Every war movie is in essence a pro-war movie, even when it tries to be against war.
In Iraq, my perception of good and evil began to erode. What I lost was a world that made moral sense.
Air strikes give the illusion of surgical intervention. But they are not unambiguous humanitarian acts.
Sacrifice has real moral resonance—but it can also be exploited. In Iraq, past sacrifices don't offer a guide for U.S. policy.
Nigel Biggar thinks that Western Christians are willfully ignoring that soldiers and military action are essential to social peace and justice.
On Sunday night I went to hear Dan Savage speak about the It Gets Better Project. The last time I saw him was 2003, if memory serves, in front of a crowd of perhaps a hundred. At one point Savage took a break from promoting his new book Skipping Toward Gomorrah to refer his audience to the now-famous New Republic cover story "The Liberal Case for War" (against Iraq). It was a good talk, funny and engaging, and it made a striking contrast with his Sunday appearance.
Chicago-based artist Michael Rakowitz is opening a food-truck this week, a date set to coincide with the ninth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. Through his project Enemy Kitchen, Rakowitz has been using Iraqi food and culture to break down cultural barriers for several years. He is launching the food truck as part of the Smart Museum of Art's new exhibit called "Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art."
This video started making the rounds last week, presenting a clever idea for communicating with the big banks at their expense.