Bombs are not Beautiful!

Bombs are not Beautiful!

In floating between networks and the coverage of the strikes the other night, I was watching MSNBC to see Brian Williams gush about delivering the Pentagon’s propaganda video feed. At that moment Arwa Damon was providing some actual analysis of the strikes. Williams cut her off because we all just HAD TO WATCH missiles shooting from Navy ships. We were cut off from informative and relevant to spectacle. The latter superseded the former so much that Damon just had to…

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Last Night’s U.S. Strike on Syria

Last Night’s U.S. Strike on Syria

I posted the following statement on Facebook yesterday, as it seemed highly likely to me that a U.S. airstrike would be forthcoming quickly. When the question of whether or not to bomb the Syrian regime came before the Obama administration in 2013, I believed that such a strike would be a mistake. He had already made the error of placing the credibility of the United States on the line in hopes of deterring Assad’s use of chemical weapons. American credibility…

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Preliminary Graph on Motives for Terrorist Attacks in U.S. (1995-2015)

Preliminary Graph on Motives for Terrorist Attacks in U.S. (1995-2015)

Since I am kind of a fan of facts, as opposed to say, “alternative facts” and because I see our conversations about terrorism/violent extremism running afar from the first of these; I decided to dig into the Global Terrorism Database (https://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/) over the last day. I am putting together some (hopefully) informative and accessible illustrations of what the data actually show about the phenomenon generally and specifically within the United States. I am aware that there is a wealth of…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence’ Speech

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence’ Speech

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen: I need not pause to say how very delighted I am to be here tonight, and how very delighted I am to see you expressing your concern about the issues that will be discussed tonight by turning out in such large numbers. I also want to say that I consider it a great honor to share this program with Dr. Bennett, Dr. Commager, and Rabbi Heschel, and some of the distinguished leaders and personalities of…

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Yours Affectionately – January 28, 1863

Yours Affectionately – January 28, 1863

Met. Hotel N. Y. Wednesday Jany 28th 1863   My dear wife On Sunday night I succeeded in getting my papers through for a leave of absence for ten days. With the next mail I wrote to you to meet me at Albany coming by way of Springfield, writing to me both at Company Hall, Albany & Kingston so that I might meet you at Greenbush, opposite Albany. On Tuesday morning at 3 oclock I started with my horses for…

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Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the…

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Yours Affectionately – December 17-19, 1862

Yours Affectionately – December 17-19, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt NYS near Falmouth Va Dec 17th 1862 My dear wife The mail is just starting and I have written a letter to mother detailing the events of our fight & requesting her to forward it to you. I have but a moment to say that we have been engaged in a five days fight before Fredericksburgh, have crossed the river, and find it necessary to retreat to our former position on this side, which we have…

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Human Rights and the Liberal Order

Human Rights and the Liberal Order

December 10 is Human Rights Day. On this day, in 1948, the new United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Like the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide the day before, the adoption of the Universal Declaration marked a seminal moment in the historical development of the idea as well as the actual attainment of human rights. The creation of the Universal Declaration in many ways emphasized the centrality of liberalism…

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Yours Affectionately – December 2, 1862

Yours Affectionately – December 2, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt N.Y.S. near Falmouth Va Dec 2 1862 My dear wife I have not heard from you in quite a while but presume there are letters from me in the mails which have been only partly delivered during the last week. We have joined the Army of the Potomac & am lying opposite Fredericksburgh two and a half miles from Falmouth. We are in the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Army Corps, 3rd Grand Division (Commanded by…

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Thinking of Raphael Lemkin

Thinking of Raphael Lemkin

Raphael Lemkin is on my mind today. He is a personal hero of mine. If you have not heard of him, he is someone who is worthy of your consideration. He has already shaped the way that you understand the world that you live in and the evil that can be unleashed in it when not prevented through absolute and unwavering commitment. It was Raphael Lemkin who created the term ‘genocide’, and eventually got it codified into international law with…

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