Sean Howard

Biological hazard symbol (Andux, CC by SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en, via Wikimedia Commons)

Plagues in Perspective

April 1, 2020 at 12:51 pm

“…it is hard to say who is sick and who is well…” — Daniel Defoe, Journal of the Plague Year   The coronavirus pandemic poses a clear and present danger to the most elderly and vulnerable segments of the global population, those already most prone to perish from influenza and other infectiousRead More

Foreign Policy Generation

Generation ‘Why War?’

March 4, 2020 at 2:34 pm

 “…the car, still loaded with people, made a wide U-turn and stopped; it was the end of the line.”– Paul Bowles, last words of The Sheltering Sky It was my Grandfather’s favorite story, and he swore it was true: a man horribly lost in a maze of back roads, unableRead More

Trident II D5 nuclear missile (Photo by Ronald Gutridge/US Navy)

Grasping ‘the Significance of the Weapon’

February 5, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Never one to suffer subtlety gladly, or overpolish the written word, US President Donald J. Trump on January 3 ‘spoke’ to the world by tweet: an American flag, behind which, we soon learned, lay the body of Iranian General Qassam Suleimani (and seven other human beings), assassinated by drone inRead More

April 23, 2015: NASA and ESA are celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope's silver anniversary of 25 years in space by unveiling some of nature's own fireworks — a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2. The cluster resides inside a vibrant stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. The comparatively young, 2-million-year-old star cluster contains some of our galaxy's hottest, brightest, and most massive stars. The largest stars are unleashing a torrent of ultraviolet light and hurricane-force winds that etch away the enveloping hydrogen gas cloud. This creates a fantasy celestial landscape of pillars, ridges, and valleys. (NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team [Public domain]

Earthlings Beware! Bloated US Defense Budget Includes ‘Space Force’

January 8, 2020 at 12:47 pm

The law I am signing today provides $738 billion – that’s with a “B”. That’s an all-time record. … That brings our total investment in national defense, since my inauguration, to almost two and a half trillion dollars. And what’s the good of a budget if you don’t have theRead More

Kings Bay Plowshares 7 (Source: Facebook)

Convictions: The Trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

December 11, 2019 at 1:34 pm

Author’s Note: Since September 2018, I have been reporting on the extraordinary story of the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven (KBP7), a group of veteran anti-nuclear Catholic activists currently awaiting sentencing for acts of non-violent ‘symbolic disarmament’ at the Kings Bay Trident submarine base in Georgia, home to America’s East CoastRead More

North Korea’s Nuclear Volcano

North Korea’s Nuclear Volcano

December 4, 2019 at 2:22 pm

In the atomic age, who needs the four horsemen of the apocalypse – pestilence, war, famine, and death – when one will do? In mid-October, North Korean ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim Jong-un rode a white horse up a snow-peaked mountain, gazing from the summit with a “mien” so “dignified” – inRead More

Canada, the Bomb and Minority Government

Canada, the Bomb and Minority Government

November 6, 2019 at 2:17 pm

It’s not open by much, and it might shut soon, but the diminished return of the Trudeau Liberals has created a ‘window’ to review The Incredible Shrinking Issue of the 2019 election: Canada’s foreign and defense priorities in an age of grave and growing nuclear peril. Though domestic politics naturallyRead More

The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 - Catholic plowshares activists who entered Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia on April 4th, 2018. (via Facebook)

Peace Quest Condemns “Unjust” Conviction of Anti-Nuke Activists

October 30, 2019 at 1:45 pm

Editor’s Note: What follows is a press release from Peace Quest Cape Breton, which is headed by the Spectator‘s own Sean Howard. Howard has written in detail about the group here and again here. Peace Quest Cape Breton condemns the unfair trial and unjust conviction of the Kings Bay PlowsharesRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Issues

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Issues

October 18, 2019 at 11:11 am

First of all, thank you to the candidates who took the time to respond to our questions — Michelle Dockrill, Lois Foster, Jodi McDavid and Kenzie MacNeil. As promised, we extended the deadline to Thursday at 5:00 PM for those candidates who had not yet replied, and here are theRead More

Non-Violence is a bronze sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd of an oversized Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver with a knotted barrel and the muzzle pointing upwards. Reuterswärd made this sculpture after singer-songwriter and peace activist John Lennon was murdered. There are now 32 copies of the statue around the world, including this one at the UN headquarters in New York. (Wikipedia)

Sean Howard Asks About Canada’s Role Promoting Peace

October 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Sean Howard, the Spectator‘s war and peace commentator, asked this question of federal candidates in Cape Breton-Canso and Sydney Victoria: In the 1990s Canada was a leader on international disarmament, receiving plaudits for its role in negotiating the ‘Ottawa Convention’ banning landmines, and earning the nickname ‘the nuclear nag’ forRead More