The Ethics of Drone Warfare, Quakers, and More

Members of Islamic tribes often live in remote areas of the world, with ancient codes of honor and revenge. Muslim scholar Akbar Ahmed says they’re now being traumatized by American drones, a technology he calls “mysterious, distant, deadly, and notoriously devoid of human presence.”

Amb. Akbar Ahmed, author of The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam

Credit: Wikimedia Commons | engraving by Bernard Picard

The Story of Quaker Social Reform in America April 04, 2013

There’s a lot more to Quakers than pacifism and the guy on the oatmeal box. Since they fled England for America in the late 17th century, members of the Society of Friends have been involved in nearly every movement for social justice and peace in the United States, from prison reform to the anti-slavery movement.

Pictured: an 18th century engraving of a female Quaker preaching.

Susan Sachs Goldman, author of Friends in Deed: The Story of Quaker Social Reform in America

Singing for Peace in Uganda April 04, 2013

Since 2005, Rabbi Jeffrey Summit has been recording the music of a unique group of coffee farmers in Uganda. Using xylophones, drums, and traditional African instruments, they sing with a purpose: to model the power of peaceful relationships for a country in conflict. Their music has just been released on a new CD by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, producer of Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music and Interfaith Harmony in Uganda

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