Entries of interest tagged with: war & peace

Afghanistan – Ten Years of War

Following is a message from Afghan activist and former member of the Afghan parliament Malalai Joya: Message on the Tenth Anniversary of NATO’s War and the Occupation of Afghanistan I would like to thank all supporters and anti-war movements around … more

The Road Not Taken

(With apologies to Robert Frost and his poem by the same title) When I saw the headline ‘Attitudes on Arabs, terrorism shifting‘ in today’s Morning Call, I expected to read that people here in the Lehigh Valley were finally getting over … more

What did we learn from 9/11?

By Gary Olson In the wake of the despicable atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, I authored an opinion piece in which I argued that painful as it was to write or read, 9/11 was “blowback” for a long trail of … more

Conscientious Objection

When a person refuses to participate in war or other hostilities on moral grounds, he or she is a ‘conscientious objector’, or ‘C.O.’. It is not for those who are afraid of being hurt or killed, it is for those who have … more

Two Republicans Who Saw the Danger

Among the many Republican presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower anticipated the current self-reinforcing aggregation of wealth and power to corporations and the already-wealthy. In 1864, in a letter to William F. Elkins, Lincoln wrote: “As a result of the … more

War and Peace

No, this isn’t about Leo Tolstoy’s novel, it’s about the quest for peace and the wars that tend to create and perpetuate violence—and the search for ways to promote and practice peace and nonviolence instead of war. Also see: Militarism … more


Once again, Wikileaks and founder Julian Assange are being assailed for putting lives at risk or damaging the diplomatic process. The Express-Times even had an editorial today condemning Assange for ‘placing some people, relationships, and military operations at risk.’ I … more

Israel – Palestine background

The complex and violent situation in Israel & Palestine deserves our attention and action. In the Middle East and elsewhere, war, terrorism, and violence destroy communities and people as they consume vast amounts of economic and natural resources. This alone … more

The Real Threat of the Freedom Flotilla

In These Times June 8, 2010   The Real Threat Aboard the Freedom Flotilla   The Freedom Flotilla defied Israel’s policy of blocking solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict based on international decisions, and so it must be crushed.     … more

Why did Israel attack the USS Liberty?

Why, really, was the USS Liberty attacked by Israel? by Alan Hart The following is my keynote address to the annual re-union dinner of the Liberty Veterans’ Association Long Island, 12 June 2010—I want to begin by saying that though … more