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Advice from Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn is gone, now, but he left us plenty. Here is a short piece he wrote a little over ten years ago in Z Magazine (hat tip, SR). It’s typical of his style: inspiring, humble, practical, especially in these times: On Getting Along Howard Zinn, March, 07 1999 You ask how I manage to…

Howard Zinn, 1922 -2010

Howard Zinn died on Wednesday. He was a colleague and more than an acquaintance but a friend, although not a close friend. I knew him for 40 years, although hadn’t seen him recently, the last time was a few years ago when we shared a platform together. The auditorium was packed, not to see me…

U.S., Hungary, 2010, 1989, 1956

Martin Luther King’s birthday is an official holiday in the US, but King’s example of non-violent resistance is not a US idea. So once again we have decided this non-traditional version of We Shall Overcome is appropriate. I’ve heard and sung this in churches, union halls, in the streets and in concerts for four decades…

My little ones now have little ones of their own, just barely out of their cradles. When this song was written, the prospect of global nuclear annihilation wasn’t far fetched. Each side had massive overkill. There are still nuclear weapons so the threat isn’t gone. But it’s not a threat of nuclear winter. There are…

When I was growing up “world music” didn’t exist as a genre and didn’t exist for me in any form. Now it’s just a keystroke away. This is a different world for the younger generation, not just musically. Despite all the wars and the problems in the headlines, I think it’s a better one. Chanda…

If you don’t share the sentiments, just enjoy the music. But why wouldn’t you share the sentiments?

Conscientious refusal to participate in acts which are immoral although legal is a world wide phenomenon. It isn’t new. We don’t hear about the brave souls in highly repressive countries that risk death or imprisonment, but they exist. We celebrate them when they resist regimes we don’t like, as in Iran. But we have our…

Afghanistan/Iraq: looking for answers

I was also a conscientious objector, in another war. I couldn’t in conscience claim the kind of religious grounds that young Joshua Casteel did, but I have to hand it to the kid. This is an amazing story:

Afghanistan: be a sport

Here’s some forgotten history. Not ancient history, but nonetheless forgotten. Just a week over 30 years ago, the end of 1979, Afghanistan had a functioning government, the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (DRA). The fact that it functioned, which now sounds remarkable, was not a good thing as far as the US was concerned because this…

Afghanistan: War is Kind

We’ve had other wars besides Iraq and Afghanstan djinned up or whipped on by our “free press.” Sometimes it’s good to remember that “the power of the press” also meant the power of the person who owned the printing press. People like William Randoph Hearst, who had the power to make “the splendid little war”…