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Top 10 Reasons Bill Maher Not "Best Weapon Against ISIS"

Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:24 pm | David Swanson

10. 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 ... More >>

Talk Nation Radio: Margaret Flowers on Stopping the TPP

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:27 pm | David Swanson

Margaret Flowers is a Maryland pediatrician who currently serves as co-director of PopularResistance.org and is co-host of Clearing the FOG Radio. She has been fighting to stop fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership for more than three years. We ... More >>

A Liberal Lawyer Gives Up on Preventing Murder

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 10:02 am | David Swanson

Rosa Brooks' article in Foreign Policy is called "There is no such thing as peacetime." Brooks is a law professor who has testified before Congress to the effect that if a drone war is labeled a proper war then blowing children apart with missiles is ... More >>

The Russian Military Asked Me to Publish Its Propaganda

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:59 am | David Swanson

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 ... More >>

Opposing War With a Smile | David Swanson

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 4:54 pm | David Swanson

More times than I can count, after I've given a speech about war and peace without tears in my eyes I've afterward been either blamed or credited with optimism. As in "What the hell are you so optimistic about?" or "Oh, I'm so glad you're optimistic." More >>

50,000th War in a Row Violates the Laws of War

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 9:31 am | David Swanson

I think we must be due some kind of prize. This is the 50,000th war in a row to have violated the "laws of war." The documentation comes from Human Rights Watch which reports that last August 31st U.S. and Iraqi air strikes "drove ISIS forces away ... More >>

Gallup: U.S. Population Highly Militaristic

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 9:21 am | David Swanson

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 ... More >>

The Washington Post Will Kill Us All

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 11:28 am | David Swanson

"War with Iran is probably our best option." This is an actual headline from the Washington Post . Yes it's an op-ed, but don't fantasize that it's part of some sort of balanced wide-ranging array of varied opinions. More >>

A Blueprint for Ending War

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 11:07 am | David Swanson

In On Violence , Hannah Arendt wrote that the reason warfare is still with us is not a death wish of our species nor some instinct of aggression, ". . . but the simple fact that no substitute for this final arbiter in international affairs ... More >>

Which Party Do You View Iran Through?

Friday, 13 March 2015, 10:49 am | David Swanson

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 ... More >>

U.S. Standing Alone Against Children

Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 10:34 am | David Swanson

Lawrence Wittner points out that the United States will soon be the only nation on earth that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. More >>

Putin Wants to Eat Your Children | David Swanson

Monday, 9 March 2015, 11:47 am | David Swanson

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 ... More >>

David Swanson : How Did Syria Get Here?

Monday, 9 March 2015, 10:29 am | David Swanson

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 ... More >>

Las Vegas TV ad asks drone pilots to refuse to fly

Monday, 9 March 2015, 10:10 am | David Swanson

This advertisement does a number of things in 15 seconds that U.S. television has not done before. It presents a moral case against drone murders (the U.S. government's terminology , and strictly accurate). More >>

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 >>



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