August 22, 2011 |
Syrians opposed to the regime of President Bashar Assad on Monday found inspiration in Libyan rebels' advance into their nation's capital as they battle Moammar Kadafi's forces. The developments in Libya, where fierce clashes continued in some areas, have made many Syrian activists more intent than ever on removing Assad from power. In the minds of protesters in Syria, the fate of their movement is very much influenced by events in Libya, as Arab countries that have been distant for decades have become united in their uprisings.
December 12, 2009 |
The antiwar movement isn't what it was in 2003. Then, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across America to protest the lead-up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Today in Washington -- in what's billed as the largest peace protest since President Obama announced that he would send more soldiers to Afghanistan -- organizers are planning for a crowd of 1,500. "People are burned out," explained the rally's organizer, Laurie Dobson. As she and other antiwar activists struggle to remake their movement, they also acknowledge there are obstacles.
June 1, 2009 |
Bombings. Butyric acid attacks. Sniper shootings. Letters filled with fake anthrax. These are some of the tactics used over the years by antiabortion extremists. The slaying of Dr. George Tiller in his Kansas church Sunday was part of a decades-long history of domestic terrorism aimed at abortion providers, carried out by a small minority of the much broader and generally peaceful movement that opposes abortion.
September 7, 2007
Re "All aboard the peace racket," Opinion, Sept. 2 Bruce Bawer seems outraged that after a bloody century of war leading to war, someone might call for an alternative approach to conflict resolution. The field of peace studies offers a comprehensive theory of peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace building. But working for peace, Bawer insists without proof, is "wishful thinking," evidence of weakness, promotion of "defenselessness" and appeasement of tyranny.
June 11, 2007 |
Dig down below the 3 feet of topsoil that was dumped atop the ruins of central Hiroshima to make a memorial Peace Park and you'll still turn up bones, remains of Japanese civilians incinerated when an American B-29 bomber dropped an atomic fireball over this spot one August morning in 1945. The Peace Park is a graveyard, the most visible scar of Japan's disastrous imperial war and ground zero of its postwar, anti-nuclear conscience.
March 19, 2007
Re "Their antiwar cries are no longer in the wilderness," March 15 Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) didn't just once call for a Department of Peace, she's calling for it now -- as are Reps. Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma), Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and 58 others members of Congress. All are cosponsors of a bill to create a Department of Peace, which was reintroduced in February. The Department of Peace would augment our problem-solving options by providing an institutional platform for the nation's growing wealth of expertise in nonviolent conflict resolution and the burgeoning science of peace building.