Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Becomes International Law

Today most of the world is celebrating a new international treaty, now in force, that bans all nuclear weapons. So far, 52 nations have ratified the treaty, and 50 nations ratifying is what is needed to become law. The United States, in case you’re wondering, has not signed the treaty and currently possesses 5,800 nuclear… Read More Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Becomes International Law

Both China & U.S. need to improve the human rights of women

Yesterday, at a U.N. summit meeting on women’s rights hosted by, of all nations, China and its president, Xi Jinping, we learned that China will “reaffirm our commitment to gender equality and women’s development,” according to Xi. So far, that reaffirmation has failed to recover the human rights of five Chinese female/feminist activists who were imprisoned… Read More Both China & U.S. need to improve the human rights of women

Special Morning Confusion: U.S. Fails to Support Carbon Pricing at U.N. Climate Summit

At Tuesday’s U.N. Climate summit, President Obama spoke of the United States and China, as the world’s two “biggest emitters” of carbon dioxide, as nations that “have to lead” the world on climate change action. A welcome waft of clarity. But the U.S. did not join 73 other countries, (including China, the European Union, Germany,… Read More Special Morning Confusion: U.S. Fails to Support Carbon Pricing at U.N. Climate Summit

Opposing More U.S. War in Iraq, Middle East and Ukraine

I’m breaking my summer silence once again to declare, for what it’s worth, my strong opposition– to the United States’ new bombing campaign in Iraq, the return of military hostilities between Hamas and Israel, and the ongoing war in Ukraine which is increasing the likelihood that Putin will order Russian troops to invade Ukraine, possibly… Read More Opposing More U.S. War in Iraq, Middle East and Ukraine