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Bring Climate Change in From the Cold

Dave Spencer | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Dave Spencer

The Republican Party must avoid the old adage; you can pay me now or pay me later. It's time to get our heads out of the sand and admit that climate change is no longer a question of weather or not.

More Security Databases Won't Make Us Safer

Nick Micinski | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Nick Micinski

The xenophobic bill passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday is policymaking by committee of the worst kind. It creates additional bottlenecks at the top of our security agencies and reeks of nationalistic politics, all while stoking an irrational fear of Iraqis and Syrians.

What the Paris Attacks Mean For Worried New Yorkers

Quora | Posted 11.24.2015 | New York

This question reflects understandable anxiety following a major terrorist attack, not just in New York and Washington. Americans are apprehensive, so it's worth examining this detail. The short answer is that New York and Washington are more likely to be attacked by terrorists than other American cities.

Reversing Colombia's Security Deficit: Plan Colombia

Brian Fonseca | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Brian Fonseca

To argue, as critics do, that Plan Colombia was a failure and the source of challenges faced by the Colombian people over the past 15 years, is to neither understand Plan Colombia and its historical context, nor the realities of Colombia today.

A Muslim Gandhi

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 11.20.2015 | Latino Voices
Adriana Aristizábal

Now is the time for the Islamic community to produce a global leader to use their voice to unify and lead. Time for the peace-loving Muslim community that has remained in silence, overshadowed by fear, to come into the light and produce a Gandhi.

An Un-American Truth: If We Let Fear Guide Us, We Will Lose Our Humanity

Izak Pratt | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Izak Pratt

If we let fear guide us, then we have already lost. The United States of America was not founded on the principles of fear and fright. Our ideals should not be to enclose ourselves, shutter mosques, reject Arabs and Muslims or let the world fend for itself.

After Paris: Why More Europe Is Needed, Not Less

Federiga Bindi | Posted 11.20.2015 | World
Federiga Bindi

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, the French government reacted by bombarding ISIS in Syria and Iraq and asking for the application of article 42.7 of the Treaty of the European Union (TEU).

ISIS's Threat Is Closer to Paris than Syria's Refugees

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The deathblow to xenophobia against Syrian refugees here was the actual identities of the attackers--virtually all of those involved, aside from the dead owner of the passport, were either French or Belgian.

CNN Reporter Suspended After Making Twitter Observation Over GOP Bill

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.20.2015 | Media

A CNN correspondent has reportedly been suspended for two weeks after making an observation about the GOP's refugee bill on Twitter in what's been cal...

Securing Our Future Through Fulbright

Jeff Bleich | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Jeff Bleich

Despite the predictable flurry of presidential election cycle side-issues, recent polls confirm that Americans remain focused primarily on two: national security and the economy.

Loretta Lynch: Tone Of Refugee Debate Goes Against U.S. Values

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's top law enforcement official said Thursday she's disturbed by the tone of the U.S. debate over refugees since last wee...

The American Response to ISIS

Terry Newell | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

A response that confines itself to military and security measures -- the response that has dominated the American effort against terrorism for a decade and a half -- is too limited. We must think more deeply than that and act more systemically.

A Nominee Essential To Fighting ISIS Has Stalled For No Reason

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, Senate Democrats on Wednesday criticized Republicans for blocking national securi...

GOP Stalling Leaves National Security Posts Unfilled Even As ISIS Worries Grow

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Several top U.S. government positions related to security and foreign policy have been officially empty for months because of cong...

'Green News Report' - November 17, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.17.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Climate and energy get short shrift in 2nd Democratic Presidential Deb...

"Is National Security More Important Than Individual Right To Privacy?" A Student Debate

Ruth Starkman | Posted 11.16.2015 | College
Ruth Starkman

When the Bard College Debate Union and the United States Military Academy at West Point Debate Society tackled the question: "Is National Security More Important Than Individual Right To Privacy," both affirmative and negative sides delivered compelling, well-researched, and often surprising answers.

We Stand in Solidarity With Paris

K. Ford K. | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
K. Ford K.

Solidarity with France and with Paris is certainly not something new. In fact, solidarity with our French allies has been a rallying cry throughout history.

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.

John Kerry Wants U.S. Embassies To Consider Climate Change In Their Strategic Planning

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry is directing a task force of government officials and experts to start including climate change and its t...

Pentagon's Plan To Close Guantanamo Expected In Coming Week

AP | Braden Goyette | Posted 11.08.2015 | Politics

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'Scheer Intelligence' -- My New Podcast

Robert Scheer | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In the premiere episode of KCRW's "Scheer Intelligence," I sat down with John Dean, the former legal adviser to President Richard Nixon, who blew the lid on Watergate scandal. At the time of the scandal, Dean famously remarked that there was a "cancer on the presidency."

The Arc of the Boomers

Stephen Mo Hanan | Posted 10.30.2015 | Fifty
Stephen Mo Hanan

Looking back from my seventh decade it's easy to see the polarization in America today as an outgrowth of the countercultural upheaval of the Sixties and Seventies.

Condi Rice: Here's Your 9/11 Smoking Gun

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

I'm going to keep this really simple. In response to your comment that you could personally "plead guilty" to not having imagined terrorists would use passenger aircraft as weapons→please stop lying.

Is the Occupation Behind the Current Violence?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The occupation is not sustainable; it is costly both in blood and treasure, Israel's national security will remain at risk, and the country will become ever more internationally isolated while risking its very identity as a Jewish state.

A Young Pakistani Physicist Who Loves Nuclear Reactors

Raza Rumi | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Raza Rumi

Shabbar is a mild-mannered young man of immense talents. As a student of Physics at Reed College, Portland, Oregon he became an ardent student of the science behind nuclear reactors.