March 2011 issue Sojourners In December, as the United States entered the 10th year of what President Obama called the "good war" in Afghanistan, I traveled to Kabul to take stock of the human toll of the increasingly bloody occupation. From the moment I landed in Kabul’s airport, I noticed its distinctive smell -- a … Continue reading The Human Toll
Waging Nonviolence, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, Huffington Post, The Indypendent, Sojourners Greetings from Afghanistan. I arrived here now almost a week ago and there is so much to share about this experience that it’s hard to know where to start. I’d like to offer a few random observations about Kabul that I’m sure will make more sense upon … Continue reading Record levels of violence in Afghanistan do not equal progress
A conversation with Srdja Popovic by Eric Stoner and Bryan Farrell Waging Nonviolence, Truthout, Yes! Magazine, The Indypendent Ten years ago, on October 5, 2000, hundreds of thousands of Serbian protesters descended on the streets of Belgrade and pushed past the indifferent security forces to seize control of the Parliament building, effectively ending the dictatorship of … Continue reading Bringing down Serbia’s dictator, 10 years later
October 18, 2009 Peoria Journal Star After traveling to Honduras earlier this month to show his support for the June 28 military coup, Congressman Aaron Schock ironically spoke of his concern for democracy and "the will of the Honduras people." The ousted President Manuel Zelaya, however, is the democratically elected leader who - with the … Continue reading Schock fighting against freedom in Honduras
The Guardian, ZNet The release of the extensive investigation by the Project on Government Oversight on Tuesday depicting a "Lord of the Flies" environment among mercenaries in Afghanistan, should only sour the American public further on a war that the majority rightfully no longer believe is worth fighting. According to interviews and emails with more … Continue reading Guards Gone Wild
KALW 91.7 FM Today, I was on "Your Call," an hour-long call-in program on KALW 91.7 FM, the local Public Radio station in San Francisco, to talk about the impact of drones and robotics on war. To listen to show, click here. Hope you enjoy!
Blackwater – er, Xe – has been kicked out of Iraq. Now the other private security contractors should be banned as well. February 17, 2009 The Guardian, Huffington Post, Common Dreams, ZNet After raking in more than a billion dollars from its contracts in Iraq, Blackwater is finally being forced to leave the country that … Continue reading No Mercy for Mercenaries