David Swanson

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DAVID SWANSON

davidDavid Swanson is Director of World Beyond War. His books include: War Is Never Just, War Is A Lie, War No More: The Case for Abolition, and When the World Outlawed War.  He is the host of  Talk Nation Radio. He has been a journalist, activist, organizer, educator, and agitator.  Swanson helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC in 2011.  Swanson holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. He blogs at davidswanson.org and warisacrime.org and works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization rootsaction.org.  Swanson also works on the communications committee of Veterans For Peace, of which he is an associate (non-veteran) member. Swanson is Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter and contact him at david at davidswanson dot org.
Videos:
On a victorious peace movement.
When is murder not murder?
I’ve had enough!

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4 Comments

  1. I read and enjoyed your recent article, “The CIA Never Lies”. Toward the end of your article you referred to several of the many countries that we, the US, have destroyed and I wish that you had included Yugoslavia in your list. It seems that nearly everyone omits that country when listing the scenes of our atrocities yet this year a man named Robert Bauer has publicly admitted that he had headed a CIA team that the US had sent into Yugoslavia for the purpose of breaking up the country by stirring up old griev ances among the component peoples by telling them, falsely, that Serbia was going to attack them! The name of the article in which he admitted this was something like “Wake Up Croatia and Bosnia, You’ve Been Hoodwinked!” In addition, this past summer the Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia issued its verdict on Slobodan Milosevic, the supposed “Butcher of the Balkans,” who was the asserted reason for the aggression against Serbia, finding him NOT guilty! The tribunal said that not only had he not committed ethnic cleansing, he had tried to stop it! Where is the outrage about this? Where are the reparations to Serbia for the War Crimes we committed there? And for the lives destroyed? We deliberately destroyed that country and dropped bombs on Europe–the first since WWII. Sorry for the rant.

    • Hi Joan,
      I would never dare attempt to list all wars or all US wars or all US attempts at overthrow or anything of the sort, and when I give a small sample list I do not mean it to diminish any of the others that I understandable tend to hear about 🙂 You are right and I’ve included that example in my books.
      David

    • It is true that the US has intervened in many countries using covert operations such as the break up of Yugoslavia. However one should also keep in mind that although the US prodded them and even armed the Yugoslavs for many years, Serbia and Croatia were both just as responsible for the deaths of over 200,000 Muslims. In which the Serbs killed over 8,000 in Srebrenica in one day. I would like to make it a point that the Serbs and Croats are victims of civil war, but that the most injustice done was to the ethnic cleansing of Muslims by the Croats and Serbs which unspeakable atrocities were committed in the name of Orthodoxy and Catholicism.

  2. I did not know of the serbia milosovic truth, but i am not surprised. I hope people outside the US don’t equate our govermental actions with me and my wife. I am ashamed to be a us citizen but don’t know where to go, so i fight on.

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