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April 6th, 2011

Kill Team: the Bigger Picture

One year ago, Wikileaks’ “Collateral Murder video1 created outrage over the actions of U.S. soldiers in Baghdad, including the platoon I deployed with. If that grisly video didn’t stop you in your tracks, the photographs and report on the “Kill Team,” released by Rolling Stone should be the wake-up call ... continue reading

Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

March 6th, 2011

Under Obama, Better to Commit a War Crime Than Expose One

Written by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis Bradley Manning is accused of humiliating the political establishment by revealing the complicity of top U.S. officials in carrying out and covering up war crimes. In return for his act of conscience, the U.S. government is holding him in abusive solitary confinement, humiliating ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

February 24th, 2011

Civil Resistance to the Wars Continues

"We should not think that the destruction and suffering unleashed by war is limited to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Individuals and whole cities here at home have become 'collateral damage.'  Millions of people are thrown out of their jobs and then out of their homes.  Pressures cascade onto state and local governments as ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

February 22nd, 2011

Why Don't We Anti-War Protesters DO It?

The massive protest in Wisconsin got me thinking.  Why can't we do the same to end the war in Afghanistan and the occupation of Iraq?  There are millions of people in the U.S. who urgently want these wasteful, tragic and unjustified conflicts concluded immediately and all troops and armaments brought ... continue reading

Debra Sweet

Director, World Can't Wait

February 3rd, 2011

Call to Action: March 17-19 Iraq War Protests

I'm listening to an MLK speech from 1967, where King says that the United States, at that point, had committed "more war crimes than almost any other nation." Add 44 years of invasions, CIA-engineered coups, and occupations, from Vietnam through Afghanistan.  Add the development of weapons and training for modern ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

February 2nd, 2011

This Is Not a Place for Life

KABUL – The NGO’s offices were sparse and well worn, but they bustled with a palpable sense of purpose. Our host’s hospitality was unerring. For reasons that will become obvious, we will call him Dr. Ahmed Hasan. Everything else about him and his work is precisely as related.Dr. Hasan is ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

January 18th, 2011

U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is failing

Before wrapping up the deadliest year of the entire war, with 499 U.S. fatalities, Pres. Obama visited Afghanistan in early December and spoke to a room filled with members of the 101st Airborne Division, to tell them about the “progress” they were making in the war.“Progress” for the Obama administration ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

January 14th, 2011

Young Afghans Work for Peace, Starting With Their Own Hearts

"He stares into the distance and sometimes he talks incoherently," Abdulai said, describing his older brother a decade after the Taliban killed their father and grandfather for being the wrong ethnicity. But, he recalled through a fragile smile, "When our family fled, my brother piggy-backed me into the mountains."Abdulai, 15, ... continue reading

January 14th, 2011

Biden pledges Afghan support beyond 2014

Joe Biden, the US vice president, has pledged long-term American support for Afghanistan, offering a commitment to help the war-torn nation beyond the 2014 target both countries have set to have Afghans fully in charge of their own security. The day after he arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit, ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

January 8th, 2011

'Dear Afghanistan': A New Year's Call for Peace

Here are some of the e-mails from Minnesotans (beginning with my own) sent today, New Year's Day 2011, taking advantage of the "Dear Afghanistan" communication exchange opportunity organized by the Afghan Youth Voices of Peace. Given our ongoing war situation, some (like mine) probably commenced a little awkwardly but at ... continue reading

January 5th, 2011

War Is a Drug

If, as 2011 begins, you want to peer into the future, enter my time machine, strap yourself in, and head for the past, that laboratory for all developments of our moment and beyond.Just as 2010 ended, the American military’s urge to surge resurfaced in a significant way.  It seems that ... continue reading

January 4th, 2011

Michael Moore on Anderson Cooper 360, January 3, 2011 -- Part II

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Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

January 3rd, 2011

"Dear Afghanistan": A Global Listening Project for Peace

Note: The five boys I met in Kabul, Afghanistan, from the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers were young – the oldest only 20 – and as charming and well-mannered as teenage boys can humanly be. Their mentor, Hakim, displayed patience and tireless compassion. I found it easy to settle into a ... continue reading

December 28th, 2010

700 NATO troops killed in Afghanistan in 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A coalition patrol fought off an insurgent attack in mountainous eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, on a day when two servicemen were killed in the country's troubled south, bringing the death toll for foreign troops in the country to 700 in 2010, according to an AP count. This ... continue reading

December 26th, 2010

“Dear Afghanistan:” A New Year’s Call for Peace

While the US may be the world’s single super power in military terms, it faces another super power: the voices of war-weary millions who detest violence and killing. In Afghanistan, in the United States, and among the populations of countries whose governments have joined the NATO coalition, millions of people ... continue reading

Ron Kovic

Vietnam vet and anti-war activist

December 12th, 2010

'Raise Your Voices, Protest, Stop These Wars'

The following is a personal appeal from Ron Kovic, Vietnam War veteran and author of Born on the Fourth of July, to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and active-duty service members. Kovic issued the appeal to bring more veterans and GIs into the anti-war struggle and to support the work ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

December 9th, 2010

Take a Stand for Peace!

During the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King called our government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” True then—and even more so today. A few years before that, in 1964 Mario Savio made his great speech at Berkeley; at the end he says, “There is a time when ... continue reading

December 5th, 2010

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

A soft landing for America 40 years from now?  Don’t bet on it.  The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines.  If Washington is dreaming of 2040 or 2050 as the end of the American Century, a more realistic assessment ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

December 3rd, 2010

"Please Stop Your Night Raides," Plead Afghan Peace Youngsters to Obama, Clinton, Petraeus, Other World Leaders

My group, New York City's Grandmothers Against the War, recently "adopted" the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, to provide moral and material support for their efforts to end our war in their homeland. The youngsters, who live in a mountain village 100 miles NW of Kabal, have accomplished miracles of peace-building ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 1st, 2010

Wars Are Not Prolonged For the Good of Soldiers

An excerpt from David Swanson's new book War Is A Lie. We learn a lot about the real motives for wars when whistleblowers leak the minutes of secret meetings, or when congressional committees publish the records of hearings decades later. War planners write books. They make movies. They face investigations. ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

November 24th, 2010

The True Afghanistan Withdrawal Date

The seemingly endless war in Afghanistan is now admittedly endless, as Obama has officially announced at the NATO summit in Lisbon that the U.S. military will remain heavily engaged, with “eye-watering levels of violence,” beyond 2014. (Sacramento Bee, Nov. 18)When the Bush administration launched a full-scale invasion of Afghanistan in ... continue reading

November 2nd, 2010

Plainfield man killed in Afghanistan

A Plainfield man was one of two soldiers who were killed Monday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced today.Pfc. Andrew N. Meari, 21, of Plainfield, and Spc. Jonathan M. Curtis, 24, of Belmont, Mass., died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, ... continue reading

November 2nd, 2010

Belmont soldier killed in Afghanistan, DOD reports

The remains of a Belmont soldier who was killed Monday in a bomb attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan were returned to American soil today, according to a release from the Department of Defense.Spc. Jonathan M. Curtis, 24, of Belmont, was killed when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. ... continue reading

October 27th, 2010

Drone strikes kill 8 in northwest Pakistan

[...]In the first incident, one missile was fired on a militant hideout in the area of Mir Ali of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan, the two intelligence officials said. Five were killed. Later, a second suspected U.S. drone strike killed three individuals ... continue reading

October 27th, 2010

U.S. military campaign to topple resilient Taliban hasn't succeeded

An intense military campaign aimed at crippling the Taliban has so far failed to inflict more than fleeting setbacks on the insurgency or put meaningful pressure on its leaders to seek peace, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials citing the latest assessments of the war in Afghanistan.Escalated airstrikes and ... continue reading

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Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 7th
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Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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Mar 3rd
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
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Feb 27th
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