There Is No Future in War: Youth Rise Up, a Manifesto

By: Monday September 15, 2014 3:09 pm

Once again, US politicians and pundits are beating the drums of war, trying to get our nation involved in yet another conflict. A few years ago it was Iran, with “all options on the table.” Last year it was a red line that threatened to drag us into the conflict in Syria. This time it’s Iraq and Syria.

We, the youth of America, have grown up in war, war war. War has become the new norm for our generation.

 

Obama Relegates Congress to Merely Providing Him With Good PR

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 7:25 pm

By far the most depressing part of President Obama’s prime time speech about Syria was when this ‘constitutional scholar’ relegated one of most important checks and balances in our entire political system to simply the job of improving public relations.

US Can Claim This Isn’t War but ISIS Militants Killed by 500-Pound Laser-Guided Bombs Beg to Differ

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 3:47 pm

President Barack Obama’s administration has committed to an escalation of war in Iraq and Syria to “degrade” and “destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Yet, farcically, administration officials maintain the United States is not at war with ISIS.

Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN that the strategy for going after ISIS involves “many different things that one doesn’t think of normally in context of war.”

Obama’s Deceptive, Ideological & Perilous Case for Escalating War in Iraq & Syria

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 6:51 am

The neoconservative foreign policy doctrine advanced by officials in President George W. Bush’s administration was defined by the ideological belief that America has a “unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity and our principles.” In other words, America is the one indispensable nation in the world. That ideological belief inspired the Bush administration to manufacture a case for war in Iraq that was based on lies. And now, more than eleven years later, that same ideological belief is driving President Barack Obama’s administration.

In Obama’s speech announcing his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), he invoked the September 11th attacks and the economic recession.

Late Night: War Games

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 8:00 pm

As the Mighty Wurlitzer of war cranks into gear yet again, I can’t help but wonder if war itself has become the singular cause upon which all news media agree, and no matter the opinion of those affected by it, they’re naturally going to sell any old war with just this sort of embarrassing fervor.

It’s understandable, I suppose, for the bloated multinationals who control what we see, hear, and read to choose war as a business proposition. Ratings surge, careers are made, and reporting costs are all but negligible when the aggressor is more than happy to provide all the talking points needed to fill time and space between boner pill ads.

War in the Hundred Acre Woods

By: Sunday August 24, 2014 2:10 pm

A. A. Milne depicts a world of nonviolent dispute resolution, arbitration, and a changed conception of honor or prestige that finds war shameful rather than honorable.  And not just shameful, but mad. He quotes a war supporter remarking, “At the present moment, which may prove to be the eve of another Armageddon, we are not ready.” Asks Milne: “Which of these two facts [Armageddon or unpreparedness] is of the more importance to civilization?”

Causes of War Krugman Overlooked

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 6:12 pm

While I’m working on a campaign to abolish war, it’s helpful and appreciated that a columnist for one of the most effective war promoting institutions in the world, the New York Times, on Sunday mused aloud about why in the world wars are still waged.

Paul Krugman rightly pointed to the destructive nature of wars even for their victors. He admirably presented the insights of Norman Angell who figured out that war didn’t pay economically over a century ago. But Krugman didn’t get much further than that, his one proposal to explain wars fought by wealthy nations being political gain for the war makers.

New Facebook Page Equates Sex With Israeli War on Gaza

By: Friday July 25, 2014 6:00 pm

As the death toll of civilians, including children (the UN states the conflict takes the life of one child each hour), and the overall death count reaches 800 persons, you’d think even Israelis might be asking questions about what is being carried out in their names.

But at least in some cases, you’d be wrong.

In an apparent show of support for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), a new Facebook page has appeared where women (and one man) strip down to show their breasts and butts in provocative, sexual positions all decorated with pro-IDF slogans. It’s NSFW.

Freedom, Money & Control

By: Monday July 21, 2014 7:15 pm

Money is violence

Our system of money visits violence on people. Economic sanctions are an obvious example:

Time to Revive the Peace Movement

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 7:02 pm

It has been 10 years of dormancy for the peace movement: a full decade since the thriving demonstrations of the early Bush years gave way to liberal demands that the focus shift to defeating the president at the ballot box. This fixation remained through the two ensuing presidential elections, which have demonstrated, beyond a reasonable doubt, the futility of this approach to altering American foreign policy. The vibrant and young foot soldiers of Obama’s first election are now seven years older, jaded and frustrated. Most of them are underemployed, over-indebted, and increasingly hopeless about their lot in life.

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