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Trump’s America—and Ours

by Mel Gurtov Abraham Lincoln once said: “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.” Donald J. Trump’s Inaugural Address offered us exactly the opposite vision, one of a selfish, insulated America responsible only to itself, committed only to fixing […]


Tomorrow Is Today

By Robert C. Koehler The icon’s day has come and gone, and — oh, the irony — eight people were fatally shot in Chicago on his weekend. Another eight were shot during a Martin Luther King rally and celebration in Miami. God knows how many more died this past weekend: around the country, around the […]

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Disappeared on the Border: “Chase and Scatter” — to Death

By John Heid “We recognize the weight that the language of disappearance holds; we use it to call attention to the fact that disappearance is not a natural or inevitable phenomenon but rather a direct consequence of US border-enforcement policies and practices.” — La Coalitión De Derechos Humanos, and No More Deaths, “Disappeared: How the […]

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Can Our Social Institutions Catch Up with Advances in Science and Technology?

By Lawrence Wittner H.G. Wells, one of the most prolific and prominent novelists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, consistently warned his contemporaries that social institutions were not evolving fast enough to cope with rapid changes in science and technology. Since Wells’ death in 1946, the scientific and technological advances have certainly been […]

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Costa Rica’s Peace Journey

By Robert C. Koehler, “This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” Dwight Eisenhower gave the world some extraordinary rhetoric — indeed, his words have the sting of ironic shrapnel, considering how little they have […]

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Why Should Trump―or Anyone―Be Able to Launch a Nuclear War?

By Lawrence Wittner, The accession of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency brings us face-to-face with a question that many have tried to avoid since 1945:  Should anyone have the right to plunge the world into a nuclear holocaust? Trump, of course, is an unusually angry, vindictive, and mentally unstable American president.  Therefore, given the […]

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Divest from War, Invest in People

By Kathy Kelly, All Trump, all the time. With a punishing, disorienting barrage of executive orders, President Trump is reversing hard fought gains made in environmental protection, health care, women’s rights, immigration policy, and nuclear weapons reduction – with even more executive orders promised. In his inaugural speech, Trump proclaimed “America First.” The U.S. does […]

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Fake News? Fake President!

By Mel Gurtov, The Donald Trump “way” is to shout foul any time he is criticized, for as we have discovered, this man is innately incapable of acknowledging error, much less apologizing.  The media are an easy target because Trump, like all presidents before him, knows that the power imbalance in his favor makes it […]

World universities offering summer Sanskrit classes

Various prestigious universities/institutes around the world are offering Sanskrit language courses during summer. Universities/Institutes offering these Sanskrit classes include USA’s Harvard University, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Mangalam Research Center Berkeley; Germany’s Universität Heidelberg and Universität Hamburg; United Kingdom’s University of Oxford and University of London; Nepal’s Rangjung Yeshe Institute; etc. The courses include Spoken Sanskrit, […]

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Banality of Evil: Desert Pilgrimage to the Cradle of the Bomb

by Rivera Sun The lawn is mowed. This small detail cracks my heart into pieces. A silent scream wails in the hollow space of my ribs. I am standing at the birthplace of the atomic bomb. Green grass slopes down to a pond. A grandfather helps a child circle the concrete walkways on a plastic […]

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