Infrastructure for Peace – What Works?

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 9, 2023
Remarks at Conference of GAMIP (Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace)

I’m sorry I’ve been too busy to have slides here, and am lucky just to have words. I’m also sorry there are so many Davids, King David being a horrible figure to name us all after, but David Adams and many other Davids are redeeming the name, I think.

Here we are in a moment when the world’s most self-righteous, self-appointed overseers of an read more

What If New Zealand Were to Abolish Its Military

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 7, 2023

The world should read a new book from New Zealand called Abolishing the Military. New Zealand has decidedly not yet followed Costa Rica and stashed its military in a museum. And were it to do so, I can virtually guarantee you that CNN would never mention the act. But the argument for doing so is powerfully laid out in this book and — whether the authors mean it to or not — applies with very slight tweaking to any nation on Earth.

First read more

What the People Have to Say About Weaponizing the World

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 6, 2023

The petition at this link is called “No More Weapons Shipments to Ukraine, Israel, or Taiwan.” It’s addressed to the U.S. government and reads : “Stop the weapons shipments, and replace them with diplomacy and a new focus on the human and environmental crises that these wars defund, distract from, and exacerbate.”

People have added the following comments when signing it:

“Please wise up and recognize that this Earth and the life it read more

VIDEO: Ending the Gaza War: Can a Just Peace Arise?

By Green Party Videos, December 6, 2023

On November 29, 1947 the United Nations adopted Resolution 181 that would divide Great Britain’s former Palestinian mandate into Jewish and Arab states. In the intervening years, Israel has been engaged in a series of wars with adjacent Arab states and displaced Palestinians.

On the 76th anniversary of this date. November 29, 2023, The Green Party Peace Action Committee presented a webinar on the latest outbreak of fighting in the Mideast, the war in read more

Pearl Harbor Goes on Killing and Will Until We Don’t Want It To

People’s willingness to get upset about evidence-free allegations of rapes by Hamas is not purely because people rightly condemn rape but also because the topic distracts from condemning open shameless public mass-murder which happens to be even worse than rape.

All the attention going to which idiots are supposedly protesting Jewish restaurants or murdering Palestinian college students is not due purely to wanting to place blame correctly but also to valuing any topic that’s not the read more

Tomgram: Priti Gulati Cox and Stan Cox, Three Nations Under God(s)

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At some level, it’s not complicated. Making civilians, including children, responsible for the acts of a guerrilla group should obviously be considered a crime. And that crime is functionally being supported by my country. In early November, after denouncing the acts of Hamas on October 7th as the crimes that they were, Volker Türk, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, read more