Category: US Military

Profiting from America’s Longest War: Trump Seeks to Exploit Mineral Wealth of Afghanistan

Profiting from America’s Longest War: Trump Seeks to Exploit Mineral Wealth of Afghanistan

By Benjamin Dangl Published on October 13, 2017 Source: Toward Freedom Mining lapis, a semi-precious stone, in Afghanistan. October 7th marked sixteen years since the start of the US War in Afghanistan – America’s longest war. In an effort to justify the continued and expanded presence of US troops in the country, President Trump is…

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“Pruning-Hooks Made Out of Swords:” The 224-Year-Old Demand for a US Department of Peace

“Pruning-Hooks Made Out of Swords:” The 224-Year-Old Demand for a US Department of Peace

By Benjamin Dangl Published on September 27, 2017 Source: Toward Freedom The Women’s Peace Parade marches through New York City on August 29, 1914, shortly after the start of World War I. We are living in an Age of War. The US conflict in Afghanistan is now the longest war in American history. US war…

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Masters of War: Senate Defense Budget Set to Exceed One Third of Global Military Spending

Masters of War: Senate Defense Budget Set to Exceed One Third of Global Military Spending

By Benjamin Dangl Published on September 22, 2017 Source: Toward Freedom American troops stand next to a burning oil well at the Rumayla oil fields March 27, 2003 in Rumayla, Iraq. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that…

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Throwing Bullets at Failed Policies: US Plans For New Bases in Colombia

Throwing Bullets at Failed Policies: US Plans For New Bases in Colombia

Written by Benjamin Dangl September 10, 2009 It was a winter day in the Argentine city of Bariloche when 12 South American presidents gathered there on August 28. It was so cold that Hugo Chavez wore a red scarf and Evo Morales put on a sweater. The presidents arrived at the Union of South American…

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Vermont Against General Dynamics: Confronting the Military Industrial Complex

Vermont Against General Dynamics: Confronting the Military Industrial Complex

By Benjamin Dangl, November 16, 2008 On November 1st, in Montpelier, the capital of Vermont, one hundred activists gathered to protest against General Dynamics, a weapons manufacturer operating in the state. The diverse group of activists rallied in support of building a peace economy and movement beyond election day. Speaking to the crowd in front…

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Vermont Peace Activists Occupy General Dynamics Weapons Plant

Vermont Peace Activists Occupy General Dynamics Weapons Plant

By Benjamin Dangl Friday, 02 May 2008 On May 1st, International Workers’ Day, ten peace activists in Burlington, Vermont entered General Dynamics and locked themselves together in the main lobby of the building in protest against the company’s weapons manufacturing and war profiteering. University of Vermont student Benjamin Dube, one of the dozens of other…

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Bolivia’s Trial by Fire

Bolivia’s Trial by Fire

By Benjamin Dangl Wednesday, 11 January 2006 After winning a landslide election victory on December 18th, Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales announced plans to nationalize the country’s gas reserves, rewrite the constitution in a popular assembly, redistribute land to poor farmers and change the rules of the U.S.-led war on drugs in Bolivia. If he follows…

Unembedded Reporting From Iraq: An Interview with Dahr Jamail

Unembedded Reporting From Iraq: An Interview with Dahr Jamail

By Benjamin Dangl Monday, 31 October 2005 In 2003, tired of the US media’s inaccurate portrayal of the realities of the Iraq War, independent journalist Dahr Jamail headed to the conflict himself. Instead of following in the footsteps of mainstream media’s embedded, “Hotel Journalists,” Jamail hit the Iraqi streets to uncover the stories most reporters…

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