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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

Nate Terani: Being Demonized in Your Own Country

Already Hell Enough for This Muslim-American Understand this: I’m an American veteran. I’m also a Muslim-American in a country in which, in these years, that hasn’t exactly been the happiest … Continue reading

March 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Stephanie Savell: The Wars No One Notices

Talking to a Demobilized Country I’m in my mid-thirties, which means that, after the 9/11 attacks, when this country went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq in what President George … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Betsy Hartmann: Climate Change and Privileged Despair

People can and do cooperate in times of environmental disaster and stress—why isn’t that part of the dominant narrative? Doomsday panic is as American as apple pie, though the precise … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Bankruptcy of Capitalism

Mr. Fish / Truthdig There will be no economic or political justice for the poor, people of color, women or workers within the framework of global, corporate capitalism. Corporate capitalism, … Continue reading

February 7, 2018 · 4 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: An Empire of Graveyards

At the Circus with Donald Trump. Recently, a memory of my son as a small boy came back to me. He was, in those days, terrified of clowns. Something about … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

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

Video: Chris Hedges — “Fascism in the Age of Trump”

. Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges spoke at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 10, 2017 on fascism and empire in the age of … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Peter Van Buren: How to Sustain Perpetual War? Easy — Hide the Bodies

Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this purpose is the bloodless narrative, a combination of policy, … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Feeling Not Quite So Hopeless in a World on the Skids

Why the Resistance is fertile, not futile. In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s 1984 soared onto bestseller lists, as did Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here and … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

W.J. Astore: Happy 4th of July! And a Global War on Something

I live in a fairly posh area of America.  A place where people have vacation “cottages” with pools, a “destination” place for some, especially in July and August.  July 4th … Continue reading

July 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Karen J. Greenberg: Liberty Is Security

The Lesson Not Drawn From Post-9/11 Government Overreach One vivid image of the historical relationship between government power and individual liberties in America has long been the swing of the … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: A 9/11 Retrospective — Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Bombs Away! Their Precision Weaponry and Ours. On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States. On board were its precision weapons: … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

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