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World War I

If ISIS Is Such a Threat, Why No Air Strikes?

William Bradley | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Have we learned nothing during our adventures in the Middle East and Central Asia?

What the History of the World Wars Can Tell Us About the Deeper Struggles at Work in Iraq

David Woolner | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
David Woolner

The tragic events unfolding in Iraq today are not all that dissimilar to what took place in the 1930s and '40s. Once again, we face an extremist ideology that is bent on conquest and has little respect for human life.

Memorial Day Reminder of the Foolishness of War: 150 Years Ago Was Another Blood-Drenched Summer in the Civil War

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Memorial Day offers an annual remembrance of courage and sacrifice as well as the all-too-frequent foolish and counterproductive effusion of American blood. Most of the conflicts in which so many Americans died were fool's errands, wars which the U.S. should never have fought.

Book Review: A Book About War and Madness

Dan Agin | Posted 07.31.2014 | Books
Dan Agin

Maybe the most powerful modern evidence of human craziness was the First World War, also known as the Great War, a war fought for the sake of myths about heroism and masculinity, the myths promulgated by war makers maybe acting on behalf of profit-seeking munitions makers.

Visiting Sarajevo, Where World War I Began

AP | AIDA CERKEZ | Posted 05.27.2014 | Travel

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — If you find yourself on Ferhadija street behind the old synagogue at noon, close your eyes and listen to the bel...

Portland's International Rose Test Garden Offers An Historic Refuge

AP | CHAD GARLAND | Posted 05.27.2014 | Travel

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Boasting spectacular views of the city skyline and — on a clear day — snow-covered Mount Hood, Portland's International Ro...

Some Corner of a Foreign Field, Part II: British and Commonwealth War Cemeteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.18.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

If Rupert Brooke, the British World War I poet whose sonnet The Soldier immortalised the sacrifice made by the hundreds of thousands who fell in 'some...

Iconic War Grave 100 Years On: British and Commonwealth War Cemeteries on the Looney Front, Part I

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England... Thus wrote Rupert Brooke, the famed E...

Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Humanities: How WWI Settled an Earlier Argument About the Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Grant Calder | Posted 07.09.2014 | College
Grant Calder

A hundred years ago, there was also speculation that the liberal arts would go the way of the horse and carriage. Then as now, some believed that higher education should emphasize the technical rather than the humanistic, production over contemplation, and job training in lieu of life training.

The War To End All Wars

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

And the Cold War itself -- this deep, unspoken commitment to mass suicide -- merely went on hold. And now it's back, with the two sides still in command of thousands and thousands of nuclear weapons.

Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.

The Gospel of Service and Fighting Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Feeding a society is challenge enough, even in peacetime. Droughts or flooding can always interrupt the growing of food. There may be transportation, storage and distribution issues with food. In wartime everything is disrupted.

Freedom of Religion

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Jill S. Tietjen

Today, we are able to exercise our religious beliefs because of the courageous women and men who came before us. Let's learn about some of the women who strove for religious freedom.

This WWI Letter Proves That Love Is Timeless, Makes Us Swoon

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Zaslow | Posted 04.10.2014 | Good News

There's nothing quite as romantic as a good ol' fashioned love letter. A letter signed by "Chas," a United States soldier based in Europe during W...

Haunting Photos Bring The Great War Back To Life

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 04.09.2014 | World

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the 4-year conflict that cost the lives of millions of soldiers and civilians from ...

A Woman's Place is in the House... and Senate

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

There aren't many women in the U.S. Congress. In fact we are nowhere near parity; less than 20 percent of our Representatives and Senators are women. Let's learn about some women who changed the face of politics in the U.S.

Egon Erwin Kisch on the Frontlines of the First World War

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.08.2014 | Books
Franz-Stefan Gady

The date in the diary is Sunday, August 16, 1914. The attack on Serbia by Austro-Hungarian Forces had only commenced four days previously. The keeper of the diary was 29 years old Egon Erwin Kisch, an Austrian soldier in the 11th Imperial and Royal Infantry Regiment.

'Heroes and Generals': Finding a New Narrative for War Games

Greg Perreault | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Greg Perreault

If we think of education as satisfying curiosity, which in the best cases, it should, then its easy to see how games can serve to educate as well as entertain.

George Orwell and Karl Kraus: Two Sides of the Same Argument Against Political Euphemism

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.02.2014 | Books
Franz-Stefan Gady

Kraus's perplexing aphorisms and linguistic legerdemain and Orwell's sparse prose are two sides of the same argument against political euphemism employed to dehumanize and enslave a population for the sake of a 'higher good' or grosse Zeit (extraordinary times).

Bad Ass American Women at War`

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 05.18.2014 | Women
Erin Lindsay McCabe

This Women's History Month, it's worth remembering that women have served in the United States military since its very inception -- and in nearly every conflict thereafter.

13 Towns That Do St. Patrick's Day Best

Moira McGarvey | Posted 05.16.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

For those of you who aren't Irish or of Irish descent, St. Patrick's Day may just represent a day where people go out for a good time, possibly drink too much and paint shamrocks on their faces. But for my family and for many whose families originally hailed from Ireland, there's a little more to it. For many of us it represents hope, spirit and the achievement of the American Dream.

Daylight Saving Time

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.08.2014 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

Historians tell us the general idea for daylight saving time was first written about in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin while in France.

The National Debt

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Democrats and Republicans are blitzing us with propaganda about the national debt. My purpose here is not to side with either political party, but to add understating to the subject.

The Old Man and the Sea (of Stuff)

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.14.2014 | Books
Doug Bradley

The Hemingway legacy lives on. Like many of my male baby boom cohorts, the Hemingway hero, the Hemingway style and the Hemingway ethos cast a very large shadow over us.

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.