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David William Pear is a Senior Editor for OpEdNews.com and a Senior Contributing Editor for The Greanville Post. All of his articles and comments are his own, and are not the responsibility of, or speak for the editorial opinion of anyone but himself.
David is a progressive columnist writing on economic, political and social issues. His articles have been published by OpEdNews, The Greanville Post, The Real News Network, Truth Out, Consortium News and many other publications.
David is active in social issues relating to peace, race relations, homelessness and equal justice. David is a member of Veterans for Peace, St Pete for Peace, CodePink, and International Solidarity Movement.
In 2016 David spent 10 weeks in Palestine with the Palestinian lead non-violent resistance group International Solidarity Movement. In November of 2015 he was a delegate with CodePink to Palestine to show solidarity with Palestinians. In February of 2015 he was part of a people-to-people delegation to Cuba with CodePink. David frequently makes extended people-to-people trips to Russia as a private citizen.
After retiring from finance in 2009, David earned a certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. He has volunteered for public health service, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, emergency medicine and needs of the homeless.
David has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Maryland and attended classes at George Washington University to receive his Certified Financial Planner certification. He also attended courses at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for his certification as a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA).
David is a Vietnam veteran having served as a member of the 5th Special Forces Group as a combat advisor to the Army of the Republic of (South) Viet Nam.
David resides with his wife and three cats in Clearwater Beach, Florida. His hobbies include boating, fishing and motorcycle touring. He is also a licensed skydiver (USPA-inactive)
[Photo: Anti-war speech, steps of City Hall, St. Petersburg, Fl.]
Lovefest in Korea Leaves US Fuming (Revised & Expanded)
Good for South Korea. They deserve the liberation and independence the US promised them in 1945. South Korea had been under the boot of Japanese subjugation from 1905 to 1945. Since 1945 the South has been under the subjugation of the US boot. North Korea has been independent since the Russians left in 1948.
Monday, January 15, 2018(52 comments)
US Humiliation of South Korea
The US Neocon noises about South Korea's government being "weak" are dangerous, not just routine Neocon bombast, not to mention that they are widely shared by the US foreign policy establishment, which has been following Neocon strains of policy for a very long time, since imperialism is at it core a philosophy of domination perfectly in tune with neocon visions of power.
Sunday, December 31, 2017(69 comments)
Who Really Defeated ISIS?
Now with the ringing in of the 2018 New Year, we can expect the US to be patting itself on the back for defeating ISIS in 2017 . The real story is that it was Assad, Russia, Hezbollah and Iran that defeated ISIS (so far).
Thursday, December 28, 2017(3 comments)
Rex Tillerson: I Am Proud of Our Diplomacy
Ina New York Times editorial today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried as hard as he could to put a smiley face of the Trump administrations schizophrenic, disjointed and jingoistic foreign policy in 2017.
Saturday, December 23, 2017(47 comments)
Trump's Jerusalem UN Vote Bullying
"The US will remember this day, in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation".
Saturday, December 2, 2017(35 comments)
North Korea is Not a Threat to the US
For Kim to attack the US he would have to be insane, paranoid, and suicidal. Top officials in the US intelligence agencies say he is not. What should frighten the American people is the long history of US crazies who would start a nuclear war.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017(3 comments)
"I Ain't Gonna Die for Korea"
Koreans see the Yankees as foreign interlopers. They blame the US for dividing Korea after 1945, denying them independence and meddling in Korea for the US's own self-interests. During the Korean civil war of the 1950's the US bombed Korea back to the Stone Age, and killed several million of their ancestors. They see the US as having blocked Korean independence and reunification for over 70 years.
Sunday, November 5, 2017(20 comments)
Top Ten Platitudes About North Korea
The mainstream media has dumbed itself down in order to dumb down the American people. In so doing they disregard there responsibility to democracy. A democracy needs an educated citizenry in order to self-govern themselves.
Friday, October 20, 2017(10 comments)
Return to South Korea, "The DMZ Alive"
Finally, no more wasting any time. After settling into The Nest hotel at Incheon International Airport, a good night's sleep and breakfast, now the tour begins. First stop Odusan Unification Observatory on a mountain peak overlooking the Han River. It is a clear day and North Korea is clearly visible.
Return to South Korea: "Ambivalence"
While flying my thoughts turned to ambivalence. Am I really doing the right thing; is this what I really want? As an anti-war activist is it contradictory to attend a military event, and will it end up just being a bunch of 'war stories'?
Monday, October 16, 2017(4 comments)
Return to South Korea: "Anticipation".
With the events of the past few months and the threat of another war in Korea, I have been studying the history of the Korean War of 1950 to 1953. As I dug into it I became fascinated with how much I did not know and how much there is to learn.
Exclusive OpEdNews Interview with David Swanson
World Beyond War is sponsoring an extravaganza peace and environmental activists, writers and speakers conference next weekend, September 22-24 in Washington, D.C. These are the two most important issues we are confronted with: war and climate change. Here is an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW I did for OpEdNews with David Swanson about "No War 2017: War and the Environment" .
Thursday, August 24, 2017(16 comments)
Slavery, King Cotton and the Industrial Revolution.
The U.S. history of slavery has been a concern and study of mine for a long time. Recent events about the propriety of taking down some old Civil War monuments has put slavery back in the news. Here I have dusted off an article that I wrote for The Real News Network back in 2014.
Monday, August 21, 2017(8 comments)
Hearing Loss is No Joke
Hearing loss is a life altering disability that is misunderstood and ignored as a disability. Often those that are hard of hearing are made the butt of jokes, accused of selective hearing and of only hearing what they want to hear.
Thursday, August 3, 2017(68 comments)
Venezuela Regime Change Project Revealed
Regime change is being perfected by sophisticated public relations techniques using marketing strategies, constant repetition, image control, word selection, negative campaigns, mass media, false propaganda and mind shock. The public justification for ousting a democratically elected head of state, such as today Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, is cynically said to be democracy promotion and human rights.
Thursday, July 20, 2017(77 comments)
Venezuela on the Edge of Civil War
Venezuela is a step closer to civil war after this week's opposition held a "fake referendum" that the corporate Fake News (i.e. mainstream corporate media) hales as a vote of "no confidence" for President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters.
Monday, July 17, 2017(79 comments)
Venezuela Under Siege by U.S. Empire
It is all about the oil. Whatever else one hears about Venezuela, it is all about the oil. That is all one needs to know about why the U.S. Empire has Venezuela under siege. It is all about the oil.
Sunday, June 25, 2017(37 comments)
Exploring Peace Outside the Box
The world desperately needs an end to U.S. wars, and we want our money back, and a written guarantee that in the future representatives will represent us, and not the profiteers, privateers, and mercenaries.
Saturday, June 3, 2017(18 comments)
Freedom and Dignity
Progressives and occupiers need to learn from Palestinians a thing or two about Freedom and Dignity. You do not get what you want from powerful oppressors by begging. If something is worth getting, then be ready to fight for it. Don't ask, demand. If they don't grant it, then fight for it. If the only way you have to fight is to throw your body into the gears of power then do it enthusiastically. Never surrender.
Where is the Progressive Leadership Class?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Saturday, February 4, 2017(172 comments)
Trump is Not America's Real Problem
Trump is the dictator that America was waiting for after 16 years of concentrating unconstitutional powers by President George W Bush and President Barack Obama. It took years to condition the American public to fascism.
Saturday, December 31, 2016(20 comments)
Russian Spies Behind Every Christmas Tree
Liberals/Progressives/Democrats are jumping on the anti-Putin hysteria as a knee jerk reaction to hatred of Trump. It is exactly what the Neocons/Republican/MIC and war profiteers want. Don't fall for it.
Netanyahu's Temper Tantrum
Israel has been in defiance of international law, UN Resolution 242 and the United Nations Charter for 50 years.
Thursday, November 24, 2016(13 comments)
Palestine or Genocide?
Israel not only chose apartheid, built a "security wall" (i.e. The Apartheid Wall) to imprison Palestinians in the West Bank, which is now the world's largest outdoor prison, but also continued the criminal pursuit of ethnic cleansing. Israel is an apartheid state and enforces strict segregation of Palestinians, especially in occupied Palestine.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016(130 comments)
Progressives Eat Their Own Children
Progressives are now eating their own children. They are blaming everybody but themselves for Trump. They are still talking Clinton propaganda that Trump was the fault of Jill Stein, Russian hackers, Wikileaks, and "disloyal" Bernie and Stein supporters. Those that are disloyal to anti-war and progressive principles are those that backed Clinton as the lesser evil.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016(2 comments)
Palestine Diary #3
"Five days after Yom Kippur Jews begin the celebration of Succot...While not officially a holiday, the five day period after Yom Kippur leading up to Sukkot are the most dangerous days in the Jewish calendar" [for Palestinians]
Friday, October 14, 2016(5 comments)
Palestine Diary #2
Palestine Diary is a series of articles that I am posting as I tour occupied Palestine. I am recording my experiences and stories that I believe to be true. In Palestine the truth and a camera to record it are a most powerful weapon against lies, propaganda, crimes against humanity and the effort to cover them up.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016(14 comments)
Palestine Diary of a Tourist (Number 1)
Palestine, including the so-called West Bank is a prison...a maximum security prison. The ugly lie is that the Palestinians' movements are being "restricted for security". The truth is that Zionists want all the land...without "Arabs" on it; land without Arabs is much more valuable than land with Arabs on it.
Thursday, September 29, 2016(14 comments)
The New York Times Cheers for War with Russia
Main stream media anti-Putin propaganda makes a war with Russia almost inevitable. The propaganda today is worse than it was during the Cold War with the USSR.
Example: Over 90% of MSM images of Putin are negative, insulting, ridicule or demonize him.
Monday, September 5, 2016(8 comments)
Jill Stein Makes Toast of Chris Wallace Fox News Sunday 9-4-2016
Jill Stein makes toast out of Chris Wallace. All Wallace can do is to stammer "ok, let's move on...and sorry we ran out of time"...exposes Hillary and Trump as warmonger profiteers.Compared to Jill even Bernie looks like a "neocon". Leaves me asking, "When are progressives going to back candidates that represent their agenda and stop debating strategic-voting and lesser evil.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015(12 comments)
The West's Asymmetric Terrorism
When the West commits massive terrorism, the public does not mourn. Americans and Europeans do not paint their Facebook page with the color of the flag of the countries that the West destroys. The mainstream media seldom reports the deaths, and when they do it is usually said to be unfortunate collateral damage. The victims are dehumanized.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015(8 comments)
CodePink Delegation to Palestine
A delegation of 23 members of the women's peace activist group CodePink just returned from a 9 day tour of Palestine. I was among the delegates that wanted to show my solidarity with the Palestinian people, meet with Palestinian activist groups and learn about conditions on the ground first hand. The itinerary included visits to the Palestinian cities of Ramallah, Nablus, Nus Jbeil, Sebastia, Jenin, and East Jerusalem.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015(10 comments)
Benghazi: Hillary Clinton and C.I.A. Crimes
The death of Ambassador Stevens and the political fallout for Hillary Clinton has provided the textbook on how the U.S. uses C.I.A. operations to fund secret wars of aggressive regime change and install compliant puppet governments.
Sunday, October 4, 2015(20 comments)
Islamophobia: Why Do We Hate Them?
Islamophobia is racism and religious intolerance. It is used by those who want to further their personal, political and financial agendas that benefit them from hate, war, empire and exploitation. Islamophobia should be called what it is: Racism and ignorance.
Syria: Has Putin Called Obama's Bluff?
Major revelations have come out this week that Obama's war against ISIL is a failure. Obama blames the war he got himself into in Syria on neocons, Republicans and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After over 250,000 deaths and millions of refugees, Obama says he is open to talking with the Russians about Syria. It may lead to a diplomatic solution. Otherwise there will be more war, refugees and chaos.
Progressives Should Be Applauding Trump
Donald Trump has added real excitement to the race for the White House in 2016. He has also raised many progressive issues in common with Bernie Sanders, such as reindustrialization and rebuilding the middle class. Progressives should be applauding that people are agreeing on real issues that can benefit the American people instead of dividing them.
Thursday, July 9, 2015(20 comments)
Hillary's Neocon Legacy: Coups, Dictators, Corruption, Chaos, Executions and Assassination
Hillary's legacy is the right-wing coup in Honduras, the assassination of Muammar Gaddafi, the destruction of Libya, military dictatorship in Egypt and the Iraq War. As President she will surround herself with her neocon advisors. They will favor continuing unending war and harmful trade agreement. Her backers are Wall Street, bankers, corporations and the MIC. This is not guessing--it is who she is and has been.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015(24 comments)
Solar Power: Fiddling While the Earth Burns.
One of the greatest challenges facing the world in the 21st century is climate change. It is a much bigger problem than terrorism or ISIS/ISIL. To reduce the threat of climate change the world needs to greatly reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. The technology is there for alternative sources of energy. Solar energy is part of the answer. What is lacking is the imagination, commitment and will.
Monday, May 4, 2015(46 comments)
NEOLIBERALISM: Austerity vs. The Affluent Society.
The neoliberals' world is one of poverty, a marginalized middle-class, and wealth and political power concentrated at the top. They say that neoliberalism leads to freedom. Instead it leads to austerity and the rise of fascism. Their first experiment in Chile resulted in crimes against humanity. The neoliberal project in the US has led to financial disaster, loss of freedom and the Great Recession.
Thursday, April 16, 2015(25 comments)
Why is Anyone Listening to the Neocons in the 21st Century?
The Neocons say the world needs a U.S. Empire to be the policeman to bring peace and enlightenment. Instead they set the world on fire with wars, death, genocide, destruction and debt.
We are now on the brink of a nuclear holocaust. Neocon policies have resulted in the decline of U.S. human rights, freedom and prosperity. Tell Neocons: "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion".
Tuesday, March 31, 2015(175 comments)
Putin Is Not Hitler
Calling Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin "Hitler" is undignified and dangerous. The main stream media is leading us down the path to WW3. The neocon party of war has failed to head the real lessons of WW2. The Obama administration says it is aware that the confrontation with Russia could lead to nuclear war. Regardless of the danger, their goal is regime change in Russia.
Thursday, March 19, 2015(2 comments)
"Senator John Billington Reveals Saudi Conspiracy in 9-11.....and they have Nuke Bomb"
Retired Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) has often been outspoken about the involvement of Saudi Arabia in the 9-11 attacks on the U.S.A. In a book of fiction he wrote called "The Keys to the Kingdom", he may have revealed through a fictionalized character named "Senator John Billington" what is in the 28 pages of the 9-11 Commission Report that were redacted by the Bush White House.....He may have also revealed a lot more.
Thursday, March 12, 2015(4 comments)
Cuba Si, Yankee Imperialism No! End the blockade of CUBA.
The U.S. should end the blockade of Cuba, restore normal diplomatic relations, permit travel to Cuba, close GITMO prison and torture site, return Guantanamo Bay to its rightful owner Cuba and take Cuba off the list of state-sponsored terrorist countries.
UKRAINE: The Propaganda War
Our main stream media is failing us again like it did after 9-11, before the Iraq War and during the Libya no-fly zone that turned into a turkey shoot. Instead of questioning the justification for war, the media is acting as the government's propaganda agent.
Afghanistan: "The Ghost of Vietnam"
Now when millions are marching against terrorism, this is am appropriate time to recall the origins of the War in Afghanistan.
The US initiated, supported, funded, armed and encouraged Islamic fundamentalist conflicts when it served its foreign-policy goals... and continues to do so.
Now the US and the world are paying the price. That price is the steepest for Muslims who are the victims of the Global War on Terror.
Torture is a Symptom. The War on Terror is the Disease.
The C.I.A. Detention and Interrogation Program (a.k.a. The Torture Program) is a symptom. The War on Terror is the disease. Both are based on lies, half-truths, false theories, greed and ambition, and exploitation of the fears of the American public. To get rid of the symptoms we must end the War on Terror.