Foreign Policy In Focus, Common Dreams, Antiwar.com, ZNet In Oslo last week, President Barack Obama ironically used his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize to deliver a lengthy defense of the "just war" theory and dismiss the idea that nonviolence is capable of addressing the world's most pressing problems. After quoting Martin Luther King … Continue reading A Lesson on Nonviolence for the President
Alternet, Huffington Post, Common Dreams, ZNet On the eve of the G-20 summit last week, President Barack Obama gave a long interview to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in which he said that even during his days as a community organizer in Chicago he was never a big fan of mass protests. With the clear intention of … Continue reading According to Obama Global Capitalism Is an ‘Abstraction,’ Not Worth Protesting
U.S. Military Spending Dwarfs China's April 15, 2009 ZNet, Huffington Post. Also published as an op-ed in the Asheville Citizen-Times, NC; White River Valley News, AK; Liberal Opinion Week, IA. Distributed by Minuteman Media and Featurewell.com. With the release of its annual report on China's military capabilities at the end of March, the Pentagon is doing its … Continue reading The Pentagon’s Monster in the Mirror
Winter 2009 WIN Magazine Witness Against Torture: The Campaign to Shut Down Guantánamo Edited by Anna Brown, Matthew Daloisio, Michael Foley, Patrick Stanley, and Matthew Vogel Yellow Bike Press, 2008, 164 pages, $15–$25 As the history books are written, few words or places will symbolize the Bush years more than “torture” or Guantánamo. While much … Continue reading Shut it Down
Blackwater – er, Xe – has been kicked out of Iraq. Now the other private security contractors should be banned as well. February 17, 2009 The Guardian, Huffington Post, Common Dreams, ZNet After raking in more than a billion dollars from its contracts in Iraq, Blackwater is finally being forced to leave the country that … Continue reading No Mercy for Mercenaries
P. W. Singer discusses the military's sci-fi future, what happens when life imitates Star Wars, and his new book, Wired for War. January 29, 2009 Mother Jones Peter W. Singer is not your typical "military expert." At 33 years old, he is the director of the Brookings Institution's 21st Century Defense Initiative and the youngest … Continue reading Military 2.0: Should You Fear the Killer Robots?
January 5, 2009 Foreign Policy In Focus, Alternet, Common Dreams In discussing his plans for the Iraq War during the presidential campaign, one group that Barack Obama seldom, if ever, mentioned as supporting his proposed policy was the Iraqi people. Obama's campaign website, which differs only slightly from his transition website, lays out very clearly … Continue reading Obama: Listen to Iraqi Opinion