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H. Patricia Hynes: Hands off Venezuela

The arc of U.S. militarism across the 20th century and into the 21st is neither moral nor does it bend toward justice. Hope and US Aid at the Border: the … Continue reading

March 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The Uses of a Well-Regulated Militia by an Unregulated President

Where Will the National Guard Be Sent in 2019?  A young friend is seriously considering joining her state’s National Guard. She’s a world-class athlete, but also a working-class woman from … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

William J. Astore: The U.S. Military’s Lost Wars

Overfunded, Overhyped, and Always Over There. One of the finest military memoirs of any generation is Defeat Into Victory, British Field Marshal Sir William Slim’s perceptive account of World War II’s torturous Burma … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Is Donald Trump an Asteroid?

Honestly, This Could Get a Lot Uglier. Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet. Landing on what’s now Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, it gouged … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Lawrence Wittner: The United States Is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization

Maintaining the U.S. status as “No. 1” in war and war preparations comes at a very high price. Maybe those delirious crowds chanting “USA, USA” have got something.  When it comes … Continue reading

January 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mehnaaz Mome: The Missing Piece in the Gun Violence Discourse — The Porous Border Between Republic and Empire

It may not be a coincidence that the rise in the killings of unarmed civilians thrives at a time when America remains engaged in a multitude of wars, some visible, … Continue reading

December 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Medieval Martha Stewart

. A documentary by Taylor Hawkins. Damaged by childhood abuse, PTSD, and chronic loneliness, Iraq war veteran Josh Brock has turned his anger and sorrow into a personal ethos of … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lindsay Koshgarian: Here’s What We Could Have If We Slashed the Military Budget

The US military budget sucks up an enormous amount of resources without making the world more peaceful or democratic. Here are a few ways we could better spend that $717 … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mary Beaudoin: How the Empire Gets Away With Expanding (Some Observations)

“This is the secret of propaganda: those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of the propaganda, without ever noticing they are immersed … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Bellicose Nation

The U.S. spends 40% of the world’s total military budget, and this huge expenditure is controlled by an inconsistent and bellicose ignoramus. Trump favors disruption over working together, and he … Continue reading

August 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: A Portrait of Iraq

. From director Janssen Powers: If you Google image search “Iraq” looking for photos of anything other than soldiers and war then you’re in for some serious scrolling… Since the … Continue reading

August 5, 2018 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: The Garden and the Drone

We come to the garden because it is beautiful. Arborvitae, hydrangea, anemone— Even the names are beautiful.   The men who call themselves our leaders Seem far away. We feel … Continue reading

August 5, 2018 · 11 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Turning 74 in a Failing World

Three Failing Experiments? Mine, America’s, and Humanity’s.  There was a period in my later life when I used to say that, from the age of 20 to my late sixties, I … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: Ending Wars, Not “Winning” Them, Should Be America’s Goal

Beware the tunnels you choose to go down (Wikimedia) . You can’t win wars that should never have been fought.  The U.S. should never have fought the Iraq and Afghan … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

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