Time for an ACLU Shift on Campaign Finance?

November 8, 2016
Time for an ACLU Shift on Campaign Finance?

ELIZA NEWLIN CARNEY - The American Civil Liberties Union’s selection of David Cole as its new national legal director creates an opening for the group to revisit a campaign-finance stance that is increasingly out of step with its members and the nation.

Standing with Standing Rock: #NoDAPL

November 6, 2016
Standing with Standing Rock: #NoDAPL

REV. ANTHONY GRIMES - Right now, FOR National Council member Sahar Alsahlani, former National Council member Rick Ufford-Chase, FOR executive assistant Juliette Suarez, and I are traveling to the Standing Rock Sioux nation in North Dakota to join more than 350 faith leaders from across the United States.

The United Nations Votes to Start Negotiations to Ban the Bomb

November 4, 2016
The United Nations Votes to Start Negotiations to Ban the Bomb

ALICE SLATER - One hundred and twenty-six nations voted to move forward with negotiations to prohibit nuclear weapons — just as the world has already done for biological and chemical weapons.

Are the US and Russia Sleepwalking into War?

November 2, 2016
Are the US and Russia Sleepwalking into War?

RAMESH THAKUR - Are the increasingly frosty relations between the United States and Russia going to turn into all-out war? Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Ramesh Thakur weighs the evidence.

The U.S. National Bird Is Now a Drone

October 31, 2016
The U.S. National Bird Is Now a Drone

DAVID SWANSON - Officially, of course, the national bird of the United States is that half-a-peace-sign that Philadelphia sports fans like to hold up at opposing teams. But unofficially, the film National Bird has it right: the national bird is a killer drone.

We Need to Unite Globally Around Opposition to the Entire Institution of War

October 29, 2016
We Need to Unite Globally Around Opposition to the Entire Institution of War

DAVID SWANSON - David Swanson answers questions posed by an Italian journalist about how to achieve global opposition to the very institution of war.

‘Listen Up, America’: Actress Shailene Woodley Calls on Public to Join Dakota Access Fight

October 27, 2016
‘Listen Up, America’: Actress Shailene Woodley Calls on Public to Join Dakota Access Fight

NIKA KNIGHT - After actress Shailene Woodley's October 10 arrest for participating in a prayer action against the Dakota Access Pipeline went viral among her fans, the Divergent series star issued an impassioned plea to the American public to pay attention instead to the Native-American-led fight for water and land.

Cops Jail 141 in ND: Even More ‘Water Protectors’ Step Up to the Frontline, Citing 1851 Treaty

October 25, 2016
Cops Jail 141 in ND: Even More ‘Water Protectors’ Step Up to the Frontline, Citing 1851 Treaty

NAVAJO - It was not 83 Water Protectors who were arrested on Saturday, October 22, as reported yesterday: 141 people were actually jailed! The 83 count was from the Morton County jail alone. Due to a lack of space to hold the 141 arrested, Morton County sent protectors to several county jails. Arrestees continue...

Top US General: Hillary’s No Fly Zone Strategy Would ‘Require’ War With Russia

October 23, 2016

SPUTNIK INTERNATIONAL - During testimony before the Senate Committee on Armed Services last week General Joseph Dunford rang the alarm over a policy shift that is gaining more traction within the halls of Washington following the collapse of the ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in Syria saying that it could result...

Human Decency Moves Civilization Forward

October 21, 2016
Human Decency Moves Civilization Forward

JAMES A. HAUGHT - As long as supposed enemies drop their guns to rescue a dangling child, there’s hope that decency can outweigh the world’s ugliness, and civilization can keep on improving.

The Cuban Missile Crisis-What It Has To Teach

October 19, 2016
The Cuban Missile Crisis-What It Has To Teach

JOHN PEPPER - In reading the recent biography of Robert Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy:The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye, I have acquired a very different understanding of the Cuban Missile Crisis and its relevance to the challenging geo-political situation we face today.

Justin Trudeau Gives Provinces Until 2018 to Adopt Carbon Price Plan

October 17, 2016
Justin Trudeau Gives Provinces Until 2018 to Adopt Carbon Price Plan

KATHLEEN HARRIS - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took provinces by surprise Monday, October 3, by announcing they have until 2018 to adopt a carbon pricing scheme, or the federal government will step in and impose a price for them.

U.S. War Machine Continues Bush Policies

October 15, 2016
U.S. War Machine Continues Bush Policies

NICOLAS J S DAVIES - The world faces huge problems that must be addressed and resolved in the next few decades. The question facing us is this: will the allocation of increasingly scarce resources and the necessary transformations of the 21st century be directed by international cooperation for the benefit of all and...

How Arms Sales Distort US Foreign Policy

October 13, 2016
How Arms Sales Distort US Foreign Policy

JONATHAN MARSHALL - Money may not be the root of all evil but it surely contributes to horrible war crimes when lucrative arms sales distort U.S. foreign policy and cause selective outrage over human rights atrocities: Forget oil. In the Middle East, the profits and jobs reaped from tens of billions of dollars in...

Donald Trump Brings the Crisis in Masculinity Into Focus

October 11, 2016
Donald Trump Brings the Crisis in Masculinity Into Focus

ROB OKUN - The crisis in masculinity and the presidential election got hitched this weekend, thanks to Donald Trump. While a vast majority of men—this election season’s silent majority—reject Mr. Trump’s “locker room” ideas about manhood, many are reluctant to publicly say so. That may be changing.

Russia Suspends Weapons-Grade Plutonium Deal with US

October 9, 2016
Russia Suspends Weapons-Grade Plutonium Deal with US

BBC - Russia has suspended an agreement with the US on the disposal of surplus weapons-grade plutonium, the latest sign of worsening bilateral relations.

Seattle City Council Approves Green Career Pathways Resolution

October 7, 2016

CLIFF CAWTHON - Seattle City Council unanimously adopted Got Green’s Green Pathways Resolution on Monday to support the development of green careers for young people of color, both in city government and Seattle’s private sector. The legislation focuses on combating socioeconomic barriers for young people in communities of color to access paths to quality...

Amid Escalating Tensions, 40 Million Russians Practice for Nuclear Emergency

October 5, 2016
Amid Escalating Tensions, 40 Million Russians Practice for Nuclear Emergency

JON QUEALLY - Worries of 'New Cold War' intensify as United States suspends bilateral diplomatic channels for Syria conflict.

Oregon Activist Mary Paladino Dies

October 3, 2016

OBITUARY OF MARY CADY PALADINO - Mary was a brilliant, strong, spirited woman with a huge and joyful heart, who greatly valued her independence, worked tirelessly every day of her long, happy life to make the world a better place, and was consistently a beacon of positive energy, love and light to those around...

Corporate Profits Are Way Up, Corporate Taxes Are Way Down

October 1, 2016
Corporate Profits Are Way Up, Corporate Taxes Are Way Down

HUNTER BLAIR - Since 1952, corporate profits as a share of the economy have risen dramatically (from 5.5 percent to 8.5 percent), while corporate tax revenues as a share of the economy have plummeted (from 5.9 percent to just 1.9 percent). This trend has worsened since the end of the Great Recession.

New Cold War Spins Out of Control

September 29, 2016
New Cold War Spins Out of Control

ALASTAIR CROOKE - In the aftermath of the U.S. attack on the Syrian army positions overlooking and commanding the Dier A-Zor airfield – the airfield, whose daily “Berlin air-bridge” style flights, are the sole lifeline to a city long besieged by ISIS – the Russian U.N. Ambassador asked a pertinent rhetorical question at the...

Latest Syria Trainwreck Shows the Obama Administration Is in a State of Confused Agony

September 27, 2016

RUSSIA INSIDER/THE SAKER - The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria and,...

We Need to Ban Nuclear Weapons (in Spite of Canada)

September 25, 2016
We Need to Ban Nuclear Weapons (in Spite of Canada)

CESAR JARAMILLO - Make no mistake: neither North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test nor the recent high-stakes stalemate over Iran's nuclear program are the root of nuclear insecurity. They are but symptoms of a nuclear disarmament regime in a severe state of disrepair. While every other category of weapons of mass destruction has been...

Everything You Have Wanted to Know About Carbon Pricing

September 23, 2016
Everything You Have Wanted to Know About Carbon Pricing

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS - “Carbon pricing” is a market-based strategy for lowering global warming emissions. The aim is to put a price on carbon emissions—an actual monetary value—so that the costs of climate impacts and the opportunities for low-carbon energy options are better reflected in our production and consumption choices. Carbon pricing programs...

Gandhi’s Salt: How a Fistful of Mud and Seawater Shook the British Empire

September 21, 2016
Gandhi’s Salt: How a Fistful of Mud and Seawater Shook the British Empire

RIVERA SUN - On April 6th, 1930 at 6:30 a.m. after morning prayers, Mohandas K. Gandhi raised a lump of salty mud and declared, "With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire."

This Nonviolent Life: Antoinette Tuff Stops School Shooter

September 19, 2016
This Nonviolent Life: Antoinette Tuff Stops School Shooter

RIVERA SUN - On August 20, 2013, Antoinette Tuff (right) nonviolently disarmed a school shooter, saving the lives of hundreds of school children. Antoinette was a bookkeeper. She wasn't supposed to be at the school that day. She was just filling in as a front desk receptionist as a favor to a friend.

This Moment at Standing Rock Was Decades in the Making

September 17, 2016
This Moment at Standing Rock Was Decades in the Making

JENNI MONET - North Dakota’s militarized response to activists opposing the Dakota Access pipeline—and the Standing Rock Sioux’s fierce resolve—reflect the area's particular racial divides.

“Most Important Lawsuit on the Planet” in Federal Court

September 15, 2016
“Most Important Lawsuit on the Planet” in Federal Court

OUR CHILDREN'S TRUST - 21 young people from across the United States have filed a landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

Time To Fundamentally Rethink Our Relationship with Russia

September 13, 2016

JAVIER M. PIEDRA - The Euro-Atlantic world needs to see the strategic potential in working with Russia (as opposed to seeking her strategic encirclement), and must recognize that radical militant Islam is a much greater threat to our way of life than Putin’s Russia.

This Is Our Lucky Day

September 11, 2016
This Is Our Lucky Day

DAVID SWANSON - This is our lucky day for quite a few reasons. We haven't yet rendered the climate of this planet uninhabitable for our species. For those of us who are not in prison: we're not in prison -- and not because of some significant difference between us and many who are. For...

Massive Insurance Giants Call For End To Fossil Fuel Subsidies

September 9, 2016

KARL MATHIESEN - Climate change is the “mother of all risks” says Aviva CEO, and hundreds of billions in annual government assistance to oil, gas and coal is “simply unsustainable.” Three of the world’s biggest insurers called on G20 leaders to implement a timeframe for the end of fossil fuel subsidies when they met...

Pope’s World Day of Peace Message to Focus on Nonviolence

September 7, 2016
Pope’s World Day of Peace Message to Focus on Nonviolence

KEN BUTIGAN - The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will issue his annual World Day of Peace message for the first time on the theme of nonviolence. Entitled “Nonviolence: The Style of Politics of Peace,” the January 1, 2017 papal message will be sent to all foreign ministries worldwide. Announced by Vatican...

The Debut of Our Revolution: Great Potential. But.

September 5, 2016
The Debut of Our Revolution: Great Potential. But.

NORMAN SOLOMON - While Bernie Sanders was doing a brilliant job of ripping into the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the livestreamed launch of the Our Revolution organization on Wednesday night, CNN was airing a phone interview with Hillary Clinton and MSNBC was interviewing Donald Trump’s campaign manager. That sums up the contrast between the enduring...

What’s Really Behind the Election

September 3, 2016
What’s Really Behind the Election

ANDREW MOSS - You don't have to be a poet to breathe new possibilities into an old, familiar metaphor. Recently, for example, author and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman took a well-worn metaphor – the "web" – and reworked it in such a way as to recast the terms of the...

Majority of UN Members Declare Intention to Negotiate Ban on Nuclear Weapons in 2017

September 1, 2016

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS (ICAN) - United Nations disarmament talks concluded in Geneva today (August 19th) with the overwhelming majority of nations signalling their intention to launch negotiations in 2017 for a global ban on nuclear weapons.

Clinton’s Transition Team Suggests a Corporate Presidency

August 30, 2016
Clinton’s Transition Team Suggests a Corporate Presidency

NORMAN SOLOMON - Like other Bernie Sanders delegates in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, I kept hearing about the crucial need to close ranks behind Hillary Clinton. “Unity” was the watchword. But Clinton has reaffirmed her unity with corporate America. Rhetoric aside, Clinton is showing her solidarity with the nemesis of the Sanders campaign...

U.S. Military Contractors Tell Investors Russian Threat Is Great for Business

August 28, 2016
U.S. Military Contractors Tell Investors Russian Threat Is Great for Business

LEE FANG - The escalating anti-Russian rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign comes in the midst of a major push by military contractors to position Moscow as a potent enemy that must be countered with a drastic increase in military spending by NATO countries. Weapon makers have told investors that they are relying on...

A Summer of Discontent: the Consolidation of Nuclear Disarmament and Deterrence Divides

August 26, 2016
A Summer of Discontent: the Consolidation of Nuclear Disarmament and Deterrence Divides

JENNY NIELSON - Nuclear weapons policy—issues relating to deterrence and disarmament—has been discussed this summer in various fora and generated significant media and public interest. The diverging views on the value, role and risks of nuclear weapons, and the increasing polarization among those promoting nuclear deterrence postures and disarmament, have been evidenced in a...

Audit: Pentagon Cannot Account For $6.5 Trillion Dollars Is Taxpayer Money

August 24, 2016
Audit: Pentagon Cannot Account For $6.5 Trillion Dollars Is Taxpayer Money

JAY SYRMOPOULOS - A new Department of Defense Inspector General’s report, released last week, has left Americans stunned at the jaw-dropping lack of accountability and oversight. The glaring report revealed the Pentagon couldn’t account for $6.5 trillion dollars worth of Army general fund transactions and data, according to a report by the Fiscal Times....

McKibben: Time to Declare a War (Literally) on Climate Change

August 22, 2016
McKibben: Time to Declare a War (Literally) on Climate Change

JON QUEALLY - We're under attack, says author and climate campaigner Bill McKibben, and the only way to defeat the enemy is to declare a global war against the destructive practices that threaten the world's imperiled ecosystems and human civilization as we know it.

‘No First Use’ Nuclear Policy Proposal Assailed by U.S. Cabinet Officials, Allies

August 20, 2016
‘No First Use’ Nuclear Policy Proposal Assailed by U.S. Cabinet Officials, Allies

PAUL SONNE, GORDON LUBOLD, CAROL E. LEE - A proposal under consideration at the White House to reverse decades of U.S. nuclear policy by declaring a “No First Use” protocol for nuclear weapons has run into opposition from top cabinet officials and U.S. allies. The opposition, from Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of...

Lost on the Way to the Voting Booth: Dignity and Respect

August 18, 2016
Lost on the Way to the Voting Booth: Dignity and Respect

RIVERA SUN - If there is one political action every American should take between now and November, it is to lift our heads with greater dignity and treat our fellow Americans with respect. Regardless of others, our own self-respect should demand such action. We can engage in functional civic dialogue. There is no...

American Casualties of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program

August 16, 2016
American Casualties of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - When Americans think about nuclear weapons, they comfort themselves with the thought that these weapons’ vast destruction of human life has not taken place since 1945—at least not yet. But, in reality, it has taken place, with shocking levels of U.S. casualties.

Massive Deployment of US WMD Spotlighted by Peace Group

August 14, 2016
Massive Deployment of US WMD Spotlighted by Peace Group

MARTHA BASKIN - The ad pierces your consciousness and catches you by surprise. Plastered on the side of Seattle's King County Metro it hurls you momentarily back in time, to a time when nuclear weapons were an imminent threat to our survival. Or did the era never end?

The U.S. Government Needs to Reorder Its Priorities

August 12, 2016
The U.S. Government Needs to Reorder Its Priorities

ADAM VOGEL - The politicians say we have the funds to spend on weapons that will destroy life on earth. It is time for the people to stand up and insist those funds be used to help our citizens create better lives for themselves and a better world for everyone. We have the funds,...

10 Facts the Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You About the War in Syria

August 10, 2016

DARIUS SHAHTAHMASEBI - August 04, 2016 "Information Clearing House" - "Anti Media" - Corporate media regularly attempts to present Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria as solely responsible for the ongoing conflict in the region. The media does report on events that contradict this narrative — albeit sparingly — but taken together, these underreported details...

DOD WOE: The Pentagon’s War on the Earth

August 8, 2016

TOM H. HASTINGS - We are waging war. We are the Nation of War. We destroy. We kill. Everyone fears us. Fewer and fewer admire us. But our fighting forces—and their attendant industries which manufacture the bombs, bullets, and ballistic delivery devices—also wage a war on the clean air, clean water, and clean soil...

The White Rose: Nonviolent Resistance to Hitler

August 6, 2016
The White Rose: Nonviolent Resistance to Hitler

RIVERA SUN - In June 1942, a pair of German university students formed The White Rose, a German resistance movement that used a series of leaflets to decry Nazi militarism and call for an end to the war. Hans Scholl and Alexander Schmorell wrote the first four leaflets between the end of June and...

China’s Bad Day in Court

August 4, 2016
China’s Bad Day in Court

MEL GURTOV - As had been widely expected, the Permanent Court of Arbitration under the UN Convention on he Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) ruled on July 12 in favor of the Philippines’ suit to declare Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea (SCS) illegal. On every particular, the court found that...

Investigators Fool U.S. Nuke Agency Into Providing Material for ‘Dirty Bomb

August 3, 2016
Investigators Fool U.S. Nuke Agency Into Providing Material for ‘Dirty Bomb

ADAM KREDO - Undercover inspectors working for the U.S. Government Accountability Office were able to fool the United States’ top nuclear regulator into granting it licenses to acquire material necessary to build a “dirty bomb,” or crude nuclear device, according to a new oversight report.