Gold Star parents, Sheila and Calvin Murphy, interviewed by MSNBC’s Ari Melber, talk about their son who was killed in Syria. 22-year-old Army Specialist Etienne Murphy died in May after an armored vehicle he was in rolled over. For Sheila, the issue is “not really about whether or not [the president] may have called or did something more than the previous one. It’s about what are you doing now to help those who are left behind, who have to struggle day to day …” [Read more…]
By Kilian Colin
A couple of days after the Battle of Baghdad in April 2003, after the fires had ceased, my father, Adam Colin, took me with him to downtown Baghdad to look for a job. We rode the bus for nearly an hour to the outer border of Downtown before having to continue on foot since the streets had been damaged during the invasion days earlier.
We headed to the Al Rasheed hotel, which was where the U.S. military had taken up headquarters. The hotel was surrounded by heavily armed vehicles and the scene looked like it was straight out of a Star Wars movie.
It wasn’t long before my dad told me to turn around, that we should head back home because the situation might be too dangerous for me. I told him not to worry, that because of my size I could sneak in between the hundreds of people protesting the occupation and lack of jobs outside the hotel to the front. [Read more…]
By Dave Patterson, San Diego Veterans for Peace
The San Diego Veterans For Peace is now in its second year of working to influence the public away from attending the MCAS Miramar Air Show. We view American militarism as a clear and present danger to our society and the world, and the most visible symbol of militarism in San Diego is the annual Miramar Air Show.
Every day we read of budget cuts to virtually every aspect of government expenditure except for military spending, which keeps on going up. The spending of our tax dollars should be a choice of the citizenry and not left solely to the political-military-industrial complex.
However, we believe that the public is being influenced to accept continuous increases in military spending in part by the display of military power exhibited at the Miramar Air Show. [Read more…]
I couldn’t find any videos of Sun Ra’s ‘Nuclear War’ that were of a live performance illustrating Sun Ra and his Arkestra in their glorious glittery outsider finery. This compilation of blast footage, however, is perfectly apt for the work, and a well crafted statement in its own right. “If they push that button, your ass gotta go …” [Read more…]
In this archival footage from August 6th, 1945, shortly after dropping the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and three days before dropping a second bomb on Nagasaki, President Truman delivered a warning to the Japanese of “a rain of ruin from the air the like of which has never been seen on this earth”. Hmm. Now where have I heard language like that recently? If our current Commander in Chief is serious, that’s very troubling. And if he isn’t serious, that’s still troubling, but for different reasons. [Read more…]
By Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon and Samantha Ferguson
On July 7, 2017, the United Nations (UN), in a historic decision, approved a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Months of negotiations involving more than 130 countries began in March of this year, culminating in a final draft endorsed by 122 countries.
The treaty marks a significant milestone to help free the world of nuclear weapons.
Humanity has been at the brink of a nuclear exchange on multiple occasions since the end of World War II, including times when the decision to launch was seconds from happening. An urgent question, then, is why these close calls, as well as the brutal and unnecessary annihilation of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that preceded them, failed to convince all governments that nuclear weapons represent an existential threat to humanity, thus nuclear disarmament must be a top priority? [Read more…]
By Stan Levin
We are taught that Success is always the preferred outcome.
I dare propose otherwise ….
It is my considered belief
that a reduction in world suffering
could be directly attributed to a failure of intent. [Read more…]
By Stan Levin
Listen up, young man (aka dude) …. yes, You,
If you can stop texting for a few minutes,
and hear me out. I don’t want to shout.
You are nearing your prime,
and you’re thinking maybe it’s your time
By Stan Levin
Memorial Day, 2017
Mission Valley, San Diego, California
Cool, overcast morning
A resident of the hotel,
person of means who would sometimes be called
(disparagingly, or admiringly) a “Fat Cat,”
had spent the night on a bed
for which he had, or more accurately,
his Corporation had popped three-fifty.
His room had a view of the hotel golf course.
For the purpose of this narrative,
with your indulgence, I will refer to him as “FC.” [Read more…]
By Dave Patterson
Summer is around the corner in San Diego and many of us look forward to the annual traditions, like the Miramar Air Show.
This wildly popular event attracts an estimated 500,000 attendees, and brings people from all over the world to see the pilots demonstrate their precision flying and perhaps line up purchases of weapons. Corporate chalets are available where weapons vendors can “Use their company logo and message to reach 500,000 Air Show attendees!” This, of course, is all while real military people risk their lives to entertain the crowd. [Read more…]
We commemorate #MemorialDay.
It’s not a celebration.
It’s a day for remembering those who sacrificed their lives in service to their county, in training and in combat, and a time for expressing solemn recognition and gratitude for the family and friends they left behind.
Visit their graves, offer a prayer, and honor their service. [Read more…]
By Kevin Basi / Other Words
In Dryden, New York, a proposed solar farm recently caused a stir.
Thousands of solar panels — enough to power 7,500 homes — are scheduled to be installed near a rural cemetery in the town. Some opponents complain that it’s disrespectful to the veterans buried there.
Energy and environmental considerations aside, what does it mean to respect our deceased service members and veterans? [Read more…]