Peace and Justice
The Cochabamba Water Revolt, Ten Years Later
by Jim ShultzApr 20, 2010
- Bolivia's historic grassroots victory against Bechtel is a reminder of the power of protest—as well as the importance of less romantic work.
Let's See Ourselves
by Gustavo Esteva with Juliette BeckApr 15, 2010
- The fight against climate change has begun to reflect the colonial, top-down worldview that contributed to the problem in the first place. Mexican activist and storyteller Gustavo Esteva on a new vision—one that is radically bottom-up.
Protests Mount Against Israeli Blockade of Gaza
Feb 26, 2010
- In a series of protests across the Arab world, activists have demanded an end to the siege of the Gaza Strip and expressed outrage at the Egyptian government for actions that reflect the political will of Israel and the United States.
A Victory for Haiti
by Hayley HathawayFeb 10, 2010
- How an international, grassroots mobilization helped spur the G7's decision to cancel Haiti's onerous foreign debt.
What’s Wrong with Avatar?
by Fran KortenJan 15, 2010
- James Cameron's Avatar has its pluses, but it elevates violence instead of depicting a real path to peace and cultural transformation.
Debt Relief: The Results Are In
by Hayley HathawayDec 17, 2009
- Debt relief has allowed poor nations to pay for schools and health care instead of loan interest. A new bill in the U.S. Congress would offer relief to more countries and make lending more responsible.
A New Beginning with the Muslim World
by Farrah HassenDec 17, 2009
- If the administration is serious about building a new relationship with the Muslim world, it should implement one basic, non-ideological, cost-effective policy: Stop killing Muslims.
Guardians of the Revolution
by John FefferDec 15, 2009
- Iran and the United States do not have to remain eternal enemies. So argues Ray Takeyh, an Iranian-born scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations, in his useful and engaging new book.
When Our Leaders Fail to Lead
by David KortenDec 02, 2009
- We have to make them. What David Korten learned from his experiences during the Vietnam War.
Obama's Afghanistan Speech: Where Do We Go from Here?
by Phyllis BennisDec 02, 2009
- What the president said, what he left out, and what we can still do to promote peace.
7 Ways the Battle of Seattle Changed the World
by Fran KortenDec 01, 2009
- Ten years later, the protests of 1999 are still having an impact.
The WTO and the Myth of Activist Violence
by Rebecca SolnitNov 25, 2009
- The people who have made our world through direct action have been treated as dangerous, even if they are revered when their radical acts are at a safe distance.
The Meaning of Seattle: Truth Only Becomes True Through Action
by Walden BelloNov 25, 2009
- WTO+10: Before 1999, the momentum of globalization seemed to sweep everything in front of it, including the truth. But in Seattle, ordinary women and men made truth real with collective action.
The World Turned Out in Seattle
by Anuradha MittalNov 25, 2009
- WTO+10: The 1999 protests changed America's image in the eyes of the world, crippled the WTO, and energized an international civil movement for social and economic justice.
One More Thing Seattle's WTO Shutdown Taught the World
by Sarah van GelderNov 24, 2009
- Among the many ripple effects of the successful shutdown of the WTO in Seattle in 1999 is one that few know about. The organizing that went into the direct action, marches, media center, and forums inspired the organizers of the World Social Forums, which have become some of the world's most important centers of people power.