David Swanson: We Oppose All Sides of All Wars

No allegiance to war, torture and lies

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 8, 2021
October 12, 2021

Yuri muckraker on Oct 8, 2021

On this special episode ONE HUNDRETH/100TH EPISODE OF 1+1 I was rejoined by the brilliant Peace activist, anti-imperialist thinker, journalist, radio show host, NGO critic and wonderful human being David Swanson of World Beyond War, Talk Nation Radio, and Roots Action on to discuss and have him do some much needed mythbusting on “good wars.”

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Abby Martin and Paul Jay: Afghanistan, 9/11 and Climate Change, Part 2 + Current Climate Extremes Double at 2 Degrees Warming and Quadruple at 3

US Military Largest consumer of Oil -- 2014 People's Climate March NYC 89

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with

theAnalysis-news on Oct 1, 2021

In an episode of the Empire Files podcast, Abby interviews Paul about his investigation into the 9/11 attacks, his experiences in Afghanistan, and his interviews with climate scientists.

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Abby Martin and Paul Jay: Afghanistan and 9/11 + Return to Kandahar

9-11: Lies!

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theAnalysis-news on Sept 27, 2021

In an episode of the Empire Files podcast, Abby interviews Paul about his investigation into the 9/11 attacks, and his experiences in Afghanistan.

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Mike Prysner: George Bush, You Need to Apologize + Statement by Mike Prysner

Mike Prysner: George Bush, You Need to Apologize + Statement by Mike Prysner

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with Mike Prysner

Empire Files on Sep 20, 2021

Iraq War veteran and Empire Files producer Mike Prysner disrupted a speech by George W. Bush in Beverly Hills on Sept. 19, 2021.

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Sorry Cover-Up for US Mass Murder, by Finian Cunningham

2014 Global Day Of Action Against Drones DC, October 4, 2014

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Sept. 18, 2021
September 20, 2021

So a top US commander has come clean on primetime TV about the killing of 10 civilians in Afghanistan with a drone missile. Seven of the victims were children packed into a car.

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John Pilger: The US Military is a Killing Machine

Protest against U.S military interventions and endless U.S. wars, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 8, 2016

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Sep 8, 2021

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger on the takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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A 9/11 Reflection: Remember “Their” Crimes, Forget “Ours” by Paul Street

A 9/11 Reflection: Remember “Their” Crimes, Forget “Ours” by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
September 14, 2021

So much we are supposed to forget or not know and/or care about, so little we are supposed to remember.

“We must never forget” 9/11, when “America was attacked” (when, as cannot be said without sounding “controversial,” the United States Middle East policy blew back on the nation’s financial and political capitals).

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Abby Martin: Never Forget: Lessons of the Post-9/11 Warpath

War is terrorism with a bigger budget

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Empire Files on Sep 11, 2021

As the US Empire tries to leave its 9/11 warpath on Afghanistan & Iraq in the past, Abby Martin reviews the core lessons.

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9/11: A Personal Reflection After Twenty Years, by Kenn Orphan

9-11: Lies!

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
September 11, 2021

For 20 years I resisted making any personal remarks about the attacks September the 11th, particularly regarding the World Trade Center in NYC. I thought it was inappropriate and inconsequential because I did not suffer personal loss like so many that day. But I have been reflecting a lot on that historic event lately. And given that the US war against Afghanistan is now over, at least officially if not covertly, I think there is good reason for that.

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Blinken on Damage-Limitation Tour After Afghanistan Fiasco, by Finian Cunningham

end u.s. imperialism

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
September 8, 2021

Washington’s whirlwind outreach is evidently an effort to shore up confidence among U.S. allies in American defense commitments.

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What Ending a War Could Look Like, by David Swanson + Abby Martin: Afghanistan War Pays Off BIG For Generals Who Lied

End-War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 4, 2021
September 7, 2021

When you imagine ending a war, do you imagine the U.S. President lamenting the human cost of the war’s financial expense while simultaneously demanding that Congress increase military spending — and while mentioning new wars that could potentially be launched?

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A Letter to Americans about Afghanistan, from the Margins of Empire, by Kenn Orphan

Afghan-Americans hold NYC vigil to protest Kabul bombing, June 2, 2017

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 31, 2021

Dear Americans,

I wanted to share some thoughts with you on Afghanistan, as it sits atop the rubble of another indifferent imperial folly with the dread of once again living under a fundamentalist authoritarian regime on the horizon. And especially on the American public’s disconnect from its own government’s culpability in spreading misery there and throughout the Global South. I wanted to talk about reflection too.

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Chris Hedges and Danny Sjursen: A Soldier’s View On Afghanistan

Chicago Anti-War Protest

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 26, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the debacle in Afghanistan with Danny Sjursen, a graduate of West Point Military Academy, former US Army Major and author. He is a combat veteran who served in Iraq and later as an Army Captain in Afghanistan I command of B Troop in Kandahar Province from February 2011 to January 2012.

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War: Ever More Present and Absent, by David Swanson

No war

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Aug. 24, 2021
August 25, 2021

In many ways, war is ever more and less visible. Of course in U.S. academia, the Pinkerist pretense that we are living through a period of great peace is accomplished by all sorts of statistical manipulation, but first and foremost by declaring civil wars to not be wars, and declaring U.S. wars to be civil wars — a tricky thing to do when the minute the U.S. leaves, Afghans, for example, decline to keep killing each other (damn them!).

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The Myths of Empire and the Real Message of Dune, by Kenn Orphan

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 24, 2021

This fall, the much-awaited remake of Frank Herbert’s science fiction epic Dune will hit theatres. Dune tells the complex and multi-layered tale of a feudal interstellar empire in the future, where noble houses compete, often violently, for dominance over the planet Arrakis, a desert world that possesses the only source of a substance called the “spice.” It is essential for space navigation and also has the potential to enhance mental and metaphysical senses and abilities. The imperial powers of the Dune universe use political chicanery and treachery to manipulate various political figures within the noble houses. Arrakis has a desolate and hostile environment. Its inhabitants, the Fremen, are looked down upon by most of the noble houses as savage, inferior and backward. They are the last to see any benefit from the trade of spice, if any at all.

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