Gillian Brockell, The Washington Post Published 7:45 am PDT, Monday, March 25, 2019 On March 25, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were a few days into their marriage when they invited the news media to join them at their honeymoon suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. The Washington Post reported that an acquaintance of Lennon and "Uno" had said the couple was planning "the century's most uncensored love-in." So some journalists showed up thinking they were about to witness a conjugal act between the Beatles megastar and his Japanese bride. When they arrived, however, they found Lennon and Ono in conservative pajamas buttoned all the way up. "There we were like two angels in bed, with flowers all around us, and peace and love on our heads," Lennon said later. You have to admit, he does look quite angelic. Or perhaps, Christ-like? Why were they there? To protest war (in bed) and preach world peace (by growing out their hair), they said. At the time, Lennon and Ono had been … [Read more...] about John Lennon and Yoko Ono shared their bed with the world 50 years ago in a plea for peace
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We've all seen them. Carol singers. Spreading joy and messages, tuneful or otherwise, of peace and love. As children, many of us stood in rows and sang at school during the festive period. We were no strangers to the little town of Bethlehem, to Royal David's City, to the strange Yoda-esque syntax of 'We Three Kings of Orient Are' - I remember there was 'one in a bus and one in a car', but that may not have been the traditional lyric. … [Read more...] about Has the modern world lost the music of Christmas?
By Kate Grant | December 8, 2018 at 8:45 am Here in Silicon Valley, we are surrounded by brilliant minds and a collective drive to change the world. But few of us have put our own lives on the line for what we know is right. On Monday, Dr. Denis Mukwege, a hero for brutalized women in his native Democratic Republic of the Congo, will receive the Nobel Peace Prize, along with an extraordinarily courageous young activist, Nadia Murad, herself a victim of profound sexual violence. There is no one I can think of more deserving of the prize than Mukwege, whom I’ve had the honor to know for nearly a decade. Mukwege is not a household name. But it should be. And, I dearly hope the Nobel Peace Prize will give Mukwege the platform he deserves. He founded Panzi Hospital in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. The hospital treats women and girls who have been victims of exceptional violence, including gang rape and vaginal assault with weapons, not just male organs. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Nobel Peace Prize winner is inspiration to all
PARIS (AP) – A hundred years later, their words can still pierce hearts. Fighters writing home from opposing front lines of World War I, a Chinese labourer marvelling at the war’s end, a woman dreaming of reuniting with her soldier love. At a Paris ceremony Sunday marking the centennial of the armistice ending the first global war, eight teenagers born in the 21st century were to read from letters and notes written on the day the bloodshed stopped, Nov. 11, 1918.Here are excerpts from the readings: ___ “My darling parents, Today has been perfectly wonderful. We got news of the armistice at 9:30 this morning. I got 10 minutes to sort out a detachment for a grand parade in the square of Mons, so I got everybody I could lay hand to scrub the mud off. The streets were packed with wildly cheering civilians chucking flowers at us and carrying on like only a foreigner can. All the street and the square was a blaze of colour, mostly, of course the Belgian colours red, yellow … [Read more...] about First World War Centenary: Excerpts from Letters Written on Armistice Day, 1918
Richard B. Woodward, The Washington Post Published 11:05 am PST, Friday, November 9, 2018 Former Opijnen mayor Ton Jansen holds a memento from the 91st Bomb Group Memorial Association thanking the people of Opijnen for naming streets for the airmen. Former Opijnen mayor Ton Jansen holds a memento from the 91st Bomb Group Memorial Association thanking the people of Opijnen for naming streets for the airmen. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By René Koster. Eight streets were named after the American World War II pilots who are buried in the Village of Opijnen. Eight streets were named after the American World War II pilots who are buried in the Village of Opijnen. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Rene Koster. Silhouettes of birds against the sky looking like planes, passing the graves of the eight pilots in the village of Opijnen … [Read more...] about A downed World War II plane, a Dutch village and the art of remembering