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Did Berkeley Just Save Us From Drones or Target Us?

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 7:51 pm | David Swanson

Cities and states across the United States have been taking various actions against drones, while the federal government rolls ahead with project fill the skies . More >>

ISIS Derangement Syndrome : David Swanson

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 7:48 pm | David Swanson

Here's Time Magazine 's David von Drehle: "The greatest threat that ISIS poses -- even to the poor souls living under ISIS rule -- is the unintended damage that might follow from the effort to eradicate the group. . . . As dangerous as it is ... More >>

Skipping The Speech for All the Wrong Reasons

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 11:15 am | David Swanson

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to hear that Congress members will skip Netanyahu's speech no matter what reason they offer. Here are some of them: More >>

Actually Qualified Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 10:43 am | David Swanson

The Norwegian Nobel Committee ignores the testament of Nobel. They claim that the “champions of peace” Nobel described in his will no longer exist. To end this charade we have seen no alternative to lifting the curtain of secrecy they hide their ... More >>

David Swanson : Not a Bug Splat, Not Chattel

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:54 am | David Swanson

U.S. drone "pilots" refer to people they burn to death in places like Pakistan as "bug splat" because they look like bugs being squished to death on the pilots' video monitors and because it's easier to murder bugs than humans. More >>

U.S. Army Claims to Be Full of Liars - David Swanson

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 4:59 pm | David Swanson

"Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession" is the title of a new paper by Leonard Wong and Stephen Gerras of the U.S. Army's Strategic Studies Institute. Its thesis: the U.S. Army is full of liars who habitually lie as part of a lying ... More >>

David Swanson - Not Very Funny

Sunday, 22 February 2015, 9:55 am | David Swanson

Remarks prepared for event with comedian Lee Camp, Charlottesville, Va., February 21, 2015, event postponed by snow storm. When it's rescheduled I'll say something completely unrelated. More >>

Cuba Through the Looking Glass : David Swanson

Sunday, 15 February 2015, 7:50 pm | David Swanson

Today in Havana, Mariela Castro Espin, director of the national center for sexual education and daughter of the president of Cuba, gave us a truly enlightened talk and question-and-answer session on LGBT rights, sex education, pornography (and why ... More >>

Cuba Uncensored : David Swanson

Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 1:29 pm | David Swanson

This evening, February 9, 2015, a handful of visitors from the land to the north asked an assistant (or "instructional" which I take to be a step below "assistant") professor of philosophy about his studies and his teaching ... More >>

"Cuba Is Hot" : David Swanson Visits Havana With Codepink

Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 1:18 pm | David Swanson

We arrived in Havana tonight, February 8, 2015, or year 56 of the revolution, 150 of us filling an entire airplane, a group of U.S. peace and justice activists organized by CODEPINK. The place is hot and beautiful despite the rain. More >>

Addiction Is Not Addictive

Thursday, 5 February 2015, 4:15 pm | David Swanson

Whether someone becomes addicted to drugs has much more to do with their childhood and their quality of life than with the drug they use or with anything in their genes. This is one of the more startling of the many revelations in the best book I've read ... More >>

It's the Blind Partisanship

Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 2:19 pm | David Swanson

Why did the peace movement grow large around 2003-2006 and shrink around 2008-2010? Military spending, troop levels abroad, and number of wars engaged in can explain the growth but not the shrinkage. Those factors hardly changed between the high point ... More >>

Born at War

Tuesday, 3 February 2015, 1:12 pm | David Swanson

One of the ways in which we commonly handicap our own struggles to reform the bad practices of the U.S. government is by imagining those practices to be degenerative developments taking us away from a purer and nobler past. More >>

Talk Nation: Deadly Human Experimentation at Guantanamo Bay

Tuesday, 3 February 2015, 12:49 pm | David Swanson

Joseph Hickman is the author of Murder at Camp Delta: A Staff Sergeant's Pursuit of the Truth About Guantanamo Bay. He details the evidence that Guantanamo has been used for deadly human experimentation. More >>

When Veterans Try to End Wars

Tuesday, 3 February 2015, 12:47 pm | David Swanson

Nan Levinson's new book is called War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built, but it left me wishing there were a "Where Are They Now" chapter, because it ends around 2008. The book is focused on Iraq Veterans Against ... More >>

Students Save Palestine

Friday, 30 January 2015, 5:10 pm | David Swanson

In proposing that Congress Members boycott or walk out on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress, expected to push for sanctions if not war on Iran, activists are drawing on actions engaged in by college students in recent ... More >>

When Shock and Awe Turns 12

Friday, 30 January 2015, 4:36 pm | David Swanson

Shock and Awe is having a troubled adolescence. The U.S. government is killing children with flying robot death planes, keeping troops in 175 countries, actively using "special" forces in 150 countries, asking us to ignore what it's done to Libya so that we'll ... More >>

"We murdered some folks" in Guantanamo

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 3:48 pm | David Swanson

Murder at Camp Delta is a new book by Joseph Hickman, a former guard at Guantanamo. It's neither fiction nor speculation. When President Obama says "We tortured some folks," Hickman provides at least three cases -- in addition to many others we know ... More >>

Distrust But Verify : David Swanson

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 9:26 am | David Swanson

What the U.S. government does openly is many times worse than anything it can be doing secretly, and yet the secrets fascinate us. If you compare polling on majority views on most political topics with actual U.S. policy, there's little overlap. More >>

Militarism in the Air We Breathe - David Swanson

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 9:22 am | David Swanson

If there is a group of Americans to whom Iraqis struggling with the health effects of depleted uranium, cluster bombs, white phosphorous, and all the various poisons of war can relate, it might be the mostly black and largely poor residents of Gibsland, ... More >>



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