United States

The Police Killing of Elijah McClain and His Mother’s Pursuit of Justice

“I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe please. I can’t breathe, please.” These words were recorded by the body cameras of Aurora, Colorado police as they assaulted a slight, 23-year-old African American man who was on the short walk home from…

From Kabul to the Rio Grande, the U.S. Creates Refugee Crises

The United States has long branded itself as a safe haven for refugees fleeing war and persecution abroad. The current U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is actually a testament to that, with well over 100,000 people evacuated by the U.S. since…

GPI vs. GDP: Does Size Matter More Than Substance?

U.S House Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) recently introduced a bill in Congress to overhaul GDP, the nation’s most-watched economic indicator. July 30th she introduced the Genuine Progress Indicator (“GPI”) Act. It would be a significant change for the trajectory of…

Palestine solidarity sweeps the US as Israel continues assault on Gaza

Hundreds gathered in Terry Schrunk Plaza in downtown Portland, Oregon with signs denouncing the violence that is now crushing the Gaza Strip’s over two million residents. At this storytelling rally, Palestinians — who are so often rendered invisible in discussions…

The Roots of Violence – episode 2 – Iran 1952 to 2001

Welcome to the second in our series of interviews in which we look at the Middle East region and try to understand better what is going on there. The view from the West is that it is a very violent…

The Roots of Violence – episode 1 – Iran 1952 to 2001

Welcome to the first in what we hope will be a series of interviews in which we look at the Middle East region and try to understand better what is going on there. The view from the West is that…

The China Fear Factor

America vs. China: “A Clash of Civilizations” Hillary Clinton famously said, “’I don’t want my grandchildren to live in a world dominated by the Chinese.” During his tenure, President Obama launched his “Pivot to Asia,” moving 60% of US naval…

10 Key Points on Ending Wars

1. Victories that are only partial are not fictional. When a ruler, like Biden, finally announces the end of a war, like the war on Yemen, it is as important to recognize what it does mean as what it doesn’t.…

Nuclear weapon facilities to expand in New Mexico

LANL leases second office complex in Santa Fe as nuclear weapons growth pushes admin staff off “The Hill” 2,000 more staff needed for “24/7” plutonium “pit” production mission for only 20 pits/year Today Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has announced…

A New Cold War with China

U.S.-Chinese relations will determine humanity’s fate. This applies to the increasingly dangerous arms race and military confrontations, the intense economic and technological competition, and the current absence of disarmament, pandemic, or climate change collaborations. How we respond to and shape…

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