DEAR READERS: After more than fifty years of pointless cold war between the United States and Cuba, a new relationship is being forged that will change Cuba and will also change the United States.
Adolf Hitler died 71 years ago, and since then we've lost touch with who this vile warlord actually was. This is because the dimensions of his evil are so great that we often don't want to see him clearly. He led Germany to begin World War Two, which killed 60 million people (about 3 percent of the planet's population in 1940). The world that survived the war hates Hitler, and this is the way it should be.
When we ran our pacifist analysis of Donald Trump last December, we really didn't think we'd still be talking about Donald Trump three months later. We didn't think his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States could possibly go this far, which stands as a humbling reminder that even brilliant pacifists sometimes get it wrong.
Will future generations remember how truly bad "the Troubles" were? This is a deceptively quaint name for a shocking, virulently hateful thirty-year cycle of terrorist attacks and reprisals that amounted to a slow-burning civil war between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Black Panthers emerged from Oakland, California as the most viable revolutionary movement in the United States. Unlike the civil rights protesters associated with Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and John Lewis, the Black Panthers carried guns, marched in military formations and spoke of violent overthrow. Key leaders like Huey P. Newton left a legacy that has never lost its relevance, from Tupac Shukar and Public Enemy 20 years ago to Ta-Nehisi Coates and Beyonce today.
Most people I know who live or work in Washington DC have never even noticed an unusual building with a roof that swoops like a dove in flight just north of the Lincoln Memorial. This is the United States Institute of Peace, a 32-year-old department of the federal government. You can glimpse the wings in flight from the southwestern vantage point above, and if you reach the building by walking across Constitution Avenue from the Lincoln Memorial you may imagine you see the dove's serene head.
A Chance For Reconciliation
I don't know many people who can look at North Korea's offensive propaganda paintings of the Korean War without becoming angry and upset. The above image, from a North Korean history museum, depicts sadistic United Nations (presumably American) soldiers using attack dogs to terrorize innocent Korean villagers.
"More than Dennis Rodman's own message about North Korea ... it is eccentric personality, as a strength and as a weakness, and love for basketball that sustain his enterprise. "Change" is a word Rodman is using a lot, but "change" doesn't touch only one side, it's a continuous process that affects all things." — Vince Larue
From the vantage point of a Westerner — someone living in the United States, Canada, Europe, but also most of the rest of the industrialized world — making sense of North Korea is difficult because its culture, and, one could argue, its resident people, have such a remarkably low profile. Even a vilified country like Iran has an internationally recognized film industry that cinephiles know and appreciate.
"Massacre in Korea" was painted by Pablo Picasso in January, 1951.
A Lost Chance
In 1945, as the Second World War finally reached its grisly end, the land of Korea was liberated from Japanese occupation for the first time in 35 years. The repressed Korean nation was suddenly free to define a new future.