Most Recent Articles - YES!

YES! has a positive solution-oriented focus. We reframe issues, reflect diverse human-scale stories, and offer tools for people to use and to pass along. Here are our most recent articles and blogs.

Signs of Life :: Small Stories About Big Change
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The YES! Staff, Interns and Volunteers that helped put together the Summer 2008 issue of YES! Magazine: "A Just Foreign Policy."
Readers' Forum
Readers' letters from the Summer 2008 issue of YES! Magazine: 'Superpower? Get Over It.' Topics include Diet for a Warming Planet, Climate Change and Stuff, Let’s Talk Overpopulation, A Climate Mobilization, They Love Erica, Too, Your Backyard Footprint, Simplistic on Bolivia.
A Just Foreign Policy :: Cover Photo
by Chris Philippides
Has Your Town Declared Peace Yet?
by Ben Manski, Karen Dolan
Ben Manski and Karen Dolan show how local communities have quit waiting for the federal government and are making their own foreign policy
Aidan Delgado, Conscientious Objector
The Sutras of Abu Ghraib is the story of Aidan Delgado’s journey towards conscientious objector status. This excerpt is a meditation on how easy it is to distance ourselves from the devastation of war-making.
Life, Liberty, Water
by Maude Barlow
As climate change and worldwide shortages loom, will people fight over water or join together to protect it? A global water justice movement is demanding a change in international law to ensure the universal right to clean water for all.
Reclaiming Corn and Culture
by Wendy Call
NAFTA was sold as a win-win. After 14 years of losing, Mexican farmers are making their own trade rules—fair ones.
Raiding the War Chest
by Miriam Pemberton
It’s called “defense” spending, but how much of it is actually about defense? Here’s how we could save billions, and still have billions left to make the U.S. and the world more secure.
Just the Facts: Foreign Aid vs. Military Spending
by Noah Grant
The U.S. spends piles of money on foreign aid, right? See how the spending actually stacks up. The U.S., with 300 million people, gives away $23.5 billion in non-military aid to developing countries. But the 333 million people in the next four countries spend almost double: $44.7 billion. Meanwhile, we account for 48% of the world’s $1.47 trillion spent on the military. And we’re tops per capita, too.
A Powerful Peace
by Jonathan Schell
If the nuclear powers wish to be safe from nuclear weapons, they must surrender their own. Jonathan Schell shows how we could negotiate the abolition of nuclear weapons.
A Potential Ally in Fighting Consumerism
by Dale Jiajun Wen
A Potential Ally in Fighting Consumerism, by Dale Jiajun Wen shows that China, like the U.S., is discovering the dangers, eco-stresses, and human costs of a consumer-oriented lifestyle—and like in the U.S., some in China are creating alternatives.
Respecting Our Neighbors to the South
by Nadia Martinez
For years, the U.S. imposed authoritarian leaders and corporate-friendly policies on Latin American countries. Now they are setting their own path.
How Iran Could Help the United States
by Robert Naiman
Instead of bombing Iran, we could draw on that nation to collaborate in winning the peace for the entire region, by Robert Naiman.
Fighting Terror with Law and Dignity
by Tom Andrews
The driving force behind our military build-up has been the so-called “War on Terror.” But what strategies are actually effective in combating terrorism? Tom Andrews, former member of Congress, explains what works in Fighting Terror with Law and Dignity.