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Jon Queally: Just Hours After Anti-Semitic Remarks, Trump Promotes Himself as ‘King of Israel… Second Coming of God’

“The President is a raving lunatic,” responded Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum. “He is not well.”

August 22, 2019 · 2 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: How the U.S. Created the Central American Immigration Crisis

Donald Trump would rather demonize desperate people than deploy the resources needed to attend to their claims in a timely way — or in any way at all.

August 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Nick Turse: What Does War Have to Do With Me

TRIPOLI, Libya — Sometimes war sounds like the harsh crack of gunfire and sometimes like the whisper of the wind. This early morning — in al-Yarmouk on the southern edge of Libya’s capital, Tripoli — it was a mix of both.

June 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

James J. Zogby: Most Democratic Candidates Still Afraid To Criticize Israel’s Violations Of Palestinian Rights

Benjamin Netanyahu and his policies are viewed negatively by most Democrats. This shift in opinion has placed many Democratic presidential candidates in a bind.

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Is Donald Trump an Asteroid?

Honestly, This Could Get a Lot Uglier. Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet. Landing on what’s now Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, it gouged … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Why does Trump keep acting against U.S. interests in foreign policy?

Why does Trump keep acting against U.S. interests in foreign policy? Stupidity? Narcissism? Or maybe it’s money from Russia and elsewhere. Let’s take a bird’s eye view at the foreign … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · 5 Comments

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

Adam Johnson: 10 of the Most Sociopathic Washington Post Columns

. For casually threatening economic ruin, inciting violence against entire populations, pushing for bombing faceless Muslims, or downplaying racism and child rape, there’s no better outlet than long-time echo chamber … Continue reading

May 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Isis – A Cup We Have Filled With Hatred

The claim to be a civilized society, the claim to be rational, advanced, even superior, is utterly bankrupt of any truth if, at those very moments when civility and rationality … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Robert Koehler: Why Bombing a Hospital is a War Crime

U.S bombs hospital in Afghanistan, kills 22 people including three children, apologizes, promises to investigate itself. “We tried to take a look into one of the burning buildings. I cannot … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

David Vine: Garrisoning the Globe

How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

W. J. Astore: The United States of Militarism

A century ago, the USA was a dynamic, forward-looking, freedom-espousing country that was focused on science and technology and its practical applications, as represented by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: America’s Military Strategy? Persistent Overreach

Reports that President Obama is considering even more troops and bases to fight ISIS in Iraq put me to mind of Roman general Publius Quinctilius Varus. Two millennia ago, Varus … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daniel N. White: The Fish Rots from the Head — My Q&A with Admiral William McRaven

A strange turn of fate now makes Admiral (retired) William McRaven, formerly head of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), a neighbor of mine. He’s the new Chancellor of the University … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

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