The Russian Menace and the Dangers of Believing the New York Times, by David Swanson

Kremlin

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 28, 2020
June 29, 2020

The New York Times claims that Russia offered to pay Afghans to kill U.S. (and allied) troops. It does not claim that any payments were made. It does not claim that any troops were killed. It does not claim that any impact was had on anything. It does not name its sources. It does not offer any evidence other than the supposed assertions of nameless government officials. It does not offer any justification for not naming them. It does not provide the context of all the years the U.S. government spent arming and funding Afghans to kill Russians, nor all the more recent years during which the U.S. military has been both the enemy of the Taliban and its top funding source (or at least second to opium). It promotes the ridiculous and debunked Russiagate notion that Trump is too kind to Russia.

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The Good, the Potential, and What Might Happen, by David Swanson + Chris Smiley: Truth About The Uprising From A Leftist

George Floyd Protest in Washington, DC - May 30

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 5, 2020
June 7, 2020

Already we’ve seen, as a result of people taking to the streets in the United States:
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The Top Driving Force Behind Wars Is The War Industry, by David Swanson

Understanding the War Industry by Christian Sorensen

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 29, 2020

I’m adding Christian Sorensen’s new book, Understanding the War Industry, to the list of books I think will convince you to help abolish war and militaries. See the list below.

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U.S. Army: 0 — Internet: 1 by David Swanson

The Intensity of PTSD

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
Originally posted May 26, 2019
May 24, 2020

The U.S. Army tweeted a harmless rah-rah tweet and got hit with a burst of reality never encountered on corporate-controlled media. Score one for the internet.

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Do Not Meet With Mike Pence, Go to Jail, or Join the Military, by David Swanson

resist don't enlist

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 12, 2020

We don’t know what the long-term damage is of coronavirus in those who recover. We don’t know who will die among those who catch it. We do know that we each have a responsibility to avoid catching it and avoid spreading it. Here are some ways to do that.

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David Swanson: Free Ourselves From the Virus of War

No War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Apr. 26, 2020, recorded on Mar. 27, 2020
May 5, 2020

David Swanson was to speak at a conference in Florence, Italy, on April 25, 2020. The conference became a video instead. Below is the video and text of Swanson’s portion. As soon as we receive the video or text of the whole, in Italian or English, we will post it at worldbeyondwar.org. The video aired on April 25 on PandoraTV and on ByoBlu. Details on the full conference are here.

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HR 6415: The Dumbest Idea in Congress + Now Do You See How Evil They Are? by David Swanson

"HR 6415: The Dumbest Idea in Congress + Now Do You See How Evil They Are? by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Apr. 20, 2020
April 22, 2020

I know it’s stiff competition, but hear me out.

The threat of nuclear apocalypse is higher than ever. The threat of irreversible climate collapse is higher than ever and massively contributed to by militarism. The trillions of dollars being dumped into militarism are desperately needed for actual defense against these dangers including spin-off catastrophes like coronavirus. But military jobs and weapons production jobs (producing weapons for dictatorships and so-called democracies around the world; the U.S. handles 80% of the globe’s foreign weapons sales) are being deemed “essential” and actually being boosted with more funding.

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Top 10 Reasons the U.S. Government Is Blowing This, by David Swanson

Coronavirus graffiti, Leake Street

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Mar. 15, 2020
March 17, 2020

10. Recognizing that a problem that has grown severe in other countries could grow severe in the United States would require thinking of the United States as existing in the same world, susceptible to the same forces, as everyone else. A willingness to recognize that would have led to earlier action and wiser action more coordinated with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the United States is supposed to be exceptional.

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Lee Camp’s New Book, Bullet Points and Punch Lines, reviewed by David Swanson + Lee Camp: CNBC Anchor Nearly Chokes On Air When Told The Truth

Lee Camp’s New Book, Bullet Points and Punch Lines, reviewed by David Swanson + Lee Camp: CNBC Anchor Nearly Chokes On Air When Told The Truth

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Watch the video below

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 20, 2020

It’s often hard to report on U.S. politics and government with a straight face. It’s even harder to report on the usual reporting on U.S. politics and government with a straight face. So much of it is beyond the reach of parody. Yet it also opens up opportunities to shock people with basic facts.

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Shut Down Canada Until it Solves its War, Oil, and Genocide Problem by David Swanson

Rally against Kinder Morgan oil pipeline on Burnaby Mountain

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 16, 2020

Indigenous people in Canada are giving the world a demonstration of the power of nonviolent action. The justness of their cause — defending the land from those who would destroy it for short term profit and the elimination of a habitable climate on earth — combined with their courage and the absence on their part of cruelty or hatred, has the potential to create a much larger movement, which is of course the key to success.

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Why This Election Is Different by David Swanson

Bernie Sanders - Portrait

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 13, 2020

Elections, I think most of us can agree, usually bring out the idiocy, superficiality, and illogic in everyone who can muster any. Imagine supporting, as many did, Sanders and then Trump because they were both “outsiders.” On Tuesday, I heard somebody on CNN announce that Sanders and Klobuchar were both “change candidates” (because you’d have to change every bit of the platform of one of them to match that of the other?). Tokenism no longer embarrasses voters or even the candidates who openly campaign on it. When voters are asked on television how they choose a candidate, they talk about temperament, personality, debating skills, and intelligence.

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David Swanson: How Do You Blow the Whistle on a Whole Society? + Transcript

DC Protests Trump's New Wars 25

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 6, 2020

“Both war and murder are crimes. It is a crime under Iraqi law to murder someone in Iraq, just as under U.S. law to murder someone here. It is a crime under international law to commit war in Iraq just as it would be in the United States. War is murder by military. Murder is war without military. The legal and moral distinction between murder and war is not and should not be what people suppose. And the distinction should not be a question of who the victims are.”

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Why We Need Decolonization in 2020 by David Swanson

Why We Need Decolonization in 2020 by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 14, 2020

South Korea cannot choose to make peace with North Korea without the consent of a foreign power that keeps thirty thousand troops in South Korea, makes South Korea pay much of the cost of housing them, commands the South Korean military in war, holds veto power at the United Nations, and is not accountable to the International Criminal Court or the International Court of Justice.

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If You’re Not Busy Plotting Nonviolent Revolution for Peace and Climate, You’re Busy Dying by David Swanson

the revolution

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 10, 2019
December 29, 2019

Roger Hallam is of course right in his short book, Common Sense for the 21st Century: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse. While some portion of humanity heaps scorn on the victims of the fossil fuel propaganda who deny climate science, only a much smaller portion points out the equally delusional and disastrous denial of the need for nonviolent revolution.

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House Compromises Away Peace, Senate Stands By War by David Swanson + Take Action!

Protest: No War in Iraq

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 11, 2019

The House and Senate have agreed upon a catastrophic military spending bill.

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