David Swanson: The Case for Abolishing War + Transcript

No war

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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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Chris Hedges, Medea Benjamin, Jill Stein and Margaret Kimberley at The Left Forum 2017: Reality Check: Time for Radical Resistance and Green-Left Collaboration

Resist sign, Supreme Court news conference to call for the reversal of President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and immigrants from several Middle East countries

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with Chris HedgesMedea Benjamin, Jill Stein and Margaret Kimberley

Other Voices, Other Choices on Jun 3, 2017

Session 4 Panel Abstract:

The converging crises of fascism, endless war, climate change, mass migrations, and economic/racial/gender oppression create unprecedented urgency for united, radical action – in the street and in the voting booth. At previous Left Forums – and over the past many decades – progressives have debated the merits of working to “reform” the Democratic Party versus building a united independent radical political front.

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Chris Hedges: Saudi Arabia–The Number One Purchaser of US Weapons

Human rights campaigners protest against Farnborough International arms fair

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 29, 2016

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores why Saudi Arabia remains one of the U.S.’ closest allies in the Middle East with Medea Benjamin, author of Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection. They examine why the U.S. overlooks the Saudi’s treatment of women, public executions and promotion of a fundamentalist religion that sanctifies violence. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the long alliance between the two countries.

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Chris Hedges on Willful Blindness, Climate Corporatism and the Underground Revolt + Vijay Prashad on Obama’s UN Speech

People's Climate March NYC

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with Chris Hedges

RT on Sep 23, 2014

Abby Martin speaks with journalist and author, Chris Hedges, going over where the recent mass climate change demonstrations in New York fall short, as well as why he believes revolt is the only solution to restoring a functioning American democracy.

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US Launches Airstrikes on ISIS Targets in Syria + Stop the Bombing: Bravery in an Evil Cause Is Evil by David Swanson

President Obama Declares More War But Some Americans Disapprove 1

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RT on Sep 22, 2014

The US military and partner nations from the anti-ISIS coalition have launched the first attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria, the Pentagon has confirmed.

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Medea Benjamin Detained, Jailed, Seriously Injured, then Deported from Egypt

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UNARMED CIVILIAN

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democracynow on Mar 4, 2014

democracynow.org – U.S. peace activist Medea Benjamin was detained Monday at Cairo’s airport by Egyptian police without explanation. She says she was questioned, held overnight in an airport prison cell and then violently handcuffed by Egyptian officials, who dislocated her shoulder and broke her arm. Continue reading

Video of Adam Kokesh dance flash mob at Jefferson Memorial, June 4, 2011

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English: Adam Kokesh one of several indivduals...

English: Adam Kokesh one of several indivduals arrested after a nonviolent protest against the Iraq war in the Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

on Jun 4, 2011

In Washington DC, hundreds of people have been dancing at the Jefferson Memorial claiming they are exercising their first amendment rights. It comes after last week RT America host Adam Kokesh and four others were arrested by the police for dancing at the same spot.

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Adam Kokesh, Medea Benjamin and others arrested for dancing! + Kokesh interview + Police State Shakedown

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Updated: May 29, 2011; added interview with Adam Kokesh. Updated: May 30, 2011; added 2 videos.

English: Adam Kokesh one of several indivduals...

English: Adam Kokesh one of several indivduals arrested after a nonviolent protest against the Iraq war in the Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

on May 28, 2011

On May 28, 2011 Television host Adam Kokesh and several other activists participating in a flash-mob were arrested at the publicly-funded Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Their crime? Silently dancing, in celebration of the first amendment’s champion; a clear violation of their right to free-expression. In an excessive use of force, video was captured of Adam being body slammed and placed in a choke for his non-crime.

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Free Bradley Manning protest + Protest at the FBI H/Q

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Free Bradley Manning Rally

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davidcnswanson | January 17, 2011

Quantico, Va., Jan. 17, 2011
It is a crime to witness felonies and stay silent; Manning didn’t.
Video by David Swanson
How Manning Is Being Treated:
http://warisacrime.org/content/how-br…

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Gaza Freedom March – End the Occupation (must-see)

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codepinkaction | October 04, 2010

On December 27, 2009, on the one-year memorial of the major Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, concerned people from around the world met in Cairo to travel to Gaza, despite the siege, for the Gaza Freedom March, calling for an end to the siege of Gaza. Only 100 marchers were allowed into Gaza; protests in Cairo generated international attention. Over 150 solidarity actions occurred around the world including Israel, the West Bank, Switzerland, New York, and Minnesota.

What will you do to help lift the siege of Gaza? Take action at http://www.codepink.org and http://www.gazafreedommarch.org. This video includes the voices of Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, Palestinian teacher and activist Dr. Mustafa El-Hawi, Ret. Col. Ann Wright, Center for Constitutional Rights president Michael Ratner, CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin, and others.

Video edited by Linda Bobel.

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Fortress Toronto: Massive Security Clampdown for G8/G20 Meetings + Welcome to KKKanada

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Democracy Now!
June 25, 2010

Fortress Toronto: Massive Security Clampdown for G8/G20 Meetings Most Expensive in Canadian History

World leaders have started arriving for the G8 and G20 meetings amidst a massive security crackdown that will mark the most expensive three days in Canadian history. Large swaths of Toronto’s downtown core have the appearance of a police state, with an estimated deployment of over 19,000 security personnel—nearly five times the number at the G20 in Pittsburgh last year. The security price tag is around $1 billion, and some predict the total summit cost will surpass $2 billion. [includes rush transcript]

John Clarke, founder of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

Sharmeen Khan, spokesperson with the Toronto Community Mobilization Network

via Fortress Toronto: Massive Security Clampdown for G8/G20 Meetings Most Expensive in Canadian History

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CODEPINK Activist Detained for Over 48 Hours at Canadian Border After Being Denied Entry to Canada

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The Battle in Seattle; 10 years after WTO By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
November 09, 2009 “Information Clearing House

Interview with Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn

Mike Whitney–November marks the 10th anniversary of the WTO demonstrations in Seattle. Can you explain why you went even though you knew you might be harassed, gassed, beaten or arrested? Continue reading

Rep. Howard Berman Confronted Over Goldstone Report + US House rejects Goldstone report

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liamh2
February 01, 2010

On Nov. 3, 2009, on Capitol Hill, activists from the “Coalition for Free Gaza March,” personally confronted Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA,) just outside his office over the Goldstone Report. The Congressman then quickly rushed towards his private elevator. Afterwards, six activists strolled into Room 2221, Rep. Bermans office, in the Rayburn Building, around 10 AM. There, they began reading the 575-paged UN Report of Judge Richard Goldstone. The Goldstone-authored document is highly critical of Israel’s recent military conduct in Gaza, labeling some of its action as “War Crimes.” Rep. Berman, who is Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, has introduced HR 867 in the House. Its purpose is to reject the report of the distinguished jurist, without giving Judge Goldstone a chance to personally testify before the Congress on his findings. HR 867 is due for a vote in the House later today. See, http://codepinkalert.org/article.php?… and
http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/V… and
http://www.miftah.org/Display.cfm?Doc… and http://www.juancole.com/2009/09/golds… and http://www.boomantribune.com/?op=disp… and
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/nod…

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61 arrested in protest at White House – What Happened to the First Amendment?

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TheRealNews
October 06, 2009

An estimated 500 people gathered to protest as the Afghanistan war nears the start of its ninth year

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Just a reminder:

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

from the archives:

Cindy Sheehan Protests Afghan War Outside The White House + Sheehan & Others Arrested at Obama-Occupied White House

Where Do Our Premiums Go?

President Obama, The Sermon on the Mount and the War in Afghanistan

Ralph Nader on the G-20, Healthcare Reform, Mideast Talks and His First Work of Fiction

Stand Up! Fight Back!

Canada Refuses Entry to CODEPINK Cofounder Medea Benjamin & Retired Colonel Ann Wright by Medea Benjamin

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by Medea Benjamin
Atlantic Free Press
Thursday, 04 October 2007

Two well-respected US peace activists, CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin and retired US Army Colonel and diplomat Ann Wright, were denied entry into Canada today (Wednesday, October 3). The two women were headed to Toronto to discuss peace and security issues at the invitation of the Toronto Stop the War Coalition. At the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Bridge they were detained, questioned and denied entry. They will hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon in front of the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC to ask the Canadian government to reverse its policy of barring peaceful protesters.

The women were questioned at Canadian customs about their participation in anti-war efforts and informed that they had an FBI file indicating they had been arrested in acts of non-violent civil disobedience.

PRESS CONFERENCE:
WHEN: Thursday, October 4th at 1pm
WHERE: Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC

“In my case, the border guard pulled up a file showing that I had been arrested at the US Mission to the UN where, on International Women’s Day, a group of us had tried to deliver a peace petition signed by 152,000 women around the world,” says Benjamin. “For this, the Canadians labeled me a criminal and refused to allow me in the country.”

“The FBI’s placing of peace activists on an international criminal database is blatant political intimidation of US citizens opposed to Bush administration policies,” says Colonel Wright, who was also Deputy US Ambassador in four countries. “The Canadian government should certainly not accept this FBI database as the criteria for entering the country.”

Both Wright and Benjamin plan to request their files from the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act and demand that arrests for peaceful, non-violent actions be expunged from international records.

“It’s outrageous that Canada is turning away peacemakers protesting a war that does not have the support of either US or Canadian citizens,” says Benjamin. “In the past, Canada has always welcomed peace activists with open arms. This new policy, obviously a creature of the Bush administration, is shocking and we in the US and Canada must insist that it be overturned.

Four members of the Canadian Parliament — Peggy Nash, Libby Davies, Paul Dewar and Peter Julian — expressed outrage that the peace activists were barred from Canada and vow to change this policy.

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CodePink Citizens Arrested for commiting FREE SPEECH in Wash, DC (video)