Tag: politics

For the International Day of Peace: A Brief Reflection

Today the whole planet–at least the human part– celebrates the United Nations created International Day of Peace, first established in 1981. This year’s theme honors the 70th anniversary of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights by suggesting “the right to peace”, a right not explicitly declared in the UDHR. If we think of peace as a human right (the right not to be … Read More For the International Day of Peace: A Brief Reflection

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”

It’s no crime for ICC to investigate U.S. war crimes

Back in November of 2016, the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, founded in 2002, stated that she had reason to believe that American soldiers were guilty of war crimes, including torture, in Afghanistan. The ICC statement said there was “a reasonable basis to believe” that “members of United States of America (US) armed forces and members of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) committed … Read More It’s no crime for ICC to investigate U.S. war crimes

Anonymous NY Times Op-Ed Not Very Enlightening (BTW, is Mattis the writer?)

Today the NY Times has taken the extraordinary step of publishing an unsigned, anonymous opinion piece that is another appalling, damning inside-the-White House report on the unfitness of our president by “a senior official in the Trump administration.” Everyone wants to know: who wrote it? But is it the stroke of truth we need to begin to untangle the deceptive web of an unfit … Read More Anonymous NY Times Op-Ed Not Very Enlightening (BTW, is Mattis the writer?)

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