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William Astore: Tough Truths Are Desperately Needed About America’s Lost Wars

Americans may already be lying themselves out of what little remains of their democracy.

June 21, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tracey L. Rogers: Palestinian Lives Matter | We Must Reject Crimes Against Humanity

Just as Black Lives Matter, so do Palestinian Lives Matter. We cannot campaign for racial healing and justice on stolen land in our own country while simultaneously backing a campaign to occupy and displace people abroad.

May 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

Patrick Gathara: Colonial Powers Have Long Demanded the ‘Right to Self-Defense’ Against the People They Have Colonized

Colonial occupiers have long claimed a “right” to defend themselves from the resistance of native communities, including by committing mass murder.

May 19, 2021 · 1 Comment

William Astore: Back to the Future at the Pentagon

‘It hardly occurs to us to question how the Pentagon’s mad military scenarios about near-peer wars could indeed end in nuclear annihilation.’

April 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

John Feffer: How Biden Looks at the World

The Biden administration’s approach of “multilateral restoration” has many virtues compared to the last four years of MAGA. But it has considerable shortcomings as well.

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Alfred McCoy: Washington’s Delusion of Endless World Dominion

China and the U.S. Struggle over Eurasia, the Epicenter of World Power

March 24, 2021 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: It’s Almost Twenty Years Since 9/11

Perhaps the horrors of 2020—the fires and hurricanes, Trump’s vicious attacks on democracy, the death, sickness, and economic dislocation caused by Covid-19—can force a real conversation about national security in 2021. Maybe this time we can finally ask whether trying to prop up a dying empire actually makes us—or indeed the world—any safer.

December 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Mike Schneider: Photograph in TIME, 1985

A man in battle camouflage holds a machete
at the throat of a peasant farmer on his knees
genuflecting in a shallow grave he just dug.

December 10, 2020 · 6 Comments

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies: Ten Foreign Policy Fiascos Biden Can Start Fixing on Day One

Biden can immediately reverse some of Trump’s most disastrous decisions. And each one can set the stage for broader progressive foreign policy initiatives.

December 9, 2020 · 5 Comments

Neta Crawford, et al.: Biden wins – what it means for race relations, US foreign policy and the Supreme Court

Three scholars discuss what a Biden presidency may have in store in three key areas: race, the Supreme Court and foreign policy.

November 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: The Sudden Descent of The United States

Can making Black Lives Matter rescue a failing state?

July 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Karen J. Greenberg: While Rome Burns, Trump Gets What He’s Always Wanted

In unsettling ways, the crisis is working for him as previously untenable policy options are becoming essential to curtailing the coronavirus.

April 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Kristin Henderson: A Feminist Alternative to Trump’s Chest Beating on Iran

If there’s ever to be genuine and just peace between the two nations, diplomacy must be the priority, and Iranian civil society must be acknowledged and respected.

December 28, 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

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