By Steve Ahlquist on January 12, 2015
“This is just as if a commando came onto the set of Saturday Night Live and killed Amy Poehler and people like that,” said Dominique Gregoire, president of the Alliance Française de Providence, RI.
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By Nancy Green on January 12, 2015
Being a Catholic school student in the sixties was religion in interesting times. Women may remember a scramble to hide our uncovered heads from God, who did not want to look down from Heaven and see that a seven-year-old had forgotten her beret. The nuns, who wore medieval veils that would win approval from all […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2014
Shehroz lived all his life in Peshawar, “the City of Flowers and the land of hospitality” but now, he says, it’s called the “city of coffins, coffins full of flowers so light a single man can pick them up.”
By Steve Ahlquist on October 30, 2014
Speakers spoke movingly of having lost friends, families and classmates to this terrible disease that has now claimed over 5000 victims.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2014
NEKA is calling on the Obama administration to bomb ISIS positions around Kobani and to supply Kurdish fighters facing ISIS with better weaponry.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 11, 2014
There is still time to join the Walk Across Rhode Island for Peace and Justice, which began this morning in Westerly.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 3, 2014
The Humanists of Rhode Island are proud to host medical anthropologist Adia Benton, delivering a presentation, “Addressing the Ebola Crisis in West Africa” in the auditorium of the Knight Memorial Library on 275 Elmwood Av, Providence, RI 02907 at 6pm on Monday, September 8, 2014.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2014
From Gaza to Ferguson, we are witnessing the effects of the corporatization of the military and the militarization of the police. The alternative to the world on offer is one of courage and peace. The choice is ours.
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 26, 2014
The one thing that virtually everyone who attended last night’s forum, Understanding the Israel/Gaza Crisis, is that the subject is extremely difficult to talk about without extreme emotions hijacking the discourse. Many of us, said moderator Reverend Donald Anderson, executive minister for the RI Council of Churches, have family or friends living in harms way […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 24, 2014
The ongoing state of war between Israel and Palestine that periodically erupts into catastrophic death and destruction does not easily lend itself to rational, compassionate discourse. Those who venture into this subject do so at the risk of being labeled apologists for genocide, accomplices to terrorism or some other conversation stopping label. Who are the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 13, 2014
30,000 Yazidi Kurds face imminent starvation as they huddle on Shangal Mountain in Northern Iraq. The Yazidi refugees are escaping ISIS, an Islamist, terrorist army that has pledged to destroy them because of their religious differences. The New England Kurdish Association (NEKA) held a rally on Tuesday to highlight the plight of the Yazidis. The […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 10, 2014
Even as the ceasefire in Gaza broke down and violence resumed, forty activists gathered in downtown Providence yesterday to make the case for peace. The event was organized by Afsc-Sene. Check the link for future events.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 8, 2014
At the Rhode Island State House yesterday just under 200 people representing 15,000 Liberian-Americans living here in Rhode Island rallied to call attention to the terrible Ebola crisis now ravaging four countries in Africa. The rally succeeded in its goal of gaining the attention of political leaders as Mayor Angel Taveras addressed the crowd and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 21, 2014
About 125 people gathered in Burnside Park on Saturday “in protest of the massacre in Gaza” and to “stand in solidarity with Palestine in the face of civilian murders and generations of systematic oppression.” It is hoped that intensifying public pressure on Israel will “end the occupation.” The description of the event continued: As of […]
By Bob Plain on June 20, 2014
As President Obama prepares to deploy some 300 “military advisers” to Iraq in hopes of quelling the Sunni-led violence there, Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is mixed on the move. Senator Jack Reed and Congressman Jim Langevin said they support the president’s decision. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said he will “cautiously support” the president’s decision. Congressman David […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 9, 2014
The terrible situation of the 276 kidnapped Nigerian girls feels hopeless and so far away, but there is much we can do, even here in Rhode Island, to help. To that end Mary Gwann of the Rhode Island Young Professionals, in coordination with the Nigerian Community of Rhode Island and Take 5 with Reza Rites […]
By Gus Uht on September 11, 2013
Yesterday, I spoke with staffers of Congressman David Cicilline in order to try to influence the Rep. to vote against military action against Syria for its August 21 use of chemical weapons. Cicilline has yet to comment himself. The situation remained highly fluid throughout the afternoon. I was able to talk to staffers of Sen. […]
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By Gus Uht on September 10, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – I am in Washington, representing both RIPDA and myself, arguing against a military response to the recent horrific use of chemical weapons in Syria. I had the good fortune to talk to Rep. Cicilline staff members in his DC office today about his position on such a strike. The staffers indicated that […]
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By Tom Sgouros on September 5, 2013
In a conference call on Syria with House members this past Monday Secretary of State John Kerry called this a “Munich moment.” My throat clenched up as I read yet one more in an endless series of references to Neville Chamberlain’s ill-advised attempt at peacemaking with Adolf Hitler in 1938. Let’s start with a stipulation: […]
By Samuel G. Howard on September 5, 2013
Michael Hastings once declared “I didn’t know there was a progressive security policy.” He then proceeded to suggest that if you wished to be part of the debate about security in America, you needed to be either a neocon or a liberal hawk. Today, as the United States looks increasingly likely to intervene in Syria, […]