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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”…

Afghanistan: In Times like These

First day of a new year. First day of a new decade. It’s dark out. So it’s important to keep even a small light on in Times Like These: Lyrics for In Times Like These by Arlo Guthrie In times like these, when night surrounds me and I am weary, my heart is worn And…

Afghanistan: perspective

Last day of 2009, another year of war. A good time to step back and try for perspective. We’ll let a young Nanci Griffith do it for us with this wonderful song by Julie Gold: Happy New Year to all our readers, whether near or from a distance. The Reveres, New Year’s Eve, 2009

Afghanistan: conscientious objection

When the US still had “mandatory” conscription for males it was still possible to claim exemption on the basis of a conscientious objection to war. While this usually required a religious basis and was almost impossible for doctors because of a supposed non-combattant role, we were still given full C.O. status as a doctor without…