October

After Pats Birthday

It is Pat’s birthday on Nov. 6, and elections are the day after. It gets me thinking about a conversation I had with Pat before we joined the military.

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Eight days in Lebanon

I spent the last eight days of Israeli-Lebanon war, Aug. 7-14, in Beirut, Lebanon’s capital. I had traveled there as part of a peace delegation from the United States. Our aim was to express solidarity with the people of Lebanon.

Talks urged between North Korea and U.S.

According to Chinese reports, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il expressed regret over his country’s nuclear weapons test, saying that it would not conduct another so long as the United States did not escalate threats against the North.

Is Bush flip-flopping on stay the course?

The Bush administration is suddenly dropping its “stay the course” slogan, proclaiming that it is all about “flexibility” on Iraq, according to White House press secretary Tony Snow. “It left the wrong impression about what was going on,” Snow said

Bay Staters to vote on Iraq pullout

AMHERST, Mass. — Voters here and in 138 other cities and towns across Massachusetts will be able to express their opinions on the Iraq war directly, for the first time, at the ballot box in the upcoming November elections.

Preventing nuclear war in Korea

Kofi Annan has again urged us to be wise and to refrain from the self-defeating practice of playing superpower bully. In the wake of North Korea’s reported nuclear weapons test, the outgoing UN secretary-general was clear that Pyongyang’s nuclear test was “unacceptable.” Instead of the militarized sanctions, he urged bilateral negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

EDITORIAL: A nuclear-free world

In the 2005 documentary film “The Last Atomic Bomb,” Sakue Shimohira, who as a 10-year-old schoolgirl lived through the U.S. nuclear bombing of Nagasaki, says, “The wound in my heart will never heal. If you encounter an atomic bomb once, you will never be at peace again.”

Despite sanctions, talks still urged in Korea crisis

UNITED NATIONS — The crisis set off by the detonation of a nuclear device by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) has continued to escalate, with hawks calling for confrontation, while more level-headed leaders calling for negotiations.

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Report: 655,000 Iraqis dead

A new study by U.S. and Iraqi public health doctors estimates that approximately 600,000 Iraqis have been killed in the violence that the U.S. unleashed with its March 2003 invasion. An additional estimated 55,000 deaths from nonviolent causes suggest deteriorating health conditions and care, the study says. It “constitutes a humanitarian emergency,” the authors say.

Offering hope on nuke nightmare

The Last Atomic Bomb: A Survivor’s Story is a gripping documentary about Sakue Shimohira, who as a 10-year-old girl survived the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945, and who has dedicated her life to sharing her experience so that others will never have to face such a terrible ordeal.

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