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War in Our Collective Imagination

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 5:43 pm | David Swanson

I started seeing graphics pop up on social media sites this past week that said about Gaza: "It's not war. It's murder." So I started asking people what exactly they think war is if it's distinct from murder. Well, war, some of them told me, takes place ... More >>

If Iraq Were in Central America

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 4:25 pm | David Swanson

Just as in discussions of bombing nations for women's rights it's hard to bring up the subject of the right not to be bombed, in discussions of shipping so-called illegal children away from the border where you've been terrorizing them in reenactments ... More >>

U.S. Out of Germany

Friday, 11 July 2014, 2:31 pm | David Swanson

If Germany hasn't had enough, we in the United States sure have. Despite the supposed ending of World War II, the U.S. still keeps over 40,000 armed soldiers permanently in Germany. Despite the ending of the Cold War, the U.S. still spies on the German ... More >>

Pay No Attention to the Apocalypse Behind the Curtain

Friday, 4 July 2014, 2:31 pm | David Swanson

In 8 days, on July 10th Mary Ann Grady-Flores, a grandmother from Ithaca, NY, is scheduled to be sentenced to up to one year in prison. Her crime is violating an order of protection, which is a legal tool to protect a particular person from the ... More >>

Talk Nation Radio: Nell Bernstein:Close All Juvenile Prisons

Friday, 27 June 2014, 4:44 pm | David Swanson

Most kids commit crimes. Those locked up in juvenile prisons are more likely to commit crimes as adults than are those left alone. So, why do we lock them up? What drives such counterproductive programs that create such misery despite demonstratd failure ... More >>

So That's Why They Kept the Drone Kill Memo Secret

Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 4:58 pm | David Swanson

Now that the U.S. government has released parts of its We-Can-Kill-People-With-Drones memo, it's hard to miss why it was kept secret until now. Liberal professors and human rights groups and the United Nations were claiming an inability to know whether ... More >>

The Democratic Push to Bomb Iraq Again

Friday, 20 June 2014, 5:10 pm | David Swanson

People forget the extent to which Democrats, who controlled the U.S. Senate at the time, pushed for and supported the 2003 attack on Iraq. Remember them or not, theeeeeeeeeey're back! More >>

A Brief History of Iraq for Westerners

Thursday, 19 June 2014, 4:54 pm | David Swanson

Iraq was saved from ignorant subhuman barbarism by a gentlewoman named Gertrude at the time that the civilized nations of the world were, in a quite advanced and sophisticated manner, slaughtering their young men in a project now called the First World War. More >>

Mass Murderers Brazenly Discuss Tools of Trade

Saturday, 7 June 2014, 12:30 pm | David Swanson

A unique conference is planned in Charlottesville, Va., featuring the latest technologies for the practice of large-scale killing. The Daily Progress tells us that, More >>

War Meat

Thursday, 5 June 2014, 5:46 pm | David Swanson

The most patriotic Fourth of July celebration I've ever been to was not in Washington, D.C., but at a little lake in Virginia. We were picnicking on the shore of the lake along with about 75 not very close friends and family. This was a few years ago. ... More >>

Juvenile Prison: $5 Billion for Child Abuse

Tuesday, 3 June 2014, 5:25 pm | David Swanson

Every juvenile prison must be immediately closed and all of its prisoners freed. Oh. Oh. Oh! That sounds too drastic and simplistic and revolutionary. We talk about being reformist or revolutionary as if it were a personality choice. Yet we also ... More >>

Afghan Elections: Pick Your Poison

Friday, 30 May 2014, 4:51 pm | David Swanson

No human being wants to be ruled by their people's murderers. Forgiveness through restorative justice may be possible, but being ruled by murderers is asking for too much. More >>

Why I Don't Want to See the Drone Memo

Thursday, 22 May 2014, 5:05 pm | David Swanson

And, lo, as I was driving home from the committee hearing I was pulled over for speeding, and I said unto the officer, "I've got a memo that lets me speed. Would you like to see it?" and he said, "No thank you, and not your grocery list or your diary either." More >>

War and Peace in Korea and Vietnam

Saturday, 17 May 2014, 8:46 am | David Swanson

http://warisacrime.org/content/war-and-peace-korea-and-vietnam-%E2%80%93-journey-peace More >>

One Day We Will All Strike for More Than One Day

Friday, 16 May 2014, 5:16 pm | David Swanson

An international one-day strike by fast-food workers is something new, and also something old. People without a union are organizing and acting in solidarity. Others are joining in support of their moral demand for a living wage. They're holding rallies. More >>

Public Health Experts Identify Militarism As Threat

Friday, 16 May 2014, 5:11 pm | David Swanson

A remarkable article appears in the June 2014 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The authors, experts in public health, are listed with all their academic credentials: William H. Wiist, DHSc, MPH, MS, Kathy Barker, PhD, Neil Arya, MD, Jon ... More >>

United We Stand and Shout and Dance and Make it Better

Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 10:42 am | David Swanson

I'm looking forward to speaking on Saturday, May 10, at the United We Stand Festival in Los Angeles (and at an earlier event) where dozens of speakers and musicians will be standing together against such evils as: "the PATRIOT Act, NDAA, NSA, war on drugs, ... More >>

In Search of a Good War

Monday, 5 May 2014, 1:43 pm | David Swanson

The U.S. public is not longing for a U.S. war in Ukraine. Seven percent want military options considered (poll by McClatchy-Marist, April 7-10), up from six percent a bit earlier (Pew, March 20-23), or 12 percent for U.S. ground troops and 17 percent ... More >>

Atheists Caught on Film

Sunday, 4 May 2014, 3:32 pm | David Swanson

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. They take the refreshing approach that tolerating nonsensical beliefs ... More >>

Olympic Capitalism: Bread and Circuses Without the Bread

Friday, 2 May 2014, 4:59 pm | David Swanson

The author of Brazil's Dance With the Devil, Dave Zirin, must love sports, as I do, as billions of us do, or he wouldn't keep writing about where sports have gone wrong. But, wow, have they gone wrong! More >>



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