Oct
08

I'm Headed to Alaska

Tag: About David Swanson, Peace and War, War Is A Lie

David Swanson to speak in Fairbanks, Alaska, on "How we abolish the institution of war"

WHO: David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.WHERE: University of Alaska, Schaible Auditorium, Bunnell Building, 303 Tanana Loop, Fairbanks, AK 99775WHEN: 7 p.m. on October 22, 2016SPONSORS: University Peace Club and Alaska Peace CenterFOR MORE INFORMATION:  info@alaskapeace.org

WEBSITE: http://alaskapeace.org

FLYER: https://alaskapeace.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/swansonflyerfinal2.pdf

Oct
07

Nobel Committee Gets Peace Prize Wrong Yet Again

Tag: Peace and War

Juan Manuel Santos is not a grassroots advocate for disarmament and the abolition of war. He's someone who has used war but been willing to turn to peace. He is not in need of funding for his work toward global disarmament and peace because he doesn't do such work and because he is wealthy. He also is one side of a very tentative and precarious peace effort; why the Nobel Committee would give a prize to one side only in such a situation without considering the harm it could do to the process I do not know.

This is a better pick than many other recent picks, which have gone to either major war makers like Barack Obama or the European Union or to do-gooders whose good deeds were not related to war and peace at all, like Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai, or Liu Xiaobo.

But this pick follows the pattern of giving the prize to high office holders rather than peace activists that has plagued the Nobel for decades.

Fredrik Heffermehl, whose writings and lawsuits have brought attention to the routinely violated requirements of Alfred Nobel's will, said today: "The prize for 2016 addresses the plight of the Colombian people and encourages dialogue as a road to end long years of terrible suffering. The committee, however, makes a false claim that Juan Manuel Santos, a former minister of defense and believer in military strength, is a winner in the spirit and idea of Nobel. Nobel had a much more ambitious idea, he wished to support global peace through a common security plan, where all nations must co-operate on the reduction and abolition of all armaments. The Nobel Peace Prize Watch has published all suited candidates, the guidelines for evaluation and the full nomination letters on our website, nobelwill.org. We ask people to check our guidelines and make good nominations for 2017."

Oct
06

The Nation's Big Scoop on Clinton's Militarism

Tag: Media, Peace and War

Katha Pollit buried a huge scoop in her Hillary Clinton endorsement: "[S]he supports . . . reducing the military budget." That's not been reported anywhere else that I can find, including Clinton's own website. If she secretly wants to reduce military spending, why does she openly want to remove the cap created by the sequester? Given that military spending across numerous departments is over half of federal discretionary spending, a secret plan to reduce it could be a tiny or an enormous change. Has the Nation asked her how much she wants to reduce it by?

Oct
05

What's Behind Time Magazine's Putin Demonizing?

Tag: Media, Peace and War

"Russia Wants to Undermine Faith in the U.S. Election. Don't Fall For It." Thus reads the cover of Time magazine with a photo of Vladimir Putin on the cover staring at me from shelves as I sit in an airport.  Genuinely curious, I check out Massimo Calabresi's article online.

Of course, U.S. elections are almost completely unverifiable and do not even pretend to meet international standards. Jimmy Carter doesn't even try to monitor them because there's no way to do it. Much voting is done on machines that simply must be trusted on faith. Whether they accurately count the votes entered is simply unknowable, and reason to wonder is fueled by the machines' frequently changing a vote visibly just as it's cast, and by the ease with which people have been able to hack the machines. Never mind all the problems with registration, intimidation, inconvenience, discrimination, etc.

We should undermine our own faith in the U.S. election system. I'd include in that the financial corruption, gerrymandering, etc., but here I'm just referring to the counting of votes. Then we should repair it! Is Russia helpfully pointing out the problem to us? Not that I've seen. But the Russia-did-it stories that were used to bury the DNC-rigged-its-primary stories rather shockingly blurted out in major corporate U.S. media what I've just been saying. For a while it seemed acceptable to be aware that U.S. elections are faith-based as long as it helps build up hostility with Russia. Now, however, we're being told of our duty to remain firm in our faith. Time says:

Oct
04

How VP Nominee Tim Kaine Writes a Letter Without Saying Anything

Tag: Peace and War

Dear Mr. Swanson:

Thank you for contacting me about the Convention on Cluster Munitions.  I appreciate hearing from you.

A cluster munition is a form of air-dropped or ground-launched explosive weapon designed to open in the air before making contact, dispersing smaller submunitions that can saturate a radius of up to 250 yards.  These bombs are intended for military use when attacking enemy troop formations, but are sometimes also used in or near populated areas. This can pose a significant problem, as some of these submunitions can fail to explode and become de facto landmines, posing a significant risk to civilians lasting years after a conflict ends.  The Department of Defense has instituted a policy to reduce the failure rate of cluster munitions to one percent or less after 2018.

The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) is an international treaty that prohibits the use, production, transfer, and stockpiling of cluster munitions.  Coming into force in August 2010, the CCM also calls on countries to provide assistance to help others to meet their obligations under the treaty.  The U.S. has not signed or ratified the CCM. 

In January 2015, Senator Feinstein introduced the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act.  This bill, S. 28, places restrictions on the purchase and use of cluster munitions and requires the President to submit a plan for cleaning up unexploded munitions within 90 days after their use.  S. 28 has been referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for consideration.  As a member of this Committee, I will keep your views in mind should the issue of cluster munitions be brought up for consideration.

Thank you again for contacting me.

Tim Kaine

Oct
04

Talk Nation Radio: Samantha Nutt on the Harm of Weapons Dealing and Investment

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-samantha-nutt-on-the-harm-of-weapons-dealing-and-investment

Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor and a founder of the renowned international humanitarian organization War Child, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan.

Dr. Nutt is a respected authority for many of North America's leading media outlets. In November 2015, Dr. Nutt spoke at TED Talks Live “War & Peace” at The Town Hall Theater in New York, which aired on PBS on May 30, 2016. Dr. Nutt’s TED Talk can be viewed on TED.com:

http://www.ted.com/talks/samantha_nutt_the_real_harm_of_the_global_arms_trade

Dr. Nutt’s critically-acclaimed debut book, entitled Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid, was released by McClelland and Stewart Ltd. (a division of Random House) in October 2011 and was a #1 national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. 

For more information, see www.warchildusa.org or www.samanthanutt.com

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Oct
04

Police Brutality against Blacks Rooted in US Foreign Policy

Tag: Peace and War, Race Relations

By Tasnim News Agency

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior American peace activist and author said the killing of African American people by US police has its origins in the country’s foreign policy.

In an interview with Tasnim, David Swanson, who is the director of the “World Beyond War” website, said that the institutionalized “culture of immunity "for police officers in the United States has led to fatal shootings against African Americans, who are in most cases “unarmed, non-threatening and non-law-violating people.”

Highlighting the role the Israeli military plays in the training of US law enforcement forces, Swanson related the shooting culture to US foreign policy.

“What people in the United States and around the world don’t connect enough is that the lessons, the model for this comes from US foreign policy, and the weapons, the training comes from US foreign policy. And we have police departments in the United States being trained by US military and the department of so-called Homeland Security, and by the Israeli military- US police departments are going to Israel for training,” Swanson said.

Oct
03

Upcoming Debate on "Is War Necessary." Please Come.

Tag: Peace and War

Is War Necessary?A DebateDavid Swanson (War Is A Lie) vs. Roger Bergman ("There are just wars.")Oct. 5, 7:00 p.m., McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College.Campus Road, Colchester, Vermont 05439 (just outside of Burlington).Sponsored by the Peace and Justice Club and the Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice.Signup and share on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1800405746862756

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