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Daniel N. White: The Fish Rots from the Head — My Q&A with Admiral William McRaven

A strange turn of fate now makes Admiral (retired) William McRaven, formerly head of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), a neighbor of mine. He’s the new Chancellor of the University … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Forgive Me, Mr. President

Maybe it’s that pesky Sixth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill. Or verse 5:53 of the Koran: Who so kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 4 Comments

Andy Piascik: How About Sanctions Against the United States?

As Washington’s allies in Ukraine burn people alive and the United States imposes sanctions on Russia and Venezuela, it’s essential to keep in mind which country it is that’s the … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

Daniel Burston: What is Zionism?

Zionism is a movement for Jewish emancipation and self-determination that arose in response to the rising tide of anti-Semitism that engulfed Europe in the mid-19th century, which resulted in a … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Ozymandias

. I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Grandpa Elliot and others: Stand by Me

When faced with the power of music, the 1% doesn’t stand a chance. From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes the first of many “songs around … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

William J. Astore: The American Military Uncontained

Chaos Spread, Casualties Inflicted, Missions Unaccomplished:  It’s 1990. I’m a young captain in the U.S. Air Force. I’ve just witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, something I never thought … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Lord Byron (George Gordon): Darkness

. I had a dream, which was not all a dream. The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars Did wander darkling in the eternal space, Rayless, and pathless, and … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Greg Laxer: Letter to the American Dead of the Vietnam War

Veterans For Peace, an organization of which I’ve been a member since 2013, has called for veterans (as well as civilians) affected by the Vietnam War to write a letter … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

Andrew Cockburn: The Kingpin Strategy — Assassination as Policy in Washington and How It Failed, 1990-2015

As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary — a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen — the U.S. sticks stolidly … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Leonard Gontarek: Year

1 It is a ship sinking with its hold of spices and crew of ghosts. A young boy is picking a flower with a mysterious name and scent he will … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

David R. Loy: Why We Love War

War is hell, and today more than ever. Although high-tech weapons make it a videogame for some, those same weapons make it unbelievably destructive for many more. Whatever valor was … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Should Progressives Support Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton’s stand on issues makes her a centrist looking left Hillary Clinton has herself to blame at least in part for the news media covering extraneous issues in the … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

Sarah Browning: I go for days

I go for days forgetting these pictures – bare brown bodies stained and curled on cement floors or cowering in a corner, the dog’s teeth more real than the man’s … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 3 Comments

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