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Joan E. Bauer: A Thousand Pigeons

Robbie, Paul & I met Carlin at the Hamburger Hamlet in Westwood in 1970. Carlin had a big laugh & shiny hair, but behind the jokes, a serious guy. He … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Angele Ellis: On Hearing That FBI Anti-Terrorism Agents Spied on the Thomas Merton Center

For Molly Moore Rush   Pacifism is dangerous. Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk who rose above his Seven-Storey Mountain to the Buddhist peaks of Nepal, was electrocuted by a faulty … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese: A Failing Empire

The United States is a failing empire: the domestic economy has fallen to a level equivalent to a developing nation for most of us while the stock markets, especially for weapons-makers, are … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Michael Gregory: Battleship America

Most Americans, like most people in the world for the past hundred years, have lived with the threat of war hanging over them, or have been in actual combat. For … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · 6 Comments

Emily De Ferrari: In the Belly

1. In Aliquippa The mill loomed large and after dark, nightmarishly glowing red on the river road we would take before I was five to my grandmother’s sweet, warm and yeasty … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 4 Comments

Tashi Nyima: Life Is Sacred

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
140 countries in the world have abolished the death penalty in law or practice. In 2013, the top five countries still engaged in this…

March 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mahatma Gandhi’s List of the 7 Social Sins

In 590 AD, Pope Gregory I unveiled a list of the Seven Deadly Sins – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride – as a way to keep the … Continue reading

February 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

Timothy Karr: Building an Internet Movement from the Bottom Up

‘In the end, the Internet is simply an effective tool for connecting people. Whether the network becomes a force for good or evil is up to its users.’ In the … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Medea Benjamin: Federal Prison Sentence Begins for Anti-Drone Activist

An interview with peace activist Kathy Kelly On January 23, Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare, begins a three-month … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Martin Luther King: The Key

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. … I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This…

January 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mel Packer: Martin Luther King’s Radical Legacy

Now, some might say, “Radical?, King was no radical!” And, in fact, the image all too often projected in our children’s classrooms and in the mass media on MLK Day … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Adam Hochschild: Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers

Celebrating War Over and Over and Peace Once Go to war and every politician will thank you, and they’ll continue to do so — with monuments and statues, war museums … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Anti-Semitism or Anti-War?

Let’s distinguish between sentiment against the actions of the Israeli government and pure anti-Semitism The current wave of anti-Semitism in Western Europe is much more complicated than traditional European hatred … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

Mel Packer: Is It Time To Be Outlaws Again?

Only large-scale civil disobedience will make our leaders address economic injustice. In 1989, Bob Dylan recorded a song titled “Everything Is Broken”. That song seemed to go largely ignored, perhaps … Continue reading

August 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

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