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The Case Against Re-Banning Torture Yet Again

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:40 pm | David Swanson

Senator Ron Wyden has a petition up at MoveOn.org that reads "Right now, torture is banned because of President Obama's executive order. It's time for Congress to pass a law banning torture, by all agencies, so that a future president can never ... More >>

No More Khirbet Khizehs

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:24 pm | David Swanson

On the day in 2014 that I read the new English translation of Khirbet Khizeh, Tom Engelhardt published a blog post rewriting recent news articles on the U.S. Senate's torture report as a 2019 Senate report on drone murders. More >>

Intersection of Mistakes with Misdeeds

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 4:53 pm | David Swanson

On a pleasant spring day in December it's nice to drive past the endlessly under-construction intersection of Route 250 and McIntire Road in Charlottesville, Va., and realize that the darn thing must nearly be completed. It looks sturdy and attractive. There's ... More >>

We're Not Exceptional, We're Isolated

Monday, 15 December 2014, 1:56 pm | David Swanson

This weekend I participated in an interesting exercise. A group of activists staged a debate in which some of us argued that peace and environmental and economic justice are possible, while another group argued against us. More >>

Claim Nobody's Punished for Drone Murders Mistaken

Friday, 12 December 2014, 5:40 pm | David Swanson

A psychologist who played a key role in a U.S. torture program said on a video yesterday that torture was excusable because blowing up families with a drone is worse (and nobody's punished for that). Well, of course the existence of something worse is ... More >>

Elizabeth Warren Could Use Some Elizabeth Peacen

Friday, 12 December 2014, 5:29 pm | David Swanson

Why people want to become fans of a senator rather than pushing senators to serve the public is beyond me. Why people want to distract and drain away two years of activism, with the planet in such peril, fantasizing about electing a messiah is ... More >>

Plutocrats for Peace: the Nobel-Carnegie Model

Friday, 12 December 2014, 4:57 pm | David Swanson

We do not know of, but also cannot exclude, a meeting face to face, or an exchange of letters, between Alfred Nobel and Andrew Carnegie that can explain how strikingly “similar Andrew Carnegie’s ideas, as well as his philanthropy, were to Alfred ... More >>

Lia Tarachansky on How Israel Was Really Created in 1948

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 5:35 pm | David Swanson

On Talk Nation Radio with David Swanson, Lia Tarachansky discusses her new film On the Side of the Road, which looks at the creation of Israel and the erasure of what was there before. More >>

Rand Paul Declares a Non-War War

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 2:32 pm | David Swanson

Senator Rand Paul wants Congress to Declare war on ISIS. Some, like Bruce Fein, are willing to ignore the UN Charter and the Kellogg Briand Pact, and write as if a war would be legal if Congress would just declare it. More >>

David Swanson: Israel's Secret

Friday, 5 December 2014, 1:13 pm | David Swanson

Here in Virginia, U.S.A., I'm aware that the native people were murdered, driven out, and moved westward. But my personal connection to that crime is weak, and frankly I'm too busy trying to rein in my government's current abuses to focus on the distant ... More >>

There Goes Virginia's Climate

Friday, 28 November 2014, 4:01 pm | David Swanson

A snowstorm is the ideal time to write about climate disruption, as it allows us to immediately set-aside the cartoonish claim that if any spot on earth isn't warmer than it was yesterday then all is well. The following things we know: More >>

Who Says Ferguson Can't End Well

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 4:35 pm | David Swanson

Just as a police officer in a heightened state of panic surrounded by the comfort of impunity will shoot an innocent person, the Governor of Missouri has declared a state of emergency preemptively, thus justifying violence in response to something ... More >>

Watch Schooling the World, Stop Schooling the World

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 4:28 pm | David Swanson

It's becoming slightly more common in the Western industrialized world to propose radical cultural change away from consumerism and environmental destruction. It's not hard to find people making the case that in fact nothing else can save us. More >>

War Is Not for Soldiers

Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 4:51 pm | David Swanson

We learn a lot about the real motives for wars when whistleblowers leak the minutes of secret meetings, or when congressional committees publish the records of hearings decades later. War planners write books. They make movies. They face investigations. More >>

No to Republibama Government

Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 4:20 pm | David Swanson

A case can be made that democracy worked in this month's U.S. midterm elections, while representative democracy failed miserably. On ballot initiatives all across the country, people in so-called red and blue states voted for raising the minimum ... More >>

We Must Always Have War Because Magic

Sunday, 9 November 2014, 11:55 am | David Swanson

This advertisement for permanent war appeared in my local newspaper today. More >>

Free College or Another New War?

Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 2:06 pm | David Swanson

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. More >>

Things, Not People, You Can Vote For

Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 2:03 pm | David Swanson

"Vote. It's the American thing to do!" read an email I received yesterday. Actually it's the just-about-anywhere-else thing to do. U.S. voters lead the world in staying home and not bothering. More >>

Which Is Worse, a Libertarian or a Humanitarian-Warrior?

Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 2:11 pm | David Swanson

Is it worse to put into Congress or the White House someone who wants to end wars and dismantle much of the military but also wants to abolish Social Security and Medicare and the Department of Education and several other departments they have ... More >>

U.S. Sends Planes Armed with Depleted Uranium to Middle East

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:11 pm | David Swanson

The U.S. Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them. A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the Middle East by the U.S. Air National Guard's ... More >>



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