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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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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 29, 2020
Glory: The Deadliest Drug Yale Magrass and Charles Derber's latest book is called Glorious Causes: The Irrationality of Capitalism, War, and Politics. I hope people are reading it. I worry, because after Mom, apple pie, and shopping, what are more popular than capitalism, war, and politics? Probably not . . . oh, I don't know . . . analyses of the similarities between the histories of Nazi Germany and the United States.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Lies and the Fascists Who Believe Them Next week, if Trump announces that he won the election, his supporters will take it as gospel without wanting proof. But if Biden mumbles that he thinks he just might come out on top once everything is properly considered, his supporters will tentatively attempt some research and calculations. One group is in a church service. The other is at a bingo game.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 26, 2020
Troops Out of Germany and Down a Rabbit Hole The only candidate for U.S. president that appeals to me is either the socialist whom Trump and Pence sometimes pretend Joe Biden is or the pacifist that the media sometimes pretends Trump is.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 23, 2020
There Are Anti-War Candidates I don't have any use for PEP politicians (progressive except on the Pentagon), but there are going to be serious members of the U.S. Congress next year who aren't afraid of flags and war songs. There are going to be a lot more than (AOC+3) four of them.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 22, 2020
Guess Who Arms Both Azerbaijan and Armenia As with many wars around the world, the current war between Azerbaijan and Armenia is a war between militaries armed and trained by the United States. And in the view of some experts, the level of weapons purchased by Azerbaijan is a key cause of the war. Before anybody proposes shipping more weapons to Armenia as the ideal solution, there is another possibility.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 18, 2020
Top 12 Reasons Biden Is Not My Fault When the Democratic Party decided it preferred Trump to Bernie and would rather nominate to run against Trump a more corporate-friendly candidate who was polling more weakly against Trump, there were in theory at least two choices.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 17, 2020
From Indigenous People's Day to Armistice Day November 11, 2020, is Armistice Day 103 - which is 102 years since World War I was ended at a scheduled moment (11 o'clock on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 - killing an extra 11,000 people after the decision to end the war had been reached early in the morning).
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 12, 2020
Military Bases Never Go Unused In his new book, The United States of War, David Vine cites research by the U.S. Army showing that since the 1950s, a U.S. military presence has correlated with the U.S. military starting conflicts. Vine modifies a line from Field of Dreams to refer not to a baseball field but to bases: "If you build them, wars will come."
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 12, 2020
Top Poisoner of Pacific Is U.S. Military "We're number one!" The United States famously fails to actually lead the world in anything desirable, but it does lead the world in many things, and one of them turns out to be the poisoning of the Pacific and its islands. And by the United States, I mean the United States military.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 8, 2020
What Has Become of the Nobel Peace Prize What real credibility does the award have? Roundtable is a discussion program with an edge. Watch this video.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Unique New U.S. Genre Emerges: The War-Is-Good-for-You Book The New York Times loves the latest war-is-good-for-you book, War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan. The book fits into the growing and exclusively U.S. genre that includes Ian Morris's War: What Is It Good For? Conflict and Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots (Morris came to the U.S. from the U.K. decades ago) and Neil deGrasse Tyson's Accessory to War.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Blockading Cuba Serves No Purpose Beyond Sadism The fact is that Obama did something right for once in opening up trade and travel with Cuba. And I visited Cuba and wrote about it and posted lots of photographs. And Trump undid it.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 5, 2020
Top U.S. Enemy Was Its Ally, the U.S.S.R. There's a dirty little secret hiding in WWII, a war so dirty that you wouldn't think it could have a dirty little secret, but it's this: the top enemy of the West before, during, and after the war was the Russian communist menace.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 1, 2020
What Waging War Is Really Like What do veterans think of war? Nancy Hill asked dozens of them and has published their answers and photographs of them.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The Long History of the Nazi Salute and the USA If you do a web search for images of "Nazi salute" you find old photos from Germany and recent photos from the United States. But if you search for images of "Bellamy salute" you find countless black-and-white photographs of U.S. children and adults with their right arms raised stiffly out in front of them in what will strike most people as a Nazi salute.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 27, 2020
Without a Super Spreader Event 102 Years Ago Today, WWII Might Not Have Happened It's not inconceivable that WWII could have been avoided had a parade in Philadelphia been avoided.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 26, 2020
What Trump and Biden Should Have Done in War on Vietnam Donald Trump and Joe Biden were athletes who got deferments and dubious medical-based exemptions to participating in the mass slaughter of Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian men, women, and children.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 26, 2020
Two-Thirds of Presidential Debate Should Be About Militarism Over half of the money that Congress decides what to do with every year is for wars and war preparations, year after year. When you add in police and prisons, and the militarization of police and prisons and of borders and airports and the Veterans Administration, you're talking about two-thirds of the money.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 24, 2020
The Supreme Court Vacancy Is in the Hands of the House of Representatives I know the common story is that the Supreme Court vacancy is a matter for the U.S. Senate. But if you read this recent memo on what the Democrats could do if they really wanted to prevent packing the Court with rightwingers, something may jump out at you: The House also has control over this matter.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Conversion to Peaceful Industries Just Happened The greatest impediment to doing anything, for homo sapiens, is often that it hasn't already been done. "Well, sure, that sounds easy enough, but I just don't know. I've never seen it done and my cousin's friend heard it was impossible."

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