War Games

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

War Games By Siegrid Raible On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, on the seventy-second anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, the world held its breath as two leaders of nuclear armed countries hurled threats at one another. The US’s head of state threatened North Korea with a “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” His words eerily echo President Truman’s words of warning to the Japanese in 1945 – “expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.” On...

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War, a Necessary Evil

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

War, a Necessary Evil By Siegrid Raible Is war necessary? To answer this question I look back to my formative years. It was the late-sixties, I was in high school and my brother was in the second year of a four year tour of duty with the Marine Corp. It was the height of the Vietnam War; thousands of American servicemen were sent to fight in a land half-a-world away, ostensibly to stop the spread of communism. But if we could conjure up the spirits of the 58,000 American soldiers, the hundreds of thousands of North and South Vietnamese...

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In Memory XXII

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

In Memory XXII In the Holy Month of Ramadan Kabul, Afghanistan, a Truck Bomb, May 31, 2017 London, England, Murder by Truck and Knife, June 3, 2017 By Siegrid Raible In two world capitals death and destruction reign The weapons – a water delivery truck packed with explosives Inside a white rental van three knife wielding assassins The devastation incomprehensible In the early morning rush hour of the last Wednesday in May In Kabul’s diplomatic quarter a water truck delivers death Men and women on their way to work; children on their way...

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In Memory XXI

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

In Memory XXI Manchester, England, May 23, 2017 Minya Province, Egypt, May 25, 2017 By Siegrid Raible In Manchester a bomber at an Ariana Grande concert blows himself up, kills 22, wounds 59, the youngest 8 Two days later in Egypt two buses attacked on the road to a monastery 9 murdered, 25 wounded, many children among the dead “Broken” tweets Ariana Grande We live in a broken world where murder has become an accepted daily occurrence In the face of monstrous acts let us not lose hope Let us not become numb to the loss of life Let...

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In Memory XX

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

In Memory XX A Chemical Attack Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, April 4, 2017 By Siegrid Raible The nightmare in Syria continues into its sixth year Where is Omran Daqneesh? Injured in Aleppo in 2016 a photo of this stunned child stares at us from the front page of the August 19, 2016 edition of NY Times Less than a year later A chemical attack on April 4, 2017 in northern Syria A photo of a limp child with an oxygen mask makes the front page of NY Times Did the child survive? Do we care? One hundred years ago on April 6, 1917 the United States...

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Event: Peace Is… With H.E. Ambassador Koro Bessho

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

INVITATION H.E. Ambassador Koro Bessho Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations requests the pleasure of your company to an event PEACE IS …… with the support of the UN Department of Public Information for a Performance and Presentation by Ms. Miki Orihara (Dancer, Martha Graham Dance Company) and Mr. Ralph Samuelson (Shakuhachi (Japanese) Flutist) on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 6-8p.m. at UN Visitor’s Entrance Kindly R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, 5 April 2017 to Ms. Agnes Mallari Email: ...

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The Inauguration and the Future

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Inauguration and the Future By Siegrid Raible The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the forty-fifth president of the United States took place on January 20, 2017. After taking the oath of office, he delivered his first address to the nation and the world. He painted a vision of a dystopian America – its countryside littered with tombstone factories and its inner cities rife with carnage. He vowed that he would deliver on his campaign promise to “Make America Great Again.” The following day in dozens of cities in America (and...

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The New Year and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

In Memory XIX The New Year and Martin Luther King, Jr. By Siegrid Raible With hope in our hearts for peace in the New Year We reach out to friends and family and we pray For the courage and the resolve to make our lives better But the morning brings news of unbelievable acts of barbarism On Saturday, December 31, 2016, at the Al Sinak Market in Baghdad, Iraq Two suicide bombers kill themselves and 28 innocent shoppers Leaving the 54 wounded to face a much more challenging world On the evening of Saturday, December 31, 2016, shortly before...

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The Holiday Table

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The Holiday Table By Siegrid Raible This past Thanksgiving I met a neighbor and friend of thirty plus years at a charming Greenwich Village restaurant where we shared each other’s company and enjoyed a traditional turkey dinner. I like Thanksgiving because it is a holiday where all that is required is that you show up to the holiday table hungry. It is a time to celebrate with family. My friend and I are without close family members nearby and we met to celebrate our friendship and to remember Millie. Last year my friend lost her...

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White Poppies and Peace Museums

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

White Poppies and Peace Museums “A space to make peace” – By Siegrid Raible In September, Pasos Peace Museum commemorated International Peace Day by celebrating the publication of the new book by Joyce Apsel entitled Introducing Peace Museums. Guests at the event held at Five Myles Gallery on St. John’s Place in Brooklyn, New York, met with the author over crudités. We were then treated to a short presentation on what a peace museum is and where some of these institutions can be found. An educator in the...

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