Category Militarism

Why we say NO TO NATO

A video that explains why we say NO TO NATO in just a few minutes. Recommended. Local actions in solidarity encouraged.

The Pentagon Wants More Control Over the News. What Could Go Wrong? by Matt Taibbi

The most enormous issue posed by the modern media landscape is the industry’s incredible concentration, which allows a handful of private platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Google – to dominate media distribution.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Welcome to HIS World

He’s there daily, often hourly, whether I like it or not, and I don’t have a Department of Homeland Security to separate him from his children, throw them all in degrading versions of prison — without even basic toiletries or edible food or clean water…

10 Ways We Pretend War Is Not a Crime and How to Change Them

The concept of defensive war has been used to excuse numerous aggressive wars.

You Tube Censorship: Pieta Mothers of Sorrow

Not up to Youtube’s community guidelines!

Waging Peace Counters the Indoctrination of Youth: Vigil Outside the Gates of Camp Ripley, by Doug Olson

Camp Ripley: Home to a $4 million drone-training facility

Are Sanders and Warren Throwing a Lifeline to the Military-Industrial Complex?  by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies

Among the frontrunners in the Democratic Party presidential primary, Senators Warren and Sanders not only have the most progressive domestic agenda, but also the most anti-war, pro-diplomacy foreign policy agenda. By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies   Direct to Rise Up Times from the authors.  August 26, 2019 The sharpest distinction between them is […]

Under the Shield: U.S. Nuclear Missiles in Europe

U.S. missiles in Europe and worldwide: costs, nuclear weapons race, what the withdrawal from the INF Treaty means

U.S. Military Budget, Its Components, Challenges, and Growth, by Kimberly Amadeo

Why Military Spending Is More Than You Think It Is

Australian investigative journalist exposes Guardian/New York Times betrayal of Assange

The papers leaked by Manning documented at least 200 civilian deaths at the hands of US and allied forces that had previously been hidden from the public, along with clear evidence of war crimes, including the existence of a secret “black unit” within the US military, tasked with carrying out illegal assassinations.

Military Service: Homeland Security or Empire Building? talk by Ann Wright, Peacestock 2019

Is what we are doing outside the United States really protecting us?

How America’s Wars End (Messily), by Danny Sjursen

Count on this: the end of the American military mission in Afghanistan will be unfulfilling and likely tragic.

An American Tragedy: Empire at Home and Abroad, by Maj. Danny Sjursen

As a child myself, educated in public schools that peddled the dangerous myth of American exceptionalism, I never imagined a day when my government would separate refugee children from their parents…

A Veterans’ Anti-War Movement Takes Root at Peacestock, by Danny Sjursen

Social media activism has got to be replaced with holding signs, and standing in the rain [in Minnesota in the snow and cold, and both have been done by these vets]; joining Facebook groups replaced by joining Veterans for Peace and About Face (both).

Water and Greenhouse Gas Pollution in the U.S. Military

Co-director Neta C. Crawford puts into perspective just how quickly military emissions add up: in January 2017, two B-2B bombers emitted about 1,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases in a single mission to bomb ISIS targets in Libya, says Mic article. MIC  June 26, 2019    MORE A new drinking water crisis hits US military […]

Majorities of U.S. veterans, public say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, Pew Research

Among veterans, 64% say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting considering the costs versus the benefits to the United States, while 33% say it was.

There Is No Such Thing as a Green War, by Eleanor Goldfield

Many climate justice and direct action communities have long made these connections, literally flying the flag of anti-capitalism in solidarity with struggles around the world.

Mike Pence Warns Against Participating in NoWar2019: Pathways to Peace

World BEYOND War’s fourth annual global conference on the abolition of war will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th, in Limerick, Ireland, and include a rally on the 6th at Shannon Airport, where U.S. military forces routinely pass through in violation of Irish neutrality and of laws against war.

Activists Walk “Cease and Desist” Order into Nuclear Weapons Base

“We call for the nuclear bombs to be returned to the US immediately. The Germans want these nuclear weapons out of Germany, and so do we.”

The Riptide of American Militarism: Lessons from the Natural World on Washington’s Unnatural Wars, by Wm. Astor

“The best defense against militarism is peace; the next best thing is the vigorous practice of democracy,” (The Pentagon as a Parasitic Cowbird)