Author Archive | Patricia Hynes

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Discarding waste around globe

My nephew, an Army veteran who spent most of his 20-plus years military service as an officer in South Korea, is now a civilian military contractor living on a base in Afghanistan. Our only conversation about U.S. military pollution in South Korea was something of a non-starter. These two Asian countries, so disparate in development, […]

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Soldiers of Peace

Author and prominent peace educator Paul Chappell observed that he had 12 years of math through calculus II, and yet uses only a fraction of his math skills in daily life. He graduated from high school, however, illiterate in peace, literacy he desperately needed and has dedicated his life to cultivating, disseminating and incorporating into […]

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Women gather in a village near Mysore, India. (Adam Jones ) (CC-BY-SA)

Female Equality Is Key to a Sustainable Future

I am looking at the faces of 10-year-old girls from across the world—faces brimming with expectancy. The U.N. report, “The State of World Population 2016,” opens with their photos, and these words are part of the introduction to Chapter 4, “The Face of the Future”: With support from family, community and nation, and the full realization of […]

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My Turn: Banning nuclear weapons is just the beginning

Against all odds, 122 countries agreed in July to ban nuclear weapons. At the heart of the United Nations treaty is an explicit ethical goal: to protect peoples of the world from the humanitarian catastrophe that would ensue if nuclear weapons were employed. Once 50 states ratify the treaty, it will enter into international law. […]

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My Turn: Is it too late to save our planet?

Oil is indispensable for war and militarism. Think of it as the lifeblood coursing through our foreign policy veins — a policy based on maintaining superpower status through force. The 1980 Carter Doctrine, which stated that the United States would use military force if necessary to defend its national interests in the Persian Gulf, formalized […]

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