• Transition Soldier

    Transition Soldier

    As of Friday evening the Trump administration issued a memo instituting a specific ban on transgende...

  • Fake News

    Fake News

    In 2012 I wrote an entry about Julian Assange and Russia Today (RT). At the time, observing activism...

  • A Theory of Peace

    A Theory of Peace

    “Those love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” Martin Luther King J...

  • War with Me

    War with Me

    I’m built backwards.  I have legs for arms, hands for feet.  No, that’s not the right.  I was wise b...

  • VFP Convention 2015: A Reflection

    VFP Convention 2015: A Reflection

    VFP Convention 2015: A Reflection By Michael Bassett I am grateful to Veterans For Peace (VFP) for t...

Transition Soldier

As of Friday evening the Trump administration issued a memo instituting a specific ban on transgender veterans who do need or will need surgery. It seems that gender reassignment is being cited as the reason for the promised ban. There are currently 15,550 transgender people in the military today. The memorandum signed by General Mattis essentially overturns the Obama era memorandum ... Read More »

Fake News

In 2012 I wrote an entry about Julian Assange and Russia Today (RT). At the time, observing activism in New York City and online, I saw something dubious going on with activists use of social media stemming from Russia and even Iran as Press TV. Well meaning people were lending themselves to foreign intelligence and thus saturating their good intentions. ... Read More »

A Theory of Peace

“Those love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” Martin Luther King Junior   In order to construct a theory of peace we must first deconstruct the theory of war. The popular view wages that there are individuals that cause events that lead to war: the assassination of the Arch Duke Ferdinand, Germany invading Poland, ... Read More »

War with Me

I’m built backwards.  I have legs for arms, hands for feet.  No, that’s not the right.  I was wise beyond my years, isn’t that the term your elders use when the first signs of intelligence spark in your eyes, and the grey mush inside your skull begins to take on some form?  Yeah, I think that’s it.   We all ... Read More »

VFP Convention 2015: A Reflection

VFP Convention 2015: A Reflection By Michael Bassett I am grateful to Veterans For Peace (VFP) for the life-changing experience they gave me at the VFP 30th Annual Convention recently held in San Diego, CA., and for honoring me with an invitation to speak before the Korea Peace Campaign about projects I’ve done on the Korean Peninsula – or as ... Read More »

Best Practices for Helping our Homeless Veterans

They sleep under bridges and hide in vacant door ways We once armed them and told them to: Defend Us. Once home they became: Homeless and Defenseless Our Government’s Response: We’re waging new wars And you’re no longer needed. You can make our day by moving out of our way. Why Have a Homeless Veterans Work Group? The homeless situation ... Read More »

It’s Not So Pretty in Emerald City

Emerald City, to the casual observer, projects nothing but grace and splendor but hiding around the corners are unwelcome offenders. They sleep under overpasses and hide in doorways. They’re always on the move, not because they want to, but because they’re told to. Homeless veterans are the hardest to witness. We armed them and commanded them to Defend Us Upon ... Read More »

Imagine If…

For a few brief moments, let’s suspend what happened in our country after 9/11 and think about how things could have been so completely different if our country had taken a different direction. magine if we had not entered into war with Iraq and Afghanistan how different our country and the world would be today. Imagine if, as a nation, ... Read More »

Collateral Damage

When America ends a war the president talks about patriotism, how committed the troops were to their mission and how some even gave their lives for the mission. However, I have never heard or read that a president talked about the innocent civilian life lost during that mission. We simply refer to the lost as “Collateral Damage”. The absence of ... Read More »

The March

Last weekend, thousands of people attended the 50th anniversary of the August 28th, 1963 March on Washington. The various media outlets played selected segments of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, showed pictures of the 200,000+ people in attendance, and reminded us of the impact the March on Washington had on furthering the integration movement. I didn’t hear ... Read More »

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