Category: Commentary

Lawrence Wittner: Where is That Wasteful Government Spending?

In early September 2016, Donald Trump announced his plan for a vast expansion of the U.S. military, including 90,000 new soldiers for the Army, nearly 75 new ships for the Navy, and dozens of new fighter aircraft for the Air Force. Although the cost of this increase would be substantial—about $90 billion per year. it would be covered, the GOP presidential candidate said, by cutting wasteful government spending

William J. Barber II: Why We Are Protesting in Charlotte

Instead, let’s look again at the vast, diverse majority of the protesters. This is what democracy looks like. We cannot let politicians use the protests as an excuse to back reactionary “law and order” measures. Instead, we must march and vote together for policies that will lift up the whole and ensure the justice that makes true peace possible.

Adam Parsons: Humanity Without Borders

Before the summit convened, it was already clear that rich governments would not be placing the needs of refugees and migrants above their narrow national self-interest.

Zoltan Grossman: Standing Rock Standoff

In recent years, powerful alliances of Native American nations and their rural white neighbors have stopped major resource corporations from carrying out their plans, in a common defense of the same land and water they have historically fought over. Last year, tribes and white ranchers and farmers, who had joined forces in the Cowboy Indian Alliance, blocked the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline

James A. Haught: The Long, Long Journey to Women’s Equality

Every year, violence in the home and the community devastates the lives of millions of women.” Even with the possibility of a female. president, the battle for full equality still isn’t over.

David Mabb: Reclaiming William Morris from Britain’s Nuclear Fleet

It seemed like an odd contrast, the work of a 19th-century socialist on a nuclear-powered submarine, and it led me to create “A Provisional Memorial to Nuclear Disarmament

Pete Dolack: The Limits of Remediation

The latest in a series of scientific reports detailing the disastrous course of global warming, “Explaining Ocean Warming: Causes, Effects and Consequences,” concludes that the mean global ocean temperature will increase by as much as 4 degrees Celsius by 2100

Libby Lunstrum: Marketing Wildlife

There are similarly devastating impacts of markets, including not only worsening economic meltdowns (e.g. 1998, 2000-01, 2008) but also the ideology now known as the financialization of nature, which is based on the view that a market problem, like the threat of extinction posed by poachers, can be treated best with a market solution

Ron Daniels: In Defense of Kaepernick

The uproar continues over San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit down, rather than stand, during the playing of the National Anthem. Kaepernick said his decision was intended to protest the continued injustices being inflicted on Black people, including police brutality and killings.  Though the negative tide has turned somewhat, his protest was Read more…

Marjorie Cohn: Killing Rules

In January 2013, President Barack Obama promised to make the rules for the United States’ targeted killing program “more transparent to the American people and the world”

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