Tag: 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”

President Trump cancels diplomatic trip to North Korea, blaming everyone else

Blaming North Korea and China rather than his premature announcement in June that “There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea,” President Trump tweeted today that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would not visit North Korea as planned because of insufficient North Korean progress toward denuclearization. But Trump apparently did not want North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to take the snub too … Read More President Trump cancels diplomatic trip to North Korea, blaming everyone else

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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

U.S./South Korea Joint Military Exercises Needlessly Increase Chances of War

By John Frederick Kaufman It is the opinion of The Pacific that the annual joint military exercises involving the United States and South Korea, which commenced again today, are not in the best interests of peace in that part of Asia. While the war games are said to be defensive in nature, they act as an unnecessary provocation, for North Korea regards such joint … Read More U.S./South Korea Joint Military Exercises Needlessly Increase Chances of War

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Rumple Oxbridge: “Ode About Not Missing Statues of Racist Generals”

  By Rumple Oxbridge, liberal lyricist It’s sad to see, the president said, knocking down our metal-molded racist generals green with age. Once such men were all the rage, killing to keep owning slaves. You gotta admit, they looked brave on their green horses, on pedestals, so “beautiful” were those generals as all the monuments to war obscuring what all war is for: killing … Read More Rumple Oxbridge: “Ode About Not Missing Statues of Racist Generals”

Weekend Links to Good Reading (8/12/17)

“Militarizing the Presidency” at Boston Review   “Robert Jeffress Gives Trump God’s Permission to Launch War Against North Korea” at Right Wing Watch   “Disarmament Shouldn’t Be a Precondition for Negotiations with North Korea” at Institute for Policy Studies