Scapegoating Immigrants Isn’t the Answer

Scapegoating Immigrants Isn’t the Answer

About three years ago, my dad was driving the truck he uses for his landscaping business in Phoenix, Arizona when he was pulled over. Two patrol cars cornered him for making a wide right turn. Yes, you read that right: Multiple police officers went out of their way to...
Supporters of Diplomacy over War Must Speak Up

Supporters of Diplomacy over War Must Speak Up

  Members of Congress are fleeing Washington’s steam bath for their August recess, making this a key time for constituents to raise their voices on crucial issues. Right now, the biggest thing lawmakers must decide is whether they’ll join the 54 percent of voters...
Congress Mulls Iran Nuclear Pact

Congress Mulls Iran Nuclear Pact

IPS’s Phyllis Bennis joins a roundtable discussion hosted by Progressive Democrats of America to discuss the role the military-industrial complex has played, both in past and present, as Congress debates the Iran nuclear agreement. Watch below (begins at...
Victory of Diplomacy Over War in Iran Deal?

Victory of Diplomacy Over War in Iran Deal?

Jared Ball of The Real News Network interviews IPS’s Phyllis Bennis about the major takeaways of the nuclear agreement with Iran. Watch below: See a full transcript of the conversation on the Real News Network’s...
Correcting Unfair Sentencing Laws

Correcting Unfair Sentencing Laws

In becoming the first president ever to visit a prison with his trip to the medium-security El Reno Federal Correctional Institution near Oklahoma City, President Barack Obama has signaled that he’s serious about pushing prison reform before he leaves office. Together...
Severing a Higher Education Lifeline

Severing a Higher Education Lifeline

Three months ago, I walked across the stage at the University of Mississippi to claim my Bachelor’s diploma. Throwing my cap into the Oxford summer air, I felt a sense of accomplishment, but also a sense of uncertainty. What’s next for me? My long-term goal is to help...
Francis v. Washington

Francis v. Washington

Pope Francis, the humble yet bold leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has offered an inspiring 21st century vision to all people. It’s a vision that’s been sorely missing in the halls of power. In an encyclical focused on the environment, he details how we...
Manuel Pérez-Rocha discusses upcoming Summit of the Americas

Manuel Pérez-Rocha discusses upcoming Summit of the Americas

This week’s edition of teleSUR’s Interviews from Washington looks at the current state of US-Latin American relations in light of the upcoming Summit of the Americas, slated later this week in Panama City. Program host Jorge Gestoso interviews Manuel...
World Capital of Weather Wimps

World Capital of Weather Wimps

What’s wrong with Washington? I’m not talking about goofy political antics, like James Inhofe’s latest bid to disprove climate change. In case you missed it, the chairman of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee gave a mind-numbing speech a few weeks ago...
When Bibi Came to Town

When Bibi Came to Town

This commentary is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and OtherWords. When Benjamin Netanyahu looked out over the joint session of Congress that had assembled to hear him speak on March 3, the Israeli prime minister almost caught a glimpse of something...
Fasting to Pierce the Silence from Congress on Immigration

Fasting to Pierce the Silence from Congress on Immigration

“My deportation date is April 18,” I overheard a woman say next to me in the large white tent where we were both fasting. Due to a simple miscommunication with her lawyer, Lupita received a deportation order that now threatens to send her back to a country...
Syrian Dead End

Syrian Dead End

We’re at it again. After months of commendable restraint, President Barack Obama has decided to send weapons to the besieged Syrian rebels. This is either a bid to overthrow a friend of Iran or a ploy to capture Syria’s oil. Or both. Sound familiar? It...
The Tradeoff Between Apple and Apples

The Tradeoff Between Apple and Apples

In May, Americans watched as Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company’s tax avoidance strategies before a Senate investigative panel. Prior to the hearing, Senate investigators released a report documenting Apple’s use of accounting gimmicks to shift $74...
Runaway CEO Pay Gets a Free Pass

Runaway CEO Pay Gets a Free Pass

Only 10 percent of Americans now have confidence in Congress, Gallup informs us. No other major American institution has ever had an approval rating this low. But public confidence in Congress would probably sink even lower if average Americans knew more about what...
A Deceptive Win on Plan B for Women

A Deceptive Win on Plan B for Women

Good news for advocates of sensible birth control policy: The Obama administration announced that it’s dropping the fight to impose an age restriction on sales of Plan B One-Step, the emergency contraception pill. Reproductive rights advocates are celebrating...