Category: Commentary

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Learning to See in the Dark Amid Catastrophe: An Interview With Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy

Published on Truthout, 13 February 2017. Systems theorist, Buddhist, deep ecologist, author, teacher and speaker Joanna Macy discusses the necessity of seeing and feeling the reality of everything that is happening today, difficult as that may be, in order to awaken our hearts and build toward a life-sustaining civilization. Read the full story on Truthout.

Full Circle

Among things that have not changed in Iraq is one that I hope never changes. After a four-year-long absence, each of my meetings here with former friends and fresh acquaintances seems to suggest that adversity has taken its toll on everything except Iraqi hospitality and Iraqi generosity. I am awestruck to find the warmth of

The Monstrosity of War

“Foreseen for so many years: these evils, this monstrous violence, these massive agonies: no easier to bear.” -Robinson Jeffers, American poet Agence France-Presse reports that the first person killed when the Israeli military began to enter Gaza on Saturday was a Palestinian child. On Sunday, a Palestinian woman and her four children were blown to

The Cost of Slumber

Long before I discovered the mysterious mix of pain and relief that writing from the heart brings, I was pursuing a Masters in English Literature at Central Washington University in the small town of Ellensburg, Washington. I was broke, like most grad students, and supported myself by working for two individuals confined to assisted living

Who Are the Insurgents?

“SUPPOSE IRAQ INVADED AMERICA. And an Iraqi soldier was on a tank passing through an American street, waving his gun at the people, threatening them, raiding and trashing houses. Would you accept that? This is why no Iraqi can accept occupation, and don’t be surprised by their reactions,” says “The Imam,” a young man from

The myth of sectarianism

The policy is divide to rule IF THE U.S. leaves Iraq, the violent sectarianism between the Sunni and Shia will worsen. This is what Republicans and Democrats alike will have us believe. This key piece of rhetoric is used to justify the continuance of the occupation of Iraq. This propaganda, like others of its ilk,

Mirage of Improvement in Iraq

Yet Another Facelift for the Failed Occupation The New York Times Nov 19 announces, “Baghdad’s Weary Start to Exhale as Security Improves.” The Washington Post Nov. 23 reports, “Returnees Find a Capital Transformed.” People in the US are willing to believe the establishment media telling them that refugees are returning to their homes in Baghdad