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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 and and works for the online activist organization

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Tuesday, November 5, 2019
President of Mexico Declines Trump's Offer of a War Andre's Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), the President of Mexico, was not eager to accept Donald Trump's offer to fight a war against drug dealers.
Baghdadi, From InText
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 29, 2019
On Bragging About Murdering People You Turned into Terrorists You cannot promote the rule of law by loudly bragging about committing murder. You cannot end terrorism by committing terrorism.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 22, 2019
What Does the U.S. Public Think of Its Government Arming and Bombing the World? Data for Progress has now published a report called "Voters Want to See a Progressive Overhaul of American Foreign Policy."
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Talk Nation Radio: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower, on What He Now Thinks Was the Purpose of Operation Merlin Jeffrey Sterling is a former CIA case officer who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and was in federal prison in Colorado. Prior to this program, as far as we know, Sterling had not been asked whether he believes the stated purpose of the program he worked on. Does he really think the purpose of giving obviously flawed nuclear bomb-part plans to Iran was to slow down a nuclear weapons program that may not even have
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Our Heroes, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 19, 2019
How the U.S. Institute of Peace Avoids Peace in Afghanistan Notice anything funny? The United States is supposed to have a "lead agency" and support or not support particular programs to reintegrate Afghans into Afghanistan after the coming of peace., From InText
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 16, 2019
Video: StrikeDC for Climate and Peace Video: StrikeDC for Climate and Peace with Emanuel Pastreich and David Swanson.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 15, 2019
Every Peace Group and Activist Should Join Strike DC for the Earth's Climate World BEYOND War is joining with StrikeDC to nonviolently shut down DC for the climate on September 23. We are organizing in affinity groups.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 11, 2019
For the First Time in My Life I'm Against Impeaching the President I had hoped to make the above statement after electing a president whom I did not consider a vile mass-murderous warmongering climate-destroying threat to humanity. I'm saying it early. I'm saying it while Trump is president., From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Antiwar Billboards Are Up in Ireland Limerick, Ireland, now has billboards up at Clare Street, John Street, John Street in Waterford, and Dublin Road in Singland.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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?"

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