In Bleak Times, This City Is an Example for the World

In Bleak Times, This City Is an Example for the World

A few days before Donald Trump’s stunning upset, the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe glowed green in Paris. France was celebrating the Paris Climate Agreement, which came into force on November 4. It was a remarkable achievement. Less than a year after 196 countries...
When Will We Admit the War in Afghanistan isn’t Working?

When Will We Admit the War in Afghanistan isn’t Working?

Last Wednesday, President Obama once again delayed the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Approximately 8,400 troops will remain in the country through the end of his presidency, he announced, rather than the 5,500 he committed to back in October 2015....

U.S. NGO letter to President Obama on Climate Negotiations in Paris

Dear President Obama, On behalf of our environmental, social justice, faith, consumer and partner organizations who collectively represent millions of Americans, we thank you for taking important steps to keep fossil fuels in the ground by rejecting the Keystone XL...
Is President Obama Using Faulty Logic to Justify ISIS Airstrikes?

Is President Obama Using Faulty Logic to Justify ISIS Airstrikes?

As the Obama administration ramps up airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria in order to protect the small number of US-trained rebels, activist are arguing that that White House hasn’t looked for better options and is using faulty logic to justify the...
A Losing Strategy to Defeat ISIS

A Losing Strategy to Defeat ISIS

Despite a recent pledge to increase a military presence in Iraq and Syria, President Obama has admitted repeatedly that the U.S. does not have a complete strategy for defeating ISIS. Phyllis Bennis explains why militarization in the region has already been proven a...
We Owe You Nothing!

We Owe You Nothing!

  The small group of debtors with loans from the now defunct for-profit Corinthian College — the “Corinthian 15” — have a simple message for the Department of Education: We owe you nothing. The 15 students declared in late February that they won’t be paying back...
Obama Tips His Hat to FDR

Obama Tips His Hat to FDR

Whatever happens over the next two years, you can bet that 22nd century school children will know more about President Barack Obama than kids learn today about, say, Calvin Coolidge. He made history just by being the first non-white man to occupy the White House. What...
Barack Obama and the Will to Fight

Barack Obama and the Will to Fight

The Obama administration has admitted that it misjudged the extremists who set up the Islamic State in chunks of territory torn from Iraq and Syria. The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, confessed that his analysts underestimated the “will to fight” of...
Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS

Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS

President Obama is right: There is no military solution to the problem of ISIS. Military actions will not set the stage for political solutions; they will prevent those solutions from taking hold. The bottom line is there is no immediate action that will make ISIS...
Obama: Into Africa

Obama: Into Africa

President Obama is definitely “into” Africa. As much as possible in a world riven by multiple crises, the president has made the continent a focus of his policymaking. Turning his own Kenyan heritage into a personal bridge to the region, he has visited Africa three...