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Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives Film | Home

Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives and What We Are Leaving Behind In Iraq are available for home and community screenings as part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the environmental and human costs of war. The campaign was launched with the broadcast of Scarred Lands on PBS stations nationwide in April. The films may also be viewed online ...

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Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan | windowsandmirrors.org

Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is a traveling mural exhibit that makes a powerful statement on a nearly invisible reality.The exhibit consists of more than 45 large scale paintings by artists from all over the country that memorialize Afghan civilian casualties. The exhibit also includes images collected from Afghan high school students by Dr. Zahir Wahab, ...

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Vietnam war reporter Malcolm Browne dies | BBC News

A journalist who captured an iconic image of a burning South Vietnamese monk in 1963 has died at the age of 81. Associated Press (AP) correspondent Malcolm Browne won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Vietnam in 1964. But his photograph of Thich Quang Duc, an elderly monk who set himself on fire in Saigon, became one of the ...

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Hard Travelin’ With Henry Rollins: An Exclusive Interview

Henry Rollins says he likes to think of himself as his “own little punk rock journalist.”   But the former leader of the legendary Los Angeles hardcore punk band, Black Flag, is just being modest. He’s already proven himself to be a true master of the trade. Rollins is talking about all of the reporting he did for his most ...

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Shows featuring Howard Zinn | Democracy Now!

On Friday, renowned historian, author, playwright and social activist Howard Zinn would have turned 90 years old. What do you think he is best remembered by? Take a few minutes to listen to DemocracyNow interviews with him, going back to 1998. Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara has died at the age of ninety-three. McNamara was one of the key architects ...

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Brazil: Bicycle Brings Books to the Homeless | Global Voices

If good ideas transcend boundaries, this one does it by bicycle. That is, by Bicicloteca [pt], a bicycle that carries a small library through the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The project is a creative and dynamic way to encourage reading, especially among people who live on the streets, because libraries typically require identification and proof of residence to loan ...

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In the town Picasso made a symbol of destruction, creativity is booming again | The Observer

A large cannon fires into the town square of the Basque town of Guernica, scattering small children. Fortunately, in a place tragically famous as Hitler’s testing ground for the bombing of civilian targets, this is just part of the entertainment at the summer fiestas. The shiny weapon shoots watery bubbles at delighted children dressed in swimwear and goggles. But clues ...

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As Woody Guthrie Turns 100, We Protest Too Little | NYTimes.com

In October the Kennedy Center will throw a centennial party for Woody Guthrie, a star-studded concert with tickets topping out at $175. It will be America’s ultimate tribute to a beloved troubadour. “Through his unique music, words and style,” the Kennedy Center says, “Guthrie was able to bring attention and understanding to the critical issues of his day.” Poor Woody. ...

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Top 10 Heavy Metal Songs… You Forgot Were Antiwar | War Resisters League

Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Woodie Guthrie … Megadeth? When we talk about the music of resistance, many of us picture bell-bottoms, tambourines, and daisy chains — not leather pants, flying Vs, and pentagrams. But for all its machismo, pale skin, and goat-skull imagery, heavy metal—like all musical genres—has been a medium for social justice messaging. For more on this story, ...

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Dancing the Revolution: Iara Lee’s ‘Cultures of Resistance’ | Counterpunch

Iara Lee’s “Cultures of Resistance” by CONN HALLINAN When we think of “resistance,” what mostly comes to mind is guerrilla warfare: Vietnamese closing in on the besieged French at Dien Bien Phu; Angolans ambushing Portuguese troops outside of Luanda; Salvadorans waging a war of attrition against their military oligarchy. But resistance doesn’t always involve roadside bombs or military operations. Sometimes ...

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War Is Still a Racket | Reason.com

They say war is a fight between forces seeking victory. But sometimes the conflict is more complicated than that. By Christopher J. Coyne Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars is More Important than Winning Them, by David Keen. Yale University Press, 2012, 304 pp. $38. “War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most ...

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