work on the ground. But last Friday I got the chance to visit a family in Portland whose home had been retrofitted through the Clean Energy Works Program.

Maryland Prohibits Automatic Release of Student Info to Military

May 5, 2010
Maryland Prohibits Automatic Release of Student Info to Military

JEAN ATHEY -- Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a measure into law on April 14 that prohibits the automatic release of student information to military recruiters gathered as a result of the administration of a military test in the state’s high schools.

2009 Was Record Year for Wind Power

May 3, 2010
2009 Was Record Year for Wind Power

J. MATTHEW RONEY: Even in the face of a worldwide economic downturn, the global wind industry posted another record year in 2009 as cumulative installed wind power capacity grew to 158,000 megawatts. With this 31 percent jump, the global wind fleet is now large enough to satisfy the residential electricity needs of 250 million...

Top Forecaster: Climate ‘Tipping Points’ May Arrive Without Warning

May 1, 2010
Top Forecaster: Climate ‘Tipping Points’ May Arrive Without Warning

PHYSORG.COM: A new University of California, Davis, study by a top ecological forecaster says it is harder than experts thought to predict when sudden shifts in Earth's natural systems will occur -- a worrisome finding for scientists trying to identify the tipping points that could push climate change into an irreparable global disaster.

Three Days That Could Change the World – This Weekend

April 30, 2010
Three Days That Could Change the World – This Weekend

JUDITH LEBLANC AND KEVIN MARTIN -- Barack Obama is undoubtedly the U.S. president most committed to nuclear disarmament since Kennedy. People all over the world have cheered President Obama's commitment to move toward nuclear disarmament.

Give Peace a Dance 2010 Rocked

April 29, 2010
Give Peace a Dance 2010 Rocked

PETER BERGEL: Measured by the satisfaction expressed by attendees during the event and afterwards, Give Peace a Dance 2010 – which took place on April 17 -- was a grand success. It also raised well over four thousand dollars to keep Oregon PeaceWorks’ projects moving forward.

Why Not Ask for More?

April 27, 2010
Why Not Ask for More?

I have been thinking about a verse from Leonard Cohen’s oft-recorded country song Bird on a Wire, a lot recently. Written in 1968, this simple, if depressing, song has been covered by artists as varied as Cohen himself, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, The Bobs, Dave Van Ronk, k.d. laing and the Neville Brothers, to...

Lying About Nuclear Weapons

April 26, 2010
Lying About Nuclear Weapons

One of the most popular muckraking American journalists of the late twentieth century, I.F. Stone, once remarked: "All governments lie." Even a prominent government official -- Andrei Gromyko, the veteran Soviet diplomat -- once admitted, in a weak moment: "Governments are never sincere." This gloomy assessment appears all too true when it comes to...

What the Mayor of One Community Hard Hit by War Spending Is Doing About It

April 25, 2010
What the Mayor of One Community Hard Hit by War Spending Is Doing About It

Matt Ryan, the mayor of Binghamton, New York, is sick and tired of watching people in local communities "squabble over crumbs," as he puts it, while so much local money pours into the Pentagon's coffers and into America's wars. He's so sick and tired of it, in fact, that, urged on by local residents,...

Nuclear Calculus: New Think and Old Weapons

April 24, 2010
Nuclear Calculus: New Think and Old Weapons

NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW: The New York Times' lead editorial on Sunday, February 28, 2010 laid out some of the major nuclear issues very well.

Americans Troubled by Recent Anti-Government Activity

April 23, 2010
Americans Troubled by Recent Anti-Government Activity

MARIO CANSECO: Fifteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, many adults in the United States believe a terrorist attack carried out by Americans is likely to happen over the next 12 months, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found. Most respondents think the Hutaree plot is real and serious, and more than...

On the Ground in the Fifth World

April 22, 2010
On the Ground in the Fifth World

ANDY HARRIS: Former Oregon PeaceWorks Board Chair Dr. Andy Harris is in Sierra Leone on a medical mission of mercy. Here is his fascinating report on the work he’s doing.

Tax Day Penny Polls Reveal Desire for Lower Military Budget

April 21, 2010
Tax Day Penny Polls Reveal Desire for Lower Military Budget

EUGENE'S PENNY POLL: Peace Activists gathered at the Eugene downtown Post Office on Tax Day, April 15th, to call for the re-ordering of federal spending priorities from supporting war to meeting human and environmental needs. One hundred sixteen people took the opportunity of voicing how they would spend their tax dollars when they...

Is START Really a Beginning?

April 20, 2010
Is START Really a Beginning?

LAWRENCE WITTNER: Does the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), signed by U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Prague on April 8, really provide a beginning toward a nuclear-free world? That's what Obama implied in a statement two weeks earlier. Speaking to reporters at the White House, he...

Irish Depleted Uranium Ban Bill Gets Warm Reception

April 19, 2010
Irish Depleted Uranium Ban Bill Gets Warm Reception

INTERNATIONAL COALITION TO BAN URANIUM WEAPONS: A draft bill that would ban the use of uranium in all non-nuclear weapons in Ireland has received a positive cross-party response from senators during its Second Stage reading in the Irish Senate.

New USDA Rules Establish Strong Organic Standards for Pasture and Livestock

April 18, 2010
New USDA Rules Establish Strong Organic Standards for Pasture and Livestock

MARK KASTEL: After over 10 years of lobbying, family farmers across the country, who produce organic milk, are celebrating the release of strict new USDA regulations that establish distinct benchmarks requiring the grazing and pasturing of dairy cows and other livestock. Many hope that the new rule will put an end to the...

U.N. Chief to Visit Hiroshima on August 6

April 17, 2010
U.N. Chief to Visit Hiroshima on August 6

KYODO NEWS: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has decided to visit Hiroshima on August 6 as the Japanese city marks the 65th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing, according to a senior U.N. official. The plan, expected to be formalized around July, would make Ban the first U.N. chief to attend an annual...

Attacks on Taxing Can Promote Goofed-Up Government

April 16, 2010
Attacks on Taxing Can Promote Goofed-Up Government

BARRY-LEE COYNE: Whether you are a conservative or liberal or lie somewhere in between, I have a challenging question to pose: Do you really want to suffer from the pitfalls of Government-on-the-Cheap?

Nuclear Industry Wants to Relaunch with Public Guarantees

April 15, 2010
Nuclear Industry Wants to Relaunch with Public Guarantees

RALPH NADER: A generation of Americans has grown up without a single nuclear power plant being brought on line since before the near meltdown of the Three Mile Island structure in 1979. They have not been exposed to the enormous costs, risks and national security dangers associated with their operations and the large amount...

Google Becomes a Utility

April 14, 2010
Google Becomes a Utility

ENERGY NEWS: Google Energy is now fully authorized to buy and sell energy at market rates. Are you going to be able to buy power from Google? Not exactly, but…

New Policy Elevates Bicycle Transport

April 13, 2010
New Policy Elevates Bicycle Transport

RAY LAHOOD: Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning.

Active Nonviolence Persists in Palestine and Israel

April 12, 2010
Active Nonviolence Persists in Palestine and Israel

DAVID HARTSOUGH: When people think of Palestine and Israel, they often picture Palestinians as suicide bombers and terrorists while the Israeli military are seen as bombing whole neighborhoods in Palestine. The violence and counter-violence and endless war has created a hopelessness about any peaceful future for the Holy Land.

Uranium Mining Begins Near Grand Canyon

April 11, 2010
Uranium Mining Begins Near Grand Canyon

KLEE BENALLY: In defiance of legal challenges and a U.S. government moratorium, Canadian company Denison Mines has started mining uranium on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. According to the Arizona Daily Sun the mine has been operating since December 2009.

Bennis Peace Strategy Revealed on “Democracy Now”

April 10, 2010
Bennis Peace Strategy Revealed on “Democracy Now”

DEMOCRACY NOW: Amy Goodman: Final question, the antiwar movement — what do you think — and you end your primer, Ending the U.S. War in Afghanistan, with this — what do you think the antiwar movement needs to do?

Small Town Makes Bold Demand: Bring Our War Money Home

April 9, 2010
Small Town Makes Bold Demand: Bring Our War Money Home

DUD HENDRICK: Two thirds of those at the March 1 Deer Isle Town Hall Meeting on this picturesque Maine island of 2,400 lobstermen, artists, tradesmen, and “from-awayers” voted to approve an article on the town warrant calling on Congressman Mike Michaud not to fund the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan and to take...

We Can’t Afford Afghanistan

April 8, 2010
We Can’t Afford Afghanistan

PETER G. COHEN: While Moody’s is saying that the U.S. could lose its gold-plated AAA credit rating if the budget deficit is not reduced, President Obama is requesting $33,000,000,000 FY 2010 supplemental to fund the troop buildup in Afghanistan. This is in addition to the war-funding budget for 2011 of $159,300,000,000.