People can stop the war

President Bush has rallied his troops for what he calls “The first warof the 21st century”. What is your view of this crisis, where, briefly, do you stand? This is the question we are putting to people around the world, especially those with their own public reputation and following. Our aim, to help create a truly global debate all can identify with.
Danny Glover
6 February 2003

I've spoken very clearly, from the United States to Porto Alegre, in opposition to the war – or, rather, to the possibility of war in Iraq. I'm also of a mind to think that we as organised citizens can stop this potential war. I think that is our biggest responsibility right now.

But when we promote an agenda of peace - when we talk about peace - we need to be capable of talking about the many issues that confront us. The war brings us to a place where it denies us the possibility of dialogue. And we must talk about those other issues. The war is just a potential war and is a blip on the map of all the issues that confront us.

The threat of war is very real, even though the rest of the world has said 'no'. People from the United States have also come to the table to say 'no' to war and 'yes' to peace. I have inner faith in my brothers' and sisters' ability to stop this war.

© Danny Glover 2003

Originally published as part of a debate on 6th February 2003 Writers, artists and civic leaders on the War: Pt. II

See also Writers, artists and civic leaders on the War: Pt. 1.

How can Americans fight dark money and disinformation?

Violence, corruption and cynicism threaten America's flagging democracy. Joe Biden has promised to revive it – but can his new administration stem the flow of online disinformation and shady political financing that has eroded the trust of many US voters?

Hear from leading global experts and commentators on what the new president and Congress must do to stem the flood of dark money and misinformation that is warping politics around the world.

Join us on Thursday 21 January, 5pm UK time/12pm EST.

Hear from:

Emily Bell Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism and director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Anoa Changa Journalist focusing on electoral justice, social movements and culture

Peter Geoghegan openDemocracy investigations editor and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Josh Rudolph Fellow for Malign Finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy 

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