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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

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

Video: Glenn Greenwald with Tom Engelhardt

. . In this one hour video recorded on September 27, 2017 at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald talks about his work. Afterwards, … Continue reading

March 4, 2018 · Leave a 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

Chris Hedges: The End of Empire

The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Peter Blair: Captain Adam on Mars

  Tribes Picked by U.S. to Fight Taliban, Get Tied Up in Own Feud;                         ‘If They Take Our Land, We’ll Kill Them All.’ Wall Street Journal   Hot dust … Continue reading

September 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Alfred W. McCoy: How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower

America’s Opium War in Afghanistan After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible? How … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Conn Hallinan: Adding Up the Costs of Hillary Clinton’s Wars

The Greek playwright Aeschylus — who fought at Marathon in 490 BC, the battle that defeated the first Persian invasion of Greece — had few illusions about the consequences of … Continue reading

February 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: Feeding the Disease of Terrorism

I’m a retired U.S. military officer. When I think of U.S. troops, naturally I see them as my gals and guys. I identify with them. And I know enough of … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 3 Comments

W.J. Astore: A Contrary Perspective on the Middle East

How about a contrary perspective on the Middle East, courtesy of my old globe? It dates from the early 1920s, just after World War I but before Russia became the … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Katie Stuart: A Few More Thoughts About Raising Soldiers

My 23 year old son, Gillen, is in the Air National Guard. He is four years into a six year commitment. A few weekends ago, he came home from “drill” … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

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