There’s No Strategy Behind Trump’s Wars — Only Brute Force

There’s No Strategy Behind Trump’s Wars — Only Brute Force

These are awesome days for headline writers. So many global settings, such an abundance of weapons, such a wealth of choices! On the morning of April 14, the New York Times led with “A Giant U.S. Bomb Strikes ISIS Caves in Afghanistan,” matched by CNN’s “US Drops...
Muhammad Ali Understood the Racist Roots of War and Militarism

Muhammad Ali Understood the Racist Roots of War and Militarism

With all the discussion and debate these days about intersectionality and the need for progressives to link our movements against racism and against war, the name of Muhammad Ali belongs right up in our pantheon with Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Harry Belafonte,...
Vietnam: The Power of Protest

Vietnam: The Power of Protest

Join us to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam Peace Movement in Washington, DC. As war continues to be a clear and present danger to our democracy, we gather to reflect and renew our commitments. Hundreds of us will come to the New York Avenue...
Author Event: Party in The Street

Author Event: Party in The Street

Party in the Street; The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11  explores the interaction between political parties and social movements in the United States. Examining the collapse of the post-9/11 antiwar movement against the wars in Iraq and...
Film: The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Film: The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali, a film by Bill Siegel, explores the extraordinary and complex life of the legendary athlete outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, from his refusal to...
February 15, 2003. The Day the World Said No to War.

February 15, 2003. The Day the World Said No to War.

Ten years ago people around the world rose up. In almost 800 cities across the globe, protesters filled the streets of capital cities and tiny villages, following the sun from Australia and New Zealand and the small Pacific islands, through the snowy steppes of North...
Smaller than a Mouse

Smaller than a Mouse

We demonstrated on a steaming day, carrying signs. Five hundred thousand people in the streets of New York saying no to war crowds gathering for blocks and miles, crush and press of all the world’s religions and secular codes, WE SHALL NOT KILL and the next day...
The Wikileaks Afghan War Diary: More Evidence of a Failed Mission

The Wikileaks Afghan War Diary: More Evidence of a Failed Mission

I wrote an assessment of last week’s meeting in Kabul on Friday, before news had, ahem, leaked of Wikileaks’ extraordinary new trove of documents, the Pentagon Papers: Afghanistan. I think the earlier piece is still useful. But first, a couple of quick...
Move the Money, Starve the Empire

Move the Money, Starve the Empire

June 26 may have been the last day of the U.S. Social Forum (USSF) in Detroit, but it might very well be the emergence of a more powerful antiwar movement in this country. The U.S. Social Forum is a meeting place for progressive social justice organizations to discuss...

Veterans for Peace Poetry Reading

Through poetry, prose, and song, Post Traumatic Press 2007 tells the stories of veterans with direct experience of the military. For some, the intense experience of war can only be expressed in writing, while others are driven by the need to say something openly...
Film Event: ‘FTA,’ with Holly Near and Phyllis Bennis

Film Event: ‘FTA,’ with Holly Near and Phyllis Bennis

In 1971, two years after Richard Nixon promised to end the Vietnam War, American troops were still fighting and American warplanes were still bombing North Vietnam. Into that mix came The FTA (“Free the Army” or “F*** the Army”) Show, a...

U.S. Militarism Rising As Elections Loom

Just a note on where we are, before I get into the analysis here. As all of us recognize, as we wake shaking in the night, fearing tomorrow, this is an incredibly dangerous moment. It doesn’t just seem to, it really does get worse each election – the...

Stealth Crisis

When pundits talk about the U.S. elections and foreign policy, they focus on Iraq and Iran. But the third member of the infamous “axis of evil” may prove to be just as influential. In the last several weeks, North Korea has stopped dismantling its nuclear...

Asia’s Olympic Debs

Nearly 70 years after the Games began again in the modern era, the Olympics finally took place somewhere outside the West. It was 1964, and the host country was Japan. The Tokyo Olympics were an opportunity for Japan to erase the stain of history. It had been tapped...