Monthly Archives: April 2013

Boston Marathon Murders: ‘No Man is an Island’ Conflict Poem by John Donne (1572-1631)

I am this morning, after the murders in Boston, reminded of John Donne’s marvelous poem ‘No Man is an Island’ that also inspired the title and theme of Ernest Hemingway’s (1899-1961) book about the Spanish Civil War: ‘For Whom the … Continue reading

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Luck in Sarajevo: Conflict Poem by Izet Sarajlic (1930-2002) translated by Charles Simic

In Sarajevo In the spring of 1992,  Everything is possible: You go stand in a bread line And end up inn an emergency room With your leg amputated. Afterwards, you still maintain That you were very lucky.

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All of These People: Conflict Poem by Michael Longley (1939-)

Who was it who suggested that the opposite of war Is not so much peace as civilization? He knew Our assassinated Catholic greengrocer who died At Christmas in the arms of our Methodist minister,  And our ice-cream man who continuing … Continue reading

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Amnesty International Annual Report on Executions

Amnesty International Report on executions is at http://bit.ly/10KEuOe It is summarized in this diagram that puts the US to shame in the company it keeps: China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan….

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68th Anniversary of the Murder of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by the Nazis

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hung by the Nazis 68 years ago today. To commemorate this anniversary, I am re-posting our blog about him:  We thought it was time for another of our Top Ten Conflict Tips, though as always they are … Continue reading

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The Persian Version: Conflict Poem by Robert Graves (1895-1985)

‘The first casualty of war is truth‘ Hiram Johnson to US Senate in 1917 The Persian Version Truth-loving Persians do not dwell upon The trivial skirmish fought near Marathon. As for the Greek theatrical tradition Which represents that summer’s expedition Not as … Continue reading

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When Will the Global Natural Resources Run Out?

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