Colman McCarthy directs the Center for Teaching Peace, a Washington non-profit.

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David Koch: kindhearted, caring citizen, obligated to share wealth

It's Happening: I've long admired the Koch brothers for their decadeslong support of causes and non-profits that I also see as worthy. Let's start with their opposition to American militarism.


Pacifism of my friend Joan Baez inspires a new generation

It's Happening: Since the late '70s, I've had a loving friendship with Joan Baez. Every semester that I've been teaching peace studies to high school and college students, I devote ample time to read Baez's essays on pacifism.

Book Review

Bullet in author's back teaches him forgiveness

Book Review: In the final pages of this treasure, the author writes a letter to the sniper who shot him, words that bring to mind lines from Erich Maria Remarque's novel All Quiet on the Western Front, when the German soldier speaks to the dying French lad he has just knifed in the trench they share.


Nixon and Trump: what a pair

It's Happening: As the possibility of Trump's impeachment roils U.S. politics, allusions are made to Nixon in the 1970s. But the two presidents' similarities go well beyond impeachment questions.