Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Fiddle and the Drum: Memorial Day 2011

On this Memorial Day, 2011, Joni Mitchell’s Fiddle and the Drum is sadly all too relevant. As a Canadian, Joni composed the song in 1969 to tell the United States how “we have all come to fear the beating of your drum.” I have … Continue reading

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The Gazan Youth Manifesto…..Let the “cyber-scream” never be silenced.

The Guardian called it “an incendiary document written with courage and furious energy…  an extraordinary, impassioned cyber-scream.”  It’s the Gaza Youth’s Manifesto for Change which hit the press in early January. Don’t let its message get lost in all the … Continue reading

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“White City” in Afghanistan – Black Heart in Florida

From: Kabul, Afghanistan As Pastor Terry Jones revels in his victory against Islam while he basks in the Florida sun thousands of miles away savoring both limelight and vindication, the city of Kabul, from where I write, and the rest … Continue reading

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Postscript to an Open Letter to President Obama: Mr. President, Know Thyself

By: Kathleen Kirwin March 19, 2011 Mr. President, yesterday you proudly and vehemently “raised your voice against the violence of the oppressed” in Libya. You proclaimed: All attacks against civilians must stop. Gaddafi must stop his troops from advancing on … Continue reading

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AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA: March 9, 2011

Peace is not yours to give, Mr. President. But hope is certainly yours to take away.  As I listened to a friend and colleague in Afghanistan a few days ago, the difference I discerned in his voice from previous conversations … Continue reading

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The 2011 Taliban Spring Offensive: Obama’s Obligation to Protect Afghan Civilians Under International Humanitarian Law

On Saturday, March 30th, the Leadership Council of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan under its nom de guerre, The Taliban, declared the launch of this year’s spring military operations (the “Spring Offensive”) against the “invading Americans”, their foreign allies, internal … Continue reading

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