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Category: June 2017
Let’s Have “â€œA Decent Respect for the Opinions of Mankindâ€ and Ban Nukes
WINSLOW MYERS – The distractions of the Trump presidency, even including Russian attempts to hack our democracy, have swamped events that may in the long run be of far greater historical significance. A primary example is the historic ongoing U.N. conference concerning the prohibition and eventual abolition of nuclear weaponsâ€” and our own nationâ€™s unwise boycott of same.
Subcommittee Passes Bill to Make Yucca Mountain the U.S. Nuclear Repository
CRAIG FIEGENER and MARVIN CLEMONS – Despite Nevada protests against it, a measure to make Yucca Mountain the nation’s nuclear waste repository advanced in a congressional subcommittee Thursday morning.
The Unifying Force of War Abolition
DAVID SWANSON – It’s not unusual for an activist, focused on one of the millions of worthy causes out there, to try to recruit other activists to that particular cause. That’s not exactly what I want to do. For one thing, if we are going to succeed we are going to have to recruit millions of new people into activism who are not now active at all.
The Real Reason Your City Has No Money
CHARLES MAROHN – America needs a different model of growth and development.
Coal Miners Are Pawns in Trump’s Fossil Fuel Agenda
ROB BYERS – Earlier this spring, I was asked a question about my late father, who had been a coal miner in the 1970s and â€™80s. It had to do with a familiar romantic storyline: Did he feel at home underground? Was it a calling that tugged at him during the layoffs, a longing to get back to the job he loved? Short answer: No. Long answer: Hell, no.
Will “Nones” make America more liberal?
JAMES A. HAUGHT – The steady retreat of religion in America may shift politics to the left. Surveys find that young Americans who say their faith is “none” generally hold humane progressive values, supporting women’s equality, gay rights, universal healthcare, legal marijuana, free college and other liberal goals. Decline of religion is perhaps the most profound sociological phenomenon of the 21st century.
A Call to Mobilize the Nation over the Next 18 Months
REV. JOHN DEAR – While the media and the nation sit transfixed over the Trump scandals and attacks on democracy, those of us who work for justice and peace know that we have to keep working, resisting, and mobilizing people across the country if we are going to have the social, economic and political transformation we need for our survival.
Trumpâ€™s Handling of North Korea Is Going to Lead Us Straight Into Nuclear Disaster
RAJAN MENON – President Donald Trump wouldnâ€™t be the first leader, confronted with trouble at home, to trigger a crisis abroad and then appeal for unity and paint critics as unpatriotic. Keep in mind, after all, that this is the man who has already warned of â€œa major, major warâ€ with North Korea.
A Dying Manâ€™s Gift of Awareness
ROBERT C. KOEHLER — â€œTell them, I want everybody to know, I want everybody on the train to know, I love them . . .â€ These words are also part of the geopolitics of murder â€” these words of light and hope, alive and pulsing amid the bullet casings, the blood and wreckage, the shattered lives. They were the dying words of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, one of the two people stabbed to death last week on a commuter train in Portland, Ore., after they had intervened to stop a manâ€™s tirade of racial slurs â€” â€œgo back to Saudi Arabia!” â€” directed at two teenage girls on the train.
Swim for Peace: Reaching Out in Peace to Russia
ELIZABETH MURRAY – The mainstream U.S. media bristles with hostility toward Russia â€“ fueling a New McCarthyism â€“ but the press finds no space for grassroots American gestures of peace.
President Trump: Toss Your Generals’ Escalation Plans in the Trash
RON PAUL – By the end of last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Advisor HR McMaster were scheduled to deliver to President Trump their plans for military escalations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. President Trump would be wise to rip the plans up and send his national security team back to the drawing board â€“ or replace them. There is no way another â€œsurgeâ€ in Afghanistan and Iraq (plus a new one in Syria) puts America first. There is no way doing the same thing over again will succeed any better than it did the last time.