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Militarism

The Oxymoron of Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The problem with the United Nations is that it's a unity of entities defined by their hatred of one another and committed to the perpetuation of "the scourge of war." We won't begin creating global peace until we learn how to bypass nationalism and the single, unacknowledged agreement binding nation-states to each other: the inevitability of war.

An American Retreat from Human Rights?

Jack Healey | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Jack Healey

We should be ashamed of the way we treat human rights standards right now and we should be ashamed at the way we treat our soldiers and veterans. We deserve better and we can do it with a united voice.

Breathless in North Korea

Christine Ahn | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Christine Ahn

While repression in North Korea is widely recognized, less understood is why North Korea is such a militarized nation.

Outing the Deep State

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Can we actually build a world that isn't run by its shadow interests? And what is this going to take? Can good will and big principles stand up to Wall Street and the Washington consensus?

American Israel Public Affairs Committee and My Favorite Israeli Grandmothers

Philip Farah | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Philip Farah

In the 1970s, Israeli TV had a great program, Nikui Rosh, that was something like the country's version of Saturday Night Live. Its most famous skit w...

A Bug on the Windshield

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Chicago, Chicago! My kind of town, but not this. Young black men in Chicago have to know their legal rights; that's simply the way it works. These guys obviously did.

Abolishing War, Resurrecting Fallujah

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I was struck by this small moment because it encapsulates the lie of militarism where it is most invulnerable: at the humanity of the men and women who protect us, putting their lives on the line. When all else goes wrong, the troops remain sacred. In a broken economy, the troops are sacred. Militarism is the god we can manipulate.

Spiritual Death Can Be Avoided

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

It's the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at this writing. That means that it's the day in which we can return to forgetting about Dr. King's values or we can take a new stride in making Kingian principles tangible.

Sounding the Siren for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

They have lifted millions of poor families and children out of poverty but now are under assault by political extremists. We must stand up and refuse to let them turn the clock of progress backwards.

Call of Duty and a Generation of Joystick Warriors

Jackson Katz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Jackson Katz

It is naïve to think we can talk about the forces shaping the socialization of boys and men (and girls and women) and not include a thoughtful discussion about the role of mega-popular video games like C.O.D.

The Three Poisons, Institutionalized

David Loy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Loy

The Buddha didn't say much about evil, but he spoke often about what are sometimes called the three roots of evil, also known as the "three poisons."

Always and Everywhere: The New York Times and the Enduring 'Threat' of Isolationism

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

The United States has been at war for well over a decade now. Yet the recent debate over Syria evoked expressions of concern in Washington that Americans were once more turning their backs on the world.

The Business of America Is War

William Astore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Astore

In the halls of Congress and the Pentagon, it's business as usual, if your definition of "business" is the power and profits you get from constantly preparing for and prosecuting wars around the world.

Remembering Francis: From 12th Century Rebel to 21st Century Pope

Shane Claiborne | Posted 12.04.2013 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

St. Francis was one of the first critics of capitalism, one of the earliest Christian environmentalists, a sassy reformer of the church, and one of the classic conscientious objectors to war.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.

Teenagers in Space

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Not only would George Lucas put "war" back into a movie title, he would almost single-handedly reconstitute war play as a feel-good activity for children.

Stand Still

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

I know more than I wish that I knew about scarcity and it is very frightening to think about not having the ability to provide shelter and food for yourself and those that you love. Though I have not been homeless, my family was quite poor and we had times when there was no food.

Reflections One Month After the Boston Marathon Bombing

Chip Berlet | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Chip Berlet

A month after the Boston Marathon Bombing, the unified response here in the Boston area is the slogan "Boston Strong."

The Elephant in the Room: Militarism

Jeff Cohen | Posted 06.12.2013 | Media
Jeff Cohen

I spent years as a political pundit on mainstream TV -- at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. I was outnumbered, outshouted, red-baited and finally terminated. Inside mainstream media, I saw that major issues were not only dodged, but sometimes not even acknowledged to exist. Today there's an elephant in the room: a huge, yet ignored, issue that largely explains why Social Security is now on the chopping block. And why other industrialized countries have free college education and universal healthcare, but we don't. It's arguably our country's biggest problem -- a problem that Martin Luther King Jr. focused on before he was assassinated 45 years ago, and has only worsened since then (which was the height of the Vietnam War). That problem is U.S. militarism and perpetual war.

Drone World

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

In the not so distant future, America's skies will be full of . . . drones. What could go wrong? "Although the prospect of drones flying over U.S. c...

Ending Violence in a Decade

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.28.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Yes, now is the time to choose our future, so let us choose one that transcends the insanity and sheer stupidity of violent behavior. This requires personal empowerment. It also requires collective empowerment.

Syria and the Triumph of Crackpot Realism

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

In its refined form, crackpot realism wears the camouflage of idealism: military invasions are really aimed at humanitarian rescue, spreading democracy, or peacekeeping.

Soul Poison

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Acknowledging the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion seems at once crucial and meaningless. The Iraq war is "over" but in fact it has just moved elsewhere. How do we get the poison out of our system? As long as it's present, we'll go to war again.

Sequester But a Scalpel for Bloated Military Budget

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The fact that government devotes too much to Social Security is no argument for spending too much on the military. With the threat of runaway deficits, debts, and interest payments, the U.S. cannot afford any budget sacred cows.

MLK Injustice Index 2013

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Bill Quigley

While remembering how far this nation has come since Dr. King was alive, we cannot forget how far we have still to go to combat the oppressions of racism, materialism and militarism.