David Swanson

David Swanson

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He was nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.

15.01.2018

Letter from Charlottesville to Ukraine

Letter from Charlottesville to Ukraine

By David Swanson CHARLOTTESVILLE UKRAINE Nazi rallies in the news in recent years have most prominently been held here in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, and in Ukraine. I want to send thoughts of solidarity to those in Ukraine resisting fascism. And I want to let you know that some… »

30.12.2017

How It Could Finally Be Possible to Prosecute War as a Crime

How It Could Finally Be Possible to Prosecute War as a Crime

By David Swanson War is a crime. The International Criminal Court has just announced that it will finally treat it as a crime, sort-of, kind-of. But how can war’s status as a crime effectively deter the world’s leading war-maker from threatening and launching more wars, large and small? How can laws… »

19.12.2017

Oh For Godsake, Leave Jill Stein Alone

Oh For Godsake, Leave Jill Stein Alone

By David Swanson I’ve known Jill Stein for years. I knew weeks ago that the Senate “Intelligence” Committee was coming after her. I set up this petition to put reasonable limits on Russiagate. But I’ve not heard from Jill, nor had any secret communication from my good friend Vladimir,… »

18.12.2017

Gorbachev Was Promised No NATO Expansion

Gorbachev Was Promised No NATO Expansion

By David Swanson For decades the pretense has been maintained that there is some doubt as to whether the United States really promised Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that if Germany reunited, then NATO would not expand eastward. The National Security Archive has put such doubts to rest at least… »

14.12.2017

“Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But….”

“Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But….”

By David Swanson According to the Washington Post, “Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But . . . .” Is that a statement that should ever be followed by a “but”? I contend that it isn’t. There isn’t something that can outweigh risking millions of casualties. The Washington… »

13.12.2017

When a Nuclear War Planner Confesses

When a Nuclear War Planner Confesses

By David Swanson Daniel Ellsberg’s new book is The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. I’ve known the author for years, I’m prouder than ever to say. We have done speaking events and media interviews together. We’ve been arrested together protesting wars. We’ve publicly debated electoral politics. We’ve… »

04.12.2017

How I Became a Peace Activist

How I Became a Peace Activist

When I was teaching myself how to write, when I was about 20 to 25, I churned out (and threw out) all kinds of autobiographies. I wrote glorified diaries. I fictionalized my friends and acquaintances. I still write columns all the time in the first person. I did write a… »

01.12.2017

FAILED: Foreign Policy as We Know It

FAILED: Foreign Policy as We Know It

By David Swanson The Stop the War Coalition has just published a short summary of what’s wrong with foreign policy, going through a partial list of current wars one by one. Of course this is a British organization with a British perspective, but it’s the closest thing to what… »

15.11.2017

U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans

U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans

By David Swanson Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because it’s hard to answer. It’s important to answer because it’s important for us to… »

11.11.2017

A New Armistice Day

A New Armistice Day

By David Swanson Exactly at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 99 years ago, people across Europe suddenly stopped shooting guns at each other. Up until that moment, they were killing and taking bullets, falling and screaming, moaning and dying. Then they stopped, on schedule. »

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