PRESS RELEASE FROM TAXPAYERS FOR COMMON SENSE – Budget watchdog raises red flags for federal investment in smaller nuclear reactors in new report.
TOM H. HASTINGS – We want a serious change in our federal spending priorities away from destruction to actual human needs. Anything less is defenseless.
MEL GURTOV – Cobalt is a valuable mineral that is the subject of intense international competition. Not a new subject: In past times copper, uranium, and rare earth metals have had center stage. Recall the controversy over â€œblood diamondsâ€â€”diamond mining that helped fund civil wars in Africa. More recently we have lithium in Bolivia, where Chinese, American, and other countriesâ€™ firms are seeking to gain the upper hand on a mineral that is vital in electrical products. Thereâ€™s still another battle, this one over cobalt, which is also an essential mineral in cell phones but especially in electric car batteries.
JERRY TETALMAN – If we are to win the real world game of Pandemic, we must strengthen and reform our global institutions in order to apply a global cooperative response, rather than our current patchwork approach of every country for itself.
NORMAN SOLOMON – Nuclear weapons are at the pinnacle of what Martin Luther King Jr. called â€œthe madness of militarism.â€ If youâ€™d rather not think about them, thatâ€™s understandable. But such a coping strategy has limited value. And those who are making vast profits from preparations for global annihilation are further empowered by our avoidance.
JACK F. MATLOCK, JR. – Interference by the United States and its NATO allies in Ukraineâ€™s civil struggle has exacerbated the crisis within Ukraine, undermined the possibility of bringing the two easternmost provinces back under Kyivâ€™s control, and raised the specter of possible conflict between nuclear-armed powers. Furthermore, in denying that Russia has a â€œrightâ€ to oppose extension of a hostile military alliance to its national borders, the United States ignores its own history of declaring and enforcing for two centuries a sphere of influence in the Western hemisphere.
AL JAZEERA and NEWS AGENCIES – Rohingya refugees have sued the social media giant Facebook for $150bn over claims the social network is failing to stem hate speech on its platform, exacerbating violence against the vulnerable Myanmar minority.
KEVIN DANAHER – The world is facing two interlinked crises: politically motivated violence and global destruction of the environment. They are obviously related, in that global military conflicts and weapons spending are among the most egregious wasters of resources on the planet. This project would seek to unify those elements of the military and civil society who want to accelerate the transition to sustainability while also improving the security of the United States.
ROBERT KOEHLER – Why is the American sense of justice simply linear and bureaucratic? Why is priority number one, in the wake of such a crime â€“ a crime against humanity â€“ to charge, convict and punish, rather than heal, understand and change? Rupert Ross, in his bookÂ Returning to the Teachings, examines indigenous approaches to justice around the world: â€œThe purpose is healing, not punishment â€“ a healing accomplished by the full range of people who were affected by the original event.â€ This is the core ofÂ Restorative Justice.
JOHN LAFORGE – When it comes to double-standards, sheer hypocrisy, and laughable duplicity, Germany takes the cake this week â€” for nuclear weapons two-facedness.
KERN BEARE – This holiday season, in a world that feels increasingly conflictedÂ â€” where so many cultural battle lines have been drawn itâ€™s impossible not to stumble over one of them and find yourself in unfriendly territory â€” what centering force helps us maintain our inner sense of wellbeing, our faith in a better future? The experience of Janessa Gans Wilder may be instructive. She found her centering force in the midst of a war zone.
KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL – Before America chose to lead any kind of â€œSummit for Democracy,â€ and before â€œAmerica is backâ€ to a new Cold War, the country urgently needs a more serious discussion about its real security prioritiesâ€”and the real challenges it faces.
PRESS RELEASE of the CENTER FOR DEMOCRATIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS – Rights of Nature Victory in Ecuador: In the Los Cedros case, the Constitutional Court upheld the rights of nature. The Court ruled that mining in a protected forest is unconstitutional, and violates the constitutional rights of nature.
REYNARD LOKI – Our broken and inhumane food system is a huge source of emissions, so why isnâ€™t it a major part of the climate solution?
LAURA FINLEY – Laura Finley’s hope in teaching and writing about gun violence is that, if we all discuss real data, perhaps then we can identify more appropriate policies and practices, which might include gun control, educational programs, mental health assistance and more.
DANNY SHAW – Vladimir Putin is considered a threat because he restored Russian sovereignty, erased the humiliation of the Boris Yeltsin era, and championed Russiaâ€™s national interests. But that is just what the U.S. elite could not tolerate.