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Bernie Sanders: The 2016 Peace Candidate

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

On February 10, 2016, Peace Action--the largest peace organization in the United States--announced its endorsement of Bernie Sanders for the Democrati...

The Transhumanism Movement Aims to Eliminate Existential Risk for the World

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 02.12.2016 | Impact
Zoltan Istvan

Transhumanist Party supporters protesting against existential risk -- Photo by Daniel Sollinger Like many other people around the world, I am foll...

Presidential Politics and the American Soul

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.28.2016 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

When I want to believe that America is a democracy -- indeed, to feel so deeply this is so that my soul trembles -- I turn to Martin Luther King, who gave his life for it.

Taking on the Nuclear Goliath

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The cause of global nuclear disarmament, once a dream with geopolitical cred, may wind up entombed in eternal apathy. As Carroll put it: "Nuclear abolition itself is being abolished." But I refuse to believe that. What I do believe is that change of such magnitude simply cannot emerge from the actions of top-down leadership.

New Book Assesses State of 'America's War Machine' Five Decades After Ike's Speech

William Hartung | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
William Hartung

The book takes a particularly hard look at the role of the media in issues of war and peace, describing much of the mainstream media as "cheerleaders for war" that "have too often been a mouthpiece for politically motivated government propaganda."

The American Way of War in the Twenty-First Century (It's a $cam!)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Amid the defeats, corruption, and disappointments, there lurks a kind of success. After all, every disaster in which the U.S. military takes part only brings more bounty to the Pentagon.

The Record U.S. Military Budget

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Nicolas J.S. Davies

To listen to the Republican candidates' debate last week, one would think that President Obama had slashed the U.S. military budget and left our country defenseless. Nothing could be farther off the mark.

China to Lay off 300,000 Troops -- Bummer for Defense Stocks

Phil Davis | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

OK, well perhaps all Government have their own idiocy but we are clearly the World's idiots with our RIDICULOUS military budget, which is "officially" $711Bn, but that doesn't count the portion of our debt that comes from our Military Adventures and the cost of the interest it takes to service that debt.

The Saudis and Iranians Need to Talk: And We Need to Make It Happen

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Marc Gopin

In recent years I have worked deeply on quiet conflict management interventions from Afghanistan to Iran, but mostly in Syria. I have watched the unnecessary suffering of countless people, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Syrians, the greatest civilian displacement in Middle Eastern history, and I have watched it up close through the lives of my students and friends.

The Bull Moose Is Back: America's Rising Revolution Against The Super Rich, Ruling Elites

Dr. John C. Welch IV, M.T.S., M.B.A. | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Dr. John C. Welch IV, M.T.S., M.B.A.

The middle class no longer has a voice. We now have zero influence on our own government.8 For the middle and working classes, we're back to where this nation started: Taxation without representation.

The Next President's Foreign Policy: Likely the Same Overextended American Empire

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Although the 2016 election is a year-and-a-half away, the verdict is already in on the continuation of post-World War II interventionism as the policy of choice.

Nuclear Realism

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

There's a category of political intellectuals who proudly proclaim themselves "realists," then proceed to defend and advance a deeply faith-based agenda that centers on the ongoing necessity to prepare for war, including nuclear war.

Idiots of the World, Unite

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I was left with the same quandary as ever: How will things ever change? How will human society let go of violence -- "good violence," which is the most seductive and most destructive of all -- when its utterly crucial necessity permeates the media, permeates collective thought?

The Real Nuclear Threat

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

If war were only "itself" -- the violence and horror, the conflagration and death -- it would be bad enough, but it's also an abstraction, a specific language of self-justifying righteousness that allows proponents to contemplate unleashing it not merely in physical but in moral safety.

Lodestar of Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.02.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

I kneel in a sort of gasping awe as I read the words of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, a treaty signed in 1928 - by the United States, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan and ultimately by every country that then existed. The treaty... outlaws war.

War Against Muslims Post 9/11?

Alev Dudek | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

9/11 has changed the life of Muslims substantially. Almost overnight, they became the target of media-hype, various "anti-terror" efforts, religious intolerance and hate crimes.

Terrorist Labels, Terrorist Sitcoms

Jeff Kreisler | Posted 04.28.2015 | Comedy
Jeff Kreisler

Watch the first episode of The Final Edition's new Jihadistan-based sitcom, "Secret Diaries of a Terrorist."

Restoring the Faith With Our Military

Jeremy Hilton | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Jeremy Hilton

In the end, many of us may differ on what the final military pay and benefits package should look like...what I want more than agreement is your involvement. Sitting this one out isn't in yours or our nation's best interest.

War Is Our Racket

Khalid Hanifi | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Khalid Hanifi

Voila! You, citizens, are now the shepherds and fiscal beneficiaries of what seems to be an economic perpetual motion war machine, much to the posthumous dismay of Smedley Butler, and the vast majority of other nations on this planet.

What Ferguson Says About America

Dave Pruett | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Dave Pruett

One might think that, by turning Martin Luther King, Jr., into a cultural icon and electing a black president, America has bid farewell to its racist past. Recent events in Ferguson, MO, New York, and Phoenix, however, blow holes in that fantasy.

Does the UN See US "Institutionalized Discrimination" in the Wake of Ferguson?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.

Geronimo Was Cornered, Not Killed

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Ximena Ortiz

U.S. officials demonstrated a tolerance and forbearance in dealing with Geronimo that wouldn't stand a chance of prevailing today, against a similar "hostile."

Democracy's Most Cherished Act

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Maybe democracy is still a viable concept. I harbor a vestige of hope that it is. But democracy's most cherished act has got to be something more profound than pulling a lever or making an X in a box.

Don't Ask the Pentagon Where Its Money Goes. It Won't Tell.

Medea Benjamin | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Every taxpayer, business, and government agency in America is supposed to be able to pass a financial audit by the feds, every year. It's the law, so we do our duty. There's one exception: the Pentagon.

Is It Me?

Dana Eyal | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Dana Eyal

The United States is authorizing the never-ending arming of the world and then complains about people using it against each other or against it at home.