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Danny Sjursen: The Unaccountable Nation

Imperial hyper-powers, particularly in their late-stages, often employ foot soldiers across vast swathes of the planet, and eventually either lose control of their actions or aren’t concerned with their resultant atrocities in the first place.

March 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

Mel Packer: A History of Deadly Meddling

In this essay, we hear a first-hand account from Mel Packer who was one of the Americans who visited Iran during the hostage crisis of 1980.

February 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: The Democratic Field Narrows to Three Candidates

Although the Iowa Caucus was an epic fail, it did make a few things clear.

February 7, 2020 · 6 Comments

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

Sarah Anderson: Meet the Corporate War Profiteers Making a Killing on Trump’s Attacks on Iran

As long as the top executives of our privatized war economy can reap unlimited rewards, the profit motive for war in Iran—or anywhere—will persist.

January 9, 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

Allegra Harpootlian: Why I Weep While I Work

A majority of my day is spent bearing witness to the pain, fear, and terror that America’s actions have been causing across the Greater Middle East and North Africa.

November 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

Rivera Sun: The Bottom Line: Go for the Money

The knowledge of how activists can impact industry is powerful, especially if used strategically.

May 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lawrence Wittner: Most Americans Actually Reject Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy

Large majorities support arms control, curbs on military spending, and international institutions. The question is what they’re willing to do about it. As president, Donald Trump has leaned heavily upon … Continue reading

May 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Feffer: After Trump

Centrist liberalism is dead, and Trump is a disaster. But progressives can use what he’s done to remake America and its place in the world. Donald Trump has shaken up … Continue reading

March 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: America’s Addictions

Opioids, Donald Trump, and War When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. It’s serious. According to the National … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Little Letter to the Future II

In our time, war seemed perpetual, an economic fact: pay to build a bomb, blow it up, pay to build another bomb, repeat, repeat, repeat. We stopped asking people of … Continue reading

April 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fran Schor: Spiritual Death/Spiritual Awakening

 “I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stephanie Savell: We Have Spent $32 Million Per Hour on War Since 2001

15 years after the invasion of Iraq, what are the costs? . Anti-war protesters gather in London at the start of a demonstration against war on Iraq, February 15, 2003. … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

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