Category Archives: violence

Gembaku no ko

Today is the 71st anniversary of the dropping of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. We visited there four years ago with our son who was teaching in Satsuma Sendai at the time. The many memorials and monuments to peace and nuclear non-proliferation … Continue reading

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Guns in the U.S.


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Once you land, there’s no turning back

Last night JB and I went to the World Premier of My Lai, a monodrama for tenor, string quartet, and Vietnamese instruments, composed by Jonathan Berger. The Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert (tenor), and Van-Anh Vanessa Vo (traditional Vietnamese musician) performed … Continue reading

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Au nom de quoi?

from W.H. Auden’s “September 1, 1939” Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, … Continue reading

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“Doubletake” by Seamus Heaney

Human beings suffer, They torture one another, They get hurt and get hard. No poem or play or song Can fully right a wrong Inflicted and endured. The innocent in gaols Beat on their bars together. A hunger-striker’s father Stands … Continue reading

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Perverted madness

I talked with my students today about the Boston Marathon. AW’s dad was in the race and had crossed the finish line 25 minutes before the first blast. “Whoa. You’re kidding!?!” BR said she was happy we live in the … Continue reading

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Stephen Buntu Biko 1946-1977

Stephen Biko would have been 66 today. He was an anti-apartheid activist in the 60s and 70s, who founded the Black Consciousness movement which mobilized much of the South African black population. In 1968 he became the first president of … Continue reading

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In one year…

People shot in the United States so far this year: 94, 192 People shot in the United States today (as of 8:44pm EST): 232 (image and statistics from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence)  

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