By Philip C. Winslow | Shortly after a teenage gunman murdered seventeen people and wounded seventeen others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, I thought back over some American history and my own familiarity with guns, and wrote here on Beacon Broadside that “In 1970, historian Richard Hofstadter popularized the term ‘gun culture’ in writing about how Americans’ resolute possession of firearms dated back to colonial days, when farmer-settlers lived on a wild frontier . . .
By Philip C. Winslow A Palestinian throws a rock in response to Israel's intervention during a protest, organized to mark 70th anniversary of Nakba. Photo by Jordi Bernabeu Farrus (Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/r) Last Monday’s opening of the American Embassy...
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.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on December 10th, 1948.
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.
As former Liberian President Charles Taylor defends himself against charges of war crimes in Sierra Leone, you should read Philip C. Winslow's post about that's country's brutal civil war here. Winslow wrote the piece after three commanders in that war...
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.
Philip Winslow, author of Victory for Us is to See You Suffer: In the West Bank with the Palestinians and the Israelis, discusses the outlook for Israel under Netanyahu's leadership.
Philip Winslow, author of Victory for Us is to See You Suffer: In the West Bank with the Palestinians and the Israelis, looks at Israel's use of white phosphorus in the recent conflict in Gaza.
by Philip C. Winslow Open Letter to: President Mahmoud Abbas, Ramallah Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Gaza City Occupied Palestinian Territories Dear President Abbas and Prime Minister Haniyeh: I write to you in frustration and some alarm as the latest violence...
by Philip C. Winslow Driving north out of Jerusalem after twelve months away was like settling back to watch a favorite film. The olive trees and stony hills baked under the late summer sun and the eroded limestone cliffs at...