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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 Monday, November 11, 2019 If Voting Is So Important, Why Aren't Fair, Open, Verifiable Elections Important?
It's impossible in U.S. society not to frequently encounter the demand to vote, no matter what, no matter for whom, as a basic civic duty. Voting is supremely important, we're told, a right, a responsibility, a moral requirement, something people died for which if you don't use (even if it's useless) you will effectively be pissing on their graves.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 7, 2019 Another Armistice Day With No Trump Weapons Parade
November 11, 2019, is Armistice Day 101 (or 102 if you want to be all mathematically accurate and elitist about it). Anyway, it's been over a century now since World War I was ended at a scheduled moment (11 o'clock on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918).
SHARE Friday, October 25, 2019 Peace in Afghanistan
There were whispers in the village, high up in the mountains of Afghanistan. There was a Stranger here. He had made a friend and been invited to live in a home despite not being family, despite probably not even being of the ethnicity or religion of every person who could be trusted.
SHARE Friday, October 11, 2019 The Nobel Committee Is Doing Better
The committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize was right not to give the prize to Greta Thunberg, who deserves the highest prizes available, but not one created to fund the work of abolishing war and militaries. That cause ought to be central to the work of protecting the climate, but it is not. The question of why no young person working to abolish war is given access to television networks ought to be raised.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Trump's Opponents Have Him Beat . . . When It Comes to Incompetence
If Trump were to finally shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, Nancy Pelosi and Jerrold Nadler and company would not declare it acceptable, absolutely not. But what they would do would be to open a months-long investigation into the history of the victim, what Trump had said earlier in the day, who had manufactured the gun, and above all what foreign government they could blame it on.
SHARE Thursday, October 3, 2019 U.S. Out of Italy
Italy Should Make Friends with the U.S. Public and the World By Kicking Out the U.S. Military
SHARE Friday, September 20, 2019 New Study Documents Depleted Uranium Impacts on Children in Iraq
In the years following 2003, the U.S. military dotted Iraq with over 500 military bases, many of them close to Iraqi cities. These cities suffered the impacts of bombs, bullets, chemical and other weapons, but also the environmental damage of open burn pits on U.S. bases, abandoned tanks and trucks, and the storage of weapons on U.S. bases, including depleted uranium weapons.
SHARE Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Shannon Airport Sprays Carcinogenic Chemicals
On August 15, 2019, a U.S. military plane caught fire at Shannon Airport. The Shannon Airport Authority Fire Service put out the fire using a spray foam. The Fire Service uses foam containing carcinogenic chemicals.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 13, 2019 Smedley Butler's Speech Against War in Charlottesville in 1937
I didn't know until recently that Smedley Butler had ever been to my town. Then I heard that he'd spoken at the University of Virginia here in Charlottesville in 1937. The University of Virginia had the speech tucked away in its stacks and was kind enough to dig it out. It's pasted below.
SHARE Monday, September 9, 2019 Zombie Zombie Zombie
CNN is outraged that Trump was too friendly with Russians, supposedly endangering an honorable spy snooping into the Russian government.
SHARE Monday, September 9, 2019 Limerick at Peace
Green Ireland has a peaceful blue sky.
Shannon Airport's full of war planes; Here's why.
When Emperor Trump
Tells Ireland to Jump
Ireland bows down and asks him "How high?"