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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online activist organization http://rootsaction.org
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Irresponsible Hatecraft and Proper Drone Murders
The reality, of course, has been decades of endless drone murders, including "signature strikes" and "double taps" targeting mostly unidentified people and sometimes identified people who could easily have been arrested had there not been a preference for murdering them and anyone nearby them.
SHARE Wednesday, October 13, 2021 War Powers Reform and the Pretense Thereof
I don't like the downsides in these bills at all. I think they're horrific, disgraceful, and absolutely indefensible. But I think they're outweighed by the upsides, even in the Senate bill, though the House one is better. Yet, clearly best of all would be for Congress to make use of any of these things, either one of the new bills or the law as it exists today.
SHARE Saturday, October 9, 2021 Harry Potter and the Secret of COP26
"Blimey, Harry!" exclaimed Ronald Weasley, his face pressed to the window, peering out at the swiftly passing countryside as the glistening red Hogwarts Express belched coal smoke into the sky on its way north to Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference. "If the secret that you have to find is both known and unknown to all Muggles, then it follows that it's known to a lot of us too. And it also follows ...
SHARE Friday, October 8, 2021 Nobel Committee Gets Peace Prize Wrong Yet Again
The Nobel Committee has yet again awarded a peace prize that violates the will of Alfred Nobel and the purpose for which the prize was created, selecting recipients who blatantly are not "the person who has done the most or best to advance fellowship among nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and the establishment and promotion of peace congresses."
SHARE Tuesday, September 28, 2021 Civic Initiative Save Sinjajevina to Receive the War Abolisher of 2021 Award
Civic Initiative Save Sinjajevina (Građanska inicijativa Sačuvajmo Sinjajevinu in Serbian) is a popular movement in Montenegro that has prevented the implementation of a planned NATO military training ground, blocking military expansion while protecting a natural environment, a culture, and a way of life.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 12, 2021 WHIF: White Hypocritical Imperial Feminism
In 2002, U.S. women's groups sent a joint letter to then-President George W. Bush in support of the war on Afghanistan to benefit women. Gloria Steinem (formerly of the CIA), Eve Ensler, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, and many others signed. The National Organization for Women, Hillary Clinton, and Madeline Albright supported the war.
SHARE Thursday, September 9, 2021 Guantanamo Past the Point of All Shame
U.S. high schools should teach courses on Guantanamo: what not to do in the world, how not to make it even worse, and how not to compound that catastrophe beyond all shame and recovery.
SHARE Tuesday, September 7, 2021 Atheism Could Save Journalism, Democracy, and Your Family
I know, I know, journalism is so bad you don't really want it saved or really see what saving it would mean much less want it saved by some evil abomination like atheism. And we've never actually had democracy. And I've got no business mentioning your family, especially in the same breath as something as disgusting as atheism. But hear me out.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 4, 2021 What Ending a War Could Look Like
When you imagine ending a war, do you imagine the U.S. President lamenting the human cost of the war's financial expense while simultaneously demanding that Congress increase military spending - and while mentioning new wars that could potentially be launched?
SHARE Monday, August 30, 2021 The Washington Post's Case Against Democracy
The Washington Post has been a leading promoter of the Rules Based Order, which some have confused with a pro-democracy initiative. The Post has, however, assembled a powerful case against democracy, that we all need to take seriously if we want to be, you know, serious.