Johnny Barber

Johnny Barber is currently in Afghanistan as a member of a delegation from Voices for Creative Non-Violence. He has traveled to Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Gaza to bear witness and document the suffering of people who are affected by war. His work can be viewed at: www.oneBrightpearl-jb.blogspot.com  and www.oneBrightpearl.com

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 12:08pm
The Tension Between 'Never Forget' and 'Looking Forward, Not Backwards'
It is reported that this year the commemorations for 9-11 will be “low key”. The names of the dead will be read. Bells will toll. Moments of silence will be observed. I didn’t lose a friend or a family member on 9-11. I imagine it is a rare day that goes by when a loved one doesn’t remember that dreadful day. I imagine life is never “low key”.
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Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 8:46am
Wounded Knee 122 Years Later
December 29th marks the 122nd anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. It is a story that remains fresh in the lives of many indigenous peoples across America. Each generation is taught to never forget. In 1891, reviewing the history leading up to the massacre, Commissioner of Indian Affairs Thomas Morgan said,
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Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 8:07am
There’s No Country That Would Tolerate Missiles
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Friday, September 21, 2012 - 12:19pm
No Days of Peace in War-Ravaged Afghanistan
On this International Day of Peace I am sitting in Kabul, Afghanistan with a handful of youth that want nothing but peaceful coexistence in their lives. This in some respects is like a dream because their entire lives have been surrounded by war, death, corruption, and struggle. Peace has been in short supply. For three years the Afghan Peace Volunteers have worked to develop friendships across ethnic lines in Kabul and various provinces throughout Afghanistan.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 10:57am
We Are at War
“We are at War. Somebody is Going to Pay.” —George W. Bush, Sept 11th, 2001.
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Monday, October 17, 2011 - 9:24am
Whatever Happened to Women and Children First?
“All wars, whether just or unjust, disastrous or victorious, are waged against the child.” Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children, 1919.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 7:56am
The Darkness Approaches, A Light Shines Bright
Today in Afghanistan people feel an unnamable horror lurking just below the surface of their everyday lives. It has been described as a tension, a feeling of pressing apprehension, as if a breaking point is about to be breached. People wake each day with this feeling; it accompanies them through their dreams each night. Driving through the streets of Kabul I watch people set about their business deliberately. There is little laughter, the absence of joy as palpable as the heavy brown dust swirling through the streets choking off the sun.
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