Matthew Turner

Matthew Turner is the author of Sweden, published by The Mantle in 2018.

Chris Wilson

With the most recent ceasefire still standing, for Israel and Hamas a return to violence is never out of the question. As the world waits to see if this new peace holds, writer Chris Wilson takes a moment to look at the warring parties, the issues at hand, and the civilians caught in the middle.

The Mantle

We are anguished by the loss of life as a result of a war that has been raging for three years in Syria. Equally, we are dismayed by the insincerity and ineptitude of the “international community” to broker a political resolution to a tragic situation. In response to the chemical weapons attack of August 21st, which took the lives hundreds of Syrians, the people of the United States appear to have finally become aware of the conflict.

Shaun Randol

On this day in 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb—Little Boy—on Hiroshima, Japan. The coyingly nicknamed weapon destroyed a city; over 150,000 civilians were murdered. Three days later the U.S., the only country to use nuclear weapons in war, dropped an even bigger bomb (Fat Man) on the city of Nagasaki, killing another 80,000 Japanese people. Soon after, Japan surrendered.

Corrie Hulse

After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, in which hundreds of thousands of civilians were killed in just a few months while the international community stood by, the world cried "never again." A decade later, the principles of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) were laid out. R2P today, however, remains only an idea. Corrie Hulse declares we must translate R2P principles into policy.

Shaun Randol

"It is not necessary for the work to 'represent' a thing in order to symbolize that thing," says the critic Etienne Gilson in The Arts of the Beautiful. "It is only necessary for it to have the power to suggest it." The AK-47 in itself assumes a violent posture, because we know its destructive capability.

Patricia DeGennaro

President Barack Obama and his national security team are no doubt making final preparations for the upcoming trip to Israel. Obama already began to lay the groundwork for his trip by sending messages to the Israeli leadership who remain fanatically wed to coercing the United States to go to war with Iran. And it seems the coercion is working. The president's message had nothing to do with peace. "All options are on the table," he professed to an Israeli news outlet.

Patricia DeGennaro

On May 24, 2011, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United States Congress. In his speech he declared that, “you [the US] don't need to send American troops to Israel. We defend ourselves.” Yet, in his more recent United Nations speech, he seemed to push the US to, yes, ironically protect Israel from a potentially nuclear Iran.

Patricia DeGennaro

It is way past the time to sit back and take a deep breath and rethink this reflexive rush to military solutions to foreign policy conundrums.

Michael J. Jordan

Political violence has flared ahead of May 26 Lesotho elections, but Archbishop Desmond Tutu urges candidates to keep the peace and respect election results.

MASERU, LesothoArchbishop Desmond Tutu, the legendary anti-Apartheid activist and Nobel laureate, is officially retired from public life.