Author Archives: DavidSwanson

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Weakness of Science

In a recent interview on National Pentagon Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed the interactions between (1) the U.S. military and (2) astrophysics. The former is an enterprise that I consider evil and Tyson seems to consider mildly worthy of discomfort … Continue reading

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What If Governments Obeyed Laws?

Do we need new laws or adherence to the old ones? Yes. Both. The United States has an ancient Constitution. It doesn’t ban slavery as punishment. It doesn’t ban bribery as campaign funding. It doesn’t protect the natural world. It … Continue reading

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Stop Killing and Dying in Afghanistan: Now More Than Ever

The Richmond (Va.) Times Dispatch recently published an editorial, republished by other papers with the headline: “Remembering why we still fight in Afghanistan.” It’s a rather striking piece of writing, because it does not even attempt to offer a single … Continue reading

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Health Professionals Tackle War

When I discovered that militarism is one of the top destroyers of the natural environment, I piled that onto my case against war. I did the same when I found out war wasted more money than anything else, was a … Continue reading

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Giving Resistance a Good Name

It’s popular to refer to the political line of a major corporate party in the United States as something like “the resistance” when the other of the two parties is on the throne of what both parties have, over many … Continue reading

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Latin America’s Second World War

Mary Jo McConahay’s The Tango War is an engaging, extensive, well-researched, well-written account of a topic that still manages to offend me. World War II is sacred history in the United States, the ultimate clash of pure good and evil, … Continue reading

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Leave Syria the Hell Alone

Last weekend I was on Iranian TV being asked about the meeting in Tehran at which the presidents of Iran and Russia had refused to agree with the President of Turkey to stop bombing people in Syria. I said Iran … Continue reading

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Canadian Leftist Militarism Leaves Decency Behind

If one were to travel north through North America, with the seasons or the change in climate, harvesting crops of patriotic warmongering, the biggest drop in crop yield might come around the Mason Dixon Line, not the Canadian border. Yves … Continue reading

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How Do Weapons Makers Sleep at Night?

A new report by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies “focuses on the five largest U.S. arms manufacturers — Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics — and their dealings with three repressive nations: Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt.” … Continue reading

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Legalizing Peace Is Far from Simple

As the U.S. government simultaneously threatens the International Criminal Court for even acting as if it might prosecute the United States for crimes in Afghanistan (a topic “investigated” for years now, while the ICC has yet to actually prosecute any … Continue reading

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Petition and Events to Say No to an 18th Year of War on Afghanistan

The United States is threatening sanctions against judges at the International Criminal Court should they continue their years-long investigation into the U.S. war on Afghanistan — a war which, in less than a month, will begin its 18th year. A … Continue reading

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Celebrate Mass Slaughter on Patriot Day!

I went in search of anything the United States was number 1 in that it shouldn’t be ashamed of, and came up empty. But I did find that the United States is number 1 in believing it is number 1. … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Rajni Lalit on Justice for an Island Whose Whole Population Was Removed for a U.S. Military Base

Rajni Lallah is a leading member of LALIT (which means struggle), a political organization in Mauritius in the forefront for the past 42 years of the struggle to decolonize and demilitarize the Chagos Islands. Rajni Lallah was 12 years old … Continue reading

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UVA’s Miller Center Loves Killers

The University of Virginia’s Miller Center caught flak for appointing Trumpian Marc Short, but has now announced the appointment of John Negroponte, presumably hoping for little resistance since Negroponte’s not a Trumpman. But shouldn’t morality still matter? Shouldn’t a center … Continue reading

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Can the Popularity of Impeachment Matter?

According to an ABC News / Washington Post poll, 49% of a sampling of the U.S. public wants impeachment begun (they don’t specify when, but presumably any moment now) against Trump, while 43% do not. There are almost certainly millions … Continue reading

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Why I’m Going to Ireland to Try to Fix the United States

The United States spends about five times what China does on its military. And it spends more just on its military bases in other people’s countries than any country other than itself or China spends on its entire military. The … Continue reading

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Opening Minds With Billboards for Peace

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War On Friday, September 7th at high noon on Erie Blvd., north of Monroe St., in Schenectady, NY, the graphic above will be up on a giant billboard, and people will gather to discuss and … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Shireen Al-Adeimi on Ending the U.S.-Saudi War on Yemen

Shireen Al-Adeimi is originally from Yemen, and is an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University. She co-authored a recent article at In These Times titled “Trump Quietly Overrides What Little Civilian Protections Remain in Yemen War.” She comes … Continue reading

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2018 Peace Prize Awarded to David Swanson

At the Veterans For Peace Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, on August 26, 2018, the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation awarded its 2018 Peace Prize to David Swanson, director of World BEYOND War. Michael Knox, Chair of the U.S. Peace Memorial … Continue reading

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Have an Active Kellogg-Briand Day

Remarks at Veterans For Peace Convention, St. Paul, Minnesota, August 26, 2018. There are a lot of things named Kellogg around here, and few who know why. The two biggest names in the news in 1928 were those of future … Continue reading

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Three Antiwar Congress Members

Rashida Tlaib has nothing about war or peace on her website. And she’s going to be elected to the seat held by Congressman John Conyers, famous for giving speeches for things like impeaching George W. Bush while telling reporters and … Continue reading

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Trump Parade Canceled — Peace Parade Goes Forward

A few days after an over-hyped white supremacist rally in Washington, D.C., was massively outnumbered by people opposed to racism, and one day after 187 organizations (more than that now) publicly committed to turning out people to counter Donald Trump’s … Continue reading

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Curing Fascism

Fascism is a disease, a delusion, a toxic worldview. It’s encouraged and manipulated by propaganda. Its characteristics are numerous and to various degrees widespread and long-lasting. At what point their combination in sufficiently extreme degree rises to the level of … Continue reading

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Ilhan Omar for Peace

Ilhan Omar is the second person this year to win a Democratic Party nomination for Congress in a Democratic Party district with a platform advocating peace in a way not seen inside the Beltway. The first was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in … Continue reading

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“I Survived Because . . .”

“I survived because I was walking to a building that was behind a small hill that faced downtown. I was standing in such a way that the building was to my right and the stone garden was to my left. … Continue reading

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Yemeni Children Matter

We’ve been given a rare opportunity. While the United States military has slaughtered innocents by the hundreds of thousands in the Middle East over the past couple of decades, almost never have U.S. television viewers seen images of the victims, … Continue reading

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Canada vs. the Rule of Law

I’m aware that Canada, unlike its southern neighbor in which I live, has just recently, ever so slightly, stood up to certain of the horrors of the Saudi government. I’m aware of the role Canada has played, albeit imperfectly, as … Continue reading

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Best National Government in North America: Mexico

At least that’s the hope of those who elected Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, aka Peje, on a platform of sweeping out the corruption — a platform promoted in Obrador’s book, A New Hope for Mexico. That Barack Obama … Continue reading

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Should Al Qaeda Be Made the 51st State?

 Hear me out. While Saudis have threatened Canada with a 9/11 attack, the U.S. has moved on to blaming 9/11 on Iran. Al Qaeda, despite being Saudi in origins and ideology, was easily tied to Afghanistan, then Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: David Gallup on World Citizenship

David Gallup is President of the World Service Authority, a global public service human rights organization founded in 1954. Previously he was a Dean’s Fellow at the Washington College of Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, where he researched asylum … Continue reading

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Russia Is Our Friend

Last May I was in Russia when fascists held a rally in my hometown of Charlottesville, not to be confused with their larger rally which followed in August. At the May rally, people shouted “Russia is our friend.” I was … Continue reading

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Swamp Infrastructure Construction Kinetics

By David Swanson, director of World BEYOND War Now being planned and built in Washington, D.C., which is already just about coated in monuments to wars and particular warriors, are monuments to: World War I, the Gulf War, Native American … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Anna Feigenbaum on the Problem of Tear Gas

Anna Feigenbaum is author of Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of World War I to the Streets of Today, which we discuss. She is also co-author of the book Protest Camps, and her work has appeared in Vice, The Atlantic, … Continue reading

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Which Is More Occupied, Crimea or Afghanistan?

According to Donald Trump, the one allied victor of World War II not still occupying Germany has made Germany its slave. But according to the great anti-Trump Resistance in the United States, the nation that openly bragged about installing Boris … Continue reading

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Impeachment Safety 101

As with any dangerous tool, impeachment should be used with proper safety precautions. Among these should be taking care not to increase the chance of a nuclear war while trying to start an impeachment. Since Inauguration Day 2017, RootsAction.org has … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Yasha Levine on the Military History and Contracts of Internet Companies

Yasha Levine is a Russian-born American investigative journalist. He is the author of Surveillance Valley, a book about the forgotten military history of the Internet. See https://yashalevine.com Total run time: 29:00 Host: David Swanson. Producer: David Swanson. Music by Duke … Continue reading

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Militarism, Altruism, and Sadism

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Tell Israel to Allow Thinking in Its Schools

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War Israel has passed a law allowing its Minister of Education to ban from its schools any person or group who criticizes Israel — apparently something that no teachers or students in Israel are supposed … Continue reading

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Worldwide Hurricane

In planning a conference that is coming up in Toronto, I’ve been seeking out stories of peace and justice in Toronto and Canada. Wow are there a lot of them, as well as plenty of war and injustice as well. … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Victoria Law on the Struggles of Women in Prison

Victoria Law is a freelance journalist focusing on women’s incarceration. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women which I highly recommend and co-author of Your Home Is Your Prison (coming out next year). Since … Continue reading

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The Limits of Empathy

Paul Bloom’s book Against Empathy was bound to be either advocacy for cruelty and sadism, or a horribly misguided attempt to improve the world, or false advertising (it would turn out he’s only against the most narrowly or bizarrely defined … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Francesco Duina on Why Poor People in the U.S. Believe Better-Off Countries Are Horrible Places

Francesco Duina is the author of Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country. Total run time: 29:00 Host: David Swanson. Producer: David Swanson. Music by Duke Ellington. Download from LetsTryDemocracy or Archive. Pacifica stations can also download from … Continue reading

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Alan Dershowitz Is Not the Only One Who Gets Impeachment Bassackwards

The eternal question of U.S. politics rears its ugly ass again: “Why in the hell does anyone ever listen to Alan Dershowitz?” No court can overturn a Congressional impeachment and conviction. Will somebody at Fox and CNN page the nearest … Continue reading

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They Went to Jail for Justice

C.J. Hinke has produced probably the best collection I’ve read of writings by and about conscientious objectors and war refusers behind bars. It’s called Free Radicals: War Resisters in Prison. The book is a bit of a time capsule, somewhat … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley Will Not Save You from the Surveillance State

There was something quite odd about the very welcome news that some Google employees were objecting to a military contract, namely all the other Google military contracts. My sense of the oddness of this was heightened by reading Yasha Levine’s … Continue reading

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Monbiot’s New Story Uncut and Unrated

I’m going to praise the heck out of yet another terrific book I’ve just read while yet again exclaiming (into a deep empty echoing canyon?) my bewilderment and outrage at the glaring omission it makes — the same one as … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: William Geimer on the Case for Canada Staying Out of Other People’s Wars

William Geimer, author, peace activist, is a veteran of the U.S. 82d Airborne Division and Professor of Law Emeritus, Washington and Lee University. After resigning his commission in opposition to the war on Vietnam, he represented conscientious objectors and advised … Continue reading

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Ban Tear Gas

 Tear gas is among the least of the problems facing those who care about the murder and destruction of war. But it is a major element in the militarization of local policing. In fact, it is widely deemed illegal in … Continue reading

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Why Ocasio-Cortez’ Platform Is So Great

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ platform is dramatically better than many may realize. It tackles the greatest evil in existence in a way that no other big-2 congressional candidate’s website does and which most do not even mention. And in doing so, it … Continue reading

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Support Ocasio-Cortez for Congress Now

  Within 30 minutes of my publishing this complaint that peace had vanished from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s website, the following appeared on her website: A Peace Economy Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States has entangled itself in … Continue reading

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Why It Matters That Peace Is Gone from Ocasio-Cortez Website

Newly popular Democratic politician hero and nominee for a seat in the U.S. Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used to have these words on her website: “A Peace Economy “Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States has entangled itself … Continue reading

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Altruism and Sadism in Public Policy

Remarks at Peace Resource Center of San Diego, June 23, 2018. There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism. First, the military budget. The U.S. military budget, including all things military in … Continue reading

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Murder Incorporated

Murder Incorporated is a three-book series by Mumia Abu Jamal and Stephen Vittoria, which I can highly recommend based on the first book. The other two are not out yet. Book One, “Dreaming of Empire,” is a critique of U.S. … Continue reading

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Why Are the Poor Patriotic?

We should be very grateful to Francesco Duina for his new book, Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country. He begins with the following dilemma. The poor in the United States are in many ways worse off than … Continue reading

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What Else Canadians Should Be Sorry For — Besides Burning the White House

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War Six-years after the British landing at Jamestown, with the settlers struggling to survive and hardly managing to get their own local genocide underway, these new Virginians hired mercenaries to attack Acadia and (fail to) … Continue reading

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Sweden’s Military Madness

The government of Sweden has reinstated the military draft and sent a war propaganda brochure to all Swedes promoting fear, Russophobia, and warlike thinking. While my last name comes from Sweden, I’m writing this in the United States and will … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Thomas Linzey on the Rights of Ecosystems vs. the Rights of Corporations

Thomas Linzey is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) – a nonprofit law firm that has provided free legal services to over five hundred local governments and nonprofit organizations since 1995. He … Continue reading

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Let’s Continue Progress Toward Peace in Korea

Less than a year ago, President Donald Trump was threatening North Korea with “fire and fury.” Today such threats are completely absent from his remarks and tweets. Today Trump said, “We will be stopping the war games . . . … Continue reading

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The World According to Seymour Hersh

Seymour Hersh’s new memoir, Reporter: A Memoir, occasionally notes the failure of the exposure of wrong-doing to result in accountability or policy reforms. That’s the closest the book generally comes to touching on any motivation behind Hersh’s work related to … Continue reading

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What Took Down ACORN May Take Down the Rest of Us

In Seymour Hersh’s new account of his career, Reporter: A Memoir, he recalls that Martin Luther King Jr. told him upon the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that he planned to register 900,000 Negroes to vote. King would … Continue reading

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Tangier Island Is The Earth

It’s nice to look down on the poor foolish residents of Tangier Island, a little speck of land sinking into the Chesapeake Bay. Some 87% of the residents who voted in 2016, voted for Trump. The Mayor of Tangier says … Continue reading

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Trumperial Presidency

A January 29th letter from the U.S. president’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz claims that the president cannot possibly obstruct justice, can refuse a subpoena to testify, and cannot be indicted while president. The letter also seems to claim that he can … Continue reading

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Memorial Day THIS

“Memorial Day is a time to remember, appreciate, and honor the selfless patriots who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to freedom. At a time when our country seems so divided, we must not forget that it is because of … Continue reading

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Tim Kaine’s War Scam Hits a Speed Bump

Virginia ought to be in the running for worst U.S. senators in the country, a couple of walking catastrophes empowered in part by their status as Democrats and, in one case, the status of rightful Vice President if not for … Continue reading

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War Is Love

Photo by Truthdig. On Monday I was arrested along with many other people in the street in front of the U.S. Capitol, participating in the new Poor People’s Campaign, the first multi-issue coalition we’ve seen in years that properly takes … Continue reading

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Forces of Corruption Are Horrified of a Trump Impeachment

If you do a daily web search for “impeachment,” here’s what you’ll get used to seeing. Most use of impeachment is outside the United States. Most use of impeachment within the United States is outside of Washington, D.C. Most media … Continue reading

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Militarism Mapped

World BEYOND War has just released an updated 2018 mapping of militarism in the world. The map system can be explored and adjusted to display what you’re looking for, as well as display precise data and its sources at http://bit.ly/mappingmilitarism … Continue reading

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Enough is Enough. The Time Has Come to BDS the US.

People, organizations, and governments around the world, and people and organizations in the United States, need to stand up at long last and nonviolently resist the lawless behavior of the rogue U.S. government. The recent U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear … Continue reading

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If Bobby Kennedy Had Lived

Fifty years ago, Bobby Kennedy was about to win the Democratic presidential primary in Indiana. He would soon lose in Oregon and in a few weeks win in California, practically clinching the White House, and be murdered the same night. … Continue reading

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Top 100 Reasons Not to Bomb Iran

There are over 80 million men, women, and children in Iran. Bombing them would be mass-murder. If the U.S. government and its allies bomb Libya and Iran when their governments choose not to have nuclear weapons, you can forget about … Continue reading

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Discussion of Curing Exceptionalism

I discussed Curing Exceptionalism with Rob Kall:

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Peace Comes to Korea: Let’s Understand Why

When peace shows its face, and weapons companies’ stocks plummet, we have to do more than just cheer. We have to avoid misunderstanding where peace comes from. We have to recognize the forces that want to destroy it. We have … Continue reading

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How Suzy Hansen Lost Her U.S. Exceptionalism

Suzy Hansen’s book Notes on a Foreign Country is the diary of someone going through the process of gaining the world by losing their religion, the religion of U.S. Exceptionalism. She begins as an ordinary U.S. resident, not believing anything … Continue reading

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What Mass Killers Tend to Have in Common

It may almost seem too obvious to mention, but I don’t think that’s why we so seldom mention it. I don’t mean being male, or being mentally disturbed, or having been cruel to women, or living in places like the … Continue reading

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The Decline and Fall of the State Department

Ronan Farrow’s book War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence recounts episodes from the Obama-Trump militarization of U.S. foreign policy. While the book begins with and has been marketed with the story of Trump … Continue reading

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Senator Tim Kaine’s Brief Run-In With the Law

Today, April 20, 2018, Senator Tim Kaine told an audience at the U of Virginia that missiles into Syria were illegal because not authorized by Congress, leaving everyone to imagine Congress could have made such a thing legal. Kaine gave … Continue reading

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TheRealNews: Debunking the Myth of American Exceptionalism, with David Swanson

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Talk Nation Radio: Scott Ritter: Syria and the Myth of Ethical Wars

Scott Ritter is a former Marine Corps intelligence officer who worked in the former Soviet Union implementing arms control treaties, in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, and in Iraq overseeing the disarmament of WMD. He is the author … Continue reading

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Corbyn v Corker: UK wants representation, US royalty

Five years ago, the British Parliament said no to an attack on Syria that its prime minister wanted to join the U.S. president in launching. That action, combined with public pressure, was instrumental in getting the U.S. Congress to make … Continue reading

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Syria All Wrong and Backwards

In the park today I saw a teenager watching two little kids, one of whom apparently stole a piece of candy from the other. The teenager rushed up to the two of them, reprimanded one of them, and stole both … Continue reading

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A Poor People’s Campaign Against War

Movements that are serious about human survival, economic justice, environmental protection, the creation of a good society, or all of the above, address the problem of militarism. Movements that claim to be comprehensive yet run screaming from any mention of … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Norman Finkelstein: Gaza Finds Nonviolence

Norman Finkelstein received his PhD from the Princeton University Politics Department in 1988. He is the author of ten books that have been translated into 50 foreign editions, including The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the exploitation of Jewish suffering and, … Continue reading

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“Why, This Isn’t Cuba”

Back in the 1890s those who believed conquering a continent was killing enough (without taking over Hawaii, the Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico, etc.) included Speaker of the House Thomas Reed. He clipped an article out of a newspaper about a … Continue reading

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Why the Google Protest of War Work Is Wonderful

The fact that 3,100 Google employees signed a letter opposing Google doing work for the U.S. military is wonderful for what it reveals. It does not reveal that a major company exists that has not long been a contractor for … Continue reading

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Don’t Deport Non-Veterans Either, Unless It’s Donald Trump

We’re hearing a lot about U.S. veterans being deported, just as we hear about healthcare and retirement and homelessness and countless other topics as impacting veterans in particular. The implication, and often the explicit assertion, is that we should especially … Continue reading

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Thinking Beyond Exceptionalism

Excepted from Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? (April, 2018). Try this experiment: Imagine that space aliens really come to earth and really have, as I think is … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Mitchell Plitnick on John Bolton

Mitchell Plitnick is former vice president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. He is the former director of the U.S. Office of B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, and was previously the director … Continue reading

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Trumparade of 2018 Stupidest Idea Since Philadelphia Liberty Loan Parade of 1918

It’s hard not to focus on the fact that Trump has picked the 100th anniversary of the first Armistice Day celebration for his weaponry parade (more on that below). But there was another parade a month and a half before … Continue reading

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Why 55 U.S. Senators Voted for Genocide in Yemen

Tuesday’s debate and vote in the U.S. Senate on whether to end (technically whether or not to vote on whether to end) U.S. participation in the war on Yemen can certainly be presented as a step forward. While 55 U.S. … Continue reading

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I’d Elect the People on My Facebook Page Over Any Weapons-Funded Hack

I asked my Facebook page which high school teacher they’d least like to have had a gun in their desk. Go read their answers. I’d elect those people over any recent president or any current member of Congress. These bursts … Continue reading

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Billboards Opposing Drone Wars Are Going Up All Over Syracuse, NY

World Beyond War has been raising funds for and renting billboards in opposition to war. We’ve run into censorship from numerous billboard companies but persevered, and more billboards are on their way. First we put this message up here in … Continue reading

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Yes, the United States Used Biowarfare on North Korea

It’s sort of silly that it matters. The United States bombed North Korea flat with ordinary, non-bioweapons bombs. It ran out of standing structures to bomb. People lived in caves, if they lived. Millions died, most of them from regular … Continue reading

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Does Peace Need a Business Plan?

If you had just asked me if peace needed a “business plan,” I’d have replied, “Sure! Just like it needs a toupeed golfing fascist reality-TV creep in the White House! That’ll just about fix everything! War is over! Thanks!” But … Continue reading

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A Reply to the Taliban

Dear Taliban, Thank you for your letter to the American people. As one person in the United States I cannot offer you a representative reply on behalf of all of us. Nor can I use polls to tell you what … Continue reading

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Video of Debate #2: Is War Ever Justifiable?

Our first debate was February 12th. This was our second, held February 13, 2018, at Eastern Mennonite University, moderated by Lisa Schirch. Youtube. Facebook. The two speakers’ bios: Pete Kilner is a writer and military ethicist who served more than … Continue reading

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Video of Debate on Is War Ever Justifiable?

On February 12, 2018, I debated Pete Kilner on the topic of “Is War Ever Justifiable?” (Location: Radford University; Moderator Glen Martin; videographer Zachary Lyman). Here is video: Youtube. Facebook. The two speakers’ bios: Pete Kilner is a writer and … Continue reading

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Why and Why Not to Oppose a Trumparade

 People have a wide range of reasons for opposing a military Trumparade through Washington. Here are nearly 20,000 people who say: “We demand that the United States hold no militarism-glorifying parade displaying weaponry of war. Should such a thing be … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders Hits on Winning Message He Avoided in 2016

A video has shown up on Senator Bernie Sanders’ Facebook page, with his name on it and his face in it making all the familiar (to a small number of people) points about U.S. military spending (how much it is, … Continue reading

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Is Fred Warmbier Grieving or Warmongering?

Fred Warmbier, whose son Otto Warmbier, a student here at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, died shortly after returning from North Korea, is reportedly traveling to the Winter Olympics with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. It’s hard to imagine … Continue reading

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The Post should be viewed by current editors of The Post

I was afraid that The Post would give us a Hollywood film version of the publication of the Pentagon Papers and manage never to say what was in the Pentagon Papers. I was afraid it would be turned into a … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Colman McCarthy on The Post and Teaching Peace

Colman McCarthy is a former Washington Post columnist, from 1969 to 1997, and the director of The Center for Teaching Peace in Washington DC. He teaches courses on nonviolence at Georgetown Law, Georgetown undergraduate, American University, the University of Maryland … Continue reading

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Way Outside the Choir

Having spent years going to events organized by peace groups, at which people tell each other they should stop “preaching to the choir,” I’ve started doing another kind of event. I debate war supporters in front of mixed crowds that … Continue reading

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#WarHurtsEarth — April 22, 2018, Earth Day Actions for Peace and Planet

World Beyond War joins with Just World Educational in promoting Earth Day events for on or about April 22, 2018, that will challenge the greatest destroyer of the earth: the war industry. World Beyond War’s Coordinating Committee member Gar Smith … Continue reading

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Support the New Poor People’s Campaign

The new poor people’s campaign should get every ounce of support we can find and generate. I say that without the qualifications and caveats I would usually include, because the Poor People’s Campaign is doing something that may not be … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Jackson Lears on the Russiagate Religion

Jackson Lears is the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. Lears is the editor of the journal Raritan: A Quarterly Review. His books include: Something for Nothing: Luck in America and Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History … Continue reading

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Letter from Charlottesville to Ukraine

UKRAINE: CHARLOTTESVILLE: Letter from Charlottesville to Ukraine By David Swanson Nazi rallies in the news in recent years have most prominently been held here in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, and in Ukraine. I want to send thoughts of solidarity to those … Continue reading

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Removing Trump Will Require New Activists; The Old Ones Won’t Do It

It was convenient for the teaching moment that James Risen just recounted the New York Times’ refusal back in 2004 to report on George W. Bush’s (secret and criminal) warrantless spying prior to Bush’s “re-election” for fear of costing Bush … Continue reading

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Billboards, Bases, and Baltimore

The nonprofit organization World Beyond War has put up a billboard in Baltimore stating that “3% of U.S. military spending could end starvation on earth.” Of course, a much smaller percentage could heat Baltimore schools, where students are attending classes … Continue reading

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How It Could Finally Be Possible to Prosecute War as a Crime

War is a crime. The International Criminal Court has just announced that it will finally treat it as a crime, sort-of, kind-of. But how can war’s status as a crime effectively deter the world’s leading war-maker from threatening and launching … Continue reading

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Oh For Godsake, Leave Jill Stein Alone

I’ve known Jill Stein for years. I knew weeks ago that the Senate “Intelligence” Committee was coming after her. I set up this petition to put reasonable limits on Russiagate. But I’ve not heard from Jill, nor had any secret … Continue reading

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The Even More Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

Twenty-Seven psychiatrists and mental health experts have produced a book called The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, which I think, despite stating that the fate of the world is in the hands of an evil madman, understates the danger. The … Continue reading

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The Case Against Iraqing Iran

The case against Iraqing Iran includes the following points: Threatening war is a violation of the U.N. Charter. Waging war is a violation of the U.N. Charter and of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. Waging war without Congress is a violation of … Continue reading

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Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference

Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of Évian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. It’s also the location where, in July 1938, the first … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: U.S. Military Promotes New Genetic Extinction Technology

Jonathan R. Latham, PhD is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral … Continue reading

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Charlottesville Finally Gets A Peace Monument

Well, we tried a petition, and I tried a TED talk (in fact two of em), and the Daily Progress daily newspaper, and Channel 19 four times: one, two, three, four, and Channel 29 too. No opposition whatsoever has been … Continue reading

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Sun Tzu: The Ass of War

Sun Tzu, whose book, The Art of War, was written some 2,500 years ago during a period of constant war, and popularized in the West some 100 years ago (just in time for industrialized warfare), is the leading example of … Continue reading

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76 Years of Pearl Harbor Lies

Donald Trump is tweeting about a particular spot in Hawaii. He visited it recently on his way to threaten war in Asia. It’s a big feature this week in lots of U.S. magazines and newspapers. It has a lovely name … Continue reading

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Charlottesville Beyond the Lee Statue

If you haven’t seen Charlottesville on the news lately, you should know that the Lee Statue and the Jackson Statue still stand, covered with enormous black garbage bags so that nobody can see them, but everybody can know there’s something … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Shireen Al-Adeimi: Stop the U.S. War on Yemen

Shireen Al-Adeimi is a former middle school teacher and is currently finishing her doctoral studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was born in Yemen and has lived in the United States for 10 years. She recently wrote … Continue reading

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When a Nuclear War Planner Confesses

Daniel Ellsberg’s new book is The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. I’ve known the author for years, I’m prouder than ever to say. We have done speaking events and media interviews together. We’ve been arrested together protesting … Continue reading

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How I Became a Peace Activist

When I was teaching myself how to write, when I was about 20 to 25, I churned out (and threw out) all kinds of autobiographies. I wrote glorified diaries. I fictionalized my friends and acquaintances. I still write columns all … Continue reading

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What We’re Supposed to Think

We’re supposed to think that the United States is threatened for no reason by irrational subhuman monsters arising out of the less important bits of the earth found beyond U.S. borders. We’re supposed to think that the bigger the U.S. … Continue reading

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Trump in Exile

SHIP’S LOG, February 15, 2018 — How the Earthlings have survived is a mystery. Ever since the United States impeached and removed Donald Trump for accidentally live-streaming himself sexually assaulting a tourist (or was it really for refusing to bomb … Continue reading

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FAILED: Foreign Policy as We Know It

The Stop the War Coalition has just published a short summary of what’s wrong with foreign policy, going through a partial list of current wars one by one. Of course this is a British organization with a British perspective, but … Continue reading

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New York Times and Reaction to It Help Us See Where Nazis Come From

“Imagine being so bad at drumming that you become a Nazi,” someone tweeted in response to the recent and scandalous New York Times’ article about an Ohio Nazi. “Or at painting,” I replied. That part of the explanation of where … Continue reading

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Highlights from No War 2017

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Against Thanksgiving

What the hell do I mean I’m against Thanksgiving? Can’t I find something worse to be against? How about famine, cholera, war, slavery, rape, murder, torture, environmental collapse, refugee crises, evil heartless lying scheming governments, oil spills, slick propaganda, mass … Continue reading

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Top 10 Ways to Stop Trump Nuking Anybody

On Tuesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on whether Trump can just up and nuke people or not. The hand-picked witnesses, all former military, all said there was some chance that if Trump ordered a nuking, somebody … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: War Stories

The late Eduardo Galeano’s forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories, has five or ten sentences on each page — each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die … Continue reading

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U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans

Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because it’s hard to answer. It’s important to … Continue reading

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Troopaganda Eats Its Own Tail

First they tell you what to think the wars are for. They’re for protection from evil enemies, for spreading democracy and human rights. Then you discover that wasn’t so. The evil enemies were actually human beings and no threat. The … Continue reading

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WAR STORIES

By David Swanson, World Beyond War   HUNTER OF STORIES The late Eduardo Galeano’s forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories, has five or ten sentences on each page — each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes … Continue reading

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A New Armistice Day

Exactly at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 99 years ago, people across Europe suddenly stopped shooting guns at each other. Up until that moment, they were killing and taking bullets, falling and screaming, moaning … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Nick Buxton on Climate Chaos and Militarism

This week on Talk Nation Radio: Climate chaos and militarism. We’re joined by Nick Buxton, who is the co-editor of an important book called The Secure and the Dispossessed – How the military and corporations are seeking to shape a … Continue reading

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David Swanson TED Talk TEDx Charlottesville on Why End War

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Oh Canada, Why Can’t You Shelter War Resisters?

Deb Ellis’ and Dennis Mueller’s film Peace Has No Borders tells the story of U.S. war resisters in Canada in opposition to the 2003-present war on Iraq, and the efforts of the War Resisters Support Campaign to win them the … Continue reading

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Congress Members to Screen Hilarious Antiwar Film in U.S. Capitol

Congress Members Jones and Garamendi are going to screen and discuss a hilarious movie mockery of militarism. They’re going to do it in the U.S. Capitol. They’re going to go right on funding the war madness, sanctioning possible new enemies, … Continue reading

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Illinois State Capitol Hit by War Disease Epidemic

The state capitol of Illinois is ground zero of a contagious outbreak of war fever. The origins, I’m afraid, may lie in part in a resolution I drafted that was passed, with various modifications, by numerous cities around the United … Continue reading

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U.S. Empire: Not Fade Away

I wanna tell you how it’s gonna be. But I really cannot. Prediction is just vastly more difficult than action, which makes it even odder that so much of the former goes on, and so little of the latter. I … Continue reading

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How Peace Studies Can Help End Wars

Remarks at Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, October 28, 2017. Thank you for inviting me. Can everyone who thinks that war is never, and can never be, justified please raise your hand. Thank you. Now if … Continue reading

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A Peace Treaty with North Korea — and you can sign it!

Alarmed by the threat of a nuclear war between the U.S. and North Korea, concerned U.S. peace groups have come together to send an open message to Washington and Pyongyang. Click here to add your name to the People’s Peace … Continue reading

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Associated Press Associates Itself With War

Robert Burns and Matthew Pennington of the Associated Press tell us: “U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the Korean Peninsula at a momentous juncture in the faltering effort to persuade Pyongyang to halt and dismantle its nuclear weapons program. … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: How the “Fake News” Scare Is Marginalizing the Left

This week on Talk Nation Radio: How the “Fake News” Scare Is Marginalizing the Left. That’s the title of an article in In These Times by our guest, Julianne Tveten. She writes about the technology industry’s relationship with socioeconomics and … Continue reading

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UVA’s Miller Center Plans Three Days of Russophobia

Even as some Democrats are at long last growing frustrated with the lack of actual evidence for the past several months of stories about Russia stealing a U.S. election, Russiagate has penetrated so deeply that Trump’s ambassador to the United … Continue reading

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Where the New York Times Fails to Understand War

Let’s read a New York Times editorial from Monday: “The United States has been at war continuously since the attacks of 9/11 and now has just over 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries and territories. While … Continue reading

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Can Architecture Fix Our Health, Minds, Societies, Environment?

Of all the factors that impact our lives in major ways, with ripple effects into all corners of human existence, the question of how we build our built environment receives impressively little attention. We’re far more likely to hear what … Continue reading

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Gainesville Bans Torches, Charlottesville Allows Guns

Here’s a list of items banned from an event in Gainesville, Florida, with hatemonger Richard Spencer. It includes all conceivable weapons, and even open flames of any kind. Here’s an NBC 29 report on our petition to ban weapons from … Continue reading

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Petition asks Charlottesville to keep weapons out of rallies

A new petition, signed by over 8,000 people and just sent to Charlottesville’s City Council, asks Charlottesville to keep weapons out of rallies. The petition, found at https://diy.rootsaction.org/p/cville , reads: “Make clear that in permits for any rallies in public … Continue reading

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My letter to Larry Flynt on Trump Impeachment

Larry Flynt, Your grounds for impeachment #s 2 through 6 (plus that of the paragraph that follows them) are already documented by overwhelming, incontrovertible evidence. What is required is to recognize that and to remove from the list the impediment … Continue reading

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The Secure, the Dispossessed, and the Mentally Deranged Dotards

In The Secure and the Dispossessed, Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes have collected an unflinching survey of a species gone mad. The book’s subtitle is “How the Military and Corporations Are Shaping a Climate-Changed World.” In short, the Authoritarian Exceptionalist … Continue reading

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What About Weinstein’s Public Offenses?

Harvey Weinstein, I’ve just read, is “the disgraced Pulp Fiction producer.” But isn’t someone who encourages millions of people to think of murder and torture as super cool and fun already pre-disgraced? Doesn’t he arrive in the locked office with … Continue reading

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PBS’s Vietnam Acknowledges Nixon’s Treason

After reading and hearing wildly contradictory accounts of Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’s Vietnam War documentary on PBS, I decided I had to watch the thing. I agree with some of the criticism and some of the praise. The documentary … Continue reading

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Slim Pickings for Charlottesville City Council

Thus far I’m underwhelmed by the candidates seeking to join Charlottesville’s City Council this year, as well as, of course, by the current members. In the wake of the fascist rallies, the electoral system does not seem to be responding … Continue reading

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Vietghanistan’s New Year, War Lies’ New Millennium

 The Afghanistan War documentary by Ken Burns III may someday be set for release in Spring 2074. Or maybe not. The peace movement in the U.S. made Vietnam, rather than Korea, a topic for Burns. The peace movement is struggling … Continue reading

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Is the Nobel Committee Finally Abiding by Nobel’s Will?

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) — listen to my radio show with one of ICAN’s leaders two years ago here. It’s conceivable that some Americans will now … Continue reading

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People Don’t Kill People, Americans Kill People

Yes, of course, every day that Congress goes on refusing to ban guns is more blood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. It’s immoral, disgraceful, embarrassing, and in large part a function of financial corruption. But it’s also in … Continue reading

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I just won a TED Talks Open Mic — here’s my 4-minute talk

On Oct 2, 2017, 20 of us gave 4-minute TED talks in Charlottesville and I won, allowing me to give a TED talk at the upcoming November 3, 2017, event at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater. This was my 4-minute talk on … Continue reading

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What’s North Korea Afraid of?

“Peace” clubs in U.S. schools are likely to teach that a local bully is afraid and in need of help. They are much less likely to teach that about entities involved in the actual subject of peace (meaning the absence … Continue reading

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The World Is Banning Nuclear Weapons — Can Trumpland Join the World?

Scientists tell us that a single nuclear weapon could cause devastating climate change. Donald Trump tells us . . . well, a bunch of incoherent gibberish that seems to include the illegal threat to use nuclear weapons if he should … Continue reading

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Armistice Day 99 Years On and the Need for a Peace to End All Wars

November 11 is Armistice Day / Remembrance Day. Ninety-nine years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, fighting ceased in the “war to end all wars.” People went on killing and dying … Continue reading

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Take a Knee for Freedom of Religion

What is freedom of religion? It is not actually or directly freedom to think or not think religious stuff, not to the extent that one can, or chooses to, keep one’s thoughts secret. Rather, it is the right to display … Continue reading

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Daniel Kovalik on Morgan Freeman and the Plot to Scapegoat Russia

Daniel Kovalik is author of the recently-released book The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia. He teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has … Continue reading

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Video of No War 2017: War and the Environment

If you didn’t attend #NoWar2017 this past weekend, you can watch videos of the whole conference below. Sept 22 VIDEO OF WHOLE FIRST DAY 7:00-7:55 p.m. Conference Opening Plenary: David Swanson, Jill Stein, Tim DeChristopher. VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2. 7:55 … Continue reading

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War vs Cute Animals

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#NoWar2017 All of Day One

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The Best Speech Yet From Any U.S. President

In planning an upcoming conference aimed at challenging the institution of war, to be held at American University September 22-24, I can’t help but be drawn to the speech a U.S. president gave at American University a little more than … Continue reading

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Pull Down That Statue of the U.S. Constitution

Nobody, not racist warmakers, not imaginary non-racist warmakers, not founding fathers, not radical protesters should be made into a deity, larger than life, in marble or bronze, on horseback or otherwise. Nobody is that flawless, and nobody’s story so withstands … Continue reading

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Edward Snowden is joining #NoWar2017 by Live Video – You Can Join in Person

Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower and 2013 Sam Adams laureate, will be speaking with us by live video, as we gather for the NoWar2017 conference on September 22-24 in Washington, D.C. Speaking in person will be: Medea Benjamin, Nadine Bloch, Max … Continue reading

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Senate Refuses to Stop Endless War

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What It Would Take to End Racism and War

By David Swanson Remarks at George Mason University on September 13, 2017 Thank you very much for inviting me. May I see a show of hands of those who believe we should eliminate all racism? Thank you, and now those … Continue reading

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The Gathering to Abolish War

Have you about had enough yet? I have! Sixteen years of endless wars, endless spending, endless killing, endless dying, endless environmental destruction, endless erosion of our rights, endless suppression of activism, endless militarization of police, endless promotion of bigotry and … Continue reading

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How Outlawing War Changed the World in 1928

When I wrote a book about the Kellogg-Briand Pact my goals were to draw lessons from the movement that created it, and to call attention to its existence as a still-current law being routinely violated — in hopes of encouraging … Continue reading

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The Conference to Save the Environment

To my knowledge, and I very, very much hope I am wrong, this upcoming conference will be the very first environmental conference in the United States to take on the single gravest threat to the world’s natural environment and to … Continue reading

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Are Governments Useless?

Useless! Useless! Heavy rain driving Into the sea. –Jack Kerouac Talking with people who are fed up, and especially with people who are trying to do something about it, one increasingly runs into the statement that the (U.S.) government is … Continue reading

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You Can’t Have a Progressive Movement Without Peace

By David Swanson Remarks at People’s Convergence Conference, Sept. 8, 2017 Here’s my five-minute case for why you can’t have an effective progressive movement in the United States that doesn’t include working for peace. War and militarism and bases and … Continue reading

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Debate: Korean Peninsula crisis

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I hope to see yall at these upcoming awesome events

September 9: Washington, D.C. That’s this Saturday in DC on a 1 p.m. panel on ending permanent war, with Medea Benjamin and Lee Camp. September 13: George Mason University That’s next Wednesday in Fairfax, Va., on ending racism and war! … Continue reading

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Stop Allowing YOUR Emperor to Threaten Nuclear Apocalypse

North Korea is open to reasonable negotiations. The United States, as embodied in the buffoon whom we have allowed to hold more power than any royal monarch has ever known, would prefer armageddon to reasonable negotiations. These are not speculations. … Continue reading

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Conference to Bring Together Environmental and Peace Movements

http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2017 Media, including live or recorded video, welcome. Speakers will include: Medea Benjamin, Nadine Bloch, Max Blumenthal, Natalia Cardona, Suzanne Cole, Alice Day, Lincoln Day, Tim DeChristopher, Dale Dewar, Pat Elder, Bruce Gagnon, Philip Giraldi, Will Griffin, Seymour Hersh, Tony … Continue reading

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Charlottesville’s Past That Isn’t Even

Here in Charlottesville, Virginia, I like to point out that the rallies of racists are mostly imported from out of state. It’s tempting to relax comfortably on that assertion, and to reflect on how our great lord and master Thomas … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Alice and Lincoln Day on What War Does to the Earth

Alice and Lincoln Day have produced an amazing film about the impact of war on the natural environment, which fits perfectly with World Beyond War’s upcoming conference on that theme. Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives was produced between 2006 and … Continue reading

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No War 2017: War and the Environment

September 22-24 Conference in Washington, D.C. Just following the International Day of Peace, and in the tradition of No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism, and the best speech any U.S. president ever gave, this year’s conference will focus on … Continue reading

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Trump’s Articles of Impeachment: A Greatest Hits Collection

By David Swanson, FireDonaldTrump.org Several years back, I led a team of authors drafting articles of impeachment against then-President George W. Bush for then-Congressman Dennis Kucinich. We drafted over 60 and settled on the best 35. Had Congress moved forward, … Continue reading

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Creative Anti-Nazism

The people of Durham , N.C., have the right idea. Not only have they taken down a Confederate war statue themselves, but they’ve lined up en masse to turn themselves in for that crime, overwhelming the so-called justice system. The … Continue reading

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How War Pollutes the Potomac River

By David Swanson and Pat Elder, World Beyond War The Pentagon’s impact on the river on whose bank it sits is not simply the diffuse impact of global warming and rising oceans contributed to by the U.S. military’s massive oil … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: James Loewen on the Lies That Confederate Statues Tell

James Loewen’s books include Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong, Lies My Teacher Told Me and Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. Earlier this year, he spoke at a symposium in Richmond on Confederate monuments … Continue reading

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Top 10 Misconceptions About Charlottesville

1. Let’s start with the obvious. Charlottesville, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are actually two completely different places in the world. The flood of concern and good wishes for those of us here in Charlottesville is wonderful and much appreciated. … Continue reading

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Get U.S. Planes Out of Syria

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Foreigners Are Crazy

Pew did a poll in 38 countries asking about various dangers and threats. The United States came in 26th place in the percentage of its people who view climate change as a major threat. What can all those people in … Continue reading

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Hiroshima Haunting

Remarks at Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration at Peace Garden at Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 6, 2017 Thank you for inviting me to speak here. I’m grateful and honored, but it is not an easy task. I’ve spoken on television and to … Continue reading

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You Cannot Begin a Crime in Good Faith

Remarks at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis on Aug. 5, 2017 This morning we handed out flyers on Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul. We encountered very few who knew why it is called that. Frank Kellogg was a hero in the … Continue reading

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Getting to Peace Through Local Governments

Remarks at the Democracy Convention, Minneapolis, Minn., August 5, 2017. A school board member in Virginia once agreed to support creating a celebration of the International Day of Peace but said he would do so only as long as no … Continue reading

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Prosecuting Famine Creation

Remarks at the Democracy Convention, Minneapolis, Minn., August 4, 2017 I was asked to speak about prosecuting weapons dealers and war makers with a focus on Saudi Arabia. There are, I think, many ways that one could go about that. … Continue reading

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Why We Can and Must End Our Greatest Crime

Remarks on August 3 at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis. It’s unusual on Kellogg Blvd. in St. Paul to encounter anyone who knows why it’s named that. A bunch of us are going to go over there with flyers Saturday morning … Continue reading

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Congressional Opponents of Sanctions As Nuts As Supporters

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune Both houses of Congress have now passed big new sanctions bills by veto-proof majorities, in fact with near unanimity. The vote this week in the House of Misrepresentatives was 419–3 on a bill to … Continue reading

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Why and How to Bring Environmental and Peace Movements Together

If war were moral, legal, defensive, beneficial to the spread of freedom, and inexpensive, we would be obliged to make abolishing it our top priority solely because of the destruction that war and preparations for war do as the leading … Continue reading

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What’s Missing from Dunkirk Film

Yes, I’m going to tell you what’s missing from this film without watching the film. Trump has, as promised, made me so sick of winning that I really could enjoy watching a defeat film, but I think I’ll pass. If … Continue reading

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Yet Another #People’sPlatform Has Usual Anti-People Problem

Donald Trump uses backdrops formed by crowds of boy scouts or soldiers. Progressive Democrats use documents called #People’sPlatform endorsed by numerous quasi-grassroots organizations. Neither remotely approaches the far more desirable governance that one would get using direct democracy, governance by … Continue reading

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Ethics of Not Ruining Everything

Today I listened to the audio book of Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationship With Animals by Lori Gruen while reading the hardcopy of From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel Dennett. As … Continue reading

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House Panel Votes to Debate Post-9/11 Blank Check for War

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Why We’re Kayaking to the Pentagon, and Why You Should Join Us

One week before the #NoWar2017: War and the Environment conference, to be held September 22-24 at American Univeristy, World Beyond War will work with the Backbone Campaign and other allies to organize a flotilla for the environment and peace, bringing … Continue reading

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Major Mistake Found in Congressional Creation of Space Army

Even CNN struggles to stay solemn, neither laughing nor vomiting, at news of Congress creating a new branch of the U.S. military to fight wars in space. Of course, one purpose of militarizing space, which other nations have long supported … Continue reading

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122 Nations Create Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

On Friday the United Nations concluded the creation of the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in over 20 years, and the first treaty ever to ban all nuclear weapons. While 122 nations voted yes, the Netherlands voted no, Singapore abstained, … Continue reading

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Silicon Oligarchs Should Save Themselves, Not Us

After the most expensive Congressional election in history saw a spectacular loss by a much-hyped Democrat who included only two policy topics on his entire website: cutting government spending, and running the government more like a corporation, a couple of … Continue reading

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De-Authorize the Use of Military Force

Last Thursday the U.S. House Appropriations Committee unanimously passed an amendment that would — if passed by the full Congress — repeal, after an 8-month delay, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress just after … Continue reading

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U.S. War Justification Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Originally published in Counterpunch Volume 24 Number 3 The idea that the United States has a problem with war propaganda is typically scratched in a bad-apples manner with a story that the U.S. has set up a new propaganda agency, … Continue reading

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Against Ignoring the KKK

When a small number of heavily armed Ku Klux Klanners from North Carolina are given vast amounts of media attention for holding a rally here in Charlottesville, Va., on July 8th, I believe people opposed to violence and racism should … Continue reading

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Crackpot Criminality From Abu Through Zubaydah

John Kiriakou led the CIA operation that arrested, or rather, kidnapped without charge, Abu Zubaydah. Joseph Hickman helped imprison Abu Zubaydah as a guard at Guantanamo and was later the lead researcher for Zubaydah’s habeas defense team. Here are some … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Ajamu Baraka on the Black Alliance for Peace

Ajamu Baraka is National Organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace. He is a human rights defender whose experience spans four decades of domestic and international education and activism. He has provided human rights trainings for grassroots activists across the … Continue reading

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U.S. Conference of Mayors Opposes Military-Heavy Trump Budget

The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday unanimously passed three resolutions opposing the military-heavy Trump budget proposal, urging Congress to move funding out of the military and into human and environmental needs rather than the reverse. The three resolutions are … Continue reading

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Sanctions Are Crimes, Not Law Enforcement

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune The U.S. Senate has increased sanctions on the people of Iran and Russia, if the House and President go along. The Senate vote was 98-2, with Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders voting no, the latter despite … Continue reading

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You’ll Never Guess What Losing Democrats All Have in Common

It was curious to observe how much of Jeremy Corbyn’s successful campaign to rebuild the Labour Party was about foreign policy. Wars, he said, make us less safe, not more. Agreeing with him were: the obvious facts of the matter, … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Ray McGovern on Russia and Syria

Ray McGovern has been studying/analyzing Russia for more than five decades, both in academe and government. A senior analyst at the CIA during the 80s, he also conducted early morning briefings, one-on-one, of the President’s Daily Brief for President Reagan’s … Continue reading

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Nobody Wants Trump in Office More Than Democrats

Ordinary people who identify themselves as Democrats have a variety of mostly noble intentions and desires. Elected Democrats in Washington, D.C., are another matter entirely. When voters gave them majorities in Congress in 2006, telling exit pollsters that the top … Continue reading

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The Unifying Force of War Abolition

Remarks at United National Antiwar Coalition in Richmond, Virginia, on June 18, 2017. It’s not unusual for an activist, focused on one of the millions of worthy causes out there, to try to recruit other activists to that particular cause. … Continue reading

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Untrump the World — It Won’t Self-Impeach

Remarks at United National Antiwar Coalition in Richmond, Virginia, June 17, 2017 Did you hear about Trump calling up the mayor of Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay and telling him that, contrary to all appearances, his island is not … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Lisa Ling on Killer Drones

Lisa Ling is one of the U.S. drone whistleblowers profiled in the terrific movie National Bird. Ling is a former technical sergeant on drone surveillance systems, grew up in California and initially joined the military as an army medic and … Continue reading

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Our Monuments Don’t Tell The Whole Truth – David Swanson

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Brad Pitt Does Stanley McChrystal: When Netflix’ War Movie Stops Being Funny

The new movie, War Machine, on Netflix starring Brad Pitt begins as a hilarious and satisfying mockery of General Stanley McChrystal, circa 2009, as well as of militarism in general. Hilarious because of the deadpan sincere idiocy. Satisfying at least … Continue reading

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A Portrait of the CIA in Prison

John Kiriakou’s Doing Time Like a Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison paints a disturbing portrait of a U.S. prison in which Kiriakou spent time as retribution for having admitted that the CIA used … Continue reading

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Corbynize This Trumped Up World

Making Jeremy Corbyn the Prime Minister of the U.K. would do more for the world and everyone in it than either of the two available outcomes of any recent U.S. election could have done. Here in the U.S. I always … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Charlotte Dennett on Origins of U.S. Obsession with Middle East

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-charlotte-dennett-on-origins-of-us-obsession-with-middle-east. Charlotte Dennett is an attorney, author, and investigative journalist. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she became a roving correspondent for The Middle East Sketch in 1973 and a reporter for the Beirut Daily Star. Escaping Lebanon’s civil war in 1975, … Continue reading

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U.S. Increases Nuclear Energy Spending as It Fights Global Weapons Ban

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We’re Dealing With a New Type of War Lie

When the U.S. public was told that Spain had blown up the Maine, or Vietnam had returned fire, or Iraq had stockpiled weapons, or Libya was planning a massacre, the claims were straightforward and disprovable. Before people began referring to … Continue reading

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U.S. Human Rights Groups Recommend Bombing Victims Move Underground, Develop Militias

The International Committee of the Red Cross and InterAction (a coalition of U.S. human rights groups) have published a report on how to protect civilians when waging war on cities. They seek to catalog the “humanitarian challenges specific to urban … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Francis Boyle on How to Impeach Trump

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-francis-boyle-on-how-to-impeach-trump Francis Boyle is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. Professor Boyle has served as counsel to Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the Provisional Government of the Palestinian Authority. He has represented the … Continue reading

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LEAKED: Text of Trump’s Peaceful Islam Speech

By Donald Trump Translated into English by David Swanson I am very honored to have been invited here to tell you about Islam. King Salman invited me, and I said you know I really need to go to Israel first … Continue reading

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Why You Should Visit Russia

Just back from a week in Moscow, I feel obliged to point out a few things about it. Most people there still love Americans. Many people there speak English. Learning basic Russian is not that hard. Moscow is the biggest … Continue reading

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American/Russian Vladimir Posner on the State of Journalism

Vladimir Posner, who spent his youth in the United States, France, and the Soviet Union, and who cohosted a show with Phil Donahue on U.S. television for years, met with a group of visitors to Moscow from the U.S. on … Continue reading

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What I Saw When I Visited a Russian School

As I was heading off to visit Russia, a friend told me of a friend who knew a Russian school teacher. I asked if I could visit the school, and I brought along a couple of American friends. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Racists Love Russia?

  Photo by Daily Progress. While I’ve been in Russia trying to make friends, back home in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, a group of torch-bearing supporters of Robert E. Lee has held a rally generally understood as a proclamation of white … Continue reading

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A Russian Journalist’s Perspective

Dmitri Babich has worked as a journalist in Russia since 1989, for newspapers, news agencies, radio, and television. He says that he used to always interview people, while lately people interview him. According to Babich, myths about Russian media, such … Continue reading

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A Russian Entrepreneur’s Perspective

I’ve been in Moscow some days now and have yet to meet an oligarch (although perhaps they don’t identify themselves). I have met an entrepreneur named Andrei Davidovich. He’s started several companies since his first in 1998, including a software … Continue reading

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Things Russians Can Teach Americans

I suppose the list is lengthy and includes dancing, comedy, karaoke singing, vodka drinking, monument building, diplomacy, novel writing, and thousands of other fields of human endeavor, in some of which Americans can teach Russians as well. But what I’m … Continue reading

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The U.S. Behavior That Concerns Russia

I attended a meeting in Moscow on Friday with Vladimir Kozin, longtime member of Russia’s foreign service, advisor to the government, author, and advocate for arms reduction. He handed out the list of 16 unresolved problems above. While he noted … Continue reading

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Love from Russians

 On Wednesday, I flew out of a New York airport around which armed soldiers in camouflaged uniforms wandered — a New York area that had long ago hidden in the hardest to reach corner of New Jersey the monument that … Continue reading

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Impeach Trump for Right Reasons

The Constitution suddenly seems to have bestirred itself and declared itself, through its many Washington spokespeople, to be in crisis. I’m sorry, interjects the world, but what the hell took you so long? We laid out the clear Constitutional violations … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Hyun Lee on Prospects for Peace in Korea

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-hyun-lee-on-prospects-for-peace-in-korea. Hyun Lee is a New York City-based writer and activist. She is a member of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea. She is also a Korea Policy Institute fellow and a member of Nodutdol for Korean … Continue reading

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No More Oil for Wars!

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Talk Nation Radio: John Washington: We Need a Whistle-Blower in U.S. Customs and Border Protection

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-john-washington-we-need-a-whistle-blower-in-us-customs-and-border-protection John Washington is a writer and translator based in Arizona. His most recent translation, A History of Violence, about Central American politics, was published by Verso Books in 2016. He writes regularly for The Nation and In These Times. … Continue reading

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What I Said at the Peace Hub of the Climate March

Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them. Most countries on earth burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military. And that’s without even calculating how much worse for the climate jet fuel is than other fossil … Continue reading

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Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take? — David Swanson in Vermont

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Hey Ireland, Your Ambassador Just Told Me You’ll Do Anything Trump Wants

Dear brothers and sisters of Ireland, your ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson spoke at the University of Virginia Tuesday afternoon. After consulting one of your fine citizens named Barry Sweeney, I asked her this: “Since the U.S. government … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Deirdre Enright on Freeing Innocent People from Prison

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-deirdre-enright-on-freeing-innocent-people-from-prison Deirdre Enright is director of investigation for the University of Virginia Law School’s Innocence Project Clinic. Enright previously worked at the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, where she represented clients and consulted on cases in all stages of capital … Continue reading

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The F-35 and the Incinerating Ski Slope

By David Swanson Remarks in Burlington, Vermont, April 22, 2017 Thank you all for inviting me. There is no place I’d rather be on earth day. And that includes marching for science at the March for Science in Washington. Although … Continue reading

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How U.S. Race Laws Inspired Nazis

James Q. Whitman’s new book is called Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. It is understated and overdocumented, difficult to argue with. No doubt some will try. In cartoonish U.S. historical understanding, the … Continue reading

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Never-Ending War in the Time of Trump and How to Stop It

By David Swanson Remarks in Cambridge, Mass., April 13, 2017 The Mother of All Lies is this: you can fix things by blowing them up. Alcoholics should not drink, and people who cannot watch TV and distinguish it from reality … Continue reading

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Antiwar Movement: What Can We Do? | David Swanson

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Don’t Be a United Airlines Passenger

Do not sit still like a United Airlines passenger in a video when an injustice is happening. If the other passengers had simply blocked the aisles, corporate thugs could not have dragged their fellow passenger away. If everyone on board … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Dennis Kucinich on Opposing War on Syria

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-dennis-kucinich-on-opposing-war-on-syria Dennis Kucinich is an internationally renowned champion of diplomacy and peace. His distinguished career in public service dates back to 1969 and spans councilman, clerk of courts, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio State Senator, 8 term Member of US Congress … Continue reading

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Top 10 Lies, Damn Lies, and Lies About Syria

1. Chemical weapons are worse than other weapons. This is not the case. Death and dismemberment are horrific regardless of the weapon. No weapon is being used legally, morally, humanely, or practically in Syria or Iraq. U.S. bombs are no … Continue reading

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Un-Trump the Budget

Check out below the list of people who have come together on this! Add your name. Our environmental and human needs are desperate and urgent. We need to transform our economy, our politics, our policies and our priorities to reflect … Continue reading

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April 4 in DC: Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

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Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next!

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U.S. Out of Korea

My biggest concern is not the embarrassment of a U.S. public afraid of the tiny impoverished nation of North Korea. If that embarrassed me, how would I survive what U.S. culture makes of ISIS, or — for that matter — … Continue reading

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Let Trump Golf, Let the Public Draft the Budget

One idea behind a representative government is to approximate what the public as a whole would do if it had the time to sit down and consider each matter itself. Of course the entire U.S. public does not have that … Continue reading

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Liberalism’s Communications Problem

Liberals in the United States are relatively educated, yet extremely inarticulate when it comes to Trump, his budget proposal, or the U.S. military. In a typical email, Moveon.org sent out the message this week that nobody should confirm a Supreme … Continue reading

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The Middle East for Dummies

The first point I’d like to touch on is the idea that the Middle East is a culturally violent place that can be made less violent by bombing it. The first problem with this is that bombing places makes them … Continue reading

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Five Localities Pass Resolutions Against Trump Budget: Three of Them Done Well

New Haven, CT, Charlottesville, VA, and Montgomery County, MD, have passed resolutions opposing the Trump budget’s moving of money from everything else to the military, urging that money be moved in the opposite direction. Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor have denounced … Continue reading

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Successfully Urging a City to Oppose Trump Budget

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Talk Nation Radio: William Geimer on Why Canada Should Stay Out of Other People’s Wars

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/william-geimer-on-why-canada-should-stay-out-of-other-peoples-wars William Geimer, author, peace activist, is a veteran of the U.S. 82d Airborne Division and Professor of Law Emeritus, Washington and Lee University. After resigning his commission in opposition to the war on Vietnam, he represented conscientious objectors and … Continue reading

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Russia Conspiracists Claim to Possess Reality

An Associated Press story on Tuesday came with this headline: “Analysis: Reality catching up with Trump on Russia,” and began: “WASHINGTON (AP) — Reality is catching up with President Donald Trump. Hours after Trump dismissed reports that his campaign associates … Continue reading

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City of Charlottesville Passes Resolution Asking Congress to Fund Human and Environmental Needs, Not Military Expansion

Charlottesville, Va., City Council Monday evening, March 20, 2017, passed a resolution opposing President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which shifts funding to the military from many other programs. The draft resolution brought up for consideration reads as follows. It was … Continue reading

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Trump’s Budget Counts on Us to Be Dumber Than He

Donald Trump does not always in every way appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed. Yet there is great wisdom to be found in some of his assumptions of stupidity on the part of the rest of us. … Continue reading

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City to Vote on Resolution Opposing Trump’s Budget

Charlottesville, Va., City Council has on its agenda for Monday, March 20th, a vote on a resolution opposing President Donald Trump’s proposal to shift $54 billion from human and environmental needs to military spending. The resolution calls on Congress to … Continue reading

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The Problem With the CIA and Drones

Thanks to a recent Wall Street Journal article, I’ve been hearing from Democratic partisans that President Trump has done something brand new, and that it amounts to tearing up the War Powers Resolution by giving the CIA the power to … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Ellen Schrecker on McCarthyism Then and Now

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talknationradio-20170315 Ellen Schrecker is a retired professor of American history at Yeshiva University and a leading authority on McCarthyism. Her books include Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America and No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism in the Universities. We discuss the … Continue reading

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War Abolition 101: How We Create a Peaceful World

Register for Online Course: How to Get to a World Beyond War Sign up here. How can we make the best argument for shifting from war to peace? How can we become more effective advocates and activists for ending particular … Continue reading

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Charlottesville to Vote on Opposing Trump Budget

We Did It! Now’s Our Chance! Everybody out to oppose war at the next meeting! At the March 6, 2017, meeting of the Charlottesville City Council, (video here) three members of the council proposed to put on the agenda for … Continue reading

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Our Causes Are Connected, Our Movements Should Be Too

Global corporations and international government alliances are pushing war, environmental destruction, economic exploitation, defunding of schools and housing, hateful divisive ideologies, and reductions in rights and liberties as a package wrapped in shiny foil, tied with a bow, and advertised … Continue reading

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Has Van Jones Lost His Mind, Or Are Sane People Missing the Point?

A rational and moral person might think of the recent U.S. raid in Yemen this way. Here’s one small incident out of a war consisting primarily of a massive bombing campaign that has slaughtered innocents by the thousands and is … Continue reading

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A Model City Resolution to Resist and Overcome

Resolution Proposed for __________, ___ Whereas President Trump has proposed to move $54 billion from human and environmental spending at home and abroad to military spending[i], bringing military spending to well over 60% of federal discretionary spending[ii], Whereas part of … Continue reading

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Nancy Pelosi: Resister Without a Clue. A 10 point rant.

Sam Husseini just asked Nancy Pelosi why she won’t support an impeachment investigation for Trump. Her answer is on video. The transcript is probably less embarrassing than the video for the former Speaker who was never much of a, you … Continue reading

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This Is Not Your Grandparents’ Resistance

I want to disagree, in part, with a recent recommendation that John Steinbeck’s The Moon Is Down be used as a guide to resisting the outrages of the Trump regime. I think you could present the basic plot to an … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Michael Kazin on the Peace Activists Who Warned Against World War I

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-michael-kazin-on-the-peace-activists-who-warned-against-world-war-i Michael Kazin is a professor of history at Georgetown University and editor of Dissent, a magazine of politics and culture which has been published since 1954. His main interest is the history of politics and social movements in the … Continue reading

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The Choice Trump’s Budget Creates

Trump proposes to increase U.S. military spending by $54 billion, and to take that $54 billion out of the other portions of the above budget, including in particular, he says, foreign aid. If you can’t find foreign aid on the … Continue reading

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Can Canada Get Out of the War Business?

Canada is becoming a major weapons dealer, a reliable accomplice in U.S. wars, and a true believer in “humanitarian” armed peacekeeping as a useful response to all the destruction fueled by the weapons dealing. William Geimer’s Canada: The Case for … Continue reading

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Open Guantanamo!

  Antes des morirme quiero echar mis versos del alma. Open Guantanamo to human rights inspectors. Open its files to the public. Subpoena the witnesses to its horrors. Open the courts to its prisoners and try them or set them … Continue reading

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100 Years of Using War to Try to End All War

By David Swanson This April 4th will be 100 years since the U.S. Senate voted to declare war on Germany and 50 since Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against the war on Vietnam (49 since he was killed on … Continue reading

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Understanding Robert E. Lee Supporters

Those of us who consider it disgraceful to have a giant statue of Robert E. Lee on his horse in a park in the middle of Charlottesville, and another of Stonewall Jackson for that matter, should try to understand those … Continue reading

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Can the Climate Survive Adherence to War and Partisanship?

For the past decade, the standard procedure for big coalition rallies and marches in Washington D.C. has been to gather together organizations representing labor, the environment, women’s rights, anti-racism, anti-bigotry of all sorts, and a wide array of liberal causes, … Continue reading

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Which Washington Crimes Matter Most?

Michael Flynn participated in mass murder and destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq, advocated for torture, and manufactured false cases for war against Iran. He and anyone who appointed him to office and kept him there should be removed from and … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Is Amnesty International Promoting War in Syria?

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-is-amnesty-international-promoting-war-in-syria Rick Sterling is an independent investigative journalist who just wrote the article “Amnesty International Stokes Syrian War” for ConsortiumNews.com. Find Sterling’s article here: https://consortiumnews.com/2017/02/11/amnesty-international-stokes-syrian-war Find the Amnesty International report here: http://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/human_slaughterhouse.pdf Total run time: 29:00 Host: David Swanson. Producer: … Continue reading

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Why won’t march to unite all movements include peace?

Will you stand for peace? Petition to the organizers of the April 29 People’s Climate March Your website at PeoplesClimate.org proposes a march on Washington on April 29, 2017, to “unite all our movements” for “communities,” “climate,” “safety,” “health,” “the … Continue reading

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Chasing a Northern Confederate Out of the South

The Washington Post proclaims: “Protesters mob provocative Va. governor candidate as he defends Confederate statue.” Six seconds of video of the incident involved is likely to show up eventually here or here. I was there on Saturday shouting down the … Continue reading

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Good Riddance to Robert E. Lee

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the city of Charlottesville, Va., city council has voted to remove an imposing statue of Robert E. Lee (and the horse he never rode in on) from Lee Park, and to rename and … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: John Burroughs on Using Law Against Climate and Nuclear Dangers

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-john-burroughs-on-using-law-against-climate-and-nuclear-dangers John Burroughs is Executive Director, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (www.lcnp.org), based in New York City. He represents LCNP in Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review proceedings, the United Nations, and other international forums. He was a member of the Marshall … Continue reading

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A Nuclear Kellogg-Briand Pact Is An Even Better Idea Than Its Author Thinks

A Georgetown Law professor named David Koplow has drafted what he calls a Nuclear Kellogg-Briand Pact. In an article proposing it, Koplow does something all too rare, he recognizes some of the merits of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. But he misses … Continue reading

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The Next Step in Caring

Airport resistance is the biggest step forward by the U.S. public in years. Why do I say that? Because this is unfunded, largely unpartisan activism that is largely selfless, largely focused on helping unknown strangers, driven by compassion and love, … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Donald Trump: End U.S. War in Afghanistan

The U.S. war in Afghanistan is well into its 16th year. In 2014 President Obama declared it over, but it will remain a political, financial, security, legal, and moral problem unless you actually end it. The U.S. military now has … Continue reading

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War and Peace in Trump Time: A World Beyond Arlington

Remarks in Arlington, Va., January 29, 2017 Happy Year of the Rooster! Thank you for inviting me. Thank you to Archer Heinzen for setting this up. Of course I wouldn’t have come had I known UVA’s basketball team would be … Continue reading

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Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed?

Here’s why I ask. Maddow devotes many minutes on MSNBC stirring up hatred of Russia in order to establish that there is a vague possibility that President Donald Trump might be corrupted by a foreign government. But that’s already established … Continue reading

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Be Glad the White House Comment Line Is Closed

The White House comment phone line directs people to kindly go away and think about what losers they are. Oops, sorry, I mean it directs people not to leave any comments. Instead it says to use a White House web … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Sarah Van Gelder on The Revolution Where You Live

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-sarah-van-gelder-on-the-revolution-where-you-live As co-founder and executive director of Yes! Magazine, Sarah van Gelder leads the framing and development of each issue of Yes! and writes a column introducing each issue. Sarah blogs at Yes! and Huffington Post, writes articles and does … Continue reading

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The War Horror Has Begun

Here we are on Day 5 of the Donald Trump presidency, and he’s got “special” forces of the U.S. military in two-thirds of the world’s nations. He’s engaged in serious occupation and/or bombing campaigns in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, … Continue reading

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The So-Called Intelligence So-Called Community’s Dumb Isolated View of the Future

Thank you to Tom Engelhardt for pointing out that the people who couldn’t predict the end of the Soviet Union, the crimes of 9-11, the decency of numerous whistleblowers, the election of Donald Trump, the likelihood that utilities in Vermont … Continue reading

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Why Impeach Donald Trump

By David Swanson, FireDonaldTrump.org What are the grounds for impeachment? They will likely be piling up rapidly. President Trump did use Day 1 to advise the CIA that the United States should have stolen all of Iraq’s oil. But here … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Antonia Juhasz on Tillerson, Trump, and Oil

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-antonia-juhasz-on-tillerson-trump-and-oil Antonia Juhasz is an energy analyst, author, and investigative reporter. She recently wrote a profile of Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for In These Times magazine. We discuss Tillerson and the oil spill he floated … Continue reading

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Imagine the Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Peace

The idea has been floated and endlessly reintroduced in legislation since the founding of the United States of creating a Department of Peace. These efforts even resulted in 1986 in the creation of the USI”P” — the U.S. Institute of … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Tell Obama to Release the Senate Torture Report

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Talk Nation Radio: Millions Lose Their Minds Over Russia

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-millions-lose-their-minds-over-russia This week on Talk Nation Radio: millions of Americans lose their everloving minds over unproven accusations against Russia, the ACLU and CAIR publish claim that war on Iraq has been to protect the U.S. Bill of Rights, and a … Continue reading

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Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day

The U.S. government has now generated numerous news stories and released multiple “reports” aimed at persuading us that Vladimir Putin is to blame for Donald Trump becoming president. U.S. media has dutifully informed us that the case has been made. … Continue reading

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Why Release the Torture Report Now

A young man was tortured in Chicago this week. It wasn’t an act of the Chicago police. It was live streamed on Facebook. And the President of the United States declared it an horrific hate crime. The President did not … Continue reading

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Yes, Positivity, Pangloss, Partisanship, Propaganda, and Populism

Eight years ago Yes! Magazine published a political platform of progressive policies, along with polling showing strong majority support for each proposal. Now, eight years later, we can show almost total failure to advance any of the proposals, most of … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Dave Webb on Keeping Weapons and Nuclear Power Out of Space

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-dave-webb-on-keeping-weapons-and-nuclear-power-out-of-space Dave Webb is a member of the World Beyond War Coordinating Committee and chair of the UK Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), and well as Vice President of the International Peace Bureau (IPB) and the Convenor of the Global … Continue reading

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Fantasies About Russia Could Doom Opposition to Trump

To many Democrats for whom killing a million people in Iraq just didn’t rise to the level of an impeachable offense, and who considered Obama’s bombing of eight nations and the creation of the drone murder program to be praiseworthy, … Continue reading

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ACLU & CAIR Use Gold Star Father to Claim War on Iraq Was for Bill of Rights

Are you old enough to remember when liberal groups openly admitted that the war on Iraq was illegal and fraudulent, based on oil and profit and sadism? Well, can you recall when the proponents of the war claimed it was … Continue reading

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To Weapons Dealers, Laws Are Decorative Holiday Ornaments

You might be forgiven for imagining that laws are serious things. When you violate them, you can be locked in a cage for decades. That’s not true for big-time weapons dealers like the U.S. government. Two years after the creation … Continue reading

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Resolved: To Find Peace Advocates in Every Nation

From all around the globe, nearly 50,000 people have signed this statement: I understand that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, that they kill, injure and traumatize adults, children and infants, severely damage the natural … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Richard Cahan on the Forced Removal and Incarceration of Japanese Americans

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-richard-cahan-on-the-forced-removal-and-incarceration-of-japanese-americans Richard Cahan is a journalist who writes about photography, art and history. He worked for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1983 to 1999, primarily serving as the paper’s picture editor. He left to found and direct CITY 2000, a project … Continue reading

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How Will Trump Wield Obama’s Modernized Nukes?

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Yes, Dubya, Now I Miss You

When George W. Bush made the case for attacking and destroying the nation of Iraq, he made claims that, if true, would have justified nothing. And he proposed as evidence for those claims fraudulent, implausible, and even ridiculous pieces of … Continue reading

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What Racist Registries Look Like

A new large photo book has just been published called Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II. People who support creating a Muslim registry should take a look. Here are the victims before, in their small farms … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Bernie Backing

The growing push to defeat Trump by any of the following means: Taking the CIA’s warmongering on faith and blaming Vladimir Putin for everything, Accusing the FBI, Pressing for majority rule despite the electoral college, Protesting voters being stripped from … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Militarizing Police and a Policelike Military

C-Span Video is here. Speakers: Jamani Montague Jamani Montague is a student activist at Emory University, studying International Studies and Environmental Science. Her research interests include race theory, prison ecology, comparative politics and eco-colonialism. Jamani is the Prison Advocacy Coordinator … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Craig Murray: Russia Didn’t Do It; Vincent Emanuele on Stopping Pipelines and Wars

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-craig-murray-russia-didnt-do-it-vincent-emanuele-on-stopping-pipelines Craig Murray is an author, broadcaster and human rights activist. He was British Ambassador to Uzbekistan from August 2002 to October 2004 and Rector of the University of Dundee from 2007 to 2010. See https://www.craigmurray.org.uk Murray explains that he … Continue reading

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Black and Foreign Lives Matter: Ending Gun Violence Requires Ending War

Happy Human Rights Day, and what ever happened to the right to life? We need to stop imagining that when wars come home to the land of their creators that the suffering created is something separate from war. And we … Continue reading

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Military Recruiting in the United States, and Planning its Decline and Fall

This text is the foreword to a new book by Pat Elder called Military Recruiting in the United States. Most people in the United States are far from aware of the full extent of military marketing, advertising, and recruitment efforts. … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Chip Gibbons on Anti-Russia Committee and Censoring Criticism of Israel

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-chip-gibbons-on-anti-russia-committee-and-censoring-criticism-of-israel Chip Gibbons is the Policy and Legislative Counsel for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. He is also a writer whose work has been featured in Jacobin, Truthout, and Counterpunch. We discuss U.S. Congressional efforts to censor criticism of … Continue reading

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New Rogue Anti-Russia Committee Created in “Intelligence” Act

I don’t know why we didn’t pick playing with live electrical wires and call that “intelligence” instead of the stuff we do. I think I’ll stick with calling what the U.S. government does “counter-intelligence.” So, here’s the latest from the … Continue reading

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Give Wes Bellamy a Break

Charlottesville City Council Member Wes Bellamy is being widely denounced for tweets he tweeted years ago. I think he should be given a break. I don’t know Bellamy well and have not communicated with him about this. I don’t support … Continue reading

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75 Years of Pearl Harbor Lies

Pearl Harbor Day today is like Columbus Day 50 years ago. That is to say: most people still believe the hype. The myths are still maintained in their blissful unquestioned state. “New Pearl Harbors” are longed for by war makers, … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: George Lakey on Viking Economics

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-george-lakey-on-viking-economics George Lakey recently retired from Swarthmore College where he was Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change and managed the Global Nonviolent Action Database research project. His first arrest was for a civil rights sit-in. He … Continue reading

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How I Produce Fake News for Russia

Apparently I’ve written “fake news” on behalf of Russia without ever receiving a dime from Russia or realizing what I was doing. It took the intrepid reporting of the Washington Post to alert me to what I have been engaged … Continue reading

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Solving Abusive International Relationships

There’s a chapter in a new book by Dorothie and Martin Hellman called A New Map for Relationships that outlines seven international relationships between the United States and others in which many people in the United States have not understood … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Greg Palast on Stripping 7 Million Voters from Rolls, Swinging Election

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-greg-palast-on-stripping-7-million-voters-from-rolls-swinging-election Greg Palast is an investigative reporter, whose news-breaking stories appear on BBC Television and in The Guardian and Rolling Stone Magazine. Palast has released a new movie: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot … Continue reading

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James Mattis Is a Secretary of Offense

Donald Trump says he wants to stop overthrowing governments and turn toward peace. But not only does he also say he wants to increase the military spending that produces more wars, but he’s considering for Secretary of so-called Defense someone … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Trump, About Your 29 Ideas

Regarding your 29 proposals, here’s a bit more than just the ranking you asked for. I’ll start with the best: 7. Announce our official withdrawal from the TPP. That’s my favorite. Wonderful! We don’t need any more trade agreements that … Continue reading

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Born on Home Plate

Remember the satirical “Billionaires for Bush” protesters? Around this time in 2008 I asked them to become Oligarchs for Obama, and they refused. But I predict Tycoons for Trump will be born this month. Inequality, like war and climate destruction, … Continue reading

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Michael Flynn Should Remember Truths He Blurted Out Last Year

Michael Flynn, expected to advise Donald Trump on counterproductive killing operations misleading labeled “national security,” is generally depicted as a lawless torturer and assassin. But, whether for partisan reasons or otherwise, he’s a lawless torturer and assassin who has blurted … Continue reading

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Another $11.6 Billion for Obama/Trump Wars? Hell No!

President Obama waited until after the election last week to propose an unpopular idea. He asked Congress for $11.6 billion extra — outside the huge existing military budget — for wars. Here’s his letter including all the gory details. Please … Continue reading

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The Skeletons in Keith Ellison’s Display Case

Congressman Keith Ellison, candidate of progressive Democrats and many regressive Democrats for chair of the Democratic National Committee eagerly urged the illegal and disastrous violent overthrow of the government of Libya in 2011, which he celebrated as a success despite … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Jonathan Simon on How Machines May Have Counted Our Votes Wrong

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-jonathan-simon-on-how-machines-may-have-counted-our-votes-wrong Jonathan Simon is author of CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century. He serves as Executive Director of Election Defense Alliance (www.ElectionDefenseAlliance.org), a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to restore observable vote counting and electoral integrity … Continue reading

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Un-Trump the World

A couple of dozen young people marched back and forth through downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday evening shouting “Love Not Hate!” and “No Human Being Is Illegal!” and “Black Lives Matter!” and similar anti-Trump inspired slogans. They didn’t hand out flyers … Continue reading

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A Good Time to Review Bush’s War Crimes

I’ll be speaking at the upcoming Iraq Tribunal about war lies of 2002-2003 vintage. I’m nostalgic for the days when presidents had to lie to Congress and the public and obtain some modicum of support before bombing a foreign country. … Continue reading

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Hurricane Donald and the Storms of Changing Climate

John Feffer argued on Wednesday that Demagogue Donald, whose very existence will lead me to pretend I’m not from the U.S. the next time I’m in Europe, is part of a wider trend that’s already hit Europe hard: “The ugliness … Continue reading

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Now We Can Finally Get to Work

Dear Democrats, Are you finding yourselves suddenly a bit doubtful of the wisdom of drone wars? Presidential wars without Congress? Massive investment in new, smaller, “more usable” nuclear weapons? The expansion of bases across Africa and Asia? Are you disturbed … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Sonia Kennebeck on the Drone as National Bird

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-sonia-kennebeck-on-the-drone-as-national-bird Sonia Kennebeck is director and producwer of National Bird, an amazing new documentary about drones. Kennebeck is an independent documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist with more than 15 years of directing and producing experience. She has directed eight television … Continue reading

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Post-Election To-Do List

1. Stop the efforts to ram through the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the lame duck. 2. Stop the efforts to ram through a supplemental war spending bill for assorted future wars during the lame duck. 3. Stop the efforts to repeal … Continue reading

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How Drone Pilots Talk

For the past eight years millions of people have expended billions of words speculating about exactly how the United States kills people with missiles from drones (and missiles from other sources, such as manned aircraft, targeting people identified with drones). … Continue reading

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What Could Unite a Larger Peace Movement? Oh, This!

In a time of division and disagreement, when people who all agree on something important sometimes spend more time bickering with each other than working on their collective cause, is it possible to craft an agenda that brings them together … Continue reading

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But How Do You Use Nonviolence Against a Nuke?

Some of the most misguided questions ever conceived by the human brain take the form of “But how do you use nonviolence against . . . ?” For example, fill in the blank with ISIS. How do you use nonviolence … Continue reading

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When Charlottesville Was Nuked

Thirty-seven years ago, the United States Congress commissioned and published a work of fiction, an account of what life in Charlottesville, Virginia, might be like during a nuclear war. It’s contained in a longer report called The Effects of Nuclear … Continue reading

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Of Veterans and Black Mirror Roaches

If you’re a fan of the Netflix show Black Mirror, go watch the episode called “Men Against Fire” before reading this. It’s the one about war. In this 60-minute science fiction show, soldiers have been (somehow) programed so that when … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: James Marc Leas on Canceling the F-35

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-james-marc-leas-on-canceling-the-f-35 James Marc Leas is a founding member of the Stop the F-35 Coalition in Burlington Vermont. He has published some two dozen articles on the F-35 and F-35 basing. To highlight the F-35 issue statewide, he ran for the … Continue reading

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What Keeps the F-35 Alive

Imagine if a local business in your town invented a brand new tool that was intended to have an almost magical effect thousands of miles away. However, where the tool was kept and used locally became an area unsafe for … Continue reading

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All Governments Lie, The Movie

Picture, if you will, video footage of vintage (early 2016) Donald Trump buffoonery with the CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves commenting on major media’s choice to give Trump vastly more air time than other candidates: “It may not be good … Continue reading

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Michael Moore Owes Me $4.99

Michael Moore has made some terrific movies in the past, and Where to Invade Next may be the best of them, but I expected Trumpland to be (1) about Trump, (2) funny, (3) honest, (4) at least relatively free of … Continue reading

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Public vs. Media on War

A new poll from an unlikely source suggests that the U.S. public and the U.S. media have very little in common when it comes to matters of war and peace. This poll was commissioned by that notorious leftwing hotbed of … Continue reading

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The U.S. National Bird Is Now a Drone

Officially, of course, the national bird of the United States is that half-a-peace-sign that Philadelphia sports fans like to hold up at opposing teams. But unofficially, the film National Bird has it right: the national bird is a killer drone. … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Timeka Drew on Protecting Voter Rights

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-timeka-drew-on-protecting-voter-rights Timeka Drew is National Director of the Liberty Tree Foundation, a position she has served in since February of 2016. Previously she served as Liberty Tree’s Communications Director and worked as lead organizer of the Global Climate Convergence. Timeka … Continue reading

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Slavery Was Abolished

By David Swanson, World Beyond War I recently debated a pro-war professor on the topic “Is war ever necessary?” (video). I argued for abolishing war. And because people like to see successes before doing something, no matter how indisputably possible … Continue reading

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David Swanson: “We need to unite globally around opposition to the entire institution of war”

By Anna Polo, PRESSENZA This post is also available in: Italian (Image by Ragesoss, Wikimedia Commons) In your website http://worldbeyondwar.org/ you say: “We strive to replace a culture of war with one of peace, in which nonviolent means of conflict … Continue reading

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We Can End War – David Swanson in Fairbanks, Alaska, October 22, 2016

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Halloween Is Coming, Vladimir Putin Isn’t

By David Swanson, originally published by the Fairbanks Alaska Daily Miner I would not rank Vladimir Putin high on a list of leaders. If I lived in Russia I’d be working for major reforms in my government, just as I’m … Continue reading

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Rigged

The 2016 Republican presidential primary was rigged. It wasn’t rigged by the Republicans, the Democrats, Russians, space aliens, or voters. It was rigged by the owners of television networks who believed that giving one candidate far more coverage than others … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein on why they shut down pipelines

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-emily-johnston-and-annette-klapstein-on-why-they-shut-down-pipelines Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein face felony charges for having shut down fossil fuel pipelines. Johnston says: To be honest, I’d love to be able to lead a quiet life right now—building things, reading and writing all day, taking … Continue reading

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Will the Gulf of Tonkin Fit into the Red Sea?

Just a geography question. Or maybe it’s a different sort of question. Do a web search for “USS Mason” and you will find countless “news” reports about how this poor innocent U.S. ship has been fired upon, and fired upon … Continue reading

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What Hillary Clinton Privately Told Goldman Sachs

At first glance, Hillary Clinton’s speeches to Goldman Sachs, which she refused to show us but WikiLeaks claims to have now produced the texts of, reveal less blatant hypocrisy or abuse than do the texts of various emails also recently … Continue reading

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Debate on “Is War Ever Necessary?”

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White Helmets More Gray

“People always think something’s all true.” —Holden Caulfield When a wonderful program like Democracy Now does a story on the White Helmets in Syria, the problem is not that the White Helmets don’t exist, or that they’re not rescuing anyone, … Continue reading

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What Police Videos Teach Us About Wars

Before people had an easy way to see video footage of police murders, headlines crediting the police with just and noble actions couldn’t be effectively questioned. We’re still back there in the dark ages when it comes to war murders, … Continue reading

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Renewable Revolutionary Railroad Renaissance

The forthcoming book from creative activist and kayaktivist extraordinaire Bill Moyer and his Backbone Campaign colleagues should remake the United States and limit the oncoming onslaught of climate suffering. It’s called Solutionary Rail: A People Powered Campaign to Electrify America’s … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Ann Wright on the Women’s Boat to Gaza and Being Kidnapped by Israel in International Waters

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-ann-wright-on-womens-boat-to-gaza-kidnapped-by-israel-in-international-waters Ann Wright is a retired U.S. State Department official and army colonel who resigned in 2003 in protest of the war on Iraq. She’s just returned from another attempt to reach Gaza by sea. For more information, see http://WomensBoatToGaza.us … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Samantha Nutt on the Harm of Weapons Dealing and Investment

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-samantha-nutt-on-the-harm-of-weapons-dealing-and-investment Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor and a founder of the renowned international humanitarian organization War Child, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of … Continue reading

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Damned Nations, Cursed Arms Trade

Samantha Nutt has spent decades working on humanitarian aid in war zones. Her book, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid, is rich in wisdom drawn from experience. But more powerful and pointed, and worth beginning and ending with, is … Continue reading

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That time I went to the Pentagon and told them to cease and desist

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Talk Nation Radio: Benjamin Madley on the California Indian Catastrophe

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-benjamin-madley-on-the-california-indian-catastrophe Benjamin Madley is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also chair of American Indian Studies. He discusses his new book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian … Continue reading

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Turn the Pentagon into a Hospital

The United States government recently gave more than a million dollars to the family of one victim it had killed in one of its wars. The victim happened to be Italian. If you were to find all the Iraqi families … Continue reading

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Acting on Bill Ayers’ Radical Manifesto

Bill Ayers’ short new book, Demand the Impossible: A Radical Manifesto, is different from the typical liberal view of a better world in two ways. First, its goals are a bit grander, more inspiring. Second, it adds as the first … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Reese Erlich and Coleen Rowley on Syria, War, and Peace

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-reese-erlich-and-coleen-rowley-on-syria-war-and-peace Reese Erlich is a foreign correspondent and book author. The paperback edition of Erlich’s book Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, has just been published this week. See https://reeseerlich.com Coleen Rowley … Continue reading

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World War Two Was Not a Just War

By David Swanson Excerpted from the just released book War Is Never Just. World War II is often called “the good war,” and has been since the U.S. war on Vietnam to which it was then contrasted. World War II … Continue reading

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The African American History Missing from the Smithsonian

The new corporate-funded African-American History museum in Washington, D.C., built on the former site of Camp Democracy and all sorts of protests and festivals, is getting a great deal of purely positive press before its doors have opened. This press … Continue reading

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War Is Never Just: The End of “Just War” Theory

Several weeks back I was invited to speak this coming October at a U.S. university on ending war and making peace. As I often do, I asked whether the organizers couldn’t try to find a supporter of war with whom … Continue reading

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Who Killed the People of California? Should Kaepernick Protest His Uniform?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been given much deserved credit for protesting racism by sitting out the Star Spangled Banner, which not only glorifies war (which everyone, including Kaepernick is totally cool with) but also includes racism in … Continue reading

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Suing Saudi: Congress Is Right, Stephen Kinzer Is Wrong

Now there you have two things that I never expected to write. How often is Congress right about anything or Stephen Kinzer wrong? Congress wants 9/11 victims’ families to be able to sue Saudi Arabia for its role in those … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Elizabeth Murray and John Kiriakou on Working in a Corrupt Government and Whistleblowing

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/tnr-elizabeth-murray-and-john-kiriakou-on-working-in-a-corrupt-government-and-whistleblowing John Kiriakou is a former CIA counterterrorism officer, who in 2007 became the first U.S. Government official to publicly confirm and describe CIA use of waterboarding on al-Qaeda prisoners, which he described as torture. In January 2013, Kiriakou was … Continue reading

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Snowden: Best Film of the Year

Snowden is the most entertaining, informing, and important film you are likely to see this year. It’s the true story of an awakening. It traces the path of Edward Snowden’s career in the U.S. military, the CIA, the NSA, and … Continue reading

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Open the Debates. There Should Be No Debate on This.

A petition now approaching 20,000 signatures (add yours!) has been delivered to executives at ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Broadcasting, PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Univision, and Telemundo. It reads: To Network TV Executives: Tell the Commission on Presidential Debates and … Continue reading

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The Trumpillary War Machine Is Bad News

I was fortunate enough to view a screening of the new Snowden movie Wednesday evening with some of the whistleblowers who have cameos in it and with its director Oliver Stone. I’m not allowed to review it until Saturday night, … Continue reading

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#NoWar2016 Events Planned for Washington, D.C.

A major conference presenting alternatives to permanent war has been planned for September 23-25 at American University in Washington, D.C. Main webpage: http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016 Events on the first two days and the third morning will be in the Founders Room of … Continue reading

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U.S. Groups, Citizens Ask World: Help Us Resist U.S. Crimes

The following letter is being delivered to the New York U.N. consulate office of every nation on earth: This year’s UN General Assembly comes at a critical moment for humanity – 3 minutes to midnight on the Bulletin of the … Continue reading

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Message to Germans Marching With Russian Orchestra

From David Swanson, Director of World Beyond War I was very pleased to learn from Wolfgang Lieberknecht that the people of your two towns in central Germany, Treffurt and Wanfried, will be marching together this week with an orchestra from … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Christopher Simpson and Kathy Kelly on Media, War, Peace, and Imperialism

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-christopher-simpson-and-kathy-kelly-on-media-war-peace-and-imperialism Christopher Simpson is a professor of Journalism known internationally for his expertise in propaganda, democracy, and media theory and practice. He has won national awards for investigative reporting, historical writing, and literature. His books include Blowback, The Splendid Blond … Continue reading

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U.S. Denies Entry to former British Ambassador Craig Murray

The U.S. government, for no stated reason, and after having approved his entry in the past, has denied Craig Murray the usual approval to enter the United States without a visa that is given to UK citizens. Craig Murray was … Continue reading

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This Is Our Lucky Day

This is our lucky day for quite a few reasons. We haven’t yet rendered the climate of this planet uninhabitable for our species. For those of us who are not in prison: we’re not in prison — and not because … Continue reading

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Public Relations Firm Claims to Have Ghost Written Thousands of Op-Eds in Major U.S. Newspapers

Laura Bentz of Keybridge Communications describes her company as “a boutique PR firm — founded by a former writer for the Wall Street Journal — that specializes in writing and placing op-eds. With some of the country’s most influential trade … Continue reading

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Protests of National Anthem Restore My Faith in Humanity

Speaking out against racism is one thing — and a wonderful and admirable thing it is — but choosing to do so by sitting out the U.S. national anthem, and then having others join in, or “come out” as routine … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Maurice Carney and Harvey Wasserman on Racism, Environmentalism, and Ending War

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-maurice-carney-and-harvey-wasserman-on-racism-environmentalism-and-ending-war Maurice Carney is co-founder and executive director of Friends of the Congo. He has worked with Congolese for two decades in their struggle for peace, justice, and human dignity. Carney served as the interim Africa Working Group coordinator … Continue reading

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Arms Dealing Is Subject of Hollywood Comedy

I recall five years ago listening to an arms dealer on NPR respond to a question of what he would do if the war on Afghanistan were actually ended. He said he hoped there could be a big long war … Continue reading

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Fredric Jameson’s War Machine

The total acceptability of militarism extends well beyond the neoconservatives, the racists, the Republicans, the liberal humanitarian warriors, the Democrats, and the masses of political “independents” who find any talk of dismantling the U.S. military scandalous. Fredric Jameson is an … Continue reading

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ABC Shifts Blame from US Wars to Doctors Without Borders

ABC Television’s 20/20 will air a program on Friday called “The Girl Left Behind,” the main thrust of which is already apparent on ABC’s website. The horribly tragic story is that of Kayla Mueller, an American held hostage and reportedly … Continue reading

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The Unbearable Awesomeness of the U.S. Military

Unrepentant, always wrong, U.S. warmongers Michael O’Hanlon and David Petraeus have authored “America’s Awesome Military: And How to Make It Even Better,” to explain to the rest of us that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the greatest American frack-yeah … Continue reading

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Worst Human Being Alive: Tony Blair?

I realize that, living here in the United States, the nation doing the most in the world to create wars, proliferate nukes, and destroy the habitability of the earth’s climate, I really have a duty to pick someone in the … Continue reading

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The Saudi 203 Pages

For years and years, activists demanded that the U.S. government make public 28 (turned out to be 29) pages it had censored from a report, because it was suspected they would show a Saudi Arabian role in funding and facilitating … Continue reading

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How to Get Yourself Named “Pro-Assad”

It’s not hard to do. You can probably accomplish it at home quite easily. In These Times just published an article, for example, that calls Veterans For Peace, United National Antiwar Coalition, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, Seymour Hersh, Gareth … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Judy Bello on Syria, Gar Alperovitz on Ending War

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-judy-bello-on-syria-gar-alperovitz-on-ending-war Judy Bello (pictured) is on the Administrative Committee of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and is a founding member of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.   In the previous decade she has … Continue reading

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The Pro-Nuclear War Party

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the following people and entities would like the United States to begin a nuclear war: Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, the U.K., France, … Continue reading

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One City Is Following Through on Protests of Confederate Monuments

Charlottesville is a diverse, enlightened, and progressive college town in Virginia with its public spaces dominated by war memorials, in particular memorials to Confederate soldiers not from Charlottesville who represent a five-year moment in the centuries of this place’s history, … Continue reading

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Yes, There Is an Antiwar Movement

By David Swanson The demise of the antiwar movement has been greatly exaggerated. Working on planning a series of events in Washington, D.C., next month, and related events around the world, I’m finding tons of enthusiasm for organizing and mobilizing … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Phil Wilayto on Ukraine, Poland, and the Dangers of the New Cold War

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-phil-wilayto-on-ukraine-poland-and-the-dangers-of-the-new-cold-war While the U.S. public is distracted by endless election circuses and the hunt for more bread, the U.S. military and NATO are stirring up WWIII in Eastern Europe. This week we speak with Phil Wilayto. He is editor … Continue reading

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But, Mr. Putin, You Just Don’t Understand

Once in a while one of the videos somebody emails me a link to turns out to be well worth watching. Such is this one. In it a former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union tries to explain to Vladimir … Continue reading

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The Problem with Chanting “USA”

These were instructions passed around during the last night of the Wells Fargo Arena Anti-Russia Don’t-Say-TPP Call-It-Debt-Free-College-Not-Free-College Democratic Party Extravaganza. Noise Makers were deployed. Lights could be switched off on people as needed. Delegates were prevented from walking out. And … Continue reading

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It’s Not the Economy, Stupid

The last time a Clinton tried to get into the White House, his campaign motto was “It’s the economy, stupid!” If you engage with peace organizations, you will very quickly be told repeatedly that nobody gives a damn about distant … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Jill Stein on Why You Should Help Make Her President of the United States

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-jill-stein-on-why-you-should-help-make-her-president-of-the-united-states Jill Stein is Green Party candidate for U.S. President. Learn more at http://jill2016.com Total run time: 29:00 Host: David Swanson.Producer: David Swanson.Music by Duke Ellington. Download from LetsTryDemocracy or Archive. Pacifica stations can also download from Audioport. Syndicated … Continue reading

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DNC Now Less Popular Than Atheism

So, the “neutral” DNC secretly plotted to hurt Bernie Sanders’ campaign by getting him asked if he was an atheist. Did the DNC succeed in this? Sanders was in fact asked repeatedly in public fora about his religion. Did the … Continue reading

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Rep. Rick Larsen Bases Russia Policy on Myth

Elizabeth Murray served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East in the National Intelligence Council before retiring after a 27-year career in the U.S. government. She is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) and an … Continue reading

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The World Must Support Ireland Against U.S. Wars

A Letter to Ireland from World Beyond War Add your name here. Those of us outside Ireland, and in particular those of us in the United States, have a pressing and urgent responsibility to lend all the support we can … Continue reading

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RNC War Party, DNC War Makers

If you believe that Hillary Clinton might be working with (or be) Lucifer, if you believe that supporting Israeli wars helps bring about the re-election campaign, as it were, of Jesus Christ (who will deal with those Israelis like the … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Just Fine for U.S. to Blow Up Children

Is it really necessary for me to explain to you why it’s acceptable, necessary, and admirable for the United States and its minor allies to be blowing up houses, families, men, women, and children in Syria? This latest story of … Continue reading

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What About Theresa May Plagiarizing Genghis Kahn?

There are scandals and then there are the things that should be scandals. Melania Trump gave a speech on Monday plagiarizing a speech by Michelle Obama, not to mention a song by Rick Astley (that, like these speeches, someone else … Continue reading

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David Swanson with Coy Barefoot on Making Sense of Past 8 Years

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Best Speech a U.S. President Ever Gave

In planning an upcoming conference and nonviolent action aimed at challenging the institution of war, with the conference to be held at American University, I can’t help but be drawn to the speech a U.S. president gave at American University … Continue reading

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U.S. Drone Program Proves Counterproductive on Own Terms

If there’s any debate right now in the major U.S. media regarding blowing people up with missiles from drones, it’s about “transparency” (official reporting on who’s killed) or death counts of those people somehow identified as civilians. But unless drones … Continue reading

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What Makes Obama Think His Wars Are Legal?

President Barack Obama’s lawyers, working on our dime, have just laid out a 46-page explanation of why current wars are legal. They’ve done so in response to a lawsuit, which has limited the argument in some significant ways. First, while … Continue reading

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Will the Zanana Ever Stop?

In the dialect of Gaza, where drones buzzed and blew things up for 51 days two years ago, there’s an onomatopoetic word for drones: zanana. When Atef Abu Saif’s kids would ask him, during that war, to take them out … Continue reading

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Abandon All Hope for the Democratic Party

For decades, people have tried to fix the Democratic Party. They’ve imagined that their failings in this regard could be overcome by a greater effort. But it is hard to imagine anyone in the future mounting as significant an effort … Continue reading

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To Prosecute Blair for War You Do Not Need the ICC

To prosecute Tony Blair or George W. Bush or others responsible for the criminal attack on Iraq, or other top officials for other recent wars, does not require the International Criminal Court (ICC). It is commonplace to insist that the … Continue reading

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U.S. Plans to Saturate Globe With Weapons

My headline above is a plain English translation of this Pentagonspeak found in a Reuters headline today: “Demand for U.S. arms exports set to keep growing, official says.” As the United States and NATO antagonize Russia, and pressure NATO members … Continue reading

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Impeach and Prosecute Tony Blair

The Chilcot report’s “findings” have virtually all been part of the public record for a decade, and it avoids key pieces of evidence. Its recommendations are essentially to continue using war as a threat and a tool of foreign policy, … Continue reading

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The Activist as a Young Girl

Clare Hanrahan’s memoir The Half Life of a Free Radical: Growing Up Irish Catholic in Jim Crow Memphis is a remarkable feat: part Jack Kerouac, part Dorothy Day, part Howard Zinn, and a bit of Forest Gump. First and foremost … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Harvey Wasserman on Environmental and Antiwar Activism

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-harvey-wasserman-on-environmental-and-antiwar-activism Harvey Wasserman is a life-long activist who speaks, writes and organizes widely on energy, the environment, history, the drug war, election protection, and grassroots politics. He teaches (since 2004) history and cultural & ethnic diversity at two central … Continue reading

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Video: David Swanson on State of U.S. Democracy

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Have a Chilcot Fourth of July

This Fourth of July, U.S. war makers will be drinking fermented grain, grilling dead flesh, traumatizing veterans with colorful explosions, and thanking their lucky stars and campaign contributors that they don’t live in rotten old England. And I don’t mean … Continue reading

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Party’s Over, Quarter Billion Dollars on Bernie, Now What?

Well meaning people just spent a quarter billion dollars on the Bernie Sanders campaign which continues operations while its candidate says he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president. Let’s put that in a little perspective. Iraqis fleeing Fallujah yet … Continue reading

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The Sacrifice of an American Gladiator

Dan Ireland’s The Ultimate Arena: The Sacrifice of an American Gladiator is a fictionalized account, speculative in some of the details, but true in all the major facts, to the story of Pat Tillman. Any Good American who “supports the … Continue reading

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Gorbachev Disagrees With Obama on Nukes

Mikhail Gorbachev and Barack Obama have radically different views on what is involved in doing away with nuclear weapons. Reading Gorbachev’s new book, The New Russia, is a bit disappointing, but it contains some key insights. It may also be … Continue reading

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Unreported Mass Killing Leaves Thousands Dead

In what’s being called the worst mass killing by the United States in the past six months, numerous mentally disturbed individuals, with the extensive backing of a well-financed terrorist organization, and support from a growing circle of allied gang members, … Continue reading

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Brexit Violence Deeply Rooted, With Lessons for U.S.

On Thursday, in a political move more typical of the United States than Europe, a member of the British Parliament was murdered. She was an opponent of Brexit (Britain exiting the European Union), and her murderer reportedly shouted “Britain First!” … Continue reading

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Orlando Killer’s Secret Shared by Other Terrorists

As with becoming a whistleblower or an activist or an artist there must be numerous reasons why any individual becomes a terrorist — whether military, contract, or independent. Various irrational hatreds and fears (and promises of paradise after death) and … Continue reading

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We Should Be More Viking

A birth lottery winner, or a chooser behind a Rawlsian veil of ignorance, today would likely end up not as a U.S. billionaire’s child (much less a random U.S. child), but as a child in Scandinavia. That is, whether you’re … Continue reading

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ISIS and U.S. Weaponry: At Home and Abroad

When someone commits mass murder in the United States and is tied, however significantly, to a foreign terrorist group, there remains a section of the U.S. population willing to recognize and point out that no ideology, fit of hatred, or … Continue reading

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St. Paul, Minn. — War Is A Lie

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Talking About Forgiveness

An atheist’s sermon on Luke 7: 36-50 delivered at Saint Joan of Arc in Minneapolis, Minn., on June 12, 2016. Forgiveness is a universal need, among those of us who are not religious and among believers in every religion on … Continue reading

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“Modern Warfare Destroys Your Brain” in More Ways Than One

The most likely way to die in a U.S. war, by far, is to live in the country that the United States is attacking. But the most likely way in which a U.S. participant in a war will die is … Continue reading

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“Flag Day Has Been Canceled!”

If that headline sounds a bit like “God Is Dead” to you, you just might be from the United States. Only what the people who live in this one country of the American hemisphere call “an American” carries that variety … Continue reading

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Beauty Contestants Now for World War, not World Peace

Even within what Dr. King called the greatest purveyor of violence in the world, there used to be one constituency you could count on to speak up for world peace: beauty contestants. No more. And the switch has produced no … Continue reading

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Lessons for Peace from Back in the USSR

In the early 1980s almost nobody from the United States traveled to the Soviet Union or vice versa. The Soviets wouldn’t let anybody out, and good Americans were disinclined to visit the Evil Empire. But a woman in California named … Continue reading

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Coy Barefoot and David Swanson on Ending Endless War

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Thomas Friedman Says Hillary’s Lies No Big Deal

Most Hillary Clinton supporters, including Hillary, mostly spend their time talking about Trump, not Clinton, not Sanders, not what should be done in the U.S. government. But they don’t try to articulate a defense for this practice. A couple of … Continue reading

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David Swanson and Daniel Ellsberg on War and Peace

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Obama in Hiroshima Paints a Peace Sign on a Bomb

President Obama went to Hiroshima, did not apologize, did not state the facts of the matter (that there was no justification for the bombings there and in Nagasaki), and did not announce any steps to reverse his pro-nuke policies (building … Continue reading

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“Looking Forward” Comes to Hiroshima

Never mind an apology, Obama should admit the truth By David Swanson, TeleSUR Since before he entered the White House, Barack Obama has proposed handling past crimes by powerful people and entities through a policy called “looking forward” — in … Continue reading

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Will You Join Me in Voting for Neither Trump Nor Clinton?

I’m committing to not vote for Clinton or Trump, and you can do the same. The Democratic Party’s undemocratic primaries are not over, and nobody has won them. It is entirely possible that Hillary Clinton will not be nominated for … Continue reading

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Top 12 Reasons the Good War Was Bad: Hiroshima in Context

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune Consider this a friendly reminder to President Obama on his way to Hiroshima. No matter how many years one writes books, does interviews, publishes columns, and speaks at events, it remains virtually impossible to … Continue reading

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Obama is not first president at permanent war

The New York Times recently claimed, and peace advocates repeated, that President Barack Obama will be the first U.S. president to have been at war for two complete four-year terms. It’s also become common to refer to the current U.S. … Continue reading

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Hey Kids! Try Collateral Damage at Home

One day a couple of weeks ago I was reading Saint Augustine while driving to the local convenience store, and I accidentally drove right through the front glass wall of the store, smashing up some shelves of junk food. After … Continue reading

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How to Oppose the Draft for Women and Not Be Sexist

For the majority of people in the United States who have no idea, yes, draft registration still exists, but only for males. However, the U.S. House of Representatives is interested in adding young women to the rolls. In fact the … Continue reading

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Bush-Obama Powers Will Pass to Next President

Remember when coups and assassinations were secretive, when presidents were obliged to go to Congress and tell lies and ask permission for wars, when torture, spying, and lawless imprisonment were illicit, when re-writing laws with signing statements and shutting down … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Jean Trounstine and Karter Reed on Murder, Juvenile Injustice, and Redemption

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-jean-trounstine-and-karter-reed-on-murder-juvenile-injustice-and-redemption Jean Trounstine is the author of Boy With a Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice. Karter Reed is the subject of and the author of the Epilogue to the book. He was … Continue reading

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Seymour Hersh Erases Public’s Role on Syria

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune We once again owe the great reporter Seymour Hersh a serious debt for his reporting, in this case for his London Review of Books articles on President Barack Obama’s war making, now published as … Continue reading

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Corruption in the Time of Cholera

In 2004, the United States, which had previously occupied Haiti from 1915 to 1934, kidnapped the president of Haiti, overthrew his government, and sent in United Nations “peace keepers.” In 2010, an outbreak of cholera hit Haiti for the first … Continue reading

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Three Centuries of U.S. Writing Against War

Every student of peace, sanity, or survival, every person interested in the possibility of the United States making its current wars its last seven wars, every believer in the value of wisdom and the written word should pick up a … Continue reading

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The Trump Doctrine

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune Here’s a condensed version of Donald Trump’s recent speech that I’m considering offering on gold-ish plating for $19.98: Nationalism, World War II mythology, and militarism must go unquestioned. But when they’ve been used in … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Peter Enns on How Public Punitiveness Led to Mass Incarceration

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-peter-enns-on-how-public-punitiveness-led-to-mass-incarceration Peter Enns is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University. He is also team leader of the Institute for Social Science theme project on … Continue reading

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What Is a Global Citizen, and Can it Save Us?

Headlines this past week claimed that for the first time ever more than half of poll respondents around the world said they saw themselves more as a global citizen than as a citizen of a country. What did they mean … Continue reading

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Psst. Slip This Onto Obama’s Teleprompter in Hiroshima

Thank you. Thank you for welcoming me to this hallowed ground, given meaning like the fields of Gettysburg by those who died here, far more than any speech can pretend to add. Those deaths, here and in Nagasaki, those hundreds … Continue reading

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A Pro- and Anti-War Dialogue

Anti-War Advocate: Is there a case that can be made for war? Pro-War Advocate: Well, yes. In a word: Hitler! Anti-War Advocate: Is “Hitler!” a case for future wars? Let me suggest some reasons why I think it isn’t. First, … Continue reading

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War Lies Talk in Oneonta NY with Q&A

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Talk Nation Radio: John Dear on Catholic Church Rejecting “Just War” Theory

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-john-dear-on-catholic-church-rejecting-just-war-theory After 1700 years, the Catholic Church is turning against the idea that there can be a “just war.” We speak with John Dear. John Dear is an internationally recognized voice for peace and nonviolence. A priest, pastor, retreat … Continue reading

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Their Mouths Are Moving, or How Can You Tell a Politician Is Lying About War?

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune Someone asked me to find war lies during the past few years. Perhaps they had in mind the humanitarian pretenses around attacking Libya in 2011 and Iraq in 2014, or the false claims about … Continue reading

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Sue Saudi for 9/11 and U.S. for all its wars

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry say that allowing family members of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its complicity in that crime would set a terrible precedent that would … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: John Hanrahan on Avaaz’s Warmongering

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-john-hanrahan-on-avaazs-warmongering John Hanrahan, currently on the editorial board of ExposeFacts, is a former executive director of The Fund for Investigative Journalism and reporter for  The Washington Post, The Washington Star, UPI and other news organizations. He also has extensive experience … Continue reading

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Guinness Book of Warmongering

My son left a 2015 Guinness Book of World Records lying around. It’s largely a mix of athletic feats, extravagant spending, freakish body conditions and diseases, and people who do dumb stuff in order to get into the book. It … Continue reading

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War Is A Lie — Seattle, April 15, 2016

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What’s the Truth Hidden by the “Super Predators” Lie?

The desire to punish for the joy of punishing, for revenge, or for racist or sadistic domination has always had certain difficulties hiding behind the pretense of punishing for protection from danger. Creating fear of (young, black, male) “super predators” … Continue reading

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The Habit of Thought That Made U.S. #1 in Prisons and Wars

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune Remarks prepared for April 12 event in Baltimore. I’m going to start with a few brief opening remarks about what I think is the habit of thought that has made the United States #1 … Continue reading

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Ten Revealing War Lies

By David Swanson, TeleSUR Remarks prepared for event in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2016. Let’s look at ten revealing moments in the history of lying about wars to see what they tell us, and then I’ll be glad to … Continue reading

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Why Do Ethics Classes Fantasize About Murder So Much?

At a post-screening discussion where I questioned the director of Eye in the Sky about the disconnect between his drone-kill movie and reality, he launched into a bunch of thought-experiment stuff of the sort I’ve tried to avoid since finishing … Continue reading

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Oh Frack, President Obama

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune A new film called Dear President Obama that is narrated by Mark Ruffalo begins very gently, sympathizing with President Obama’s supposed need to please his funders and corporate lobbyists. But the story it then … Continue reading

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Israeli War Lies Fall As Corporate Media Falls

A new film narrated by Roger Waters, The Occupation of the American Mind, traces the rise of Israeli war propaganda in the United States. This propaganda, which has skillfully swayed U.S. public opinion in support of Israeli wars and occupations, … Continue reading

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U.S. State Department: Don’t Hurt ISIS

So Many Enemies, So Little Logic By David Swanson, teleSUR The U.S. State Department does not want the government of Syria to defeat or weaken ISIS, at least not if doing so means any sort of gain for the Syrian … Continue reading

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Blowback Denial, Climate Denial, and Apocalypse

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune Last week Donald Trump suggested something Bernie Sanders would never dare: getting rid of NATO. I took some time to read people’s comments and tweets online about it, and a huge number seemed to … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Erin Aubry Kaplan on Loving Obama No Matter What

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-erin-aubry-kaplan-on-loving-obama-no-matter-what Erin Aubry Kaplan is a Los Angeles journalist and columnist. She discusses her book I Heart Obama. Total run time: 29:00 Host: David Swanson.Producer: David Swanson.Music by Duke Ellington. Download from LetsTryDemocracy or Archive. Pacifica stations can also … Continue reading

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War Is A Lie: David Swanson in Asheville

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Talk Nation Radio: Paul Engler on THIS IS AN UPRISING

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-paul-engler-on-this-is-an-uprising Paul Engler is founding director of the Center for the Working Poor and one of the founders of Momentum Training. He is co-author of the new book: This Is An Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First … Continue reading

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U.S. Air Force’s Ability to Deliver Death But Not Food Is A Choice

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune According to news reports, there are areas of Syria where people are literally starving to death, and where the United Nations is attempting to drop food from the air but missing its target so … Continue reading

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Hillary Is A Neocon

http://hillaryisaneocon.com She has the record and the vision “For this former Republican, and perhaps for others, the only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton. The party cannot be saved, but the country still can be.” —Robert Kagan “I … Continue reading

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What No One in the Media Has Asked the Candidates About War

If you can get presidential candidates in the Democratic or Republican parties to answer any of these, please let me know. 1. President Obama’s 2017 budget proposal, according to the National Priorities Project, devotes 54% of discretionary spending (or $622.6 … Continue reading

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Secession, Trump, and the Avoidability of Civil War

The Governor of California has joked about building a wall all the way around his state if Donald Trump becomes president of the other 49. Secession would not be a joke had it not been given an undeserved bad name. … Continue reading

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What Does The Constitution Actually Say About Waging War?

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Judge’s Iran Ignorance Is Widespread and Dangerous

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune U.S. District Judge George Daniels of New York has struck again, ruling that Iran must pay $10 billion to compensate for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. If you have read this story … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Seth Kershner on the Campaign to Demilitarize U.S. Schools

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-seth-kershner-on-the-campaign-to-demilitarize-us-schools Seth Kershner is a writer and researcher whose work has appeared in such outlets as In These Times, Sojourners, and Rethinking Schools. He is the co-author (with Scott Harding) of Counter-Recruitment and the Campaign to Demilitarize Public Schools … Continue reading

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How Would Knowing the Truth Change U.S. Policy on ISIS?

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune Scholars have documented the consistent pattern. What makes a country far more likely to be invaded, attacked, “intervened in,” or in other words, bombed, is not its lack of democracy or its government’s crimes … Continue reading

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War Is A Total Lie!

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The Killer Drone Lovers Have Their Movie

If the recent spate of anti-drone movies and plays was making you feel warm thoughts about U.S. culture, you’ll want to avoid seeing “Eye in the Sky,” starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, and Aaron Paul. This is what “Zero Dark … Continue reading

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Everybody Turn Out for a Day of Peace and Solidarity in New York

What happens when there are endless wars accompanied by militarized policing, spreading racism, erosion of civil rights, and concentration of wealth, but the only news is election news, and none of the candidates wants to talk about shrinking the world’s … Continue reading

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Are We Willing to Pay the Price for Peace?

Premiering around the end of March will be one of the best films I’ve ever seen on peace activism: Paying the Price for Peace produced by Bo Boudart and others. The film focuses on S. Brian Willson while also informing … Continue reading

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The Congressional Progressive Caucus Believes in War

Each year the Congressional Progressive Caucus releases a weaker and weaker budget proposal. This year they asked for input first. I sent them this and communicated with them about it, so I know they read it. An excerpt: “Last year’s … Continue reading

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The War Monument to End All War Monuments

“Who controls the past, controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” –Orwell The U.S. government has reached the bottom of the barrel. Having packed every square inch of the National Mall with monuments to every war they … Continue reading

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How a Hillary or Bernie Government Would Relate to the World

By David Swanson, teleSUR By world standards, a U.S. government led by President Bernie Sanders would be exceptionally militarized and very much an outlier in terms of its disregard for the standards of international law and its lack of respect … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Holly Sterling on the unjust imprisonment of her CIA whistleblower husband

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-holly-sterling-on-the-unjust-imprisonment-of-her-cia-whistleblower-husband Holly Sterling is the wife of unjustly imprisoned CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling. She discusses his case, his imprisonment, and efforts to request a pardon. Total run time: 29:00 Host: David Swanson.Producer: David Swanson.Music by Duke Ellington. Download from … Continue reading

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One-Hour Special: Mary Anne Grady Flores from Jail on Why She Protested Killer Drones

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/one-hour-special-mary-anne-grady-flores-from-jail-on-why-she-protested-killer-drones Mary Anne Grady Flores speaks in this 1-hour special from inside the jail near Syracuse, N.Y., where she has been imprisoned for 6 months for protesting drone murders at Hancock Air Base. Total run time: 56:00 Host: David … Continue reading

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A Nation Too Stupid to Benefit From its Immigrants?

The millions of people in the United States who are denied equal rights because they are immigrants have vast stockpiles of wisdom and rich culture to share; they engage in more strategic and courageous activism than do non-immigrants; and without … Continue reading

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A Cease-Fire to Re-Load or to Build Peace?

A cease-fire, even a partial one by only some of the parties to the war in Syria, is the perfect first step — but only if it’s widely understood as a first step. Almost none of the news coverage I’ve … Continue reading

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South Carolina Democratic Party Means Well

The chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party called to complain that I was being unfair to him, and maybe he was right. But I’d simply urged the need to avoid any appearance of bias, and if the chairman doesn’t … Continue reading

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The 2016 Election’s Obama Problem

was looking for love in all the wrong places Looking for love in too many faces Searching your eyes, looking for traces Of what I’m dreaming of  –Waylon Jennings Why do the Republican presidential debates resemble world wrestling matches without … Continue reading

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More U.S. troops killed by Halliburton than by Iraqis

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune The U.S. government, from Dick Cheney to Hillary Clinton, told blatant lies about the Iraqi government creating chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons in 2002, despite having been informed of the fact that Iraq was … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Harvey Wasserman on the Stripping and Flipping of Elections

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-harvey-wasserman-on-the-stripping-and-flipping-of-elections Harvey Wasserman is a life-long activist who speaks, writes and organizes widely on energy, the environment, history, drug war, election protection and grassroots politics. He teaches (since 2004) history and cultural & ethnic diversity at two central Ohio … Continue reading

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Why the Deafening Silence on Cutting the Military Budget?

By Harvey Wasserman, David Swanson, Bob Fitrakis Bernie Sanders’ common sense proposals for dealing with universal health care, college tuition, restoring the infrastructure, confronting poverty and more have encountered predictable scorn from “fiscally responsible” corporatists. They all scream about the … Continue reading

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