May 2020

I’m the Pied Piper

In 1966 Crispian St. Peters wrote and sang the hit song ' The Pied Piper'. It resonates well in 2020 with this current Snake Oil Salesman: The Pied Piper Crispian…

Beating Swords to Plowshares

“Nuclear weapons will not go away by themselves” says Plowshares activist Steve Kelly, SJ. Inscribed on a wall across from the United Nations in New York City are ancient words…

One Life, One Love, 300 Children

Keith Lyons writes of Tendol Gyalzur, a COVID 19 victim, a refugee and an orphan who found new lives for many other orphans with love and an ability to connect. This…

If Not Now, When?

We have a saying in Arabic that literally translates into “An unprotected property will encourage a thief.” In this case the thief needs no encouragement. This is a particular thief,…

Lives In Education

Human history as cultural history We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a…

Jacinda Ardern: A Prime Minister with Difference

The best leaders have a high consideration factor. They really care about their people.                                                                                                                      … Brian Tracy 21st Century has produced lot of political leaders all over the world.…

Do we Really Honor Bhagat Singh?  

                     On every 23rd March, the leaders of the nation pay homage to three supreme martyrs of freedom struggle-Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev! 89 years after their martyrdom, Bhagat Singh,…

The Empire’s Executioners?

From a recent report by the Insider publication:  " George Floyd and Officer Derek Chauvin actually worked for the same Minneapolis night club- Chauvin as a security guard for many…

Labour in the Time of Corona

Back in the headlines Even as we were getting used to a new set of technical terms and headlines, from the brand new name of the virus to social distancing…

Passing Behind Our Backs

I never met the great basketball player, Bob Cousy, the man known as “the Houdini of the Hardwood,” yet he somehow influenced my life in ways I never knew, or…

The Great Depression, Coronavirus Style

Many economists believe that a recession is already underway. So do millions of Americans struggling with bills and job losses. While the ghosts of the 2008 financial crisis that sent inequality soaring…

I – The Parasite

What is it that you are staring at me for? With those eyes of yours that are like blank gaping holes Any sign of life, I have sucked out from…

Faith as Nuisance, Sound as Pollution

Is “God” really deaf, that you need to call out so loud to communicate your prayers? In his time Kabir, the great 15th-century poet-saint, raised this question in his own inimitable style. One can only imagine the ire of both Hindus and Muslims that…

Adieu, My Adenium

Last Bloom, April 2017 Early 1998, I visited Bhopal for some work. Bhopal has a lot of plant nurseries and supplies them to many places in India. I also decided…

In Defense of Military History

Some years ago, I was lucky enough to have a rich email dialogue with Colonel David Glantz, the foremost historian of the Eastern Front in World War 2.  He was…

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