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What Beethoven’s Ninth Teaches Us

Daniel Barenboim New York Times
I don’t believe that Beethoven was interested in everyday politics. He was not an activist. He was a deeply political man in the broadest sense of the word. He was concerned with moral behavior and the larger questions of right and wrong....

Humanity’s Call to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

Robert Dodge Common Dreams
Citizens around the world are calling on their governments to ratify the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty—and the United States has a leading role to play. Nuclear weapons have no place in our future.

Star Trek Versus Imperialist Doctrine

Yanis Varoufakis Project Syndicate
America’s liberal imperialist doctrine has been responsible for appalling carnage in Vietnam, Iraq, and Central America. America has also produced a liberal anti-imperialist doctrine, ensconced in a TV series that has captivated audiences since 1966

Fear and Learning in Kabul

Kathy Kelly teleSUR
Physicians for Social Responsibility recently calculated that since 2001 in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. wars have killed at least 1.3 million and quite possibly more than 2 million civilians. Their report chides U.S. political elites for attributing on-going violence in Afghanistan and Iraq to various types of internecine conflicts as if the resurgence and brutality of such conflicts is unrelated to the destabilization caused by decades of military intervention.

Leonard Nimoy: A Man Who Embraced Humanity

Sergio España; Leigh Phillips
Leonard Nimoy's passing reminds us of the spirit of wonder and discovery represented by Spock and the Star Trek series. He not only inspired millions of us to become scientists, but he inspired us to understand the importance of questioning all authority. Part of Nimoy's gift was his ability to project serene confidence and compassion for humankind at the same time that we assumed he knew the deepest secrets of the universe.
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