In planning an upcoming conference aimed at challenging the institution of war, to be held at American University September 22-24, I can’t help but be drawn to the speech a U.S. president gave at American University a little more than 50 years ago. Whether or not you agree with me that this is the best speech ever given by a U.S. president, there should be little dispute that it is the speech most out of step with what anyone will say on Capitol
U.S. and South Korean jets drop live bombs in a new, massive show of force aimed at North Korea – The Washington Post
PHOTOS: Japanese, Korean and U.S. aircraft conduct show of force in response to North Korean missile launch – U.S. Pacific Command
US aircraft carrier group to conduct joint exercise with South Korean forces next month, joint missile warning drills will be carried out – The Straits Times
VIDEO: Exclusive look at a US-unit in South Korea designed to limit the damage to Seoul from North Korea’s weapons in the event of war – CNN
Has nationalism captured the hearts and minds of the world’s people?
It certainly seems to have emerged as a powerful force in recent years. Trumpeting their alleged national superiority and hatred of foreigners, political parties on the far right have made their biggest political advances since the 1930s. After the far right’s startling success, in June 2016, in getting
Nobody, not racist warmakers, not imaginary non-racist warmakers, not founding fathers, not radical protesters should be made into a deity, larger than life, in marble or bronze, on horseback or otherwise. Nobody is that flawless, and nobody’s story so withstands the test of time. We need human-sized statues and memorials of whole movements.
The U.S. Constitution, along with the Declaration of Independence, has a whole marble building dedicated to its worship: the National Archives in D.C., plus
Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower and 2013 Sam Adams laureate, will be speaking with us by live video, as we gather for the NoWar2017 conference on September 22-24 in Washington, D.C.
Speaking in person will be: Medea Benjamin, Nadine Bloch, Max Blumenthal, Alice Day, Lincoln Day, Tim DeChristopher, Dale Dewar, Pat Elder, Bruce Gagnon, Kathy Gannett, Will Griffin, Seymour
Trump, Dems move closer to deal on DACA after a Wednesday dinner between the President, Pelosi and Schumer – CNN
Trump confirms support for law to protect ‘Dreamers’, says immigration deal with Democrats close – The New York Times
Pelosi and Schumer joint statement following dinner with President Trump – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
In 1985, at age 41, I visited Disney World for the first time. I remember the experience for two things: the endless lines so cleverly organized that you never knew how long they truly were and the Hawaiian Luau dinner I attended. Yes, a genuine Hawaiian feast that reminded me of American Chinese food circa 1953 and the unforgettable “entertainment” offered by “native”
By David Swanson
Remarks at George Mason University on September 13, 2017
Thank you very much for inviting me.
May I see a show of hands of those who believe we should eliminate all racism?
Thank you, and now those who think we should eliminate all war?
In a typical U.S. crowd, I suspect, many more will raise their hands for ending all racism than for ending all war.
Despite the notion that we live in a democracy being largely fraudulent, I think those shows of hands represent very roughly