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Tom Engelhardt: Mapping a World From Hell

76 Countries Are Now Involved in Washington’s War on Terror. He left Air Force Two behind and, unannounced, “shrouded in secrecy,” flew on an unmarked C-17 transport plane into Bagram … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Isis – A Cup We Have Filled With Hatred

The claim to be a civilized society, the claim to be rational, advanced, even superior, is utterly bankrupt of any truth if, at those very moments when civility and rationality … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Superhero Americans

In thinking about our troops in Syria, remember Viet Nam and how quickly 50 can become 500,000. I wonder whether the Obama Administration has been watching too many superhero movies. … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Peter Van Buren: Sustaining Perpetual War — The Bloodless Narrative

The Bloodless Narrative of America’s Wars Ensures their Perpetuation Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Germany does the right thing for Syrian refugees and for the German economy

On the surface it seems inconsistent that the same country, Germany, that submitted Greece to such harsh punishment is opening its arms so generously to Syrian refugees, agreeing to take … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Subjectivity and the West

Subjectivity is the measure by which we accord dignity and gravitas to someone else. Without it, a person is just a thing, an object, and one may abuse it, ignore … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

W. J. Astore: The United States of Militarism

A century ago, the USA was a dynamic, forward-looking, freedom-espousing country that was focused on science and technology and its practical applications, as represented by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daniel N. White: The Fish Rots from the Head — My Q&A with Admiral William McRaven

A strange turn of fate now makes Admiral (retired) William McRaven, formerly head of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), a neighbor of mine. He’s the new Chancellor of the University … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Mrs Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian, Explains Religious Freedom

Conservative Christianity Compares Notes with ISIS. Starring America’s Best Christian, Mrs. Betty Bowers.

May 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

Republicans and Fear

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
? PFC Jones with Mine-Detector. Want to talk about fear? W.J. Astore Why, looky here, another article in the New York Times that examines…

February 26, 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

Why the American Military Is Doomed

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
General Flynn (FP: Foreign Policy) W.J. Astore Is the U.S. military doomed?  I’d say yes.  But it’s not because our troops are uncommitted, our…

January 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sarah Van Gelder: 10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014

In 2014, we saw a lot of brutality. Unarmed black men and women were killed by police, women were raped on college campuses and in military barracks, foreign nationals were … Continue reading

December 31, 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

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