Pledging to Resist Fear and Hatred

December 19, 2015
Pledging to Resist Fear and Hatred

RIVERA SUN - At this time, it has become imperative for citizens to speak up and stand up against the rise of Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism, and the politics of hatred. When this pledge from Showing Up For Racial Justice came to my attention, I did not hesitate to sign it.

Top U.S.Special Forces Chief: Iraq War was a “Huge Error”

December 17, 2015
Top U.S.Special Forces Chief: Iraq War was a “Huge Error”

PAUL VALE - The former top US Special Forces chief claimed on Sunday, November 29, that blinding emotion after the 9/11 attacks led the United States and its allies to take the wrong strategic decisions to counter al-Qaeda, calling the subsequent Iraq War a “huge error.” The admission by Michael Flynn, made to German...

Grand Promises of Paris Climate Deal Undermined by Squalid Retrenchments

December 15, 2015
Grand Promises of Paris Climate Deal Undermined by Squalid Retrenchments

GEORGE MONBIOT - By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster, for until governments undertake to keep fossil fuels in the ground, they will continue to undermine agreement they have just made.

Do Mass Killings Bother You?

December 13, 2015
Do Mass Killings Bother You?

DAVID SWANSON - Exploiting one tragedy to fuel hatred toward a large segment of the human population of earth is madness.

How Our Naive Understanding of Violence Helps ISIS

December 11, 2015
How Our Naive Understanding of Violence Helps ISIS

PAUL K. CHAPPELL - Today most people’s understanding of violence is naive, because they do not realize how much the Internet and social media, the newest incarnations of mass media, have changed warfare. The most powerful weapon that ISIS has is the Internet with social media, which has allowed ISIS to recruit people from...

Obama’s Speech, Translated into Candor

December 9, 2015
Obama’s Speech, Translated into Candor

NORMAN SOLOMON - Here is a condensed version of President Obama's speech from the Oval Office on Sunday night, unofficially translated into plain English.

Can Cities Take the Lead on Climate Change?

December 7, 2015
Can Cities Take the Lead on Climate Change?

SAM ROSS-BROWN - As national efforts heading into the Paris summit fall short of averting catastrophic warming, how far cities can go to close the gap is hard to know.

Former Drone Operators Say They Were “Horrified” By Cruelty of Assassination Program

December 5, 2015
Former Drone Operators Say They Were “Horrified” By Cruelty of Assassination Program

MURTAZA HUSSAIN - U.S. DRONE OPERATORS are inflicting heavy civilian casualties and have developed an institutional culture callous to the death of children and other innocents, four former operators said at a press briefing in New York.

U.S. Values Demand That We Accept Syrian Refugees

December 3, 2015
U.S. Values Demand That We Accept Syrian Refugees

MAJD ISREB, M.D. - Syrian people have suffered enough for almost five years in the worst humanitarian disaster since WWII. American people who were generous enough to accept about 760,000 Vietnamese refugees, and many Bosnian refugees are surely able to extend a welcoming hand to less than 0.01 percent of the displaced Syrians.

Pope Francis’ Call for Social Activism Follows in the Footsteps of Other “Radical” Catholics

December 1, 2015
Pope Francis’ Call for Social Activism Follows in the Footsteps of Other “Radical” Catholics

PATRICK O'NEILL - In the wake of Pope Francis's visit last month, controversy continues to swirl. Some Catholics wish the pope had focused primarily on what they feel is the most important issue for the Catholic church – abortion. Others applaud him for covering a broad variety of global issues. The LGBT community is...

Don’t Try to Overthrow ISIS; Undermine It

November 29, 2015
Don’t Try to Overthrow ISIS; Undermine It

TOM H. HASTINGS - Even some of my favorite doves are advocating a mixed military response to ISIS. I can’t agree. The history of our violent response to terrorism began as a trickle, then a stream, then a torrent into Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, and Syria. Each and every time we “won” (deposed...

Nuclear Power Makes ISIS an Apocalyptic Threat

November 27, 2015
Nuclear Power Makes ISIS an Apocalyptic Threat

HARVEY WASSERMAN - As you read this, a terror attack has put atomic reactors in Ukraine at the brink of another Chernobyl-scale apocalypse. Transmission lines have been blown up. Power to at least two major nuclear power stations has been “dangerously” cut. Without emergency backup, those nukes could lose coolant to their radioactive cores...

Ordeals of Whistleblowers in a “Democracy”

November 25, 2015
Ordeals of Whistleblowers in a “Democracy”

VICTOR WALLIS - The more extreme the crimes of state, the more the state seeks to shroud them in secrecy. The greater the secrecy and the accompanying lies, the more vital becomes the role of whistleblowers – and the more vindictive becomes the state in its pursuit of them.

Arming Dictators: An American Tradition

November 23, 2015
Arming Dictators: An American Tradition

MEL GURTOV - The contrast between Obama the engager and Obama the warrior is striking. US arms exports to authoritarian regimes such as Pakistan’s, just one element of military aid, continue to rise even as we celebrate the President’s initiatives with Iran and Cuba.

Terrorism is Un-Islamic; Terrorism Is Un-American

November 21, 2015

FODAY JUSTICE DARBOE - In the wake of the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris and the double suicide bombing in Beirut on November 12th, many Muslims took to Twitter to loudly and unequivocally condemn the terrorists attacks with the hashtags— #NotInMyName, #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist, but is this enough to counter Islamic extremism? When will “moderate Muslims”...

Bombs Will Not Heal Our Broken Hearts

November 19, 2015
Bombs Will Not Heal Our Broken Hearts

RIVERA SUN - In the past 36 hours, I have watched and listened to hundreds of reactions of ordinary people to the attacks in Paris. With a clenched gut, I feared the reiteration of the sequence of 9/11: anger, shock, fear, calls for vengeance, war, and more violence. Instead, I saw the unexpected, and...

Justice Not Vengeance After Paris

November 17, 2015
Justice Not Vengeance After Paris

PHYLLIS BENNIS - France is in mourning and in shock. We still don’t know how many people were killed and injured. In fact, there’s a lot we still don’t know—including who was responsible. The ISIS claim of responsibility tells us virtually nothing about who really planned or carried out the attacks; opportunist claims are...

These Are the 100 Most Militarized Universities in America

November 15, 2015
These Are the 100 Most Militarized Universities in America

WILLIAM M. ARKIN and ALEXA O'BRIEN - An information and intelligence shift has emerged in America's national security state over the last two decades, and that change has been reflected in the country's educational institutions as they have become increasingly tied to the military, intelligence, and law enforcement worlds. This is why VICE News...

New Survey Finds Significant Number of Veterans with PTSD and TBI

November 13, 2015
New Survey Finds Significant Number of Veterans with PTSD and TBI

GENE WEXLER - A new survey of 23,000 injured service members finds post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are two of the biggest mental health issues facing veterans right now.

Fukushima Radiation in Pacific Reaches West Coast

November 11, 2015
Fukushima Radiation in Pacific Reaches West Coast

JOHN LAFORGE - “We should be carefully monitoring the oceans after what is certainly the largest accidental release of radioactive contaminants to the oceans in history,” marine chemist Ken Buesseler said last spring. Instead, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency halted its emergency radiation monitoring of Fukushima’s radioactive plume in May 2011, three months after...

Canadian City Completely Eradicates Homelessness With Brand New Approach

November 9, 2015

ISAAC SAUL - In the Canadian town of Medicine Hat, Alberta, where 60,000 people live, everyone has a home tonight.

UN to Vote on Nuclear Disarmament Resolutions

November 7, 2015

UNFOLD ZERO - From Monday November 2, and running the whole week, the United Nations General Assembly in New York on a number of draft resolutions on nuclear disarmament. Many of these are repeat resolutions from previous years – and countries for them the same way...

Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

November 5, 2015
Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

LAWRENCE WITTNER - The shock and disbelief with which many political pundits have responded to Bernie Sanders’ description of himself as a “democratic socialist”—a supporter of democratic control of the economy—provide a clear indication of how little they know about the popularity and influence of democratic socialism over the course of American history.

Nonviolence Works Better

November 3, 2015
Nonviolence Works Better

TOM H. HASTINGS - Democracy, said Winston Churchill, is the worst form of government—except for all the rest. This is also true for nonviolence. When people are victims of injustice, especially a violent injustice, a violent response is easy to justify. “I’m not going to sit still while someone attacks me,” is quite reasonable....

Rape on Campus: Guns Are Not the Answer

November 1, 2015
Rape on Campus: Guns Are Not the Answer

LAURA FINLEY - Several days ago, the Miami Herald published an editorial from a college student who argued that allowing students on college campuses to carry concealed weapons was not only a constitutional right but would help prevent rape. While I appreciate her passion for the subject and am saddened to read about anyone’s...

It Takes a Community to Prevent a Shooting

October 30, 2015
It Takes a Community to Prevent a Shooting

DAVID SOLEIL - What if instead of living in reactive fear of death, that we engaged in the pro-active, life-affirming love of building a caring community?

Can War Lead to Peace?

October 28, 2015
Can War Lead to Peace?

ROBERT HINDS - It is a false notion that peace can be won by ramping up for war. As America has been at war, one after another, peace is almost never achieved by this strategy. Peace generally comes from diplomacy and a willingness to put the needs of society above the desires of the...

Paradigm Shift Desperately Needed

October 26, 2015
Paradigm Shift Desperately Needed

WINSLOW MYERS - Another mass shooting in the U.S.; Russia attacking whomever it thinks most threatens Assad; the carnage across vast swaths of the Middle East, where a Hobbesian chaos reigns so complete that one can no longer tell the players apart enough to decide upon rational strategic policy—these disparate events are united by...

22 People Killed by U.S. Airstrike on Hospital in Afghanistan

October 24, 2015
22 People Killed by U.S. Airstrike on Hospital in Afghanistan

KATHY KELLY - Before the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing in Iraq, a group of activists living in Baghdad would regularly go to city sites that were crucial for maintaining health and well-being in Baghdad. These sites included hospitals, electrical facilities, water purification plants, and schools. The activists would then string large vinyl banners...

Syria: The Real Backstory

October 22, 2015
Syria: The Real Backstory

DAVID SWANSON - The accepted story in the United States of what's happened in Syria is just that, a story told to make narrative sense of something completely un-understood.

PTSD: The Hidden Price We Pay for Our Wars

October 20, 2015
PTSD: The Hidden Price We Pay for Our Wars

ARNOLD OLIVER - More than five years ago a soldier named Bowe Bergdahl left his U.S. Army unit in Afghanistan. He was captured, imprisoned in brutal conditions for five years, and finally released in a prisoner exchange in 2014. The Army is now considering whether he should be court-martialed for desertion and other crimes....

Using Nonviolence as a National Defense Policy

October 18, 2015
Using Nonviolence as a National Defense Policy

GEORGE LAKEY - Does Japan have a security problem? Of course — to be a nation is to have a security problem. But real pragmatists ask for fresh alternatives to militarism.

Send in the White Helmets

October 16, 2015
Send in the White Helmets

STEPHANIE VAN HOOK - We’ve all heard of the Blue Helmets — the United Nations armed peacekeeping wing. But have you heard about the White Helmets, the unarmed peacekeeping and first responders in Syria? Seeing organized nonviolence in the midst of violent conflict is not expected and not often found, but it’s on the...

Pope Francis and the Shift Toward Nonviolence

October 14, 2015
Pope Francis and the Shift Toward Nonviolence

KEN BUTIGAN - It’s synchronistic that, the same week Pope Francis brought his message of peace, people and the planet to the United States, thousands of activists were dramatizing many of these same themes by taking to the streets in hundreds of cities for a culture of peace and nonviolence. It was a coincidence...

Record Military Budget Is Not a Decline in War Spending

October 12, 2015
Record Military Budget Is Not a Decline in War Spending

NICHOLAS J. S. DAVIES - For millions of victims of U.S. war crimes and for the future of our country and the world, whoever we elect as our next President must be ready on day one to start dismantling this infernal war machine and building a "permanent structure of peace," on a firm foundation...

Are Some Afghani “Allies” Worse Than Our “Enemies?”

October 10, 2015
Are Some Afghani “Allies” Worse Than Our “Enemies?”

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - The New York Times reported last week that U.S. soldiers still fighting the war in Afghanistan — 14 years on — are under orders to be “culturally sensitive” regarding different attitudes among our Afghan allies about, uh … the sexual abuse of children.

Peace Car Travels to See President Obama

October 8, 2015

PRESS RELEASE - Peace car travels across the United States to present 100th peace "letter" to President Obama.

U.S. Bows Out After Plowshares Conviction is Vacated: Appeals Court Ill-Informed on Nuclear Overkill

October 6, 2015
U.S. Bows Out After Plowshares Conviction is Vacated: Appeals Court Ill-Informed on Nuclear Overkill

JOHN LAFORGE - Finally, after three years of legal wrangling and 24 months in jail and prison, a successful appeal decision has hinted at what a kangaroo Kabuki dance the trial was. Last May, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, voting two-to-one, threw out the “sabotage” convictions, declaring, “No rational jury could find...

U.S. Policy Must Acknowledge China’s Insecurity

October 4, 2015
U.S. Policy Must Acknowledge China’s Insecurity

MEL GURTOV - Several developments in China over the past few weeks have shown us a country quite different from the one often portrayed by outsiders—an emerging superpower, with global economic reach and ambitions to challenge American predominance, at least in Asia. The real China, the one most familiar to its citizens, faces...

Breaking the Cycle: How to Build Sustainable Peace Using Contact Theory

October 2, 2015
Breaking the Cycle: How to Build Sustainable Peace Using Contact Theory

THOMAS B. ETZEL - Contact Theory, a central tenet of peace building, was first developed in the 1950s by renowned researcher Gordon Allport, and is based on the belief that separation and unfamiliarity between conflicting groups can, and often does, breed negative attitudes such as stereotypes and prejudices which can potentially escalate into hostility...

After the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Will the Nuclear Powers Also Play by the Rules?

September 30, 2015
After the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Will the Nuclear Powers Also Play by the Rules?

LAWRENCE WITTNER - When all is said and done, what the recently-approved Iran nuclear agreement is all about is ensuring that Iran honors its commitment under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) not to develop nuclear weapons. But the NPT—which was ratified in 1968 and which went into force in 1970—has two kinds of provisions....

How to Win Hearts and Minds in the Middle East

September 28, 2015
How to Win Hearts and Minds in the Middle East

TOM H. HASTINGS - In the field in which I teach, Peace and Conflict Studies, we examine alternatives to violence or the threat of violence in the management of conflict. We are a transdisciplinary field, that is, we don't only draw from an interdisciplinary set of research findings--e.g. Anthropology, Economics, Education, History, Law, Philosophy,...

The Tide of History Flows Left

September 26, 2015
The Tide of History Flows Left

JAMES A. HAUGHT - One of my history-minded friends has a long-range political view summed up in three words: Liberals always win. Complex social struggles may take centuries or decades, he says, but they eventually bring victory for human rights, more democratic liberties, a stronger public safety net, and other progressive goals.

The Pope Is Lining Up to Ban Nuclear Weapons

September 24, 2015
The Pope Is Lining Up to Ban Nuclear Weapons

JOE CIRINCIONE and TOM Z. COLLINA - Under Pope Francis the Catholic church is moving away from Cold War nuclear acceptance faster than Congress and the Obama administration; some people are not going to like this key shift in church doctrine on nuclear weapons.

More than 325 Actions for Peace and Justice across the U.S. this Week

September 22, 2015
More than 325 Actions for Peace and Justice across the U.S. this Week

REV. JOHN DEAR - Starting Sept. 20, more than 350 demonstrations, marches, vigils and other public events will be held all across the U.S., covering every state, as part of the second annual “Campaign Nonviolence” week of actions. Tens of thousands of people will be gathering and taking to the streets to speak out...

Campaign Nonviolence Lights a Spark of Peace

September 22, 2015
Campaign Nonviolence Lights a Spark of Peace

RIVERA SUN - Once a year, Campaign Nonviolence invites thousands of people to light a spark of active nonviolence in communities nationwide. This spark is then nurtured and fed year-round to build a light of nonviolence that shines brightly in our world. Through classes, films, speakers, actions, and campaigns for change, this fire of...

University Scientists Caught Conspiring with Biotech Industry to Manipulate Public Opinion on GMOs

September 20, 2015
University Scientists Caught Conspiring with Biotech Industry to Manipulate Public Opinion on GMOs

DAVE MURPHY - What happens when a private company with a long history of producing some of the most toxic chemicals on the planet and now produces our food starts facing public pressure from a growing national grassroots movement to label their products to conform with basic principles of democracy and transparency? Well, if...

Tiny Guam Faces Huge U.S. Marine Base Expansions

September 18, 2015
Tiny Guam Faces Huge U.S. Marine Base Expansions

SYLVIA FRAIN - On Saturday morning August 29, 2015, the United States Navy signed the Record of Decision (ROD), the final document needed for the implementation of one of the largest “peacetime” military build-ups in American history. This will cost between $8 and 9 billion, with only $174 million for civilian infrastructure, which Congress...

A Peace Activist Leads the Labour Party

September 16, 2015
A Peace Activist Leads the Labour Party

DAVID SWANSON - I wonder if people in the United States understand what it means that the Labour Party in London now has a peace activist in charge of it. Jeremy Corbyn does not resemble any U.S. politicians. He doesn't favor "only the smart wars" or prefer drone murders to massive invasions. Corbyn opposes...

Nonviolence May Offer the Solution to Gun Violence

September 14, 2015
Nonviolence May Offer the Solution to Gun Violence

ROBERT J. GOULD - We need weapons of mass instruction, not mass destruction, in order to slow, stop, and reverse the tragic mass shootings that plague our country.