Sean Howard

War’s Far-Reaching Effects

War’s Far-Reaching Effects

June 1, 2022 at 11:47 am

On April 21, Siegfried Hecker, a world-leading authority on nuclear security and proliferation, told John Mecklin, editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine constituted “a major hinge, a turning point in the nuclear world”: as “big a hinge as when the Soviet Union dissolved.”Read More

Remembering the ‘Brief But Brutal’ Falklands War

Remembering the ‘Brief But Brutal’ Falklands War

May 4, 2022 at 1:04 pm

In April 1982, when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, I was a young man of 16: old enough to fight, kill, and die for a British government I was too young to vote for. Forty years on, the UK voting age is still too high (18) and the Army recruitmentRead More

Kings Bay Plowshares 7 (Source: Facebook)

Sacred Duty: Revisiting the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

April 6, 2022 at 10:51 am

If we assume that life is worth living and that man has a right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war. In a day when vehicles hurtle through outer space and guided ballistic missiles carve highways of death through the stratosphere, no nation can claim victory inRead More

Anti-war inscription ("No War") in the center of Moscow, February 2022. (Photo by Dolche far niente, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Resisting Militarism: Mission Impossible?

March 30, 2022 at 12:46 pm

I want to escape from my own threshold. Where to? The street is dark And conscience shows up ahead of me, white, Like salt scattered for pavements. Osip Mandelshtam (1891-1938)   On 23 January 2015, 49-year-old Ruslan Kotsaba – journalist and blogger, president of the Ukrainian Pacifist Society and anRead More

Protester in Times Square, 26 Feb 2022 following the Russian invasion of Ukraine (Photo by Rhododendrites, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Macho Posturing on the Edge of the Abyss

March 2, 2022 at 10:51 am

The work, my friends, is peace, more than an end of this war – an end to the beginning of all wars, yes, an end, forever, to this impractical, unrealistic settlement of the differences between governments by the mass killing of peoples — Draft of undelivered Jefferson Day speech byRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 25, 2022 at 10:34 am

Fiddling while the world burns? I don’t know about you, but every time I find myself doing something that does not involve contemplating the darker aspects of the Freedom Convoy or the horrible developments in Ukraine or the increasingly obvious manifestations of climate change, I feel like I’m being aRead More

Ukraine: Spheres, Orbits & Thoughts on Neutrality

Ukraine: Spheres, Orbits & Thoughts on Neutrality

February 2, 2022 at 1:10 pm

  Sometimes it seems we are living in different worlds — Vladimir Putin, 23 December 2021 There is another world, and it is this one — French poet Paul Éluard   The curtain was raised on 2022 with the stage set for not one, not two, but three major regional conflicts,Read More

Costa Rica and the Cost of Living Well

January 5, 2022 at 12:17 pm

In late August The New Yorker featured a fascinating, slightly awestruck examination of “the Costa Rica Model” of “health care that understands its community,” by American surgeon and professor of public health Atul Gawande. Gawande, nominated by President Biden to serve as assistant administrator of the US Aid and DevelopmentRead More

Some Assembly Required?

Some Assembly Required?

December 1, 2021 at 1:12 pm

We have committed the fatal sin in public policy of becoming cynical and arrogant with respect to decisions affecting the lives of hundreds of millions of people. We have trivialized the likelihood that deterrence might fail, thus providing easy moral cover for ignoring the consequences. We have learned to liveRead More

Remembrance Day: Changing the Metaphor

Remembrance Day: Changing the Metaphor

November 10, 2021 at 12:23 pm

This year, 2021, marks the centenary of the first appearance in Canada and Britain of the red poppy as the official emblem of war remembrance: a single symbol of sacrifice that has dominated the rites and rhythms of November 11, Armistice Day, each year since. The idea of selling artificialRead More