War is…

“War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.” Thomas Mann (1875 to 1955) Thomas Mann was a German novelist and essayist whose early novels – Buddenbrooks (1900), Der Tod in Venedig (1912; Death in Venice), and Der Zauberberg (1924; The Magic Mountain) – earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929.… Read More

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Corporate Mercenaries: Are They a Threat?

Corporate mercenaries are known by a number of names: Private military companies; Private security companies; Military contractors; Mercenaries; and Private military and security companies (PMSC’s). “War is one of the chief causes of poverty. War can completely undermine a country’s development prospects, destroying schools and hospitals and putting agricultural land out of use for years… Read More

Good & Bad, War & Peace…

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.” Benjamin Franklin (1706 to 1790) Also called Ben Franklin, pseudonym Richard Saunders, he was an American printer and publisher, author, inventor and scientist, and diplomat. One of the foremost of the Founding Fathers, Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence and was one of its… Read More

Great Power & War…

“As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable.” Albert Einstein (1879 to 1955) A German-born physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 for his explanation of the photoelectric effect. Einstein is generally considered the most influential physicist of… Read More