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...

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.