Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of"American Nonviolence: The History of an Idea."

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Thursday, April 04, 2013
The Conspiracy to Kill MLK: Not a Theory But a Fact
Should the United States government be allowed to assassinate its own citizens? That question was in the air briefly not long ago. April 4 is an excellent day to revive it: On April 4, 1968, the government was part of a successful conspiracy to assassinate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Friday, February 15, 2013
The State of the 'Homeland'
In our home the State of the Union address was not followed by the Republican reply. We skipped Marco Rubio’s rebuttal in favor of watching a DVD of old “Homeland” episodes. We’re finally catching up on the first season of the “CIA versus terrorists” drama that everyone else has been watching and raving about for the past two years.
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Thursday, February 07, 2013
The Imaginary World of the “War Against al-Qa’ida”
The on-again, off-again debate is on again: Does the executive branch of the United States government ever have the right to assassinate American citizens without due process of law? A brave soul, who hopefully will remain nameless, has leaked an internal Justice Department “White Paper” outlining the Obama administration's reasons for answering “Yes.” A chorus of critical voices answers, just as loudly, “No.”
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Friday, January 18, 2013
Guns and Mental Illness: A Second Look
On the day of the mass murder in Newtown I wrote a column, too quickly. That’s how I deal with overwhelming, unbearable feelings. Some people cry. Some call their friends. Some go to vigils. I write, fast. To get at least a tiny illusion of closure, I had to finish the piece and post it right away.
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Friday, December 21, 2012
Are the US and Israel Heading for a Showdown?
Here’s the question no one is asking as 2012 ends, especially given the effusive public support the Obama administration offered Israel in its recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza: Will 2013 be a year of confrontation between Washington and Jerusalem? It’s on no one’s agenda for the New Year. But it could happen anyway.
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Mental Health Reform as Important as Gun Reform
The national outcry for new gun laws is great. Terrific. I’m all for it.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A Thanksgiving Ritual for '60s-Style Activists
Out here on the left fringe of ‘60s - style activism, we don’t go in much for ritual. We lefties are about freedom, innovation, always finding a new and better way to do things. Still, there is something to be said for ritual. Repeating the same activity year after year creates an illusion that things never change, that we can turn back the clock for a moment and pretend things are still the way they used to be. So I’m going to repeat a column I’ve published several times on Thanksgiving. It’s my own little ritual.
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Obama Weaves Web of Deceit on Gaza War
When Barack Obama finally spoke out publicly about the Israeli assault on Gaza, at a press conference , he wove an astonishingly thick web of deception and distortion.
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Monday, November 05, 2012
Occupy Obama on Election Day
The Occupy movement has a very big dog in this year’s presidential fight. Election Day will determine the size of the movement’s legacy, and very possibly its future too.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Who Lost the World? The Curious Case of How Libya Became an Election Issue
Who lost Libya? Indeed, who lost the entire Middle East? Those are the questions lurking behind the endless stream of headlines about “Benghazi-gate.” Here’s the question we should really ask, though: How did a tragic but isolated incident at a U.S.
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