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Anti War Movement

Remembrance of Wars Past

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Thirteen years after our set of disastrous wars started, where is the massive antiwar movement, including an army in near revolt and a Congress with significant critics in significant positions?

The Unquenchable and Endless Thirst for War -- Thomas Paine Warns the NeoCons Are Coming... Again!

Ian Ruskin | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Enter Thomas Paine, the one truly radical Founding Father, who was fighting for that soul of America. He was also the man who inspired a long and bloody war through his words in Common Sense and American Crisis, words often quoted by Neocons.

U.S. Nearly Used Nukes During Vietnam War

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

If the president had done what the Joint Chiefs recommended, the movement would have grown even larger, but so would the war, much larger than it ever became.

The Whole World Wasn't Watching

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.01.2014 | Media
Doug Bradley

One of the more memorable May Days in history went unreported to those of us who were defending the U.S. in Vietnam in May of 1971. That's more than a little ironic, especially for guys like me who served as "combat correspondents" and whose military job it was to report on what was going on with the troops and the war and all the rest.

Growing Up Liberal

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

I thought about my path to liberalism when I read the recent interview between President Obama and Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly mouthed the classic conservative trope: liberals love the "nanny state" and think big government can solve all of America's problems.

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight: Rumble in the High Court

Andrew Fish | Posted 12.18.2013 | Entertainment
Andrew Fish

Though I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I had never heard of Clay V. United States, I suspect I'm one of the millions-strong target audience that Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight is aiming to educate.

Mission Accomplished? Syria, the Anti-War Movement, and the Spirit of Internationalism

Danny Postel | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Danny Postel

It's hard for me to share the peace movement's triumphalism. Yes, a US military attack was thwarted - good. But is that where the story ends?

MLK Would Not Dance to the Drumbeat of War

Nida Khan | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Nida Khan

When the rhetoric against the Assad regime and Syria is eerily parallel to that prior to the Iraq war, wouldn't it make sense to wait, and to ask our leaders for actual information and proof? Are we ready to allow our government and the governments of our allies to commit such drastic action under our names yet again?

What Studs Terkel and Rebecca Solnit Taught Me

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The largest antiwar movement ever to protest a war that had yet to happen had just packed its tents and gone home in despair, while George W. Bush and his top officials were in their “mission accomplished” triumphalist mode.

Too Soon to Tell

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Rebecca Solnit

The despairing of May 2003 were convinced of one true thing, that we had not stopped the invasion of Iraq, but they extrapolated from that a series of false assumptions about our failures and our powerlessness across time and space.

Cindy Lee Sheehan - Too Early to Be Named as Patron Saint of Occupy?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 12.19.2012 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Cindy Lee Sheehan could be the prior decade's Occupier: she went where she wasn't welcome, claimed a patch of land that wasn't hers, was surrounded by unfriendly forces, but tenaciously continued to exercise her first amendment right.

A Memorial Day Remembrance of Peace Activist Soldiers

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Doug Bradley

On Memorial Day, I remember some of the most ardent and intense peace enthusiasts I've ever known: U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War.

When the World Outlawed War: David Swanson's New Book

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 03.13.2012 | Books
Bruce E. Levine

If any one piece of American history can re-energize the American people to again push their politicians, David Swanson's meticulously documented When the World Outlawed War can do it.

Grandma, Did You Occupy Wall Street?

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

In my youth we used the word "sit-in," instead of "Occupy," but the movements are essentially the same kind of phenomenon, both symbolic forms of resistance to an oppressive social or economic status quo.

Saki Knafo

Return To Levittown | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.13.2011 | Fifty

Last Wednesday, as thousands of protesters gathered in financial districts around the country shouting slogans like "Get money out of politics" and "T...

Opposing the Wars at Occupy Wall Street

Eamon Murphy | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Eamon Murphy

For some demonstrators, the name of the Occupy Wall Street protest is especially ironic: those whose primary concerns are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Minneapolis Message to Obama Was Clear: Bring the War $$ Home

Coleen Rowley | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Most of the mainstream media did not do a very good job reporting on Obama's August 30 speech in Minneapolis nor on the protest outside the National Convention of the American Legion to whom he spoke.

Days of Decision on Ending the Wars

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The American peace movement is calling on you -- you -- to call your representatives in Congress now to urge votes against the wars.

Bob Dylan's Asia Tour: Has Freedom Lost Its Voice?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.11.2011 | Entertainment
John W. Whitehead

The news that Bob Dylan would embark on a concert tour of Asia had many waiting to see what, if anything, he would say to audiences long oppressed by their governments. So far, the so-called voice of freedom has remained mute.

Jason Linkins

Scarborough Hits Liberals For Libya Hypocrisy | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics

If you want to level a charge of hypocrisy against Democratic Party lawmakers, knock yourself out. But leave the rest of the "liberal" movement out of it, especially if you can't actually make the case.

Despite Harassment, Peace Activists Vow to Continue Work

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

On January 25, 2011, people gathered in cities across America to demonstrate against the ongoing harassment of peace organizations and individual acti...

Where Has the Antiwar Movement Gone?

Ted Balaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Balaker

True conservatives recognize that, whether it's public education or national defense, more spending doesn't guarantee better results. Maybe it is time for the antiwar left and Tea Party to team up in support of defense cuts and ending the wars.

Whither the Tea Party

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The political and demographic momentum is not on the side of the Tea Party movement, but of those who see a diverse, multi-cultural America not with trepidation or fear, but as inevitable and positive.

Peace Movement AWOL on Aggression

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Don Kraus

We are blessed with an opportunity to work for peace and justice. Imagine a future where cries of "end the war" can be legitimately replaced by silence; or at the very least, shouts of "jail the bum."

Reflections on an Anniversary

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The other superpower, the citizens of a world in constant transformation, ever striving to build a more just and far-reaching peace, is alive, radiant, and quietly creating the future with countless initiatives to calm the heart of violence.