car is stolen. It’s a car that has been in the family for generations: picnics, road trips, weddings, funerals, accidents. There are pictures, memories, indelible life events. There is a huge robbery of the entire house, in the confusion, mayhem, and distraction, the car also disappears. A few days later, a neighbor turns up with […]
The Military Industrial Complex
President Eisenhower warned against the dangers of developing a military industrial complex. It appears that when all you have in your toolbox is hammers, everything looks like a nail. The articles below give a sense of the many ways we use all of the hammers we've invested in.
Sharon Kyle: Details have surfaced in the hours since these tragedies. But the most obvious common threads that connect them—America’s acceptance of the use of guns and violence to solve social problems and the enduring racial divide that has plagued this country since its inception.
Murray Polner: Our country’s preeminent newspaper has had its ‘hills and valleys’, from the high point of the Pentagon Papers and its support for reporter James Risen while he was hounded and harassed for seven years by the feds for refusing to reveal a confidential source down to the lower depths, when it backed the invasion of Iraq
Paul Haeder: What in hell is the US Marines offering these middle class kids? The big tent with logo and stoking barbecue and little kids lawn games?
Kathy Kelly: Jessica Reznicek, age 34, felt responsible to help the general public own up to its complicity with weapon systems funded by U.S. taxpayers. She took a sledgehammer to the plate glass doors of a major weapon producing company, Northrop Grumman, outside Offut Air Force base. Hammering for Peace
Sherwood Ross: Some of the nation’s “highest values” practiced by the CIA on 119 victims, according to the ACLU lawyers, included slamming them into walls, water torture, sleep deprivation, starvation, burying them alive in coffin-like boxes for extended periods, chaining them in painful positions, and freezing them to death.
Steve Hochstadt: Politicians who promise voters that they will commit war crimes reveal how unsuitable they are as world leaders. Their words have already tarnished respect for America among nations.
Robert Nelson: Of the remaining presidential contenders, only Bernie Sanders can lay claim to having participated for his entire career in the movement to stop nuclear war.
Murray Polner: the dangerous game goes on between the three powers until someone either devises a diplomatic solution with people they may not like or we slip mindlessly into a nuclear war.
Erica Chenoweth: Because the Catholic Church developed the doctrine between the 4th and 13th centuries, the just war canon has had a monopolistic influence on the way people in the West think about war and violence
W.D. Ehrhart: I cannot begin to detail here all that happened over the course of my thirteen months in Vietnam or the path those experiences set me on, but suffice it to say that I finally had to confront the reality that what my parents’ generation had taught me about who and what my country was—was bullshit.
Murray Polner: As Obama’s second term crawls to its end, the US and China are jockeying for dominance in the South Pacific, which could amount to a time bomb if diplomacy or mutual economic interests fail to intercede.
Rivera Sun: On April 6th, Gandhi stood at the edge of the ocean, picked up a handful of salty mud. When 50,000 gathered Indians likewise followed suit, their mass act of civil disobedience of unjust laws commenced.