Peace and Security

The San Bernardino Massacre Isn’t Part of a ‘World War’

The San Bernardino Massacre Isn’t Part of a ‘World War’

Why should a “Muslim” shooting outrage us so much more than other mass shootings? “Our nation is under siege,” Chris Christie declared after the San Bernardino murders. “We’re facing the next world war.” Other candidates issued their own battle cries. Donald Trump...

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Have Yourself Some Anti-Refugee Hysteria

Have Yourself Some Anti-Refugee Hysteria

As holiday shoppers empty their wallets to buy presents for family and friends, there’s been an outbreak of miserliness among our politicians — directed at some of the world’s most helpless people. At least 30 Republican governors, and one Democrat, are vowing to bar...

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Turning the USA into the OK Corral

Turning the USA into the OK Corral

People say this is a do-nothing Congress. That’s unfair. Why, the sirens in San Bernardino had hardly gone silent before lawmakers were clamoring about a bill that might address the confluence of mental health problems and potential gun buyers. And if that draconian...

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Buy Today, Kill Tomorrow

Buy Today, Kill Tomorrow

Good people can disagree about guns. Though I’ve always leaned left in my political views, I believe that Americans have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms. I owned a gun for many years myself — at least until my conviction for blowing the whistle on the...

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Military Intervention Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Military Intervention Is the Problem, Not the Solution

A café. A stadium. A concert hall. One of the most horrifying things about the murderous attacks in Paris was the terrorists' choice of targets. They chose gathering places where people's minds wander furthest from unhappy thoughts like war. And they struck on a...

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Bombs Won’t Cut It

Bombs Won’t Cut It

When Paris suffered attacks that killed 17 last January — at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket — it responded with great class. Parisians filled the streets, locked arm-in-arm in solidarity against terrorism. Leaders from throughout Europe...

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The Prison-Industrial Complex Takes Another Hit

The Prison-Industrial Complex Takes Another Hit

"Too many people are behind bars that don't belong there," declared a group demanding that America do away with its throw-'em-all-in-jail mass imprisonment policies. For nearly 50 years, politicians and prosecutors have pushed a no-mercy, "tough on crime" mantra....

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