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Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

Why Hong Kong's #OccupyCentral Used Nonviolent Action as Tactic

Michael Shank | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

The Occupy Movement has returned and is resurrecting itself in Hong Kong. But in this case, the "occupying" is not associating itself with the Occupy Wall Street of recent years.

Rethink America's Yemen Policy, Set New Standard for Syria, Iraq

Michael Shank | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

Addressing root causes of inequality, inequity and injustice and promoting the well-being of Yemeni citizens will ensure that the country thrives in the long-term.

Congress Must Stop Syria Bombing, and You Can Help Make It Happen

Kate Gould | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Kate Gould

Congress has not yet signed off on waging a protracted war in Syria or in Iraq. The "People's Branch" can still stop the Obama administration from wreaking more death and destruction in an already explosive part of the world.

Arming Syrian 'Moderate' Fighters Emboldens Islamic State

Kate Gould | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Kate Gould

While the president has justified his plan to arm and train "moderate" Syrian armed groups on the grounds that it would counter the growth of the Islamic State, it will likely have the exact opposite effect. Further funding for "moderate" Syrian opposition groups will embolden IS and risk widening the brutal Syrian war.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Michael Shank | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Michael Shank

In Washington, or any town where money is often valued above all else, the act of moving dollars out of fossil fuels and into sustainable, renewable options is a powerful demonstration of values.

Gaza Memo to Congress: Talk to Hamas

Michael Shank | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

This week, former United States Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) reached out to me regarding a Dear Colleague letter that he wanted to circulate to ...

5 Steps U.S. Can Take to Help Restore Israel/Gaza Ceasefire

Kate Gould | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Kate Gould

The relevant question for those of us among the 5 percent of the world's population with U.S. citizenship is: What will the people and policymakers in the United States do to help stop the killing in Israel/Palestine?

Yemen Urgently Needs a Lifeline: My Trip Report from Sana'a

Michael Shank | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Michael Shank

This week in Yemen - with foreign reporters getting deported and the blood of dead Yemeni soldiers staining the grounds of the presidential palace - i...

Why I'm Going to Yemen

Michael Shank | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

Following on the heels of the "massive and unprecedented" U.S. drone strikes in Yemen this month, which killed scores of Yemenis, I'm headed there for...

Ukraine Diplomatic Deal: Necessary Next Steps

Michael Shank | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

Beyond economic aid to Ukraine and other Eastern European nations, we have identified four overarching themes that should be reinforced and reaffirmed by Congress and the administration.

U.S.-E.U. Rhetoric on Russia as Destructive as a Chekhovian Duel

Michael Shank | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

Now should be the time when Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama aggressively propose confidence-building measures, not mete out more military muster. This will get us nowhere fast.

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon's Unlearned Lessons

Michael Shank | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?

Syria Is About People, Not Politics

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

There are massive numbers of human lives involved here, plus a real danger of war engulfing the region and spreading out with weapons of mass destruction present -- yet all we can talk about is politics?

Live at Lincoln: RFK, JFK, MLK's Nonviolent Message at 50th MoW

Michael Shank | Posted 10.24.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

"That is a dangerous, defeatist belief," said the President. Dr. King called America the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." He was right. And it is still today.

March on Washington: Greatest Purveyor of Violence Is Still America

Michael Shank | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

While Dr. King's progressive dreaming of a world where racial and economic equality is commonplace may have been radical then, his most radical thinking -- and what would still get him in trouble with federal authorities to this day -- is his messaging on nonviolence.

5 Reasons Why Obama's Climate Change Moment Mustn't Be Missed

Michael Shank | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Michael Shank

This is no time for a small pitch on power plant carbon parameters. We need something big if we are to survive at all. Now let's hope he understands that and does something real to address it.

Iran's Election Win Warrants U.S. Sanctions Rethink

Michael Shank | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

As the elections signified, it is the Iranian people who will ultimately shape the destiny of Iran. And it is the Iranian people who have borne the brunt of sanctions, and it is these human impacts that must always be at the forefront of U.S. sanctions policy considerations.

What Trans-Pacific and U.S.-EU Trade Partnerships Must Tackle: Jobs

Michael Shank | Posted 06.13.2013 | World
Michael Shank

The United States is one of the advanced countries in which the gap between the highest and the lowest wages is largest. While we've heard this before, the gap is getting worse.

Iran Leak Reveals Senate Push for Regime Change

Kate Gould | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Kate Gould

The legislation would not only signal U.S. regime change policy to the Iranian government -- it would also signal to the Iranian people as a whole that the U.S. is determined to pursue regime change by making ordinary Iranians suffer.

Congress OKs Killing of Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime?

Michael Shank | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress: The Authorization for Use of Military Force, which is enabling a system of eternal warfare.

Concern in Afghanistan That Its Future Looks Like Its Past -- It Doesn't Have to Be That Way

Adam Cohen | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Adam Cohen

Unless at least some of these issues are addressed by April 2014, a corrupt nationwide presidential election could destroy what popular legitimacy the government has and precipitate its disintegration.

Senators Open Back Door for War With Iran

Kate Gould | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Kate Gould

Nearly half of the Senate has signed on to what is nicknamed the "Back Door to War" resolution, which calls for the U.S. to pledge military support for a potential Israeli attack on Iran. This resolution could be a precursor to a full-on authorization of military force.

Barbara Lee Was Right! Amy Klobuchar Is Wrong!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 06.21.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Barbara Lee turned out to be 100% right about the wrongful wars launched on Afghanistan and Iraq and she is certainly right again -- to try and stop an even more catastrophic and illegal preemptive war on Iran!

Will House Dems Oppose a Jobless War Supplemental?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The war supplemental for Afghanistan is expected to come back from the Senate to the House next week, without any kind of timetable for military withdrawal, and without money to save teachers' jobs.