In the early 1950s, my father ran a gas station on Governors Island, a military base in New York harbor. In those years, it would be my only encounter with the suburbs. And there, for maybe a dime on any Saturday afternoon, I could join the kids from military families at the local movie house for the usual Westerns or war movies preceded by either a Buck
|It is a society imbued with racism that celebrates Winston Churchill as a great man in history while it vilifies, condemns and, presumably, executes Saddam Hussein… It was not Saddam Hussein but Sir Winston Churchill who introduced the use of chemical weapons to Iraq|
I wrote this piece in 2005, after the capture of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and before he was “tried” and lynched. Even in comparison with Saddam, Winston Churchill comes off looking bad. While a debate rages over monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and other “heroes” of the Confederacy, there is a bust to the violently white supremacist Winston Churchill in the Oval Office and a National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri. This article was published in the
To my knowledge, and I very, very much hope I am wrong, this upcoming conference will be the very first environmental conference in the United States to take on the single gravest threat to the world’s natural environment and to the natural environment right here within the United States. May many more conferences and actions follow!
With some drugs, we have learned that we must take on the demand as well as the supply, and that we must treat that demand as an illness when harmful. Not so with
Heavy rain driving
Into the sea.
Talking with people who are fed up, and especially with people who are trying to do something about it, one increasingly runs into the statement that the (U.S.) government is useless, the government won’t help us, we must help ourselves. And not only that, but the government is rotten to the core, irredeemable, systematically and hopelessly and essentially evil.
And of course this is basically true. The question is what to do about
By David Swanson
Remarks at People’s Convergence Conference, Sept. 8, 2017
Here’s my five-minute case for why you can’t have an effective progressive movement in the United States that doesn’t include working for peace. War and militarism and bases and ships and missiles and sanctions and nuclear threats and hostility make up the filter through which much of the other 96% of humanity experiences this 4%. The U.S. Congress chooses how to spend a great deal of money each year, and chooses
British government facing battle to pass key Brexit bill in the House of Commons – The Washington Post
Brexit Secretary David Davis condemns Labour over ‘cynical’ bid to block ‘only viable plan’ for Brexit – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Brexit: David Davis mocked after attacking EU charter of fundamental rights he previously praised – The Independent
Labour Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer tears apart David Davis’s Brexit bill, calls it ‘extraordinary power grab’ – HuffPost UK
In some closet, I still have toy soldiers from my 1950s childhood. They played a crucial role in an all-American world of good guys and bad guys I learned about, in part, from the westerns and war movies my father took me to at local movie theaters. I can still remember playing out those long-lost stories out with a motley assortment of bluecoats, redcoats, GIs (of the green
September 9: Washington, D.C.
That’s this Saturday in DC on a 1 p.m. panel on ending permanent war, with Medea Benjamin and Lee Camp.
September 13: George Mason University
That’s next Wednesday in Fairfax, Va., on ending racism and war!
September 17: (boating not speaking) Flotilla to the Pentagon
Grab your kayak! Or don’t — we’ve got plenty. Just sign up to use one!
September 21: University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn.
My favorite kind of event: a debate on war — but in a spirit