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...

Who Pays Taxes in the US? Everyone but the Super-Rich

July 29, 2015
Who Pays Taxes in the US? Everyone but the Super-Rich

THOM HARTMANN - Why are our seniors paying higher taxes on their social security benefits than billionaires pay on stocks? The IRS released a new report that reveals the staggering amount of money that the top one-thousandth of the 1% in the US is hoarding.

Are Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament Agreements of Any Value?

July 27, 2015
Are Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament Agreements of Any Value?

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - The recent announcement of a nuclear deal between the governments of Iran and other major nations, including the United States, naturally draws our attention to the history of international nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements. What accounts for their advent on the world scene and what have they accomplished?

GOP Attempting to Kill Environmental Regulations Across the Board With Sneaky Budget Riders

July 25, 2015

EMERSON URRY - It seems like we, at EnviroNews, have been reporting on this type of thing all year. That is, sketchy environmental riders being attached to totally unrelated appropriations bills in backdoor efforts to kill environmental and wildlife protections. Yes, this year's spending bills are littered with Republican-stamped provisions seeking to gut current...

Bang Bang! You’re Not Dead

July 23, 2015
Bang Bang! You’re Not Dead

CLANCY SIGAL - I hold no special brief for the British police at whose hands and batons I’ve split a lip or two. But here in Los Angeles, where our trimly athletic LAPD shoots fewer civilians than, say, in Albuquerque or Baltimore, we’re seeing a spike in “he was reaching into his...

Boeing Patents Nuclear-Powered Airplane

July 21, 2015
Boeing Patents Nuclear-Powered Airplane

KARL GROSSMAN - Consider getting on to an airplane with nuclear-powered engines. Consider the consequences if an atomic airplane crashes. The Boeing Company last week received approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an airplane engine that combines the use of lasers and nuclear power. “Boeing’s newly-patented engine provides thrust in a...

Greek Financial Debacle is a Crisis of Soulless Economics

July 19, 2015
Greek Financial Debacle is a Crisis of Soulless Economics

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - Austerity, the brutal tool of neoliberal capitalism, stands up to Greek democracy and stares it down. Oh well. We’re remarkably comfortable with soulless economics. Pope Francis, speaking this week in Paraguay, cried to the nations of Planet Earth: “I ask them not to yield to an economic model … which...

What’s Being Ignored in the Iranian Nuclear Deal?

July 17, 2015
What’s Being Ignored in the Iranian Nuclear Deal?

WINSLOW MYERS - I’m not an expert, just another interested citizen who follows the news, but something genuinely bothers me about the U.S. negotiations with Iran, whether they are ultimately successful or not.

New Oil Drilling Threatens New Disasters

July 15, 2015
New Oil Drilling Threatens New Disasters

MEL GURTOV - On January 17 the New York Times reported that, to appease environmentalists, the Obama administration would “ban drilling in portions of the Arctic Ocean’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.” But in return, Republicans and the oil and gas industry got federal approval to drill in a large swath of the Atlantic...

Pope Francis is Taking on Climate Change

July 13, 2015

ETHICAL MARKETS - The encyclical from Pope Francis marks yet another significant milestone in our planet’s march toward a global climate change agreement in Paris this December. The fact that the leader to more than 1 billion Catholics—roughly 14 percent of the world’s population—is urging action on climate...

Historic Peace Ship Is Re-Launched

July 11, 2015
Historic Peace Ship Is Re-Launched

ARNOLD OLIVER - Along the rugged coast of northern California’s Humboldt County, maritime history is being made. June 20th marked the launch ceremony of the rebuilt sailing ketch, the Golden Rule, after four years of hard work by a restoration team led by Veterans for Peace. As we shall see, the Golden Rule is...

If U.S. Military Spending Returned to 2001 Level

July 9, 2015
If U.S. Military Spending Returned to 2001 Level

DAVID SWANSON - The House of Representatives has headed out of town to memorialize wars without managing to achieve agreement with the Senate on reauthorizing some of the most abusive “temporary” measures of the PATRIOT Act. Three cheers for Congressional vacations! What if not just our civil liberties but our budget got a little...

How We Can Overcome Nuclear Apartheid

July 7, 2015

RICHARD LENNANE - At the closing session of the NPT review conference on 22 May, South Africa described the NPT regime as a form of "nuclear apartheid." This certainly captures the idea of a privileged minority unjustly imposing its will on a disenfranchised majority. But in many ways, a better analogy is that of...

Will There Be a Dawn of Justice?

July 5, 2015
Will There Be a Dawn of Justice?

KATHY KELLY - “Guantanamo Diary,” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, is his story of being imprisoned in Guantanamo since 2002. In all his years of captivity, he has never been charged with a crime. He has suffered grotesque torture, humiliation and mistreatment, and yet his memoir includes many humane, tender accounts, including remembrances of...

Supreme Court Rejects EPA’s Regulation of Power Plants’ Emissions of Mercury and Other Toxins

July 3, 2015
Supreme Court Rejects EPA’s Regulation of Power Plants’ Emissions of Mercury and Other Toxins

METEOR BLADE (TIMOTHY LANGE) - The U.S. Supreme Court plunked a setback into the lap of the Environmental Protection Agency Monday by trashing the agency's regulation of emissions of mercury and other air toxins (MATS) from electricity-generating plants. The court overturned a lower-court decision in the case of Michigan v. EPA stating that...