LAWRENCE WITTNER – Amid all the flag-waving, chants of â€œUSA, USA,â€ and other nationalist hoopla that characterize mainstream politics in the United States, itâ€™s easy to miss the fact that most Americans favor global governance.
BRIAN TERRELL – NATO boasts of â€œSteadfast Noon,â€ betraying the arrogant conviction of the Allied Heads of State and Government that despite a â€œdeteriorating security environment,â€ through annual displays of brute force and profligate waste of fossil fuel, the darkness can be held at bay forever and the exploiters of the earth and its people will bask in the everlasting light of noon. The scholars at The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists who have kept a â€œDoomsday Clockâ€ since 1947, propose instead that the planet is actually closer to midnight, the hypothetical global catastrophe. The Bulletinâ€™s Clock is now at 100 seconds before midnight and humanity is closer to its destruction than ever before, because “the dangerous rivalry and hostility among the superpowers increases the likelihood of nuclear blunder… Climate change just compounds the crisis.â€
REBECCA SOLNIT – Itâ€™s easy to despair at the climate crisis, or to decide itâ€™s already too late â€“ but itâ€™s not. Hereâ€™s how to keep the fight alive.
MATT MCGRATH – Campaign groups argue that the World Health Organization didn’t get serious about banning tobacco until all the lobbyists for the industry were banned from WHO meetings. They want the same treatment for oil and gas companies at COP.
PAMELA HAINES – The public banking movement is creating an opening wedge for the transfer of our financial system from private to public control.
CAAROL ANDERSON – This nation has a really bad habit of letting white supremacy get away with repeated attempts to murder American democracy. Itâ€™s time to break that habit. If we donâ€™t, they just might succeed next time.
JOHN MIKSAD – Veterans Day should be a resounding commitment to true national service, choosing peace, choosing our environment, choosing the best future for our grandkids.
ALEXEY GROMYKO – Next year we mark the 40th anniversary of the Report of the Independent Commission on Disarmament and Security Issues under the Chairmanship of Olof Palme. The Report introduced the concept of Common Security and contributed to the end of the Cold War. However, these days the ideas behind Common Security are almost forgotten in spite of the fact that we again live in extremely perilous times.
JOHN V. WALSH – The USS Connecticut incident in the South China Sea should be a wake-up call for East Asia â€“ and the world.
EBONY SLAUGHTER-JOHNSON – The anger surrounding teaching children a more expansive (and truthful) version of American history can largely be understood as a backlash to the Black Lives Matter era, the victories of which have been largely symbolic and localized. The legislative entrenchment of affirmative action will be spun by conservatives as â€œreverse racismâ€ that hampers the educational advancement of white children. That argument will hold traction among conservatives, moderates, and progressives. As we prepare for the possibility of a post-Roe future, it might also be time to anticipate a future in which affirmative action is unavailable as a means of promoting diversity in and economic mobility through higher education.
APRIL M. SHORT – The free access event, Festival of What Works (November 2-7), highlighted solutions for communities to adopt.
NORMAN SOLOMON – At the same time that the atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases have continued to increase, so have the dangers of nuclear war. No imperatives are more crucial than challenging the fossil fuel industry and the nuclear weapons industry as the terrible threats to the climate and humanity that they are.