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Video: Rouba’s Manifesto

“If you want to change the world, make your life about others. And everything will come back to you.” — Dr. Rouba Mhaissen

July 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

Khury Petersen-Smith: Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars

Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he’s bringing home from Afghanistan.

March 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: War Addicts, Inc.

Making Sense of the Age of Carnage

February 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: For Sama (full film)

NOW AN ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

February 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Iman Chahine Sharba: God of Dreams

God passed away empty handed
But with regret
And like a sly boy
Broke with his shoe
the last dry loaf of bread.

November 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

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

Nick Turse: Castle Black

The United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet.

November 6, 2019 · 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

Abby Zimet: Well done, Private Bone Spurs

The special forces hadn’t told Trump about the raid earlier because they worried he’d leak it.

October 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Rain It Raineth Every Day

They say the average cloud weighs about the same as eighty elephants. A big storm such as now darkens the sky overhead must be an infinite parade of elephants milling around in the dark gray pastures above us.

October 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Khury Petersen-Smith: Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War

If the U.S. wants to help the Kurds today, the answer is not more war. Instead, it could suspend its military aid to Turkey, and end its racist exclusion of refugees.

October 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Christine Rhein: A Surgeon Writes from Aleppo

We are running out of coffins.
The city burns, street by street—
even the stones are catching fire.
Our last pediatrician has been killed.

October 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: We’re not the good guys

Addicted to war? Not us.

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

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