Sunday, October 19th, 2008 at 10:25 am
A Travelling Essay
Author: John Paul Lederach Professor of Sociology and Conflict Studies – EMU
“Military action to destroy terror is like hitting a fully mature dandelion with a golf club.”
So here I am, a week late arriving home, stuck between Colombia, Guatemala and Harrisonburg when our world changed. The images flash even in my sleep. The heart of America ripped. Though natural, the cry for revenge and the call for the unleashing of the first war of this century, prolonged or not, seems more connected to social and psycho-logical processes of finding a way to release deep emotional anguish, a sense of powerlessness, and our collective loss than it does as a plan of action seeking to redress the injustice, promote change and prevent it from ever happening again. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 at 9:49 am
Discourse given in Uruguay 1986
I’ve heard that in Europe the threat of terrorism is striking fear in everyone. Airplanes are delayed by extraordinary security measures, many of the seats are empty. And some airports are closing, people are even thinking twice about going out in the evening.
And all this is more prevalent since the recent bombing of Libya. Is the rise of terrorism over the last decade in some way symbolic of what is happening to society in general?
Everything is deeply related with everything else that happens. The event of terrorism is certainly related with what is happening in the society. The society is falling apart. Its old order, discipline, morality, religion, everything has been found to be wrongly based. It has lost its power over people’s conscience. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 at 9:43 am
Author: Nexus Magazine
Members of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) passed a resolution at their 57th Annual Meeting in St Louis, calling for an end to government mandated childhood vaccinations. It was passed without a single no’ vote. (The fact sheet outlining the resolution on mandated vaccines is posted at www.aapsonline.org.)
“Our children face the possibility of death or serious long-term adverse effects from mandated vaccines that aren’t necessary or that have very limited benefits,” said Jane M. Orient, MD, the Executive Director of AAPS. Read the rest of this entry