MEDEA BENJAMIN and NICHOLAS J. S. DAVIES – Ukrainians of all ethnicities deserve genuine support to resolve their differences and find a way to live together in one countryâ€”or to separate peacefully.
MARCY WINOGRAD and MEDEA BENJAMIN – “United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021” would sabotage an opportunity for the U.S. and Chinaâ€”countries responsible for releasing half of the world’s fossil fuel emissions â€” to partner on curbing emissions and sharing strategies for greening the Earth.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – What a world this is. I fear far less â€œaidâ€ is given, and far less profit is envisioned, to promote â€œthe right of all people, regardless of their faith, to have self-determination and equal rights.â€
NORMAN SOLOMON – The U.S. war in Afghanistan wonâ€™t end just because President Biden and U.S. news media tell us so. As countless Afghan people have experienced, troops on the ground arenâ€™t the only measure of horrific warfare.
ROBERT C. kOEHLER – Joe Biden, in blatant defiance of the wishes of Donald Trump and the Republican Party, has won the vote and claimed the presidency. He will now, as he told the nation in his acceptance speech, begin attempting to â€œrestore the soul of Americaâ€ and â€œmarshal the forces of decency,â€ which sounds great but means virtually nothing unless the words are linked to a clear and courageous agenda.
MEDEA BENJAMIN and ZOLTAN GROSSMAN – If we find indiscriminate state violence in our streets appalling, we should feel similarly about state violence abroad, and call for divesting from both police and the Pentagon, and reinvesting those taxpayer dollars to rebuild communities at home and abroad.
MEDEA BENJAMIN and NICOLAS J.S. DAVIES – When the pandemic is over, letâ€™s insist that the U.S. honor the UN Charterâ€™s prohibition against the threat or use of force, which wise American leaders drafted and signed in 1945, and start living at peace with all our neighbors around the world.
MEDEA BENJAMIN – Remembering some of the gains in the difficult year of 2019 can help inspire us for the critical struggles ahead.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – â€œWar-making must be renounced. It is past time for the paradigm shift. We have one planet and we must see ourselves as one and we must take a stand.â€ Dud Hendrick of Veterans for Peace
MEDEA BENJAMIN and ALICE SLATER – In the spirit of a new year and a new Congress, 2019 may well be our best and last opportunity to steer our ship of state away from the twin planetary perils of environmental chaos and militarism, charting a course towards an earth-affirming 21st century.
ROBERT KOEHLER – Whenever the topic is nuclear weapons, I remain in a state of disbelief that we can talk about them â€œstrategicallyâ€ â€” that language allows us to maintain such a distance from the reality of what they do, we can casually debate their use.
ROBERT F. DODGE – If we want to abolish nuclear weapons, we must stop investing in them.â€¨The just released â€œDonâ€™t Bank On The Bombâ€œ report draws attention to the â€œHall Of Shame” companies that are either financing or producing nuclear weapons and their components.
MEDEA BENJAMIN – When I recently asked a prominent activist how she was doing, she took my hands, looked me in the eyes and said, â€œEverything Iâ€™ve been working on for 50 years has gone down the toilet.â€ With so many good people feeling depressed, letâ€™s point to the positive things that happened, even in this really, really bad year.
MEDEA BENJAMIN – It would certainly be easy to do a piece about 10 horrible events from 2015, from the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis, to the bombings in Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino, to the rise of Donald Trump and Islamophobia. But that wouldnâ€™t be a very inspiring way to bid farewell to this year and usher in a new one. So letâ€™s look at 10 reasons to feel better about 2015.