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Lies and Consequences in Our Past 15 Wars

“Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their peoples in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was their object.  This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us.”–Abraham Lincoln


Prior to 2001, the Taliban was willing to turn Osama bin Laden over to a third country read more

The Libyan Model and the Oxymoron: Class of 2012 Queen and King

There’s a new Atrocity Prevention Board in town, and its chief tool for preventing atrocities will be . . . wait for it . . . atrocities! 

What a breakthrough! And this clown is forming a tentative life partnership with an unbelievably beautiful model from Libya.  The key word is “unbelievably.” 

The Atrocity Prevention Board is rumored to still be married to World War II, but the primary reason to doubt the latest gossip is the grotesque hideousness of the Libyan read more

Robots Kill, But the Blood Is on Our Hands

In her spare time, between nonstop peace activism and leading international exchanges, Medea Benjamin has somehow managed to write the best book yet on the most inhuman form of war yet.  The book is called “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.”  The foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich and a form to pre-order the book are here.

Even if you’ve been reading everything you could about drones, attending peace conferences, and protesting in the lobbies of drone companies like read more

Troy Davis and Our Pro-Life Government

Wednesday evening, when the news was mistakenly announced that Troy Davis would not be killed, the crowd that I was with erupted with joy and with the enthusiastic realization that we all were capable of believing that something good had been done by our government.  I was at the dedication of the Howard Zinn room in the new Busboys and Poets restaurant in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Some of us had been assigned to read selections from the late Zinn’s “Voices of a People’s History read more

Americans Spent Valentine's Day Thanking Spain for Prosecuting Bush Lawyers

By David Swanson,

On Valentine’s Day 2011, yet another U.S. judge agreed with yet another claim that President Obama has the right to protect members of the Bush-Cheney administration from prosecution for torture.

But a coalition of human rights groups spent the day visiting the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Spanish colsulates around the United States to share some love for a country that is working to prosecute former top Bush officials for torture.

The coalition read more

The Pro-Perriello Argument

By David Swanson

This debate over the merits of one Democratic congress member may have relevance for others around the country.

I recently posted On Voting for Bad Democrats: the Perriello Predicament, expressing doubts about exactly how progressive Congressman Tom Perriello (D., VA-05) is.

Bill Lankford sent me a response, arguing in favor of supporting Perriello. I said I would post it, but asked if there was any way to strengthen it by mentioning even one thing Perriello had done in the past read more

Kucinich and Swanson on Lila Garrett's Radio Show Discussing War Funding on Monday

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PAUL MAZURSKY, film maker (An Unmarried Woman, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Moscow on the Hudson) covers the evolution of movies, our world, and Amnesty International (he’s on the Exec. Board). A fun 20 minutes with a great film maker.

DAVID SWANSON, read more

This Wednesday: Vigil Against War Funding

This Wednesday in C’ville: One Event & Every Issue
War and Peace, Crime and Justice, Budget Priorities, Freedom of Assembly, Local and National Politics

You don’t want to miss this!

This Wednesday at noon in Charlottesville, and simultaneously in 100 congressional districts around the country, Americans will hold Brown Bag Lunch Vigils against further war funding, including the proposed $33.5 billion to fund read more

Holder's Bad Applism and Our Own

By David Swanson
(with image by Michael Parenti)

Attorney General Eric Holder is addressing a war crime without addressing the wars, and is focusing on the lowest ranking participants in that crime without addressing its status as official policy established by higher ups and openly confessed to by a former president and vice president. This is bad applism, the same approach that has held a handful of recruits responsible for Abu Ghraib, claiming to thereby remove bad apples from a good system. read more

Rallies Around U.S. To Demand Accountability for Torture

Thursday, June 25, 2009, has been designated Torture Accountability Action Day by a large coalition of human rights groups planning rallies and marches in major U.S. cities, including a rally in Washington, D.C.’s John Marshall Park at 11 a.m. followed by a noon march to the Justice Department where some participants will risk arrest in nonviolent protest if a special prosecutor for torture is not appointed.

Events are planned in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, read more