David Swanson: #NoWar2016 – Declaration of Peace — Invitation to Individuals and Organizations to Sign

What Could Unite a Larger Peace Movement? Oh, This! In a time of division and disagreement, when people who all agree on something important sometimes spend more time bickering with each other than working on their collective cause, is it possible to craft an agenda that brings them together and adds to their numbers? It …

David Swanson: Understanding Afghanistan – New Book No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

Everybody’s Got Afghanistan Wrong I’ve just read an excellent new book by Anand Gopal called No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes. Gopal has spent years in Afghanistan, learned local languages, interviewed people in depth, researched their stories, and produced a true-crime book more gripping, as well …

David Swanson: Localities Reining in Federal Government – Sixth City Passes Anti-Drone Resolution

Leverett Becomes Sixth City to Pass Anti-Drone Resolution Here are the other five. Leverett and Amherst, Mass., both were expected to consider resolutions. I haven’t heard any news from Amherst. The Leverett news is courtesy of Beth Adams. I haven’t seen official text, but here’s some idea of what was passed, or at least what …

David Swanson: Olympic Capitalism – Brazil Does Great Wrong

Olympic Capitalism: Bread and Circuses Without the Bread The author of Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy, Dave Zirin, must love sports, as I do, as billions of us do, or he wouldn’t keep writing about where sports have gone wrong.  But, wow, have they gone …