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Pat Elder with U.S. troops in Croatia in 1996. A soldier in the rear shouts “USA Number 1!”

Defender Europe 20: Preparing For War From German Soil

By Pat Elder, January 2020 24 years ago I remember standing on the banks of the Sava River in Zupanja, Croatia in January of 1996 watching a force of 20,000 US Army soldiers and their vehicles as they crossed the […]

Petition Asks U.S. Presidential Candidates for Their Budgets

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 7, 2020 A petition supported by World BEYOND War, RootsAction.org, and Daily Kos, has thus far gathered over 12,000 signatures from people asking presidential candidates to propose federal budgets. An important job of […]

Pentagon’s 2020 budget surpasses $700 billion

World BEYOND War, January 03, 2020 David Swanson discussed the problem of military spending here:

Terry Crawford Browne talks about global arms trade

The Global Arms Trade Is A Moral Minefield

This interview about the global arms trade features Terry Crawford-Browne, peace activist and World BEYOND War country coordinator for South Africa.

Lindsey Graham and Trump

31 Organizations Declare National Defense Authorization Act A Blank Check For Trump’s Reckless Foreign Policy

December 10, 2019 30 organizations representing a diverse set of issue areas — strengthening diplomacy, protecting migrants and refugees, preventing wars of choice, reducing the risk of nuclear catastrophe, combating corruption, promoting human rights and sound environmental policies, and standing […]

West Point Professor Builds a Case Against the U.S. Army

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 7, 2019 West Point Professor Tim Bakken’s new book The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military traces a path of corruption, barbarism, violence, and unaccountability that makes its […]

Lindsay Koshgarian on Talk Nation Radio

Talk Nation Radio: Lindsay Koshgarian on How-Ya-Gonna-Pay-For-It

November 6, 2019 Lindsay Koshgarian is the Program Director of the National Priorities Project, where she oversees NationalPriorities.org. Lindsay’s work on the federal budget includes analysis of the federal budget process and politics, military spending, and specifically how federal budget […]

US public opinion on military spending

What Does the U.S. Public Think of Its Government Arming and Bombing the World?

By David Swanson, October 22, 2019 Data for Progress for quite a while appeared to be yet another U.S. PEP group (Progressive Except for Peace). They were producing useful polling reports on all sorts of topics as if 96% of […]

Smedley Butler letter fragment

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 […]

War is a Racket - protest sign

Should We Feed Hungry Children, Or The War Machine?

By Medea Benjamin, September 4, 2019 From OpenDemocracy On August 21, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, put out a heartbreaking call for nations to make good on their pledges to send humanitarian aid to feed destitute families in war-torn […]