JOHN MIKSAD – Many of us make resolutions at this time of year. These are some of the New Yearâ€™s Resolutions John Miksad would like to see his country make.
RUSSELL VANDENBROUCKE – What term should citizens apply to Secretary of State Mike Pompeoâ€™s half-truths, insinuations, and misleading assertions about Palestine and Palestinian aspirations and negotiating stances, especially when repeated insistently enough by government officials to become enshrined, not simply as the party line, but as truth itself? How do we speak truth to power when power hunkers inside an echo chamber where it hears only its own truth?
PRITAM K. ROHILA – On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations, and which must be protected all over the world.
JOSEPH SITGLITZ – An insidious trend has developed over this past third of a century. A country that experienced shared growth after World War II began to tear apart, so much so that when the Great Recession hit in late 2007, one could no longer ignore the fissures that had come to define the American economic landscape. How did this â€œshining city on a hillâ€ become the advanced country with the greatest level of inequality?
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.
PETER BERGEL: Progressives and peace people are probably missing a bet. We could almost certainly be more effective, wield more influence and play a more powerful role in public policy. What we lack is a unified understanding of what we mean by â€œpeaceâ€ and a new peace strategy based on that unified understanding.