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
By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 26, 2024
The International Court of Justice has ruled that Israel must cease its warmaking in Gaza — cease committing and inciting genocidal acts — and that the case charging Israel with genocide must proceed.
DETAILS OF THE RULING:
- By 15-2: Israel shall take all measures within its power to prevent all acts within the scope of Genocide Convention article 2
- 15-2: Israel must immediately ensure that its military does not commit acts within the scope of GC.2
- 16-1: Direct and punish all members of the public who engage in the incitement of genocide against Palestinians
- 16-1: Ensure provision of urgently needed basic services, humanitarian aid
- 15-2: Prevent the destruction of and ensure the preservation of evidence to allegation of acts of GC.2
- 15-2: Israel will submit report as to how they’re adhering to these orders to the ICJ within 1 month
This is Article 2 of the Genocide Convention:
In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as
By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 25, 2024
The 2020 Democratic Party Platform said that Democrats would reduce military spending: “We can maintain a strong defense and protect our safety and security for less.” Right on! Get out the vote!
Then a Democratic president proposed an increase each of the next three years, just as his Republic predecessor had done each year. And Congress not only went along but went over and above the proposed increases, with more bipartisan harmony than
I was uptown in New York City on September 11, 2001, but I still remember the distant smoke that you could see over the Hudson River. If you had told me then that, thanks to those four hijacked planes and a tiny group of al-Qaeda operatives, my country would launch a 20-plus-year “Global War on Terror” — with two full-scale disastrous invasions of distant lands — and
Although, according to the UN Charter, the United Nations was established to “maintain international peace and security,” it has often fallen short of this goal. Russia’s ongoing military invasion of Ukraine and the more recent Israeli-Palestinian war in Gaza provide the latest examples of the world organization’s frequent paralysis in the face of violent international conflict.
The hobbling of the Security Council, the UN agency tasked with enforcing international peace and security,