Top 10 Ways to Stop Trump Nuking Anybody by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 15, 2017
November 17, 2017

On Tuesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on whether Trump can just up and nuke people or not. The hand-picked witnesses, all former military, all said there was some chance that if Trump ordered a nuking, somebody might refuse to carry out the order. On what grounds? No witness or Senator ever mentioned the illegality of war under the UN Charter or the Kellogg-Briand Pact. But one witness brought up “necessity” and “proportionality” as grounds for deeming a particular apocalypse-creating act illegal and another legal. But these “just war” concepts are not empirical. There’s no standard for determining whether an action is “necessary” or “proportional.” It comes down to the mood the commander of Strategic Command is in that day, or the partisan identity of some official, or the courage and integrity of rank-and-filers ordered to begin the earth’s destruction. If, like me, you’re not convinced that’s good enough, here are some other possible approaches:

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North Korea: A Threat Or A Victim? by Felicity Arbuthnot + Sign The People’s Peace Treaty by David Swanson

Emergency Action to Stop War with North Korea

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 28, 2017

If anyone is still wondering why North Korea was being “provocative” in missile tests and repeatedly declaring what would seem to be a daunting arsenal (although there is still no irrefutable, concrete proof of deliverable, long range nuclear weapons capability) here is just a small taste of what it’s southern neighbor, in cahoots with Godfather America, has planned:

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Is the Nobel Committee Finally Abiding by Nobel’s Will? by David Swanson + Rebuking Trump, Nobel Prize Goes to Group That Opposes Nuclear Weapons

Is the Nobel Committee Finally Abiding by Nobel’s Will? by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
October 6, 2017

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) — listen to my radio show with one of ICAN’s leaders two years ago here.

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David Swanson: Why End War

Protest: No War in Iraq

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Updated: Nov. 4, 2017

with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
October 3, 2017

David Swanson on Oct 2, 2017

On Oct 2, 2017, 20 of us gave 4-minute TED talks in Charlottesville and I won, allowing me to give a TED talk at the upcoming November 3, 2017, event at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater. This was my 4-minute talk on “Why End War.” #TedXCville

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David Swanson: Welcome to #NoWar2017: War and the Environment with Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein

David Swanson: Welcome to No War 2017: War and the Environment with Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 15, 2017

Remarks at #NoWar2017 conference on September 22, 2017.
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Welcome to No War 2017: War and the Environment. Thank you all for being here. I’m David Swanson. I’m going to speak briefly and introduce Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein to also speak briefly. We hope to also have time for some questions as we hope to have in every part of this conference.

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David Swanson: This Criminal Enterprise Is The Number One Destroyer Of The Environment (#NoWar2017)

David Swanson: This Criminal Enterprise Is The Number One Destroyer Of The Environment #NoWar2017

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 19, 2017

RT America on Sept 18, 2017

About 50 protesters kayaked to the Pentagon with a banner saying “No oil for wars, no wars for oil.” David Swanson, author and director of World Beyond War, discusses why his group is raising the issue of pollution by the military.

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Pull Down That Statue of the U.S. Constitution by David Swanson

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 17, 2017

Nobody, not racist warmakers, not imaginary non-racist warmakers, not founding fathers, not radical protesters should be made into a deity, larger than life, in marble or bronze, on horseback or otherwise. Nobody is that flawless, and nobody’s story so withstands the test of time. We need human-sized statues and memorials of whole movements.

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David Swanson: Senate Refuses to Stop Endless War

No War

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 15, 2017

TheRealNews on Sep 14, 2017

Sixteen years after its passage, the Senate has rejected an effort to repeal the Congressional authorization that has been used as a blank check for military action around the globe, says David Swanson of World Beyond War.

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You Can’t Have a Progressive Movement Without Peace by David Swanson + Desmond Tutu on #NoWar

Veterans for Peace Banner Drop: "How is the War Economy Working for You?" (Pittsburgh, PA)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 9, 2017

Remarks at People’s Convergence Conference, Sept. 8, 2017

Here’s my five-minute case for why you can’t have an effective progressive movement in the United States that doesn’t include working for peace. War and militarism and bases and ships and missiles and sanctions and nuclear threats and hostility make up the filter through which much of the other 96% of humanity experiences this 4%. The U.S. Congress chooses how to spend a great deal of money each year, and chooses to put 54% of it into war and preparations for war. The wars demonstrably increase rather than reduce or eliminate anti-U.S. sentiment and violence. They endanger us rather than protect us. The wars are a top cause of death and injury in the world, and a top cause of famines and disease epidemics and refugee crises that cause massive additional suffering. But war kills most by diverting resources. Small fractions of U.S. military spending could end starvation, provide clean water, end diseases, even end the use of fossil fuels worldwide. Military spending also reduces jobs in comparison to other spending or not taxing working people in the first place.

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Stop Allowing YOUR Emperor to Threaten Nuclear Apocalypse by David Swanson + Larry Wilkerson: North Korea is Not an Existential Threat

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 5, 2017

North Korea is open to reasonable negotiations. The United States, as embodied in the buffoon whom we have allowed to hold more power than any royal monarch has ever known, would prefer Armageddon to reasonable negotiations.

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Creative Anti-Nazism by David Swanson + Confederate Statues Come Down in Baltimore and Durham

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 17, 2017

The people of Durham, N.C., have the right idea. Not only have they taken down a Confederate war statue themselves, but they’ve lined up en masse to turn themselves in for that crime, overwhelming the so-called justice system.

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Charlottesville is a Call to Action Against Fascism + Deandre Harris on Attack by White Supremacists

Charlottesville is a Call to Action Against Fascism

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by Katherine Nolde, Richard Capron and Scott McLemee
Socialist Worker
August 14, 2017

THE FAR-right demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12–probably the largest public gathering of the racist “alt-right” ever–was clear evidence of the murderous forces nurtured and emboldened by Donald Trump over the past two years.

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David Swanson: Purposeless Death in Syria + No U.S. Warplanes Over Syria News Conference

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 9, 2017

Statement by David Swanson as Director of World Beyond War at DC press conference August 8, 2017.

I won’t have time to list all the reasons I want U.S. military planes and drones out of Syrian skies much less all the reasons people have noted in comments on our petition, but there’s no question what my first reason is, although it’s not a reason always given much weight here in Washington.

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David Swanson: Hiroshima Haunting + Transcript

"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 6, 2017

Remarks at Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration at Peace Garden at Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 6, 2017

Thank you for inviting me to speak here. I’m grateful and honored, but it is not an easy task. I’ve spoken on television and to large crowds and to important big shots, but here you are asking me to speak to hundreds of thousands of ghosts and billions of ghosts in waiting. To think about this subject wisely we must keep all of them in mind, as well as those who tried to prevent Hiroshima and Nagasaki, those who survived, those who reported, those who forced themselves to remember over and over in order to educate others.

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David Swanson: The Case for Abolishing War + Transcript

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 3, 2017

Remarks on August 3 at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis.

It’s unusual on Kellogg Blvd. in St. Paul to encounter anyone who knows why it’s named that. A bunch of us are going to go over there with flyers Saturday morning and I hope you’ll join us.

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