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The most powerful case for the U.S. war resisters

Let Them Stay: U.S. War Resisters in Canada, 2004-2016

by edited by Sarah Hipworth and Luke Stewart
(Iguana Books,
2016;
$21.83)

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On February 15, 2003, 15 million people around the globe marched in opposition to the impending war in Iraq. Despite not convincing the U.S. or UK governments to draw back from their invasion plans, the pressure generated that day did convince several governments, including Canada's, not to participate in what would turn out to be a military debacle that the United States and the United Kingdom are still reeling from more than a decade later.

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Canada's deluded wars of November

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From Vietnam to ISIS: Canada needs to apologize

Photo: Bomb shrapnel, Xieng Khwang province, Laos. Credit: GothPhil/flickr

Trigger alert: This article includes graphic language about war.

Over a four-hour period, they "methodically slaughtered more than five hundred unarmed victims, killing some in ones and twos, others in small groups, and collecting many more in a drainage ditch…They faced no opposition. They even took a quiet break to eat lunch in the midst of the carnage. Along the way, they also raped women and young girls, mutilated the dead, systematically burned homes, and fouled the area's drinking water."

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Art brings insight into war that's missing in politics

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We need to take responsibility for the true cost of war

Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: jamesomalley, The U.S. Army, Eddi

What price would you pay not to kill another human being? At what point would you commit the offences allegedly perpetrated by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged Wednesday with desertion and "misbehavior before an enemy?"

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Remembering Tomas Young and his fight for peace

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There were 8,920,000 military veterans in the United States as of last June, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sometime last Sunday or Monday, hours before Veterans Day began, that number dropped by one, when Tomas Young died at home in Seattle, with his wife by his side. He was one of many soldiers who were sent to Iraq and were grievously injured there.

The public may know more about Tomas Young than about most veterans, thanks to the remarkable documentary Body of War, directed and produced by legendary talk-show host Phil Donahue and filmmaker Ellen Spiro. His journey, his struggle and now his death follow an arc along the tragic U.S. wars and occupations in this post-9/11 world.

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Harper tries to intimidate us into perpetual war

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Stephen Harper insisted last week that we will not be intimidated by terrorism. He then did everything he could to ensure we will be intimidated by terrorism.

I've always been confused by the assertion that we won't be intimidated by terrorism. Has anyone ever suggested that we should be intimidated by terrorism, that because a man ran into the Parliament buildings brandishing a rifle, we should abandon parliamentary democracy?

Obviously not.

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