Myths

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Deadly for the Environment and Climate: United States Military and War Policy

By Reiner Braun, October 15, 2019 Why do weapon systems threaten people and the environment at the same time? A 2012 report from the US Congress found that the US Military is the largest single consumer of petroleum products in […]

Is Peace Possible?

 October 3, 2019 David Swanson presents at a special meeting of Veterans for Peace, Evansville (Chapter 104) on the subject of the elimination of war as a tool of governments around the globe. He talks about the myths and […]

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How the U.S. Institute of Peace Avoids Peace in Afghanistan

By David Swanson, September 19, 2019 Four years ago, I wrote this after a meeting at the U.S. Institute of Peace: The president of USIP Nancy Lindborg had an odd response when I suggested that inviting Senator Tom Cotton to come speak […]

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New Study Documents Depleted Uranium Impacts on Children in Iraq

By David Swanson, September 20, 2019 In the years following 2003, the U.S. military dotted Iraq with over 500 military bases, many of them close to Iraqi cities. These cities suffered the impacts of bombs, bullets, chemical and other weapons, […]

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Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies On Saturday, September 14th, two oil refineries and other oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia were hit and set ablaze by 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles, dramatically slashing Saudi Arabia’s oil production […]

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Smedley Butler’s Speech Against War in Charlottesville in 1937

By David Swanson, September 13, 2019 I didn’t know until recently that Smedley Butler had ever been to my town. Then I heard that he’d spoken at the University of Virginia here in Charlottesville in 1937. The University of Virginia […]

Kiera Knightely in Official Secrets

The Best Movie Ever Made About the Truth Behind the Iraq War Is “Official Secrets”

By Jon Schwarz, August 31, 2019 From The Intercept “Official Secrets,” which opened Friday in New York and Los Angeles, is the best movie ever made about how the Iraq War happened. It’s startlingly accurate, and because of that, it’s […]

Clare Daly on Talk Nation Radio

Talk Nation Radio: Clare Daly on Ireland, Peace, and War

Clare Daly is an Irish politician who has been a Member of the European Parliament from Ireland since July. She is a member of Independents 4 Change, part of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left. She served as a Teachta […]

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10 Ways We Pretend War Is Not a Crime and How to Change Them

By David Swanson, August 27, 2019, Chicago An audio recording of this keynote speech can be heard here. Happy Kellogg-Briand Pact Day! As you all know, but most people do not, the Peace Pact was signed 91 years ago today. And, […]

Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers in Ireland

Nonviolent Direct Action: Civil Resisters Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers

Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers, two US Veterans for Peace members, risked their freedom to challenge both United States war crimes and the government of Ireland’s accommodation of those crimes. This interview was conducted by Jack Gilroy. Nonviolent Direct Action […]