10 Reasons to Fear John Bolton
Bolton has a decade-long history of associating with anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, appearing on her internet radio program "Atlas on the Air" and on her video blog. Geller is well-known for her inflammatory public comments about Muslims and the idea that they are trying to impose Sharia law in the US.
Saturday, March 17, 2018(22 comments)
The Staggering Death Toll in Iraq
Using revised figures from Iraq Body Count, we estimate that 2.4 million Iraqis have been killed since 2003 as a result of our country's illegal invasion. Please remember that each person killed represents someone's loved one. These are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters. One death impacts an entire community; collectively, they impact an entire nation.
Monday, February 5, 2018(4 comments)
How to Reel in the U.S. War Machine
A new coalition of about 70 groups across the country has formed to launch a Divest From the War Machine campaign. The coalition is inviting all those who are disgusted by the war profiteers to help galvanize university, city, pension and faith institutions to divest from war.
Monday, January 15, 2018(1 comments)
I am American, Jewish and banned from Israel for my activism
This month, the Israeli government announced that activists affiliated with 20 organizations, including my organization Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories because of our support for the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017(3 comments)
10 Good Things About a TERRIBLE Year
Let's face it: It has been a particularly horrible year for anyone with a progressive agenda. But As we head into the new year, let's keep ourselves inspired by the hard work of folks at home and abroad who gave us something to cheer about for 2017. May we have a much longer list in 2018.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017(22 comments)
Democrats abandon the resist Trump movement when it comes to Jerusalem
One would think Democrats would be be jumping at the chance to hammer Trump for his reckless plans and their consequences, pitting us, once again, against the rest of the world and obliterating our credibility to be an honest broker. Instead, most have been, silent or, worse yet, taking credit themselves for Trump actions.
"Trump Effect" in Cuba Preserves Undemocratic Cold War Policy
Between the new restrictions and the travel warning, Cuba's burgeoning private sector has already felt what Cubans call "the Trump effect." Jose Colome, owner of Starbien private restaurant in Havana that employs 35 people, shook his head in disgust. "We had 48 reservations from U.S. tourist groups booked in the past three months; 30 of them cancelled."
Sunday, November 12, 2017(1 comments)
While Clinching Deals With Communist China, Trump Cracks Down on Trade and Travel to Cuba
As President Trump was clinching new business deals with the repressive Communist government of China, the Trump administration announced its new rules rolling back President Obama's opening with Cuba. The new regulations restricting travel and trade with the Caribbean island will make it once again illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba without a special license from the Treasury Department.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
10 Reasons the US Should Stick With the Iran Nuclear Deal
In the next 60 days, Congress could impose new sanctions that would scuttle the Iran deal or it could pass new legislation addressing issues that were never part of the original mandate, which would also effectively kill the agreement. Enough public pressure could keep the agreement intact.
Friday, October 6, 2017(2 comments)
From a Concert in Las Vegas to a Funeral in Yemen, We Must Stop Mass Murder
While we try to steer the domestic conversation to the need for gun control, we should also be seeking to end the massive flow of US weapons to Saudi Arabia that is wreaking such carnage. A new resolution in Congress, HR Resolution 81, would do just that. We must demand that Congress act to stop the US support for mass murder in Yemen.
Friday, September 29, 2017(1 comments)
Saudi Women May Soon Be Behind the Wheel, But Still Not in the Driver's Seat
The biggest impediment for women has not been the inability to drive -- or the fact that women, by law, must be totally covered in public. The biggest obstacle to women's freedom is the male guardianship system. Under this system, a woman, no matter her age, is treated as a minor and must live under the supervision of a wali, or guardian.
Saturday, July 29, 2017(6 comments)
Urgent Warning: Time to Hit the Reset Button on US-Korean Policy
The North Korean leadership is not acting irrationally; on the contrary. On July 29, the day after the test, North Korean President Kim Jong-un asserted that the threat of sanctions or military action "only strengthens our resolve and further justifies our possession of nuclear weapons."
Tuesday, July 25, 2017(1 comments)
A Global Movement to Confront Drone Warfare
Drones allowed the US military and CIA to intervene militarily with ease, even in places where we were not at war. These institutions operated secretly, without Congressional approval, and they lied to the public about the accuracy and effectiveness of drone strikes.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017(2 comments)
The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration
Trump's refusal to publicly condemn the secret prisons, together with the appointments of people who played a role in George W. Bush's torture program, should set off alarm bells. Only stupid people say torture works, and one of them is sitting in the White House.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Why Does Donald Trump Insist on More Military Spending?
Americans are tired of war, yet Donald Trump's budget sends an unfortunate but clear message. He is willing to cut funds that help the poor, protect the environment, and promote the arts -- things that generally keep us happy and safe -- in order to fund a never-ending, ever-growing war machine.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017(2 comments)
America will regret helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen
"USA Kills Yemeni People," screams graffiti plastered on walls in Yemen's capital Sana'a. The Yemeni people who have been on the receiving end of US bombs dropped by Saudi pilots know all too well that the United States is complicit in their suffering.
Why Were the Saudi Streets So Quiet?
With the world's media focused on President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, it's curious that the streets of Riyadh were so empty. Unlike most of Trump's public appearances, there was not a protester in sight.
Saturday, May 20, 2017(4 comments)
Trump's Saudi Trip Should Not Be to Clinch Arms Deal But to End Yemen War
President Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia is designed to highlight his "art of deal" by clinching a massive $100 billion arms deal. But instead of using his presidency to be a salesman for the arms industry, Trump should be a statesmen for the suffering Yemenis. He should use his visit to press for a ceasefire and negotiations to end the conflict in Yemen.
Thursday, May 18, 2017(1 comments)
10 Reasons Trump Should Not Strengthen U.S.-Saudi Ties
Donald Trump has selected Saudi Arabia as the destination for his first trip abroad, strengthening U.S. ties to a regime that is fueling the very extremism, intolerance and violence that the US government purports to eradicate. Here are 10 reasons why the United States should not be closely allied with the Saudi kingdom.
Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War and Hunger in Yemen?
Greater U.S. support for the Saudis, who intervened in Yemen to try to stop the Iran-friendly Houthis from coming to power, is part of Trump's "get tough" policy on Iran. But further escalation of the war in Yemen, particularly an offensive to seize Hodeidah from the Houthi rebels, will mean even more death and hunger for the Yemeni people.
Ten Reasons Why Elliott Abrams Would Make a Dreadful Deputy Secretary of State
Abrams, a neocon hawk, would be one more disastrous addition to Team Trump. In his prior positions under Reagan and George W. Bush, he supported the most thuggish regimes and covered up the human rights violations of US government allies. A crook who was convicted of lying to Congress, his policy decisions have left death, destruction and deceit in their wake.
America dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016. What a bloody end to Obama's reign
As drone-warrior-in-chief, Obama spread the use of drones outside the declared battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, mainly to Pakistan and Yemen. Obama authorized over 10 times more drone strikes than George W Bush, and automatically painted all males of military age in these regions as combatants, making them fair game for remote controlled killing.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016(1 comments)
No More Holiday Gifts for Repressive Regimes
The only way to end the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is to end the conflict. That means pushing harder for a political solution and calling for an immediate ceasefire. Until that happens, the United States should stop its military support for the Saudi regime.
Bush's Iraq Lies, Uncontested, Will Haunt Us Under Trump
There is no decision more grave than taking your nation to war. There is nothing more criminal than basing that war on lies. And there is nothing more derelict than failing to prosecute those responsible for taking us to war on the basis of lies. Today, many of the very same architects of the Iraq invasion, from General David Petraeus to John Bolton, may join the Trump admininistration and take us into a new war with Iran.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016(1 comments)
Deconstructing Thanksgiving with Standing Rock
This Thanksgiving comes on the heels of a particularly heart-wrenching day, November 21, when over 150 activists were injured, receiving treatment for hypothermia, contamination by tear gas, and traumas from rubber bullets. One activist, 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky, will spend the holiday undergoing a third surgery on her shattered arm that was ripped apart by an exploding concussion grenade.
Monday, September 12, 2016(10 comments)
What Was Saudi Arabia's Involvement in 9/11?
No matter what happens with the 9/11 families' lawsuits, two things are certain: One, more information will certainly come out, sooner or later, about the extent of official Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Two, the Wahhabist ideology that defines Saudi Arabia has spawned leaders like the late Osama bin Laden and terrorist groups like al-Qaida.
U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched in Yemeni Blood
U.S. officials were pressured to placate Saudi Arabia after the Obama administration made a deal with its adversary, Iran. That appeasement came in the form of a level and quality of arms exports that should've never been approved for a repressive regime with an atrocious human rights record. Saudi Arabia is the number one exporter of radical Islamic extremism on the planet.
Saturday, July 9, 2016(1 comments)
Time to rethink NATO
Next year, the Pentagon plans to quadruple military spending in Europe to $3.4 billion and begin rotating an armored brigade through Eastern Europe -- in addition to extra NATO forces to be deployed to Poland and the Baltics. The U.S., the main force behind NATO, is already in a deadly proxy war in eastern Ukraine.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016(1 comments)
Preparing for the Next Memorial Day
Just prior to the Memorial Day commemorations, President Obama made a trip to Vietnam. How did he seal our friendship with that nation, after slaughtering two million of their people? By agreeing to sell them weapons. In the aftermath of the Memorial Day military parades and with a new administration looming on the horizon, a critical task for the coming year is to build a renewed, more vibrant peace movement.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Israel and Saudi Arabia: Strange Bedfellows in the New Middle East
Saudi Arabia and Israel have finally come out of the closet -- together. The U.S. has helped guarantee the security of both nations. U.S. taxpayers give over $3 billion a year to support the Israeli military, the U.S. military guards the Persian Gulf for the Saudi royalty, and Saudi Arabia is the No. 1 purchaser of U.S. weapons.
Thursday, April 21, 2016(1 comments)
President Obama Can Help Save Saudi Youth Facing Beheading
Aside from the issue of minors, Saudi Arabia is one of the top three executioners worldwide, surpassed only by China and Iran. In 2015, Saudi Arabia broke its own previous records, executing 158 people. This year, if the current rate is maintained, Saudi Arabia will execute about 320 prisoners, almost one a day. If the Saudi government beheads these young men, it will further ignite sectarian hatred.
Hillary Clinton and Saudi Arabia
While Clinton's State Department was deeply invested in getting weapons to Saudi Arabia, the Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars in donations from both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the weapons manufacturer Boeing. Christmas presents were being gifted all around.
Sunday, February 21, 2016(3 comments)
Bernie's Broadsides Against Kissinger Weren't Even Half of It
From 1969 through 1973, it was Kissinger, along with President Nixon, who oversaw the slaughter in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos -- killing perhaps one million during this period. There could be another category of people who shouldn't solicit Kissinger's dangerous opinions: presidential candidates.
Saturday, February 13, 2016(40 comments)
Should Henry Kissinger Mentor a Presidential Candidate?
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had a spirited exchange about an unlikely topic: the 92-year-old former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Sanders berated Clinton for saying that she appreciated the foreign-policy mentoring she got from Henry Kissinger. "I happen to believe," said Sanders, "that Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country."
Monday, January 4, 2016(1 comments)
The Execution of Nimr Al-Nimr: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic U.S.-Saudi Alliance
For decades US governments, both Democratic and Republican, have backed the kingdom. The US-Saudi alliance dates back to World War II, when US officials started to see Saudi's oil as a strategic advantage. Since then, the US has blindly supported the Kingdom in almost every political and economic effort, despite the fact that Saudi Arabia has consistently been ranked by Freedom House as one of the worst humans rights violators
Thursday, December 24, 2015
10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015
So while this holiday season the nation is obsessed with the latest Donald Trump insult and the special effects of Star Wars, may we bring in the new year truly striking back at the injustices of the empire. May the force be with the grassroots activists trying to build a more peaceful world.
Yemen Crisis: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic U.S.-Saudi Alliance
Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen has only destroyed lives and created a state of total chaos, and the U.S. government is complicit in the carnage. Both nations should, as part of the peace process, be forced to pay reparations for the tremendous damage their bombs have inflicted. The Yemen crisis should also serve as a prime moment for the U.S. to reconsider its alliance the Saudi regime.
Monday, December 14, 2015(1 comments)
Is Saudi Women's Vote a Step Forward?
is this vote really a significant step forward?
First let's consider the Saudi electoral system within the context of an absolute monarchy. The ruler is always a male and inherits his position. All powerful government positions from ministers to governors are appointed by the King. The 150-member Consultative Council, known as the Shura Council, is also appointed and has only advisory power.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015(13 comments)
Hillary Clinton Hasn't Learned a Thing from Iraq
When it comes to war and peace, it might not matter too much if a Republican or Hillary Clinton wins the White House. In either case, the winner will be the military-industrial complex President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about.
Ten Reasons to Oppose the Saudi Monarchy
it has been strange to hear US politicians fiercely condemn Iranian human rights abuses while remaining silent about worse abuses by US ally Saudi Arabia. Not only is the Saudi regime repressive at home and abroad, but US weapons and US support for the regime make Americans complicit.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015(5 comments)
Where's the Republican Outrage Over Saudi Arabia?
When the candidates complain about the "evil forces of radical Islam" or trouble in the Middle East, they never seem to mention Saudi Arabia. Iran's no democratic paradise. But on many counts, Washington's Saudi allies are even worse. The Saudi royals crush dissent with an iron fist, spread extremist ideology, and invade their neighbors with impunity.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015(4 comments)
Who's the Real Troublemaker in the Middle East?
Iran's no democratic paradise. But on many counts, Washington's Saudi allies are even worse. The Saudi royals crush dissent with an iron fist, spread extremist ideology, and invade their neighbors with impunity. While they beat up on the White House for making peace with America's enemies, maybe voters should ask them more questions about America's friends.
Salvador's Draconian Abortion Laws: a Miscarriage of Justice
El Salvador has one of the strictest and most archaic anti-abortion laws in the world; it has a total ban on abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, and medical emergencies. Women who have miscarriages or stillborn births are confronted with suspicion from authorities. The legal system has an built-in "presumption of guilt," making it virtually impossible for women to prove their innocence.
Can the UN Talks Bring Peace to Shattered Yemen?
On June 14, UN-brokered talks will be held in Geneva, but many Yemenis know that with the increasingly hostile armed factions, a destroyed economy and the Saudi/Iran rivalry playing itself out in their country, peace will be hard to come by
Wednesday, May 20, 2015(1 comments)
Crossing the Korean DMZ for Peace
After a decade of disastrous military interventions, the Obama administration has been experimenting with a different way to deal with adversaries: diplomacy. Already this approach is bearing fruit with Iran and Cuba. Now it's time to chart a diplomatic roadmap in another region with long-festering hostility: the Korean peninsula.