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We’re human fodder caught in the crossfire of armed groups and armed governments

“Her father was killed in Helmand amidst fighting between the Taliban and the Afghan/U.S.-NATO forces,” said a relative about Gul Jumma, who looked down, shy and full of angst, sensing a future that’s not promising.

Kein Geld für Krieg: A century of International FOR

I’m writing this from Konstanz, Germany.

One hundred years ago this month, at the outbreak of World War I, German Lutheran Friedrich Siegmund-Schultze and English Quaker Henry Hodgkin shook hands and pledged a fellowship of interfaith pacifism.

They urged their governments to withdraw from war, to disarm their militaries, and to work toward international reconciliation.

There Are Children to Love

The black-and-white beans danced around the screen. The heartbeats thundered through the speakers. My wife and I could not believe our eyes. We knew exactly what they were: twins.

Report from the IFOR Centennial Commemoration

Konstanz, Germany: IFOR 100th Anniversary Conference and 25th Quadrennial Council

James Baldwin: My Uncle and His Love Life

by T. Better Baldwin

(Originally published by the Huffington Post)

August 2, 2014 is the day my family and I gather in New York City to celebrate Uncle Jimmy’s 90th birthday with the gift of co-naming 128th Street “James Baldwin Place.”

ACT NOW: Freedom of speech at the SOA Watch is being threatened

For nearly 25 years, thousands of human rights activists have gathered every November for a vigil at the main gate of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the US Army School of the Americas — SOA — located at Fort Benning near Columbus, Georgia.

Renewing the Covenant by Victoria Furio

When we see the water ─that most sacred of elements─ disappear from rivers and streams

'Words live longer than wars and injustice'

It’s hard to stay optimistic right now. With civilians under attack in Gaza, innocents being shot out of the sky in Ukraine, people threatened with water shut-offs in Detroit and being denied their basic humanity at U.S. borders — there is much reason to despair.

Psalm 80: The strangled vine

how long will
this people be wrathful,
this nation that feasts
on the tears of its own trauma
so that it might strike out
again and again
against enemies real and imagined?

this nation repeatedly plucked
from its vine until
it cleared and filled the land,
planting its weapons deep
lifting up higher and higher walls,
spreading dread like an iron dome,