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