Mon 23 Jan 2012 01:47 pm filed by the Editor - Features
By Luke Eastwood At the present time western style civilization or what is more commonly called western culture seems to be sweeping into every corner of the globe. Since the demise of Communism, as the main ideological alternative to western Capitalism, it has become increasingly pervasive to the point that it appears to be unstoppable.
Sun 22 Jan 2012 04:36 pm filed by the Editor - Features
By David Swanson The best book I've read in a very long time is a new one: "The End of War" by John Horgan. Its conclusions will be vigorously resisted by many and yet, in a certain light, considered perfectly obvious to some others. The central conclusion -- that ending the institution of war is entirely up to us to choose -- was, arguably, reached by (among many others before and since) John Paul Sartre sitting in a café utilizing exactly no research.
Sat 21 Jan 2012 02:43 am filed by the Editor - Features
By David Swanson One would think that if condemned to lose sanity it would be preferable not to be aware of what was happening. On the contrary, as in lucid dreaming, there is something empowering and even comforting in lucid derangement, particularly national as opposed to personal derangement.
The Internet Spoke and, Finally, Congress Listened!
Sat 21 Jan 2012 02:27 am filed by the Editor - International
By Corynne McSherry The misguided proponents of the disastrous Internet blacklist bills have blinked. Today, Senator Harry Reid announced he would postpone a cloture vote on PIPA scheduled for next Tuesday, which means, as a practical matter, that the bill is dead for now. Shortly after that announcement, Representative Lamar Smith issued a statement conceding PIPA's evil House stepsister, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also wasn't ready for prime time.
Thu 12 Jan 2012 02:37 am filed by the Editor - International, Iran, United States
By David Swanson The push to attack Iran has been on for so long that entire categories of arguments for it (such as that the Iranians are fueling the Iraqi resistance) have come and gone. At DontAttackIran.org we've been collecting the arguments for and against attacking Iran for years. We've campaigned against an attack, but never been able to claim a success, because decisions not to launch wars are never announced, because those pushing for wars never give up, and because those believing what their government tells them think the Pentagon never campaigns for wars but is forced into them defensively on short notice by attacks from evildoers.
Mon 31 Jan 2011 01:09 pm filed by the Editor - International
By David Swanson The reason people in Tunisia, Egypt, and other parts of the world have been influenced to some extent by the work of Wikileaks is that they have read or heard about the material that Wikileaks has helped to make public. The CBS program "60 Minutes” has just published video of an interview with Wikileaks' Julian Assange -- with the video focused, of course, on Assange himself, with almost no substantive content related to the massive crimes and abuses that have made news around the globe.