David Swanson: #NoWar2016 – Declaration of Peace — Invitation to Individuals and Organizations to Sign

What Could Unite a Larger Peace Movement? Oh, This! In a time of division and disagreement, when people who all agree on something important sometimes spend more time bickering with each other than working on their collective cause, is it possible to craft an agenda that brings them together and adds to their numbers? It …

David Swanson: Understanding Afghanistan – New Book No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

Everybody’s Got Afghanistan Wrong I’ve just read an excellent new book by Anand Gopal called No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes. Gopal has spent years in Afghanistan, learned local languages, interviewed people in depth, researched their stories, and produced a true-crime book more gripping, as well …

David Swanson: Localities Reining in Federal Government – Sixth City Passes Anti-Drone Resolution

Leverett Becomes Sixth City to Pass Anti-Drone Resolution Here are the other five. Leverett and Amherst, Mass., both were expected to consider resolutions. I haven’t heard any news from Amherst. The Leverett news is courtesy of Beth Adams. I haven’t seen official text, but here’s some idea of what was passed, or at least what …

David Swanson: Olympic Capitalism – Brazil Does Great Wrong

Olympic Capitalism: Bread and Circuses Without the Bread The author of Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy, Dave Zirin, must love sports, as I do, as billions of us do, or he wouldn’t keep writing about where sports have gone wrong.  But, wow, have they gone …

David Swanson: Three Images – Drone Bugsplat, Jesus on a Bench, Man vs. Machine

Three Images the World Needed Employees of the U.S. government refer to people they murder as “bugsplat.” They pretend that the men, women, and children they are killing with drones are just bugs, because they just look like little fuzzy creatures on a computer screen. Thank goodness for the artists who have put a giant …

David Swanson: Liberating Hawaii

One Nation the U.S. Actually Should Liberate “Secretary Kerry? It’s Ukraine on the phone asking about liberation again. Have you been able to get them a reference letter yet from Libya or Iraq or Afghanistan? How about Vietnam? Panama? Grenada? Kosovo maybe? Ukraine says Syria says you have a reference letter in the works from …

David Swanson: Do We Blame Sociopaths — or a Society Become Pathologically Dysfunctional?

Can We Really Blame Sociopaths? I’ve been hearing increasingly from multiple quarters that the root of our problems is psychopaths and sociopaths and other loosely defined but definitely different beings from ourselves.  Rob Kall has produced a quite interesting series of articles and interviews on the subject. I want to offer some words of caution …

David Swanson: War – The Stupidest Idea in History

The Stupidest Idea in the History of the World If you search on the internet for “the stupidest idea in the history of the world” you’ll come away thinking that maybe a top contestant is the invention of Youtube. Who knew so many idiots could do so much damage to themselves with so many motorbikes …

David Swanson: If DoD Is Not Defensive, What Is It?

If the Defense Department’s Not Defensive, What Would Be? Militarism has made us less safe, and continues to do so.  It is not a useful tool for protection. So, what is? Studies over the past century have found that nonviolent tools are more effective in resisting tyranny and oppression and resolving conflicts and achieving security than violence is. …