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Tom Engelhardt: We’re not the good guys

Addicted to war? Not us.

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

76 Retired US Generals and Diplomats Warn Trump Against War With Iran

“We have witnessed first-hand how quickly disputes can spiral out of control.”

May 27, 2019 · 6 Comments

Jake Johnson: Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of ‘Increased Threat’ From Iran

Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington.

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lawrence Wittner: The United States Is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization

Maintaining the U.S. status as “No. 1” in war and war preparations comes at a very high price. Maybe those delirious crowds chanting “USA, USA” have got something.  When it comes … Continue reading

January 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mary Beaudoin: How the Empire Gets Away With Expanding (Some Observations)

“This is the secret of propaganda: those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of the propaganda, without ever noticing they are immersed … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Riad Saleh Hussein: Smoke

Depressed and open like the sea, I stand, angry, coherent and continuous, to tell you about the sea, when the window has two eyes to see my despair, the walls … Continue reading

September 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Bellicose Nation

The U.S. spends 40% of the world’s total military budget, and this huge expenditure is controlled by an inconsistent and bellicose ignoramus. Trump favors disruption over working together, and he … Continue reading

August 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Riad Saleh Hussein: A Serene Evening

This evening is serene, This evening is not calm. I am a man or a pack of dynamite— Under my trench a red goose or a black unicorn. The woman … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Robert Okaji: Aleppo

A father sings to his son, dead two days, and the platitudes persist. Widow of night. Lantern’s trick. What trace, you wonder, exists of humanity in these etched walls? Light … Continue reading

August 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Turning 74 in a Failing World

Three Failing Experiments? Mine, America’s, and Humanity’s.  There was a period in my later life when I used to say that, from the age of 20 to my late sixties, I … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

John Feffer — World to Refugees: Go to Hell

Over 22.5 million people have been forced to flee their countries. Last year, less than 200,000 were resettled. It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage … Continue reading

July 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Riad Saleh Hussein: Tango Under a Narrow Ceiling

My heart is delicious to take a bite from. It is an alcove for blue rabbits, A shark with fins of stubborn cactus. My heart is delicious to take a … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

W.J. Astore: Ending Wars, Not “Winning” Them, Should Be America’s Goal

Beware the tunnels you choose to go down (Wikimedia) . You can’t win wars that should never have been fought.  The U.S. should never have fought the Iraq and Afghan … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Iman Chahin Sharba: Prior to the Departure

Before I was killed by a matter of minutes I was combing the hair of my daughter And braiding her plaits With a pair of tweezers in the shape of … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

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