Randall Amster

Randall Amster, JD, PhD, is Director of the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University, and serves as Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. His recent books include Peace Ecology (Paradigm Publishers, 2014), Anarchism Today (Praeger, 2012), Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness; and the co-edited volumes  Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics, and Practice (Syracuse University Press, 2013) and Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action.

 

Articles by this author

Views
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:30pm
People Rise Up: The Streets Are Alive with the Sound of Movement
In an era rife with pop-culture trivialities juxtaposed with escalating calamities, we find ourselves at a remarkable moment that poses profound existential questions for the soul of the nation. Systems that have claimed the mantle of “justice” (while practicing little of it) are being exposed to...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 9:15am
Ferguson: Cover of Darkness, Rays of Light
The announcement arrived at the telegraphed moment, conveniently scheduled for prime time in most zones. A decision said to shed light on a matter of national importance is revealed only after dark, with the lede buried under a pile of prosecutorial dereliction. When the decisive words are finally...
Read more
Views
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 11:45am
Peace Ecology: Deep Solutions in an Age of Water Scarcity and War
The following is an excerpt of the Randall Amster's latest book, Peace Ecology , and appears on Common Dreams with the kind permission of the author and publisher. All rights reserved. Please note, book citations have been removed for online reading but a fully cited version (pdf) can be accessed...
Read more
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C), Crimean parliament speaker Vladimir Konstantionov (L) and Sevastopol's new de facto mayor Alexei Chaly sign a treaty on the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula becoming part of Russia in the Kremlin on March 18, 2014 (AFP, Kirill Kudryavtsev) Views
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:00am
Crimea and Punishment: Imperial Blowback from Iraq to Ukraine
Russia’s brazen annexation of Crimea presents a vexing foreign policy crisis for the Western powers. How can these actions be denounced without pointing a finger back upon their own forays and interventions? Indeed, President Putin said as much in his recent address in the Kremlin, chiding the West...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 8:28am
Line of Fire: Finding Resilience in Times of Crisis
Read more
Views
Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 9:11am
Congratulations! You’re Being Watched
With revelations (yet again) that we are all essentially being watched virtually all the time, we might expect a popular backlash against such a massive and unprecedented intrusion on privacy. Americans may differ on a plethora of political issues, but there’s a common wisdom suggesting broad agreement on core principles such as individual liberty.
Read more
Views
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 10:14am
Monsanto: Patenting Death
Monsanto has yet another case pending in the court system, this time before the U.S. Supreme Court on the exclusivity of its genetically modified seed patents. Narrowly at issue is whether Monsanto retains patent rights on soybeans that have been replanted after showing up in generic stocks rather than being sold specifically as seeds, or whether those patent rights are “exhausted” after the initial planting.
Read more
Views
Friday, December 21, 2012 - 7:33am
An Open Letter to the Children
Dear Children,
Read more
Views
Friday, December 14, 2012 - 2:35pm
Save the Children: Tears and Tragedy in Connecticut
My eyes fill with tears as I hear the news of the mass shooting in Connecticut, where most of those killed were elementary school children. As a parent with children of similar ages, I can only imagine the grief of those who lost the most precious thing in their lives today. And as a person concerned about the well-being of all peoples and the tenuous future of our species, I keep hearing myself think: What will it take to end the madness?
Read more
Views
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 12:06pm
Cliffs Notes: On the Edge and Over a Barrel
Hopefully you’re enjoying the onset of the holiday season, especially the latest prefabricated crisis coming out of Washington for your yuletide amusement. It seems that we can never underestimate the capacity of the government to focus on the wrong issues, to view issues in unwarranted isolation, or to misdirect people’s energies toward false issues rather than those that really matter.
Read more

Pages