Today I’m privileged to have Robert Kohler as a guest. He’s an award-winning Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His recent book is Courage Grows Strong at the Wound. His website is commonwonders.com. Robert Kohler is a peace journalist. Peace journalism is when editors make choices about what to report, how to report it – creating opportunities for society at large to consider and value non-violent responses to conflict. See, for example, Johan Galtung, the father of peace studies, has been interested in this for years. Peace journalism looks for... Read More →
Friends, I’m privileged to have a former general manager of KPFK with us, Jim Lafftery. He’s the executive director emeritus of the National Lawyer’s Guild in Los Angeles. That’s the organization that protects protestors from interference by the police during their protests, helps groups secure march and rally permits, defends those arrested in protest. Jim Lafferty is also the longtime host of the Lawyers Guild Show on KPFK, now heard at its new time: Wednesday at 2pm. I also happen to know that James Lafferty is president of the board of the Office of the... Read More →
Well, be sure to visit our website, officeoftheamericas.org, where you’ll find lists and tips and inspiration for organizing at this critical time. I’m privileged to have today one of the great peace organizers of our time. She’s a founder of the Office of the Americas, and represents the very soul of our work for almost half a century. We became a non-profit educational corporation in 1983 because our previous work had grown to such a scale that we could no longer operate without a legal structure. So I give thanks daily for leaving the institutional clergy and sharing... Read More →
We’re privileged to have Marjorie Cohn on World Focus. Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she taught for 25 years. The former president of the National Lawyers Guild and criminal defense attorney is a legal scholar, political analyst and social critic who writes books and articles, makes media appearances and lectures throughout the world about human rights and U.S. foreign policy. She has a book which has recently been undated and is very important called Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral and Geo Political Issues. It will be... Read More →
I’m privileged today to have one of the leaders of the international peace movement, Colonel Ann Wright, who served 29 years in the US Army and Army Reserves and retired as a colonel. She also served 16 years as a US diplomat in the US and around the world, including Afghanistan. She resigned from the US government in March of 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq. Welcome, Colonel Ann Wright. Ann: Well, thank you Blase and good to be with you. Blase: You’ve recently had an important visit to Honolulu, where you are, with the arrival of Mr. Abe from Japan. Would you care to... Read More →
I’d like to wish you a blessed Christmas Day. I was thinking today of WWI, which was an orgy of international insanity in pursuit of profit. We remember those old songs: “You’re a grand old flag, Give my regards to Broadway, Send the word, the Yanks are coming, pack all your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile…” I think the author of that one actually committed suicide. But Irving Berlin did very well as a sunshine patriot. And our young men marched off to die with no idea at all what the war was about. This is the sickness of militarism... Read More →
Well, friends, the “electors” are meeting tomorrow. What did Alexander Hamilton have to say about the electoral college – which has been so bad, so archaic? This maybe the first time it could prove useful. This is Federalist Paper 68 from 1788. Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper... Read More →
Friends, at this time of Thanksgiving, having just received a major blow to so many of our aspirations, and as we continue our organizing with great haste, it is a good time of year to reflect on our blessings and to do what we are able for those who do not share the same bounty. We’ve been doing this a long time at the Office of the Americas. In the 70s, even before the OOA existed, our focus was on the despicable condition of our own US policies and actions in Central America. OOA brought delegations to Nicaragua to enlighten, to educate the delegates so that they could become... Read More →
Friends, today we’re going to talk about Standing Rock. We’d like to say a few words about indigenous people. First I’d like to go to the Declaration of Independence, where our forefathers are talking about insurrections and they’re blaming them on the king. And when they see “he,” they’re talking about the king. “He has exercised domestic insurrections against us, and endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages whose known rule of warfare is the indiscriminate destruction of all ages, sexes and... Read More →
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