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[20 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]
The “Hell of War” – Walt Whitman and American Antiwar Literature

Cynthia Wachtell
USA

“As America continues its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, I often find myself thinking of what Whitman wrote, and then re-wrote, in his Civil War journal. ”
It was mid-way through a steamy summer in Washington DC, and I was happy to be in a cool room at the Library of Congress doing research for War No More, my book on American antiwar writing.
“ ‘O the hideous horrid hell of war,’ ” so wrote Walt Whitman.  Or at least, so he wrote initially. ”
The pages of Whitman’s journal from late 1862 …

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[22 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Peace Is Green!

Gail Montplaisir
Peace X Peace Board Member
USA
War and its attendant environmental destruction throws nature out of balance and causes us to lose plants and trees, lowers air quality, and generally lowers the ability of humankind to live and prosper.
We know that the long war in Afghanistan, for example, has destroyed much of the tree canopy, leading to an environmental disaster and desert creep. People in Iraq and other wartorn countries live for years with live mines, dust and dirt in the air and in their homes, and the terribly serious problem …

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[11 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]
What a Kid Said, and Grandma’s Answer

Naba Al Barak Hamid
Iraq
My friends, I hope you are enjoying your days.
My grandson Zozo soon will turn five. He enjoys my company. When he comes to my house he loves to use my acrylic colors for making some paintings.
Yesterday he made one painting, what you see here, and commented on it. I am totally embarrassed, shattered and scared by his sharp words.
I will share with you Zozo’s painting and comment.
“You know what is this painting, Grandma?” Zozo asked.
I replied, “NO.”
He continued: “Look, Grandma, the earth is BURNING! You know …

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[21 Jan 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Helping Haiti: The View from the Newborn Nursery

- Commentary by Mary Liston Liepold
The disastrous earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, and on January 13 my daughter gave birth to a baby boy. I alternated for most of a week between distracting our two-year-old granddaughter from her mama’s prolonged absence and helping to cuddle and soothe the newborn.
In the rare moments when mother and children were asleep, I scanned the papers and trolled the internet. (The TV could wake someone up.) I read about the massive loss of life, the worsening conditions for those left alive, the promises …