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Angele Ellis: In Lebanon, 2000 June

It was the summer the Israelis withdrew, leaving
behind
a landmined no-man’s-land of phosphorus orange groves,
blighted with white like the kingdom of the Snow Queen.

September 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

Mandy Smithberger: The Pentagon Budget

A Post-Coronavirus Economy Can No Longer Afford to Put the Pentagon First.

September 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Green Fire

When the captain got old
and sick, he had the same
nightmare every night

September 10, 2020 · 3 Comments

C. Christine Fair: Myanmar’s Lady of Genocide

In 2015, Myanmar, a country controlled by militant Buddhists, began an organized process of genocide against the Rohingya, a Muslim minority. Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader who promised to protect them, has facilitated the genocide.

September 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: September 1, 1939, By W.H. Auden. Read by Doug Anderson

There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

September 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: Bring On the Winged Monkeys

Remarkably, it got worse.

August 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

John Nagl and Paul Yingling: An Open Letter to General Milley

If Donald Trump refuses to leave office at the expiration of his constitutional term, the United States military must remove him by force, and you must give that order.

August 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Andrew Bacevich: Biden Wins

Assume Joe Biden wins the presidency. Then What?

August 17, 2020 · 3 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The World We are Passing on to our children and grandchildren

Let’s just hope that, when it comes to creating a better world out of such a god-awful mess, the generations that follow us prove better at it than mine did.

August 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Donald Krieger: Hiroshima Haiku

memorial bridge
ahead and in my rearview
winged souls drift by

August 6, 2020 · 2 Comments

Helen Caldicott: The Lessons We Still Haven’t Learned From Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The United States needs to rise to its full moral and spiritual height and lead the world to sanity and survival.

August 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Karen J. Greenberg: Accountability in Trump’s America

All told, the U.S. president has been a perfect model in deflecting all responsibility, even as the death toll soared over 150,000 with more than four million cases reported nationwide and no end in sight.

August 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Rouba’s Manifesto

“If you want to change the world, make your life about others. And everything will come back to you.” — Dr. Rouba Mhaissen

July 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lindsay Koshgarian: Cut the Pentagon 10 Percent. Invest in Public Health

At more than $740 billion this year, the Pentagon budget is more than 100 times the budget of the CDC—and more than 1,800 times the U.S. contribution to the World Health Organization that the president has promised to cut.

July 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

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