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10 Problems with the Latest Excuse for War Sun, 25 Aug, 2013

If you own a television or read a newspaper you've probably heard that we need another war because the Syrian government used chemical weapons.

Clinging to Mass Violence Tue, 20 Aug, 2013

Is the human race determined to snuff itself out through mass violence?  There are many signs that it is. The most glaring indication lies in the continued popularity of war.

Village Security and Development Committees (JKKK): The frontline in Malaysia's next General Election Mon, 19 Aug, 2013

Malaysian society has been preoccupied with political discussion since the electoral 'tsunami' in of GE-12 back in March 2008. 

Apology to Canada From Your Southern Neighbor Mon, 19 Aug, 2013

I don't speak for the United States or harbor any affection for nationalism.  I'd break this country into several manageable pieces if I could.  

Spy on Me, I'm Innocent! Sat, 17 Aug, 2013

You've heard people say they want to be spied on, as long as it means that other people will be spied on too. 
Screaming in Bradley Manning's Trial

Screaming in Bradley Manning's Trial Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

I sat in the courtroom all day on Wednesday as Bradley Manning's trial wound its way to a tragic and demoralizing conclusion.

The Rule of Law: Unjust and Violent Tue, 13 Aug, 2013

The common phrase is 'law and order' but does the legal system deal with dysfunctional social behavior in ways that keep us safe?
Kosovo, waiting for Spain

Kosovo, waiting for Spain Sun, 11 Aug, 2013

Spain is a very important state for the future of someone. Probably, this cannot be described for everyone and every country in the world. But, at least, there is one country that thinks in this way. This is Kosovo, the youngest state in Europe.

Her Name Is Jody Williams Sun, 11 Aug, 2013

Jody Williams' new book is called My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl's Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize, and it's a remarkable story by a remarkable person.  It's also a very well-told autobiography, including in the early childhood chapters in which there are few hints of the activism to come. 

One Man's view of the world and a thousand faceless men: Singapore's cadre system Sat, 10 Aug, 2013

The 'modern father' of Singapore Lew Kuan Yew, who is also the father of the current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, launched his latest book "One Man's View of the World" recently. 
How important is the Australian Election?

How important is the Australian Election? Fri, 09 Aug, 2013

After only being prime minister for around six weeks, Kevin Rudd called on the Governor General to dissolve the Parliament for an election on September 7th.

El Indio: Seeking Symmetry Wed, 07 Aug, 2013

The eminent academician Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic says that “there [can be] no Asian century, without the Pan-Asian multilateral setting.” The Americas, he says, have the Organization of American States (OAS), Africa has the African Union, and Europe has the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). There is no counterpart in the sprawling continent of Asia.
Past Wars on Indians Aren't Even Past

Past Wars on Indians Aren't Even Past Fri, 09 Aug, 2013

Hammer in hand, one sees nails everywhere. Successful unpunished genocide at home in hand, the Pentagon sees Indian Country on six continents.  But don't imagine the U.S. military is finished with the original Indian Country yet, including Native American reservations and territories, and including the places where the rest of us now live.

The Missiles That Brought Down TWA Flight 800 Wed, 07 Aug, 2013

If the U.S. public began to raise a fuss about U.S. missile strikes that blow up large numbers of civilians at wedding parties abroad, it's not beyond the realm of the imaginable that the U.S. government would begin blaming the explosions on faulty candles in the wedding cakes.

Now Two States Pursue Truly Affordable Education Tue, 06 Aug, 2013

Maryland may soon join Oregon in exploring solutions to the crisis of student debt and unaffordable education.
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