Owen May: Poetry

Today’s blog features a guest writer! J. Owen May is an old friend who also happens to be an excellent poet. I recently found some of his work and wanted to pass it along. With his permission, I have included two of his poems below. You can find more at owenmay.com. J. Owen May has … Continue reading

Beauty and Horror: Susan Crile

I’m thrilled to share the work of a thoughtful visual artist with you today: Susan Crile (susancrile.com). She has worked extensively on themes of conflict. Her series In Our Name depicts images of torture at the hand of U.S. forces. Her Abu Ghraib pieces show the now infamous photographs from that scandal in a different … Continue reading

Ending the “Kill and Dump” Policy in Balochistan

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know much about Balochistan. (Balochi-what? Is that the place Herman Cain calls Stan-Stan?) No, Balochistan is in the southwest region of Pakistan. It spans nearly half of the country, but the population is much more sparse, making up only 5%. And it’s getting sparser… Enforced disappearances in … Continue reading

Washing Our Hands of Iraq’s Missing Million

I mentioned some scary numbers in yesterday’s post – in particular that anywhere from 250,000 to 1 million Iraqis have disappeared in recent years and not yet been found by their loved ones. These numbers come from three major eras in Iraq’s recent history: War with Iran: Enforced disappearances occurred relatively often in Iraq during … Continue reading

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