By Philip C. Winslow: On a hot summer morning in 1954, when I was eleven years old, I saw my first human death by gunshot. The victim was a boy about my age. He had been playing with a .22 caliber rifle thought not to be loaded, I was told. The gun discharged, the bullet passed through his neck, rupturing the left carotid artery, and he bled out. I saw him only afterward. I never knew his name, the circumstances, nor anything about him or his family. But sixty-four years later, I clearly recall the stillness in death, his ashen face, the color of his hair, and the small entry wound in the left side of his neck. The death was ruled accidental, or, as they say these days, unintentional. Shaken, that night I had a long discussion with my mother about the unfairness of death, and about the consequences of the negligent handling of firearms.
Between 2009 and 2011, journalist Philip Winslow offered us a half dozen of his insightful “Observation Posts,” pieces which opened our eyes to international issues with original reporting. We’re delighted to welcome him back with this remarkable remembrance of one of the most significant events of the past decades: the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Philip C. Winslow writes about the recent assassination of a West Bank theater artist.
A look at recent evictions in a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, and Israeli efforts to "Judaize" the city.
In a multi-media post, Philip C. Winslow reflects on Angola's horrific war and its still-lingering effects.
Philip C. Winslow examines the problem of Israeli settlements and outposts in Palestinian territory.
Philip C. Winslow reflects on the lives of soldiers around the world.
Philip C. Winslow examines the persistent dangers cluster munitions pose for civilians during and long after the wars in which they are used.
In his second piece for his Observation Post series, Philip C. Winslow discusses two recent attacks on the arts in Jenin.
Philip Winslow, in the first dispatch for his new Observation Post column for Beacon Broadside, remembers his experiences in Sierra Leone as sentences are handed down for three war criminals.