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Malala Yousafzai: Drones Fuel Terrorism

Missing Malala’s message of peace: ‘US Drones fuel terrorism.’    On October 10, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai–who received worldwide attention after being attacked by the Taliban for her advocacy for … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Let’s Bomb the Whole Middle East

Footage released by the Pentagon shows a target being hit by U.S. missiles inside Syria. Let’s bomb the Muslim world – all of it – to save the lives of … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Perpetual War Is Fine With the New York Times After All

The editorial board of the New York Times has an Orwellian knack for war. Sixteen months ago, when President Obama gave oratorical lip service to ending “perpetual war,” the newspaper quickly touted … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Obama’s Speech on ISIS: More of the Same, As in Military Action

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Obama “consults” with Congress before ordering more bombing. Note the irony of George Washington’s portrait, the man who warned us to avoid foreign entanglements…

September 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Michael T. Klare: Big Oil is Back!

A Global Warming President Presides Over a Drill-Baby-Drill America. Considering all the talk about global warming, peak oil, carbon divestment, and renewable energy, you’d think that oil consumption in the … Continue reading

September 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship: Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$

As the world burns, our political class whoops it up with the plutocracy, whether in Martha’s Vineyard or at the Kochs’ posh retreat in southern California. There shall be eternal … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cole Stangler: Why Won’t Our ‘Environmental President’ Stop Fracking on Public Land?

It has become increasingly fashionable in liberal circles to credit President Barack Obama for doing all he possibly can to combat climate change. Praise reached especially dizzying levels in the … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Michael Eric Dyson Spells It Out for White People: Police Won’t ‘Kill Your Child’

In an appearance on CBS, Dyson said that protests in Ferguson, Missouri after a white police officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown while he was unarmed was a symptom of a … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Winslow Myers: Who Speaks for Earth?

Why are efforts to prevent collective destruction so rare? Few people remember them today, but there were significant global leadership initiatives in the 1980s against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: Why Bombing Iraq Again is a Terrible Idea

If I see a wounded animal by the side of the road with vultures cautiously approaching it and others circling overhead, should I swerve onto the shoulder and deliberately run … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Obama Bombs Iraq ‘In Order to Save It’

President Obama was moved to act after reports that the rebels had surrounded thousands of minority Iraqis who fled to a mountaintop nearly a week ago to escape the fighting, … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

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