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Christmas truce

‘Twas Christmas in the trenches where the frost, so bitter hung
The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung
For the walls they’d kept between us to exact the work of war
Had been crumbled and were gone forevermore.

My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell
Each Christmas come since World War I, I’ve learned its lessons well
That the ones who call the shots won’t be among the dead and lame
And on each end of the rifle we’re the same. Continue reading

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Justino

My grandfather Justino was the Benjamin of a long list of siblings. The older ones were more surrogate parents than brothers and sisters. The records show that he was born in Cameron County, Texas, in 1897, however the family folklore says he falsified the records to enlist for World War I when he was a minor. Justino grew up in San Benito, a typical Texas town of the beginning of the twentieth century, where the railroad tracks marked the segregation boundary, on one side was San Benito, for Texans and Mexicans, and on the other, was Harlingen, for the new conquerors.

Grandpa’s family had been in Texas for over two hundred years and they were Mexican in the sense that Texas was once part of Mexico. My grandfather would refer to himself as Texan, without qualifications, to Mexican migrants as “pelones” and to the invaders as “gabachos.” Continue reading

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The war on Syria

The Syrian conflict has created the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Half the country’s pre-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed or forced to flee their homes. I just watched the documentary Salam neighbor … Continue reading

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Thich Nhat Hanh

The extraordinary life of Thich Nhat Hanh Monday 30 March 2015 5:03PM Kerry Stewart Uploaded on Nov 4, 2009 http://www.helpbatnha.org 379 young Vietnamese monks and nuns of Bat Nha Monastery, practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, are facing … Continue reading

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Bereavement

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Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen

Worried About “Stigmatizing” Cluster Bombs, House Approves More Sales to Saudi Arabia June 16 2016, 4:20 p.m. THE HOUSE ON THURSDAY narrowly defeated a measure that would have banned the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, but the closeness of … Continue reading

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ISIS conspiracy theory

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Palestinian-Israeli conflict double standard

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Teasing WW III

Canada considers European troop commitment as CSIS warns Russia is ‘mobilizing for war’ Putin ‘is modernizing conventional military capability on a large scale’ By Murray Brewster, CBC News Posted: Jun 14, 2016 6:38 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 10:40 … Continue reading

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Conspiracy Watch

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