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Ashish Sinha,Gayatri Kathayat: Climate change fueled the rise and demise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, superpower of the ancient world

Climate change first contributed to the meteoric rise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire and then to its precipitous collapse.

December 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Danny Sjursen: Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire

A New Generation of West Pointers Joins America’s Hopeless Wars

November 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Andy Piascik: Looking Back at the Vietnam War

It’s been 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War. At least that’s what it’s called in the United States, the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, it’s called the American … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Peter Van Buren: Hollywood War Porn from WWII to American Sniper

In the age of the all-volunteer military and an endless stream of war zone losses and ties, it can be hard to keep Homeland enthusiasm up for perpetual war. After … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vietnam: Some Real History

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
The My Lai Massacre Andy Piascik John Mihalec’s recent column in the Connecticut Post (50 Years Ago: The Start to Vietnam War, February 7)…

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get

We fire missiles from the sky that incinerate families huddled in their houses. They incinerate a pilot cowering in a cage. We torture hostages in our black sites and choke … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sharon Doubiago: Abu Ghraib. Guantanamo Bay

You can’t unring the bell, he admonished, meaning 1948, Israel. So all these bells are ringing, Nazi, Kamakazi waves out into the universe forever and I have seen you, as … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

More Military Interventions? For what, Ashton Carter?

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Ashton Carter, I have some questions W.J. Astore The juxtaposition of two stories in my NY Times military “feed” got me to thinking this…

December 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Cost of Endless War

The money should stagger you. Journalist James Risen, author of Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, a revelatory new book about the scammers, counterterrorism grifters, careerist bureaucrats, torture … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Study: Mainstream Media Silences Debate About War

New analysis finds little opposition in mainstream media to latest US military attacks on Middle East nations. When it comes to asking hard questions about war, don’t count on the corporate … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

In Iraq, That Dog Don’t Hunt

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
That President Don’t Hunt? W.J. Astore News that President Obama has doubled the number of American troops (whoops — I mean advisers) in Iraq…

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: On Being An Indispensable Nation

President Barack Obama delivers the commencement speech to the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2012 at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23, 2012. It was May 23, … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

William J. Astore: Investing in Junk Armies 

Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail ~ In June, tens of thousands of Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province north of Baghdad collapsed in the face of attacks … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

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