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Veterans for Peace Tally the Cost of War

A Veteran For Peace whom I met twice was the late Admiral Noel Gaylor. He retired after 45 years of active duty in the US Navy. Gaylor was the most forceful speaker against nuclear weapons I ever heard. With great conviction he declared “The only defense against nuclear weapons is to stop building them.” That [...]

By | March 13th, 2015|Op Ed, Politics, War Crimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction|0 Comments

Are 40,000 Nuclear Targets Enough?

During 18 months (1970’S) in the University of Hawaii, I read a fine book (1972) by William Boyer, former Dean of the University Of Hawaii Department Of Education entitled Education for Annihilation. Dr. Boyer pointed out “Every institution within which we now exist is obsolete because they are all pre-atomic in history.” Perhaps the Peace [...]

By | March 11th, 2015|Op Ed, Weapons of Mass Destruction|0 Comments

Israel as Seen by an Honest Israeli Government Servant

Mordechai Vanunu (1954 - ), at the middle of the photo, was a technician in the nuclear program of Israel who was preoccupied with the threat of nuclear warfare. His story will remain hidden because of the false image presented by government officials in Tel Aviv, London and Washington, DC. Fully aware of the presence [...]

By | March 7th, 2015|Op Ed, Politics, Weapons of Mass Destruction|0 Comments

Twelve Pounds of Papers Versus Twelve Risks to Our Future

Sunday the 15th found Lafayette, LA inundated with thousands of tourists in a city of 100,000+ less prone to street violence than New Orleans. The coupling of Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras turned THE ADVOCATE and DAILY ADVERTISER into at least ten pounds of information related to festivities, sports and shopping. “Let the good times [...]

By | February 15th, 2015|Climate Change, Op Ed, Weapons of Mass Destruction|0 Comments

History Hidden From The USA, Known To Cubans

From elementary education onwards we learned history of slavery, the Dred Scott decision and War Between the States. No war is “civil” from a moral viewpoint. Not until I began Peace and Global Studies at Earlham, a Quaker college in Richmond, Indiana in 1982 did I hear of the Ostend Manifesto. For those with a [...]

By | December 18th, 2014|Op Ed, Politics|0 Comments

“For Me God Is Truth”

Without doubt Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) was the foremost spokesperson for non-violent action and life in the 20th century. History reveals quickly that for anyone who is an advocate of non-violence, there is no certitude that she/he will not die from violence. Gandhi was murdered by another Indian in his long struggle to rid India of [...]

By | December 17th, 2014|Op Ed, Politics, War Crimes|0 Comments

The Pinochet Principle – Who Is Next?

Michael Ratner is a New York attorney who works at the Center for Constitutional Rights. He poses this legal precedent following revelation of CIA “enhanced interrogation” tactics and US government refusal to prosecute major actors such as George Bush, Dick Chaney and Donald Rumsfeld. World opinion is not congruent or even slightly sympathetic to US [...]

By | December 16th, 2014|Op Ed, War Crimes|0 Comments

Every Living Being Is Affected By Our Climate Crisis

Journalism professors from Columbia University in New York told their students, “The US corporate media is popcorn.” During ten years in Hong Kong I relied upon short wave radio, the BBC, South China Morning Post and other sources for global information. “Crisis” in Chinese is “danger plus opportunity.” Now back in the energy state of [...]

By | December 15th, 2014|Climate Change, Environment, Op Ed|0 Comments

Using Economics As A Weapon

Latin American and Caribbean nations met in Tlateloco, Mexico on February 14, 1967 to sign a historic agreement that bans nuclear weapons from the entire continent. As the matrix of atomic/nuclear weapons, the United States would not applaud such a courageous diplomatic initiative by neighboring nations to the south. The boldest moves by peace groups [...]

By | December 10th, 2014|Environment, Op Ed, Weapons of Mass Destruction|0 Comments

Earth and Ocean Are Our Best Teachers

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, (1881-1955) was a brilliant paleontologist and Jesuit priest who wrote “Earth is infallible” in his book What I Believe. “Infallible” is a word thinking beings use sparingly. However, since childhood, many know when nature is sending signals we ignore them at our own peril. If weather experts, climatologists and oceanographers translate [...]

By | December 4th, 2014|Climate Change, Environment, Op Ed|0 Comments