• David Swanson commented on the diary post No More Khirbet Khizehs by David Swanson.

    2014-12-18 18:03:37View | Delete

    thanks for nice comments

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: No More Khirbet Khizehs

    2014-12-18 12:23:17View | Delete

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    “Fields that would never be harvested, plantations that would never be irrigated, paths that would become desolate. A sense of destruction and worthlessness. An image of thistles and brambles everywhere, a desolate tawniness, a braying wilderness. And already from those fields accusing eyes peered out at you, that silent accusatory look as of a reproachful [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post Putin Shot Down a Plane! Putin Shot Down a … What? Never Mind by David Swanson.

    2014-12-18 06:08:05View | Delete

    Those similarly collapsed and thus are not written or talked about.

  • Search for “Malaysian Airlines Flight 17″ on the New York Times website and you’ll find a page promoting three articles from July, two hyping the idea that Russia did it and one just focused on the horror of it. Below that you’ll find 109 articles arranged from newest to oldest. The newest is from December 10th and consists of [...]
  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: The Case Against Re-Banning Torture Yet Again

    2014-12-16 13:09:33View | Delete

    Senator Ron Wyden has a petition up at MoveOn.org that reads “Right now, torture is banned because of President Obama’s executive order. It’s time for Congress to pass a law banning torture, by all agencies, so that a future president can never revoke the ban.” It goes on to explain:

    “We live in a dangerous world. [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post We’re Not Exceptional, We’re Isolated by David Swanson.

    2014-12-14 18:04:16View | Delete

    interesting
    have never heard that
    how has anyone quarantined us?

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post We’re Not Exceptional, We’re Isolated by David Swanson.

    2014-12-14 18:03:18View | Delete

    i’d be interested

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: We’re Not Exceptional, We’re Isolated

    2014-12-14 03:42:49View | Delete

    This weekend I participated in an interesting exercise. A group of activists staged a debate in which some of us argued that peace and environmental and economic justice are possible, while another group argued against us. The latter group professed to not believe its own statements, to be dirtying itself with bad arguments for the [...]

  • A psychologist who played a key role in a U.S. torture program said on a video yesterday that torture was excusable because blowing up families with a drone is worse (and nobody’s punished for that). Well, of course the existence of something worse is no excuse for torture. And he’s wrong that no one is punished [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post Video: 35 Articles of Impeachment by Dennis Kucinich by jbade.

    2014-12-10 17:58:09View | Delete
  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Plutocrats for Peace: The Nobel-Carnegie Model

    2014-12-09 19:47:41View | Delete

    “Dear Fredrik, Last Friday I went to an event organized by the Carnegie Corporation on the anniversary of the end of WWI. I was struck by how similar Andrew Carnegie’s ideas, as well as his philanthropy, were to Alfred Nobel’s. Do you know whether they were ever in contact? All best, Peter . “These are Peter’s questions: [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post Rand Paul Declares a Non-War War by David Swanson.

    2014-12-08 08:09:31View | Delete

    It’s possible that the slogan to change everyone’s worldview is hard to find because a slogan won’t do it.

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Rand Paul Declares a Non-War War

    2014-12-08 06:21:28View | Delete
    Senator Rand Paul wants Congress to Declare war on ISIS. Some, like Bruce Fein , are willing to ignore the UN Charter and the Kellogg Briand Pact, and write as if a war would be legal if Congress would just declare it. And, of course, Fein is right that in theory a Congress that was in any [...]
  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Silver Linings in Rolling Stone Rape Fiasco

    2014-12-06 13:07:36View | Delete
    Rolling Stone alleged a gang rape at UVA and now doubts its own report. I have no knowledge of the matter. Maybe the victim was completely honest. Maybe she was largely honest but too drunk, or just too traumatized, to remember which fraternity house she was in. Maybe she made it all up. I have no [...]
  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Golden Age of Pearl Harbor

    2014-12-05 13:02:53View | Delete
      As we read Ulysses on Bloomsday every June 16th (or we should if we don’t) I think that every December 7th should not only commemorate the Great Law of 1682 that banned war in Pennsylvania but also mark Pearl Harbor, not by celebrating the state of permawar that has existed for 73 years, but by [...]
  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Israel’s Secret

    2014-12-03 07:43:55View | Delete
    Here in Virginia, U.S.A., I’m aware that the native people were murdered, driven out, and moved westward. But my personal connection to that crime is weak, and frankly I’m too busy trying to rein in my government’s current abuses to focus on the distant past. Pocahontas is a cartoon, the Redskins a football team, and [...]
  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: There Goes Virginia’s Climate

    2014-11-26 08:49:32View | Delete

    ThumbnailAt this rate, Virginia will be as hot as South Carolina by 2050A snowstorm is the ideal time to write about climate disruption, as it allows us to immediately set-aside the cartoonish claim that if any spot on earth isn’t warmer than it was yesterday then all is well. The following things we know: There are [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Mark Udall and the Unspeakable

    2014-11-22 04:32:15View | Delete

    ThumbnailWhat if Mark Udall were to read the torture report into the record?President Obama, who is just now un-ending again the ending of the endless war on Afghanistan, has never made a secret of taking direction from the military, CIA, and NSA. He’s escalated wars that generals had publicly insisted he escalate. He’s committed to not [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post Who Says Ferguson Can’t End Well? by David Swanson.

    2014-11-19 21:32:48View | Delete

    Good example!

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post Who Says Ferguson Can’t End Well? by David Swanson.

    2014-11-19 21:30:48View | Delete

    Needless to say I meant by ending well the same thing you mean, not the status quo.

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