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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
(100 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 4, 2009 Feith Dares Obama to Enforce the Law
Doug Feith is bluffing big time, and he's lifted Dick Cheney and George Bush onto the table as his bet. Now if only he could stop visibly sweating.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 3, 2006 Eleven Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military
But even such a person, facing a highly unpleasant and unrewarding work life, and facing a taxpayer-funded multibillion-dollar advertising campaign for military recruitment, would not for an instant consider joining the military if they had read "10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military."
(81 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Abandon all hope for the Democratic Party
For decades, people have tried to fix the Democratic Party. They've imagined that their failings in this regard could be overcome by a greater effort. But it is hard to imagine anyone in the future mounting as significant an effort as did Bernie Sanders and his supporters.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 2, 2012 27 of 35 Bush Articles of Impeachment Apply to Obama
When Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush on June 9, 2008, the 35 had been selected from drafts of nearly twice that many articles.
(13 comments) SHARE Friday, January 6, 2012 Why Not Attack Iran?
The push to attack Iran has been on for so long that entire categories of arguments for it (such as that the Iranians are fueling the Iraqi resistance) have come and gone.
SHARE Monday, May 15, 2006 Iraq War Images Uncensored
This collection of photos is the most complete we are aware of. Many of them are being made public here for the first time. Many of them are extremely gruesome.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Lies About the U.S. Civil War 150 Years Later
Tuesday marks 150 years since the start of the U.S. Civil War. Newspapers everywhere are proclaiming it the deadliest war in U.S. history, the costliest U.S. war in terms of the loss of human life. That claim, like most things we say about the Civil War, is false.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 11, 2013 Monsanto Has Taken Over The USDA
While Hungary has just destroyed all Monsanto genetically engineered corn fields, the USDA takes a slightly different approach toward the chemical giant. The USDA has, in fact, never denied a single application from Monsanto for new genetically engineered crops. Not one. Not ever.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 27, 2009 An Avatar Awakening
Let's face it, if James Cameron had made a movie with the Iraqi resistance as the heroes and the U.S. military as the enemies, and had set it in Iraq or anywhere else on planet earth, the packed theaters viewing "Avatar" would have been replaced by a screening in a living room for eight people and a dog.
(14 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 29, 2009 16 Arrested at Aetna for Demanding Healthcare
Sixteen people were arrested this morning at 99 Park Ave in New York City for entering the lobby of the health insurance company Aetna and demanding that Aetna stop denying healthcare approved by doctors.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 8, 2013 The Missiles That Brought Down TWA Flight 800
If the U.S. public began to raise a fuss about U.S. missile strikes that blow up large numbers of civilians at wedding parties abroad, it's not beyond the realm of the imaginable that the U.S. government would begin blaming the explosions on faulty candles in the wedding cakes. A similarly implausible excuse was used to explain the 1996 explosion of TWA flight 800 off Long Island, New York.
(13 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Balance the Budget on the Backs of Billionaires
These are the hardcore plutocrats. These are the people who personally take the time to destroy our political system for their own short-term gain -- and that of their families if their aristocracy of wealth is allowed to continue.
(44 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 14, 2009 Conyers Explains Why He Hasn't Impeached
Over the past three years, a great many people have lobbied Conyers to impeach Bush and Cheney. I've worked with him and his staff, been arrested protesting in his office, and everything in between. Conyers includes in his new report a foreword that amounts to a seven-page letter to disappointed impeachment advocates.
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 10, 2009 Obama's Rejection Speech
That was not a peace prize acceptance speech. That was an infomercial for war. President Obama took the peace prize home with him, but left behind in Oslo his praise for war, his claims for war, and his view of an alternative and more peaceful approach to the world consisting of murderous economic sanctions.
(13 comments) SHARE Friday, March 4, 2011 People v. U.S. Govt
Statistically speaking, virtually nobody in the United States of America knows . . .
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 4, 2010 Gooey Black Corporate Greed
Corporate persons aren't like you and I. They have eternal life and legal immunity. No death, no taxes, no joy or pain or moral feeling. No sweat and no tears. When they move their mouths, out come dollars, and we call those dollars speech. But when they stub their toe and bleed, out comes thick black goo in a gusher that could turn the ocean into a dead black pit, and we call that goo petroleum.
(16 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 8, 2017 Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day
The U.S. government has now generated numerous news stories and released multiple "reports" aimed at persuading us that Vladimir Putin is to blame for Donald Trump becoming president. U.S. media has dutifully informed us that the case has been made. What has been made is the case for writing your own news coverage.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 19, 2012 Republicans Boo the Golden Rule
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. An important rule to live by. So is this corollary: Friends don't let friends watch presidential primary debates.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 21, 2013 TPP: The Terrible Plutocratic Plan
Maybe the first thing I would interrupt a super bowl or a state of the union to tell people about the TPP is that it creates corporate nationhood.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 16, 2011 Did You Just Call Me a Socialist?
On Friday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, congress members spoke in defense of Medicare, Social Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other programs that by almost anyone's definition are socialist, programs that were denounced as socialist by opponents of their passage in decades past, programs that would not have been created without the efforts of socialists and the Socialist Party.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 4, 2011 70 Years of Lying About Pearl Harbor
The legend of Pearl Harbor, re-used on 9-11, is responsible not for the destructive pro-war policies of the 1920s and the 1930s that brought World War II into being, but responsible for the permanent war mentality of the past 70 years, as well as for how World War II was escalated, prolonged, and completed.
(18 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 13, 2017 Never-Ending War in the Time of Trump and How to Stop It
The Mother of All Lies is this: you can fix things by blowing them up. Alcoholics should not drink, and people who cannot watch TV and distinguish it from reality should not watch TV. Donald Trump watches a lot of TV and may very well believe what it teaches, namely that blowing things up solves problems. He certainly has figured out, as I knew he would, that the way to get love from the U.S. corporate media is: blow stuff up.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, November 13, 2017 U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans
Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because it's hard to answer.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, July 13, 2009 I've Seen 1,200 Torture Photos
This moment, in which the Attorney General of the United States claims to be considering the possibility of allowing our laws against torture to be enforced seems a good one in which to reveal that I have seen over 1,200 torture photos and a dozen videos that are in the possession of the United States military.
(19 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Is Obama Even Worse Than Bush?
When I advocated the impeachment of George W. Bush, I did so despite, not because of, all the animosity it fueled among impeachment supporters.
(22 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 15, 2016 What Hillary Clinton Privately Told Goldman Sachs
At first glance, Hillary Clinton's speeches to Goldman Sachs, which she refused to show us but WikiLeaks claims to have now produced the texts of, reveal less blatant hypocrisy or abuse than do the texts of various emails also recently revealed. But take a closer look.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Yes, the United States Used Biowarfare on North Korea
It's sort of silly that it matters. The United States bombed North Korea flat with ordinary, non-bioweapons bombs. It ran out of standing structures to bomb. People lived in caves, if they lived. Millions died, most of them from regular old non-scandalous but mass-murderous bombs (including, of course, Napalm which melts people but doesn't give them exotic diseases).
SHARE Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Is Fred Warmbier Grieving or Warmongering?
Fred Warmbier, whose son Otto Warmbier, a student here at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, died shortly after returning from North Korea, is reportedly traveling to the Winter Olympics with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Why Wars Really Happen
Many discussions of lies that launch wars quickly come around to the question "Well then why did they want the war?" There is usually more than one single motive involved, but the motives are not terribly hard to find.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 10, 2018 Enough is Enough. The Time Has Come to BDS the US.
People, organizations, and governments around the world, and people and organizations in the United States, need to stand up at long last and nonviolently resist the lawless behavior of the rogue U.S. government.
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, May 10, 2010 Chris Hedges' Hangup on Religion
Chris Hedges is one of the best, one of the most morally useful, writers we have. He's free of loyalty to political party or dogma. He knows war first hand and describes it without flinching. He's an almost ideal gadfly to our corporatocracy. But he has a hangup on religion that holds him back.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 24, 2010 Six Facts No War Supporter Knows
This coming week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on $33 billion for war. A majority of Americans opposes this, but a sizable minority of Americans supports it. No one who supports it can be aware of any of the following six facts.
SHARE Saturday, February 23, 2019 U.S. Sale of War Planes to New Zealand Faces Popular Resistance in U.S. and New Zealand
The U.S. State Department uses public funds and employees to market private products designed for mass killing to foreign governments. Few corporations have benefitted more from this socialism for the oligarchs than Boeing. In a recent example, the U.S. government has persuaded the New Zealand government to buy four "Poseidon" planes from Boeing that are designed for working with submarines, of which New Zealand possesses zero
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 13, 2007 What If the FBI Hired Someone Honest to Look into 9-11?
It did. Her name was Sibel Edmonds. This is her story, as she told it to me. Edmonds discusses what she knows, whom it implicates, and what she's been through and what hope there is in the new Congress to start an investigation.
(17 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 9, 2015 The Video That Could Indict the Pentagon for Murder
As Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting points out, until a video surfaced of South Carolina policeman Michael Slager murdering Walter Scott, the media was reporting a package of lies manufactured by the police: a fight that never occurred, witnesses who didn't exist, the victim taking the policeman's taser, etc. The lies collapsed because the video appeared. I find myself asking why videos of missiles blowing children ...
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 19, 2014 Killed by Congressional Cowardice
One would be hard press to count the number of people who have lost their lives to an excess of cowardice in the halls of the United States Congress. But the number just went up.
(18 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Impeach Trump for Right Reasons
The Constitution suddenly seems to have bestirred itself and declared itself, through its many Washington spokespeople, to be in crisis.
I'm sorry, interjects the world, but what the hell took you so long?
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 7, 2010 FOIA Request Filed for OPR Report on Bush's Lawyers
An organization of attorneys, journalists, and advocates today filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act requesting the long-suppressed report from the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) regarding the conduct of President Bush's top lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel who authored memos purporting to authorize torture and aggressive war.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 20, 2015 The Decline and Fall of the United States
After a speech I gave this past weekend, a young woman asked me whether a failure by the United States to properly surround and intimidate China might result in instability. I explained why I thought the opposite was true. Imagine if China had military bases along the Canadian and Mexican borders with the United States and ships in Bermuda and the Bahamas, Nova Scotia and Vancouver. Would you feel stabilized?
SHARE Tuesday, November 15, 2011 One Veteran's Rough Path from Killing and Torturing to Peace
Not yet 30, Evan Knappenberger has already lived several lives. His story destroys the U.S. government's case against whistleblower Bradley Manning, exposes the toxic mix of fraud and incompetence that creates U.S. war policies, and highlights the damage so often done to soldiers who come home without visible injuries.
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 12, 2009 You Are Friends With an Atheist
If you live in the United States, you are almost certainly friends with at least one atheist, agnostic, nonbeliever, skeptic, or unaffiliated humanist, whether you know it or not. And your friend almost certainly endures prejudice and unequal treatment, whether you know it or not. And your friend is roughly as decent, good, loyal, honest, courageous, and generous as your other friends, and you know it.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 2, 2011 Is That Even Legal?
We could end up with a war illegal under the Constitution, legal and illegal under laws and treaties depending which we choose to consult, and illegal or legal under a signing statement depending how we try to make sense of it, but legal under the Justice Department's memos. What's legal?
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 27, 2011 24 Items Not to Hoard
Toilet Paper. Instead of hoarding toilet paper for the coming disaster and anarchy that should never be out of your mind if you want to remain easily manipulable by cynical demagogues, invest in providing clean and accessible bathrooms for the homeless.
(42 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 20, 2016 World War Two Was Not a Just War
Without rich, well-established myths about World War II, current propaganda about Russia or Syria or Iraq or China would sound as crazy to most people as it sounds to me.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, November 1, 2013 Eisenhower's Drones
President Eisenhower had his own cheap and easy tool for better warfare. It was called the Delightfully Deluded Dulles Brothers, and -- in terms of how much thought this pair of brothers gave to the possible outcomes of their reckless assault on the world -- it's fair to call them a couple of drones in a literal as well as an analogous sense.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 31, 2011 Obama Crowned Himself on New Year's Eve
President Barack Obama waited until New Year's Eve to take an action that I suspect he wanted his willfully deluded followers to have a good excuse not to notice.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 5, 2015 Why do War Veterans Commit Suicide or Murder?
In two recent articles in the Los Angeles Times and the academic studies that inspired them, the authors investigate the question of which war veterans are most likely to commit suicide or violent crimes. Remarkably, the subject of war, their role in war, their thoughts about the supposed justifications (or lack thereof) of a war, never come up.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, November 3, 2017 David Swanson TED Talk TEDx Charlottesville on Why End War
After winning an open mic with a 4-minute talk, they had to let me in but only gave me 5 minutes. While a disturbing number of the other speakers did work for the military or CIA, the audience seemed fairly receptive to this mini-talk.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 23, 2012 What Bradley Manning Means to Us
Chase Madar's new book, The Passion of Bradley Manning, pulls together the essential facts that we should try to somehow deliver to television viewers and victims of our education system. The subtitle is "The Story of the Suspect Behind the Largest Security Breach in U.S. History."
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, December 16, 2011 Set Your Doomsday Clock to 11:51
The National Defense Authorization Act is not a leap from democracy to tyranny, but it is another major step on a steady and accelerating decade-long march toward a police state. The doomsday clock of our republic just got noticeably closer to midnight, and the fact that almost nobody knows it, simply moves that fatal minute-hand a bit further still.
(13 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Warning to War Supporters
I know you mean well. I know you think you've found a bargain that nobody else noticed hidden in a back corner of the used car lot. Let me warn you: it's a clunker. Here, I'll list the defects. You can have your own mechanic check them out:
(27 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 17, 2009 Army Experience Center's Bad Experience: Turns out Training Kids to Kill Not Popular with Public
The military says they're not going to clone the Army Experience Center because recruiting is up due to the economy. You wouldn't expect them to admit that protesters opposing the experiment in military war 'porn' as they described it, actually played a significant role in shutting it down with protests that led to arrests, including the arrest of OEN managing editor Cheryl Biren, who was not protesting, merely taking photos
(14 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 3, 2009 Baucus Tells Single-Payer Advocates No
Senator Max Baucus met Wednesday with advocates for single-payer healthcare, including Senator Bernie Sanders, and told them that he might drop criminal charges against 13 people arrested for speaking up in his hearings, but that he would not include any supporters of single-payer health coverage in any future hearings.
(18 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 16, 2015 NBC Dares Mention Climate in Spread of Lyme Disease, But Not Who Created Lyme Disease
Climate change is apparently encouraging the spread of Lyme disease, and a report by NBC News dares to say so. This may seem like a fresh breath of honest sanity in a media context in which even the weather reports usually avoid the topic of human global destruction.
However, another topic is clearly still off limits: the topic of who created Lyme disease.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, September 18, 2017 The Best Speech Yet From Any U.S. President
In planning an upcoming conference aimed at challenging the institution of war, to be held at American University September 22-24, I can't help but be drawn to the speech a U.S. president gave at American University a little more than 50 years ago. Whether or not you agree with me that this is the best speech ever given by a U.S. president, there should be little dispute that it is the speech most out of step with what anyone
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 29, 2018 If the Second Amendment Was Meant for Genocide, Is It Sacred?
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's new book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, could be criticized for how little it seems to focus on the Second Amendment, and how much on topics familiar from the author's past writing. But the topics are radically unfamiliar to most U.S. Americans and extremely relevant to understanding what the Second Amendment was and is.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 26, 2011 How Americans Can Get Up and Stand Up
In December 2009, psychologist Bruce Levine published an article at Alternet called "Are Americans a Broken People?" His timing couldn't have been better.
(14 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Oh For Godsake, Leave Jill Stein Alone
Why is the U.S. Congress going after Jill Stein? Because no law-enforcement agency could do so, since no probable cause exists to believe she has committed any crime. Neither is there probable cause to believe she engaged in the non-criminal action of shaping her policy platform based on anything she learned from anyone Russian.
(15 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 27, 2013 Got His Gun -- Lost His Legs, Arms, and Penis
The U.S. military assigns specialists in "Mortuary Affairs" to dispose of the dead. They dispose of their own sanity in the process. And first they dispose of their appetite.
(19 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 12, 2015 Why Allen Dulles Killed the Kennedys
By now there's not nearly as much disagreement regarding what happened to John and Robert Kennedy as major communications corporations would have you believe. While every researcher and author highlights different details, there isn't any serious disagreement among, say, Jim Douglass' JFK and the Unspeakable, Howard Hunt's deathbed confession, and David Talbot's new The Devil's Chessboard.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 11, 2006 Poll: Bush Lied About Iraq, Has No Right to Attack Iran
A new poll conducted in Pennsylvania by Zogby International and commissioned by OpEdNews.com asked some of the questions the corporate media has failed to ask. The answers are surprising. One revelation is this: the single greatest predictor of an American's political views is whether she or he watches Fox News.
(15 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 20, 2015 When $8.5 Trillion is Chump Change
Three cheers for Reuters pointing out that the Pentagon can't explain what it did with $8.5 trillion that taxpayers gave it between 1996 and 2013.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 12, 2014 A Paradigm for Peace
Raise your hand if you weren't surprised when fancy films of beheadings resulted in bombings?
Keep your hand up if you weren't shocked when bombings resulted in more brutality and beheadings?
Is it possible we need a radically different way of thinking about how to solve violence?
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 20, 2011 The 99% Deficit Proposal Published
With this report Occupy Washington, DC shows that Congress is out of touch with evidence-based solutions, supported by the majority of Americans that can revive the economy, reduce the deficit and wealth divide while create millions of jobs.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Obama Denies Vermont Healthcare
There's a problem, of course. And the problem is not purely that Republicans are evil. The problem is also that the President of the United States already cut off this escape route.
(12 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Chomsky Wants You to Wake Up from the American Dream
If you've just seen Michael Moore's movie and are wondering how in the world the United States got diverted into the slow lane to hell, go watch Noam Chomsky's movie. If you've just seen Noam Chomsky's movie and are wondering whether the human species is really worth saving, go see Michael Moore's movie.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, April 13, 2009 Bag the Tea Bagging
Sadly, those involved in these events across the nation support tax policies more in line with King George than with most colonists.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 7, 2006 Hawaii Legislature Takes Steps to End War
The Hawaii State Senate has passed a resolution "CALLING UPON THE GOVERNOR OF HAWAII TO TAKE STEPS TO WITHDRAW THE HAWAII ARMY AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS FROM IRAQ."
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 2, 2014 Finally, Fake News Done Right
John Oliver is what I always wished Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert would be. In fact, he's what I always wished Ted Koppel or Jim Lehrer would be.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 25, 2009 Dangerous Executive Orders
The Center for Constitutional Rights has expressed concern that President Obama's executive order banning torture may contain a loophole. But no president has any right to declare torture legal or illegal, with or without loopholes. And if we accept that presidents have such powers, even if our new president does good with them, then loopholes will be the least of our worries.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 26, 2010 An Ocean Full of Oil
Earlier this year, we put millions of barrels of oil, billions of cubic feet of gas, and 1.5 million gallons of chemical dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 28, 2011 Our New Iraq-Afghanistan War National Holiday
Memorial Day is nice, I suppose. Veterans Day is all right. Patriots Day can be fun. Yellow Ribbon Day's not bad. But you will be pleased to hear that on Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously voted, in pure bipartisan harmony, to add the following gem to the big war-funding, war-expanding, bill that now goes to the Senate:
(21 comments) SHARE Monday, October 20, 2008 A McCain "Win" Will Be Theft, Resistance Is Planned
If your television declares John McCain the president elect on the evening of November 4th, your television will be lying. You should immediately pick up your pre-packed bags and head straight to the White House in Washington, D.C., which we will surround and shut down until this attempt at a third illegitimate presidency is reversed.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 23, 2012 Veterans For Peace Among 33 Arrested Outside Drone Base in New York State
Three members of Veterans For Peace -- Russell Brown, John Amidon, and Elliott Adams -- were among 33 peaceful protesters arrested on Sunday outside Hancock Air Field in New York State. Almost all of the 33 were arrested preemptively, as they walked single-file and silently along a road, prior to reaching the military base, at which they intended to approach the gate and deliver a written statement.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Humanitarian War vs. Humanity
The idea that wars are waged out of humanitarian concern may not at first appear even worthy of response. Wars kill humans. What can be humanitarian about that? But look at the sort of rhetoric that successfully sells new wars:
(16 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 21, 2018 But What Do We Impeach Him For?
Thanksgiving conversation material.
In his conduct while President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty under Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution "to take care . . .
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 18, 2012 Bring on the Beautiful Trouble
Beautiful Trouble is a terrific addition to Gene Sharp's catalog of nonviolent tactics, less comprehensive, more up-to-date, more U.S.-centric, and focused on the artistic and the entertaining.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 2, 2010 Shooting Handcuffed Children
The occupied government of Afghanistan and the United Nations have both concluded that U.S.-led troops recently dragged eight sleeping children out of their beds, handcuffed some of them, and shot them all dead.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, May 14, 2012 Hopelessly Devoted
You'd never know it from watching television, but there are many thousands of people in the United States who take peace, justice, environmental protection, and government of the people so seriously that they don't censor themselves whenever the president is a Democrat.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, October 5, 2009 We Were Arrested for Speaking
U.S. Park Policeman (USPP) who shall remain nameless on Monday, October 5, 2009: Next!
Me: Is that me?
(39 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 27, 2009 States Permitted to Worsen But Not Improve Healthcare?
The absence of a civilized healthcare system in the United States, almost alone among wealthy nations, results in tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths every year. But if something is to be done soon to save lives it is not going to be done in Washington, D.C. It is going to be done in Sacramento, Harrisburg, Columbus, Springfield, Augusta, Denver.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Iran, Israel, and Existential Threats
I had dinner with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday night in New York, along with dozens of other peace activists. This is an annual event, and I've taken part in it more than once.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 28, 2015 Stop Smoking the Democrack
The U.S. government is toying with a war with nuclear Russia while already waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, having done severe damage to Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. Military spending is climbing ever higher. Presidential war powers are ever more extreme. The proliferation of nuclear technology is combining with the ease and secrecy of drone wars to raise the risk of a Dr. Strangelove finish to the human species.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 12, 2015 Cuba Is Our Family
Cuba and the Estados Unidos have been family for so long that relationships have been reversed, forgotten, turned inside out, and repeated.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 29, 2010 Tony Blair Forced to Testify on War Crimes
Former prime minister Tony Blair's testimony was streamed live at 4:30 a.m. ET at the Iraq Inquiry website and on other sites, such as the UK newspaper the Telegraph which allowed viewers to rank Blair's responses on a "Lie Meter". Telegraph readers' top desired questions pre-hearing were:
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 19, 2013 Manning Wins Peace Prize
U.S. whistleblower and international hero Bradley Manning has just been awarded the 2013 Sean MacBride Peace Award by the International Peace Bureau, itself a former recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, for which Manning is a nominee this year.
(62 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 7, 2016 The Super Bowl Promotes War
Super Bowl 50 will be the first National Football League championship to happen since it was reported that much of the pro-military hoopla at football games, the honoring of troops and glorifying of wars that most people had assumed was voluntary or part of a marketing scheme for the NFL, has actually been a money-making scheme for the NFL.
(21 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 13, 2011 Occupied -- What Now?
Thanks in large part to the New York and national corporate media a massive campaign to shift power away from giant corporations and into the hands of the people is now afoot all across this continent. It was inspired by peoples' nonviolent uprisings in other countries and sparked by courageous nonviolence on Wall Street.
SHARE Sunday, June 14, 2020 Bernie, Amendments, and Moving the Money
Senator Bernie Sanders has finally done something that some of us thought would give his presidential campaign a big boost four years ago, and again this past year.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 1, 2008 Building Our Own Media
We will never succeed without media, and we will never succeed at media by criticism and legislation alone. We must build our own.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 4, 2007 Former Pentagon Staff Speaks Out on Crimes of Doug Feith, Dick Cheney, and Planning of Iran War
The following is a remarkable interview of Karen Kwiatkowski who retired from the active duty USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel in early 2003. Her final assignment was in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary for Policy Near East South Asia (NESA) Policy directorate. In her responses below, Kwiatkowski describes the manipulation of intelligence on Iraq and Iran and what it would take to avoid an Iran war.
(18 comments) SHARE Friday, January 22, 2016 Bernie v. Media; The Failure of Propaganda
Bernie is something new. The major media has given him ridiculously little coverage, and belittled him in most of that coverage. Yet he has surged in the polls, in volunteers, in small-donor fundraising, and in real world events.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, January 30, 2015 CIA Tried to Give Iraq Nuclear Plans, Just Like Iran
If you've followed the trials of James Risen and Jeffrey Sterling, or read Risen's book State of War, you are aware that the CIA gave Iran blueprints and a diagram and a parts list for the key component of a nuclear bomb.
(24 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 24, 2017 The War Horror Has Begun
Here we are on Day 5 of the Donald Trump presidency, and he's got "special" forces of the U.S. military in two-thirds of the world's nations. He's engaged in serious occupation and/or bombing campaigns in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. He just sent malicious robot airplanes armed with missiles to blow to pieces a bunch of vaguely-identified but never indicted "criminals" in Yemen.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 29, 2009 No, We're Not a Broken People
In 2004 I began speaking at rallies and forums around the country on issues of peace and justice, something I've done off-and-on ever since. Up through 2008, it was extremely unusual for questions from the audience to consist of pure defeatism. In 2009, it was rare to get through a Q&A session without being asked what the point was of trying.
(53 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 14, 2016 The Pro-Nuclear War Party
According to a Wall Street Journal report, the following people and entities would like the United States to begin a nuclear war: Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, the U.K., France, Japan, South Korea, and Germany. If any of those people or entities believe they can prove a case of libel, it might be a huge one. (Are you listening, Rupert?)
(21 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 29, 2019 17 Articles of Impeachment for Trump, and 1 for Pence Too
Violation of Constitution on Domestic Emoluments
Violation of Constitution on Foreign Emoluments
Incitement of Violence
Interference With Voting Rights
Discrimination Based On Religion
Illegal Threat of Nuclear War
Abuse of Pardon Power
Obstruction of Justice
Collusion Against the United States with a Foreign Government . . . .
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 20, 2014 Operation Nazification
Annie Jacobsen's new book is called Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America. It isn't terribly secret anymore, of course, and it was never very intelligent.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 20, 2009 Not What Obama Promised
In six months as president, Barack Obama has aggressively done the opposite of many specific things he explicitly and unequivocally promised as a candidate. A lot of these were things Obama's fiercest opponents never wanted. And Obama's fiercest supporters favor censoring this information. But if we expect public servants to be public servants, the public must know the facts, make of them what it will.
(18 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 8, 2015 Putin Wants to Eat Your Children
If U.S. television and politicians started saying that Saudi Arabia should be bombed because it kills and tortures innocent people, within a week many millions of Americans would demand just that. And because those voices do say that about ISIS, many millions of Americans do favor a war on ISIS.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, May 14, 2018 Forces of Corruption Are Horrified of a Trump Impeachment
If you do a daily web search for "impeachment," here's what you'll get used to seeing. Most use of impeachment is outside the United States. Most use of impeachment within the United States is outside of Washington, D.C. Most media mention of impeachment in relation to Trump is strongly opposed to it and to the small-d democratic threat it holds for those in power.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, October 28, 2011 Occupy The Winter Of Our Discontent
Can occupations survive a winter of global weirding, escalated police brutality, and the corporate media's venom? Should they?
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 30, 2011 King George III Won: Happy Fourth of July!
When you read the Declaration of Independence, it turns out to be an indictment of King George III for various abuses of power. And those abuses of power look fairly similar to abuses of power we happily permit U.S. presidents to engage in today, either as regards the people of this nation or the people of territories and nations that our military occupies today in a manner uncomfortably resembling Britain's rule.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 14, 2010 Richard Holbrooke's Deathbed Conversion
For all the talk of strategic counterinsurgency that oozes out of Washington, and all the manuals explaining that 80% of our investment in a nation-building operation should be civilian, we've been investing about 3% of our efforts in Afghanistan into a civilian project the leader of which has described it as a way to support the military. That leader was, until he died yesterday, Richard Holbrooke.
(19 comments) SHARE Monday, March 23, 2015 The Russian Military Asked Me to Publish Its Propaganda
On Friday, March 20th, I spoke at the University of the District of Columbia Law School in Washington, D.C., as part of a series of teach-ins about peace organized by SpringRising.org. While there, a young man in a suit with a Russian accent approached me.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 7, 2006 Command Rape
Suzanne Swift's story begins in an all-too-familiar way. A dead-end job, a friendly military recruiter, a promise that signing-up as military police would mean no deployment to Iraq, a broken promise, and a trip to war.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, June 11, 2010 It's Not a "Defense" Department
The U.S. military budget, and the add-on war budget, and the total of the two have all been headed upwards for years and have been headed upwards for the past year and a half.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 19, 2011 BP Is Messing With the Wrong Woman
A year ago BP began filling the Gulf of Mexico with oil. Last week BP blocked a woman from entering its annual meeting. Which will prove the bigger mistake?
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 7, 2019 West Point Professor Builds a Case Against the U.S. Army
West Point Professor Tim Bakken's new book The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military traces a path of corruption, barbarism, violence, and unaccountability that makes its way from the United States' military academies (West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs) to the top ranks of the U.S. military and U.S. governmental policy, and from there into a broader U.S. culture . . .
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 1, 2007 New NSA Whistleblower Speaks
A former member of U.S. military intelligence has decided to reveal what she knows about warrantless spying on Americans and about the fixing of intelligence in the leadup to the invasion of Iraq.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 15, 2013 Screaming in Bradley Manning's Trial
I sat in the courtroom all day on Wednesday as Bradley Manning's trial wound its way to a tragic and demoralizing conclusion. I wanted to hear Eugene Debs, and instead I was trapped there, watching Socrates reach for the hemlock and gulp it down. Just a few minutes in and I wanted to scream or shout.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, May 16, 2011 60 More Days in Libya: Obama Does Bush Lawyers Proud
Now we know why Obama has gone to such outrageous lengths to keep Bush's lawyers out of prison, claiming powers of secrecy and immunity beyond Cheney's wildest dreams and pressuring foreign nations to clamp down on any outbreaks of law enforcement.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 15, 2017 My letter to Larry Flynt on Trump Impeachment
Your grounds for impeachment #s 2 through 6 (plus that of the paragraph that follows them) are already documented by overwhelming, incontrovertible evidence. What is required is to recognize that and to remove from the list the impediment of the ground you have placed as #1 which helps create the illusion of requiring more information.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Is Impeachment Gone for Good?
Henry Kissinger's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize didn't, in the end, eliminate satire from the earth (or peace prizes for war-makers, for that matter). Conceivably, the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the lack of impeachment of George W. Bush haven't eliminated presidential impeachment from the Constitution.
SHARE Wednesday, January 15, 2020 New York City Prepares Nuclear Option
There really only is one option when it comes to nuclear weapons, and that is to do everything we can to abolish them before they abolish us. New York City Council will be voting on January 28, 2020, to do its part by voting on two measures that already have enough sponsors to give them veto-proof majorities.
(13 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 22, 2010 2011: Year of Resistance
You say protests are outmoded because the corporate media ignores them (unless they're corporate sponsored). I say the corporate media is outmoded because it ignores protests.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, March 16, 2009 Torture Revealed Yet again
As with the evidence that Bush, Cheney, and gang intentionally lied us into a war, or the evidence of illegal and unconstitutional spying, each time a major new piece of evidence of torture emerges, it is impossible not to hope that this is the one that will compel the Justice Department or Congress or the courts or the American people to act decisively.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Now That Was a Debate
Participating were Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, Virgil Goode, and Gary Johnson.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 30, 2015 Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders
The real question is not whether the next President will be a walking disaster, but what sort of popular movement will have been developed to resist it.
SHARE Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Our Billion Dollar Turd Sandwich
So President Obama has been quoted calling his war in Libya a turd sandwich, while Juan Cole calls it philanthropy, and Ed Schultz praises it as vengeance against this month's Adolph Hitler.
(18 comments) SHARE Friday, September 5, 2008 Why We're Planning to Prosecute Cheney and Bush
Next weekend in Andover, Mass., a group of attorneys, academics, and activists will gather to plan the prosecution of Dick Cheney, George Bush, and the lawyers and advisors who, together with them, are responsible for war crimes. The conference is open to the public and expected to be well attended: http://war-crimes.info
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Will War Ever End?
I wrote recently about the possibility of outgrowing the use of war. Today I got a book in the mail that makes a strong argument intended as a tool for ending war.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 21, 2011 The Media Is A Curable Disease
Rupert Murdoch, who got his start in business marketing rats and manure, has chosen to deny Italy access to a television network that has presented critical coverage of both Murdoch and of leading Italian media baron and prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi. The network, Current TV, is the project of a man identified in Italy primarily as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Al Gore.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 24, 2017 UVA's Miller Center Plans Three Days of Russophobia
Even as some Democrats are at long last growing frustrated with the lack of actual evidence for the past several months of stories about Russia stealing a U.S. election, Russiagate has penetrated so deeply that Trump's ambassador to the United Nations has declared Russia's alleged crimes to be acts of war. That Russia's fictional actions being warfare would make Donald Trump guilty of treason is really a minor glitch ...
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 7, 2017 76 Years of Pearl Harbor Lies
Donald Trump is tweeting about a particular spot in Hawaii. He visited it recently on his way to threaten war in Asia. It's a big feature this week in lots of U.S. magazines and newspapers. It has a lovely name that sounds like murder and blood because Japanese airplanes engaged in large-scale murder there in 1941: Pearl Harbor.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 29, 2010 The Bases of Empire
I just read a great book on a topic that that has never made it onto US TV or the mainstream press, nor has it been an issue in any presidential or congressional election. And yet it deals with one of our largest government programs: The US maintains a thousand military bases in 177 nations around the world.
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 13, 2011 What Eisenhower Got Wrong
Fifty years ago this Monday, President Dwight Eisenhower gave a farewell address in which he famously warned of the dangers of influence on our government by the "military industrial complex."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 23, 2007 MoveOn.org Versus Its Members
MoveOn polled its membership without including the Lee alternative, offering a choice of only Pelosi's plan or nothing. Amazingly, Eli Pariser of MoveOn has admitted that the reason MoveOn did this was because they knew that their members would favor the Lee amendment.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 22, 2017 Why Impeach Donald Trump
What are the grounds for impeachment?
They will likely be piling up rapidly. President Trump did use Day 1 to advise the CIA that the United States should have stolen all of Iraq's oil. But here is a place to start. We already have a president who is violating two clauses in the U.S. Constitution, one forbidding any gifts or benefits from foreign governments, the other forbidding the same from the U.S. or states.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 13, 2018 Militarism Mapped
World BEYOND War has just released an updated 2018 mapping of militarism in the world.
(48 comments) SHARE Friday, January 27, 2017 Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed?
Here's why I ask. Maddow devotes many minutes on MSNBC stirring up hatred of Russia in order to establish that there is a vague possibility that President Donald Trump might be corrupted by a foreign government.
But that's already established beyond any doubt.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Why This Election Is Different
Elections, I think most of us can agree, usually bring out the idiocy, superficiality, and illogic in everyone who can muster any. If we care about the earth, let's declare it time to stop being morons.
Why would anyone elect another same-old schmuck? Why is this even a question? A billionaire who buys his way in & lies about his racially targeted sadism? A slimy small-town mayor who backs what billionaires tell him to back?
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Bernie Sanders Hits on Winning Message He Avoided in 2016
A video has shown up on Senator Bernie Sanders' Facebook page, with his name on it and his face in it making all the familiar (to a small number of people) points about U.S. military spending (how much it is, how it compares to the rest of the world, how it does not produce jobs, what wonders could be achieved with a small fraction of it, etc.).
(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.
(3 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 16, 2017 Pull Down That Statue of the U.S. Constitution
The U.S. Constitution, along with the Declaration of Independence, has a whole marble building dedicated to its worship: the National Archives in D.C., plus the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. It's generally taught in U.S. schools as something in the past, not something to be improved upon -- hardly even to be questioned.
(19 comments) SHARE Monday, December 9, 2019 If You're Not Busy Plotting Nonviolent Revolution for Peace and Climate, You're Busy Dying
Roger Hallam is of course right in his short book, Common Sense for the 21st Century: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse. While some portion of humanity heaps scorn on the victims of the fossil fuel propaganda who deny climate science, only a much smaller portion points out the equally delusional and disastrous denial of the need for nonviolent revolution.
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 25, 2014 The Limits of MSNBC
Michael Arria's new book Medium Blue: The Politics of MSNBC is a nice summary of how a liberal corporate or liberal partisan television network falls short.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 8, 2012 The Election We Should Be Following
The incumbents are both Democrats, both white, both 65, and many imagine that they do similar work in Washington. In fact, they could not be more different.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, June 5, 2017 Brad Pitt Does Stanley McChrystal: When Netflix' War Movie Stops Being Funny
The new movie, War Machine, on Netflix starring Brad Pitt begins as a hilarious and satisfying mockery of General Stanley McChrystal, circa 2009, as well as of militarism in general. Hilarious because of the deadpan sincere idiocy. Satisfying at least to those of us who have been screaming "What are you idiots doing?" for the past fifteen-and-a-half years.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Will Sweden Kill Assange?
Now, Sweden has an opportunity to punish the speech of a Nobel Peace Prize nominee with the death penalty by extraditing Julian Assange to the United States to be put on trial.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 11, 2014 The Lawlessness of the Enforce the Law Act
Not being mush of a masochist, I don't usually read emails from the Democratic Whip in Congress, but I opened one Tuesday night and was mildly excited to read that the U.S. House of Representatives would spend Wednesday debating the "ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014."
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Us Army Assaults Its Biggest Fan
One of the most valuable benefits of putting political action into the form of nonviolent encampments is that we learn each other's stories as we occupy our public parks and squares. Here's a story from the October2011 occupation in Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 27, 2015 A Waroholic Wishes You Peace on Earth
Imagine an alcoholic who managed every night to get ahold of and consume huge quantities of whiskey and who every morning swore that drinking whiskey had been his very last resort, he'd had no choice at all.
(15 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 24, 2009 Groups Request Special Prosecutor for Bush, Cheney, et alia
We urge Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a non-partisan independent Special Counsel to immediately commence a prosecutorial investigation into the most serious alleged crimes of former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Richard B. Cheney, the attorneys formerly employed by the Department of Justice whose memos sought to justify torture, and other former top officials of the Bush Administration.
SHARE Tuesday, August 27, 2019 10 Ways We Pretend War Is Not a Crime and How to Change Them
Happy Kellogg-Briand Pact Day! As you all know, but most people do not, the Peace Pact was signed 91 years ago today. And, as you all probably know, but most people do not, the inspiration and vision and endless labor behind it came from a mass movement begun and led, not by Mr. Kellogg or Monsieur Briand but by a lawyer from Chicago named Salmon Oliver Levinson.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 21, 2008 Congress Opposes Bush Pardons
Nadler Introduces Resolution Opposing Possible Bush Pardons of His Own Subordinates for Crimes He Authorized
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 24, 2018 The Decline and Fall of the State Department
Ronan Farrow's book War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence recounts episodes from the Obama-Trump militarization of U.S. foreign policy. While the book begins with and has been marketed with the story of Trump firing lots of key diplomats and leaving positions unfilled, much of its content is from the pre-Trump, Obama-era and even Bush-era erosion of diplomacy as something distinct from war.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 24, 2016 More U.S. troops killed by Halliburton than by Iraqis
The U.S. government, from Dick Cheney to Hillary Clinton, told blatant lies about the Iraqi government creating chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons in 2002, despite having been informed of the fact that Iraq was doing no such thing. U.S. leaders lied about ties between Iraq and terrorists that they also knew did not exist.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 25, 2017 We're Dealing With a New Type of War Lie
The claims about Russia are unique in their wide proliferation, broad acceptance, and status as something to be constantly referred to as though already established, constantly augmented by other Russia-related stories that add nothing to the central claim.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 29, 2009 Hurricane Dubya Four Years On
Hurricane Katrina is not as sexy as torture, but has killed more people and ruined more lives, and -- like many non-natural disasters in recent years -- has a chief culprit who has now settled in at 10141 Daria Place, Dallas, Texas, where he clears very little brush and where -- to my knowledge -- not a single politician or journalist or author has sought his wisdom on the affairs of the past seven months. George W. Bush, who
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 14, 2018 What Else Canadians Should Be Sorry For -- Besides Burning the White House
Six-years after the British landing at Jamestown, with the settlers struggling to survive and hardly managing to get their own local genocide underway, these new Virginians hired mercenaries to attack Acadia and (fail to) drive the French out of what they considered their continent.
SHARE Monday, January 15, 2018 Letter from Charlottesville to Ukraine
Nazi rallies in the news in recent years have most prominently been held here in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, and in Ukraine. I want to send thoughts of solidarity to those in Ukraine resisting fascism. And I want to let you know that some of us are urging our government in Washington, D.C., to stop supporting fascism both in the United States and in Ukraine. In addition, we are pointing to the examples being set by so many
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 14, 2014 Local Police and Much Else Will Be Militarized As Long As Federal Government Is
The militarization of local police in the United States is related to the militarization of U.S. foreign policy, which has now reached the point that bombing and "doing nothing" are generally conceived as the only two choices available. Local police are being militarized as a result of these factors:
SHARE Monday, August 26, 2019 Love It or Leave It
Imagine a dystopian future in which every person in the United States is given free and total and preventative heath care from whatever doctors and nurses they want, but CNN talking heads pine sorrowfully for their beloved insurance companies.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 20, 2011 There Must Be 50 Ways to Leave the Military Industrial Complex
And we heard all of them from two dozen brilliant speakers during a three-day conference this past weekend. If you missed it, the video is all online. So is the text of many of the papers presented. Here are a few excerpts to whet your appetite:
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 19, 2011 NPR Gets Producer Fired for Occupying
National Public Radio on Wednesday discovered that a woman named Lisa Simeone who produced a show about opera called "World of Opera" had been participating in a nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., organized by October2011.org. That same day, NPR persuaded a company for which Simeone worked to fire her.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 1, 2018 Why Ocasio-Cortez' Platform Is So Great
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' platform is dramatically better than many may realize. It tackles the greatest evil in existence in a way that no other big-2 congressional candidate's website does and which most do not even mention. And in doing so, it makes serious much of the rest of her socialist platform in a way that even presidential candidate Bernie Sanders did not -- a way promoted by the peace movement, the Poor People's...
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 23, 2010 U.S. Laws Rated Worst Value Per Dollar
A new international survey rates U.S. federal and state laws the worst legislative value in the world. The study considered laws' impact on human lives, and the price paid for laws in campaign contributions, issue advertising, lobbying, ear marks, and bribes.
(40 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Nadler Is Blocking Impeachment
A private off-the-record meeting was held on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that included House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Subcommittee on the Constitution Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Judiciary Committee Member and advocate for opening Cheney impeachment hearings Robert Wexler, and several other committee members, activists, staffers, and former staffers from the Watergate days. I wasn't there, so I'm free to talk...
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, November 1, 2010 It's Jobs or Wars, Not Both
Americans, if they knew, would seriously object to further damaging our economy through war and allowing people like David Broder to paper over that process with demonstrably false claims.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 24, 2016 Rep. Rick Larsen Bases Russia Policy on Myth
"Larsen immediately responded with rebuttals, stating flat-out he didn't believe there was a U.S. role in the Ukrainian events -- that what I'd just told him was 'not what I've been hearing' - and he went on to talk about how the Baltic states felt threatened by Russia, etc."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 17, 2010 When Woolsey Met Harman
Jane Harman has never seen a war she didn't like or a crime by anyone important that she couldn't excuse.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 3, 2009 Demand Single-Payer March 5, 10, 11
If you want everyone in the United States to have health coverage simply paid for by the government for less money than we spend now, eliminating all health insurance companies, but allowing you to choose any private doctor or hospital of your choice, and boosting the economy with a net gain of 2.6 million jobs ...
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 24, 2009 The 45th President
Imagine the next president is the worst you can conceive of. Now, let's stop to consider what powers #45 will inherit from the previous 44 men, what powers have been used by at least one previous president in recent years without being blocked by Congress or the courts or a subsequent president: the powers to rewrite laws with signing statements, to create laws by simple decree, to draft and act on secret laws...
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 21, 2010 The New War Congress: An Obama-Republican War Alliance?
To understand just how bad the 112th Congress, elected on November 2nd and taking office on January 3rd, is likely to be for peace on Earth, one has to understand how incredibly awful the 110th and 111th Congresses have been during the past four years and then measure the ways in which things are likely to become even worse.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Sweden's Military Madness
The government of Sweden has reinstated the military draft and sent a war propaganda brochure to all Swedes promoting fear, Russophobia, and warlike thinking.
SHARE Wednesday, February 19, 2020 You Have to Laugh
It's often hard to report on U.S. politics and government with a straight face. It's even harder to report on the usual reporting on U.S. politics and government with a straight face. So much of it is beyond the reach of parody. Yet it also opens up opportunities to shock people with basic facts.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 15, 2010 The Crematorium of Empires
On Wednesday U.S. senators from both political parties asked the president's representative to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke what in the world the goal could be for the ongoing war. He had no answer.
(15 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 12, 2020 27 Things You Can Do to Let There Be Peace on Earth
1. Reports on the climate collapse have stopped in some cases the nonsense talk about needing the United States to "lead," and even gone beyond urging it to get out of last place, and begun demanding that it do its fair share to undo its share of the damage. That's the same thing we need on militarism . . .
SHARE Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Vieques 10 Years After the Bombing Stopped
Ten years ago May 1, the people of Vieques, Puerto Rico and their supporters from around the world defeated the most powerful military machine ever, through mass civil disobedience and without firing a single shot.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 26, 2012 The End Is Near
Apocalypse has been given a bad name. The Seventh Day Adventists are still around. The Nike sneaker cult failed to open Heaven's Gate. The new millennium brought us George W. Bush, not Jesus H. Christ. And everybody's terrified of "drinking the Kool-Aid."
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2015 Film: Costa Rica Abolished its Military, Never Regretted it
The forthcoming film, A Bold Peace: Costa Rica's Path of Demilitarization, should be given every possible means of support and promotion. After all, it documents the blatant violation of laws of physics, human nature, and economics, as understood in the United States -- and the violators seem positively gleeful about it.
(13 comments) SHARE Friday, January 14, 2011 How Is Bradley Manning Really Being Treated?
There are conflicting accounts of exactly how Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower on countless U.S. government crimes, has been illegally punished for 8 months so far, pre-trial.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, February 6, 2015 The Key That Is the Saudi Kingdom
Was the United States compelled to attack Afghanistan and Iraq by the events of September 11, 2001?
A key to answering that rather enormous question may lie in the secrets that the U.S. government is keeping about Saudi Arabia.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Fahrenheit 11-11-11
Believe it or not, November 11th was not made a holiday in order to celebrate war, support troops, or cheer the 11th year of occupying Afghanistan. This day was made a holiday in order to celebrate an armistice that ended what was up until that point, in 1918, one of the worst things our species had thus far done to itself, namely World War I.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 6, 2011 Killing Old People Is Fiscally Responsible
"The fiscal good has to outweigh the pain," a nameless Democrat told the Washington Post regarding President Obama's latest proposal to massively cut Social Security.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, May 4, 2015 The U.S. Bill of Rights Rewritten to Match Reality
There just might be a big boost in government honesty soon, as both houses of Congress have now passed with two-thirds votes and sent to the states for ratification a potential 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution bearing the unofficial title "The Truth in Advertising Amendment." This is the text as passed by Congress:
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 23, 2017 You'll Never Guess What Losing Democrats All Have in Common
It was curious to observe how much of Jeremy Corbyn's successful campaign to rebuild the Labour Party was about foreign policy. Wars, he said, make us less safe, not more. Agreeing with him were: the obvious facts of the matter, voters in opinion polls, and apparently voters in their votes.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Talk Nation Radio: Ray McGovern on Russia and Syria
Ray McGovern has been studying/analyzing Russia for more than five decades, both in academe and government. A senior analyst at the CIA during the 80s, he also conducted early morning briefings, one-on-one, of the President's Daily Brief for President Reagan's most senior foreign policy advisers.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, April 11, 2014 Rumsfeld Personifies Our Society
In a new film about Rumsfeld called The Unknown Knowns, the aging criminal is occasionally confronted with evidence that what he's just said is false.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 27, 2020 Is Coronavirus a bioweapon?
The Washington Post's article opposing such a conclusion admits the following: The lab in Wuhan "was researching coronaviruses transmitted by bats." And "[a]n annual State Department report released last year said China had engaged 'in biological activities with potential dual-use applications.'" And that at least one expert worried about potential outbreaks from that lab. And that other experts ...
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 16, 2010 Will Sanity Be Restored and Fear Be Kept Alive?
"It's not meant to ridicule activism," Jon Stewart tells NPR, speaking of his planned rally on the National Mall. But you can see where someone might have gotten that impression.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Ode to That Thing By Joe Biden
Why why why why why you're getting nervous man.
Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.
And cornpop was a bad dude and he ran a bunch of bad boys.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: all men and women are created by the ko you know the you know the thing.
(18 comments) SHARE Monday, August 1, 2011 To Whom Do We Now Turn?
I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.
SHARE Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Obama on Libya: What Would MLK Say?
President Obama on Monday said he would "never hesitate" to use the U.S. military "unilaterally" to defend "interests" and "values," including "maintaining the flow of commerce."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 26, 2017 What's Missing from Dunkirk Film
Yes, I'm going to tell you what's missing from this film without watching the film. Trump has, as promised, made me so sick of winning that I really could enjoy watching a defeat film, but I think I'll pass. If I'm wrong about what's missing from it (I mean one of the many things that are, no doubt, missing from it), I promise that I will eat an entire plan for victory in Afghanistan annually for the next decade.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 21, 2012 How Newt Gingrich Saved the Military Industrial Complex
The idea of economic conversion, of retooling and retraining pieces of the military industrial complex to build what other wealthy nations have (infrastructure, energy, education, etc.) converged with the end of the Cold War two decades back.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Ethics of Not Ruining Everything
Today I listened to the audio book of Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationship With Animals by Lori Gruen while reading the hardcopy of From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel Dennett.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 17, 2016 Best Speech a U.S. President Ever Gave
In planning an upcoming conference and nonviolent action aimed at challenging the institution of war, with the conference to be held at American University, I can't help but be drawn to the speech a U.S. president gave at American University a little more than 50 years ago. Whether or not you agree with me that this is the best speech ever given by a U.S. president, there should be little dispute that it is the speech ...
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, November 3, 2014 Free College or Another New War?
Noting that U.S. college costs have gone up 500% since 1985, the Washington Post recommends seven countries where U.S. students can go to college for free without bothering to learn the language of the natives or anything so primitive.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 3, 2007 World War III
The administration of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney is set on a course that leads directly to a third world war. And a third world war leads almost inevitably to most of us dying horrible deaths. And we're not talking about it.
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Stop Allowing YOUR Emperor to Threaten Nuclear Apocalypse
North Korea is open to reasonable negotiations. The United States, as embodied in the buffoon whom we have allowed to hold more power than any royal monarch has ever known, would prefer armageddon to reasonable negotiations.
These are not speculations.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 2, 2011 Killing Resolves Nothing
The plane I was on landed in Washington, D.C., Sunday night, and the pilot came on the intercom to tell everyone to celebrate: our government had killed Osama bin Laden. This was better than winning the Super Bowl, he said.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, September 4, 2009 There Are So Many Days That Have Not Yet Broken
I got pulled over for speeding in Texas yesterday and the officer looked like the kind of guy who dreamed about using his taser. So when he asked for my license and registration, I slowly got them out and handed them over.
SHARE Wednesday, November 26, 2014 There Goes Virginia's Climate
Five-year averages of temperature in Virginia began a significant and steady increase in the early 1970s, rising from 54.6 degrees Fahrenheit then to 56.2 degrees F in 2012.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, March 9, 2015 A Global Security System: An Alternative to War
World Beyond War has just published a short book titled A Global Security System: An Alternative to War.
This act constitutes an intervention into the debate over whether to create a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force. In fact, this document should help stimulate a debate over whether to continue with the war approach to global conflicts, authorized or not.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 11, 2015 Peace: More Normal and Wonderful Than We Think
How might we get to a world that doesn't plan and produce wars but lives at peace economically, environmentally, culturally, and legally? How might we switch to systems that avoid conflicts and settle unavoidable conflicts nonviolently?
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, July 27, 2009 Nine More Go to Jail for Single Payer
Following a pattern of civil resistance in Washington D.C. and around the country, citizens in Des Moines Iowa on Monday risked arrest to press for the creation of single-payer healthcare, the establishment of healthcare as a human right, and an end to the deadly practices of Iowa's largest health insurance company, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 15, 2011 Of Humans and Rights
In our current wars, well over 95% of the dead, even in the short-term, are from the countries where the wars are fought. Some get labeled combatants and some civilians, but they're all left out of most body counts, and when they are counted they are counted low. Our government pretends not to count them at all, and only thanks to Wikileaks do we know otherwise, that the military has counted some of them.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 8, 2015 A View From the Other 96%
Exposing Lies of Empire by Andre Vltchek is an 800-page tour of the world between 2012 and 2015 without a Western tour guide. It ought to make you spitting-mad furious, then grateful for the enlightenment, and then ready to get to work.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 5, 2018 Russia Is Our Friend
I make the following case because I think it is overwhelming yet fervently ignored. I'll just note a few highlights.
(13 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 10, 2011 The Divided Left
The Satan Sandwich budget deal seems to have been left lying on the table in some television green rooms.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 16, 2016 The Saudi 203 Pages
For years and years, activists demanded that the U.S. government make public 28 (turned out to be 29) pages it had censored from a report, because it was suspected they would show a Saudi Arabian role in funding and facilitating the crimes of September 11, 2001. When the pages were finally made public, they showed a great deal of evidence of exactly that. But the U.S. government and its pet media outlets buried the story ...
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 16, 2020 #CNNisTrash
Why has the hash tag #CNNisTrash been popular since this week's presidential primary debate? There was nothing new about the corporate, militarist, anti-progressive slant of the debate "moderation." What was new was the level of blatant bias so extreme that even viewers who knew nothing about the issues couldn't miss it, plus the amount of time CNN focused on expressing its hostility toward a single candidate, Bernie Sanders.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 30, 2018 What Military-Bashing Teacher Got Right
A high school teacher is no longer teaching, and is receiving threats, because of how he spoke about the U.S. military. To read the news reports, you'd think that all he said was that people who join the military are stupid.
SHARE Friday, February 14, 2020 Shut Down Canada Until it Solves its War, Oil, and Genocide Problem
Indigenous people in Canada are giving the world a demonstration of the power of nonviolent action. The justness of their cause defending the land from those who would destroy it for short term profit and the elimination of a habitable climate on earth combined with their courage and the absence on their part of cruelty or hatred, has the potential to create a much larger movement, which is of course the key to success.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, September 7, 2020 Kevin Zeese: Irreplaceable
Kevin Zeese was a major constant reliable presence in the movement for peace and justice.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Talk Nation Radio: Hyun Lee on Prospects for Peace in Korea
Hyun Lee is a New York City-based writer and activist. She is a member of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea. She is also a Korea Policy Institute fellow and a member of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development. Find her work also at ZoomInKorea.org.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 10, 2015 Locals Protest, Sabotage U.S. Navy Base Construction in Desert in Sicily
There's a popular movement in Sicily called No MUOS. MUOS means Mobile User Objective System. It's a satellite communications system created by the U.S. Navy. The primary contractor and profiteer building the satellite equipment at the U.S. Navy base in the desert in Sicily is Lockheed Martin Space Systems.
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.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, May 8, 2015 The No More War Movement
On this Mother's Day weekend, recall Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation of 1870 which said, "From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: Disarm, disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence vindicate possession."
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Bernie Sanders Starts Mentioning the Military Budget
Bernie Sanders has added the existence of foreign policy onto the bottom of emails like the one below, after having posted a video of himself quoting the usual Eisenhower quotes on military spending. These changes match the request made when World BEYOND War and RootsAction.org asked 100 prominent people to sign an open letter to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders urging him to address military spending.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 15, 2011 Virginia Militarized
The U.S. military is a permanent and pervasive presence in Virginia. Were the state of Virginia to ban participation in wars of aggression, weapons sales to brutal dictatorships, and the manufacture of aggressive and illegal weapons, the Military Industrial Complex would be obliged to help itself to many billions of public dollars just to cover the cost of moving operations to the other 49 states or abroad.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Top 10 Reasons Bill Maher Is Not "Our Best Weapon Against ISIS"
This sort of argument for debunking Islam in the media as the best way to "defeat" ISIS/ISIL misses the fact that ISIS recruits from the United States make up almost certainly much less than 1% of recruits, so that 99% of the problem, even on its own terms, remains completely unsolved.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, May 23, 2016 Let's Back All Moderates in Syria and the World
I've come around in favor of backing all moderates. The question appeared to me for a long time as a difficult one. Should one give anti-aircraft weaponry, for example, to al Qaeda fighters in Syria in order to better combat ISIS (which could some day develop the airplane)?
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Why 55 U.S. Senators Voted for Genocide in Yemen
Tuesday's debate and vote in the U.S. Senate on whether to end (technically whether or not to vote on whether to end) U.S. participation in the war on Yemen can certainly be presented as a step forward. While 55 U.S. Senators voted to keep the war rolling along, 44 voted not to table the resolution to end it.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 11, 2016 U.S. Plans to Saturate Globe With Weapons
My headline above is a plain English translation of this Pentagonspeak found in a Reuters headline today: "Demand for U.S. arms exports set to keep growing, official says."
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 20, 2012 Torture on Trial
Cases come in by the thousands from all over the world.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Lincoln Chafee Calls Bush Worst President in History
Former Republican Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee on Tuesday evening called George W. Bush the worst president in U.S. history and the occupation of Iraq the worst foreign tragedy in U.S. history. Chafee said Bush deserved to be impeached.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Sociocide: Iraq Is No More
As we approach the 8th anniversary of a U.S. invasion of Iraq, and having just passed the 20th anniversary of another, it's worth reflecting on what's been accomplished through two wars and the intervening sanctions that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright so famously approved of even at the cost of a half million children's lives.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 29, 2010 Withdraw the Last Combat Politicians from Washington
Pretending to end a war and occupation, while stationing 50,000 soldiers, 18,000 mercenaries, and 84,000 support contractors in massive and permanent military bases in Iraq is a far cry from what candidate Barack Obama described as ending "the mind-set that got us into war in the first place." It fits better with Nobel Peace laureate Obama's description of war as "not only necessary but morally justified."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 5, 2015 How Did Syria Get Here?
Wars may be how Americans learn geography, but do they always learn the history of how the geography was shaped by wars? I've just read Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years by John McHugo. It's very heavy on the wars, which is always a problem with how we tell history, since it convinces people that war is normal. But it also makes clear that war wasn't always normal in Syria.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, October 19, 2015 Past Decade in Syria in 5 Minutes
The accepted story in the United States of what's happened in Syria is just that, a story told to make narrative sense of something completely un-understood.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 14, 2010 Only in America Can Blair Go Out in Public
Blair has just been presented with a Liberty Medal at the Constitution Center by none other than Bill Clinton, as reward for Blair's . . . wait for it . . . "steadfast commitment to conflict resolution."
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Everything Wrong With Liberalism in One Image Found on FaceBook
Here's a fairly typical image of a sort that constantly clogs up my FaceBook page. I take it to be the full and open expression of someone or some group's honest outlook. I don't think they'd identify themselves at the bottom as "Jesus, Republicans & Other Bullshit" if they were self-censoring.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 9, 2011 This World and the World Without War
The New York Times published an op-ed on May 7th by a professor here in Charlottesville, Va., arguing that celebrating the killing of Osama bin Laden is actually a good thing, because in so celebrating we are building solidarity with those we view as part of our exclusive group. Implicit in this argument is that we can do no better.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, September 28, 2015 The UN: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years
The United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals don't just ignore the fact that development isn't sustainable; they revel in it. One of the goals is spreading energy use. Another is economic growth. Another is preparation for climate chaos (not preventing it, but dealing with it). And how does the United Nations deal with problems? Generally through wars and sanctions.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 2, 2015 10 Lessons of the Iran Deal
By the latest count, the nuclear agreement with Iran has enough support in the U.S. Senate to survive. This, even more than stopping the missile strikes on Syria in 2013, may be as close as we come to public recognition of the prevention of a war (something that happens quite a bit but generally goes unrecognized and for which there are no national holidays). Here are 10 teachings for this teachable moment.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 8, 2012 Corporate Personhood Worse, Ending It Easier, Than You Think
Don't take it from me. Take it from the book being published today that will mainstream the movement to end corporate personhood: "Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do, And What You Can Do About It," by Jeff Clements with foreword by Bill Moyers.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, February 18, 2013 Hubris Isn't the Half of It
As our government was making a fraudulent case to attack Iraq in 2002-2003, the MSNBC television network was doing everything it could to help, including booting Phil Donahue and Jeff Cohen off the air.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Open Letter to Senator Bernie Sanders
On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, over 100 U.S. scholars, intellectuals, and activists published the open letter to Senator Bernie Sanders below and invited others to add their names to it.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 21, 2009 U.S. Govt. Threatens to Prosecute Waterboarding
The greatest hypocrisy is not that our president is speaking up for protesters as long as they are in Iran, while the Pentagon considers protesting to constitute "low level terrorism" when practiced within the United States. The greatest hypocrisy is that laws are being enforced while the most important laws and the most egregious violations are being ignored as a matter of loudly announced principle.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 24, 2015 China Lobby Pre-WWII, Israel Lobby Pre-WWIII
One way in which the U.S. government gets itself into major crusades of mass killing is by hearing what it wants to hear. It even goes to the extent of allowing top U.S. government officials, sometimes briefly out the revolving door of public "service," to work in the pay and service of foreign nations pushing war propaganda on the U.S. public.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 27, 2017 How It Could Finally Be Possible to Prosecute War as a Crime
War is a crime. The International Criminal Court has just announced that it will finally treat it as a crime, sort-of, kind-of. But how can war's status as a crime effectively deter the world's leading war-maker from threatening and launching more wars, large and small? How can laws against war actually be put to use? How can the ICC's announcement be made into something more than a pretense?
SHARE Friday, February 21, 2020 How Are We Going to Pay for Saving Trillions of Dollars?
Enhanced Medicare for All that wild scheme that Michael Bloomberg calls "untried" because it's only been tested for decades in virtually every wealthy nation on earth would cost $450 billion a year less than the current U.S. system. In the usual propaganda terms (in which you multiply by ten and then if asked admit that you're talking about ten years) that's a savings of $4.5 trillion!
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, May 15, 2015 Top 10 Activist Errors
If you're open to hearing some suggestions, for whatever they may be worth (and yes, of course, this list of errors will exclude those that I am myself guilty and unaware of), read on:
(15 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 26, 2009 Holder Joins Conyers in Demanding Action
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has called on Attorney General Eric Holder to open a criminal investigation into the misdeeds of former president George W. Bush and former vice president Richard B. Cheney.
SHARE Sunday, November 13, 2005 Bonifaz: A Candidate for the Rest of Us
John Bonifaz is seriously considering running for election next year as Massachusetts Secretary of State, or more properly, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A victory for him would be a victory of national importance for election reform and voting rights.
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, June 15, 2018 Why Are the Poor Patriotic?
We should be very grateful to Francesco Duina for his new book, Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country. He begins with the following dilemma. The poor in the United States are in many ways worse off than in other wealthy countries, but they are more patriotic than are the poor in those other countries and even more patriotic than are wealthier people in their own country.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 5, 2017 You Cannot Begin a Crime in Good Faith
When Ken Burns begins a documentary on the American war on Vietnam by calling it a war begun in good faith we should be able to recognize a lie and an impossibility. We don't imagine rapes begun in good faith, slavery begun in good faith, child abuse begun in good faith. If someone tells you a war was begun in good faith, make a good faith effort to destroy your television.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Patriotism Is Too Small For My Family
Ending bigotry has gone mainstream among the enlightened people of the developed world.
Did you spot the acceptable bigotry in that sentence?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 11, 2017 War Stories
The stories below are meant to encourage questioning of war-thinking.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 28, 2020 The Russian Menace and the Dangers of Believing the New York Times
The New York Times claims that Russia offered to pay Afghans to kill U.S. (and allied) troops. It does not claim that any payments were made. It does not claim that any troops were killed. It does not claim that any impact was had on anything. It does not name its sources. It does not offer any evidence other than the supposed assertions of nameless government officials. It does not offer any justification for not naming them.
SHARE Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Army Makes Case Against Enlisting
Remarkably, the U.S. Army War College has published a report (PDF) that makes an overwhelming case against enlisting in the U.S. Army. The report, called "Civilian Organizational Inhibitors to U.S. Army Recruiting and the Road Ahead," identifies counter-recruitment organizations that effectively discourage young people from joining the military.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 24, 2015 Pope Tells World's Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade
I couldn't sit through the Pope's slow and plodding and polite speech to Congress, waiting for him to say something against the primary thing that body does and spends our money on. But finally he got there:
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, February 27, 2017 The Choice Trump's Budget Creates
Trump proposes to increase U.S. military spending by $54 billion, and to take that $54 billion out of the other portions of the budget, including in particular, he says, foreign aid. If you can't find foreign aid on the chart, that's because it is a portion of that little dark green slice called International Affairs. To take $54 billion out of foreign aid, you would have to cut foreign aid by approximately 200%.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 16, 2016 War Is Never Just: The End of "Just War" Theory
While there are not enough Just War theorists to launch a war without lots of help from unjust war advocates, elements of Just War theory are found in the thinking of just about every war supporter.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 27, 2017 Why and How to Bring Environmental and Peace Movements Together
If war were moral, legal, defensive, beneficial to the spread of freedom, and inexpensive, we would be obliged to make abolishing it our top priority solely because of the destruction that war and preparations for war do as the leading polluters of our natural environment.
SHARE Saturday, February 10, 2007 Sex and Torture in America
How does sex differ from torture? The one is good and the other bad, might be your immediate reply. But were I to describe an act of torture, this would be taken as a serious article. Were I to describe an act of sex, then political publications wouldn't publish it, spam filters wouldn't allow you to receive it, and if you did receive it, you might turn away.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 14, 2011 Murdoch Has Blood on His Hands
Nailing Rupert Murdoch for his employees' phone tapping or bribery would be a little like bringing down Al Capone for tax fraud, or George W. Bush for torture. I'd be glad to see it happen but there'd still be something perverse about it.
SHARE Monday, June 3, 2019 Charlottesville Divests from Weapons and Fossil Fuels
On the evening of June 3, 2019, the City Council of Charlottesville, Va., voted to divest the funds in its operating budget from weapons dealers and fossil fuel producers. Here's the resolution as passed by the City Council: PDF. The city has also committed to taking the same step with its retirement fund by this coming autumn.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 12, 2017 The Gathering to Abolish War
Sixteen years of endless wars, endless spending, endless killing, endless dying, endless environmental destruction, endless erosion of our rights, endless suppression of activism, endless militarization of police, endless promotion of bigotry and hatred, endless generation of hatred and terrorism, endless threats of nuclear apocalypse.
Can we make it end now?
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 11, 2010 Good News: Will We Hear It?
Whenever I write about U.S. politics, people ask me "Don't you have any good news?" (Unless the Republicans are in power, in which case people ask me "Who are you going to vote for?") But I do have good news, boatloads of good news, if Americans want to hear it.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Support Killing People Or Lose Your Job
PBS (the P stands for "Pure" I think) is concerned that if the U.S. government stops funding the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. economy will crash:
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, July 1, 2016 Guess Who Wants Authority to Murder by Drone
If you haven't been hiding under a partisan rock for the past several years, you're aware that President Barack Obama has given himself the sort-of legalish right to murder anyone anywhere with missiles from drones.
He's not the only one who wants that power.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 19, 2011 Louder Than Words
The President will present more words in a speech today, as his wars rage on. Will you join us in preparing to insist on something louder than words?
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 26, 2011 The Occupied Turn Occupiers
What could make change possible is the process of reversal now underway through which the occupied are becoming the occupiers.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 10, 2019 The Obama Wars
By "the Obama wars" I don't mean some overgrown infants on television screaming racist insults or pretending that opposing racism requires cheering for Obama.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 29, 2016 The Problem with Chanting "USA"
These were instructions passed around during the last night of the Wells Fargo Arena Anti-Russia Don't-Say-TPP Call-It- Debt-Free- College-Not- Free-College Democratic Party Extravaganza. Noise Makers were deployed. Lights could be switched off on people as needed. Delegates were prevented from walking out. And chants like "Black Lives Matter" and "Love Is Love" were joined in by the corporatists.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 19, 2016 The African American History Missing from the Smithsonian
The new corporate-funded African-American History museum in Washington, D.C., built on the former site of Camp Democracy and all sorts of protests and festivals, is getting a great deal of purely positive press before its doors have opened.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 20, 2019 Life in Prison
If you're free, if you're not locked behind bars (and I do realize that this is true of a smaller percentage of people in the so-called Land of the Free than anywhere else on earth), be grateful. One thing you can do is get your hands on important new books. I recommend this one: The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences by Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis, Featuring Six Portraits of Lifers.
(13 comments) SHARE Friday, January 2, 2009 Ruth Marcus Supports Torture
Washington Post editorial writer Ruth Marcus has joined the side of the executioners and provided a clear example of how that is respectably done in our time and place. But, "it is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners."
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 8, 2009 Eliminate Filibuster and With it the Need to Debate Republicans
From the pains Democrats take to out-argue and/or to compromise with the fringe minority party called the Republicans you'd think no other course of action was available, specifically you'd have to assume that the filibuster -- the power of senators representing 11 percent of us to block all work by the House and Senate -- is written in stone. In reality, 51 senators could eliminate the filibuster or change the number of votes
SHARE Monday, July 8, 2019 Official Secrets: Best Movie So Far This Year
The true story of British whistleblower Katharine Gun is public. The new movie dramatizing that story, with Keira Knightley in the starring role is called a thriller. And that it is.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 27, 2009 The Emperor's Seven Signing Statements
Lawless detention is the least of it. State secrets and warrantless spying scrape the surface. Drone attacks and ongoing torture begin to touch it.
SHARE Sunday, December 1, 2019 Ukrainegate's Failures
The weaknesses of Ukrainegate are on display in a new book by Neal Katyal ("with Sam Koppelman") making the case for Ukrainegate, but titled "Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump."
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Worst Human Being Alive: Tony Blair?
I realize that, living here in the United States, the nation doing the most in the world to create wars, proliferate nukes, and destroy the habitability of the earth's climate, I really have a duty to pick someone in the United States as the worst individual human being alive. But...
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 5, 2012 Murder Is Legal, Says Eric Holder
Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday explained why it's legal to murder people -- not to execute prisoners convicted of capital crimes, not to shoot someone in self-defense, not to fight on a battlefield in a war that is somehow legalized, but to target and kill an individual sitting on his sofa, with no charges, no arrest, no trial, no approval from a court, no approval from a legislature, no approval from we the people.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 9, 2015 Columbus Lives
Columbus was not a particularly evil person. He was a murderer, a robber, an enslaver, and a torturer, whose crimes led to possibly the most massive conglomeration of crimes and horrific accidents on record. But Columbus was a product of his time, a time that has not exactly ended.
SHARE Monday, September 14, 2009 Army's Shopping Mall Death Hall Closed
The Army Experience Center, an amusement hall built in a Philadelphia area shopping mall to make killing and dying look like fun to kids, has been the focus of repeated protests and criticism. This past weekend hundreds again protested at the AEC, and police arrested six protesters and one journalist. The journalist was not with the protesters, and was picked out of a crowd, apparently because of her professional camera.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 23, 2010 Powerful Video Response to SCOTUS Inc
Jamin Raskin, professor of constitutional law and the First Amendment at American University, has spoken out powerfully on behalf of a new campaign at FreeSpeechForPeople.org that aims to undo the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to remove limitations on corporations' election spending.
(27 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 20, 2014 Can We Really Blame Sociopaths?
I've been hearing increasingly from multiple quarters that the root of our problems is psychopaths and sociopaths and other loosely defined but definitely different beings from ourselves. Rob Kall has produced a quite interesting series of articles and interviews on the subject. I want to offer some words of caution if not respectful dissent.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Rescind Obama's "Transparency Award" Now!
Tell Project on Government Oversight (POGO), OMB Watch, the National Security Archive, Open the Government.Org, and the Reporters Committee to publicly take back their Transparency Award to President Obama.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Gallup: U.S. Population Highly Militaristic
In early 2014 there were unusual news stories about Gallup's end-of-2013 polling because after polling in 65 countries with the question "Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?" the overwhelming winner had been the United States of America.
Had Gallup then conducted a poll on whether Gallup would ever ask that question again, I'm willing to bet large numbers would have said no.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, May 29, 2015 Where Would Jesus Live?
If Jesus lived in Galilee in recent decades he would live in a world alive with Palestinian traditions clinging to a long-rooted history but struggling through the aftermath of the never-ended ethnic-cleansing operation that spiked in 1948.
SHARE Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Nonviolence Denial Is As Dangerous As Climate Denial
Persistent willful ignorance of necessary knowledge can be deadly. This is true of denial of climate collapse. It is also true of denial of the tools and power of nonviolent action. As evidence and knowledge pile up in each case, denial of the facts looks more and more intentional, reckless, and malevolent, or intentionally, recklessly, and malevolently manufactured by propagandists.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 11, 2018 How Do Weapons Makers Sleep at Night?
A new report by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies "focuses on the five largest U.S. arms manufacturers -- Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics -- and their dealings with three repressive nations: Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt."
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 25, 2015 Is Al Jazeera Trying to Be CNN or Fox?
Some weeks back I got a call from Al Jazeera wanting me to be on a show, but insisting that I couldn't do it from a local studio via satellite or from my computer via Skype. No, I would have to fly to New York and back, and they would pay for the flight ...
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, December 31, 2007 Death By Election
There must be a Star Trek episode (if there's not, there should be) in which all the best minds in the leftist political opposition on some planet are diverted into an obsession with a virtual reality game, leaving all the right-wingers free to drive the planet into inevitable war and destruction.
(53 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 30, 2016 Jill Stein's Platform More Viable Than Bernie's
I asked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her platform this week and came away believing it had a better chance of winning than Bernie Sanders'. I know that platforms don't run, people do, and they do so within a two-party dominated system. But this already crazy presidential election could turn into a crazier five-way race. And, even if it doesn't, or if it does but still nobody ever learns that Jill Stein..
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 16, 2018 Trump Parade Canceled -- Peace Parade Goes Forward
A few days after an over-hyped white supremacist rally in Washington, D.C., was massively outnumbered by people opposed to racism, and one day after 187 organizations (more than that now) publicly committed to turning out people to counter Donald Trump's planned weapons parade with a parade for peace in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, and less than a day after the U.S. military said the weapons parade...
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 1, 2011 Cheney's Kettle Logic
On "Morning Joe" on MSNBC on Thursday, the former Vice President claimed that the intelligence used to invade Iraq had been sound and accurate; the faulty intelligence was all Bill Clinton's fault; the invasion didn't do any damage but rather it was the Iraqis who damaged Iraq; and any invasion causes horrific things to happen, that just comes with the territory.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Philippines: U.S. Troops, Go Home!
We had a two day protest, the first was a march near the Presidential Palace where we burned a giant effigy of Obama on a chariot and Aquino as his running dog.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Your Town Can Demand Justice More Loudly Than You
Most city council members take oaths to defend the Constitution. The Constitution makes the rights and standards in its amendments and in international treaties the supreme law of the land. Our nation has a rich tradition of local governments lobbying state and national governments through the passage of resolutions. Under Clause 3, Rule XII, Section 819, of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives local governments m
SHARE Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Why We Need Decolonization in 2020
South Korea cannot choose to make peace with North Korea without the consent of a foreign power that keeps thirty thousand troops in South Korea, makes South Korea pay much of the cost of housing them, commands the South Korean military in war, holds veto power at the United Nations, and is not accountable to the International Criminal Court or the International Court of Justice.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Healthcare Hoax from Hell
An amendment allowing states to create state-level single-payer healthcare has been stripped out of the House healthcare bill, after having passed in committee back in July by a vote of 27 to 19.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 12, 2005 Note to Randi Rhodes
Don't you realize that people won't vote the Dems a majority BEFORE the Dems stand for something?
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 17, 2016 Michael Flynn Should Remember Truths He Blurted Out Last Year
Michael Flynn, expected to advise Donald Trump on counterproductive killing operations misleading labeled "national security," is generally depicted as a lawless torturer and assassin. But, whether for partisan reasons or otherwise, he's a lawless torturer and assassin who has blurted out some truths he shouldn't be allowed to forget.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 15, 2017 How War Pollutes the Potomac River
The Pentagon's impact on the river on whose bank it sits is not simply the diffuse impact of global warming and rising oceans contributed to by the U.S. military's massive oil consumption. The U.S. military also directly poisons the Potomac River in more ways than almost anyone would imagine.
SHARE Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Trump in Exile
SHIP'S LOG, February 15, 2018 -- How the Earthlings have survived is a mystery. Ever since the United States impeached and removed Donald Trump for accidentally live-streaming himself sexually assaulting a tourist (or was it really for refusing to bomb Moscow? unclear) events have spiraled out of control.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 28, 2017 FAILED: Foreign Policy as We Know It
The Stop the War Coalition has just published a short summary of what's wrong with foreign policy, going through a partial list of current wars one by one. Of course this is a British organization with a British perspective, but it's the closest thing to what a well-funded U.S. anti-war organization might produce, and it ought to be considered by people everywhere, as it impacts us all.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 14, 2008 Halliburton Gang Rape Victim Finds No Justice
What does one say to a young woman gang raped by men paid by us to work for a company from which our vice president profits, men who have yet to be charged with any crime, a company yet to make amends in any way, and a presidential administration effectively granted immunity by our representatives in Congress?
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Oh Canada, Why Can't You Shelter War Resisters?
Deb Ellis' and Dennis Mueller's film Peace Has No Borders tells the story of U.S. war resisters in Canada in opposition to the 2003-present war on Iraq, and the efforts of the War Resisters Support Campaign to win them the right not to be deported.
SHARE Sunday, January 30, 2011 60 Minutes: Putting the BS in CBS
The value of the "60 Minutes" video is in its potential to inform us about CBS and the corporate media in the United States, of which it is a typical or even above average example.
(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.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Even the Most Progressive U.S. Foreign Policy Blames Foreigners
When it comes to foreign policy, it ought to go without saying that Trump, Biden, and Buttigieg are walking catastrophes. A bit of research suggests that Elizabeth Warren is pretty much a true believer in slightly modified catastrophe. But what about Bernie Sanders?
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, December 28, 2007 Kucinich Wins Virginia Democratic Party Poll
Congressman Dennis Kucinich has won the Virginia Democratic Party's online presidential primary straw poll. Candidates in the poll included the six Democrats who have qualified to appear on the primary ballot in Virginia on February 12.
(13 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 7, 2009 Unlawful Assembly
As the 111th Congress was being sworn in on Tuesday, a seemingly endless line of figures dressed all in black with stark white masks slowly marched single-file around Capitol Hill.
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.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, July 27, 2007 Bush Fulfills His Grandfather's Dream
But what really struck me was the BBC story aired on July 23rd documenting President George W. Bush's grandfather's involvement in a 1933 plot to overthrow the U.S. government and install a fascist dictatorship. I knew the story, but had not considered the possibility that the grandson was trying to accomplish what his grandfather had failed to achieve.
(13 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Is Tulsi Gabbard Qualified?
I want Tulsi Gabbard in the Democratic Presidential debates because she speaks out against wars. She raises the topic unasked. She wants various wars ended or not launched. She wants impeachment made automatic for presidents who launch wars. What's not to love?
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 2, 2019 It's time for Virginia to end the death penalty
The death penalty's slow death is accelerating. At least 140 nations no longer use it. No nation in Europe uses the death penalty. No nation in the Western Hemisphere uses it, except the United States.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, January 9, 2009 Goodbye to Bush in Three Minutes
Cindy Sheehan asked if I could record a 3-minute goodbye message to Bush and Cheney for her radio show, so I wrote down and read the following:
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, May 18, 2009 Disbarring 12 Torture Lawyers
Broad Coalition Of Groups Files Disciplinary Complaints Against Twelve Bush Administration Lawyers Who Advocated Torture Of Detainees
SHARE Sunday, July 14, 2019 Military Bill Amended for the Better: This Pig Has Really, Really Good Lipstick
The latest U.S. House of Representatives version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which is beyond global in scope and not the least bit defensive, offended Donald Trump's desire for limitless power and spending in dozens of ways detailed by the people he employs to write things longer than tweets and that was before it was amended. And the amendments are shockingly good.
SHARE Thursday, August 24, 2017 No War 2017: War and the Environment
Just following the International Day of Peace, and in the tradition of No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism, and the best speech any U.S. president ever gave, this year's conference will focus on activism, including activist planning workshops, addressing how the antiwar and environmental movements can work together.
SHARE Friday, December 28, 2007 2007: The Year in Evidence
The past year has seen the public exposure of enough evidence of old, ongoing, and new crimes, abuses of power, and impeachable offenses by George Bush and Dick Cheney that in any remotely representative democracy, these two thugs would be out of office and behind bars. The chief reason this does not shock us is that the same could be said, and was said, of each of the previous six years.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 27, 2008 Yes We Can UnPardon War Criminals
On his third day in office President Grant revoked two pardons that had been granted by President Andrew Johnson. President Nixon also undid a pardon that had been granted by President Lyndon Johnson.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Fox Is News, Bad News
It matters because there is a more destructive force in our communications system than a transparently rightwing buffoons gallery. That destructive force is the persistent myth of "objective" "viewpoint-free" reporting.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Pranking the CIA: The New Get Rich Quick Story
The Risen media blitz this week accompanies the publication of his new book, Pay Any Price. Risen clearly will not back down. This time he's made his dumbest-thing-the-CIA-did-lately story the second chapter rather than the last, and even the New York Times has already mentioned it. We're talking about a "torture works," "Iraq has WMDs," "let's all stare at goats" level of dumbness here.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Obama Scraps Iraq Withdrawal
So, we elected a president who promised a withdrawal from Iraq that he, or the generals who tell him what to do, is now further delaying. And, of course, the timetable he's now delaying was already a far cry from what he had promised as a candidate.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 15, 2011 Congress Members Sue Obama to End War
On Wednesday in federal court, 10 members of the U.S. Congress sued President Obama in an attempt to end U.S. involvement in a war in Libya.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Perriello-Hurt Debate Pathetic
The only debate thus far between the Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress from Virginia's Fifth District was held Wednesday evening.
(12 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 3, 2014 Atheists Caught on Film
The film, The Unbelievers, now playing in theaters, documents a world tour of speaking events by a pair of scientists opposed to theism: biologist Richard Dawkins and physicist Lawrence Krauss.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Latin America's Second World War
Mary Jo McConahay's The Tango War is an engaging, extensive, well-researched, well-written account of a topic that still manages to offend me.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, June 2, 2017 A Portrait of the CIA in Prison
John Kiriakou's Doing Time Like a Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison paints a disturbing portrait of a U.S. prison in which Kiriakou spent time as retribution for having admitted that the CIA used torture. His ongoing whistleblowing on the state of U.S. prisons, as well as on the ways in which the U.S. government has gone after him, is as valuable as his opposition to CIA torture.
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 18, 2017 The Even More Dangerous Case of Donald Trump
Twenty-Seven psychiatrists and mental health experts have produced a book called The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, which I think, despite stating that the fate of the world is in the hands of an evil madman, understates the danger.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, October 21, 2016 Halloween Is Coming, Vladimir Putin Isn't
There are Putin Halloween masks for sale in U.S. stores. Time magazine has Putin on the cover accusing him of trying to damage U.S. elections. A Google search for "Hitler Putin" brings back 11 million results. This demonization of a foreign leader should frighten us more than that leader himself.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, September 22, 2008 "No Blank Check" or "No %$#!*@ Check"
The last time the Democrats all started bleating "No blank check - No blank check" it meant only one thing. They were signing a check and scribbling a bunch of nonsense in the memo line.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 7, 2010 Ending War Funding Before It Ends Us
Wars have the support of most Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, and of the Democratic Leadership, but not of most of the Democrats.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, June 4, 2018 Tangier Island Is The Earth
It's nice to look down on the poor foolish residents of Tangier Island, a little speck of land sinking into the Chesapeake Bay. Some 87% of the residents who voted in 2016, voted for Trump. The Mayor of Tangier says that being mayor is only his second job; his first is killing some of what remain of the crabs in the Bay. Residents imagine that the U.S. government will save their island from going under by building a wall.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Chris Hayes, Heroes, and Morons
Chris Hayes was driving me crazy, because I was beginning to think I'd need to start watching television. Luckily I've been saved from that fate, it seems. Hayes' comments on MSNBC, for which he has now absurdly apologized, were the type of basic honesty -- or, better, truth telling as revolutionary act -- that was tempting me.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, March 2, 2015 Admit that torture does not work
The popularity and acceptability of torture have soared in the United States and around the world. This is not simply because the United States has tortured. The U.S. government, many of its policies, its wars, and key torture supporters have not seen similar boosts in popularity.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Be Glad the White House Comment Line Is Closed
The White House comment phone line directs people to kindly go away and think about what losers they are. Oops, sorry, I mean it directs people not to leave any comments. Instead it says to use a White House web form or to send a message through a White House Facebook account (which has no messaging capability). I'm not inclined to use the web form, because I doubt anyone reads it and I'd rather not be added to an email list.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 29, 2015 A Preview of Coming Wars: Do Black Lives Matter in Africa?
Reading Nick Turse's new book, Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa, raises the question of whether black lives in Africa matter to the U.S. military any more than black lives in the United States matter to the police lately trained and armed by that military.
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?"
(17 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Acting on Bill Ayers' Radical Manifesto
Bill Ayers' short new book, Demand the Impossible: A Radical Manifesto, is different from the typical liberal view of a better world in two ways. First, its goals are a bit grander, more inspiring. Second, it adds as the first and most important goal one that others don't include at all.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 23, 2018 There Is No Good Kind of Nationalism
Trump is for nationalism. So the "Resistance" is predictably for . . . wait for it . . . the right kind of nationalism -- or nationalism worn properly, as The Week advises. The problem isn't nationalism, The Hill informs us, it's phony nationalism and spurious nationalism, or as the Washington Post explains along with CNN, the problem is actually white nationalism.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Talk Nation Radio: Francis Boyle on How to Impeach Trump
Francis Boyle is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. Professor Boyle has served as counsel to Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the Provisional Government of the Palestinian Authority. He has represented the Blackfoot Nation, the Nation of Hawaii, and the Lakota Nation. He drafted the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 3, 2012 Catching Rachel Maddow's Drift
People who know better gave Rachel Maddow's new book unqualified praise in blurbs on the dust jacket. Maybe they see more good than bad in the book, which is called "Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power." That's a fair assessment.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, August 7, 2017 Foreigners Are Crazy
Pew did a poll in 38 countries asking about various dangers and threats.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 7, 2010 Apocalypse Never: Read This Book or Die
Daley has a unique argument for the moral necessity of sharing his goal and promoting either his book or others like it: our only alternative is the annihilation of all life on earth.
SHARE Sunday, February 23, 2020 Nonviolent Action for Peace
George Lakey's new book is called How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning. On its cover is a drawing of a hand holding up two fingers in what is more often considered a peace sign than a victory sign, but I suppose it is meant as both.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 23, 2017 The Middle East for Dummies
The first point I'd like to touch on is the idea that the Middle East is a culturally violent place that can be made less violent by bombing it. The first problem with this is that bombing places makes them more violent, not less. Nobody is shocked or awed into nonviolence, not 14 years ago and not for the past century. The second problem is ...t
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 28, 2009 Muchas Gracias Compadres
Spain has begun a criminal investigation into six of Bush and Cheney's torture lawyers, and our own Justice Department has got some 'splaining to do.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 11, 2012 Judge Deliberates on Whether to Save Earth's Atmosphere
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Wilkins heard the arguments on Friday in Washington, D.C., and is deliberating now on the question of whether young people can sue to compel their government to take serious measures to stop global warming.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Will the 2012 Presidential Election Be Stolen?
It matters to me whether our elections are stolen in any number of ways in which they can be stolen, some of which would simply mean Romney robbing Obama, but others of which are related to the barriers facing non-corporate candidates.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Osama bin Lynched
I'm going to give this speech tonight to a crowd of drunk young people. If I'm not back by morning, ask around if there have been any "Islamic burials."
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 10, 2017 The Conference to Save the Environment
To my knowledge, and I very, very much hope I am wrong, this upcoming conference will be the very first environmental conference in the United States to take on the single gravest threat to the world's natural environment and to the natural environment right here within the United States. May many more conferences and actions follow!
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Has Van Jones Lost His Mind, Or Are Sane People Missing the Point?
A rational and moral person might think of the recent U.S. raid in Yemen this way. Here's one small incident out of a war consisting primarily of a massive bombing campaign that has slaughtered innocents by the thousands and is threatening to lead to the starvation of hundreds of thousands. In this one incident some 30 people were murdered, some 10 of them women and children, one of them the 8-year-old sister of ...
SHARE Sunday, July 28, 2019 Abolish Terrorist Agencies
Every government on earth, beginning with the United States, should shut down and be done with secret agencies, spy agencies, agencies used for murder, torture, bribery, election-manipulation, and coups.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 27, 2011 A 51St State For Armed Robotic Drones
Weaponized UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), also known as drones, have their own caucus in Congress, and the Pentagon's plan is to give them their own state as well.
SHARE Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Long After Hiroshima
How do we honor victims? We can remember them and appreciate who they were. But there were too many of them, and too many unknown to us. So, we can remember a sample of them, examples of them. And we can honor the living survivors, get to know and appreciate them while they are still alive.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 20, 2018 Senator Tim Kaine's Brief Run-In With the Law
Today, April 20, 2018, Senator Tim Kaine told an audience at the U of Virginia that missiles into Syria were illegal because not authorized by Congress, leaving everyone to imagine Congress could have made such a thing legal.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, March 1, 2010 The Saddest Story
One of the most unusual books and far-and-away the saddest I have ever read is James Douglass's "JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters."
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Rebuild the Dream in the Streets
Back around May or June a bunch of us announced plans for this coming Thursday, October 6th, to occupy Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., not for a march or a rally, and not for a day or a weekend, but to create a central space for an ongoing occupation from which we would engage in nonviolent resistance.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 24, 2019 Dear World, Here's How to Close Your U.S. Military Bases
If you live among the Other 96% that portion of humanity that the U.S. government does not claim to represent, but where the U.S. military maintains some 1,000 major military bases, here are some helpful tips and past examples of success.
SHARE Thursday, July 18, 2019 Mike Gravel Should Be In the Debates
I spoke with Senator Mike Gravel on Thursday and asked him whether it seemed fair to him to be excluded from Democratic Party Presidential Primary debates on the basis of his performance in polls that did not include his name among those whom people could say they supported.
Of course, he said that it did not. But he also raised some additional questions, and told me what he would say if included in a debate.
SHARE Friday, August 4, 2017 Prosecuting Famine Creation
I was asked to speak about prosecuting weapons dealers and war makers with a focus on Saudi Arabia. There are, I think, many ways that one could go about that. I say this as a non-lawyer, with certain perverse preferences that lawyers generally don't share.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 9, 2011 Uranium Safe to Eat With a Spoon!
Carefully ignoring Fukushima, Los Alamos, Vermont, and Nebraska, a comforting new announcement informs us that "nuclear energy is safe."
SHARE Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Message to Germans Marching With Russian Orchestra
I was very pleased to learn from Wolfgang Lieberknecht that the people of your two towns in central Germany, Treffurt and Wanfried, will be marching together this week with an orchestra from Russia and a message of friendship in opposition to the new Cold War.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 20, 2012 Ending the Mindset That Gets Us into War
That's what we do with wars. We say they're the last resort. We say they're hell. We say they're for the purpose of eliminating themselves: we fight wars for peace. Although we never keep peace for wars. We claim to wage only wars we have been forced into despite all possible effort to find a better way. And then we celebrate the wars.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, May 12, 2017 The U.S. Behavior That Concerns Russia
I attended a meeting in Moscow on Friday with Vladimir Kozin, longtime member of Russia's foreign service, advisor to the government, author, and advocate for arms reduction. He handed out the list of 16 unresolved problems above. While he noted that the United States funds NGOs in Russia, as well as Ukraine, to influence elections, and described that as a reality in contrast to U.S. stories about Russia.
(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).
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 27, 2009 "Looting of America" Author Sees Opportunity in Meltdown
I've just interviewed Les Leopold, who blames the recent financial disasters on trends that began over 30 years ago, explains how a great deal of Wall Street's "investing" has had as much connection to the real economy as fantasy baseball has to baseball, diagnoses the failures of labor and the left to resist the financialization of the economy, views the current situation with genuine optimism as a rare moment in which...
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 3, 2017 What We're Supposed to Think
We're supposed to think that the United States is threatened for no reason by irrational subhuman monsters arising out of the less important bits of the earth found beyond U.S. borders.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 23, 2009 Holder Just Made Me a Promise
As Attorney General Eric Holder left an appropriations subcommittee hearing on Thursday I spoke loudly from the third row as he prepared to leave the room:
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 21, 2013 Switzerland Shows U.S. How to Handle CEOs
In Switzerland a petition from 100,000 people, or about 1.25% of the population, creates a public referendum. By this means, last March, Swiss voters created strict limits on executive pay.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Top 10 Ways to Stop Trump Nuking Anybody
On Tuesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on whether Trump can just up and nuke people or not. The hand-picked witnesses, all former military, all said there was some chance that if Trump ordered a nuking, somebody might refuse to carry out the order.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 19, 2019 The Radical Underuse of Impeachment
Al Capone wasn't prosecuted for tax evasion because it's cool or smart or strategic to prosecute murderers for lesser crimes, but because proving murder in court was going to be more difficult.
That's not analogous to a Congressional impeachment, but the opposite of how Congress operates. Congress sits on indisputable evidence of the greatest crimes while impeaching presidents for lesser offenses that are harder to prove.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 24, 2016 The World Must Support Ireland Against U.S. Wars
Those of us outside Ireland, and in particular those of us in the United States, have a pressing and urgent responsibility to lend all the support we can to our brothers and sisters in Ireland who are resisting U.S. wars.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 5, 2016 U.S. Denies Entry to former British Ambassador Craig Murray
The U.S. government, for no stated reason, and after having approved his entry in the past, has denied Craig Murray the usual approval to enter the United States without a visa that is given to UK citizens. Craig Murray was British Ambassador to Uzbekistan from 2002 to 2004.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 31, 2011 US or the War Machine
YOU MAY have heard something about a budget crisis in Washington this summer. Were you aware that in the midst of it the House of Representatives passed a military spending bill larger than ever before?
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Canada, Do Not Follow U.S. Into Permawar
Oh Canada, to thine own self be true, not to thine heavily militarized neighbor. Robin Williams called you a nice apartment over a meth lab for a reason, and now you're bringing the drugs upstairs.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 7, 2006 Atheists for Peace
With the exception of Jews and African-Americans, no demographic group in the United States voted more heavily against Bush and for Gore and Kerry than did atheists, who make up 10 percent of the electorate. Atheists tend to be disproportionately progressive. So do atheistic countries.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Canadian Leftist Militarism Leaves Decency Behind
If one were to travel north through North America, with the seasons or the change in climate, harvesting crops of patriotic warmongering, the biggest drop in crop yield might come around the Mason Dixon Line, not the Canadian border.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 6, 2017 Hiroshima Haunting
I've spoken on television and to large crowds and to important big shots, but here you are asking me to speak to hundreds of thousands of ghosts and billions of ghosts in waiting.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 4, 2019 The Myths, the Silence, and the Propaganda That Keep Nuclear Weapons in Existence
This week, 74 years ago, the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were each hit with a single nuclear bomb that had the power of a third to a half of what NPR calls a low-yield or "usable" weapon. By NPR I mean both the Nuclear Posture Review and National Public Radio, both the U.S. government and what many people dangerously think of as a free press.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 13, 2011 CA Dem Party May Dump Progressive Caucus for Proposing Primary Challenge to Obama
On July 30th the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party passed a resolution proposing that a primary challenge be offered to Obama next year. The Progressive Caucus's certification expired at the same time, and while other caucuses were routinely recertified that day by the state party, the Progressive Caucus (I'm told by its chair, Karen Bernal) would not have been, had a vote been held.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 27, 2014 Here Comes Ukrainian Hemp
So the United States wants to buy hemp from the Ukraine. I suppose we should be happy.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 22, 2007 Kucinich to Speak for Full Hour on House Floor on Iraq Oil Law -- Watch C-Span
WASHINGTON DC - WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2007 - At approximately 11:00 a.m. today, Congressman Dennis Kucinich will invoke a rarely used procedure to offer a privileged motion claiming one hour of time to speak on the floor of the House of Representatives about current legislative plans to privatize Iraq's oil.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 6, 2018 Celebrate Mass Slaughter on Patriot Day!
I went in search of anything the United States was number 1 in that it shouldn't be ashamed of, and came up empty. But I did find that the United States is number 1 in believing it is number 1. So, that's something.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 13, 2019 What Does the Pelosi Posse Want?
If the purpose of the current Trump impeachment hearings were simply to fulfill Congress Members' oaths of office and do their jobs, it would be difficult to explain the past many years.
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 7, 2012 Can We Get Along Without Authorities?
I've just read Chris Hayes' new book "Twilight of the Elites," and am reminded of the question that progressive blogger and then-Congressman Alan Grayson staffer Matt Stoller asked Ellsberg.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 22, 2016 Yes, Dubya, Now I Miss You
When George W. Bush made the case for attacking and destroying the nation of Iraq, he made claims that, if true, would have justified nothing. And he proposed as evidence for those claims fraudulent, implausible, and even ridiculous pieces of information. But he was expected to produce evidence. There was no assumption that he should simply be taken on faith.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 25, 2015 Understanding the Suffering War Brings
Is there any imaginable way in which the most recent 200 million war deaths could have each been just? If 200 million men, women, and children are guilty of something deserving murder, then must we not all be? If even 10 percent of them are, then must we not all be?
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 11, 2018 Dan Crenshaw Sounds Like a Propagandist for Mass Murder
What is more sick about U.S. society?
1) It's totally 100% acceptable to make cruel stupid jokes about people's appearance.
2) There's an exception. You shouldn't do it if the thing you're making fun of relates to their participation in mass murder.
SHARE Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Join the CIA: Travel the World Passing Out Nuclear Blueprints
In the year 2000, the CIA gave Iran (slightly and obviously flawed) blueprints for a key component of a nuclear weapon. In 2006 James Risen wrote about this "operation" in his book State of War. In 2015, the United States prosecuted a former CIA agent, Jeffrey Sterling, for supposedly having leaked the story to Risen. In the course of the prosecution, the CIA made public a partially redacted cable that showed that ...
SHARE Sunday, July 5, 2015 Out of Whack
Obamacare is the name given a law that says you must buy overpriced private health insurance from companies that fund election campaigns. Yes, it's got some lipstick on it, but compared to a civilized healthcare system like other wealthy nations use it's awful. But how awful? Surely not as awful as . . .
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 19, 2016 U.S. Air Force's Ability to Deliver Death But Not Food Is A Choice
According to news reports, there are areas of Syria where people are literally starving to death, and where the United Nations is attempting to drop food from the air but missing its target so wildly that the food is damaged or simply cannot be found.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Now Do You See How Evil They Are?
This is how U.S. politicians have talked from the very beginning of the United States and prior to it about human beings outside the United States, about Native Americans, about enslaved people, about minority groups and immigrants. Yet, many have been able to avoid recognizing the evil. Now do you get it?
SHARE Saturday, January 21, 2006 Testimony from Bush Crimes Commission
Testimony for International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration, Riverside Church, New York, Jan 20-22, 2006.
SHARE Monday, June 20, 2011 How the Mayors Debated and Passed an Antiwar Resolution
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has just done something it hasn't done since Vietnam, passing a resolution that supports efforts to speed up the ending of our current wars and calls on the President and Congress to "bring these war dollars home to meet vital human needs."
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 27, 2018 Isolationism or Imperialism: You Really Can't Imagine a Third Possibility?
"I'm against war but we can't be simplistic about it and just end one of them willy-nilly, abandoning our allies." This is the type of language used to support imperialism in the great debate between isolationism and imperialism, a debate wholly dependent on the ridiculous pretense that these two choices constitute the full range of possible human behaviors.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 13, 2016 What Makes Obama Think His Wars Are Legal?
President Barack Obama's lawyers, working on our dime, have just laid out a 46-page explanation of why current wars are legal. They've done so in response to a lawsuit, which has limited the argument in some significant ways.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, November 5, 2007 Kucinich to Move Impeachment of Bush After Cheney
Congressman Dennis Kucinich said on a conference call Monday evening that after moving to impeach Vice President Cheney on Tuesday he will also introduce, at a future date, a resolution to impeach President Bush.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 18, 2010 What Bush Did to Haiti
If a group of dedicated scholars, attorneys, journalists, and activists had tried to generate a comprehensive list of impeachable offenses committed by George W. Bush as president, and only 35 of them had been introduced into Congress, one of the many discarded ones, in rough and overly detailed form, might have read something like this.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 22, 2011 Unable To Get Simeone Fired, Npr Drops "world Of Opera"
Now, unable to get Simeone fired, a decision which NPR would have carefully blamed entirely on WDAV, our public radio thugs have taken the only approach left to them if people who condescend to supporting the political efforts of the poor are to be kept out of public sight: NPR has dropped the program.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 27, 2020 Yet Another Mass Shooter Was a Military Veteran
Thursday yet another mass shooting was committed by a military veteran, this one in Milwaukee. Virtually all military veterans are not mass shooters. Many peace activists are veterans. Many everything under the sun are veterans. But mass shooters are very disproportionately military veterans.
SHARE Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Poor Wittle CNN
Of course, CNN gears its questions toward conflict which it imagines is good for ratings. But taking sides with the furthest right candidates is only one way to generate conflict, and not a very successful one.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(14 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Elizabeth Warren Could Use Some Elizabeth Peacen
Surely it's fair to ask Senator Warren, with her great interest in financial questions and economic justice, whether she knows the military budget exists and what she thinks of it.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 12, 2015 What Are Foreign Military Bases For?
If you're like most people in the United States, you have a vague awareness that the U.S. military keeps lots of troops permanently stationed on foreign bases around the world. But have you ever wondered and really investigated to find out how many, and where exactly, and at what cost, and to what purpose, and in terms of what relationship with the host nations?
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Why Is Trump the Only Candidate With a Budget Proposal?
An important job of any U.S. president is to propose an annual budget to Congress. Shouldn't it be a basic job of every presidential candidate to propose one to the public? Isn't a budget a critical moral and political document outlining what chunk of our public treasury should go to education or environmental protection or war?
SHARE Sunday, July 29, 2012 NBC Invents War-o-tainment
If you've watched the Olympics on NBC you've probably seen ads promoting a war-o-tainment reality show cohosted by retired U.S. General Wesley Clark, co-starring Todd Palin, and with no apparent role for reality.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 20, 2015 Opposing War With a Smile
Remarks at teach-in at Spring Rising event March 20, 2015, UDC Law School. Note: Rally at White House is noon, March 21.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 7, 2013 This War Too Is A Lie
Some smart people thought, and perhaps some still think, that the 2003-2011 war on Iraq was unique in that it was promoted with the use of blatant lies. When I'd researched dozens of other wars and failed to find one that wasn't based on a foundation of similar lies, I wrote a book about the most common war lie varieties.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, December 30, 2016 ACLU & CAIR Use Gold Star Father to Claim War on Iraq Was for Bill of Rights
Are you old enough to remember when liberal groups openly admitted that the war on Iraq was illegal and fraudulent, based on oil and profit and sadism?
Well, can you recall when the proponents of the war claimed it was a defense against nonexistent ties to terrorists and nonexistent weapons?
Even if you've wiped those memories, let me assure you, NOBODY ever claimed that attacking and destroying Iraq was necessary to ...
SHARE Monday, June 3, 2019 Can World War II Say Me Too?
No matter how many times one presents the facts to people at real-world events, or through online media, progressive radio, and non-US television networks, there is simply no stopping virtually everyone in the United States believing the most ludicrous myths about World War II.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, April 2, 2010 Washington Post Warns That Prosecuting Crime of Aggression Might Deter It
The Washington Post, which famously dismissed the Downing Street Minutes in 2005 as "old news" but now prints not one word opposing Rove's "complete fabrication" comment, on Friday published a column by a former Bush-Cheney administration official arguing that the ICC should never prosecute wars of aggression.
SHARE Friday, July 17, 2009 House Lets States Do Single-Payer
On Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. ET in the House Committee on Education and Labor, the committee members voted 25 to 19 to pass Congressman Dennis Kucinich's amendment to the healthcare reform bill.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 8, 2011 Pepper-Sprayed for Peace
I've been coughing and vomiting, and my head aches from pepper spray. I'll post videos and photos of why at the link above.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 27, 2015 Bernie Sanders Gets a Foreign Policy
After 25,000 people asked, Senator Bernie Sanders added a few words to his presidential campaign website about the 96% of humanity he'd been ignoring.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 14, 2016 White Helmets More Gray
When a wonderful program like Democracy Now does a story on the White Helmets in Syria, the problem is not that the White Helmets don't exist, or that they're not rescuing anyone, or that they're actually filmed in Los Angeles -- all of which is ridiculously untrue.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, October 2, 2017 I just won a TED Talks Open Mic -- here's my 4-minute talk
On Oct 2, 2017, 20 of us gave 4-minute TED talks in Charlottesville and I won, allowing me to give a TED talk at the upcoming November 3, 2017, event at Charlottesville's Paramount Theater. This was my 4-minute talk on "Why End War." #TedXCville
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, March 22, 2010 Lies, Damn Lies, and the Media
ACORN is shutting down because of a fraudulent video pimped by the corporate media. U.S. forces in Afghanistan have heroically laid seige to and conquered a fictional city, helping build the case for further escalation. A cable news channel has created a right-wing mass movement by pretending it already existed.
SHARE Tuesday, June 18, 2019 What Survives Genocide?
Jeffrey Ostler's Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas, tells a complex, honest, and nuanced story of what overall and in many particular parts fits the UN definition of and the popular conception of genocide.
SHARE Sunday, June 9, 2019 Anyone who'd rather not be shot should read this book
Thom Hartmann has long written and spoken on the topic of guns in the United States, along with many other topics. Of those topics he's dealt with that I know anything about, I have not always agreed with him on every detail, but on most I've found him highly informative and persuasive. His new book, The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment, is possibly the best book I've ever seen on its topic, both to read, and...
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 23, 2018 Trumparade of 2018 Stupidest Idea Since Philadelphia Liberty Loan Parade of 1918
It's hard not to focus on the fact that Trump has picked the 100th anniversary of the first Armistice Day celebration for his weaponry parade (more on that below). But there was another parade a month and a half before the armistice that cries out for comparison because of its remarkable stupidity. I'm thinking of the Liberty Loan Parade in Philadelphia.
SHARE Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Put These Antiwar People in Congress
Part of getting better governance out of Washington, D.C., will have to come from shifting power back from the White House to the Congress and putting better people into the Congress.
SHARE Thursday, June 20, 2019 Soldiers Without Guns
A new film by Will Watson, called Soldiers Without Guns, ought to shock a great many people -- not because it utilizes a yet more gruesome form of violence or bizarre form of sex (the usual shockers in movie reviews), but because it recounts and shows us a true story that contradicts the most basic assumptions of politics, foreign policy, and popular sociology.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 4, 2017 How I Became a Peace Activist
I've been asked a number of times to write chapters for books on "how I became a peace activist." In some cases, I've just apologized and said I couldn't. For one book called Why Peace, edited by Marc Guttman, I wrote a very short chapter called "Why Am I a Peace Activist? Why Aren't You?" My point was basically to express my outrage that one would have to explain working to end the worst thing in the world.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 22, 2010 An Honest Look at Obama's First Year
This is an excellent detailed analysis from a progressive writer willing to note the good, the bad, and the ugly, and to admit when the bad and the ugly seem to be dominating the scene.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 16, 2019 Don't Iraq Iran
If Iran had spent the last few decades lying about and threatening the United States, and had attacked and built military bases in Canada and Mexico, and had imposed sanctions on the United States that were creating great suffering, and then a lying scheming war-crazed Iranian official announced that he believed the United States had put some missiles on some fishing boats in the Chesapeake Bay, would you believe that . . .
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 21, 2009 What Bush Told Blair Could End the Wars
The single most powerful, and yet largely ignored, document yet to emerge, might, now in 2009, finally, produce results. And, of course, it is our friends over in England who are, as always, two steps ahead of us.
SHARE Tuesday, January 15, 2019 The World Will End in Fire
Great masses of ice are melting away. Glacier National Park will soon lack any glaciers. Greenland, that ice-covered land falsely labeled green and distorted by northern prejudice to appear larger than Africa on most western maps, is being transformed into something you can spray through a hose.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 13, 2015 Oh Hell, Hillary
They really didn't know she was running until now, and they wanted to know if John McCain was her opponent. And yet they had the sense to ask if she would cause more wars and if there was really any difference between Hillary and the Republicans. If even the places that don't know she's running know that, perhaps there is hope for public awareness of basic facts after all.
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 27, 2016 Michael Moore Owes Me $4.99
Michael Moore has made some terrific movies in the past, and Where to Invade Next may be the best of them, but I expected Trumpland to be (1) about Trump, (2) funny, (3) honest, (4) at least relatively free of jokes glorifying mass murder. I was wrong on all counts and would like my $4.99 back, Michael.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 13, 2006 Tomgram: David Swanson on War Porn and Iraq
Many of these images were sent by American soldiers to a website that marketed pornography. Presumably, these were viewed as war pornography. Presumably, they were created by people who have come to love war.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 14, 2017 Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference
Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of Évian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. It's also the location where, in July 1938, the first international effort was ever made (or feigned) to alleviate a refugee crisis.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 17, 2012 Nuclear Roulette
After the mining, processing, and shipping of uranium, and the plant construction, maintenance, and deconstruction, a nuclear plant only produces about as much energy as went into it.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 1, 2008 Pelosi's New Chief of Staff
In a surprise and apparently sudden decision Tuesday evening, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the hiring of a new Chief of Staff for her DC office. The choice of someone without any experience on Capitol Hill surprised many observers, leading to speculation as to what changes Pelosi may have in store for the new year.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Torturer on the Ballot
Michigan's First Congressional District is cold enough to freeze spit. Half of it is disconnected from the rest of Michigan and tacked onto the top of Wisconsin. A bit of it is further north than that, but rumored to be inhabited nonetheless.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 16, 2016 The Skeletons in Keith Ellison's Display Case
Congressman Keith Ellison, candidate of progressive Democrats and many regressive Democrats for chair of the Democratic National Committee, eagerly urged the illegal and disastrous violent overthrow of the government of Libya in 2011, which he celebrated as a success despite what it meant for the rule of law, despite all the death and suffering, despite the predictable instability and weapons proliferation to follow.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 28, 2019 Meritocracy Mythologizing
You'd think a publisher with this many names could check for glaring errors in its books: "Currency, Crown Publishing Group, Penguin Random House LLC." And you'd be right. So this isn't an error. It's a lie accepted as a desirable myth:
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 16, 2013 Drone Pilots Expose Politicians' Lies
... drone pilots have begun talking to the media. And they describe policies that bear a lot closer resemblance to reporting from the areas where the missiles strike. These pilots should be brought before Congress.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 23, 2013 Top U.S. Terrorist Group: the FBI
A careful study of the FBI's own data on terrorism in the United States, reported in Trevor Aaronson's book The Terror Factory, finds one organization leading all others in creating terrorist plots in the United States: the FBI.
SHARE Saturday, August 5, 2017 Getting to Peace Through Local Governments
A school board member in Virginia once agreed to support creating a celebration of the International Day of Peace but said he would do so only as long as no one would misunderstand and get the idea that he was opposed to any wars.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 25, 2017 Sanctions Are Crimes, Not Law Enforcement
The U.S. Senate has increased sanctions on the people of Iran and Russia, if the House and President go along. The Senate vote was 98-2, with Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders voting no, the latter despite his support for the Russian half of the bill.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 11, 2016 To Prosecute Blair for War You Do Not Need the ICC
To prosecute Tony Blair or George W. Bush or others responsible for the criminal attack on Iraq, or other top officials for other recent wars, does not require the International Criminal Court (ICC).
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 28, 2018 Memorial Day THIS
"Memorial Day is a time to remember, appreciate, and honor the selfless patriots who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to freedom. At a time when our country seems so divided, we must not forget that it is because of their service and sacrifice that we live in the most free and prosperous nation on Earth." --Congressman Tom Garrett
It would be difficult to count all of the lies in the above statement.
SHARE Sunday, June 16, 2019 War on Iran Stupidest Idea Yet Recorded in a Human Brain
Scientists not employed by ExxonMobil or named Neil DeGrasse Tyson have reached a universal consensus. Wanting the United States to attack Iran is the single stupidest idea yet recorded in a human brain. In the words of one, "It isn't even close."
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, January 2, 2017 Fantasies About Russia Could Doom Opposition to Trump
To many Democrats for whom killing a million people in Iraq just didn't rise to the level of an impeachable offense, and who considered Obama's bombing of eight nations and the creation of the drone murder program to be praiseworthy, Trump will be impeachable on Day 1.
SHARE Sunday, January 28, 2018 The Post should be viewed by current editors of The Post
I was afraid that The Post would give us a Hollywood film version of the publication of the Pentagon Papers and manage never to say what was in the Pentagon Papers. I was afraid it would be turned into a pro-war movie. I was afraid we'd be told that the Washington Post was a courageous institution while Daniel Ellsberg was a dirty traitor. I am pleased to have had no reason for such concerns.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 1, 2008 Obama: DO NOT CONCEDE!
Both of the last two elections were conceded by the Democratic presidential candidate. The 2004 election was handed to George Bush while votes were still being counted in closely-fought Ohio. While the 2000 election was contested to the Supreme Court, it too was ultimately conceded to Bush "for the good of the country."
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 1, 2009 Declaration of Indictment
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with a gang of lawless thugs and insist on the appointment of a special prosecutor to enforce the laws of the land even against those until recently holding the reins of Power
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 18, 2008 Bush Firing Disloyal Federal Employees
Bush has, for some time now, been terminating large numbers of employees in the federal government, people known as whistleblowers, people suspected of disloyalty.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Seymour Hersh Erases Public's Role on Syria
We once again owe the great reporter Seymour Hersh a serious debt for his reporting, in this case for his London Review of Books articles on President Barack Obama's war making, now published as a book called The Killing of Osama bin Laden. Despite the title, three of the four articles are about Syria. But there is a shortcoming in how Hersh tells history, as in how many reporters do.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 21, 2012 How Dare Russia
The United States Congress is outraged. Russia, it seems, may have wrongly imprisoned, tortured, and murdered a whistleblower. In the land of the free, our good representatives are outraged, I tell you.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 4, 2007 Self-Impeachment by Signing Statement
Imagine a president who violates numerous laws that predate his presidency. Imagine that Congress redundantly and repeatedly re-bans that criminal behavior. Imagine a president who repeatedly throws out the new bans with signing statements and continues to violate the same laws. This is the heart of the matter of the Bush "signing statements." It is an unprecedented use of signing statements.
SHARE Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Can Afghans and Pakistanis Teach Nonviolence?
I may soon have an opportunity to meet with nonviolent activists in Afghanistan, an area of the world we falsely imagine has earned the name "graveyard of empires" purely through violent resistance.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 12, 2017 What About Weinstein's Public Offenses?
Harvey Weinstein, I've just read, is "the disgraced Pulp Fiction producer." But isn't someone who encourages millions of people to think of murder and torture as super cool and fun already pre-disgraced? Doesn't he arrive in the locked office with the actress cowering in the corner already publicly disgraced and intent on disgracing himself in private?
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 18, 2015 The Four Horses Asses of the TPP Apocalypse
Some of those Democrats may not have needed carrots or sticks. But some clearly got them. Four in particular, we know, were given a ride in a aeroplane. Wheeeeee! Obama took them to the G7 with him on Air Force One. They are the four horses asses of the coming TPP apocalypse.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 13, 2017 The Secure, the Dispossessed, and the Mentally Deranged Dotards
In The Secure and the Dispossessed, Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes have collected an unflinching survey of a species gone mad. The book's subtitle is "How the Military and Corporations Are Shaping a Climate-Changed World." In short, the Authoritarian Exceptionalist Military Corporate Complex is flamboyantly recognizing the hole it is in, and exponentially increasing the rate of digging, while hiring PR firms to redefine "digging."
(30 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Why Won't Bernie Talk About War?
If your local city or town government spent 54% of its funds on an immoral, disastrous, and unpopular project, and your brave, populist, socialist candidate for mayor virtually never acknowledged its existence, would you think something was wrong? Would his admirable positions on numerous smaller projects, and on sources of revenue, ring a little hollow?
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Video of Debate on Is War Ever Justifiable?
On February 12, 2018, I debated Pete Kilner on the topic of "Is War Ever Justifiable?" (Location: Radford University; Moderator Glen Martin; videographer Zachary Lyman). Here is video:
(15 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 26, 2017 Liberalism's Communications Problem
Liberals in the United States are relatively educated, yet extremely inarticulate when it comes to Trump, his budget proposal, or the U.S. military.
SHARE Thursday, October 9, 2008 ABC Is Lying About NSA
On Thursday, ABC News reported a big new break in the story of illegal and unconstitutional spying that our government has engaged in for years now, except that there was nothing new in the story and the important parts were left out.
SHARE Thursday, May 7, 2015 Fast Track the Good Stuff
What if, instead, a fast track were set up for those items favored by a vast majority of the public, or required for the future habitability of the planet, but which meet resistance from campaign funders, lobbyists, and the corporate media?
SHARE Saturday, September 23, 2017 Welcome to No War 2017: War and the Environment
Welcome to No War 2017: War and the Environment. Thank you all for being here. I'm David Swanson. I'm going to speak briefly and introduce Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein to also speak briefly. We hope to also have time for some questions as we hope to have in every part of this conference.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 16, 2011 Obama vs. Jobs; Hope vs. Reality
Last week, President Obama racked up several more broken campaign promises as he pushed through Congress three new job-killing corporate trade agreements.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 23, 2010 Clogging and Facilitating
It's odd that we would all think our government was broken, call it a democracy, and go fight wars to supposedly impose democracy on other countries, a concept that makes crystal clear how perverse our understanding of democracy is.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 10, 2012 Lies, Damn Lies, and War Lies
U.S. policy became promotion of U.S. imperialism as far as it could reach, and Japanese imperialism beyond that.
SHARE Tuesday, May 28, 2019 The Worst Statue in Charlottesville
In this case, Clark has a couple of other men with guns behind him, and he's reaching back for a gun. There are three Native Americans in front of him. The UVA student newspaper celebrated the statue when it was first created as "explaining the futility of resistance." The base of the sculpture calls Clark the "Conqueror of the Northwest."
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 6, 2009 It's National Nancy Off the Table Day
That's right, children, it's national Nancy Day, honoring the occasion on May 7, 2006, when Nancy Pelosi first allowed Tim Russert to badger her into agreeing that she wouldn't permit the impeachment of Saint George or Father Dick, not even if they barbequed children on the White House lawn.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 3, 2011 What to Replace the Imprison-Americans Bill With
The funny thing about the bill that the Senate just passed that lets presidents and the military lock you up without a charge or a trial -- well, not funny ha ha but funny unusual -- is that the basic bill to which that little monstrosity was attached is even worse.
SHARE Monday, March 9, 2020 Ban Parades Now
As I proposed before the CPAC meeting and will again now, there is a danger in large gatherings and a precedent of ignoring that danger to great detriment.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 13, 2017 What It Would Take to End Racism and War
I drove up here from where I live in Charlottesville, a town lately overrun by Nazis and other racists from around the country come to defend a giant heroic statue of Robert E. Lee on a horse that stands in the middle of town, as well as a similar one nearby of Stonewall Jackson. Those statues are now covered with giant black tarps but remain standing.
Raise your hand if you know why they remain standing.
SHARE Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Witness Out of Palestine
Anna Baltzer's amazing book Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories has been updated over the years, and I've just read it for the first time.
SHARE Monday, October 2, 2017 What's North Korea Afraid of?
"Peace" clubs in U.S. schools are likely to teach that a local bully is afraid and in need of help. They are much less likely to teach that about entities involved in the actual subject of peace (meaning the absence of war), such as -- to take the example momentarily most prominent in U.S. propaganda -- North Korea.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 13, 2016 Just War Lies
With the Catholic Church, of all things, turning against the doctrine that maintains there can be a "just war," it's worth taking a serious look at the thinking behind this medieval doctrine, originally based in the divine powers of kings, concocted by a saint who actually opposed self-defense but supported slavery and believed killing pagans was good for the pagans.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 12, 2010 Every Soldier Has a Story You Do Not Want to Hear
Would the United States military lie about how four Marines were killed? Would abuse continue at Abu Ghraib after the scandal exploded? Any soldier you talk to has a story you may not want to hear. I recently had occasion to speak with two that were particularly troubling.
SHARE Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Does Peace Need a Business Plan?
If you had just asked me if peace needed a "business plan," I'd have replied, "Sure! Just like it needs a toupeed golfing fascist reality-TV creep in the White House! That'll just about fix everything! War is over! Thanks!"
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 12, 2020 I Wish There Really Were a Plot to Create a Global Government
I saw a criticism of NPR for reporting on claims that coronavirus is being used to set up a world government. The criticism was that NPR never mentioned that the claims are nonsense lacking any documentation. I have an additional criticism: neither NPR nor its critics mentions that it might be a very good thing if such claims were true.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Nonviolent Activism Is Middle Eastern
Nonviolence doesn't make it into corporate news reporting very much, and there are two main explanations for that. One, terrorism sells newspapers. Two, democracy threatens corporate power.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, September 25, 2015 War Is a Force That Gives Us Idiocy
During this year's competition for Miss Italy, contestants were asked what historical epoch they might like to have lived in and why. The first young woman to answer said 1942. She had heard so much about World War II, she said, that she'd like to actually live it -- plus, she added, women didn't have to be in the military anyway.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, October 10, 2014 Again the Peace Prize Not for Peace
The Nobel Committee insists on awarding the prize to either a leading maker of war or a person who has done some good work in an area other than peace.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 14, 2015 CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran
Since Tuesday and continuing for the coming three weeks, an amazing trial is happening in U.S. District Court at 401 Courthouse Square in Alexandria, Va. The trial is open to the public, and among the upcoming witnesses is Condoleezza Rice, but -- unlike the Chelsea Manning trial -- most of the seats at this somewhat similar event are empty.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 23, 2010 46 Congressional Candidates Oppose War Spending
Forty-six congressional candidates and 17 activist organizations released a statement on Monday opposing any more funding for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and inviting more candidates, incumbents, and organizations to sign on.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 14, 2012 Abolishing War: One Last Step
I'm willing to bet that even we in the peace movement are fairly unaware of some of the previous steps.
SHARE Friday, June 2, 2017 Corbynize This Trumped Up World
Making Jeremy Corbyn the Prime Minister of the U.K. would do more for the world and everyone in it than either of the two available outcomes of any recent U.S. election could have done. Here in the U.S. I always protest that I am not against elections, I think we should have one some day. Well, now we have one -- only it's across the pond.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 14, 2008 German Buys 3 Pages of NY Times to Explain War to Americans
Jürgen Todenhöfer says on his website that he has drafted 10 theses to be printed in 3 parts. The first 2 parts, containing the first 5 theses, were printed on two full pages of today's New York Times, pages 6 and 7, and in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Al-Quds Al-Arabi. The third part is to be printed on Sunday.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 16, 2016 How to Get Yourself Named "Pro-Assad"
It's not hard to do. You can probably accomplish it at home quite easily. In These Times just published an article, for example, that calls Veterans For Peace, United National Antiwar Coalition, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, Seymour Hersh, Gareth Porter, Kathy Kelly, Counterpunch, Consortiumnews, Antiwar.com, and many more, including me supporters of Bashar al Assad.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 31, 2011 The Art of Demonization
The believed evil of our opponents allows us to avoid counting the non-American women or men or children killed.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 16, 2007 Is Peace or Impeachment Possible?
I went to a party yesterday in Washington, D.C. You might think we have very little to celebrate, but this was a party to say goodbye and good riddance to Alberto Gonzales!
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 12, 2017 How Outlawing War Changed the World in 1928
I have learned a great deal from this phenomenal book, easily the best book I've read in years. I could write an essay about each of its over 400 pages. While I agree with a great deal of it and strongly disagree with certain parts, the two are easily separable. The brilliant sections are no less valuable because of those sections that fall short.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, June 15, 2020 Lee, Jayapal, AOC Introduce Bill to Move $350 Billion from Militarism to Human Needs
"Congress supports moves to reduce the priority given to war in our foreign policy and our current war-based national economy by using significant cuts, up to $350,000,000,000 as detailed above, from current budget plans, while using the funds to increase our diplomatic capacity and for domestic programs that will keep our Nation and our people safer."
SHARE Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Which Party Do You View Iran Through?
Most people in the United States have little contact with Iran or its culture. Iran comes up as a scary threat in the speeches of demagogues. A range of debate is offered between obliterate it and pressure it into compliance with our civilized norms, or at least the civilized norms of some other country that doesn't obliterate or pressure people.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 23, 2015 Gradual Injustice
Chris Woods' excellent new book is called Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars. The title comes from a claim that then-President George W. Bush made for drone wars. The book actually tells a story of gradual injustice. The path from a U.S. government that condemned as criminal the type of murder that drones are used for to one that treats such killings as perfectly legal and routine has been gradual and non-legal.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, August 31, 2015 Fascism From West Point
This headline in the Guardian is completely accurate: West Point professor calls on US military to target legal critics of war on terror.
But it hardly covers to content of the 95-page paper being reported on: see the PDF.
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.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 17, 2010 Is Best Antiwar Voice on TV Glenn Beck?
Beck begins by telling his mostly rightwing audience that it is an admirable thing to change your mind, that this indicates you have learned something.
SHARE Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Drone Island in the East River
We're making murder in its most recognizable form acceptable. And we're defining it out of existence when the victims belong to that 96% of humanity that's never been considered quite all the way human in this country.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 17, 2008 Rep. Leonard Boswell Signs onto Cheney Impeachment
Congressman Leonard Boswell, right-wing Democrat from Iowa'a third district, would apparently like to avoid the fate of Congressman Al Wynn in Maryland. Al Wynn nearly lost a primary in 2006 to a challenger from his left, Donna Edwards. He transformed himself from one of the most corporate and militaristic members of Congress into one of the most responsive to his constituents, reversing his position on the occupation of Iraq
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 12, 2017 Troopaganda Eats Its Own Tail
Once war is understood as having no actual justification, but rather as having as many different justifications as participants, what if it occurs to someone to suggest that perhaps war isn't justifiable at all?
SHARE Thursday, February 2, 2006 WH Memo: Phony UN Planes to Provoke War
"that the US was so worried about the failure to find hard evidence against Saddam that it thought of 'flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft planes with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours'. Mr Bush added: 'If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach [of UN resolutions]'."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 4, 2015 Watching Shadows of Liberty
A powerful new film on what's wrong with the U.S. media is now being screened around the country. It's called Shadows of Liberty and you can set up a screening of it as part of an upcoming international week of actions for whistleblowers called Stand Up For Truth. Or you can buy the DVD or catch it on Link TV.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, April 16, 2010 Norfolk Without the Navy
It's hard to imagine a desirable and sustainable world with the world's largest naval base still in it, but it's hard for a lot of people in Norfolk, Virginia, to imagine it gone.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 15, 2015 I Just Asked Erik Prince To Stop Bribing Politicians
"It's bad enough to be creating more profit incentive for war," I told former head of Blackwater Erik Prince, "but you recycle part of the profits as bribes for more war in the form of so-called campaign contributions. You yourself have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to political parties and candidates."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Top 100 Reasons Not to Bomb Iran
1. There are over 80 million men, women, and children in Iran. Bombing them would be mass-murder.
2. If the U.S. government and its allies bomb Libya and Iran when their governments choose not to have nuclear weapons, you can forget about North Korea and the rest of the world choosing not to have nuclear weapons.
SHARE Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next!
Joanne Sheehan, Coordinator of War Resisters League New England, former Chair of War Resisters' International, and co-editor of Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns. Maria Santelli, executive director of Center on Conscience and War, founding director of the New Mexico GI Rights Hotline. Glen Ford, activist, journalist, radio host, executive editor of the Black Agenda Report. Alice Slater, New York Director of the Nuclear Age Pea
SHARE Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Suing Saudi: Congress Is Right, Stephen Kinzer Is Wrong
Now there you have two things that I never expected to write. How often is Congress right about anything or Stephen Kinzer wrong? Congress wants 9/11 victims' families to be able to sue Saudi Arabia for its role in those crimes. Kinzer does not.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 15, 2017 What I Saw When I Visited a Russian School
As I was heading off to visit Russia, a friend told me of a friend who knew a Russian school teacher. I asked if I could visit the school, and I brought along a couple of American friends. Here's a video of what we saw there.
SHARE Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Curing Fascism
Fascism is a disease, a delusion, a toxic worldview. It's encouraged and manipulated by propaganda. Its characteristics are numerous and to various degrees widespread and long-lasting. At what point their combination in sufficiently extreme degree rises to the level of fascism, as opposed to moderately fascistic tendencies I'm happy to leave to others to decide.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, November 16, 2015 Bernie Sanders Mentioned the Military Budget
If U.S. President were not a mythical position but a serious job, the job interview would include asking the candidates their basic plans of action. This would start with, "What will you encourage Congress to spend a couple of trillion dollars on each year?"
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 5, 2009 Remove the Filibuster from the Senate Rules
When the Democrats were in the minority and out of the White House, they told us they wanted to work for us but needed to be in the majority. So, in 2006, we put them there. Then they told us that they really wished they could work for us but they needed bigger majorities and the White House. So, in 2008/2009, we gave them those things, and deprived them of two key excuses for inaction. We took away the veto excuse and the fil
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, October 5, 2012 Where Is War Making Taking Us?
when the war planners don't get to have a war that they want, they don't hold an annual press conference to announce that the peace movement has won again.
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, September 28, 2018 17 Years of Getting Afghanistan Completely Wrong
We expect 17-year-olds to have learned a great deal starting from infancy, and yet full-grown adults have proven incapable of knowing anything about Afghanistan during the course of 17 years of U.S.-NATO war. Despite war famously being the means of Americans learning geography, few can even identify Afghanistan on a map. What else have we failed to learn?
SHARE Friday, April 21, 2017 How U.S. Race Laws Inspired Nazis
James Q. Whitman's new book is called Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. It is understated and overdocumented, difficult to argue with. No doubt some will try.
SHARE Monday, January 15, 2018 Removing Trump Will Require New Activists; The Old Ones Won't Do It
It was convenient for the teaching moment that James Risen just recounted the New York Times' refusal back in 2004 to report on George W. Bush's (secret and criminal) warrantless spying prior to Bush's "re-election" for fear of costing Bush votes, at the same time that a harmoniously bipartisan Congress was just now voting to empower Donald Trump to (openly and legally) spy on everybody without any warrants.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Gone a Week and You Trash the Country
Wow, I was gone less than a week to the Conch Republic, and now return to a nation in which I would heartily recommend to any city, county, or state that it follow the example of the Florida Keys and secede from the so-called union.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 16, 2018 A Reply to the Taliban
As one person in the United States I cannot offer you a representative reply on behalf of all of us. Nor can I use polls to tell you what my fellow Americans think, because, as far as I know, polling companies haven't asked the U.S. public about the war on your country in years. Possible explanations for this include:
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 22, 2020 Reparations of an Economic Hit Man
Perkins has not just been confessing to and exposing the actions of himself and others in imposing destructive policies on nations around the globe for the profits of U.S. corporations. He's also been working for many years to make reparations, to reverse the damage.
SHARE Thursday, August 17, 2017 Creative Anti-Nazism
The people of Durham , N.C., have the right idea. Not only have they taken down a Confederate war statue themselves, but they've lined up en masse to turn themselves in for that crime, overwhelming the so-called justice system.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, March 25, 2019 Congress Should Begin Impeachment, But Not the Way You Think
Back before Donald Trump was inaugurated, I wrote an article called "Fantasies About Russia Could Doom Opposition to Trump." Perhaps it is less quixotic, or perhaps it is more, to hope that, after more than two years of being barraged with those fantasies, but with their main focus having publicly flopped, more people will now be open to trying something else.
(22 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 24, 2007 The Conyers Legacy
About 47 of us spent 8 or 9 hours yesterday in jail for protesting a man who, at least when he woke up yesterday morning, only thought of himself as on the side of those who protest power.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, June 21, 2010 An Easy Way to Dramatically Change Congress
There are lots of ways to change Congress that falsely appear easy, that would alter the rules and patterns of behavior if only Congress were already fixed and willing to make the changes, or if we owned the television networks, or if people could suddenly hear what they're paid good money never to hear. But I've got a way to change Congress that is actually easy.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 23, 2017 Can Architecture Fix Our Health, Minds, Societies, Environment?
Of all the factors that impact our lives in major ways, with ripple effects into all corners of human existence, the question of how we build our built environment receives impressively little attention. We're far more likely to hear what can be done with sleep, diet, switching to a civilized healthcare system, emphasizing education rather than incarceration, creating a sustainable local economy, et al.
SHARE Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Minnesota Town Bans Signs in Yards Unless They're Pro-War
At a festival called Peacestock in Wisconsin last weekend, I met a woman who lives in Little Falls, Minnesota. That city had forced her to take down signs in her own yard, signs that said "Occupy Wall Street," "Back the 99 Percent" and "Boycott Monsanto."
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 30, 2016 75 Years of Pearl Harbor Lies
Pearl Harbor Day today is like Columbus Day 50 years ago. That is to say: most people still believe the hype. The myths are still maintained in their blissful unquestioned state. "New Pearl Harbors" are longed for by war makers, claimed, and exploited. Yet the original Pearl Harbor remains the most popular U.S. argument for all things military, including the long-delayed remilitarization of Japan.
SHARE Wednesday, April 15, 2020 What's the Matter With Science?
What's the matter with science? By that, do I mean, why don't we turn away from corrupt politics and religion and follow the way of science? Or do I mean, why have we allowed science to so corrupt our politics and our culture? I mean, of course, both.
SHARE Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Talk Nation Radio: Rob Kajiwara on U.S. Bases on Okinawa
Rob Kajiwara is an Okinawan-Hawaian singer-songwriter and visual artist. In 2017, he was made a cultural ambassador for his ancestral village of Nakagusuku, Okinawa. In 2018 he was also made a cultural ambassador / special envoy for Ke Aupuni o Hawaii (the Hawaiian Kingdom) in order to share Hawaiian history, culture, and issues in Ryukyu. Rob Kijiwara recently organized a petition to the White House about Okinawa.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, October 27, 2008 Frank Breaks Taboo on Military Spending
When a Congress member steps forward and courageously articulates a forbidden truth that is absolutely necessary for our survival and well-being (and by "our" I mean our species, not just our nation), he must be praised, rewarded, and defended at all costs, without question or hesitation.
SHARE Thursday, April 30, 2015 Grand Canyon Sized Outrage Over Plans for Grand Canyon
One of the most deservedly celebrated natural wonders in North America is also among the most endangered. Plans for uranium mining, a tourist tram line, and massive "development" threaten the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 1, 2019 The Russian Peace Threat
A lot more energy is invested by people in theorizing what respectable and corrupt influences motivate members of the U.S. Congress than at least some members of the U.S. Congress invest in thinking or in having opinions at all.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, January 23, 2012 The State of Obama's 2008 Promises
Obama Version .08 was a horrible, horrible candidate, and yet he made dozens of promises that have been tossed aside, making him now even worse -- unless one chooses to accept as credible the same promises again.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, October 31, 2016 What Keeps the F-35 Alive
Imagine if a local business in your town invented a brand new tool that was intended to have an almost magical effect thousands of miles away. However, where the tool was kept and used locally became an area unsafe for children. Children who got near this tool tended to have increased blood pressure and increased stress hormones, lower reading skills, poorer memories, impaired auditory and speech perception...
SHARE Monday, May 11, 2020 Do Not Meet With Mike Pence, Go to Jail, or Join the Military
We don't know what the long-term damage is of coronavirus in those who recover. We don't know who will die among those who catch it. We do know that we each have a responsibility to avoid catching it and avoid spreading it. Here are some ways to do that.
SHARE Friday, June 26, 2009 Our Political Prisoners
Did you know the United States has in recent years prosecuted hundreds of people for political reasons? This is a crime, or rather a crime wave, that has thus far been addressed primarily by ignoring it.
SHARE Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Leave Syria the Hell Alone
Not only would the United States and the world be infinitely better off if in response to 9/11 the U.S. government had done nothing at all, as Jon Schwartz tweets each year, but Syria would be dramatically better off if just about any outside force had never gotten in or now got out.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 10, 2013 The Other Super Power Is Winning
It's not Russia. It's not al Qaeda. It's not Bashar al-Assad. The other super power is the people of the world -- and the people of, but not by or for, the United States.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 17, 2016 Another $11.6 Billion for Obama/Trump Wars? Hell No!
President Obama waited until after the election last week to propose an unpopular idea. He asked Congress for $11.6 billion extra -- outside the huge existing military budget -- for wars. Here's his letter including all the gory details. Please read it yourself when you begin to hope that I'm making up some of what follows.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 7, 2017 De-Authorize the Use of Military Force
Last Thursday the U.S. House Appropriations Committee unanimously passed an amendment that would -- if passed by the full Congress -- repeal, after an 8-month delay, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress just after September 11, 2001, and used as a justification for wars ever since.