Friday, December 30, 2011 The Biggest Losers Are Women: Reflecting on the War in Iraq
Iraqi women "are the biggest losers" in this war, ending up with extreme lack of freedom, lack of social security, lack of opportunity, and increased sexual terror. Democracy has been crushed for women.American women soldiers in Iraq were big losers, also. An estimated one in three active duty woman was sexually assaulted; nearly all report constant sexual harassment.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 The National Interest vs. Child Soldiers
The Obama Administration has waived for the second time in two years a ban mandated by Congress on military aid to four countries which use child soldiers. The reason given for the waiver is "National Interest" with no further explanation. Child soldiers, of which 40 percent are girls, are militarized servants, spies and armed fighters. Girls are also sexually exploited by boy soldiers, adult soldiers and commanders.
Sunday, May 8, 2011 Mother's Day for Peace: A Blessing
Mother's Day for Peace: a Blessing locates Mother's day within its original historical context - an annual day for peace on Mother's Day in which mothers call for an end to all wars.
Monday, January 31, 2011 Eisenhower and the Road Not Taken: A Cautionary Tale for Obama (2 comments)
For all of his prescience about the military-industrial complex, Eisenhower made a fateful decision in 1953 to ignore the Paley Commission recommendation to pursue an energy future for the country of solar and other renewables. He chose the path of nuclear energy. A US economy built on renewables could be flourishing; and nuclear risks of accidents and weapons could have been avoided. It's a cautionary tale for Obama.
Sunday, June 6, 2010 The Bookends of May: Mother's Day and Memorial Day
This op-ed contrasts the national memorial days that open and close May: Mother's Day and Memorial Day. Both have their roots in the Civil War, but their differences diverge from there. Key questions are posed about the devolution of Mother's Day into private sentiment devoid of social content and the consequences for war of honoring, uncritically, those military who died in war, no matter the morality or meaning of the war.
Sunday, May 9, 2010 The Morning after Mother's Day (2 comments)
This article examines the many economic factors which result in women paying a great price for being mothers and the primary caretakers of families - all put aside for a day, Mother's Day.
Saturday, April 17, 2010 Local Budgets and War Spending: A Reflection for Tax Day, April 15 (1 comments)
The military budget is the elephant in the room of state, city, town and county budget woes. Fifty-five percent of federal discretionary funding goes to national defense, while cuts to local human, social and economic security increase. Data from the National Priorities Project is used to illustrate the tradeoffs for local communities between goods and services and wars. We need to assess our national priorities.
Friday, March 12, 2010 Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan: Where are the Women?
This article exposes the absence of Aghan women from behind-the scenes- peace negotations going on in Afghanistan and argues for the necessity of women at the negotiating table for assuring women's rights and durable peace.
Friday, February 5, 2010 A Primer on the Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan (1 comments)
This article poses and answers 10 fundamental questions fundamental of the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They include the human and economic impacts of the wars, with a focus on the status of women; the historic role of the United States in the creation of the Taliban and al-Qaeda; the impact of the U.S. use of drone warfare; and the state of public support for and legality of these wars.
Monday, November 16, 2009 Mercenaries in the Marketplace of Violence
This article argues that the trend in private military contractors is taking national security out of the public sphere and putting it in the hands of companies which profit from armed conflict and war.
Thursday, September 10, 2009 Afghanistan and War Weariness (1 comments)
The US public is showing signs of fatigue with the war in Afghanistan. War weariness, however, must also address the heft and structure of US militarism