Topic: War and Peace

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    Engaged Buddhism means “you must confront social suffering,” says Thai scholar and activist Sulak Sivaraksa, “and people suffer now because of the environment.” More

    January 15, 2010 | Comments

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    “We as Muslims have done a lot in terms of the message against extremism. Our problem is that we have not been able to develop an effective way to get the message out,” says Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. More

    January 8, 2010 | Comments

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    In South Philadelphia, a funeral director who has buried many young gunshot victims tries to teach neighborhood teenagers the toll of death. More

    January 8, 2010 | Comments

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    There is increasing scrutiny on Muslims in the US military after the tragedy at Fort Hood, even while the Muslim community strongly condemns the shootings. “Actually, according to Islamic law, what [Major Nidal Hasan] did was criminal, immoral, and unethical and against the teachings of Islam in every way, shape, and form,” says Imam Yahya Hendi, who has met Major Hasan. More

    November 13, 2009 | Comments

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    In his book “Gray Land: Soldiers on War,” portrait and documentary photographer Barry Goldstein writes that “even at its best, day-to-day life in a combat zone has a corrosive effect on mind, body, and spirit.” More

    November 12, 2009 | Comments

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    Revisit our November 2007 Web-only essay on dealing with the spiritual and moral pain of war. “My sense is that this is a fundamentally religious issue,” says clinical psychiatrist Jonathan Shay, an expert on combat trauma. “It’s possible to package it as a mental health issue, but I think we lose out.” More

    November 6, 2009 | Comments

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    A recent expansion of the federal hate crimes law “does not suspend the First Amendment,” says New York Times staff writer David Kirkpatrick, “and there’s nobody, I think, on either side of the US Senate or House of Representatives that intends to see preachers locked in jail.” More

    October 30, 2009 | Comments

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    In his response to receiving the peace prize, the president said “we must pursue a new beginning among people of different faiths and races and religions, one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect.” More

    October 9, 2009 | Comments

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    As the war in Afghanistan approaches its eighth year, Bob Abernethy speaks with William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, about the future of the United States’ involvement in that region. More

    October 2, 2009 | Comments

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    Rami Elhanan and Mazen Faraj are members of the Parents Circle-Families Forum, a grassroots group that unites bereaved Israelis and Palestinians who have lost immediate family members to the Middle East conflict. Together they promote a message of dialogue, reconciliation, and peace.

    June 26, 2009 | Comments

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