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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…

Occupied Palestine: the horror continues

Tomorrow is the sixth anniversary of the death of peace activist Rachel Corrie, crushed to death by a caterpillar tractor driven by the Israeli Defense Forces in occupied Palestine. She was trying to negotiate with the driver not to destroy the homes of Palestinians being subjected to collective punishment for demonstrating against the occupation (see…

Our weekly feature: So we had a joyous inauguration, although the obligatory religious bookends were a bit hard to take. The Invocation by Pastor Rick (Warren) was a real piece of work, typically self-righteous and obnoxiously exclusionary. It goes without saying he alienated atheists, but then he went on to do the same for non-Christians…

Some people complain the news about the Gaza massacre is one sided or incomplete. And it is both. This is one reason it appears one sided. Because it is. And it’s incomplete. In the US we don’t see this (h/t The Brain Police):

Gaza: shock, awe and brutality

This is about the Israeli invasion of Gaza. Because it cannot be ignored. Let me be clear at the outset: I think the assault on Gaza is brutal, vicious and cruel, the act of a notorious regional bully. Israeli leaders (Olmert, Barak, Livni and probably others) are war criminals in a class with Bushes Jr.…

It’s time once again for the inimitable Marcus Brigstocke on The Abrahamic Religions. Yes, I know we’ve done it before, but some of you may have missed it and those who have seen it will get to see it again because you can’t see stuff like this too often. Especially when two of the main…

Madness in Gaza

Israel, a state entity, is committing war crimes in Gaza. They have blockaded and imprisoned an entire civilian population in the Gaza strip, over a million people, and have now launched air strikes against civilian targets with the expected results: the deaths of hundreds, among them women and children and innocent men. The Israeli attacks…