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Sanctions Are Crimes, Not Law Enforcement

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune The U.S. Senate has increased sanctions on the people of Iran and Russia, if the House and President go along. The Senate vote was 98-2, with Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders voting no, the latter despite … Continue reading

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You’ll Never Guess What Losing Democrats All Have in Common

It was curious to observe how much of Jeremy Corbyn’s successful campaign to rebuild the Labour Party was about foreign policy. Wars, he said, make us less safe, not more. Agreeing with him were: the obvious facts of the matter, … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Ray McGovern on Russia and Syria

Ray McGovern has been studying/analyzing Russia for more than five decades, both in academe and government. A senior analyst at the CIA during the 80s, he also conducted early morning briefings, one-on-one, of the President’s Daily Brief for President Reagan’s … Continue reading

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Nobody Wants Trump in Office More Than Democrats

Ordinary people who identify themselves as Democrats have a variety of mostly noble intentions and desires. Elected Democrats in Washington, D.C., are another matter entirely. When voters gave them majorities in Congress in 2006, telling exit pollsters that the top … Continue reading

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The Unifying Force of War Abolition

Remarks at United National Antiwar Coalition in Richmond, Virginia, on June 18, 2017. It’s not unusual for an activist, focused on one of the millions of worthy causes out there, to try to recruit other activists to that particular cause. … Continue reading

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Untrump the World — It Won’t Self-Impeach

Remarks at United National Antiwar Coalition in Richmond, Virginia, June 17, 2017 Did you hear about Trump calling up the mayor of Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay and telling him that, contrary to all appearances, his island is not … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Lisa Ling on Killer Drones

Lisa Ling is one of the U.S. drone whistleblowers profiled in the terrific movie National Bird. Ling is a former technical sergeant on drone surveillance systems, grew up in California and initially joined the military as an army medic and … Continue reading

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Our Monuments Don’t Tell The Whole Truth – David Swanson

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Brad Pitt Does Stanley McChrystal: When Netflix’ War Movie Stops Being Funny

The new movie, War Machine, on Netflix starring Brad Pitt begins as a hilarious and satisfying mockery of General Stanley McChrystal, circa 2009, as well as of militarism in general. Hilarious because of the deadpan sincere idiocy. Satisfying at least … Continue reading

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A Portrait of the CIA in Prison

John Kiriakou’s Doing Time Like a Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison paints a disturbing portrait of a U.S. prison in which Kiriakou spent time as retribution for having admitted that the CIA used … Continue reading

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Corbynize This Trumped Up World

Making Jeremy Corbyn the Prime Minister of the U.K. would do more for the world and everyone in it than either of the two available outcomes of any recent U.S. election could have done. Here in the U.S. I always … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Charlotte Dennett on Origins of U.S. Obsession with Middle East

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-charlotte-dennett-on-origins-of-us-obsession-with-middle-east. Charlotte Dennett is an attorney, author, and investigative journalist. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she became a roving correspondent for The Middle East Sketch in 1973 and a reporter for the Beirut Daily Star. Escaping Lebanon’s civil war in 1975, … Continue reading

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U.S. Increases Nuclear Energy Spending as It Fights Global Weapons Ban

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We’re Dealing With a New Type of War Lie

When the U.S. public was told that Spain had blown up the Maine, or Vietnam had returned fire, or Iraq had stockpiled weapons, or Libya was planning a massacre, the claims were straightforward and disprovable. Before people began referring to … Continue reading

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U.S. Human Rights Groups Recommend Bombing Victims Move Underground, Develop Militias

The International Committee of the Red Cross and InterAction (a coalition of U.S. human rights groups) have published a report on how to protect civilians when waging war on cities. They seek to catalog the “humanitarian challenges specific to urban … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Francis Boyle on How to Impeach Trump

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-francis-boyle-on-how-to-impeach-trump Francis Boyle is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. Professor Boyle has served as counsel to Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the Provisional Government of the Palestinian Authority. He has represented the … Continue reading

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LEAKED: Text of Trump’s Peaceful Islam Speech

By Donald Trump Translated into English by David Swanson I am very honored to have been invited here to tell you about Islam. King Salman invited me, and I said you know I really need to go to Israel first … Continue reading

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Why You Should Visit Russia

Just back from a week in Moscow, I feel obliged to point out a few things about it. Most people there still love Americans. Many people there speak English. Learning basic Russian is not that hard. Moscow is the biggest … Continue reading

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American/Russian Vladimir Posner on the State of Journalism

Vladimir Posner, who spent his youth in the United States, France, and the Soviet Union, and who cohosted a show with Phil Donahue on U.S. television for years, met with a group of visitors to Moscow from the U.S. on … Continue reading

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What I Saw When I Visited a Russian School

As I was heading off to visit Russia, a friend told me of a friend who knew a Russian school teacher. I asked if I could visit the school, and I brought along a couple of American friends. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Racists Love Russia?

  Photo by Daily Progress. While I’ve been in Russia trying to make friends, back home in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, a group of torch-bearing supporters of Robert E. Lee has held a rally generally understood as a proclamation of white … Continue reading

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A Russian Journalist’s Perspective

Dmitri Babich has worked as a journalist in Russia since 1989, for newspapers, news agencies, radio, and television. He says that he used to always interview people, while lately people interview him. According to Babich, myths about Russian media, such … Continue reading

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A Russian Entrepreneur’s Perspective

I’ve been in Moscow some days now and have yet to meet an oligarch (although perhaps they don’t identify themselves). I have met an entrepreneur named Andrei Davidovich. He’s started several companies since his first in 1998, including a software … Continue reading

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Things Russians Can Teach Americans

I suppose the list is lengthy and includes dancing, comedy, karaoke singing, vodka drinking, monument building, diplomacy, novel writing, and thousands of other fields of human endeavor, in some of which Americans can teach Russians as well. But what I’m … Continue reading

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The U.S. Behavior That Concerns Russia

I attended a meeting in Moscow on Friday with Vladimir Kozin, longtime member of Russia’s foreign service, advisor to the government, author, and advocate for arms reduction. He handed out the list of 16 unresolved problems above. While he noted … Continue reading

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Love from Russians

 On Wednesday, I flew out of a New York airport around which armed soldiers in camouflaged uniforms wandered — a New York area that had long ago hidden in the hardest to reach corner of New Jersey the monument that … Continue reading

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Impeach Trump for Right Reasons

The Constitution suddenly seems to have bestirred itself and declared itself, through its many Washington spokespeople, to be in crisis. I’m sorry, interjects the world, but what the hell took you so long? We laid out the clear Constitutional violations … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Hyun Lee on Prospects for Peace in Korea

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-hyun-lee-on-prospects-for-peace-in-korea. Hyun Lee is a New York City-based writer and activist. She is a member of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea. She is also a Korea Policy Institute fellow and a member of Nodutdol for Korean … Continue reading

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No More Oil for Wars!

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Talk Nation Radio: John Washington: We Need a Whistle-Blower in U.S. Customs and Border Protection

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-john-washington-we-need-a-whistle-blower-in-us-customs-and-border-protection John Washington is a writer and translator based in Arizona. His most recent translation, A History of Violence, about Central American politics, was published by Verso Books in 2016. He writes regularly for The Nation and In These Times. … Continue reading

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What I Said at the Peace Hub of the Climate March

Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them. Most countries on earth burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military. And that’s without even calculating how much worse for the climate jet fuel is than other fossil … Continue reading

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Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take? — David Swanson in Vermont

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Hey Ireland, Your Ambassador Just Told Me You’ll Do Anything Trump Wants

Dear brothers and sisters of Ireland, your ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson spoke at the University of Virginia Tuesday afternoon. After consulting one of your fine citizens named Barry Sweeney, I asked her this: “Since the U.S. government … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Deirdre Enright on Freeing Innocent People from Prison

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-deirdre-enright-on-freeing-innocent-people-from-prison Deirdre Enright is director of investigation for the University of Virginia Law School’s Innocence Project Clinic. Enright previously worked at the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, where she represented clients and consulted on cases in all stages of capital … Continue reading

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The F-35 and the Incinerating Ski Slope

By David Swanson Remarks in Burlington, Vermont, April 22, 2017 Thank you all for inviting me. There is no place I’d rather be on earth day. And that includes marching for science at the March for Science in Washington. Although … Continue reading

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How U.S. Race Laws Inspired Nazis

James Q. Whitman’s new book is called Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. It is understated and overdocumented, difficult to argue with. No doubt some will try. In cartoonish U.S. historical understanding, the … Continue reading

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Never-Ending War in the Time of Trump and How to Stop It

By David Swanson Remarks in Cambridge, Mass., April 13, 2017 The Mother of All Lies is this: you can fix things by blowing them up. Alcoholics should not drink, and people who cannot watch TV and distinguish it from reality … Continue reading

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Antiwar Movement: What Can We Do? | David Swanson

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Don’t Be a United Airlines Passenger

Do not sit still like a United Airlines passenger in a video when an injustice is happening. If the other passengers had simply blocked the aisles, corporate thugs could not have dragged their fellow passenger away. If everyone on board … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Dennis Kucinich on Opposing War on Syria

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-dennis-kucinich-on-opposing-war-on-syria Dennis Kucinich is an internationally renowned champion of diplomacy and peace. His distinguished career in public service dates back to 1969 and spans councilman, clerk of courts, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio State Senator, 8 term Member of US Congress … Continue reading

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Top 10 Lies, Damn Lies, and Lies About Syria

1. Chemical weapons are worse than other weapons. This is not the case. Death and dismemberment are horrific regardless of the weapon. No weapon is being used legally, morally, humanely, or practically in Syria or Iraq. U.S. bombs are no … Continue reading

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Un-Trump the Budget

Check out below the list of people who have come together on this! Add your name. Our environmental and human needs are desperate and urgent. We need to transform our economy, our politics, our policies and our priorities to reflect … Continue reading

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April 4 in DC: Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

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Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next!

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U.S. Out of Korea

My biggest concern is not the embarrassment of a U.S. public afraid of the tiny impoverished nation of North Korea. If that embarrassed me, how would I survive what U.S. culture makes of ISIS, or — for that matter — … Continue reading

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Let Trump Golf, Let the Public Draft the Budget

One idea behind a representative government is to approximate what the public as a whole would do if it had the time to sit down and consider each matter itself. Of course the entire U.S. public does not have that … Continue reading

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Liberalism’s Communications Problem

Liberals in the United States are relatively educated, yet extremely inarticulate when it comes to Trump, his budget proposal, or the U.S. military. In a typical email, Moveon.org sent out the message this week that nobody should confirm a Supreme … Continue reading

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The Middle East for Dummies

The first point I’d like to touch on is the idea that the Middle East is a culturally violent place that can be made less violent by bombing it. The first problem with this is that bombing places makes them … Continue reading

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Five Localities Pass Resolutions Against Trump Budget: Three of Them Done Well

New Haven, CT, Charlottesville, VA, and Montgomery County, MD, have passed resolutions opposing the Trump budget’s moving of money from everything else to the military, urging that money be moved in the opposite direction. Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor have denounced … Continue reading

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Successfully Urging a City to Oppose Trump Budget

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