LAWRENCE WITTNER – Moderators of the presidential debates, donâ€™t youâ€”as stand-ins for the American peopleâ€”think it might be worthwhile to ask the candidates some questions about U.S. preparations for nuclear war and how best to avert a global catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude?
Category: July 2019
Using Language to Make the World of Fossil Fuels Strange and Ugly
MATTHEW HOFFMANN – Our words reflect a view that fossil fuels are the default norm â€” even benign. We need to change that.
How Corporate Media Are Fueling a New Iran Nuclear Crisis
GARETH PORTER – The U.S. news mediaâ€™s coverage of the Iran nuclear issue has been woefully off-kilter for many years. Now, however, those same outlets are contributing to the serious crisis building between Washington and Tehran.
New Common Cause Site Tracks Which Members of Congress Have Actually Read the Mueller Report
DAVID VANCE – Common Cause is tracking which members of Congress have read, or not read, Special Counsel Robert Muellerâ€™s report on Russian attacks on the 2016 presidential election. The new easily searchable â€œWill Congress Act?â€ website (willcongressact.org) allows people to see whether their Members have read the report and contact them to ask that they read it if they have not.
‘Completely Terrifying’: Study Warns Carbon-Saturated Oceans Headed Toward Tipping Point That Could Unleash Mass Extinction Event
JULIA CONLEY – The continuous accumulation of carbon dioxide in the planet’s oceansâ€”which shows no sign of stopping due to humanity’s relentless consumption of fossil fuelsâ€”is likely to trigger a chemical reaction in Earth’s carbon cycle similar to those which happened just before mass extinction events, according to a new study.
Using Nonviolence and Trust to Keep the Peace
TOM H. HASTINGS – Building trust is what our public discourse and decision-making is about. While Trump lies an average of 12 documented times each day and wrecks trust, millions of us average folks are working to rebuild it at every level.
In Afghanistan We Have Three Dreams
DR. HAKIM YOUNG – Weâ€™re the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, and we have three dreams. Our three dreams are about reuniting with nature and 7.7 billion other human beings! Our dreams arenâ€™t prescriptions. Theyâ€™re music and movements, distilled from todayâ€™s nightmares.
We’ve All Heard of a Green New Deal. But This is What it Will Actually Look Like
MATHEW LAWRENCE – Driven by a step-change and expansion in public policy, investment, and democratic ownership, a UK green new deal can rescue our collective futures from climate catastrophe and create the conditions for universal human flourishing. It can start in our town of 2030.
OR Lawmakers Send Campaign Contribution Cap to Voters
ERIC TEGETHOFF – Oregon voters will have a chance to weigh in on the role of money in politics next year.
An Honorable Course in Iran: End Sanctions, Resume Dialogue
KATHY KELLY – Rather than punish Iran, the United States should immediately return to the Iran nuclear agreement and support proposals regularly advanced at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty conferences for a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the Middle East.
Here’s One Way Democrats Can Defeat Trump: Be Radically Anti-War
MARK HANNAH and STEPHEN WERTHEIM – Democrats have a unique opportunity to close the traditional national-security gap with Republicans, but only if they choose a clear direction for foreign policy and not just against Trump. They should listen to the American people and offer them a genuinely pro-peace message â€” standing firmly against Trumpâ€™s bellicosity as well as decades of bipartisan military intervention.
Insurance Giant Ditching Coal Industry Called ‘Major Step Forward’-Especially If Others Follow
JON QUEALLY – Chubb has become the first major U.S. insurance company to acknowledge the key role the insurance industry has to play in stopping the climate crisis.
Rethinking Reparations for Slavery
TOM h. HASTINGS – We need to radically reduce racism going forward and make reparations thus more than simple legal settlement that ignores ongoing harm.
Behind Oregonâ€™s GOP Walkout Is a Sordid Story of Corporate Cash
ZOE CARPENTER – Industry and belligerence won out over climate legislation.
How to Avert the Impending War on Iran
ERIC STONER – The military is currently putting the breaks on the drive to war in Iran, says a former colonel and diplomat, but concerned citizens need to step up.