Peace by Hook or Crook

“Each chapter I read made me more and more angry.”  – Dr. Helen Caldicott, international leader of anti-nuclear and environmental movements, making reference to a book recommended below The new Cold War is different from the original one. Ideological conflict no longer pits Moscow against today’s enlarged “West”… since Russia’s elite unashamedly embraced capitalism afterRead More

Debating Prevaricators

“A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.”  – Not Mark Twain Prevaricator: a person who speaks so as to avoid the precise truth; quibbler; equivocator.  Tersely; a skillful liar.  Most all lying has conscious and subconscious elements. When a lie dribbles out of your mouth a little dingRead More

No One Dies for Their Country

by Valleria Ruselli “The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est  Pro patria mori.” — Wilfred Owen drawing upon Horace’s Odes Kipling’s Plain Tales from the Hills, Forster’s Passage to India, Orwell’s Burmese Days and Paul Scott’s Jewel in the Crown are read in academic circles and viewed by wider audiences courtesy of various media. And other dramatic fare focused on similar unfair settings hasRead More