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...

Defazio Urges New Policy in Afghanistan

July 3, 2010
Defazio Urges New Policy in Afghanistan

REP. PETER DEFAZIO -- U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, (OR-04) in a speech on the House floor June 24th, urged President Obama to reconsider his policy in Afghanistan in light of the replacement of General McChrystal. Read the speech.

Elise Boulding Dead at 89

July 1, 2010
Elise Boulding Dead at 89

MARY LEE MORRISON -- Elise Boulding died at 4:40 pm, June 24, 2010 in Needham, MA. Hailed as a "matriarch" of the twentieth century peace research movement, she was sociologist emeritus from Dartmouth College and from the University of Colorado and in on the ground floor in the movements of peace, women's studies and...

Wikileaks Founder Fears for His Life

June 29, 2010
Wikileaks Founder Fears for His Life

SIMON LAUDER -- The man behind whistleblower website Wikileaks says he is not in a position to record an interview amid claims his life is in danger. Julian Assange, the Australian-born founder of Wikileaks, is said to be under threat with reports that the site has hundreds of thousands of classified cables containing explosive...

BP’s Other Gifts to America — and the World

June 27, 2010
BP’s Other Gifts to America — and the World

LAWRENCE WITTNER -- The offshore oil drilling catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico brought to us by BP has overshadowed its central role over the past century in fostering some other disastrous events.

From Great Man to Great Screwup: Behind the McChrystal Uproar

June 25, 2010
From Great Man to Great Screwup: Behind the McChrystal Uproar

NORMAN SOLOMON -- When the wheels are coming off, it doesn’t do much good to change the driver. Whatever the name of the commanding general in Afghanistan, the U.S. war effort will continue its carnage and futility.

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...