I was born on July 20, 1944, almost two years after Joe Biden arrived on this planet and almost a year before You Know Who, like me, landed in New York City. The United States was then nearing the end of the second global war of that century and things were about to look up. My dad had been the operations officer for the 1st Air Commandos fighting the Japanese in Burma and,
Imagine this: once there were just two of them produced by a single country, the United States. I’m thinking, of course, of the atomic bombs dropped with such devastating effect on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II. Now, there are roughly
By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 31, 2024
For a couple of decades now, the very worst people in Washington, D.C., have pushed hard for a war on Iran. Some high points have come in 2007, 2015, 2017, and 2024. Each time it has been absolutely critical to attack Iran at once. There could be no delay. Dominoes would fall. Terrorism would prevail. Credibility would be sqandered. And yet, each time, the threatened war has not been launched, and the world has gone on just the same.
I didn’t actually think the author of The Shock Doctrine could write a less than wonderful book but I really wasn’t interested in a book about people confusing her (Naomi Klein) with Naomi Wolf, or any other Naomi for that matter. Then I read Dave Zirin’s review of Doppelganger and realized that of course it was about something more than twins, body doubles, and avatars — and literary references thereto.
Doppelganger is actually about, among other things, the situation we’re
Nick Turse’s first piece for TomDispatch focused on, as I put it at the time, “how fully the worlds of toy-making and war-making, of toy companies, video-game outfits, movie studios, and the Pentagon have meshed.” That was in October 2003, only
Yes, if you’re looking for it, you can find the information on the grim heating up of this planet. Still, remarkably little of it has been headline-making news the way Donald Trump is, almost any day of the week, no matter what he talks about, including his acuity when it comes to whales.
By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 28, 2024
Remarks on January 28, 2024, in Oakland, California.
War is a top cause in the world of death, of injury, of destruction, of trauma, and of course far and away the leading cause of homelessness. And if you start looking at the long-term damage — the people who die a year later, the people who grow up believing in violent vengeance, the water and soil that have been poisoned forever, the economies that are not restored