Coming Home: A Military War Resister Returns From Canada

Mike SQ

Forty two years ago, I was a soldier in the U. S. Army. It was 1969. The Viet Nam war was raging. Over 500 unarmed old men, women, and children had been murdered at My Lai by U.S. soldiers, and a pattern of war atrocities and White House lies about the war was being exposed. The South Vietnamese government was shown to be hopelessly corrupt and ineffective, and the South Vietnamese Army was unable to hold their own … [Read more...]

Israel vs. Israel

Mavi Marmara square

Israel is defeating itself, one battle at a time. The May 31, 2010 Israeli attack on the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” - particularly on the Mavi Marmara - is a microcosm of Israel’s steady march to self-defeat. Six ships laden with supplies and international peace activists - including parliamentarians and other prominent figures - headed toward Gaza with the stated aim of breaking the Israeli blockade. Israeli ships, … [Read more...]

The Battle Over PTSD

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The battle over the meaning of a traumatic experience is fought in the arena of political discourse, popular culture and scholarly debate. The outcome of this battle shapes the rhetoric of the dominant culture and influences future political action. Kali Tal, Worlds Of Hurt: Reading the Literature of Trauma _______________ There’s a major struggle for meaning going on in America now that centers on war trauma … [Read more...]

Why Are We In Libya?

Geithner Profile

“…get a man greedy enough and he got the guts to go – go, go, … Vietnam, hot damn.” -Norman Mailer, Why Are We In Vietnam? The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the program created by Congress to expend over $700 billion of our tax dollars to prevent a “meltdown of the financial system,” is a “colossal failure.” It’s now official.  Neil M. Barofsky, the man hired as TARP’s special … [Read more...]

The Cost of War

Open Wound

The mounting costs of war over the past decade are staggering. More than 4,440 US troops and over 1 million civilians have been killed in Iraq and over 32,009 US troops have been wounded. Casualties in Afghanistan and Pakistan have been horrendous. The US has spent over $1.3 trillion on these wars since 2001. Besides the casualty lists and suicide rates among soldiers, across America local and state governments … [Read more...]

The Truth Set Him Free: Ehren Watada vs. the U.S. Army

EhrenWatada

In June 2006, Lieutenant Ehren Watada became the first U.S. Army officer to publicly refuse orders to Iraq.  After almost three years of intense political and legal struggle, he won his discharge from the Army on October 2, 2009.  He never did a single day in jail. His journey from a believer in his government and Army to GI resister is a dramatic tale of uncovering lies, finding the truth, and daring to take a stand … [Read more...]