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The Special Loophole in Hell for War Lawyers

The strict rule of law is an ideal and a fantasy.  Conflicting and archaic words must be interpreted, and doing so is an art, not a science.But there is an enormous chasm between honest attempts to approach the ideal of compliance with written law, and open disregard for it.It is becoming standard practice for our government to enforce laws selectively or not at all, to openly defy laws, to enact laws in violation of the higher law called the Constitution or in violation of the treaties which…See More
May 25, 2012
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Why Even Failed Activism Succeeds

I enjoy reading histories of past activism, including memoirs by long-time activists, such as Lawrence Wittner's new book, Working for Peace and Justice.Almost every such account includes belated discoveries of the extent to which a government has been spying on and infiltrating activist groups.And almost every such account includes belated discoveries of the extent to which government officials were…See More
May 22, 2012
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David Swanson posted a blog post

Ending the Minset That Gets Us Into War

MAY 20, 2012, MILITARIZED CHICAGO -- Next month in Baltimore they're going to celebrate the War of 1812.  That's what we do with wars.  We say they're the last resort.  We say they're hell.  We say they're for the purpose of eliminating themselves: we fight wars for peace.  Although we never keep peace for wars.  We claim to wage only wars we have been forced into despite all possible effort to find a better way.  And then we celebrate the wars.  We keep the wars going for their own sake after…See More
May 20, 2012

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David Swanson is the author of "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org
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David Swanson is the author of "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org
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David Swanson is the author of "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org

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The Special Loophole in Hell for War Lawyers

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 1:47pm 0 Comments

The strict rule of law is an ideal and a fantasy.  Conflicting and archaic words must be interpreted, and doing so is an art, not a science.



But there is an enormous chasm between honest attempts to approach the ideal of compliance with written law, and open disregard for it.



It is becoming standard practice for our government to enforce laws selectively or not at all, to openly defy laws, to enact laws in violation of the higher law called the Constitution or in violation…

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Why Even Failed Activism Succeeds

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 4:02pm 0 Comments

I enjoy reading histories of past activism, including memoirs by long-time activists, such as Lawrence Wittner's new book, Working for Peace and Justice.

Almost every such account includes belated discoveries of the extent to which a government has been spying on and infiltrating activist groups.

And almost every such account includes belated discoveries of the extent to which…

Continue

Ending the Minset That Gets Us Into War

Posted on May 20, 2012 at 8:26am 0 Comments

MAY 20, 2012, MILITARIZED CHICAGO -- Next month in Baltimore they're going to celebrate the War of 1812.  That's what we do with wars.  We say they're the last resort.  We say they're hell.  We say they're for the purpose of eliminating themselves: we fight wars for peace.  Although we never keep peace for wars.  We claim to wage only wars we have been forced into despite all possible effort to find a better way.  And then we celebrate the wars.  We keep the wars going for their own sake…

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Even Star Spangled War Is Hell

Posted on May 12, 2012 at 7:53pm 0 Comments

Originally published in the Indypendent Reader



In this bicentennial year of the War of 1812, the StarSpangledBaltimore.com website tells us:…

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In Four Minutes Thom Hartmann Explains What's Wrong With War and Violence

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 9:46am 0 Comments

Listen to this four-minute clip from the Thom Hartmann Show:

http://warisacrime.org/downloads/thomhartmannviolence.mp3

Thom tells his caller to read War Is A Lie:

http://warisalie.org

But Thom uses brilliant arguments and facts that are not even in the book, which is really the best result an author…

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At 3:37pm on April 23, 2012, Meera Patel said…

Believe this would be of interest to you: www.beatingthebomb.com

A historical documentary charting ‘The Bomb’ from 1941 to present day, framing the nuclear weapons issue within the wider context of global justice. It is about war, foreign policy, vested interests, nuclear weapons and the fight against them.

Made as a non commercial project to increase awareness on issues (un)der reported by the mainstream media – it’s available as a FREE RESOURCE for educational and campaigning purposes.

 

At 8:32am on March 19, 2012, Abdullah MANSOOR ﻋﺒﺪﺍﷲ ﻣﻨﺼﻮﺭ said…

The basic reason of conflicts around the globe is ARROGANT OF POWER from the powerful countries. They interfere in others home to make them slaves...At this other people irritate and get anger and resist against the arrogant countries...and  and ....

At 1:03pm on February 14, 2012, Michelle Lee Rosenthal, LMSW said…

Dear David, The link to see the comprehensive plan on line is broken in these two websites.  Please fix them so people will be connected to the correct location to get the information about the plan of the US Peace Movements new comprehensive strategy at:  

http://www.international.to/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=449:peace-movement-adopts-new-comprehensive-strategy&catid=62:david-swanson&Itemid=94

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=20363

Please send me the link as well.

Please check out my blog at goingforaglobaltruce.com later today since I will be updating it with much more information and strengthening my treaty proposal.  Please incorporate this idea into your national strategy. What strategy can be better than pushing for a vote to be held in the UN for all nations to vote to agree to implement a global truce and a cease fire with over 200 ideas on how to make it work? Michelle

At 12:57am on December 15, 2011, Michelle Lee Rosenthal, LMSW said…

Please see if there are any ideas that you think are worthy of spreading in any of the articles in this blog of all my blogs.  Please help me get these ideas out to the people who can make a difference in the world peace global truce effort. Thanks, Michelle

http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/profiles/blogs/a-blog-of-all-my-blogs-and-contests-and-scholarships

At 7:55am on March 13, 2009, Sie.Kathieravealu said…
You seem to be doing a wonderful job. Human Rights violators anywhere in the world should be exposed in the first instance and then prosecuted and if found guilty shold be stripped of all civic rights including Human Rights.

Go ahead. Wish you all the best.
 
 
 

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