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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, Russia Insider, Pravda,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, International Solidarity Movement, and Uhuru 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)

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Free Palestine, End the Occupation, Tear Down the Apartheid Wall Saturday, June 3, 2017 (18 comments)     

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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.

Happy Earth Day America Thursday, April 27, 2017 (11 comments)     

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Earth Day Denial that War Causes Climate Change Earth Day and the March for Science were more hypocrisy and feel good faux solidarity of concern for the Earth. Earth Day was carefully stage-managed to not offend or affect any change.

The Violin Monster Monday, April 10, 2017 (56 comments)     

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Donald Trump Has Been Played Like a Violin "Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community -- they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you."

Cinderella Friday, March 3, 2017 (87 comments)     

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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.

Replace Insecure https://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadnic/us_flag_swastika-png_500873_20170204-910.png Saturday, February 4, 2017 (172 comments)     

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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.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate Nativity on January 6 & 7! Saturday, December 31, 2016 (20 comments)     

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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.

Free Palestine, Open Gaza, End the Illegal Occupation, Recognize Palest Thursday, December 29, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Diplomatic Recognition for the State of Palestine Mr. President Obama do what 136 other countries have done: You can grant International Recognition of the State of Palestine by the United States of America.

Free Palestine, End the Occupation, Tear Down the Apartheid Wall Wednesday, December 28, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Fake News: Obama Scrambles to Save the Peace Process Mr. Obama, recognize the existence of the State of Palestine. Tell Israel to tear down the apartheid wall.

A Palestinian boy at a demonstration protesting the closure of checkpo Tuesday, December 27, 2016 (9 comments)     

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Netanyahu's Temper Tantrum Israel has been in defiance of international law, UN Resolution 242 and the United Nations Charter for 50 years.

Home Demolition in Occupied Palestine Thursday, November 24, 2016 (13 comments)     

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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.

Dr. Jill Stein in handcuffs from the trees Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (130 comments)     

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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.

al-Kahlil (Hebron) Palestine during Sukkot Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (2 comments)     

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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]

To Exist is to Resist. Friday, October 14, 2016 (5 comments)     

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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.

Settlers taking a walk on Shuhada Street Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (14 comments)     

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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.

Putin - a fascist slut Thursday, September 29, 2016 (14 comments)     

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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.

Jill Stein Green Party Presidential Candidate Monday, September 5, 2016 (8 comments)     

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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.

Shock and Awe Baghdad Attack Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (12 comments)     

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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.

Code Pink Support For BDS Tuesday, November 10, 2015 (8 comments)     

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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.

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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.

Islamophobia Sunday, October 4, 2015 (20 comments)     

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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.

The Freedom Fighter Saturday, September 26, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Syria: Where are the Moderate Freedom Fighters A possible history of the Syrian civil war.

President Obama Monday, September 21, 2015 (10 comments)     

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"Mr. Obama considers Mr. Putin a Thug"---New York Times "Mr. Putin's Mixed Messages on Syria", by the New York Times editorial board.

Obama's War Sunday, September 20, 2015 (21 comments)     

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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.

Russian Bear Saturday, September 12, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Syria: The U.S.-Russian standoff according to the New York Times New York Times editorial, "Russia's Risky Military Moves in Syria" of September 11, 2015

Donald Trump Saturday, August 15, 2015 (93 comments)     

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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.

Was Hillary Clinton a Good Secretary of State? Thursday, July 9, 2015 (20 comments)     

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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.

Climate summit: world leaders fiddle while the planet burns. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 (24 comments)     

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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.

Hayek vs. Keynes Monday, May 4, 2015 (46 comments)     

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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.

Paul Wolfowitz, William Kristol, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Scooter Libby, John Bolton, Michael Ledeen"and we can kee Thursday, April 16, 2015 (25 comments)     

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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".

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (175 comments)     

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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.

TROUBLING LINKS  King Abdullah, Prince Naif, Osama bin Laden, Prince Bandar, and Prince Turki--Saudis all, as Thursday, March 19, 2015 (2 comments)     

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"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.

End Cuba embargo! Code Pink delegation in Cuba, Feb, 2015 Swanson Thursday, March 12, 2015 (4 comments)     

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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.

End The Afghanistan War Saturday, February 28, 2015 (3 comments)     

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Afghanistan War: Forgotten but not over. Instead of Obama ending the Afghanistan War responsibly, he is going to keep it going for another decade.

PUTIN DEMONIZED AS HITLER Wednesday, February 4, 2015 (39 comments)     

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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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) lit a candle at a ceremony in Moscow alongside Russia's Chief Rabbi, Berel Lazar Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (14 comments)     

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Thomas Friedman calls Putin "Hitler" on 70th Commemoration of Auschwitz. Thomas Friedman's op-ed in the New York Times call Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin "HITLER".

Bush Kiss Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (9 comments)     

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Retired Senator Bob Graham Slams the White House Over Non-Release of 28 Redacted Pages of 9-11 Report. Retired Senator Bob Graham charges Saudi Arabia with direct involvement in 9-11; and accuses President Obama and former President Bush of stone walling and a cover up.

Replace Insecure https://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadnic/afghan-children-jpg_500873_20150113-601.jpg Thursday, January 15, 2015 (6 comments)     

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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.

Cops frisk two men in stop- and-frisk training in the Bronx Saturday, January 3, 2015 (4 comments)     

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The Police Should Only Arrest People "When They Have To". The New York City police have begun a work slowdown. They are angry over what they say is lack of public respect and Mayor de Blasio's lack of moral support in the wake of the choke hold killing of Eric Garner.

Save Donbass People Wednesday, December 31, 2014 (6 comments)     

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"Rapprochement with Russia?" The New York Times has published an op-ed by the RAND Corporation which may signal a bloodier war in Ukraine.

War on Terror Thursday, December 18, 2014 (10 comments)     

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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.

Replace Insecure https://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadnic/imagesca5tbpdm-jpg_500873_20141202-403.jpg Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (56 comments)     

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US War with Russia Authorized by House Resolution 758. Ukraine may lead to war with Russia. U.S. House Resolution in Congress 758 may be the legal basis for a future president seeking an authorization for war against Russia.