Rory Fanning, Truthout

Rory Fanning

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Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent:
  • Truthout
Past:
  • Salon.com
  • Toward Freedom
  • Waging Nonviolence
  • LobeLog
  • The Nation
  • War Is Boring

Recent articles by Rory:

Far Right Militias Are Recruiting Vets. We Must Organize Against This Trend.

Veterans already primed with the military’s racist indoctrination make up 25 percent of all militia members in the U.S. → Read More

Many soldiers want to stop fighting. Let’s build a movement that welcomes them.

Many people in the military don't want to sacrifice their lives for Trump's whims. → Read More

As a Veteran, I Refuse to Celebrate War

Let us reclaim Veterans Day, call it Armistice Day, and honor those who struggle for justice and peace. → Read More

What Does it Mean to Be a War Resister in Israel?

“I’ve thought the occupation of Palestine was immoral at least since I was in eighth grade,” Israeli refusenik Hilel Garmi explains. “But it was the March of Return that played a large role in sustaining the courage to say no to military service.” → Read More

What does it mean to be a war resister in Israel?

In a country with almost no antiwar movement, 19-year-old Israeli war resister Hilel Garmi is creating openings for others who oppose the occupation. → Read More

An Antiwar Story from the Embattled Middle East –

by Rory Fanning Hilel Garmi’s phone is going straight to voicemail and all I’m hoping is that he’s not back in prison. I’ll soon learn that he is. Prison 6 is a military prison. It’s situated in th… → Read More

The Cost of Being a War Resister in Israel

A 19-year-old Israeli was jailed six times after refusing military service. → Read More

This Teenager Was Locked Up for Refusing to Serve in Israel's Military

An increasing number of Israelis oppose the occupation, and some have formed groups to help support war resisters. → Read More

The stories war tells me

A veteran and parent can’t stop thinking about the war he fought → Read More

The Stories War Tells Me

I’m here in Chicago, 7,000 miles and 15 years away from Jalalabad, a desolate town in southwestern Afghanistan. Yet sometimes it seems to me as if it were yesterday, or even tomorrow, and anything but thousands of miles distant. There are moments when it feels like I never left —... → Read More

Long Ago, I Hurt Families Like My Own

Afghanistan is 7,000 miles away, but there are moments when it feels like I never left. → Read More

The Stories War Tells Me

A veteran and parent can’t stop thinking about the war he fought. → Read More

An Open Letter to Active Duty Soldiers: Don’t Deploy to the Southern US Border

The migrants in the Central American caravan are not your enemies. → Read More

Witnessing Japan's Growing Antiwar Movement

Two American veterans journeyed to Japan to apologize for US war crimes. They found a growing grassroots antiwar movement. → Read More

Veterans Against the War: 11 Perspectives on Ending US Imperialism

On the 15th Veterans Day since 9/11 catapulted the nation into two major wars, veteran Rory Fanning and veterans from conflicts around the world reflect on their military service, becoming antiwar activists and what it will take to end the US-led wars abroad. → Read More

Veterans Against the War: 11 Perspectives on Ending US Imperialism

Veterans reflect on what it will take to end the US-led wars abroad. → Read More

The things I still carry

After 9/11, I gave up college to become an army ranger. I refuse to let high school students make the same mistake → Read More

The Wars in Our Schools: An Ex-Army Ranger Finds a New Mission

Confronting the attacks on education in the US should also mean trying to interrupt that school-to-military pipeline. → Read More

This Ex–Army Ranger Goes on Missions to High Schools—but Not to Recruit

Early each New Year’s Day I head for Lake Michigan with a handful of friends. We look for a quiet stretch of what, only six months earlier, was warm Chicago beach. Then we trudge through knee-deep snow in bathing suits and boots, fighting wind gusts and hangovers. → Read More

This Ex-Army Ranger Goes on Missions to High Schools—But Not to Recruit

Early each New Year’s Day I head for Lake Michigan with a handful of friends. We look for a quiet stretch of what, only six months earlier, was warm Chicago beach. Then we trudge through knee-deep snow in bathing suits and boots, fighting wind gusts and hangovers. → Read More