Paul Woodward - War in Context

Paul Woodward describes himself by nature if not profession, as a bricoleur. A dictionary of obscure words defines a bricoleur as “someone who continually invents his own strategies for comprehending reality.” Woodward has at various times been an editor, designer, software knowledge architect, and Buddhist monk, while living in England, France, India, and for the last twenty years the United States. He currently lives frugally in the Southern Appalachians with his wife, Monica, two cats and a dog

Woodward maintains the popular website/blog, War in Context, which "from its inception, has been an effort to apply critical intelligence in an arena where political judgment has repeatedly been twisted by blind emotions. It presupposes that a world out of balance will inevitably be a world in conflict."

CIA - Central Intelligence Agency
CIA - Central Intelligence Agency


Questions About Torture That Don’t Need To Be Asked – OpEd

What is torture? Torture is like rape and pornography. Even though lawyers might argue over the definition, everyone knows what it is. The timidity of American journalists around using the term torture has little to do with the mystery of how it’s defined and everything to do with their obsequious deference to political power. Imagine […]

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American Identity, Torture And The Game Of Political Indignation – OpEd

Adversarial Journalism™ is a gimmick that far from serving as an agent of change, functions much more as an opiate of the people, sustaining the status quo. Whenever politics is reduced to us and them, it goes without saying that the problem is them. And when this polarity is between a powerful political establishment and […]

Skeleton and reconstruction of the La Ferrassie 1 Neanderthal man from the National Museum of Nature and Science. Photo by Photaro, Wikipedia Commons.
Skeleton and reconstruction of the La Ferrassie 1 Neanderthal man from the National Museum of Nature and Science. Photo by Photaro, Wikipedia Commons.


The Thoughts Of Our Ancient Ancestors – OpEd

The discovery of what appear to have been deliberately etched markings made by a human ancestor, Homo erectus, on the surface of a shell, call for a reconsideration of assumptions that have been made about the origins of abstract thought. While the meaning of these zigzag markings will most likely remain forever unknown, it can […]

Man claiming to be ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in this screenshot from video.
Al-Baghdadi speaking during Friday prayers at Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul on July 4, 2014.


ISIS: A Faceless Organization That Stands For Nothing – OpEd

Icons are inescapable — even for those who make it their business to destroy them. For Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden was an iconic figure. The American effort to hunt him down had more to do with the need to destroy his image than to thwart a terrorist. So who or what stands as the […]

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In The West A Growing List Of Attacks, Linked To What? – OpEd

Linked to “Islamic Extremism” says the headline in the New York Times. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, Martin Rouleau-Couture, Alton Nolen, Mohammad Ali Baryalei, Mehdi Nemmouche, Michael Adebolajo, Mohammed Merah, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad — all Muslims in the West, all involved in deadly attacks, all linked to Islamic extremism. The link is surely clear-cut, […]

Parliament Hill in Canada's capital city, Ottawa
Parliament Hill in Canada's capital city, Ottawa


Terrorism Exists In The Eye Of The Beholder – OpEd

Should a man who believes he’s being chased by the devil, shape pubic policy and guide international relations? Dave Bathurst was a friend of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau — the gunman whose brief shooting rampage yesterday led to the Canadian capital city, Ottowa, getting locked down for several hours. The Globe and Mail reports: Mr. Bathurst said […]