Last week Antiwar.com director Eric Garris was contacted by Xinhua News and conducted a 25-minute interview. The correspondent became aware of Eric after seeing his speech at the February 19 Rage Against the War Machine Rally in San Francisco.
Two articles were written based on his interview. They have appeared in many publications around the world in several languages. We are still collecting them all. Here are the two in English:
Eric Garris, founder of Antiwar.com, joins David Gornoski to discuss the media’s role as the government’s war propaganda front as well as how he started campaigning against wars waged by the power-hungry political establishment. Why has the left abandoned its critical stance on unjust wars? How credible are the stories of chemical attacks and Gaddafi “weaponizing rape” that were used as excuses for running airstrikes in Libya and Syria? Listen to the full episode for an intriguing conversation on how victim-garbed myth-making plays a vital part in leading men and women into the mass sacrifice of war.
David Gornoski’s show, “A Neighbor’s Choice”, is hosted on ABC’s NewsRadio 93.1 WFLA FM and 540 AM in Central Florida, and broadcast on the web.
Between the Covid-19 pandemic and the civil unrest here at home, even fewer eyes are on U.S. foreign policy than before. Unfortunately the Empire never sleeps.
The wars continue, from the new Cold War with China to the shadow war in Somalia, and Antiwar.com is here to cover them all.
The War Party never lets a good crisis go to waste, and the Covid-19 pandemic has served as a useful tool to ramp up tensions with Beijing. Besides the rhetoric coming from the Trump administration, the US has increased its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, with massive Navy drills in the South China Sea and US spy planes buzzing near China’s coast. While only the fiercest hawks in Washington want a hot war with China, the increased US presence in the region makes a military confrontation more likely.
The US maintains crippling economic sanctions on countries like Venezuela, Iran, and Syria. History shows that economic warfare does nothing to depose the governments the US wants to overthrow and only hurts the civilian populations. In the early days of the pandemic, there were international calls for the US to lift sanctions to help the world fight Covid-19. But Washington did not comply. Instead, it has increased sanctions, most notably on Syria where new measures were put in place to prevent the Arab country from rebuilding after nine years of brutal war.
Hopes of a global ceasefire to combat the pandemic are long gone, and bombs from the US and its allies continue to fall across the Middle East. The most dire situation is in Yemen, where the U.S.-Saudi coalition have recently ramped up airstrikes. In recent weeks, bombs have obliterated civilian homes, killing men, women, and children. The humanitarian situation on the ground in Yemen is dire, with millions facing famine.
After review of Diana Johnstone’s piece, The Lynching of the Charismatic Geek, we agree that the assertions regarding Christine Assange are unnessarily provocative. While Ms. Johnstone was making a point about the nature of counter culture eccentrics against the mind numbing conformity required to maintain the world’s largest police state, we see how her portrayal can be used in service to the enemies of peace.
Mrs. Assange has been through enough heartache and horror to last several lifetimes. We in no way wish to add to this burden. Further, we at Antiwar.com stand unequivocally with Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and Chelsea Manning. The article has been pulled. We humbly apologize.
The Free Thoughts Podcast published an excellent interview with the authors of Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism. Professors Christopher J. Coyne and Abigail R. Hall describe the corrupting and corrosive of the warfare state on the American psyche including permanent surveillance, use of drones by police departments and the overlap of militarism and far right extremism.
Currently, US involvement in Yemen is under the authority of the Trump Administration without the consent or oversight of Congress. The US is not at war with Yemen but aiding Saudi Arabia with supplies, personnel, and a blockade that starves 130 children to death per day.
Step two: Find your individual senators’contact information by visiting here (or call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.)
Step three: When someone answers the phone, “Good morning, I’m [your name.] I am calling to urge [Senator’s name] to support S.J.Res 54, to keep us out of further involvement in Yemen.” Keep the call short. Be polite.