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Michael Klare speaks at Boylston Hall at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2/12/16. The new cold war is here. US foreign policy elites have identified Russia and China as the long-term obstacles to US global dominance. Tensions are rising: Middle East, Ukraine and across Europe, South China Sea and East Asia. Military budgets, including for “modernization” of nuclear arsenals are skyrocketing. In an era of rising and declining great powers, the U.S. is playing a complex and dangerous game of cooperation and competition, with the strategic goal of resisting and:

Negotiating the Non-Negotiable | Jamie Bissonnette Lewey | TEDxDirigo

When injustices have been enacted over generations, such as those by European and other settlers over the Native Peoples of (what we now call) Maine, how do those historically on the side of the oppressors begin to offer genuine and meaningful apology? Jamie Bissonnette Lewey probes at the impact of such action, opening up the possibility for productive negotiation.

Once Upon A War, 1967

AFSC’s humanitarian work in Vietnam focused on rehabilitating civilian casualties of the war. Many civilians, especially children, lost limbs as a result of booby traps and bombing campaigns in the countryside. It is without a doubt that innocent people suffer the worst of war. War was a disruption of their daily lives, but also constituted a theft of an otherwise peaceful future. Relief efforts were severely limited due to a lack of personnel, supplies, clean water, and sanitation.

Washington Vigil, 1969

Palestine, 1949

A 12-minute, silent film, shot in color, brings the viewer right into the camps. Camels come and go frequently. Men generally wear long tunics and flowing traditional headdresses that protect them from the sun. Women and children are very shy in front of the camera at first, but soon enjoy showing how they balance large water jugs and bundles on their heads, even while carrying a baby. Most tents appear to be in poor condition and there are long lines for virtually everything, from milk to grain to classrooms.

Alternatives, Narrated by Don Murray

A 24-minute, color film produced in 1958, presents the position of the conscientious objector to young people facing selective service. Actor Don Murray—a member of the Brethren Church who was a CO during the Korean War—narrates both live-action and illustrated sequences. Murray is able to speak powerfully in the first person, saying, “We are pacifists.” In his on-camera introduction, Murray explains that COs want to do more than just “other service,” rather they seek to find a peaceful way to solve world’s problems.

Friends Ambulance Service in China

The British Friends had established the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) medical transport and relief services during World War I and revived it during the second World War. However, when Nazi occupation of Europe made such operations there impossible for noncombatants, the FAU shifted their attention to China. By 1942, 16 Americans joined 71 British, two Canadian and eight Chinese Quakers serving in the Friends Ambulance Unit in China.

France, 1940 - Child Feeding, La Rouviere

 

Retraining Coal Miners

A 14-minute black and white silent film shows how women from coal mining communities learned to weave and sew income-generating items, while the men learned to build hardwood furniture, also for sale.  The Mountaineer's Craftsmen Cooperative Association (MCCA) became the entity that sold Appalachian furniture and handcrafts. Read more about its history.

Relief Work in the West Virigina Coal Fields

A silent black and white film (19 min. 34 sec.) looks unflinchingly at work and living conditions, town life, family life, and child feeding. According to available public health reports the region, as many as 16 families shared one outhouse.

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