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.

Seek Accessible and Affordable Renewable Energy Sources

September 12, 2015

LAURIE DAUGHERTY - Peter Nelson, author of the Aug. 22 guest opinion, "Time for energy realism in Oregon," and president of Marc Nelson Oil Products, Inc., should join the 21st century.

Maine Sail Freight Revives Salty History of Revolution, Independence

September 10, 2015
Maine Sail Freight Revives Salty History of Revolution, Independence

RIVERA SUN - In this new millennium marked by the looming threat of transnational trade deals like the Transpacific Partnership (TPP), The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), one unusual trade adventure, Maine Sail Freight, will embark on a creative and bold journey as an act of...

Pentagon Slush Fund Continues to Grow

September 8, 2015
Pentagon Slush Fund Continues to Grow

MEL GURTOV - The dynamics of how the American taxpayer is endlessly tapped to provide massive and unnecessary funds for the US military is explained. Gurtov is not writing about the core military requests for defense of the U.S., but rather the corruption and global adventurism that places US personnel in harms way, and...

Ten Years Since Katrina. What Have We Learned?

September 6, 2015
Ten Years Since Katrina. What Have We Learned?

RAE BREAUX - I’m writing you from the coast of southern Louisiana. I’m here because today marks an important anniversary for those of us who care about both climate change and racial justice.

Fukushima Baby Milk Formula Declared Unfit by China

September 4, 2015
Fukushima Baby Milk Formula Declared Unfit by China

JOHN LAFORGE - Chinese authorities seized more than 881 pounds of baby milk formula that had been imported from Japan because it had been produced in areas known to be heavily contaminated with radioactive material emitted by three damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima-Daiichi complex. China’s Xinhua news agency reported that quarantine officials said...

Best Way to Get Rid of Enemy Iran: Get Unstuck

September 2, 2015
Best Way to Get Rid of Enemy Iran: Get Unstuck

TOM H. HASTINGS - We are SOS in the Middle East. Stuck on Stupid. Can we get unstuck?

Letter to the Editor

September 1, 2015
Letter to the Editor

DIANE RUSHCAMP - Organizing means bringing people together around an issue we all can relate. In this spirit, explain why an action is being requested, and when using acronyms, take the time to spell them out.

Fracking Fight Heats Up in Ohio

August 31, 2015
Fracking Fight Heats Up in Ohio

TISH O'DELL - With the oil and gas industry already reveling in a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision stripping local control on fracking and other extraction activities away from communities, the Secretary of State has now handed the industry another victory, opening the door for fracking infrastructure projects to...

Unlimited Power: Poison to the Nation’s Soul

August 29, 2015
Unlimited Power: Poison to the Nation’s Soul

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - The awareness that must emerge from a decade-and-counting of torture revelations is that absolute power over others does not keep us safe and should not be pursued. And torture is only a minute fraction of the wrong we promulgate through unchecked militarism, the aim of which is domination of the...

Stop Committing the Sin of Nuclear Weapons

August 27, 2015
Stop Committing the Sin of Nuclear Weapons

REV. JOHN DEAR - Los Alamos sits above the second poorest county in the U.S. and is located in New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the country. The land was originally stolen from indigenous peoples by the U.S. government. Radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory was routinely dumped into the canyons...

Tell Your Senator to Oppose War on Iran

August 25, 2015
Tell Your Senator to Oppose War on Iran

DAVID SWANSON - If both proponents and opponents of the nuclear agreement with Iran depict Iran falsely as a nuclear threat, the danger of a U.S. war on Iran is going to continue, with or without the deal. The deal could end with the election of a new president or Congress. Ending the agreement...

Edward Snowden Wins Swedish Human Rights Award for NSA Revelations

August 23, 2015
Edward Snowden Wins Swedish Human Rights Award for NSA Revelations

EWEN MACASKILL - Whistleblower Edward Snowden received several standing ovations in the Swedish parliament after being given the Right Livelihood award for his revelations of the scale of state surveillance.

Recent Civil Resistance Against Shell Oil Shows Important Role Nonviolence Plays

August 21, 2015
Recent Civil Resistance Against Shell Oil Shows Important Role Nonviolence Plays

PATRICK T. HILLER - I don’t know any of the 13 activists who lowered themselves from the St. John ’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon, nor any of the dozens of kayakers paddling in the Willamette River below them, but they succeeded in a temporary blockade of the Shell-leased Arctic-bound icebreaker MSV Fennica. I know...

Would Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?

August 19, 2015
Would Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?

NORMAN SOLOMAN - CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling went to prison. If he were white, he probably wouldn’t be there.

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

August 17, 2015
What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - Academician Dr. Lawrence Wittner performed many literature reviews in his scholarly career; this essay is a mini-version of US citizen opinion on the questions surrounding our growing gap between rich and everyone else, as well as the decimation of the middle class. In this clear and objective logical survey of...

Obama and Osama: Where Does the Truth Lie?

August 15, 2015
Obama and Osama: Where Does the Truth Lie?

IBRAHIM S. BAHATI - Since Osama bin Laden’s death 2 May 2011, the official account of the Navy Seals’ raid has been challenged, most recently and cogently by journalist Seymour Hersh, alleging that “Washington's official account of the hunt for Bin Laden and the raid that led to his death was a lie.” In...

Resist the Pro-Violence Conspiracy

August 13, 2015
Resist the Pro-Violence Conspiracy

DAVID SOLEIL - As thoughtful, caring parents, we would never want to teach our kids that violence is the answer to any or every problem. We want our children to learn to get along with others, share, be kind, say "excuse me," and try their best at an empathetic, "I'm sorry." I thought...

In Iraq, I Raided Insurgents. In Virginia, the Police Raided Me.

August 11, 2015
In Iraq, I Raided Insurgents. In Virginia, the Police Raided Me.

ALEX GORDON - I had done this a few dozen times myself, 6,000 miles away from my Alexandria, Va., apartment. As an Army infantryman in Iraq, I’d always been on the trigger side of the weapon. Now that I was on the barrel side, I recalled basic training’s most important firearm rule: Aim only...

Obama Must Ignore Middle Eastern Whiners About Iran

August 9, 2015
Obama Must Ignore Middle Eastern Whiners About Iran

MEL GURTOV - One of the predictable outcomes of any US effort to reset relations with an adversary is that allies start whining about their vulnerability and demanding some sort of compensation for it. Thus, no sooner was the nuclear deal with Iran concluded than the Israelis, Saudis, and other Middle East partners criticize...

NBC Dares Mention Climate in Spread of Lyme Disease, But Not Who Created Lyme Disease

August 7, 2015
NBC Dares Mention Climate in Spread of Lyme Disease, But Not Who Created Lyme Disease

DAVID SWANSON - Climate change is apparently encouraging the spread of Lyme disease, and a report by NBC News dares to say so. This may seem like a fresh breath of honest sanity in a media context in which even the weather reports usually avoid the topic of human global destruction. However, another topic...

F16s for Iraq: Good for Profiteers; Bad for Everyone Else

August 5, 2015
F16s for Iraq: Good for Profiteers; Bad for Everyone Else

TOM H. HASTINGS - The US has delivered the first batch of F16 fighter jets to Iraq. How long until ISIS grabs them? How long before Iraq’s BFF Iran reverse engineers them from nose to tail? How exactly is this even remotely in the interest of the security of the US citizens whose government...

Heavily Armed Does Not Equal Being Secure

August 3, 2015
Heavily Armed Does Not Equal Being Secure

ROBERT KOEHLER - The more that people lose touch with their own humanity, the more, I fear, they will feel the need to be armed – desperately imagining it’s the same thing as being secure. And the news cycle will continue, endlessly bringing us more of the same.

Nonviolence Was an Important Part of the U.S. Struggle for Independence

August 2, 2015
Nonviolence Was an Important Part of the U.S. Struggle for Independence

STEPHANIE VAN HOOK - When Gandhi met with the British viceroy Lord Irwin after his imprisonment following the 1930 Salt Satyagraha, they shared a pot of tea. Gandhi, mischieviously took out a package of contraband salt, opened it and sprinkled a bit into his cup. Looking at the astounded Lord Irwin he told him...

Obama’s Legacy for Africa Needs Improvement

July 31, 2015
Obama’s Legacy for Africa Needs Improvement

FODAY DARBOE - In light of President Obama’s 2015 trip to Africa, likely his last trip to Africa as the U.S. president, it is appropriate to evaluate his government’s foreign policies in Africa since he assumed office. Through this assessment, it is sadly plain to see that Obama’s policies have not helped the vast...