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Arnold R. Isaacs: The False Case Against ‘Foreign-Born Terrorists’

When you see an immigrant or a foreign visitor, especially from a Muslim country, should your first thought be that you might be looking at a possible terrorist? Clearly, that’s … Continue reading

March 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: My Lai

March 16, 1968. Fifty years ago, U. S. soldiers killed as many as 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians. Perhaps the worst war crime in American history. Two years after that, I … Continue reading

March 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jenni Monet: What Standing Rock Gave the World

Americans saw the Indigenous struggle—the violence, stolen resources, colluding corporations and governments—that goes hand in hand with protecting the Earth. At the height of the movement at Standing Rock, Indigenous … Continue reading

March 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Nutag — Homeland

. Painted frame by frame, a vivid animation restores a history lost to deportation. In 1942, Nazi forces captured a portion of the Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, home to … Continue reading

March 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: After Mahmoud Darwish

How, in this tangle of wire and garbage and the noise of Babylon with its million horns can I talk to the moon like a Bedouin leaning into the cold … Continue reading

March 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Glenn Greenwald with Tom Engelhardt

. . In this one hour video recorded on September 27, 2017 at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald talks about his work. Afterwards, … Continue reading

March 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Israel Arrests Ahed’s Relatives, Including A Child Missing A Third Of His Skull After They Shot Him

Ahed protesting with her father, mother and aunt. Photo by 2 Suns Shamsaan/Facebook . Having evidently “gone out of its mind” in its thirst for vengeance, Israeli forces just undertook … Continue reading

March 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Walter Bargen: This Falling Away Age

We are at that age when any moment all words are last words. Some might argue that it could be any age and they are right: Golden (probably not), Enlightenment … Continue reading

February 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stephanie Savell: The Wars No One Notices

Talking to a Demobilized Country I’m in my mid-thirties, which means that, after the 9/11 attacks, when this country went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq in what President George … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Steve Nolan & NJ DeVico: The Orchestration Of War     

Steve Nolan writes: It’s one of the most common souvenirs of war, the constant ringing in the ears, or, in my case, a high-pitched squeal presumably caused by the Blackhawk … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Terracide

Think of President Trump and his administration as a den of thieves. There is, of course, the obvious thievery: what they will in the end, as with the recently passed … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: They Are Not Much Fun

For Ahed Tamimi . Israeli soldiers, exhausted from carrying so many weapons for so many years, have lost their humors, you know this. Tear-gassing, shouting, pummeling, pushing, bullying, it’s a … Continue reading

February 15, 2018 · 2 Comments

Jeffrey Wasserstrom: What would Mark Twain think of Donald Trump?

Thanks to the criticisms they’ve leveled in articles, interviews, tweets and letters to the editor, we know that many contemporary authors, from Philip Roth to J.K. Rowling, have a dim … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Waiter Taken at Noon, Buenos Aires, 1976

And you, who have not left your country because you must; you, untested by the state’s intent to harm; you, a lucky one, whose only life fattens and lazes on … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · Leave a comment