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Michael T. Klare: The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis

If the United States goes to war with Iran, you are unlikely to hear the word “oil” uttered by top Trump administration officials, but make no mistake: that three-letter word lies at the root of the present crisis, not to speak of the world’s long-term fate.

July 15, 2019 · Leave a 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

Medea Benjamin: Who Will Stop Trump from Tweeting Us into War with Iran?

Trump’s crippling sanctions will go into effect on November 4th. Donald Trump may be taking us to war on Iran and those who should be trying to stop him—from Congress … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kathy Kelly: Scourging Yemen

There is extensive evidence that irresponsible arms flows to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition have resulted in enormous harm to Yemeni civilians. “At the very least, citizens in countries supplying weapons … Continue reading

May 24, 2018 · 1 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

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

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

Marc Jampole: Pentagon proposes using nuclear weapons against terrorists

The Pentagon’s new Nuclear Posture Review calls for dropping nuclear bombs on countries that harbor terrorists.  The draft of the Pentagon’s proposed plan to “update” the United States’ nuclear weapon … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

David Kyuman Kim and George Yancy: An Open Letter of Love to Kim Jong-un

一封充满爱意的信,致金正恩 Dear Chairman Kim Jong-un, We are certain that you will find this letter of love surprising. We offer it to you in the final days of President Trump’s trip … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Andrew J. Bacevich: What Obsessing About You-Know-Who Causes Us To Miss

24 Key Issues That Neither the Washington Elite Nor the Media Consider Worth Their Bother Donald Trump’s election has elicited impassioned affirmations of a renewed commitment to unvarnished truth-telling from … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diane Randall: Stop U.S. from Making the War in Syria Even Worse

More bombs won’t end the crisis in Syria. After more than six years of war, with millions displaced and a death toll of nearly half a million people, it’s clear … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Empire of Chaos

With President Trump, Is the American Experiment Over? The one thing you could say about empires is that, at or near their height, they have always represented a principle of … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: A 9/11 Retrospective — Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Bombs Away! Their Precision Weaponry and Ours. On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States. On board were its precision weapons: … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

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