The Great Flu Epidemic in Southern Gallia County, Ohio

The great flu epidemic that began in 1918 killed half a million Americans and 25% of the entire population was infected. Cincinnati was hard hit with 80,000 cases and 1,700 deaths from flu in 1918. To cope with the poorly understood disease, hotels removed chairs and sofas from lobbies. Theatres, schools and churches were ordered closed. Leaf burning was banned. At Camp Sherman in Chillicothe … Continue reading The Great Flu Epidemic in Southern Gallia County, Ohio

Early 20th Century Life in Southern Gallia County Ohio

When my father Howell Wood was born in 1903 on the family farm near Mercerville, rural life in Gallia County was strenuous but enjoyable. Food was mostly home grown, friends and family were nearby and Gallipolis and villages nearby were growing along with the commerce on the Ohio River. The country was at peace, Teddy Roosevelt was in the White House and the wounds of … Continue reading Early 20th Century Life in Southern Gallia County Ohio

Isis Comes to Northern Mozambique

On June 4th, for the first time, ISIS, claimed responsibility for an attack in northern Mozambique near the Tanzanian border. Its message said,  “The soldiers of the Caliphate were able to repulse an attack by the Crusader Mozambican army in Metubi village, in the Mocimboa area. They clashed with them with a variety of weapons, killing and wounding a number of them. The mujahideen captured … Continue reading Isis Comes to Northern Mozambique

Dan Ellsberg: Get Rid of Nukes

In a March 25thtalk at Washington’s Cosmos Club, former nuclear analyst Daniel Ellsberg said a complacent public must be educated to the horrors of nuclear war. A nuclear exchange involving any of the nine nuclear powers would kill hundreds of millions. Referring to decades of global apathy, he said “we have accepted a nightmare.” Dan Ellsberg and the author Ellsberg, 88 in April, is best known … Continue reading Dan Ellsberg: Get Rid of Nukes

Letter from Zimbabwe: Hard Times and No Prospect of Relief

By Barry D. Wood HARARE, Zimbabwe: Joy has turned to despair in Zimbabwe. The optimism that greeted the coup that ousted tyrant Robert Mugabe in November 2017 vanished this January amid army bullets and beatings against citizens protesting a doubling of fuel prices. Zimbabweans had dared to hope that the coup plotters who were Mugabe loyalists for three decades had broken with his repressive ways, … Continue reading Letter from Zimbabwe: Hard Times and No Prospect of Relief