NORMAN SOLOMON – When the State Department revoked Edward Snowdenâ€™s passport four months ago, the move was a reprisal from a surveillance-and-warfare state that operates largely in the shadows. Top officials in Washington were furious. Snowden had suddenly exposed what couldnâ€™t stand the light of day, blowing the cover of the worldâ€™s Biggest Brother.
Category: October 2013
Today Peabody Would Lose Money on Coal Exports
CLARK WILLIAMS-DERRY – On Oct. 22, 2013, Sightline released a new report: Peabody Energy, Gateway Pacific, and the Asian Coal Bubble. The report shows that at todayâ€™s prices, thereâ€™s no way for Peabody to make money shipping coal to Asia. Peabodyâ€™s strategy is now to hope that the Asian coal bubble re-inflatesâ€”which is an increasingly risky bet, given the collapse of Asian coal prices, recent steps by China to curb coal demand, and the oversupply of coal from other Pacific Rim exporters.
Frequently Asked Questions about Chelsea (Bradley) Manning
EDITOR’S NOTE – Now that the trial is over and the case finished let’s not drop the ball and forget about Bradley Manning (who has changed his name to Chelsea and identified as a woman). She was courageous and did an honorable act. Lead attorney David Coombs explains how we can all show some solidarity and moral support, and notes the dos and don’ts in doing so.
Is Stable Climate a Thing of the Past?
DORSI DIAZ – The climate is indeed changing – and rapidly. So fast that it’s startling even climate scientists and blowing previous “computer modelings” out the window.
Unclean at Any Speed
OZZIE ZEHNER – Electric cars donâ€™t solve the automobileâ€™s environmental problems. Note: Although we at The PeaceWorker are electric vehicle fans, this article raises many good questions that EV buffs need to consider. We run it in the interests of fairness and useful dialogue.
Fight Back â€“ Know What They Donâ€™t Want You to Know
LAURA POITRAS – The detention of David Miranda — partner of the Guardian journalist
involved in the NSA revelations — and the destruction of hard drives in the British newspaper’s basement reveal one thing: Governments do not want their citizens to be informed when it comes to the topic of surveillance.
U.S. Still Preparing for Nuclear War
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER – Nearly a quarter century after the disappearance of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the U.S. government is still getting ready for nuclear war.
Clinging to Mass Violence
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER – Is the human race determined to snuff itself out through mass violence? There are many signs that it is.
Supreme Court Will Hear Case About Guns and Domestic Violence
LAURA FINLEY – The Supreme Court has now agreed to hear a case involving whether persons convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors should be prohibited from possessing guns.
Why Energy Producers Need to Pay Heed to Global Warming
JEFFREY RUBIN – Global temperatures are the hottest since the last ice age and the planet is only getting warmer. . . . A warming planet clearly holds profound consequences for us all, but one group that should by paying particular attention are the world’s energy producers.
The NSA Deserves Permanent Shutdown
NORMAN SOLOMON – At the top of the federal government, even a brief shutdown of â€œcore NSA operationsâ€ is unthinkable. But at the grassroots, a permanent shutdown of the NSA should be more than thinkable; we should strive to make it achievable. And since “Total Information Awareness,” in the form of content storage at the NSA’s Bluffdale, Utah, complex, is technologically within reach, we should at least demand closure of the agencyâ€™s mega-Orwellian center in Bluffdale.
Occupy’s Legacy Still Being Revealed in Portland
HELEN JUNG – Fifty people arrested during Occupy Portland protests two years ago are entitled to jury trials even though prosecutors downgraded the misdemeanor charges to violations with no threat of a jail sentence, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
What on Earth Are Nuclear Weapons For?
WINSLOW MYERS – Eric Schlosserâ€™s hair-raising new book about actual and potential accidents with nuclear weapons, â€œCommand and Control,â€ sharpens the dialogue, such as it is, between the anti-nuclear peace movement and nuclear strategists who maintain that these weapons still enhance the security of nations.
New Simplicity Offers a Key to Happiness
CECILE ANDREWS – Simplicity is about much more than â€œcutting back.â€ Itâ€™s â€œthe examined life,â€ asking ourselves whatâ€™s important and what matters. Reflecting on these questions, we discover that social ties foster social cohesion, community and the common good.
Nez Perce Refuse to Allow Oil Processing Equipment to Cross Their Land
KIRK JOHNSON – The Nez Perce Indians, who have called the empty spaces and rushing rivers of Lapwai, Idaho, home for thousands of years, were drawn into the national brawl over the future of energy last month when they tried to stop a giant load of oil-processing equipment from coming through their lands.