David Swanson: House Panel Votes to Debate Post-9/11 Blank Check for War + De-Authorize the Use of Military Force by David Swanson

End-War

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 12, 2017

TheRealNews on Jul 11, 2017

The House Appropriations Committee has advanced a measure proposed by Rep. Barbara Lee that would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which the U.S. has used to wage wars around the globe.

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Nuclear Weapons: Barbaric Tools of Insecurity by Graham Peebles + 122 Nations Create Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons by David Swanson

Ban nuclear weapons

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
July 7, 2017

The existence of nuclear weapons is an ugly symbol of the violent consciousness that plagues humanity. Despite tremendous technological advancements, developments in health care and wonders of creative expression, little of note has changed in humanity’s collective consciousness: Tribalism, idealism and selfish desire persist, negative tendencies that under the pervasive socio-economic systems are exacerbated and encouraged. People and nations are set in competition with one another, separation and mistrust is fed, leading to disharmony, fear and conflict.

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U.S. War Justification Is in the Eye of the Beholder by David Swanson

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
Originally published in Counterpunch Volume 24 Number 3
June 28, 2017

The idea that the United States has a problem with war propaganda is typically scratched in a bad-apples manner with a story that the U.S. has set up a new propaganda agency, such as the Global Engagement Center, or hired a company, such as the Lincoln Group, to plant articles in foreign media. Or we’ll read a report that former generals are secretly picking up their talking points from the Pentagon and their income from weapons companies while appearing as objective commenters on television. Or occasionally we’ll hear the recognition that some particularly obvious or disproven set of lies (such as those regarding Iraq in 2003) were the result of a well-meaning slip-up.

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Sanctions Are Crimes, Not Law Enforcement by David Swanson

NYC Rally

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 25, 2017
American Herald Tribune, June 22, 2017
June 26, 2017

The U.S. Senate has increased sanctions on the people of Iran and Russia, if the House and President go along. The Senate vote was 98-2, with Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders voting no, the latter despite his support for the Russian half of the bill.

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Untrump the World — It Won’t Self-Impeach and The Unifying Force of War Abolition by David Swanson

Never the answer

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 17, 2017
June 19, 2017

Remarks at United National Antiwar Coalition in Richmond, Virginia, June 17, 2017

Did you hear about Trump calling up the mayor of Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay and telling him that, contrary to all appearances, his island is not sinking? I want to focus on one element of this story, namely that the guy believed what he was told, rather than what he saw.

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Corbynize This Trumped Up World by David Swanson

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP for Islington North, speaking outside Iraq inquiry, London, Blair inside

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 2, 2017
June 5, 2017

Making Jeremy Corbyn the Prime Minister of the U.K. would do more for the world and everyone in it than either of the two available outcomes of any recent U.S. election could have done. Here in the U.S. I always protest that I am not against elections, I think we should have one some day. Well, now we have one — only it’s across the pond.

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David Swanson: U.S. Increases Nuclear Energy Spending as It Fights Global Weapons Ban

4.11 原発反対デモin高円寺 Anti nuclear power protests in Kouenji

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 27, 2017

TheRealNews on May 25, 2017

David Swanson of World Beyond War says the Trump administration is increasing nuclear energy spending while seeking to thwart a landmark global campaign for a UN treaty banning the possession and use of nuclear weapons.

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Impeach Trump for the Right Reasons by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 10, 2017

The Constitution suddenly seems to have bestirred itself and declared itself, through its many Washington spokespeople, to be in crisis.

I’m sorry, interjects the world, but what the hell took you so long?

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No More Wars for Oil by David Swanson + 200,000 Rally For Climate Justice in DC + Avi Lewis

People's Climate March DC 2017

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 30, 2017

What I Said at the Peace Hub of the Climate March:

Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them.

Most countries on earth burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military.

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How U.S. Race Laws Inspired Nazis by David Swanson

That was then, it's now somewhere else

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, April 21, 2017
April 23, 2017

James Q. Whitman’s new book is called Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. It is understated and overdocumented, difficult to argue with. No doubt some will try.

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Top 10 Lies, Damn Lies, and Lies About Syria by David Swanson + Was the Syria Strike Even Legal?

British parliament - David Cameron - Don't bomb Syria.

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 7, 2017

1. Chemical weapons are worse than other weapons.

This is not the case. Death and dismemberment are horrific regardless of the weapon. No weapon is being used legally, morally, humanely, or practically in Syria or Iraq. U.S. bombs are no less indiscriminate, no less immoral, and no less illegal than chemical weapons — or for that matter than the depleted uranium weapons with which the United States has been poisoning the area. The fact that a weapon has not been banned does not create a legal right to go into a country and kill people with it.

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Let Trump Golf, Let the Public Draft the Budget by David Swanson

Protest against US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 2, 2017

One idea behind a representative government is to approximate what the public as a whole would do if it had the time to sit down and consider each matter itself. Of course the entire U.S. public does not have that time. But when a random sample of the public is asked to take the time on one topic, its results typically line up with opinion polls, not to mention basic human decency, far more closely than does the work of the Congress or the White House.

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The Top Way In Which Military Spending Kills Is Not With Any Weapon by David Swanson + 2 Video Reports

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 28, 2017

Trump proposes to increase U.S. military spending by $54 billion, and to take that $54 billion out of the other portions of the above budget, including in particular, he says, foreign aid. If you can’t find foreign aid on the chart above, that’s because it is a portion of that little dark green slice called International Affairs. To take $54 billion out of foreign aid, you would have to cut foreign aid by approximately 200 percent.

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Which Washington Crimes Matter Most? by David Swanson + Flynn’s Head Rolls. Is Trump’s Next? by Finian Cunningham

Michael Flynn - Caricature

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 15, 2017

Michael Flynn participated in mass murder and destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq, advocated for torture, and manufactured false cases for war against Iran. He and anyone who appointed him to office and kept him there should be removed from and disqualified for public service. (Though I still appreciate his blurting out the obvious regarding the counterproductive results of drone murders.)

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From Travel Ban Protests To A Global Movement Against Global Injustices by David Swanson

No Ban, No Wall Protest at PHL Airport

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 31, 2017

Airport resistance is the biggest step forward by the U.S. public in years.

Why do I say that? Because this is unfunded, largely unpartisan activism that is largely selfless, largely focused on helping unknown strangers, driven by compassion and love, not political ideology, greed, or vengeance, and in line with activism around the globe. It’s also targeted at the location of the harm, directly resisting the injustice, and achieving immediate partial successes, including very meaningful successes for certain individuals. It’s gaining support from people never before engaged in any activism. And it shows no signs of any significant undesirable side-effects. This is a movement to be built on, and I have an idea what a next step should be.

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