National Progressive/Left Strategy

Earth Day Means Let’s Undermine Empire

by Clare Bayard

By Clare Bayard

The month of April contains Earth Day, in that way that we often designate a month to contain concepts of year-round importance (see: Black History Month).  Earth Day is not unconnected to the predations of empires. Empire-building has always required disrupting people’s relationships with their land and ability to self-sustain. A few of April’s developments in struggles for land, survival, and democracy follow.

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Can Restorative Justice Save Us? A Look at an Alternative to Mass Incarceration

by Felicia Gustin

The statistics are shameful – some 2.3 million people are locked up in the United States, the highest incarceration rate in the world. Of these, a disproportionate number are Black and Brown. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, one in three Black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.

For young people of color, the data is especially alarming. According to The Sentencing Project, even though African American...

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Towards a Real End to War in the 21st Century

by Sarah Lazare

Despite the Memorial Day “celebrations,” claims that the Afghanistan War is coming to an end, and talk of “humanitarian” military deployments to Nigeria, the naked violence of the U.S. role in the world showed through the verbal fog this month. President Obama tried to argue that an indefinite military presence is "how war ends in the 21st century." We argue instead that building movements for rehumanization and solidarity, against U.S....

New Moment, New Movement: Ideas about Antiwar, Antimilitarist Strategies for the Years to Come

As the global and U.S. political landscape shifts, a new round of strategic discussion is taking place in many sectors of the antiwar movement. Below are the key assessment points and questions used by War Times to kick off our collective's effort to (1) take stock of the current volatile moment and (2) look for effective paths forward. The third part of this discussion paper is a short essay on antimilitarist strategies by War Timer Lynn...

“Islamophobia is Part of a Long Colonial and Racist Process:” An Interview with Amer F. Ahmed

by Felicia Gustin

Islamophobia is bred from a culture of fear, misinformation and racism. Our society is rife with examples, especially since 9/11 - from stop and frisk policies directed at Muslims to government surveillance of whole communities; from increased hate crimes to media depictions that fuel the notion that Muslim equals terrorist.

To delve deeper into this topic, War Times spoke with Amer F. Ahmed, one of the country’s...

3 Reasons Why U.S. Strikes on Iraq (Again) Are a Terrible Idea

by Felicia Gustin

The U.S. war machine is on the move. Oh, the tragic irony – the George H.W. Bush warship moves into the Persian Gulf, poised to take military action as the situation in Iraq deteriorates.

Calls for U.S. intervention grow louder. On one side we have the voices from the right, those who favor militarism and war over diplomacy (and who got us into this mess in the first place). Then there are those individuals, some liberals and...

No green economy without a peace economy

by Elvis Méndez

This past weekend in Troy, New York, a town with radical roots that trace back to Underground Railroad, the spirit of our ancestors sang loudly. People concerned with the future of the planet and all the life it contains, met to collectively confront the dire urgency of our situation. The discussions vibrated, there was always song, children playing, animals running, but most of all minds were stirring.

For three days the Eco-...

Spotlight on Iran: Keep the Pressure On!

While this past week saw substantial progress for the pro-diplomacy and antiwar movements in the US, the high-stakes fight over Washington's negotiations with Iran is far from over.

To help sort through the complex and changing political landscape, War Times has put together a collection of links and articles that cover this past week's events .

Beginning in Washington, Jim Lobe takes a closer look at how AIPAC's efforts...

ACT ON IRAQ – AND REMEMBER THE ASIA PIVOT

by Gary Hicks

Gary Hicks calls for urgent action to prevent U.S. re-intervention in Iraq while stressing the need to keep the long view and global picture in mind.

Re-energizing the U.S. peace movement requires both responding to immediate crises and pursuing a long-haul strategy.  

Today's crisis: Iraq is in immediate headline-grabbing danger of U.S. military intervention.

The long haul: Washington has made it a strategic, defense-...

Another Day in the Belly of the Beast

by Felicia Gustin

What a day!  The Supreme Courts guts the Voting Rights Act. The Senate is considering the Corker-Hoeven amendment which will require an additional 20,000 border patrol agents, increased drone surveillance, and 700 miles of new border fencing at an estimated cost of $48 billion over 10 years. Texas is moving to eliminate reproductive rights for the women of that fine state while one lone Senator (Wendy Davis) filibusters until midnight to...

Three Reasons Why Venezuela Matters

by Felicia Gustin

A lot of people seem confused about what’s happening in Venezuela. We see thousands of protestors facing off with police and soldiers and think popular uprising against government repression, right? After all, that’s how it’s being portrayed in both corporate media and much of social media.

But let’s take a moment for some fact checking. No question that violence has been rocking Venezuela in recent days. Hundreds of thousands of pro...

Border Crisis, or Juárez City is Inside Our Closets

by Gary Hicks

by Pilar Rodríguez Aranda (Reposted from here.)

(To read this post in Spanish, scroll down.)

Everyday I read, listen to, and witness the decomposition of our “human” societies, and everyday I become more convinced there will never be a real change if we do not work on the very base of it all: our own self, our family, our neighborhood and our local community. It is there where we find such barbarities that I really don’t...

International Solidarity: Honoring Nelson Mandela on His 95th Birthday

by Felicia Gustin

July 18th marks Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. It brings to mind another birthday of his when he was still imprisoned by the apartheid government of Pretoria. The year was 1986. Inside South Africa, waves of protests were sweeping the country. In June of that year, a second state of emergency had been declared and thousands were arrested.

Internationally, anti-apartheid efforts were intensifying as broad grassroots movements began to...