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“Martin never expected to kill anyone when he was in the war. He had decided ahead of time to leave the killing up to the Marines.” By Sharon Erby

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Kurdish Female Freedom Fighters, Equal in War

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Kurdish women more than prove their equality and metal as freedom fighters. Will they be equal in peace as well?

A Warrior Makes His Sister’s Wedding, and Her Day

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Warriors put their lives in harms way and sacrifice themselves for us all. Moments of grace such as these make life so much better.

Men, Women and the Glorification of War

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Melissa Holbrook Pierson’s 14 year-old son is obsessed with guns and war, and she wonders what it all means.

Excerpt from FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY

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“He finds that he can light his candles merely by touching their wicks with a finger.” By Mike Meginnis

Do Americans Want War Or Peace?

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It’s hard to tell what type of foreign policy American voters actually want. In fact they might not care that much about the rest of the world at all.

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Margaret Rhee elegizes the Gaza dead in a prose poem of remarkable tenderness. Blending the personal and political, she questions “The difference between wound and womb…Palestinian and Israeli…You and me.”

What Arab Partners Will Get in Return for Strikes on Syria

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Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE and Jordan are all on board against Islamic State. What’s in it for them?

Bill Maher: Is ISIS a Real Threat to the US or a Fool’s Errand?

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Are we repeating a failed foreign policy and wasting immense resources (blood and treasure) better spent on challenges of Climate Change, Unemployment, Income Inequality, Education,Economic Growth…?

Yoga Helps War Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Yoga can aid mental well-being but can it help with post-traumatic stress disorder?

Greg Buckley, Jr. 21-Year-Old Marine Lance Cpl. Murdered in Afghanistan

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Perry Brass’s elegy for Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr. demonstrates the dark truth that, in war, one can’t always know who one’s enemy is.

America Can’t Call Itself Truly Patriotic When Thousands of Veterans Remain Homeless

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For a country that prides itself on its patriotism, we do a terrible job taking care of the individuals that have fought in our wars.

The Forgotten Community: The Gypsy People Called ‘Roma’

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It’s a documentary that brings to light a community that has largely been forgotten.

Why ‘Fools Rush In’ is Obama’s Watchword in Iraq and Syria

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Barack Obama is reluctant to jump in with both feet with a major military intervention in Iraq and Syria. — By Adam Quinn, University of Birmingham US president Barack Obama has yet to work out exactly what America’s strategy is in confronting Islamic State (IS), and has been foolish enough to say so in public. […]