Category: Pro-Peace

“We Need a New Song”: A New Book on the Old Story of Misogyny and War

“If the moments sometimes clash awkwardly with the more classical sections of prose, they also force readers to compare the misogyny of ancient Greece with the misogyny of the present.” —Sophie Gilbert review of The Silence of the Girls by novelist Pat Barker There is no doubt that women and girls have been–and, as recent events show, continue to be– the victims of a … Read More “We Need a New Song”: A New Book on the Old Story of Misogyny and War

Why I am a “bleeding-heart liberal”

To be “liberal” is to be “open to new ideas” and “favourable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms.” Given the above definition, can a true liberal be a promoter or defender of that most ancient flaw of humanity–war? Is such a thing as a “liberal hawk” logical or possible? One of the oldest ideas in all of human civilization is the idea … Read More Why I am a “bleeding-heart liberal”

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President Trump Agrees, for the Moment, to Meet with North Korean Leader About Nuclear Weapons

So North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited President Trump to meet with him to discuss, reports state, possibly doing away with the North’s nuclear weapons. This meeting will supposedly take place somewhere within two months. Much can happen in two months for much seems to happen every day, every hour in the Trump White House, very little of it wholesome and comforting. So … Read More President Trump Agrees, for the Moment, to Meet with North Korean Leader About Nuclear Weapons

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South Korea (Not U.S.) Makes Progress on Peace with Help from the North

We can thank South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his negotiators for achieving what the Trump administration has not: an agreement by North Korea to discuss ending its nuclear weapons program. It was the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un , who actually made the first gesture toward peaceable discussion when he offered to send a delegation to the Olympic games (including some athletes) and … Read More South Korea (Not U.S.) Makes Progress on Peace with Help from the North

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Where’s the Diplomacy? V.P. Mike Pence Stands on Border of North Korea and Talks Tough

Vice President Mike Pence walked right up to the “demarcation line” between North and South Korea, looked around, and then went back to Seoul to issue this stirring invitation to diplomacy and peace: “Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to … Read More Where’s the Diplomacy? V.P. Mike Pence Stands on Border of North Korea and Talks Tough

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In the Aftermath of Dropping the “MOAB” Bomb on Afghanistan

By John Frederick Kaufman So the United States suddenly felt the need to give our MOAB (“mother of all bombs”)–more officially known as GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast–a try on Thursday in the desert of Eastern Afghanistan. Though the bomb has been around for awhile, neither Presidents George W. Bush nor Barack Obama cared to actually use it because it has a “blast-radius” of a … Read More In the Aftermath of Dropping the “MOAB” Bomb on Afghanistan

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Journalists, Democrats Rally Round the Flag of War (and a Flagging President)

American journalists may be the “enemies of the American people,” according to President Trump, but that didn’t stop a whole lot of them from supporting Trump’s order launching 59 Tomahawk missiles at one air base in Syria. The U.S. missile attack was said to be in retaliation for the Syrian army’s use of chemical weapons. Perhaps American journalists are happy to find an enemy … Read More Journalists, Democrats Rally Round the Flag of War (and a Flagging President)