Brian Terrell

Brian Terrell

Brian Terrell is a co-coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence and lives on a Catholic Worker Farm in Maloy, Iowa.

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Daniel Berrigan at Cornell University circa 1970 in Ithaca, New York. (Photo: PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 17, 2020
COVID-19 and the Wasting Disease of Normalcy
“But what of the price of peace?” asked Jesuit priest and war resister Daniel Berrigan, writing from federal prison in 1969, doing time for his part in the destruction of draft records. “I think of the good, decent, peace-loving people I have known by the thousands, and I wonder. How many of them...
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Sunday, April 05, 2020
A Tale of Two Stockpiles
The United States Strategic National Stockpile of essential medical supplies maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seems unable to respond to the present COVID-19 crisis. There is much discussion in today’s news about who is responsible for the shortcomings. Did Trump find...
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Voices activists Brian Terrell, Kathy Kelly and Sarah Ball outside the Brunswick Courthouse. (Photo: Kings Bay Plowshares 7) Views
Monday, November 11, 2019
A Doubtful Proposition
“Whether nuclear weapons are actually illegal under international or domestic law (a doubtful proposition) is not relevant or an appropriate issue to litigate in this case,” so ruled Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, late on Friday October 18...
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U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle sits after shortly landing Nov. 12, 2015, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush) Views
Friday, October 18, 2019
The United States Air Force at Incirlik, Our National "Black Eye"
Current events concerning Turkey and the Kurds in Syria remind me of a conversation I had with a US Air Force colonel almost 17 years ago in a courtroom in Des Moines. To refresh my memory, I dug deep into my closet and dusted off the transcript of the case, "STATE OF IOWA, plaintiff vs. CHRISTINE...
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“Over and over again in history the Church has become so corrupt it just cries out to heaven for vengeance.”(Photo: Elvis Kennedy/Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, August 31, 2018
Catholic Support for War: Another Child Abuse Scandal
On August 14, a report from a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania identified 300 Catholic priests across the state who had sexually abused more than 1,000 children. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it...
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Friday, May 11, 2018
Two Interrogations, Gina Haspel and Adolf Eichmann
On May 9, Gina Haspel, Donald Trump’s choice for head of the Central Intelligence Agency, testified at her Senate confirmation hearing in Washington, DC . Some senators questioned her about her tenure, in 2002, as CIA station chief in Thailand. There, the agency ran one of the “black sites” where...
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Brian in custody of the secret service. (Photo: Courtesy of Brian Terrell) Views
Monday, January 15, 2018
Solidarity from Central Cellblock to Guantanamo
On Thursday, January 11, the sixteenth anniversary of the opening of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was marked by a coalition of 15 human rights organizations gathered in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House in Washington, DC. An interfaith prayer...
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  The blockade of Yemen is an atrocious crime of the highest category, a violation of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international pacts. Views
Friday, December 15, 2017
A Story of Two Blockades: New York City and Yemen
On December 11, in response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, more than 50 concerned people including representatives of various peace, justice and human rights organizations and communities, gathered in New York City’s Ralph Bunche Park, across First Avenue from the United Nations. Our...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Trump's Call for More War in Afghanistan Was a Vicious Racist Rant
On Monday, August 21, President Donald Trump delivered a prime-time speech almost shocking in its ordinariness. It was such an address as either of his immediate predecessors, George W. Bush or Barack Obama, could easily have given over the previous decade and a half. While hinting at nebulous new...
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Friday, August 26, 2016
What Makes a Hate Group?
“As a matter of fact, you have had a person attend your protests in Camp Douglas who has threatened to kill our Deputies.” This piece of startling news was revealed to me in a letter from Juneau County, Wisconsin, Undersheriff Craig Stuchlik dated July 25 . I had written to the sheriff’s department...
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