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Roosevelt the Ass

This inscription appears in the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Problems abound with Theodore Roosevelt’s statement, “If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.”. Roosevelt places peace and righteousness at odds with one another; many would say that peace, and nonviolence more generally, [...]

Turn your Gaze: Maine Drone Peace Walk, October 10-19

If we only look at the politicians, it’s easy to get discouraged. So many of them promise to act against powerful institutional interests and for the rights of everyday people, then gain office and turn out to do the exact opposite. Watching these politicians is important, if only to prevent their worst excesses, but it [...]

Can Peace Be Attained Through Bouncing And Swirling Dancers?

At midnight this weekend, Earthdance participants will dance to the same song all at the same time, and recite a Prayer For Peace in unison. Most of the time, it’s members of military organization that engage in such synchronized movements, marching in lock step to the beat of destruction. [...]

Code PINK activates for Anti-War DC protests with Encampment Outside Congress

In recent years, the organization Code PINK shifted from protest actions to educational meetings and discussions as people stopped showing up for demonstrations. But last night Code PINK started an encampment outside Congress that will be ongoing, at least until Congress votes one way or the other on authorization of war against Syria. As the [...]

Where is the Rally for That?

This morning, I passed by a rally against “NATO/Israeli Imperialism” and for “friendship with Syria.” Earlier this morning, I read an editorial asking me to “stand with President Obama” during this “time of crisis.”

I too would like to rally or stand, but I want to know where I’m standing and who I’m rallying with.

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Before Going To War Again, Can We Step Back, Calm Down, And Think?

As Barack Obama prepares to rush off into war in Syria, the American people should pause, and consider what he says skeptically. [...]

US Bombing Of Great Barrier Reef Exposes Sham Sequestration Fears

If the U.S. military budget has really crippled training, how come there’s still enough money in for training to send pilots halfway around the world to attack enemy coral reefs? [...]

Oh, To Be An Atom

The following is a poem written by a 6th grade student in 1962. I found it yesterday in a stack of papers left behind in a garage by a teacher, who died decades ago.

Oh, to be an atom Having so much power. Why, when a single neutron hits me Boom! How the people cower!

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Coalition Of Mostly Republicans Opposes US Involvement In Syrian Civil War

With a Democrat in the Oval Office, few congressional Democrats are willing to counsel against American involvement in overseas wars. They’d rather not make their own party’s leader look bad. [...]

Why Won't The US Give Weapons To Syrian Revolutionaries?

Many Americans, though John McCain may not understand why, regard it as a problem, rather than as something praiseworthy, that the Syrian revolutionaries have taken it upon themselves to become involved in a bloody, bloody business. [...]

Remember The Cost Of War?

War has brought us more trouble than triumph, and the military has brought us more debt than defense. [...]