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Religious Madness in Ulster

By James A. Haught Back in 1986, I went with an editor group to Northern Ireland, where we saw religious-political horror in full bloom. “Interface streets” between Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods had 20-foot-high “peace walls” — barricades to prevent snipers on either side from shooting families on the other side. British police checkpoints and armored […]

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Resistance Gone Mainstream

By Patrick T. Hiller When reality show celebrity Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, many of us who professionally and passionately work for peace and justice knew that it was once again time to ramp up nonviolent resistance. We had to resist the laundry-list of social inequity being spewed out. With the cabinet picks […]

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Remembering Who We Are

By Winslow Myers Our young nation is enduring a period of farce, though it doesn’t feel so amusing for stranded immigrants or unemployed coal miners. There is a more determinative context for immediate events that we fail to call upon because at first glance it doesn’t seem remotely relevant: in addition to being Americans, we […]

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The Great American Awakening

By Robert C. Koehler, Old wounds break open. Deep, encrusted wrongs are suddenly visible. The streets flow with anger and solidarity. The past and the future meet. The news is all Trump, all the time, but what’s really happening is only minimally about Donald Trump, even though his outrageous actions and bizarre alliances are the […]

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Trump, Europe, and Chaos

By Mel Gurtov, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Defense James Mattis went to the Munich Security Conference with reassurances about the US commitment to NATO.  However, their visit was anything but reassuring. They said nothing about the European Union nor Brexit, seemed to condition US support of NATO on the Europeans paying more […]

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Find the adults and get them in the room

By Tom H. Hastings, Trump attacks others, from the Pope to Gold Star families, on a routine basis, often based on no evidence, exaggerated claims, and he claims trends based on cherry-picked cases that are in fact anomalous. Some of his attacks flow from his hypocritical assumption that he, a rich boy who inherited a […]

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Mad About THAAD: An Untimely Decision

by Mel Gurtov, The US decision, supported by the South Korean government, to deploy an antimissile system known as THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) may be one of the most thoughtless strategic moves in a generation. The official US argument is that close-in defense against North Korean missiles is necessary. But the deployment has […]

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Alt-Right, Alt-Facts, Alternative American Reality

By Tom Laurent, President Trump has ushered in a new reality for America.  His campaign showed us this reality is based on fake facts, untruths and his constant demeaning any person or group who challenges him.  Truth for him is based on whatever he says it is at that moment.  During his three debates with […]

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‘White Privilege’ Makes Some Uncomfortable

By James A. Haught, Years ago, I visited our state’s former black mental hospital and fell into conversation with a witty, friendly, black psychiatrist. He taunted me:  “You’re a racist, you know.” “No, no, no,” I protested, but he continued: “Just look at yourself.  You were born white, male and smart.  You could go out into the […]

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War consciousness and the F-35

By Robert C. Koehler “The F-35 Lightning II Program (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program) is the Department of Defense’s focal point for defining affordable next generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and our allies. The F-35 will bring cutting-edge technologies to the battlespace of the future.” Lurking […]

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