Peace and War

2006
Apr
21

Congressional Hearing on Iraq Planned

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee will host a hearing on the Iraq War next Thursday, April 27, 8:30-11 a.m., in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (with an overflow room planned for anyone wanting to attend who can't fit in). The two Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are continuing to do what the "leadership" of both parties does not, respond to the demands of the majority of Americans, who disapprove of current policy.

2006
Apr
19

Iranian Irony

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

"When it came to pinning the terrorist label on the Saddam Government," Dilip Hiro wrote in 2004 ("Secrets and Lies," p. 381), "all the Bush administration had to do was point a finger at the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, People's Mujahedin). An anticlerical Iranian group opposed to the regime in Tehran, the MKO, placed on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations in 1997, had located its headquarters in Baghdad since 1986. Its National Liberation Army was trained and armed by the Iraqi military, and it engaged in self-confessed terrorist activities against the Iranian government."

2006
Apr
18

Iran Through the Media

Tag: Media, Peace and War

By David Swanson

An AP article on Tuesday begins: "President Bush bats away talk of bombing Iran's disputed nuclear sites as 'wild speculation.' But plodding diplomacy hasn't borne fruit so far, and the administration is facing a hard truth: There may be no way to stop Iran from getting the bomb."

2006
Apr
15

May Day, Memo Day, Mission Accomplished Day

Tag: Labor, Peace and War

By David Swanson

The first of May is May Day, the real labor day, the commemoration of the Haymarket Massacre and the fight for an 8-hour day in Chicago – an American holiday celebrated everywhere except America. But the first of May is two other things as well in more recent but already fading history.

2006
Apr
13

How to Talk About Iran

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

John Aravosis suggests some talking points on Iran, but I'd like to suggest some changes in bold.

2006
Apr
09

Stop the Next War Now

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

Now might be the time to read, if you haven't already, "Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism," an amazing book edited by CODE PINK cofounders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, which includes a forward by Alice Walker and an introduction by Arundhati Roy.

2006
Apr
07

What Bush Did Wrong

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

Bush authorized the leaking of selected portions of classified documents, selected in such a way as to constitute a lie. He painted a picture of a nuclear threat that he knew did not exist, and used it to scare people into supporting an illegal war, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

2006
Apr
05

Public Energy Is Misdirected

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

What would happen if politically active progressive Americans suddenly stopped devoting their energies to drafting better sound bites, and instead directed all that time and passion into a serious and strategic campaign of civil disobedience?

2006
Apr
04

Not One More Death

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

The Stop the War Coalition in the UK has set a standard for anti-war activism that we in the United States struggle to match. They've held larger protests, convened more significant conferences, and moved their agenda further in public opinion, in Parliament, and in the courts than we have done. On Tuesday they organized protests nationwide outside the studios of the BBC, which of course already provides a level of openness and honesty in its reporting that those of us in the Land of the Free can only fantasize about.

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