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Fixing the Met: Art Lovers Speak

by Montana Mathieu

NY Times, July 2017 |

The next director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will have a full inbox. Here, 20 well-known Met watchers offer their own bold ideas and expectations... Read More »

Iraq War Tribunal: Testimony on the Costs by Matthew Hoh

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YouTube, December 2016 | Video

After 14 years of costly war based on lies, it’s time for truth and accountability. The People's Tribunal on the Iraq War brings the lies that created the war on Iraq into public awareness, while demanding Obama act on them. It inspires the anti-war movement that we will need after the inauguration of the next administration in 2017... Read More »

Junger’s new book ‘Tribe’ is giving the public exactly the wrong idea about PTSD

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Foreign Policy, June 2016 |

Sebastian Junger’s book is doing tremendous damage to the public perception of veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide... Read More »

A Marine and an Iraqi Discuss War

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May 2016 | Video

Last week, as part of Ralph Nader’s four-day conference in Washington, DC, Breaking Through Power, my friend Raed Jarrar, a Palestinian-Iraqi-American, and I gave a talk on the horrors of war. My perspectives of combat, occupation, colonial administration and war time politics, in Afghanistan, Iraq and Washington, were set besides Raed’s experiences of living in Baghdad following the Gulf War, through the years of sanctions, into the American invasion, yes, the glory of Shock and Awe, and for the first year of occupation. Raed left Baghdad in 2004, but returned to Iraq to help rebuild, before becoming a full-time peace and anti-war activist.... Read More »

Insulting America's Sacred Idols: Helping Veterans Recover From Moral Injury

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Huffington Post, July 2015 | Article

As a nation we are mortally afraid to insult, afraid to judge, afraid to affirm the moral injury that inflicts veterans. We are afraid to say the wars were wrong, what we were doing there had no purpose, that young Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines died scared and barbarically thousands of miles from home without reason... Read More »

Camp David, President Obama, and the Refusal to Acknowledge History and Reality

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Huffington Post, May 2015 |

This past week, the White House attempted to repair the damage done by neglecting its Gulf Arab allies as Syria flew apart at the seams. King Salman of Saudi Arabia rebuffed President Obama's invitation to join a group of Sunni Arab leaders at Camp David, as did the King of Bahrain -- even as Washington reasserted its security guarantees and announced new military sales to both countries... Read More »

Congress of War

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Huffington Post, April 2015 | Article

It is very bewildering, albeit horrifyingly fascinating, to watch American politicians jockey and posture for war with Iran. With the announcement last week that years of negotiations have yielded a framework agreement that will arrest any Iranian nuclear weapons program, not that one actually exists, while starting the much needed process of bringing Iran back into the world community, many members of Congress seem not just reluctant, but hostile, to the prospects of averting a war with Iran... Read More »

The Blood Sacrifice of Sergeant Bergdahl

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Huffington Post, April 2015 | Article

Last week charges of Desertion and Misbehavior Before the Enemy were recommended against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Tragically, Sergeant Bergdahl was once again crucified, without evidence or trial, throughout mainstream, alternative and social media... Read More »

Presidential War Lies, Standing Ovations and the Great Waste of Everything

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Huffington Post, January 2015 | Article

At President Obama's behest, as indicated in his State of the Union Address, Congress will soon take up authorizing further American war in the Middle East. Based upon previous years of debate in Congress and on the campaign trail, little attention will be paid by our elected leaders to the real costs and failed results of our war policies and continued war will be authorized... Read More »

I Stand With Charlie Hebdo, But I Also Stand With the Victims of Our Bombs

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Huffington Post, January 2015 | Article

The killings at the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris are abhorrent. But let us not forget the daily abhorrence of our wars in the Muslim World, wars that have seen over a million Afghans, Iraqis, Libyans, Pakistanis, Somalis, Syrians and Yemenis killed and millions more wounded and maimed physically and psychologically, while millions of men, women and children endure another cold winter, homeless and hungry... Read More »

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