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Gordon: Palestinian Civil Disobedience
Sep 28, 2009
A simple google search with the words "Palestinian violence" yields over 86,000 pages, while a search with the words "Palestinian civil disobedience" generates only 47 pages.
Sep 23, 2009
This coming week, in New York City and Pittsburgh, there will be important United Nations and G20 meetings that could advance the process of coming up with a new international treaty to address the climate crisis. This coming week will also see the opening salvo of "civil society" groups in the streets taking action to press their demands for not just any treaty but one that is strong and fair, one that reflects the deepening of the crisis.
Glick: Can We Make It?
Sep 01, 2009
More than once over the last several years I have talked with people who understand the deep hole humankind has dug for itself because of our reliance on fossil fuels and the dominant systemâ€™s environmentally destructive model of â€œdevelopment.â€ They have difficulty seeing a way that we will ever get out of this hole. Intuitively, they see little hope that we can avoid climate catastrophe. They ask me why Iâ€™m doing what Iâ€™m doing given that likelihood.
Gordon: Boycott Israel
Aug 21, 2009
An Israeli comes to the painful conclusion that it's the only way to save his country.
Glick: Health Care & Climate
Aug 18, 2009
The last week or so has been the right-wingers-at-town-meetings moment, and it looks like it's going to be supplemented by something similar but different: rallies organized by fossil-fuel-supporting corporations in these states: Texas, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Colorado, Tennessee, Indiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Florida, South Carolina, Alaska, Illinois, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Missouri and Arkansas.
Glick: James Lovelock
Aug 03, 2009
British scientist and author James Lovelock has just had published a follow-up book to his 2006 book, "The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity." This 2009 one is entitled, "The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning." Throughout both books he presents scientific evidence to support his view that humankind has caused so much damage already to the Earth, burnt so much coal, oil and natural gas, cut down so many forests, and unthinkingly overdeveloped so many cities and towns in an environmentally destructive way that the chances are not good that we can avoid a worldwide climate catastrophe.
Glick: More Than ACES
Jun 29, 2009
Yesterday morning, on the day that the House of Representatives very narrowly passed a very problematic-a bad-climate bill, I finally became clear in my mind what I was hoping for.
Gordon: Netanyahu Sweats
Jun 12, 2009
Notwithstanding the agreement between President Barack Obama and Netanyahu on issues such as the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and the insistence that the Palestinians renounce violence, there are currently points of serious contention between the two leaders. These include Obama's position that the two-state solution is the only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his demand that Israel stop building settlements and his intimation that all the settlements are illegal. Other points of strife include Obama's call for regional nuclear non-proliferation (which, in effect, assumes that Israel's nuclear capacity will be part of the negotiations with Iran), his recognition of the plight of Palestinians, including the refugees, and his claim that Hamas is a legitimate rather than a terrorist organization.
Glick: It Isnâ€™t Nice
Jun 02, 2009
Off and on, for the last five years that Iâ€™ve been actively involved with the climate movement, I and others have analogized what we need to be doing on this issue to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. What weâ€™ve meant is that we need a mass movement that is sweeping, that is broadly-based and grounded in the grassroots, that forces civil society to choose between what is right and what is wrong, that uses a wide variety of tactics, and that ultimately is successful in bringing about change.
Glick: 41 Years
May 18, 2009
"This is 2009. We've got 41 years in this deal, and we shouldn't be so worried about the first 10 years."
Gordon: Jailed for Caring
May 07, 2009
Ezra Nawi was ridiculed and arrested for trying to protect people's homes. Only international attention can help him now.
Glick: Is "Washington" Winning?
Apr 03, 2009
It was a couple of weeks before the historic March 2nd shutdown action at the coal-fired Capitol Power Plant on Capitol Hill in D.C. A national leader of an important climate group came up to me in the hallway at a conference we were both attending to express concern about the action. She had heard from Nancy Pelosi's office, which was not happy that the action was happening. I asked, what are the specific concerns?, and wasn't able to get a clear answer.
Glick: Powering Past Coal
Mar 13, 2009
It was tremendous to be part of the crowd of thousands of people demonstrating last Monday, March 2nd at the coal-fired Capitol Power Plant on Capitol Hill. But I wonder how many of those who have heard about this action or who even took part are aware of the role that the Power Past Coal campaign played in making it a success.
Glick: Energy Revolution
Feb 26, 2009
It began with a statement by Nancy Pelosi in early January, referring to federal legislation to cap and reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions: "I'm not sure this year, because I don't know if we'll be ready. We won't go before we're ready."
Glick: Under Obama
Feb 03, 2009
The nomination of Tom Daschle for both White House "health czar" and Secretary of Health and Human Services is in trouble. It's in trouble because information has come out that Daschle, former Democratic Party leader in the U.S. Senate, didn't pay until very recently $128,000 in back taxes owed for "the use of a car and driver provided by a private equity firm," the same one which gave him $2 million in consulting fees.
Glick: Che & Gaza
Jan 06, 2009
I wonder if, centuries from now, Che Guevera will be looked upon by people around the world in the way Jesus of Nazareth is looked upon by billions today, as a model for how one lives one's life.
Dec 09, 2008
My Thanksgiving holiday and the days right after it weren't the greatest, and it's not because I didn't enjoy spending time with my extended family in Pennsylvania. It's because, literally right before I left home to drive there, I read a couple of emails about the intensifying climate crisis that had a deep personal impact. And then, upon arriving home afterwards, I found a couple more that only added to my feeling of, well, verging-upon-hopelessness, that's the best way to describe it. Is it really too late?, I kept wondering, all weekend and for most of last week.
Glick: Green Revolution
Oct 24, 2008
A review of three recently-published books on the climate crisis and what we need to do about it.
Glick: Two-Party Conventions
Aug 25, 2008
The first Democratic or Republican Convention I went to as an outside protester was the 1972 Republican Convention in Miami, Florida. This was where Richard Nixon was nominated for what turned out to be a much-shortened time in office due to his resignation in 1974 in the face of certain impeachment.
Glick: Obama's Energy Plan
Aug 20, 2008
On August 4th the Barack Obama Presidential campaign released a comprehensive program for reform of the U.S. energy system. In the words of Obama supporter and climate blogger and author Joe Romm, it was "easily the best energy plan ever put forward by a nominee of either party." The critical question, however, is this: is it an energy plan that will actually do the job of giving U.S. leadership to the world in a way which gives us a decent chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change?