“There’s no way to pay for it”: From WMDs to a GND

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the horrific 9/11 attacks that killed 2,977 Americans. These attacks were carried out by 19 men—15 Saudi Arabians, two Emiratis, one Egyptian and one Lebanese—of the terrorist group al-Qaeda. In another seven days, we will mark the 20th anniversary of the US government’s response: the Authorization for Use of … Continue reading “There’s no way to pay for it”: From WMDs to a GND

How to End War and Cure Violence

Lesson 1: Detention Doesn't Work "An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind." Last month, the Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria entered its thirteenth year. The protracted conflict has displaced more than two million people and caused the deaths of 350,000 people. How does this end? Women queue for relief at … Continue reading How to End War and Cure Violence

Religion as Political Scapegoat

This is not about terrorism. Terrorism is the excuse. This is about economic and social control. And the only thing you're really protecting is the supremacy of your government. This reflection from the 2016 docu-drama Snowden illustrates the current world we live in. A world, we're told, filled with terrorist threats. But, are we in danger? In his book The … Continue reading Religion as Political Scapegoat

Bringing Hell to Syria

More than 400,000 deaths. Four million refugees plus 7.6 million Syrians displaced within their country. Widespread bombardment of cultural heritage sites and urban centers. These are some of the costs of the war in Syria. A war that has now waged for over five years and doesn't appear to be stopping. The human cost is tremendous. And the causes are many. In the … Continue reading Bringing Hell to Syria

The Banality of Evil: Learning from the Horrors of the Past

Last week I watched The Look of Silence, a documentary film by Joshua Oppenheimer and a companion piece to his 2012 work The Act of Killing. Both films explore how the Indonesian military killed a million people - suspected communists and subversives - over the course of 1965-66 after it overthrew the government. The films … Continue reading The Banality of Evil: Learning from the Horrors of the Past