Why I Wrote A War Novel

 By Helen Benedict, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine...more

An Historical Movement Toward Complete Insanity

 There is a huge scam that is going on now right before our eyes. We see it. We want it to stop. We complain about it, but we do nothing about it because we believe there is nothing we can do. The irony is we have the power....more

(VIDEO) First Black Female MP Diane Abbott Bids for Britain's Labour Party Leadership -- Why She's One to Watch

UPDATE June 9: After the withdrawal of John Mc Donnell, Diane Abbott secured the 33 nominations needed to secure a spot on the ballot in the leadership elections this fall. News reports and blog reactions here: ...more

Love and Protest in Central London

When I arrived in London that November morning, the 2003 Bush & Blair protest was well underway. I quickly managed to get to my London Bridge hostel and drop off my backpack to join the march, already at Waterloo Bridge. There were tens of thousands of people and they were all chanting and carrying banners and signs. There were several amusing effigies and there was a palpable buzz in the atmosphere. Because I was on my own, I wanted to be sure to find others to march with for safety. I managed to find the Democrats Abroad banner and joined in with them....more

The War in Iraq

This Friday Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, took the stand at the official inquiry into the Iraq war. The UK people have been demanding this inquiry for some time, and now the question regarding the legality of the UK entering into the war in Iraq with the United States in 2002 is finally being addressed....more

On President Obama's Nobel

by Farai Chideya ...more

Attack on Arkansas Recruiting Station Highlights Challenges Facing Military Recruiters

Last week, I reported that conservative bloggers were taking Pres. Obama, the news media and other bloggers to task for their paying more attention to last Sunday's murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller than to last Monday's murder of military recruiter Pvt. William Long, and the wounding of his comrade, Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula. ...more

As President Obama Seeks Accord With Muslims, Events at Home Highlight America's Persistent Dilemmas

A few minutes ago, in Cairo Egypt, Pres. Obama gave a speech that many hope will set the stage for a more constructive relationship with Muslim nations. He said, "I have come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect...." ...more

Also I should have mentioned that the post at Jack and Jill Politics that Erin linked to does ...more

Who Authorized Detainee Abuse? Time for an Independent Counsel to Find Out

My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total. And I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution. Rep. Barbara Jordan (D-TX) House Judiciary Committee Statement on the Articles of Impeachment July 25, 1974   ...more

 First, thanks to everyone for the comments and kind words. Second, it does seem to me that ...more

The Battle Against Sexual Predators in the US Military

A woman who joins the US military probably expects to be exposed to life-treatening situations, traumatic violence and harsh living conditions. She probably doesn't expect to be raped by her comrades in arms. ...more

I don't know what to say and this makes me so angry I just stare at the screen in silence. ...more