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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

Video: Viet Thanh Nguyen

. As part of the Lannan Foundation Readings and Conversation series, Viet Thanh Nguyen is introduced by Maxine Hong Kingston, then reads from his work. Recorded March, 2017. . Viet … Continue reading

November 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: What It Means When You Kill People On the Other Side of the Planet and No One Notices

Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?  Let me tell you a story about a moment in my life I’m not likely to forget even if, with the passage of years, … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Tet, 1968-2015, A Valentine

Clouds heaped three tiers high on the horizon. Lightning whitens the chambers tier by tier all the way up. And again. Thunder like arc light bombing and more flashes. They’re … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daniel N. White: America’s Refusal to Face the Hard Moral Choices of War

James Fallows, a noted journalist and author of National Defense (1981), is tits on a boar useless these days. That’s my conclusion after reading his Atlantic Monthly cover story, The … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Andy Piascik: Why Is Henry Kissinger Walking Around Free?

On September 11, 2013, hundreds of thousands of Chileans solemnly marked the 40th anniversary of their nation’s 9/11 terrorist event. It was on that date in 1973 that the Chilean … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vietnam: Some Real History

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
The My Lai Massacre Andy Piascik John Mihalec’s recent column in the Connecticut Post (50 Years Ago: The Start to Vietnam War, February 7)…

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: After the War

. After the war, some of us had to have answers. Who were these people we’d had a war with? Where did they come from? Where did they learn to … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Memphis, 1970

Came home from that war trailing death like ground fog. Wandered summers, did trim carpentry in Texas, bartending, landed in Memphis working for a marble mill where with old Thomas … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: For my Nam buddies

this isn’t a poem about manly battlefields and the many dead it’s a modern sonnet about traffic jams and medical exams and my eyes dilated and my novel a block … Continue reading

December 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
President George H.W. Bush, fist clenched, ready to smack down the Vietnam Syndrome W.J. Astore The Vietnam Syndrome refers to an alleged reluctance on…

November 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: In Transit

on the train between Prague and Vienna I wanted to compose a poem something in a holy moment less than the Elevation at the Mass of course but still filled … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rory Fanning: Thank You for Your Valor, Thank You for Your Service, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You…

Still on the Thank-You Tour-of-Duty Circuit, 13 Years Later. Last week, in a quiet indie bookstore on the north side of Chicago, I saw the latest issue of Rolling Stone … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: The Anger of Men

Does the fact of testosterone need a cultural ritual? We think of sports as a healthy way of de-sublimating testosterone but we don’t have a spiritual or philosophical approach to … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

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