Peace in Asia and the Pacific

Peace in Asia and the Pacific

The U.S. still has more than 100 military bases and installations across Japan, exacting a heavy toll on both the Japanese and U.S. people and increasing the dangers of war. In Korea, activists have engaged in hunger strikes and been jailed for opposing construction...
10 Years of 9/11 Wars is Enough

10 Years of 9/11 Wars is Enough

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is sure to bring televised images of somber reflection. Looking back is, in some ways, easier for commentators and pundits than wrestling with the current state of Washington’s so-called “war on terror.” The...
We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, Since 1776

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, Since 1776

Thirteen colonies Once unfurled; Grew up To rule the world. National Public Radio presented a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July. It properly honored the brilliance, perseverance, and clarity of the document’s authors and...
The Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention

The Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention

Events in Libya and Syria have again brought to the forefront the question of armed humanitarian intervention or the “responsibility to protect.” Our hearts all go out to the unarmed demonstrators seeking to bring down corrupt dictatorships that are a...
A Politician Who Distinguishes Fact from Fiction

A Politician Who Distinguishes Fact from Fiction

I’d like to propose a new electoral law that would require all Senate candidates to be novelists. If we had 100 novelists in the Senate, the body might finally be able, like Sen. Jim Webb, to distinguish fact from fiction. Webb, a Virginia Democrat who has...
War Criminal? Not Me Boss!

War Criminal? Not Me Boss!

John Demjanjuk? Now there’s a war criminal for you, and we finally got him. Though he had long lived in the United States, Germany just sentenced him to life in prison. Well, at home actually, since he’s too sick for jail and only has a couple months left....
War Gets Easier All the Time

War Gets Easier All the Time

War is lovely, Let’s attack; Only costs Could hold us back. It used to be that war was a really big deal. Conflicts such as Vietnam could tear the country apart. Times have changed, with decisions on war quickly becoming back-page stuff. Our wars were scarcely...

Take-No-Prisoners War

Osama bin Laden, the 9-11 mastermind, is dead. Our man in Afghanistan, the scion of a wealthy Saudi family who helped us defeat the Soviet Union in that Cold War theater, is gone. Three decades later, U.S. special forces nailed him in Pakistan. But the Global War on...

Jihadi Butch Cassidy

We have, once again, played right into Osama bin Laden’s hands. This might seem like an odd assertion, since the al-Qaeda mastermind is finally dead at the hands of U.S. Special Forces, most heads of state have voiced their congratulations, and practically the...

World War II’s Invisible Wounds

World War II: the good and righteous war. We still celebrate in the 21st century the heroic success of the 16.2 million who fought in the last uncomplicated conflict. My dad, Arthur “Dutch” Schultz, a paratrooper with the elite 82nd Airborne Division, was...

War Is Hell, Even if You Survive

Combat’s dreadful In Iraq; Not much better When you’re back. Forget for a moment the death, devastation, deprivation, disease, displacement, and despair visited upon civilians in war zones. Let’s briefly contemplate the fate of soldiers. Ours,...
Report Back: Unique Trip To Chihuahua, Mexico

Report Back: Unique Trip To Chihuahua, Mexico

Puppet Underground will give a report back from their trip to Chihuahua, Mexico this past December, where they partnered with several community groups doing music and puppetry workshops. The trip culminated in a Fandango on the border between Ciudad Juarez and El...
Egypt and Reversing the Dominoes of Domination

Egypt and Reversing the Dominoes of Domination

The U.S. policy of policing the world and imposing our will on every aspect of the international system is now tumbling–from Tunisia, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt, and onward throughout the Middle East. The domino theory, coined to justify our war in Vietnam,...

Women Lead Latin America’s Growing Anti-Militarization Movements

The National Security Doctrine of unilateral attacks, the invasion of Iraq under the false pretext of weapons of mass destruction, and the abandonment of multilateral forums had opened up a new phase of U.S. aggression. Despite the focus on the Middle East, the...