DAVID SWANSON – I donâ€™t propose comparing the horrors of the so-called longest U.S. war â€” as if the wars on Native Americans arenâ€™t real â€” with World War II or Iraq. I propose comparing them with the people of Crimea voting to make their little piece of land part of Russia again. Which is more barbaric, immoral, illegal, destructive, and traumatic?
KARY LOVE – Given we are still here, and the history of close calls, I concluded on the road to understanding the â€œDamascusâ€ disaster, that only a loving god, watching out for drunkards and fools, can account for the many unexplainable â€œmiraclesâ€ that have occurred along the way. As has been said, man has killed god, fortunately god is more merciful. Let us pray.
WINSLOW MYERS – With the executive branch demonstrably willing to gallop bareback off the established foreign policy reservation, the knee-jerk adversary of progressives for decades, the so-called â€œdeep state,â€ with its reflexive fear of Russian totalitarian infiltration and its perpetuation of military dominance in all earthly spheres, may at least be providing a sorely needed element of restraint and integrity.
MATT WILKINS – The only thing worse than being lied to is not knowing youâ€™re being lied to. Itâ€™s true that plastic pollution is a huge problem, of planetary proportions. And itâ€™s true we could all do more to reduce our plastic footprint. The lie is that blame for the plastic problem is wasteful consumers and that changing our individual habits will fix it.
HARVEY WASSERMAN – The Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump, has announced a new mission into the realm of martial excess. It is one is that will surely enrich the aerospace industry while spreading the global battlefield to a new dimension.
Trump is calling for the creation of a new Space Force as a sixth branch of the U.S. military, to militarize the heavens.
â€œIt is not enough to merely have an American presence in space,â€ Trump told a meeting of the National Space Council in mid-June. â€œWe must have American dominance in space.â€
Humour, in the forms of chants, performances, satire, cartoons, theatre, jokes, memes and puns has a long tradition in protest movements.
By Norman Solomon Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki, the lead story on theÂ New York TimesÂ home page stayed the same: â€œJust by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead.â€ TheÂ SundayÂ headline was in harmony with the tone of U.S.…
If you scan the Internet for immigration-related news stories following the Trump administration’s May 7 announcement of its “zero tolerance” border policy, you’ll find the word “chaos” coming up time and time again.
Despite the ability to destroy civilization several times over with our existing nukes, America is embarking on an expenditure of $1.7 trillion to â€œmake more and more usableâ€ nuclear weapons. The US Senate just approved an $82 billion increase for the Pentagon that alone exceeds the entire annual defense budget of Russia.
ROBERT F. DODGE – 50 years ago on July 1, 1968 the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was signed. This landmark nuclear arms control treaty brought the worldâ€™s nuclear powers together with the ultimate goal of eliminating nuclear weapons by engaging in good faith efforts toward that end.
KATHY KELLY – In the state of Georgiaâ€™s Glynn County Detention Center, four activists await trial stemming from their nonviolent action, on April 4, 2018, at the Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay. In all, seven Catholic plowshares activists acted that day, aiming to make real the prophet Isaiahâ€™s command to â€œbeat swords into plowshares.â€ The Kings Bay is home port to six nuclear armed Trident ballistic missile submarines with the combined explosive power of over 9000 Hiroshima bombs.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – “We are people who believe in the worth of every human being,â€ Elizabeth Warren said the other day, and I wondered for a moment what life would be like if that were true. The more crucial question, however, is: How can we make it true?
DAVID SWANSON – Within 30 minutes of my publishing this complaint that peace had vanished from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezâ€™s website, the following appeared on her website.
MEL GURTOV – Were it not for the source, it would hardly be news to learn that the United States canâ€™t take care of its most needyâ€”that it may be the richest country, but it is also increasingly, appallingly, unequal in how its wealth and opportunities are shared. When the various dimensions of human security are examined, critics have long noted that the US falls short, whether in treatment of children, poverty rates, income gaps between rich and poor, or even life expectancy. All this has been amply documented in annual reports of the United Nations Development Programme.
MICHAEL NAGLER – Nonviolence is spread out all around us, yet we so often fail to see how it can be used to stop some of todayâ€™s worst atrocities. Take school shootings, as just one example. Itâ€™s telling that the idea of arming teachers has been seriously debated in the media, while nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution remain largely unknown. Thatâ€™s why the recent film â€œFaith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Storyâ€ is so unique. It tells the true story of Antoinette Tuff, an elementary school accountant in Decatur, Georgia, who prevented a mass shooting in 2013 by talking would-be killer Michael Hill into putting down his assault weapon.
LAWRENCE WITTNER – Although many people have criticized the bizarre nature of Donald Trumpâ€™s diplomacy with North Korea, his recent love fest with Kim Jong Un does have the potential to reduce the dangers posed by nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula. Even so, buried far below the mass media coverage of the summit spectacle, the reality is that Trumpâ€•assisted by his military and civilian advisorsâ€•is busy getting the United States ready for nuclear war.
L.A. KAUFMANN – Quite suddenly, over the last week or so, something crucial has shifted in the mood of the grassroots resistance to Donald Trump. You can time it, more or less, to the release of that devastating recording of migrant children weeping for their parents after having been ripped from their arms, or the widely circulated photographs of children being held in cages. The unfolding horror of Trumpâ€™s family separation policy, and his administrationâ€™s plans for indefinite immigrant detention, is galvanizing people to fight back in a way that hasnâ€™t yet happened under this presidency â€” specifically, with mass direct action.