Feeding the Birds By John Kaufman for W.S. Merwin Here in the city we try to remember the birds, offering seed to nourish nothing but flight and song. We have sown plants and trees to nullify the lawn and streets… Read More ›
Welcome to American Life in Poetry. For information on permissions and usage, or to download a PDF version of the column, visit http://www.americanlifeinpoetry.org. ****************************** American Life in Poetry: Column 498 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE Here’s a… Read More ›
Though the real news was that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke had just been endorsed by the largest police union in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s online headline said, “Mary Burke stumbles when asked to define plagiarism”. As if the… Read More ›
At Tuesday’s U.N. Climate summit, President Obama spoke of the United States and China, as the world’s two “biggest emitters” of carbon dioxide, as nations that “have to lead” the world on climate change action. A welcome waft of clarity…. Read More ›
Claiming that the United States already has the legal authority under both U.S. and U.N. law, President Obama notified Congress that he has ordered more airstrikes in Iraq and, for the first time, dropped bombs and fired missiles into Syria… Read More ›
Using crowd spotters and a mathematician, organizers of the People’s Climate March estimate that about 311,000 people marched yesterday through the streets of Manhattan for action on climate change. Hopefully this show of public concern will spur some action at… Read More ›
People’s Climate March coverage via Politico. People’s Climate March website.
On this International Day of Peace , as the United States and other nations have returned to war in the Middle East, it is appropriate to read again the United Nations’ document “Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace”,… Read More ›
Showing the nation that he still has a sense of humor, Pres. Obama nominated Wisconsin’s foreign policy firebrand , Sen. Ron Johnson, to attend the 69th United Nations General Assembly. Johnson, who is not a great fan of what the United Nations… Read More ›
An opinion piece worth reading via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by Jeffrey W. Sommers of the Institute of World Affairs at UW-Milwaukee. — JK
The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that Wisconsin’s voter ID law is no great burden after all, and therefore the ID law couldn’t possibly be unconstitutional since Wisconsin’s Supreme Court and the state have come up with ways… Read More ›
Thought I’d share a link to this astute and eloquent opinion piece from Norman Solomon of RootsAction on the misguided support from the NY Times Editorial Board for the latest American war. — JK Perpetual War Is Fine With the New York Times… Read More ›
Back in May of this year, in a speech at the West Point military academy, President Obama spoke of confronting foreign terrorists not with military violence but with strategic cooperation among nations: “For the foreseeable future, the most direct threat to America at… Read More ›
Via The Capital Times of Madison, WI and writer David Giffey comes this fine opinion piece on Vietnam War vet and peace activist Chuck Goranson. –JK David Giffey: Chuck Goranson’s legacy: working for peace and helping vets : Ct.