The question of whether the U.S. should be the “world’s policeman” has a particular kind of 1990s ring to it. At least, I hear it that way, probably because I had to answer the question in multiple rounds of high school debate. It was a pertinent question that decade, as the U.S.
Not so long ago, when the question was war, the response on Capitol Hill was an automatic blank check.A largely compliant Congress, and presidents and politicians who were fearful of looking "weak on defense" or "unpatriotic," rubber-stamped massive military spending.Funny how 10 years, two $1 trill
"Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)."With that fairly innocent sounding post on Twitter, Shohaib Athar became, in his own words, "the guy who live-blogged the Osama raid without knowing it."
Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician, writer and human rights activist. She was the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's new parliament. But in 2007, she was suspended from the body for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons and their cronies.
Each Thursday we hear about an individual who’s decided to work to make the world a better place.Amy Ernst has been volunteering with the Congolese organization COPERMA in North Kivu province in eastern Congo. The region has been ravaged by war and many of the victims are women. Th
This summer WBEZ featured the series After the Wars. Veterans from different conflicts shared their personal experiences of war through photographs and through their own memories.Theodore Peters was one of those profiled and he lives in the Chicago area.