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...

PeaceWorker Comments on Social Security Article

August 14, 2010
PeaceWorker Comments on Social Security Article

PETER BERGEL -- For decades, beginning during the Vietnam War, our elected leaders have tried to mask the size of the national debt they have permitted to accumulate by “borrowing” the surplus from the Social Security Trust Fund. This was done without consulting the public in any way, and largely without public knowledge, even...

Met Office Report: Global Warming Evidence Is ‘Unmistakable’

August 12, 2010
Met Office Report: Global Warming Evidence Is ‘Unmistakable’

LOUISE GRAY -- A new climate change report from the Met Office and its U.S. equivalent has provided the "greatest evidence we have ever had" that the world is warming. It is the first time a report has brought together all the different ways...

We’re Not Ready for a Nuclear Power Plant Disaster

August 10, 2010
We’re Not Ready for a Nuclear Power Plant Disaster

BOB HERBERT -- We were told by oil industry executives and their acolytes and enablers in government that deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico would not cause the kind of catastrophe that we’ve been watching with an acute and painful sense of helplessness for the past three months. Advances in technology, they said,...

How Can We Identify and Utilize Best Practices for Problem Solving?

August 8, 2010
How Can We Identify and Utilize Best Practices for Problem Solving?

WINSLOW MYERS -- When I was working as a teacher, I loved the phrase “best practices.” It suggested pooled wisdom, a collective weeding out of the more effective from the less effective, a distillation of the authentic out of a world of potential baloney. It implied disinterested cooperation to figure out what really does...

Financial Analysis: End of the World As We Know It

August 6, 2010
Financial Analysis: End of the World As We Know It

PHIL DAVIS -- What are 308,367,109 Americans supposed to do? First of all, despite clamping down on immigration, our population grew by 2.6M people last year. Unfortunately, not only did we not create jobs for those 2.6M new people but we lost about 4M jobs so what are these new people going to do?...

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Bombing Myths Need Correction

August 4, 2010
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Bombing Myths Need Correction

RUSSELL VANDENBROUCKE -- Every August, as the anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki approach, comments resume about American decisions at the end of World War II. Despite the passage of 65 years, heated opinions are repeated as fact and myths become immortalized as truths. Beyond distorting the historical record, wishful thinking about it leads us...

The War Supplemental Vote Was Not Even Close

August 2, 2010
The War Supplemental Vote Was Not Even Close

JOE WALSH -- The vote was not even close and especially when you know that it took a 2/3 vote. The reason for the 2/3 vote to pass, was it was a rule change. We have been informed that all our delegation except that one republican voted against war funding, I want...

State of Denial: After the Big Leak, Spinning for War

July 31, 2010
State of Denial: After the Big Leak, Spinning for War

NORMAN SOLOMON -- Washington’s spin machine is in overdrive to counter the massive leak of documents on Afghanistan. Much of the counterattack revolves around the theme that the documents aren’t particularly relevant to this year’s new-and-improved war effort.

Public-Private Venture to Make City an ‘Icon of Sustainability’

July 29, 2010
Public-Private Venture to Make City an ‘Icon of Sustainability’

MICHAEL BURNHAM -- Westward pioneers halted their wagons in Portland, OR 150 years ago, but today's politicians and planners aim to make recession- battered Portland the starting point for green-economy trailblazers. Mayor Sam Adams and General Electric Co. executives are forging a first-of-its-kind partnership that will include retrofitting drafty buildings with energy-saving technologies and...

WiliLeaks Releases Afghan War Diary

July 27, 2010
WiliLeaks Releases Afghan War Diary

WILILEAKS -- On July 25, 2010 WikiLeaks, the Australian whistleblower website, released a document set called the “Afghan War Diary,” an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.

Libertarian View: 10 Reasons to End the Wars Now

July 25, 2010
Libertarian View: 10 Reasons to End the Wars Now

WES BENEDICT -- The long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been back in the news recently, and we just had the bizarre spectacle of the Republican National Committee Chairman saying he didn't like Obama's war in Afghanistan, while the DNC chastised him for failing to support the troops.

The Impossible Contradictions of Modern War

July 23, 2010
The Impossible Contradictions of Modern War

WINSLOW MYERS -- The article in Rolling Stone that ended the meteoric career of General McChrystal shines light on the thought-process not only of one military man, but also on the dysfunctional paradigm now failing in Afghanistan. It is a textbook demonstration of how the mind-set of war itself, the notion of annihilating...

Why We Must Reduce Military Spending

July 21, 2010
Why We Must Reduce Military Spending

REPS. BARNEY FRANK AND RON PAUL -- As members of opposing political parties, we disagree on a number of important issues. But we must not allow honest disagreement over some issues to interfere with our ability to work together when we do agree. By far the single most important of these is our current...

Micro Air Vehicles – Protecting Your Future?

July 19, 2010
Micro Air Vehicles – Protecting Your Future?

REMARKABLE VIDEO -- Are you familiar with the term “micro air vehicle?” If not, you should be. It’s another of the arsenal of futuristic weapons the U.S. Air Force is developing.

Democrats Forced to Cheat to Fund War

July 17, 2010
Democrats Forced to Cheat to Fund War

DAVID SWANSON -- The Democratic leadership in the House had to resort to an unusual and underhanded tactic to pass war funding last week.

Unanimous Conformity in the Senate Prolongs the Wars

July 15, 2010
Unanimous Conformity in the Senate Prolongs the Wars

NORMAN SOLOMON -- For the warfare state, it doesn’t get any better than 99 to 0. Every living senator voted to approve Gen. David Petraeus as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Call it the unanimity of lemmings -- except the senators and their families aren’t the ones who’ll keep plunging into the sea.

Teachable Moment: Anti- and Pro-War Supporters Lock Horns

July 13, 2010
Teachable Moment: Anti- and Pro-War Supporters Lock Horns

WINSLOW MYERS -- What an extraordinary civics lesson for the students, faculty, administration, town officials and parents connected with the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School on Cape Cod! Two teachers, Marybeth Verani and Carrie Koscher, stood up at an assembly recognizing six students who were joining the military and held a sign that said "End...

Events Calendar Moved to Oregon Progressive Network

July 11, 2010
Events Calendar Moved to Oregon Progressive Network

OREGON PEACEWORKS -- Oregon PeaceWorks' events calendar has been combined with the calendar offered by Oregon Progressive Network (OPN). Read the details...

“Americans Don’t Flinch” ­ They Duck!

July 9, 2010
“Americans Don’t Flinch” ­ They Duck!

KATHY KELLY & DAN PEARSON -- In accepting General McChrystal’s resignation, President Obama said that McChrystal’s departure represented a change in personnel, not a change in policy. “Americans don’t flinch in the face of difficult truths or difficult tasks.” he stated, “We persist and we persevere.” Yet, President Obama and the U.S. people don’t...

Keep the Internet Uncensored

July 7, 2010
Keep the Internet Uncensored

KAT BARR -- Right now, the Internet is a free, open resource for all Americans. But in backrooms in Washington, Verizon, AT&T, and other telecom companies are lobbying hard to change that.

Time for Oregon to Ban the Bag

July 5, 2010
Time for Oregon to Ban the Bag

NICOLE FORBES-- From 500 miles off the Oregon Coast to Japan, the Pacific Ocean is a toxic soup of plastic. The amount of plastic in our oceans has tripled since the 1980s, and it is now six to 40 times more prevalent than plankton, the fundamental food source of our ocean. It’s time...