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Local Police Will Be Militarized As Long As Federal Govt Is

Friday, 15 August 2014, 1:41 pm | David Swanson

“Groups on the ground in St. Louis are calling for nationwide solidarity actions in support of Justice for Mike Brown and the end of police and extrajudicial killings everywhere.” As they should. And we should all join in. But “nationwide” and ... More >>

Top 9 Reasons to Stop Bombing Iraq

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 5:24 pm | David Swanson

1. It's not a rescue mission. The U.S. personnel could be evacuated without the 500-pound bombs. The persecuted minorities could be supplied, moved, or their enemy dissuaded, or all three, without the 500-pound bombs or the hundreds of "advisors" (trained ... More >>

Back in Iraq, Jack!

Monday, 11 August 2014, 2:01 pm | David Swanson

President Obama may want us to sympathize with patriotic torturers, he may turn on whistleblowers like a flesh-eating zombie, he may have lost all ability to think an authentic thought, but I will say this for him: He knows how to mark the 50th ... More >>

Nixon's Treason Now Acknowledged

Friday, 8 August 2014, 5:37 pm | David Swanson

A George Will column this week, reviewing a book by Ken Hughes called Chasing Shadows, mentions almost in passing that presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon secretly sabotaged peace talks that appeared likely to end the war on Vietnam until he intervened. More >>

We Won't Forget Wisconsin

Thursday, 7 August 2014, 3:18 pm | David Swanson

A new film called Wisconsin Rising is screening around the country, the subject, of course, being the activism surrounding the mass occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol in 2011. More >>

If a Genocide Falls in the Forest

Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 5:38 pm | David Swanson

There's a wide and mysterious chasm between the stated intentions of the Israeli government as depicted by the U.S. media and what the Israeli government has been doing in Gaza, even as recounted in the U.S. media. More >>

Talk Nation Radio: Sarah Ali: Under the Missiles in Gaza

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:05 pm | David Swanson

Sarah Ali is a Palestinian living in the Gaza Strip. She has lost friends and neighbors in the current war on Gaza. She speaks to us about conditions under the bombing. Sarah Ali studied English and literature and currently is working as a teacher in ... More >>

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 >>



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