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Laura Flanders: Is Donald Trump Responsible for Violence? Yes.

Is Donald Trump responsible for unhinged violence against innocent people? Absolutely. You only have to look at Yemen to see that. Since pipe bombs started targeting prominent critics of the … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Christian Christensen: Are Dead Children The Price of Freedom?

The most common question asked on this side of the Atlantic is: “Why can’t they see what these weapons are doing to their country?” There is a sickness eating at … Continue reading

February 19, 2018 · 4 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: An Empire of Graveyards

At the Circus with Donald Trump. Recently, a memory of my son as a small boy came back to me. He was, in those days, terrified of clowns. Something about … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sharon Doubiago: Jesus was a Terrorist

“The most important deficiency in the U.S. counterterrorism policy has been the failure to address the root causes of terrorism.” Philip C. Wilcox Jr., former US Ambassador at Large and … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Peter Van Buren: It’s Personal

Apologizing to My Daughter for the Last 15 Years of War I recently sent my last kid off for her senior year of college. There are rituals to such moments, … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: A 9/11 Retrospective — Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Bombs Away! Their Precision Weaponry and Ours. On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States. On board were its precision weapons: … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Mantra for 9/11

Exceptional Pain Dispensed by the Indispensable Nation Fourteen years later and do you even believe it? Did we actually live it? Are we still living it? And how improbable is … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Willie King and the Liberators perform “Terrorized”

Willie King (March 18, 1943 – March 8, 2009) was an American blues guitarist and singer, known for shunning fame and playing at a local bar in Mississippi. In this … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: An Apology to Every Single American

. First published by VICE News on Jul 8, 2015: When al Qaeda terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Michael Morell was with … Continue reading

July 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Forgive Me, Mr. President

Maybe it’s that pesky Sixth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill. Or verse 5:53 of the Koran: Who so kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 4 Comments

Video: Amiri Baraka reads “Somebody Blew up America”

“Somebody Blew Up America” by Amiri Baraka with Rob Brown on saxophone, recorded on February 21, 2009 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY. This is the poem … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Revisiting the Second Iraq War

Now that we are sinking quickly into America’s Third Iraq War, we might want to take a look at what we can learn from the second one. On September 11, … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: My War on Terror — Letter to an Unknown American Patriot

Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

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