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Limits of Liberal War Opposition

Robert Reich’s website is full of proposals for how to oppose plutocracy, raise the minimum wage, reverse the trend toward greater inequality of wealth, etc. His focus on domestic economic policy is done in the traditional bizarre manner of U.S. … Continue reading

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Chicago Restricts Drones: Who’s Next?

Chicago media outlets are reporting that drones have been banned from most of Chicago’s skies and cannot fly over you or your property without your permission. The text of the ordinance, however, makes exceptions for police that will require eternal … Continue reading

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5 Things to Do About ISIS, or Can an American Without a Gun “Do Something”?

Toward the end of altering our idea of what counts as “doing something,” I offer this composite representation of numerous media interviews I’ve done. Interviewer: So you’d stop the planes and the drones and the bombs and the special forces. … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders Mentioned the Military Budget

If U.S. President were not a mythical position but a serious job, the job interview would include asking the candidates their basic plans of action. This would start with, “What will you encourage Congress to spend a couple of trillion … Continue reading

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Non-French War Deaths Matter

We are all France. Apparently. Though we are never all Lebanon or Syria or Iraq for some reason. Or a long, long list of additional places. We are led to believe that U.S. wars are not tolerated and cheered because … Continue reading

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Why Allen Dulles Killed the Kennedys

By now there’s not nearly as much disagreement regarding what happened to John and Robert Kennedy as major communications corporations would have you believe. While every researcher and author highlights different details, there isn’t any serious disagreement among, say, Jim … Continue reading

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Veterans Day Is Not for Veterans

By David Swanson, for teleSUR John Ketwig was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 and sent to Vietnam for a year. I sat down with him this week to talk about it. “My read on the whole thing,” he … Continue reading

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Peace Advocate Climbs U.S. Navy Satellite Dish in Sicily

Credit to Fabio d’Alessandro for the photo and alerting me to the story, reported in Italian at Vice and Meridionews. On the morning of Armistice Day, November 11, 2015, longtime peace activist Turi Vaccaro climbed to where you see him … Continue reading

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U.S. and Russian Militaries Compete for Darwin Award

Which world power can damage its own interests with the dumbest move? The contest will have you on the edge of your seats. Here’s the latest U.S. entry: Last month, a raid by Kurdish forces supposedly freed ISIS prisoners, and … Continue reading

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The TPP: You, Me, Everyone Else, Against the Media

  The proposal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a test of whether the people of the United States can communicate something critically important to each other that the major media corporations do not want communicated. For years I’ve joined … Continue reading

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UVA is 19th Most Militarized University in the U.S.

According to a new analysis by Vice News, the University of Virginia is the 19th most militarized university in the United States. Vice News lists the top 100 in order, based on “the greatest number of students who are employed … Continue reading

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Why do War Veterans Commit Suicide or Murder?

In two recent articles in the Los Angeles Times and the academic studies that inspired them, the authors investigate the question of which war veterans are most likely to commit suicide or violent crimes. Remarkably, the subject of war, their … Continue reading

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Catholic Senator Says Pope Dead Wrong on Arms Trade

“Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?” the Pope asked the United States Congress during his speech there in September. “Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply … Continue reading

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Armistice Day 97 Years On

By David Swanson November 11 is Armistice Day / Remembrance Day. Events are being organized everywhere by Veterans For Peace, World Beyond War, Campaign Nonviolence, Stop the War Coalition, and others. Ninety-seven years ago, on the 11th hour of the … Continue reading

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Don’t Put Killers on Cereal Boxes

Online petition campaigns were launched this week to stop Wal-Mart from selling Israeli soldier Halloween costumes and to get Wheaties cereal to start putting U.S. soldiers on its cereal boxes — boxes known for featuring photos of outstanding athletes. The … Continue reading

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Is War Beautiful?

“War Is Beautiful” is the ironic title of a beautiful new book of photographs. The subtitle is “The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict.” There’s an asterisk after those words, and it leads to these: … Continue reading

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Tony Blair Is Sorry, A Little

While George W. Bush is apparently proud of everything he’s ever done, Tony Blair came dangerously close to facing reality this weekend when he admitted there were “elements of truth” in the view that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was … Continue reading

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When the War Machine Was Young

If you’re into quaint, you can visit a historic village, restore some antique furniture, or for far less trouble pick up a mainstream analysis of the U.S. military from 40 years ago or so. I just happened to read a … Continue reading

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Veto Corleone Already in White House

President Barack Obama has vetoed a military authorization bill. Why would he do such a thing? Was it because dumping $612 billion into a criminal enterprise just finally struck him as too grotesque? Nope. Was it because he grew ashamed … Continue reading

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Living With Racism in the USA

I thought Deepa Iyer’s new book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future, would be about positive and jarring cultural contributions from immigrants, how their literature, music, myths, cooking, clothing, and cultural … Continue reading

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