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“A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: ‘This way of settling differences is not just.’”
“I gave them a good boy, and then sent me back a murderer.”
Did you know that several Americans also set themselves on fire to attempt to end U.S. military actions during those turbulent war years in the 1960s?
If we’re going to prevent future wars, it cannot be about us the victims; it has to be about us and our government as perpetrators.
With all eyes on the nuclear standoff with North Korea, what is the over-arching agenda in play behind the politics of crisis? Tyrel Ventura sits down with documentary filmmaker and journalist John Pilger to learn more about the unfolding behind-the-scenes power play, and to discuss his latest documentary, “The Coming War on China.” Images above […]
A longish video that is well worth listening to/watching.
Rev. Janice Sevre-Duszynska one of those arrested explained why she was at the Pentagon seeking a meeting today “The measure of a healthy society is how we treat the marginalized. How we can care for them in a just and humane manner when 56% of the federal budget goes to the Pentagon for its 800+ military bases and the killing?
U.S. decision-makers turned to soldiers for hire….Soldiers for hire are not a reliable military force. They fight not for a principle or belief, but for the highest bidder. In 2016, perhaps half of the troops fighting for the U.S. military are mercenaries from countries impoverished by U.S. foreign policies—countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, and Pakistan.
A few years ago, I attended a popular exhibition called “The Price of Freedom” at the venerable Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The lines of ordinary people, mostly children shuffling through a Santa’s grotto of revisionism, were dispensed a variety of lies: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved “a million lives”; Iraq was “liberated [by] air strikes of unprecedented precision”. The theme was unerringly heroic: only Americans pay the price of freedom.
As individuals, how much and for how long should we adhere to our beliefs if they run counter to those of the community? To our neighbors (which would make us outcasts)? To the state (which would make us outlaws)?
and because you’ve shown good will to the United States in the years since we invaded and occupied your country, slaughtered more than 3 million of your people…
Time and again, members of the Washington press corps have credulously accepted officials’ lies and misinformation and passed them on to their readers as the truth. Their real-time skepticism is almost nonexistent. And they keep doing it.
Tomgram: William Astore, Taking Selfies in Iraq and Afghanistan. American troops are never seen as conquerors or oppressors, always as liberators and freedom-bringers, or at least helpers and trainers. There’s just enough substance to this myth (World War II and the Marshall Plan, for example) to hide uglier imperial realities…
Bury: Marianne and I were to be a part of a larger delegation of peace activists. Our mission was to bring back to the United States three prisoners of war, Lieutenant Markham Gartley, Lieutenant Norris Charles, and Major Charles Elias. The three pilots had been shot down in an area controlled by the Pathet Lao and were to be released as a gesture of reconciliation.
“I sent them a good boy and they made him a murderer.”
A commemoration of the War in Vietnam begins this year to thank and honor veterans. While it is right to remember those who were asked to sacrifice, it is wrong to use it as cover to lie us into further wars.
▶ Honoring MLK: King on War and DN! Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa
King had the courage to tell the truth knowing full well that his life would likely end. The nation besmirches King’s memory by largely focusing on his early “I have a dream” period and by refusing to recognize and honor his peace activism and his work to upend the corporate war on the poor. By […]
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation 2014 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Contest Winners Vietnam: January 28, 1973 by Sophia Marusic Youth Category (13-18), First Place I cannot tell you anything of guns– other than, in the slick sunrise like a peeled peach, they’ve been muzzled and the crack of black pepper bullets has stuttered to a […]
Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Back to the Future in Iraq Read Tom Engelhardt’s Introduction here. Rise Up Times Editorial Note: Tom Engelhardt, editor of Tom Dispatch, writes excellent commentary on the original articles TomDispatch.com publishes. Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition: Fighting in Iraq Until Hell Freezes Over By Peter Van Buren TomDispatch.com September 23, 2014 I wanted to […]