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Mandy Smithberger: How The Military-Industrial Complex Gets Away With Murder in Contract After Contract

Washington has already spent at least $2 trillion on its war in Afghanistan alone, and the corruption, waste, and failure associated with those expenditures was (or at least should have been) mindboggling.

January 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sandra McPherson: Richard Milhous

He was ill-favored and uncraved and yet had we known
his secret life we would have perceived his lyingas a form of gentleness…

January 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Kathy Kelly: I am an Eyewitness to the Horrors of the US Forever Wars

Mainstream media seldom help us recognize ourselves as a menacing, warrior nation. Yet we must look in the mirror held up by historical circumstances if we’re ever to accomplish credible change.

January 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Kristin Henderson: A Feminist Alternative to Trump's Chest Beating on Iran

If there’s ever to be genuine and just peace between the two nations, diplomacy must be the priority, and Iranian civil society must be acknowledged and respected.

December 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: What’s Wrong With the Republicans?

The roots of much of the turmoil in the current Republican Party are centuries old. They go back, in fact, to the twin crimes that have helped shape this country from its very beginning: slavery and imperial expansion.

December 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Atcheson: The Influence of Liars and the Failure of Corporate Media

The press is no longer free. It is enslaved by capitalists who would rather make money than tell the truth.

December 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

Aesop: The Frogs Ask for a King

Once upon a time, the Frogs were discontented because they had no one to rule over them: so they sent a deputation to Jupiter to ask him to give them a King.

December 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Timothy Joseph: What the Roman senate's grovelling before emperors explains about GOP senators' support for Trump

The Roman Senate declined from a long-held position of authority to become a body almost wholly reliant on the whims of the emperor.

December 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Patricia Spears Jones: an American haze

Trumpeter lilies argue the loudest scents — you could wrap
a fiesta with that smell

November 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sylvia Taschka: Trump’s America shines bright for Europe’s radical New Right

Trump has helped make the New Right’s way of looking at things much more politically and socially acceptable – in a way none of its members had likely dared to dream before the election of November 2016.

November 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Well done, Private Bone Spurs

The special forces hadn’t told Trump about the raid earlier because they worried he’d leak it.

October 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Richard Briffault: What is ‘dark money’? 5 questions answered

With the 2020 campaign season upon us, “dark money” is again in the news.

October 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Rain It Raineth Every Day

They say the average cloud weighs about the same as eighty elephants. A big storm such as now darkens the sky overhead must be an infinite parade of elephants milling around in the dark gray pastures above us.

October 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Great Again

The death of the empire wasn’t difficult
to record. The 6 o’clock news ended
with the usual uplifting bit, a disabled
veteran got a medal….

October 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

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