Articles about War & Peace
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More Hard Hitting Words From the Dalai Lama About the Mass Brainwashing of Society
The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is always garnering a lot of attention, and for good reasons. Most recently, he told the world that simply praying is not the answer for the...
Military Intervention in Syria Is the Problem, Not the Solution
From Paris to Beirut, the Islamic State's latest atrocities are a calculated effort to bring the war in Syria home to the countries participating in it.
This Is the Worst Time for Society to Go on Psychopathic Autopilot
From authoritarian power grabs to Andrew Neil’s nonsensical eulogy, the reaction to the Paris attacks proves that we haven’t learned from our past mistakes
States of Terror
It is nearly certain that we will endure, sooner rather than later, another catastrophic terrorist attack on American soil. The blundering of our military into the Middle...
Western Ally Saudi Arabia Sentenced a Palestinian Poet to Death for Renouncing Islam
Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death for apostasy, joining a long list of dissidents facing capital punishment
Paris Is Being Used to Justify Agendas That Had Nothing to Do With the Attack
The Paris attackers weren’t Syrian, and they didn’t use encryption, but the US government is still using the carnage to justify attempts to ban them both
We Created Islamic Extremism: Those Blaming Islam for ISIS Would Have Supported Osama Bin Laden in the '80s
Jingoists conveniently forget the West's Cold War strategy was to arm the Islamic extremists that became al-Qaida
Europe Is Harbouring the Islamic State's Backers
Why France’s brave new war on ISIS is a sick joke, and an insult to the victims of the Paris attacks
Former Drone Pilots to Obama: Civilian Killings Driving 'Terrorism, Instability'
Air Force whistleblowers say US drone program "is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world."
I Know Islamic State. What They Fear More Than Bombs Is Unity
In Syria I learned that Islamic State longs to provoke retaliation. We should not fall into the trap
Don't Make Refugees Pay for the Terror They're Fleeing
Shutting down borders and blaming Muslim immigrants for the Paris attacks would give ISIS precisely the type of “civilizational conflict” it craves.
What Shall We Love?
Human beings seem unable to live without war, but they are also unable to live without love.
Let's Not Get It Wrong This Time: The Terrorists Won After 9/11 Because We Chose to Invade Iraq and Shred Our Constitution
We destroyed ourselves with our dumb 9/11 overreactions. It's essential not to make the same mistake again.
Breaking The Cycle Of Violence After Paris: The Truth We Must Face
Last night - parallel to the Paris attacks, as I found out this morning - I had a special experience. As I walked home through the dark from Tamera's bar to my sleeping place...
We Are in Pitiless Times
After Paris, macho language about 'pitiless war' defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions.
America's Terrorist Training Camp
What’s the difference between Al Qaeda and Fort Benning?
The Elephant in Paris - Guns and Greenhouse Gases
"As the Paris climate talks take the global stage, it’s time to draw attention to the military elephant in our room and demand that adaptation to climate change is led by...
Terrorism Double Standards: After Paris, Let's Stop Blaming Muslims & Take a Hard Look at Ourselves
We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change
The Age of Despair: Reaping the Whirlwind of Western Support for Extremist Violence
We, the West, overthrew Saddam by violence. We overthrew Gaddafi by violence. We are trying to overthrow Assad by violence. Harsh regimes all — but far less draconian than our...
Why Our Conversations About Paris Have Been Broken From the Start
The rush to fit the horrors of Paris into convenient neo-imperial narratives shows a disturbing lack of empathy
Open Letter to Hillary Clinton From a Young Palestinian Feminist
Dear Secretary Clinton: As a young Palestinian girl growing up in a patriarchal society, your speeches about women's rights inspired me to imagine a world where gender...
Paris Terror Attacks: France Now Faces Fight Against Fear and Exclusion
The attacks that took place at a series of venues in Paris on November 13 are already the deadliest on French soil since 1945. At least 127 people have been killed in six...
After the Paris Attacks: Live News Should Challenge Narratives, Not Desperately Try to Create Them
As the events from Oslo on July 22, 2011 filtered through, TV news producers began to scramble. Many people had been murdered by a gunman, and they needed experts to give...
The Last Letter: A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran
Tomas Young, a wounded Iraq War veteran and outspoken critic of war, passed away at the age of 34 on November 10th, 2014, just before Veterans Day, which is also known...
How Globalization Fuels Terrorism and Fundamentalism
For people in the modern world, there may be nothing more difficult to comprehend than the group calling itself the Islamic State, or ISIS. The beheadings, rapes, and other...
Heartbreaking: Here's What a U.S Soldier Said When Asked to Justify the War on Terror
"You grew up wanting so bad to be Luke Skywalker, but you realize that you were basically a Stormtrooper, a faceless, nameless rifleman, carrying a spear for empire, and you...
The 'Anti-Knowledge' of the Elites
It’s fairly easy to spot the “anti-knowledge” spouted by the Tea Party and the Religious Right’s favorite candidates, but a more subtle form of reality-deprived “group think”...
We Don't Need to Wait for Chilcot, Blair Lied to Us About Iraq. Here's the Evidence.
With the help of the BBC and Dr David Morrison, I carried out my own inquiry. The facts are devastating for Blair, for parliament and for all of us.
Study: Corporate Media Refuses to Acknowledge Civilian Victims of US Wars
New research finds, through their silence, mainstream news outlets are 'legitimating' U.S. military's burn pits on civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan
Yearning for a World of Love and Justice
We live in a world filled with loving and caring people. We all crave a world filled with love and care. Yet most of us doubt that we can experience a loving and caring world...
Sanders' Snowden Response Proves He Doesn't Want a "Revolution"
Tuesday night at the Democratic presidential debate, leftist favorite Bernie Sanders clarified his feelings about National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. "I...
Stop the Violence in Israel/Palestine
As we watch in horror as violence in Israel and Palestine escalates and there continues to be needless and senseless killings, we offer a prayer of love, compassion and...
Palestine's Inconvenient Rebels
In 1995, when Samar became pregnant with her fifth child, doctors suspected that the fetus had a growth deficiency and would not survive. Samar, her husband Ibrahim, and...
A Short History of U.S. Bombing of Civilian Facilities
On October 3, a U.S. AC-130 gunship attacked a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in Kunduz, Afghanistan, partially destroying it. Twelve staff members and...
What Is Soft Fascism, Anyway?
I keep writing about soft fascism. Why is that, anyway? Soft fascism is a process of anti-democratic governing that is not as overtly totalitarian or authoritarian as more...
Time to Abolish Columbus Day
Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this...
Why Saudi Ties to 9/11 Mean U.S. Ties to 9/11
Media interest in Saudi Arabian connections to the crimes of 9/11 has centered on calls for the release of the 28 missing pages from the Joint Congressional Inquiry’s report...
The Incomprehensible Idea: What Opposing All Wars Means
The world’s two big nuclear militaries are in the same war now in Syria and, if not on opposite sides exactly, certainly not on the same side. A primary, if not the primary...
How to Spy the 9/11 Lie
A recent book written by veteran CIA officers describes how deception can be identified by simple observational techniques. In Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to...
As .01% Face Extinction: Darth Vader, Scrooge, Professor Snape Offer Advice to Their Minions
4-minute video of Darth Vader’s choice to serve love, family, and community rather than vicious psychopathic hatred: For those involved in support of US government-sponsored...
Numerous Civilians Dead After US Bombs Hospital in Afghanistan
Dozens dead and wounded after witnesses say bombardment of charity medical center continued for 30 minutes
The Letters P L U R in Terrorism
I wrote this 14 years ago, when I was a senior at Free State High School, just a couple days after September 11th, 2001. Somewhat unbelievably to me now, I actually stood up in...
Wikileaks vs. the Empire: the Revolutionary Act of Telling the Truth
George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” These are dark times, in which the propaganda of deceit touches all our lives...
Murder, USA: Why Politicians Have Blood on Their Hands
Ten people were killed and seven wounded recently in a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. Such shootings are more than another tragic expression of...
Healing Our Collective Trauma: The Key to Creating a Society Based on Trust Rather Than Fear
Behind the crisis of our time hides the core crisis of human relationships.
The Refugee Crisis: Beware the Drums of War
While the refugee crisis is being debated, pundits have used the crisis to plead for and justify new wars, and war plans are already being announced.
Pope Francis, American Churches, and Palestinian Rights
Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the US will doubtless reinforce his reach to the new audiences he has attracted beyond the Catholic Church with his strong positions on...
U.S. Doublespeak on Palestine
As Palestinians continue to endure unspeakable suffering at the hands of Israelis, there are some old bromides that are constantly being hurled at an unsuspecting public by...
Compassion, the Antidote
Thich Nhat Hanh has published nearly 100 books and is one of the best-known teachers of Zen Buddhism in the world today. In the early 1960s his practice of what he termed...
Instead of Defunding Planned Parenthood, Can We Defund War?
If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably heard about the newest anti-Planned Parenthood movement that ignited as a result of the video release of...