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David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

April 18th, 2014

War Is Good for Us, Dumb New Book Claims

Ian Morris has stuck his dog's ear in his mouth, snapped a selfie, and proclaimed "Man Bites Dog." His new book War: What Is It Good For? Conflict and Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots is intended to prove that war is good for children and other living things.  ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

April 11th, 2014

Rumsfeld Personifies Our Society

When Donald Rumsfeld used to hold press conferences about the Iraq war, the press corps would giggle at the clever ways in which he refused to actually say anything or answer any questions. In a new film about Rumsfeld called The Unknown Knowns, the aging criminal is occasionally confronted with evidence ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

March 26th, 2014

There Is A Deeper Wave Than This

A wave of action is coming on April 4th, the date they killed MLK, the date Cindy Sheehan lost her son, the date cherry blossoms and resisters to fascism begin to show after an endless winter of many, many years.  Take a look at https://waveofaction.org Electing a different president six ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

March 13th, 2014

World Has No Idea How U.S. Decides on Wars

People from Yemen and Pakistan and elsewhere have told me, and have testified in the U.S. Congress, that they have a hard time convincing their neighbors that everyone in the United States doesn't hate them.  There are buzzing killer robots flying over their houses night and day and every now ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

February 27th, 2014

Oppose Force to Save Starving Syrians

I've been asked to debate Danny Postel on the question of Syria, and so have read the op-ed he co-authored with Nader Hashemi, "Use Force to Save Starving Syrians."  Excellent responses have been published by Coleen Rowley and Rob Prince and probably others.  And my basic thinking on Syria has ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

February 17th, 2014

Top Six Reasons to Stop Fighting Wars

1. War is immoral.Murder is the one crime that we're taught to excuse if it's done on a large enough scale. Morality demands that we not so excuse it. War is nothing other than murder on a large scale.Over the centuries and decades, death counts in wars have grown dramatically, ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 30th, 2014

Spring Days of Action to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance, Global Militarization

Today we issue an international call for Spring Days of Action – 2014, a coordinated campaign in April and May to:          End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization The campaign will focus on drone bases, drone research facilities and test sites and drone manufacturers.The campaign will provide information on:1. ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 23rd, 2014

The Thugs of Halftime

Three remarkable items in Thursday's Charlottesville Daily Progress.  First, a football player explaining that when he proclaimed his superiority to his opponent after a game he was caught up in the game's passion, and that the overblown reaction to his obnoxious comments seems racist. Indeed it does, but it seems ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 13th, 2014

Building a Global Movement to End All War

I've been involved in starting enough activist campaigns and coalitions to know when one has more potential than any other I've seen.  When hundreds of people and organizations are signing up on the website before you've announced it anywhere, and nine months before you plan to officially launch, and when ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 2nd, 2014

The Story of Gaza

Young authors of fiction from Gaza, some of whom say they are finding Palestine on the internet while unable to see it exist in reality, have just published a collection of stories, written in English, marking the five-year anniversary of the 23 days from December 27, 2008, until Obama's inauguration, ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 20th, 2013

The War on Marriage on Christmas

Very rarely does our government ask us what to have a war on.  The proposal for missile strikes into Syria was a rare occasion when public pressure and other factors compelled Congress to demand a say. Public pressure then compelled Congress to say No.But daily drone buzzings over various nations ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 5th, 2013

What Didn't Kill Mandela Made Him Stronger

Nelson Mandela's story, if told as a novel, would not be deemed possible in real life.  Worse, we don't tell such stories in many of our novels.A violent young rebel is imprisoned for decades but turns that imprisonment into the training he needs.  He turns to negotiation, diplomacy, reconciliation.  He ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 4th, 2013

Paging Santa's Puppet Repair, Pentagon on Line 1

Vice Deputy Under Elf for Hearts and Minds: Good Afternoon, this is the Vice Deputy Under Elf for Hearts and Minds, how may I bring you joy?Anonymous Pentagon Official: Cut the crap, Nils, you know why I'm calling.VDUEHM: You've got me confused with the big man, Chuck. I can't see ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

November 25th, 2013

10 More Years in Afghanistan

When Barack Obama became president, there were 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  He escalated to over 100,000 troops, plus contractors. Now there are 47,000 troops these five years later.  Measured in financial cost, or death and destruction, Afghanistan is more President Obama's war than President Bush's.  Now the White House ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

November 15th, 2013

Germany Says No to Weaponized Drones

Germany had planned to buy a fleet of "Euro Hawk" killer drones -- perhaps in an effort to bring the European Union up to speed with certain other Nobel Peace laureates.But something happened on the way to the celestial colosseum.Of course, Captain Drone Man himself undoubtedly learned the news first, ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

November 6th, 2013

Drones from the Other Side

Imagine you awake to the sound of a machine noisily buzzing over your house, and another machine nearby in the sky, and another.  These machines and others like them have been around for months.  They never leave.  While you live in the United States, the machines belong to the government ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

October 29th, 2013

Unmanned

"What, quite unmanned in folly?"--Lady MacBethThe new film Unmanned: America's Drone Wars should be required viewing in all schools and homes in the United States, including the home of the U.S. president who could not be bothered to meet with the child victims of his drones who spoke in Congress ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

October 22nd, 2013

A New Kind of War Is Being Legalized

There's a dark side to the flurry of reports and testimony on drones, helpful as they are in many ways.  When we read that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch oppose drone strikes that violate international law, some of us may be inclined to interpret that as a declaration that, ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

October 13th, 2013

Slavery Was Believed Permanent Longer Than War Has Been

This article is excerpted from the new book War No More: The Case for Abolition.In the late eighteenth century the majority of people alive on earth were held in slavery or serfdom (three-quarters of the earth's population, in fact, according to the Encyclopedia of Human Rights from Oxford University Press). ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

October 6th, 2013

Beginning the Ending of War

This article is the Introduction to the new book War No More: The Case for Abolition, published in October 2013.As I write this, in September 2013, something extraordinary has just happened. Public pressure has led the British Parliament to refuse a prime minister's demand for war for the first time ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

September 30th, 2013

This Way

By Kathy Kelly This article is the foreword to David Swanson's new book, War No More: The Case for Abolition. I lived in Iraq during the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing. On April 1st, about two weeks into the aerial bombardment, a medical doctor who was one of my fellow ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

September 25th, 2013

Occupy Everything. Did We Ever Give It Back?

When the Pentagon ends an occupation, crawling home from Vietnam or Iraq or Afghanistan with its Tomahawk missile dragging between its legs, it declares victory every time.  And, depending on how you define victory, it certainly leaves lasting effects.  The cancer and birth defects and poisoned water supplies bear witness: ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

September 15th, 2013

Admit It: Things Are Going Well

When something goes rightOh, it's likely to lose meIt's apt to confuse meIt's such an unusual sight—Paul SimonLarry Summers has proven unacceptable to oversee the continued destruction of the U.S. economy.  The U.S. public has successfully rejected proposed missile strikes on Syria.  My Congressman was among the majority who listened.  ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

September 10th, 2013

The Other Super Power Is Winning

It's not Russia.  It's not al Qaeda.  It's not Bashar al-Assad.  The other super power is the people of the world -- and the people of, but not by or for, the United States.The world's people are protesting.  U.S. citizens abroad are protesting at U.S. embassies.  The British Parliament said ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

September 6th, 2013

The Bill Congress Should Pass Instead of War

Here's a preliminary draft of what the United States Congress could pass this week if it were sincerely interested in human rights, international norms, the rule of law, and peace in Syria.  You are welcome to suggest it to your Congress members, who are more than welcome to tinker with ... continue reading

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Apr 5th
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Apr 4th
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Apr 4th
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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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Mar 23rd
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Mar 19th
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