When you hear news about Venezuela, remember that Venezuela has a lot of oil — and that its democracy is constitutionally legitimate. Trump keeps trying to overthrow Venezuela’s democracy. Do not let Trump overthrow Venezuela’s government. People who care about peace and democracy should be outraged by yet one more abuse by Trump that was reported in mid-October 2019. Trump is using OUR TAX DOLLARS to fund Venezuela’s opposition politicians! On October 17, 2019, CodePink (www.codepink.org) reported this: “Our taxpayer money is being used to pay the salaries of Venezuelan politicians! USAID (the United States Agency for International Development) announced […]
See this article: https://www.juancole.com/2019/10/province-kurdish-displacement.html Sign petition to tell Congress: Deploying troops in Syria to “protect oil” is unconstitutional. On October 24, 2019, Just Foreign Policy (www.justforeignpolicy.org) sent this information. See the end for a link to click so you can sign the petition to Congress. President Trump now claims that his “justification” for keeping U.S. troops at the al-Tanf base in southern Syria – where they will be protecting zero Kurdish civilians, who live in northern Syria – is to “protect oil.” This is unconstitutional, because Congress never authorized it. Under Article I of the Constitution and […]
People who have taken my series of 6 workshops on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing have found them inspiring, informative and practical. I am offering them again in early 2020 at a convenient location in downtown Olympia: sessions 1 and 2 on SAT JAN 18, sessions 3 and 4 on SAT JAN 25, and sessions 5 and 6 on SAT FEB 1. Space is limited, so PLEASE SIGN UP NOW, and I’ll provide the address. See this flyer: 6 workshops on NV Grassroots Organizing — Jan. 2020 FLYER For EVERY issue you care about (peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, […]
The term “national security” is almost always ASSUMED to imply the need for more militarism, more fear of people in other countries, more willingness to fight wars, more military weapons, more military spending, and more nuclear weapons. That is a VERY NARROW channeling of our vision and our thinking. Really, our nation is NOT SECURE in many other ways. Our nation is NOT SECURE when: Many people are poor Many people are homeless Many people lack decent health care Many people feel alienated from society Many people are very angry Many people own guns that endanger themselves, their families and […]
Trump keeps screwing up. Trump keeps deceiving people. Everything he does is only for his own benefit. He fooled some people into thinking he was withdrawing troops from Syria as a matter of a principled peace policy. Actually, he was screwing our allies in his “America First” isolationism — except that he is really abusing our foreign and military policies in order to help his pals Erdogan (the brutal authoritarian who runs Turkey) and Putin (’nuff said!) and in order to pursue a war for oil in Northern Syria. See this: https://www.juancole.com/2019/10/province-kurdish-displacement.html No, Trump Isn’t Bringing US Troops Home […]
Chris Hedges keeps writing articles that are powerfully insightful and wise. His articles connect the dots across a number of issues. They are very much worth reading. Here is one from October 2019: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-age-of-radical-evil/
Here are five important things to know about Iran: https://www.afsc.org/blogs/news-and-commentary/5-things-to-know-about-iran?emci=16632bff-bfdb-e911-b5e9-2818784d6d68&emdi=d2781291-6bdc-e911-b5e9-2818784d6d68&ceid=882844#utm_source=weekendreading092119&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekendreading Diplomacy is the best way to deal with Iran: https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/462241-diplomacy-is-still-the-best-option-for-dealing-with-iran?utm_campaign=thisweek&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ak Do NOT start a war against Iran because of Saudi oil refineries: https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/18/why-on-earth-would-the-us-go-to-war-with-iran-over-an-attack-on-saudi-oil-refineries/ Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel? See this article by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/will-americans-let-trump-start-world-war-iii-for-saudi-arabia-and-israel/ Only the Coalition of the Foolish Wants a War With Iran: https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/09/opinion/only-coalition-of-the-foolish-wants-war-with-iran/ 10 differences between George W. Bush’s war against Iraq and Trump’s proposed war against Iran: https://www.juancole.com/2019/05/differences-between-proposed.html The Pro-Israel Extremist Behind Trump’s Economic War on Iran: […]
The November 2019 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series explores Solutionary Rail, a truly creative and exciting solution for several of our nation’s problems. You can watch the interview through the link below — and on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County, as mentioned in the information at the end of this blog post. Solutionary Rail would significantly reduce fossil fuel use and air pollution. It would protect our environment, climate, and public health. It would create jobs, improve working conditions, and help local communities – including seaport areas, transportation hubs, cities, freeways, rural farming areas, and tribes […]
The Olympian published my newest op-ed. See this link: https://www.theolympian.com/opinion/op-ed/article235448132.html? Click to hide the ad so you can see my opening paragraph about public opinion polls.
If ordinary people around the world had political and economic democracy, we never would have allowed the climate crisis to get to this extreme emergency: • We would have paid attention to the science. • We would have sharply restricted big business and other economic powers. • We would have forced governments to take strong and timely action decades ago. The fact that the climate crisis exists now proves that the U.S. and the world are existentially suffering from a lack of political and economic democracy. The following article discusses this: The Climate Crisis Means the Wrong People Are Running […]
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a new report on the oceans and the cryosphere (earth’s frozen regions). The IPCC’s new report calls for radical policies that protect marine ecosystems and fully phase out fossil fuels. This article summarizes the report and includes a link to the IPCC’s report:: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/25/un-climate-report-oceans-frozen-regions-warns-unprecedented-transitions-all-aspects
Here’s the short video featuring Greta Thunberg #NatureNow: https://youtu.be/P0B6AxeVNY8 It is informative and encouraging, not merely frightening like some of her previous ones. George Monbiot adds his encouragement too.
I am always encouraging people to envision and organize bold goals for a significantly better future. Recently I posted to my blog this article inviting us to do that: http://parallaxperspectives.org/lets-boldly-create-the-future-we-really-want-2 Now I invite you to take the next step. Please read (or re-read) that blog post and send me your e-mail suggestions for this topic: What bold, good reality would you want for four years from now — October 2023? Instead of feeling constrained by the current conditions that are bogging our nation down and curtailing our imaginations, I invite you to BOLDLY AND CREATIVELY IMAGINE the future you really […]
For EVERY issue you care about (peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, etc.), the REAL SOLUTIONS will come when people organize nonviolently and strategically at the grassroots. ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can STRENGTHEN OUR SKILLS and add resources to our “toolboxes” so we can make more progress in working on our issues. I am offering my excellent series of SIX PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing to occur from mid-October to late November 2019 in the Olympia WA area — and perhaps also in other locations. Six consecutive Saturday […]
A great many issues are important, but neither of the two big political parties is doing nearly enough to solve these problems. While voting has some value, the most progress in solving problems will occur when ordinary people organize nonviolently, strategically, and vigorously from the grassroots. The article I am attaching below fleshes this out briefly. For more information, see resources I’ve posted to this blog’s “Organizing” category. During 2019 The Olympian is publishing five op-eds that I am writing. The one at this link was published in the newspaper on Fri. Sept. 27, 2019: BOC — 2019.09.19 — FINAL […]