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Kelly Denton-Borhaug: The Intolerable Price You Pay

More than 17 of you veterans take your own lives every day. And you live with all of this, while so much of the rest of the nation fails to muster the will to see you, hear you, or face honestly the American addiction to war.

November 11, 2022 · 8 Comments

Rev. William J. Barber II, Karen Dolan: This is an Election Americans Cannot Afford to Lose

The stakes for America’s poor and low-income families are huge this election.

November 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

William Astore: Integrity Optional

There is something distinctly dishonorable about waging wars kept viable only by lies, obfuscation, and propaganda.

October 3, 2022 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Decline and Fall of Everything (Including Me)

I find myself experiencing three versions of that ultimate story: that of my own fall; that of my country; and that of an increasingly overheating planet as a habitable place for us all.

August 15, 2022 · 3 Comments

Andrea Mazzarino: War as Terrorism

As a Navy spouse of more than 10 years and a therapist who specializes in treating military families and those fleeing foreign wars, I believe that the post-9/11 wars have finally begun to come home in a variety of ways, including how we think about violence

June 7, 2022 · 2 Comments

Frida Berrigan: Saving our schools starts with spending less on the military

Public schools have become society’s safety nets, and they are suffering for it. Imagine if we invested in them rather than war.

May 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Confessions of a Failed Tax Resister

I knew that the IRS wasn’t visiting me as part of an audit of my returns, since I hadn’t filed any for eight years. My partner and I were both informal tax resisters — she, ever since joining the pacifist Catholic Worker organization; and I, ever since I’d returned from Nicaragua in 1984. I’d spent six months traveling that country’s war zones as a volunteer with Witness for Peace.

April 14, 2022 · 2 Comments

Khury Petersen-Smith: Binary thinking on Russia’s war on Ukraine is a losing strategy

We need a progressive politics that shows solidarity with all victims of military violence — while resisting the militarism of our own government.

April 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Ukraine in Perspective

A Historical Feast of Death and Destruction from the Peloponnesian Wars to Late Tomorrow Night.

April 8, 2022 · 4 Comments

Andrea Mazzarino: The Costs of (Another) War

When We Could Be Fighting Climate Change

March 31, 2022 · 2 Comments

William J. Astore: Only Cold-War Fools Hit Replay on Doomsday

It’s finally time for this country to succeed in something again—something noble, something other than the perpetuation of murderous war and the horrific production of genocidal weaponry.

January 19, 2022 · 6 Comments

Frida Berrigan: A Christmas Confession

I’m Taking an Eco-Holiday From It All (and So Are My Kids)

December 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

Mandy Smithberger, William D. Hartung: How to Cut $1 Trillion from the Pentagon

A CBO report requested by Bernie Sanders lays out three options for a modest Pentagon trim over the next decade. Can we pull it off?

November 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

Nick Turse: A Forever Wall for Our Forever Wars

Americans have been killing civilians since before there was a United States.

September 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

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