Uprisings in Venezuela and Ukraine: a Challenge to the US Left

Jan Adams
February, 2014

En español

This month, War Times writer Jan Adams focuses on two areas of the world where the United States is clumsily attempting to control the outcomes of two very different uprisings: Venezuela and Ukraine. She argues that progressives and peace activist in this country have one real challenge in each case: to keep the imperial adventurers who run things here from making life even worse for ordinary people in those countries.



Rami El-Amine
December, 2013

Rami El-Amine takes stock of the Arab revolutions three years on, arguing that counter-revolution has rolled back most of the gains made and created a level of instability and sectarianism that threatens all-out regional war. At the same time, in one of the bitterest ironies of this humanitarian catastrophe, this very instability may improve prospects for a nuclear agreement with Iran that could start a new dynamic toward peace in the region.


Civil War in Syria: Some Valuable Resources


Lynn Koh

The War Times collective, like the rest of the peace movement, unequivocally opposes military intervention against Syria.  Below is a list of articles, interviews, and essays to help folks understand the crisis.

Opposing airstrikes against Syria:  a range of voices and reasons.

Phyllis Bennis and David Wildman say an airstrike against Syria would be illegal, reckless, and 'would make the dire situation in Syria inestimably worse' 

Negotiations not chest-thumping needed with North Korea


Pyongyang, North Korea
Courtesy of Save Jeju
Courtesy of Asia Pacific Initiative
Francesca Fiorentini

For those trying to keep up on the latest tensions on the Korean peninsula, here is a mini compilation of articles to try and help.

Today on Democracy Now! Christine Hong of UC Santa Cruz provided context for the current crisis, reminding us that the terms of the 1953 Korean War Armistice Agreement—the negotiation of a permanent peace agreement and the removal of foreign forces from the Korean peninsula—have gone unfulfilled in these 60 years.

The United States of Ferguson

Michael Reagan
August, 2014

Washington's Wars and Occupations:
Month in Review #112/August 31, 2014

Faced with Two Societies, Separate and Unequal, mass rebellion sweeps Ferguson and resonates nationwide. Michael Reagan reports.   

In the summer of 1967 riots exploded in the nation’s cities. In two of the biggest, Detroit and Newark, dozens of people were killed, the national guard and U.S. Army soldiers, fresh from Vietnam, were deployed to enforce curfew. 


Bury My Heart in Gaza

Rami El-Amine
July, 2014


We thrash, curse for air
As our strangler declares, look
How violent the Arab

– Haiku for the Headlocked, by Zein El-Amine


What Kind of Ancestors Will We Be?


Felicia Gustin

I think about the children in Gaza, the children coming across the Mexico - U.S. border, the children without water in Detroit, the children living with violence in Oakland.

I think about what kind of future our children face and what is our responsibility, as adults, to all children, to rid this planet of war and militarism, hatred and inequity. To save this planet.

I think about this poem by Guatemalan revolutionary Otto Rene Castillo. It kind of says it all:

"Before the Scales, Tomorrow"