Randall Amster

Randall Amster, JD, PhD, is Director of the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University. His books include Peace Ecology (Routledge, 2015), Anarchism Today (Praeger, 2012), Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness (LFB, 2008); and the co-edited volume Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics, and Practice (Syracuse University Press, 2013).

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Friday, November 25, 2016 - 9:15am
Black Friday and White Noise
Here we go again, right on the heels of gorging ourselves in preparation for the frenetic commercialism of the holiday season. The relentless pursuit of consumer “goods” (which are almost universally bad for people and the planet) obscures the deeper possibilities of giving and sharing that exist...
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Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:45am
Trumping Disbelief
The results of the election provide ample reason to try and avoid the reality of President Trump, and wanting to push this debilitating campaign cycle into the dustbin would be an understandable reaction. It could make us feel better than having to confront the inevitability of the titanic changes...
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Monday, December 7, 2015 - 10:30am
Together and Equal: Confronting Conflict and Climate Change Through Common Purpose
More often than not, the news cycle conspires to be routinely depressing and largely disempowering, highlighting the myriad escalating crises that are by now well-known while offering few significant options for confronting and altering them. From guns and terrorism to floods and fires, the news...
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Monday, May 4, 2015 - 12:00pm
Gray’s Life Matters
For many of us on an academic calendar, which generally runs from August to May, it did not escape notice that this past year was bracketed by events in Ferguson on the front end and Baltimore on the back, with events in Staten Island and elsewhere as well as the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 8:28am
Line of Fire: Finding Resilience in Times of Crisis
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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.
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