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January 19-21: Bringing Love & Peace

Sun, 15/01/2017 - 11:14

We were appalled when President-elect Donald Trump nominated Jeff Sessions, a blatant racist, to be our next US Attorney General. Sessions opposes criminal justice reform, supports voter repression, and even voted against the Violence Against Women Act! As his confirmation hearing began, we were there in beautiful color, holding signs of End Islamophobia, Stop Sessions, Support […]

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The Deep State Wants to Deep Six Us

Sat, 14/01/2017 - 23:34

What do these pieces of evidence tell you? The United States and Russia each possess enough nuclear weapons to destroy all life on earth many times over. Pentagon officials say the cold war with Russia is for profit and bureaucracy. When there was danger of peace breaking out in Syria, the U.S. military acted to […]

David Swanson

Syria and Aleppo – Old news media falling

Fri, 13/01/2017 - 13:18

A moment of world history missed by quite a few I was in Aleppo December 10-14, 2016 and the Eastern part was finally liberated on the 12th. Beyond any doubt, this was a world historic moment: because of Aleppo’s importance as city in Syria and the Middle East, its status as UNESCO World Heritage site, […]

Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research

Imagine the Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Peace

Fri, 13/01/2017 - 12:58

The idea has been floated and endlessly reintroduced in legislation since the founding of the United States of creating a Department of Peace. These efforts even resulted in 1986 in the creation of the USI”P” — the U.S. Institute of “Peace” which this week held events with Lindsey Graham, Tom Cotton, Madeleine Albright, Chuck Hagel, […]

David Swanson

Trump, a catastrophe or a catalyst for change?

Thu, 12/01/2017 - 22:54

By Ana Carvallo With the nail-biting inauguration of January 20th rapidly approaching, many feel a gut-wrenching sense of unease at the prospect of an inexperienced, loud-mouthed and rather vulgar successor leading America into 2017. Of course, over here in Europe we do not have as much to worry about, yet worrying it may seem nonetheless. […]

Redacción Perú

USA, March & Knit for Resistance

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:21

This January 21st we will march together with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families and in solidarity with those who were most insulted, marginalized, and threatened during the election cycle – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as […]

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Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:28

The U.S. government has now generated numerous news stories and released multiple “reports” aimed at persuading us that Vladimir Putin is to blame for Donald Trump becoming president. U.S. media has dutifully informed us that the case has been made. What has been made is the case for writing your own news coverage. The “reports” […]

David Swanson

Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Eager to Blame “Everybody But Themselves” for Collapse of Their Party

Fri, 06/01/2017 - 18:03

As Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies at a Senate hearing on Russian cyberthreats ahead of a highly classified briefing today with President-elect Donald Trump, we speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has faced an onslaught of criticism for questioning the premise of Russian hacking of the U.S. election. “Because Democrats are […]

Democracy Now!

Why Release the Torture Report Now

Fri, 06/01/2017 - 15:37

By David Swanson, World Beyond War A young man was tortured in Chicago this week. It wasn’t an act of the Chicago police. It was live streamed on Facebook. And the President of the United States declared it an horrific hate crime. The President did not advise “looking forward” rather than enforcing the law. Nor […]

David Swanson

Yes, Positivity, Pangloss, Partisanship, Propaganda, and Populism

Wed, 04/01/2017 - 16:39

By David Swanson Eight years ago Yes! Magazine published a political platform of progressive policies, along with polling showing strong majority support for each proposal. Now, eight years later, we can show almost total failure to advance any of the proposals, most of which were focused on the U.S. federal government. Where there have been […]

David Swanson

German state of Brandenburg may not deport far-right victims

Wed, 04/01/2017 - 08:19

Brandenburg is the first German state to pass a rule forbidding the deportation of asylum seekers who have been victims or witnesses of violent crimes. Authorities hope this could curb the rise in far-right crimes. The German state of Brandenburg will not deport asylum seekers if they have been victimized by right-wing violence. Local media […]

Deutsche Welle

Fantasies About Russia Could Doom Opposition to Trump

Mon, 02/01/2017 - 19:37

By David Swanson To many Democrats for whom killing a million people in Iraq just didn’t rise to the level of an impeachable offense, and who considered Obama’s bombing of eight nations and the creation of the drone murder program to be praiseworthy, Trump will be impeachable on Day 1. Indeed Trump should be impeached […]

David Swanson

Edward Snowden in Munich: Event “Freedom & Democracy – Global Issues in Context”

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 16:46

On January 15th, acTVism Munich will be hosting the event “Freedom & Democracy – Global Issues in Context” to take place in the event location Muffathalle in Munich, Germany. The following experts will be present: Edward Snowden, Jeremy Scahill, Jürgen Todenhöfer, Paul Jay, Richard Wolff & Srecko Horvat. Our Topics: Privacy, civil rights and mass […]

acTVism Munich

The Russians Are Coming

Sat, 31/12/2016 - 07:57

By Oliver Stone As 2016 draws to a close, we find ourselves a deeply unsettled nation. We’re unable to draw the lines of our national interest. Is it jobs and economy, is it national security, or is it now in our interest to ensure global security — in other words, act as the world’s policemen? […]

Pressenza New York

2017 Seen as Turning Point for Liberal Democracies

Thu, 29/12/2016 - 21:53

By Jorge Valero | EurActiv.com* Western democracies will be further challenged next year, as populist parties are expected to make gains in Europe, while China and Russia increasingly set the global agenda, taking advantage of a US withdrawal. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama famously proclaimed the “end of history”, seeing […]

Human Wrongs Watch

Civil liberties versus law enforcement – hackers debate in Hamburg

Thu, 29/12/2016 - 20:21

Can the state collect the data of its citizens in the name of security? Can citizens encrypt their data to combat such an intrusion? Europe’s largest meeting of hackers debates the issues. It is unusually dark in the Hamburg Congress Center these days. Lighting has been dimmed to a minimum in a space normally lit […]

Deutsche Welle

Netanyahu halts Israeli funding of UN bodies in revenge for ‘crazy’ resolution

Sun, 25/12/2016 - 07:33

Russia Today – Published time: 24 Dec, 2016 23:09 Israel has suspended its multimillion dollar contribution to a number of United Nations bodies and is reevaluating its relationship with the organization, after the UN Security Council passed a resolution on Israeli settlement construction. “I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete within a month a re-evaluation of all […]

Pressenza London

Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis Could Divest From Banks Over Standing Rock

Fri, 23/12/2016 - 14:54

Across the United States, people are answering the call to #DefundDAPL  by closing their accounts with banks that support the Dakota Access pipeline. Activists in Portland want their city to do the same. The city of Seattle could decide to take $3 billion in city business away from Wells Fargo, one of the 17 banks […]

Pressenza New York

Reflections 41 years after Invasion Day

Tue, 20/12/2016 - 19:20

By Pamela Sexton* Dili, Timor-Leste – Recently, thousands of U.S. military veterans travelled to North Dakota to support the peaceful struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux to defend their sovereignty and protect their land and water. I watched the veterans bend down to ask forgiveness from the many indigenous tribes gathered there. They apologized as […]

Pressenza New York

Trump’s new settlement builder?

Tue, 20/12/2016 - 17:42

Last Friday, President-elect Donald Trump tapped bankruptcy attorney David Friedman to be the next US Ambassador to Israel. Friedman has no diplomatic experience, and his political positions are to the right of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu! Friedman supports illegal settlements, is hostile to the two-state solution, and wants to move the US embassy to Jerusalem! Tell the […]

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