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Audio: Henry Raines Show With David Swanson

Henry Raines Show 05/03/11

May 03, 2011 08:21 AM PDT
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Guest: David Swanson is Co-Founder of and the Washington Director of His most recent book is War is a Lie (2010), in which he refutes every major argument used to justify wars, with the aim to debunk future lies before future wars have a chance to begin. He is frequently published in and heard on both progressive and conservative media. Recent blogs include Libya: Another Neocon War� (4/21/11) and A United Theory of War and Taxes (4/22/11) posted at To read about David's accomplishments and tireless anti-war and social injustice activism, see

Detective work - bin Laden w/UpDate

This is what should have happened directly after and as to 9/11! Terrorism is a criminal offense, international criminal terrorism is an international crime. We had the backing of most of the World then, meaning working with them and their resources added to ours. There should never have been Iraq and all that went with that as well as the added recruiting tools in Afghanistan. Once the Taliban were driven from there we should have worked to reign in the ghost al Qaeda while helping to rebuild Afghanistan after decades of war destruction, as we promised. But we walked away once again, like we did after the Afghan/Soviet debacle, rest is the present history as we created the next generations of bin Ladens!!


Detective work led to breakthrough on bin Laden


Tell me lies

Title above comes from a post by a brother Vietnam Vet BOHICA.


War News Radio: Systems of Law

This week on War news Radio First, we learn about the Raymond Davis case and the implications of Islamic and secular law.

Then, we hear about Shepherds of Helmand, a recently released documentary about the war in Afghanistan.

These stories, plus this week's news.


Labor Movement: Ludlow Colorado Massacre

April 20, 2011 97th Anniversary of the Ludlow Colorado Massacre

Under the command of the Rockefeller family, the National Guard fires at strikers and their families to suppress a strike of twelve thousand workers


Modern war poetry:

British soldiers explore Afghanistan and Iraq wars in verse


A new generation of war poets is providing powerful insight into ongoing conflicts by putting their vivid impressions into words. Sean Rayment and Michael Howie report.

17 April 2011 - For centuries, soldiers have used poetry to describe the horrors of war. The celebrated First World War poets – Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke – memorably used cathartic verse to illustrate the futility of a conflict that saw a generation of young men perish.

Yet war poetry offers much to the reader, too.

War News Radio: Miscommunications

April 15th, 2011 - This week on War News Radio, we investigate media coverage of the protests in Afghanistan,

Next, we learn about communications in the Libyan conflict.

Finally, we hear from a journalist who was kidnapped in Afghanistan.

All this, and the week's news.


War News Radio: Big Decisions


Big Decisions April 8th, 2011 - First, we hear about the Obama administration trying Guantanamo detainees in military commissions. Then we analyze media coverage of NATO attacks in Libya. Finally, we hear about the controversies surrounding Basetrack, an experimental media project in southern Afghanistan. These stories, plus this week's news.


U.S. Society Spending More on Prisons than Education

Anybody know of a state, or national mega, that has a lottery, playing mostly to the lower income citizen, dedicated to prison spending, me neither!


AIR DATE: April 7, 2011 NAACP Report Says Shift in Funding Toward Prisons 'Failing Us'



A new report from the NAACP shows states are devoting increasingly larger portions of their budgets to prisons, while education gets smaller and smaller portions. Judy Woodruff discusses the report with NAACP President Benjamin Jealous and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Transcript


Mortgage mess: Who really owns your mortgage?

AFL-CIO blog site about rallies-link in graphic

If you thought you didn't have a reason to participate in the April 4th "We Are One" {face book page link} rallies around the country this report will certainly plant that needed seed as they continue trying to destroy what America once was building successfully, through it's workers!

60min. 3 April 2011, if you missed this it's a must watch and or read!

War News Radio: Foreign Affairs

April 1st, 2011 - This week on War News Radio, Foreign Affairs, we learn about the role of Chinese investment in Afghanistan. Then, we hear from a freelance journalist about his time in the Middle East. Finally, we look at the changing status of foreign correspondants. Our program begins with a round up of this week's news.


Voices from the Middle East Video Posted on C-Span

Voices from the Middle East
Mar 19, 2011
Virginia Festival of the Book
Authors talked about their books on the Middle East and current events in the region. After the presentations, they responded to questions from members of the audience. Professor William Quandt moderated. The panelists were: Chas Freeman (America's Misadventures in the Middle East), Laila El-Haddad (Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between), and Joshua Foust (Afghanistan Journal: Selections from "Voices from the Middle East" was a panel at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Virginia. Held in the City Council Chambers on Saturday, March 19, 2011, it was hosted by Just World Books.

Imperial Presidency Video Posted on C-Span

The Imperial Presidency
Mar 17, 2011
Virginia Festival of the Book
Authors talked about their books that take a critical look at the U.S.'s role and actions around the world. They responded to questions from members of the audience. Moderator John W. Whitehead is the author of The Freedom Wars. David Swanson is the author of War Is A Lie. Bruce Fein is the author of American Empire Before the Fall. "The Imperial Presidency" was a panel at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Virginia. Held in the City Council Chambers on Thursday, March 17, 2011, it was hosted by the Rutherford Institute.

The Kill Team: More on the U.S. Atrocities of War

And people talk about the Taliban or al Qaeda video's while condemning them and any who are of the religious ideology they profess to be while the supporters of these wars call us a christian Nation as we say "God Bless America"!

This Rolling Stone updated report has more of the very graphic photo's then Der Spiegal first posted along with two Very Graphic Video's you may or may not want to view!

How U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses - and how their officers failed to stop them

March 27, 2011 - Early last year, after six hard months soldiering in Afghanistan, a group of American infantrymen reached a momentous decision: It was finally time to kill a haji.

Are These the Corporate 'Citizens' United{?}

{This may not be put together well as I've got some thirty plus years of thoughts rushing through my head, have since watching this last night, as I lived in and watched all this go down and the growth of their total control, not only here but across this planet, as compared to the first some thirty years of growing into and starting in the working professions.}

That own our Government, now are covered under the First Amendment, and 'our' representatives fighting so hard for while now gaining millions in campaign contributions, from their real employers, because corporations are now individual citizens and can give unlimited funds to garner what all they want!

I thought foreign contributions to political campaigns were illegal, that's what all the tepublicans were screaming about any Democratic Candidate from President on down for these past decades!

I am Bradley Manning

The day after the mass demonstration at Quantico in Support of Bradley Manning, some activists in Portland, Oregon held our own solidarity action. Many thanks to Joe Anybody for his videography.

Tens of Thousands Protest in London

Thousands protest in London against government spending cuts 26 March 2011 - In the largest demonstration since the Iraq war more than 250,000 protest against austerity measures



Audio: War Is A Lie on David Feldman Comedy Radio

War Is A Lie on David Feldman Comedy Radio

David Swanson, author of War Is A Lie, talks about Libya. Along with Robert Smigel, Mark Thompson, Andy Caploe, Jackie Kashian, Chris Pina and Jane Edith Wilson.Written by Steve Rosenfield, Ben Zelevansky, Mark Thompson, Kevin Rooney, Robert Smigel and Andy Caploe. War Is A Lie can be purchased by going to


Catch Bruce Fein and David Swanson on "The Imperial Presidency" on C-Span Book TV


2011 Virginia Festival of the Book Panel: "The Imperial Presidency"

Future Airings

  • Saturday, March 26th at 1pm (ET)
  • Sunday, March 27th at 1am (ET)

2011 Virginia Festival of the Book Panel: "The Imperial Presidency"

Bruce Fein; David Swanson

About the Program

David Swanson, author of "War Is A Lie," and Bruce Fein, author of "American Empire Before the Fall," take a critical look at the U.S.'s role and actions around the world.  This event was part of the 2011 Virginia Festival of the Book, held annually in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

About the Authors

David Swanson


David Swanson is the co-founder of and Washington director of  He is the author of "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."  For more, visit:   

Buy the author's book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

Bruce Fein


Bruce Fein was Associate Deputy Attorney General and general counsel to the Federal Communications Commission under President Reagan.  He is the author of "Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy."   

Buy the author's book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

War News Radio: Phoning Home

March 25th, 2011 - This week on War News Radio, "Phoning Home." In an exclusive two-part interview, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter David Rohde and his wife Kristin Mulvihill came to War News Radio to tell the story of his 2008 kidnapping at the hands of the Taliban, and to talk about the new book they wrote together: "A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides." WNR's Elliana Bisgarrd-Church reports. Our program begins with this week's headline.


The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

100 Years After the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire


Garment workers around 1900. (Credit: Kheel Center, Cornell University, photographer unknown)

23 March 2011 - Turn back the clock on New York City’s garment district to around the year 1900.

“The average work week was 84 hours, 12 hours every day of the week,” said Ellen Rothman with the Jewish Women’s Archive in Brookline, Mass. “During the busy season, the grinding hum of sewing machines never entirely ceased day or night.”


Audio: Karen Kwiatkowski and David Swanson on Cindy Sheehan's Radio Show

From Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox

Against robbery: unity of "opposites"  - March 13, 2011 (SOAPBOX #90) - Cindy brings you "two-fers" featuring 1) "conservative" Karen Kwiatowski, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel whose assignments included duties as a Pentagon desk officer and a variety of roles for the National Security Agency.  (There's also another good biography of her on the web here, from Source Watch.)  Next, she brings you 2) "the left," represented by our old good web buddy, David Swanson, the author of two (2!) books: Undoing the Imperial Presidency, plus his latest, War is a Lie.  Karen's archives can be found at Lew Rockell.  What fascinated me the most was how eloquently these two vastly different personalities shared the heart of their vision, namely their dedication the TRUTH, and the way both despise politically-motivated lies presented as "truth."  Gee; they even made me feel that maybe; just maybe - there are people out here who care about actual truth!  (What a concept!  Wow!)  If so, then maybe there's still hope for humanity.  Karen had MUCH to say on "intelligence" and its politicization.  David noted revolutionary organizations cannot only align with Democrats when they oppose Republicans.  Why is organized labor in such deep horse excrement today?  Anyone think it just might be related to the fact that the Labor Movement never went after the Democrats when they failed to put the Employee Free-Choice Act through, when the Democrats were elected to do it - and had the power to do it?  You can't win without an offense and you can't have an offense if you're subservient to a party that's the lesser of two evils.  (That lesser's still evil, folks.)  Today it's like pulling teeth to seek honesty out of groups who see dedication to the Democratic Party as part of their agenda.  Example: the fictitious "cuts" to the military budget that actually represents its increase.  But I've said ENOUGH here.  And anyway, David speaks far better for himself than I can.   Please use the link above, to listen to Karen and David!

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