Tim Stevenson

'Our opposition is part of a growing worldwide condemnation of Israel's behavior'

By way of taking to task Tim Wessel for criticizing those of us who are righteously standing up against Israel's genocidal assault upon the people of Gaza, I offer the following.

People need to remember that our opposition is part of a growing worldwide condemnation of Israel's behavior as an outlaw state, including the United Nation's International Court of Justice finding this past January that Israel was "plausibly" perpetuating genocide in Gaza, and thus ordering its government to "take measures within its power" to prevent genocidal acts. Not surprisingly, Israel has ignored this.

This was stated more decisively recently by the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, which on March 25 published "Anatomy of a Genocide." This draft report found that "the overwhelming nature and scale of Israel's assault on Gaza and the destructive conditions of life it has inflicted reveal an intent to physically destroy Palestinians as a group."

Israel, the report says, "has de facto treated an entire protected group and its life-sustaining infrastructure as 'terrorist' or 'terrorist-supporting,' thus transforming everything and everyone into either a target or collateral damage, hence killable or destroyable. In this way, no Palestinian in Gaza is safe by definition."...

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Climate: code red

It’s too late to fix an unraveling climate and its rising heat, which is already inflicting loss of property and life. It’s time for municipalities like Brattleboro to set an example by treating the climate emergency as a climate emergency.

The current state of the climate is in a "code red for humanity." So stated the August 2021 report of the United Nation's authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). As the U.N.'s secretary-general, António Guterres, noted, "The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable." The only...

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Misguided irrelevance

Bill McKibben calls for a standard activist approach to the climate catastrophe — an approach that demands the state and corporation do the right thing

I have always found Bill McKibben to be an inspiring and committed climate activist, as well as just one of those special people in the world, a truly decent human being. What I have especially appreciated about him, however, is his ability to present a credible balance between realistic...

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This is unadulterated fascism

Tuesday, Nov. 8 will be a most significant day in the history of our nation. Though a midterm election, it nevertheless could determine which party controls Congress and, therefore, determine whether we continue as a democracy - or whether we succumb to the undisguised attempts on the part of the Republican Party to eliminate our democracy in all but name. The British paper The Guardian recently observed that the United States “is seeing a dizzying number of assaults on democracy.”

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Activism in the uncharted waters of our new normal

As the daily evidence of scientific reports and graphic images of fires, floods, droughts, and people on the move vividly testify to, we are either in or rapidly approaching what scientists call “hothouse Earth,” a condition where climate feedbacks could lead to runaway heating. The series of increasingly catastrophic climate-related events that have occurred this summer clearly suggest we are rapidly approaching the point beyond which human mitigation efforts are not possible. As Bill McKibben wrote a few years ago,

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We need to address the real business at hand - namely, how are we to live in a collapsing world?

Dear Nancy Braus: Having been there myself, I appreciate the frustration and rage you expressed with the Democratic Party in your Viewpoint and the party's continuing unwillingness to fight for the values and policies you and I stand for. However, I have to admit that, given your years as a progressive activist, I was also puzzled that you were seemingly surprised by this long-established fact about the Democrats. Perhaps you expected something different from the liberal wing of the ruling...

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Doomed from the start

According to the United Nations, current national policies put the planet on track to heat up by 4.9 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. “That level of warming,” The Washington Post noted, “would be catastrophic for people and the ecosystems on which they depend, triggering inexorable ice sheet melt and catastrophic sea level rise. Deadly weather disasters, chronic food and water shortages and intolerable heat would become fixtures of life for much of the world.” In a surprising...

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We’re going to have to get real

Ironically, what is potentially most promising about our situation today is that the same circumstances that confront us with social collapse and possible extinction also conspire to present us with an unprecedented opportunity to finally get it right, to live the values-informed existence we have been searching for all along, and that we now require more than ever, as a condition of our very survival. As the Chinese ideograms for the word suggest, crisis is a time not only of...

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