When I heard about this — first, from Paul Rieckoff of IAVA on Facebook — a simple Google search turned up quickly what felt like two determinative facts: that Joshua Hunter had just spent 15 months in Iraq, and that Fort Drum, where the shooting occurred, is in the process of mobilizing for the newContinue reading ““His emotions were always on the rocks””
That was what I first put up on Facebook when I got the news of the Fort Hood shooting. Today, I’m still watching twitter feeds and news reports try to figure out what happened. (I did catch myself wishing Hasan had called the GI Rights Hotline.) I have my own theories and worries, some ofContinue reading “p.s. I am totally stopped by this.”
This coming Monday, with “Veterans Day Sales” all over the newspapers, most Americans observe Veterans Day with flags and parades, honoring men and women who have gone to war for the United States. These days, few recollect that the original name of the holiday was Armistice Day, in honor of the November 11, 1918 endContinue reading “Maxine Hong Kingston’s sangha speaks”
I’m told it’s not. But what about this? Although the parade website says the event is “Honoring all Americans who have served,” it has refused to allow Veterans for Peace members – many of whom are combat veterans with Purple Hearts – from taking part in the observance on Saturday, Nov. 7. The parade committeeContinue reading “is this the Alabama portion of Wisconsin?”
Foreign Policy notes that $500 million for a new U.S. embassy in Baghdad has yielded a literal house of cards: Among the most shocking problems still present at the embassy: The walls are in danger of cracking; the “safe areas” for emergencies aren’t safe; the fire protection systems might not protect from fires; and oh,Continue reading “Someone else’s billion-dollar FUBAR?”
Via Stephen Funk, who was the very first U.S. soldier I interviewed for the book three years ago. I’m so heartened to see it: while Iraq Veterans Against the War argued out a nonviolence resolution, these guys see it simply: “It’s about the demilitarization of society.” Among demilitarizations tasks they include eradicating sexism, which mattersContinue reading ““It’s about the demilitarization of society.””
With the book’s pub date at least a year away, I know it’s too early for excerpts. But when Michael Archer, who has built a giant of online publishing since he and I parted ways as Fred Tuten‘s students at CCNY, asked if I had something that might suit, what could I do but pullContinue reading “News you can use – and a taste of how I write”
It get misty around here, but welcome. All rights to the estate of Phil Ochs, and the noble man who posted this Bitter End film on his Youtube channel.