Sean Howard

Ticking Boxes, Ticking Bombs…

Ticking Boxes, Ticking Bombs…

August 9, 2023 at 9:35 am

Author’s Note: In a future edition I hope to review Christopher Nolan’s movie of the moment, Oppenheimer, exploring the rise and fall of J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the top-secret Allied ‘Manhattan Project’ to build the Atomic Bomb. In a July 26 interview in Nature, nuclear historian Richard RhodesRead More

Top: Detail from Ted Zuber painting "Freeze;" Bottom: US soldiers take part in live-fire training, Korea, April 2023

Deep Freeze: Ending Korea’s Armistice Agony

July 12, 2023 at 11:49 am

“History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” James Joyce, The Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man   On June 25, in the dazed wake of the aborted rebellion by a mercenary army, the Wagner Group, against Russia’s military and political leadership, the BBC’s MoscowRead More

Power to the People! (Part II)

Power to the People! (Part II)

June 21, 2023 at 12:02 pm

  Estragon: I can’t go on like this. Vladimir: That’s what you think. Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot   Part II: Four Ways to Change the Local World   Proposal #1: A CBRM Citizens’ Assembly on COVID-19 & Post-Pandemic Recovery “Watershed periods in history,” Mikhail Gorbachev declared in 1992, “mayRead More

Power to the People! (Part I)

Power to the People! (Part I)

June 6, 2023 at 11:15 am

…revolution is, in fact, always unimaginable. R.F. Kuang, Babel   Part I: We Can’t Go On Like This!   In March 1985, a 54-year-old Mikhail Gorbachev realized he was likely to become the next general secretary of the Communist Party of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), and thusRead More

Sunflower harvest, Rojava, August 2022. (Source: Make Rojava Green Again https://makerojavagreenagain.org/sunflower-harvest-august-2022/)

Glimpses of Green Even in War: Rojava

May 3, 2023 at 10:04 am

Part 2: Rojava The world of the 21st century faces the ruins of past and present. War has become a normal state, poverty and hunger marginal news that no longer merit headlines. Many people have lost the meaning and significance of being human, and the word ‘society’ means only isolatedRead More

Glimpses of Green Even In War: Tigray

Glimpses of Green Even In War: Tigray

April 12, 2023 at 12:38 pm

Part 1: Tigray The evil of modern states is their power to decide who eats. Russel Lawrence Barsh, ‘The Nature and Power of North American Political Systems,’ American Indian Quarterly (1986)   In mid-February, heads of state and government of the African Union (AU) convened at the organization’s headquarters inRead More

Source: Save Sinjajevina website gallery https://sinjajevina.com/en/gallery

For Love of a Mountain in Montenegro

March 1, 2023 at 1:51 pm

The whole frame of geopolitics…seeks to manage tensions and power struggles among those who rule, while the vast majority of people—as well as plants, animals, land, and water—are controlled, confined, or killed to serve those interests.—Ray Acheson, ‘Abolishing Geopolitics and Building a World Without State Violence,’ Metapolis, September 2022  Read More

The Sound of War

The Sound of War

February 1, 2023 at 12:04 pm

If the dull hum of a nuclear warhead ever mutates to a deafening and life-ending roar of a nuclear explosion, humanity will be extinguished—Tom Unterrainer, END Info 30, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, March 2022   In 1935, retired US Marine Major General Smedley D. Butler (1880-1941), a veteran of AmericanRead More

From Commanders to Campaigners (Part I)

From Commanders to Campaigners (Part I)

January 11, 2023 at 11:49 am

Author’s Note: On 3 May 2019, a Thanksgiving Service was held in Westminster Abbey, attended by senior members of the Government and Royal Family, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Continuous At-Sea Deterrent (CASD)—charmingly known as ‘Operation Relentless’—of the Royal Navy’s nuclear-armed submarines. As you read this, one ofRead More

From Commanders to Campaigners (Part II)

From Commanders to Campaigners (Part II)

January 11, 2023 at 11:47 am

Author’s Note: In December, I interviewed Robert Forsyth and Robert Green, who served for many years in the Belly of a Beast—the British naval nuclear war machine—they now devoutly wish to see dismantled. I’ve told their stories in a separate article and you can find my entire email exchange withRead More