Is the US a Warfare State?

Is the US a Warfare State? By John M. Bachar, Jr. Perpetual War     In the 243 year existence of the US (1776 – 2018), it has been involved in 79 wars. If we define a “war year” as one during which the US was involved in war part or all of the year, and if we define a “peace year” as one during which the US was not involved in war, [...]

Imperialism and the Logic Of Mass Destruction

Imperialism and the Logic Of Mass Destruction by Carl Boggs [excerpts from: https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/04/imperialism-and-the-logic-of-mass-destruction/] As it has through much of its war-obsessed history, the US is engaged in military conflict or threatening it  across a broad terrain. In Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, Washington's been sending barrages of missiles and bombs, often hitting civilians and resources needed for their survival. Death tolls mount, the largest numbers lately in the battle for Mosul. Heavier casualties [...]

Veterans For Peace: Reject Trump’s Military Build Up

Veterans For Peace: Reject Trump's Military Build Up www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/position-statements/veterans-peace-rejects-president-trumps-military-build Veterans For Peace calls for a reduction in the Pentagon budget and an increase in spending to meet human needs at home and abroad. As military veterans from WWII to the current era of conflicts, who have trained for, and in many cases, fought in U.S. wars, we know that current US policies have not only failed to bring peace but are morally [...]

Are We Headed Toward World War Three?

IS THE PLANET HEADED FOR A THIRD WORLD WAR? By Ron Spriestersbach For this article, I read eleven articles by eleven different authors. Nearly all of them raised the question of the day: Is the planet headed for World III? But there was one article which truly astounded and scared me. This was “The Warnings of a New World War” by Gilbert Doctorow, the European Coordinator of the American Committee for East [...]

By |2016-11-06T17:07:08-05:00November 6th, 2016|Afghanistan, Drones, Iraq, Peace, Peace and War, Peace Vigils|1 Comment

The More Effective Evil

The More Effective Evil by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action In planning this issue of Change Links, we sought commentary on post-primary, pre-general election directions for the movement from progressive Democrats for Bernie, the Peace & Freedom Party, Freedom Socialist Party and anarchists, with little or no response. Instead we are running the information you see on our front page about proposed protests outside both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this month [...]

It’s Election Time Again, Yea

It’s Election Time Again, Yea   More ranting from John Johnson I participated in the 1964 election, having been involved in supportive actions for the civil rights movement that was taking place in the South. Some of us were already working in groups, including the Young Democrats. Our main target was the reactionary Birch Society’s candidate, Barry Goldwater. We worked for Johnson and local politicians going door to door. We worked for [...]

Drone Warfare

Drone Warfare's Deadly Civilian Toll: A Very Personal View I was minutes from ordering a drone strike on a Taliban insurgent – until I realised I was watching an Afghan child at play by James Jeffrey I find myself caught between the need to follow the drone debate and the need to avoid unpleasant memories it stirs. I used drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – during the nadir of my military career [...]

The Iraq War Ain’t Over

The Iraq War Ain’t Over, No Matter What Obama Says By Spencer Ackerman President Obama announced on Friday that all 41,000 U.S. troops currently in Iraq will return home by December 31. “That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end,” he said. Don’t believe him. Now: it’s a big deal that all U.S. troops are coming home. For much of the year, the military, fearful of Iranian influence, has sought [...]

By |2011-11-02T13:42:37-05:00October 31st, 2011|Events, Human Rights, Iraq, Peace and War, Politics|0 Comments

Iraq War Dead

1 Million Dead in Iraq? 6 Reasons the Media Hide the True Human Toll of War -- And Why We Let Them By John Tirman Most Americans turn a blind eye to the violent acts being carried out in their name. July 19, 2011 | As the U.S. war in Iraq winds down, we are entering a familiar phase, the season of forgetting—forgetting the harsh realities of the war. Mostly we forget [...]

President Obama Speaks on Manning and the Rule of Law

President Obama Speaks on Manning and the Rule of Law By Glenn Greenwald Protesters Thursday interrupted President’s Obama speech at a $5,000/ticket San Francisco fundraiser to demand improved treatment for Bradley Manning. After the speech, one of the protesters, Logan Price, approached Obama and questioned him. Obama’s responses are revealing on multiple levels. First, Obama said this when justifying Manning’s treatment (video and transcript are here): We’re a nation of laws. We [...]

Bradford Manning Editorial

Bradford Manning has only been charged for suspicion of leaking the Iraq and Afghan War logs. One of which was a video showing a US Helicopter mowing down a group of civilans and two reporters, continuing to fire as they laid on the group. For this he has been kept in his cell without any human contact whatsoever for 23 out of 24 hours every day for six months, is prohibited from [...]

SNAFUs

SNAFU By John Johnson Situation Normal, All Fucked Upped, a saying of GIs from WWII A very very brief history of the SNAFU US wars. WWII was the greatest, most inhumane, most brutal exercise of mankind. Somewhat during but afterwards the war from the GI level was depicted in literature, and movies. Though it was difficult for most GIs to talk about it for decades. It was mainly left up to the [...]

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