KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL and JAMES W. CARDEN – At this juncture, with Russia at the start of a new offensive in Ukraine, vanden Heuvel and Carden believe diplomatic engagement is the only moral and realistic policy available to President Biden and his advisors.
Amid the Carnage in Ukraine, it’s Time for World Leaders to Rethink their Priorities
DEREK ROYDEN – The usual suspects in Western media, think tanks and among the political class argue not for negotiations between Russian and Ukrainian leaders to bring the conflict to an end but further escalation,
“Gun Control” at the Pentagon? Don’t Even Think About It.
NORMAN SOLOMON – Gun control is a great idea. For the small guns. And the big ones.
Tax Day and the Fate of the Earth
PETER BERGEL and MICHAEL CARRIGAN – Once again we are all paying our federal income taxes this month. We do this as “the price of civilization” – to pay for the services we value and rely upon – disaster relief, help during the pandemic, wildfire protection, food security, a host of others and… nuclear weapons?
Protect National Security – Cut the Military Budget
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – Why, why, why, as our ecosystem collapses, as millions of refugees flee the horrors of war and poverty, as the pandemic continues, as World War III and the possibility of nuclear Armageddon rears its evil head, as the planet trembles, does ever-expanding, global militarism remain our primary national purpose?
Russiaâ€™s Invasion Set to Create Weapons Industry Boom
DRU OJA JAY – The Russian Federation governmentâ€™s decision to order an illegal invasion of Ukraine has created major military escalations, rapid realignments resembling a new cold war, and a bonanza for arms dealers.
“Defense” Spending is Indefensible
TOM H. HASTINGS – We want a serious change in our federal spending priorities away from destruction to actual human needs. Anything less is defenseless.
Will the Democrats Renew Their Membership in the War Party?
DAVID BROMWICH – Regardless of which party is in power, US foreign policy since 9/11 has meant a unified government under the masters of war.
Ending the Other War in Yemen
BRIAN TERRELL – It is refreshing to hear a U.S. president at least recognize that the Yemeni people are suffering an â€œunendurable devastationâ€ and this is due to the hard work of grassroots peace activists around the world. Whether President Bidenâ€™s proclamation will mean much in the real world beyond a temporary hold on the weapons deals Trump made just before leaving office is yet to be seen.
US and Other Arms Sales Prolong War, Yemenis’ Misery
KATHY KELLY – The cries against war in Yemen fall like rain and whatever thunder accompanies the rain is distant, summer thunder. Yet, if we cooperate with war making elites, the most horrible storms will be unleashed. We must learn–and quickly–to make a torrent of our mingled cries and, as the prophet Amos demanded, â€˜let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.â€
How to Dismantle the Absurd Profitability of Nuclear Weapons
JON SCHWARZ – The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists currently has its Doomsday Clock set to two minutes to midnight â€” the closest weâ€™ve been to self-obliteration in nuclear history.
The Senate’s “Symbolic” Yemen Vote is Enormously Significant
ROBERT KOEHLER – The Senate’s “symbolic” Yemen vote matters hugely (you might say, in honor of co-sponsor Bernie Sanders). For one thing, Dems gain control of the House next year and the resolution could be reintroduced. Also, according to Reuters, some of the supporters are determined to introduce legislation calling for a ban on weapons sales to the Saudis; in other words, thereâ€™s more political action to come regarding U.S. involvement in this war.
How Many Jobs Could We Fund with One CEO’s Compensation Package?
BEN FREEMAN – After hearing the hypocrisy of multi-millionaire CEO’s cry about job-losses for months, I finally decided to see just how many different jobs we could pay for with just one Pentagon contractor CEOs compensation package.