Today, November 11, 2017, Armistice Day (aka Veterans Day)

Today, at 11 a.m., on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Armistice was declared at Compeigne France ending the deadly World War I. In 1928 came the Kellogg-Briand Pact, signed by France, Germany and the United States, to hopefully renounce War. In 1939 the even deadlier https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II began when Nazi Germany invaded […]

Our Country Is The World

Saturday, Jay Shahidi, President of the Minnesota chapter of the United Nations Association, commented on an aspect of the state of our world. I paraphrase what I heard Jay say: ‘about 20 years passed between the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II. It has been over 70 years, and […]

Dick Bernard, Remembering Vietnam War 1961-75: My Morning Report

Added Nov. 16, 2017: Here is a three minute clip of personal observations on Vietnam made in St. Paul Sep. 7, 2017. COMMENTS at end of this post. My thoughts. If nothing else, listen/watch Jim Northrup talk about Vietnam and War. The most powerful testimony I’ve ever heard about the reality of Vietnam came from […]

Vietnam, 17 hours, 30 years, and the road ahead.

Earlier posts on the Vietnam series: Sep 9, Sep 13, Sep 19 , Sep 21 * I watched every hour of the now complete and powerful Ken Burns/Lynn Novick retrospective on the War in Vietnam, 1945-75. Today begins reflection after a powerful two weeks. What does this all mean to me? To us? How can […]

Health Care For Some: Our Contemporary Vietnam

We’re in a mad race to another precipice, and once again, “politics”, which is “we, the people”, will be the likely driver. There is a desperate need to finally kill President Obama’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act of 2010. (Sorry: “OBAMACARE”, said with a sneer.) There is no reason, other than repeating a mantra […]

Five Citizens Reflect on the Vietnam War

Your comments are invited for a follow-up post: dick_bernardATmsnDOTcom. Please include your permission to include in a post. Following are some thoughts about Vietnam, prior to the beginning of the 17 hour film series on PBS, Sep. 17, 2017 7 and 8:30 p.m. CDT. Here’s the schedule of programs following Sep. 17 (see pages 21 […]

9-11-01: An Important and Refreshing Perspective 16 years after 9-11

Today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune carries an opinion column which I found to be refreshing, and I offer it here without additional comment> The below photos (click to enlarge) are snapshots I took in late June, 1972, on my first and only visit to New York City. Only one of the Towers had opened at that […]

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum

PRE-NOTE: Yesterdays post now includes details about Ken Burns 17-hour, 10 day film about The Vietnam War. You can check the schedule and get other information here. * The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg University, Minneapolis, convenes this Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16. All details are here. The Peace Prize Forum […]

Ken Burns “The Vietnam War” film series on PBS September 17-28 ; plus other notes

We saw the one-hour Preview of Ken Burns Vietnam Thursday night, September 7. Twenty four hours later, I attended a rather remarkable event at Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, where a distinguished speaker, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, and a distinguished responder panel talked about “The Past as Prologue: the […]

Donald Trump/Charlottesville; Woodrow Wilson/Birth of a Nation

In memory of Heather Heyer, fatality at Charlottesville, and the other injured at Charlottesville VA. Recommended reading: The Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra. * Sometimes it may be useful to consider a problem from a different perspective. With all the justifiable horror of Charlottesville, I have been noticing, within my own circles, increasing attention […]