The President Has Not Ended the War on Yemen; Congress Must Do So

The U.S. House of Representatives (in February and again in April, 2019) and the Senate (in December 2018 and March 2019) have each voted twice with strong bipartisan majorities to end the war on Yemen (vetoed by then-President Trump in April 2019).

The Democratic Party Platform of 2020 commits to ending the war on Yemen.

But Congress has yet to act since the veto threat disappeared along with Trump. And every day that the war goes unended means more horrific death and suffering — from violence, read more

At Least 36% of Mass Shooters Have Been Trained By the U.S. Military

It is extremely easy in the United States to obtain guns, to find places to practice using them, and to find trainers willing to teach you to use them. There’s no need to have any contact with the U.S. military in order to dress and act as if you’re in the military, as many mass-shooters do, some of them waging their own delusional wars against immigrants or other groups. But it is remarkable that at least 36% of U.S. mass shooters (and quite possibly more) have in fact been trained by the read more

A Cold War Re-Education in 8 Minutes

By David Swanson, March 21, 2021
Remarks at the Cold War Truth Commission

The Cold War didn’t have a hard and fast beginning that transformed the world or that turned heroic anti-Nazi Soviets into Satanic Commies on a particular afternoon.

The rise of Nazism had been facilitated in part by Western governments’ pre-existing enmity for the USSR. That same enmity was a factor in the delay of D-Day by 2.5 years. The destruction of Dresden was a message originally scheduled for the same day read more

The Latest Lies About Russia

Things that we now know are not actually true:

  • Russia impacted the U.S. election results in 2016 or 2020.
  • Russia hacked into U.S. election machines.
  • The recent U.S. government report alleging election interference contained any evidence of anything.
  • The report so much as alleged Russian involvement in the Biden-Ukraine-corruption
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A Divided U.S. and the Dangers of Misdirected Anger

Many people in the United States, as in many other places, are getting angrier. This would be a good thing if they all understood whom they should be angry at and the superiority of nonviolent activism to stupid, futile violence.

They should be angry at billionaires hoarding wealth, corporations paying zero taxes, and a federal government that is — for the most part — continuing to destroy the earth, invest in war, impoverish the poor, and enrich the gluttonous. They should be mad as hell that read more

Someone Saw What Was Needed 62 Years Ago and Wrote it Down

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, March 16, 2021

I need to thank David Hartsough for having just mailed me a 12-page pamphlet published in 1959. It’s miles ahead of most people’s thinking in 2021 and largely up-to-date, though in a certain way will give a superficial impression of being dated. As I’ve been invited, along with a large list of terrific speakers, to be part of a Cold War Truth Commission read more

Brazil in the World

Next only to the worst destroyers of the earth’s climate slowing their destructive activities, one of the best steps that could be taken for this planet might be for the destroyers of the Amazon rain forests to knock it off. They’re led by one of the world’s leading buffoonish fascist demagogues, who goes by the name Bolsonaro. His leading opponent in Brazilian politics is the man against whom all criminal charges were just dropped — criminal charges that were ginned up read more