Israel Is Silencing the Last Voices Trying To Stop Abuses Against Palestinians

It has been a week of appalling abuses committed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank – little different from the other 2,670 weeks endured by Palestinians since the occupation began in 1967. The difference this past week was that several entirely unexceptional human rights violations that had been caught on film went viral on … Continue reading “Israel Is Silencing the Last Voices Trying To Stop Abuses Against Palestinians”

November 11: Remembering the Tragedy and Legacy of World War I

Watching Londoners reveling in the streets on Armistice Day*, November 11, 1918, the war critic and pacifist Bertrand Russell commented that people had cheered for war, then cheered for peace – " the crowd was frivolous still, and had learned nothing during the period of horror." ~ Adam Hochschild. 2011. To End All Wars: A … Continue reading “November 11: Remembering the Tragedy and Legacy of World War I”

The Armistice We Need: Time for Vets To Reclaim Veterans’ Day

It wasn’t supposed to be this way; wasn’t meant to be celebrated as such – as Veterans’ Day, that is. When the guns fell silent after more than four years of slaughter in the Great War – which consumed at least 9 million soldiers’ lives – in a widely celebrated, long-awaited armistice, veterans, and even … Continue reading “The Armistice We Need: Time for Vets To Reclaim Veterans’ Day”

A Tight Grip On Our Nuclear Toys

“Everyone wants to play with the big boys, and the only way to become one of the big boys is to have nuclear toys.” Attention Planet Earth! Attention Planet Earth! It is time to grow up. The words are those of Mohamed ElBaradei, then director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, from a 2005 … Continue reading “A Tight Grip On Our Nuclear Toys”

Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire

Originally posted at TomDispatch. What a strange world we’re in! Imagine that only recently Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the remaining 1,000 U.S. military personnel from Syria (launching a bloodbath in Kurdish-controlled areas on its northern border in the process). He was, if you remember, bringing them all “home.” Almost immediately, however, Secretary of … Continue reading “Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire”