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Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone in Rejecting Children’s Rights?

By Lawrence S. Wittner Within a matter of months, the U.S. government seems likely to become the only nation in the world still rejecting the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Sometimes called “the most ratified human rights treaty in history,” the Convention has been ratified by 195 nations, leaving the United […]

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Hypermasculinity and World-ending Weapons

by Winslow Myers Escalating tensions in Ukraine raise the concern that the “firebreak” between conventional and the tactical nuclear weapons potentially available to all parties in the conflict could be breached, with unforeseen consequences. Loren Thompson spelled out in Forbes Magazine how the Ukraine crisis could go nuclear: through faulty intelligence, through the opposed parties […]

EarthTalk E – The Environmental Magazine

EarthTalk E – The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: With summer officially here now, what can you tell us about which sunscreens are safe and which are not?— Clara Rosen, New York, NY Skin cancer is by far the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more new cases each year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. […]

Anticipating Sirens and Contractions: Bringing a Baby Into This Reality

by Mairav Zonszein Thursday was my due date for my baby. I began my 40th week of pregnancy yesterday and am due to go into labor any day now. I’ve been mentally and physically preparing myself for this exciting and unpredictable moment for months, planning to have as natural, active and positive an experience as […]

Israeli Lynch Mobs and the Banality of the West

by David Ragland, Ph.D. On June 30, the bodies of three kidnapped Jewish-Israeli boys, Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, were found in a shallow grave. In response, Israeli authorities and vigilantes killed ten Palestinians, “including at least three children, a pregnant woman, and a mentally ill man.” Recently, Israeli officials arrested six Jewish suspects […]

The Toxic Footprint of War in Syria

by Pieter Both and Wim Zwijnenburg Syria’s ongoing civil war has already resulted in more than conservative estimates of 120,000 mortalities (including nearly 15,000 children) and has brought enormous destruction in cities and towns all over the country. Apart from the direct impact of the violent conflict on the lives of Syrian citizens, health and […]

US Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

by Stephen Zunes The murder of three Israeli youth by unknown Palestinians and the less-publicized but equally tragic murder of three Palestinian youth by Israelis, along with Israeli bombing of urban areas in Gaza and the arrest and detention of hundreds of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces, serves as a reminder that Israeli-Palestinian peace is […]

Before the Next ISIS, We Need Nonviolent Counterterrorism Strategies

by Erin Niemela A relatively new group engaging in non-state political violence, ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, recently called for the creation of an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria and a continuation and strengthening of jihad during Ramadan, according to a video that emerged through social media.  ISIS, born of Al Qaeda […]

Submarines Doom from the Depths: Coming Your Way

By Lawrence S. Wittner Ever since the horrors of submarine warfare became a key issue during World War I, submarines have had a sinister reputation.  And the building of new, immensely costly, nuclear-armed submarines by the U.S. government and others may soon raise the level of earlier anxiety to a nuclear nightmare. This spring, the […]

New Report Exposes Growing Militarization of American Policing

by Brian J. Trautman Last month the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a report titled “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing,” shedding much-needed light on the emergence of a militarist ethos in policing across the nation. In a review of public records, such as incident reports, requested from more than 260 […]

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