The sad fact is that all traditional modes of dissent, whether they’re protest marches or boycotts or sit-ins, must ultimately fail because they are generally powerless to prevent their own inception. What does that mean?
I do not regard gay and lesbian soldiers seeking elementary legal equality as political heroes. It takes much greater courage for soldiers and veterans of all sexual persuasions to renounce war and imperial adventures. [Pictured above is Stephen Funk, a former Marine who refused to serve in Iraq.]
Young hip-hop artists in Lebanon are using their music to deal with their lives in the wake of years of violence, reaching across religious and sectarian divisions and promoting nonviolence, and they’ve joined forces with pro-peace organizations while they’re at it.
It started as a rallying image for the British anti-nuclear movement in the late ‘50s and went on to become one of the world’s most instantly recognizable—and widely adopted—symbols. But did you know that the iconic peace sign was originally derived from the semaphore alphabet?