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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Secret War in 135 Countries It was an impressive effort: a front-page New York Times story about a “new way of war” with the bylines of six reporters, and two more and a team of researchers cited at the end of the piece. “They have plotted deadly missions from secret bases in the badlands of Somalia. In Afghanistan, they have engaged in combat so intimate that they have emerged soaked in blood that was not their own…”
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Tomgram: Krushnic and King, The Corporate Nuclear Complex Imagine for a moment a genuine absurdity: somewhere in the United States, the highly profitable operations of a set of corporations were based on the possibility that sooner or later your neighborhood would be destroyed and you and all your neighbors annihilated. And not just you and your neighbors, but others and their neighbors across the planet.
Monday, September 21, 2015 (2 comments)
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Flying the Unfriendly Skies of America It was August 2002. My partner Jan Adams and I were just beginning our annual pilgrimage to Massachusetts to visit my father and stepmother. At the check-in line at San Francisco International Airport, we handed over our driver’s licenses and waited for the airline ticket agent to find our flight and reservation. Suddenly, she got a funny look on her face. “There’s something wrong with the computer,” she said.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Tomgram: John Feffer, The Star Trek Fallacy The “prime directive,” designed to govern the conduct of Kirk and his crew on their episodic journey, required non-interference in the workings of alien civilizations. The Vietnam War, which raged through the years of its initial run, was then demonstrating to more and more Americans the folly of trying to re-engineer a society distant both geographically and culturally.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Alfred McCoy, Maintaining American Supremacy in the Twenty-First Century From TomDispatch this morning: A sweeping, provocative, and original look at whether the U.S. can maintain itself as the planet’s “sole superpower” in this century.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Tomgram: David Vine, Our Base Nation Early in this century, former CIA consultant and scholar Chalmers Johnson broke the silence around America’s “empire of bases.” And yet, in an era in which such bases, still being built, have played a crucial role in our various wars, conflicts, bombing and drone assassination campaigns, and other interventions in the Greater Middle East and elsewhere, they remain a barely acknowledged aspect of American life.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 (1 comments)
Tomgram: Nick Turse, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure Since 9/11, in fact, the continent has increasingly been viewed by the Pentagon as a place of problems to be remedied by military means. And year after year, as terror groups have multiplied, proxies have foundered, and allies have disappointed, the U.S. has doubled down again and again, with America’s most elite troops — U.S. Special Operations forces — leading the way.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 (2 comments)
Exceptional Pain Dispensed by the Indispensable Nation Fourteen years of wars, interventions, assassinations, torture, kidnappings, black sites, the growth of the American national security state to monumental proportions, and the spread of Islamic extremism across much of the Greater Middle East and Africa. Fourteen years of astronomical expense, bombing campaigns galore, and a military-first foreign policy of repeated defeats, disappointments, and disasters.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Tomgram: Laura Gottesdiener, The King Is Dead! Laura Gottesdiener, who has been traveling fossil-fuel ravaged America from the fracking fields of the West to the coal industry’s mountain-top removal in West Virginia, offers a powerful look at what’s left behind when Big Energy is done.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Tomgram: David Bromwich, The Neoconservative Empire Returns Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu, and a bevy of congressional Republicans as well as Republican presidential candidates, go after President Obama and play what he calls “the long game on Iran.” They are, that is, not just looking toward shooting down the agreement now, but making sure that the next president will feel tremendous pressure to do so and to take on Iran militarily in 2017.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, Rogue States and Nuclear Dangers Noam Chomsky’s major essay on the Iranian nuclear deal and the drumbeat of opposition to it. He makes sense of and offers a striking sense of perspective on the various over-the-top charges offered by those out to sink the deal, including that Iran is the “gravest threat” to world peace, the “greatest supporter” of terrorism on the planet, and “fueling instability” across the Greater Middle East.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 (1 comments)
Tomgram: William Astore, Time to Hold Military Boots to the Fire Air Force Academy instructor William Astore. He considers just what America’s future commanders are being taught in the country’s three elite military academies and wonders what a crew that has taken no responsibility for years of disaster in conflict after conflict has to offer anyone and why they are generally held in such high regard in this country.
Monday, August 17, 2015 (1 comments)
Tomgram: William deBuys, Entering the Mega-Drought Era in AmericaTomDispatch regular William deBuys offers an eye-opening look at bone-dry, blazing California and ways in which that state is leading us all into a grim future. Today’s droughts, bad as they are, will be put in the shade by the predicted mega-droughts of tomorrow, and the problem of water in the American West is only going to deepen — or do I mean grow shallower?
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Tomgram: Michael Klare, Big Oil in Retreat In his latest fascinating dispatch, Klare takes us through the ins and outs of an oil industry that suddenly looks to be on the ropes. “Most of us are used to following the ups and downs of the Dow Jones Industrial Average as a shorthand gauge for the state of the world economy. However, following the ups and downs of the price of Brent crude may, in the end, tell us far more about world affairs on our endangered planet.”
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 (2 comments)
Tomgram: Engelhardt, What It Means When You Kill People On the Other Side of the Planet and No One Notices This is the story of how the antiwar movement of one era brought what I call “the spectacle of slaughter” into American neighborhoods and backyards, and how, in the twenty-first century, the deaths of hundreds of thousands, the killing of children, the knocking off of wedding parties has barely caused a ripple in American consciousness. Think of this as memoir with a purpose.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Tomgram: Susan Southard, Under the Mushroom Cloud — Nagasaki after Nuclear WarSouthard follows five teenagers, who survived the second use of a nuclear weapon, from the moment a B-29 appeared over the city to the first devastating moments after the blast. It’s an unforgettable account of one city’s destruction and a reminder of the dangers our world, filled with nuclear weapons so much more powerful than the one that obliterated Nagasaki, still faces.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 (5 comments)
Tomgram: Christian Appy, America’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 Years Later Historian Appy tells a remarkable and vivid tale of how the leaders of the only country to use atomic weapons against human beings crafted a narrative of, in essence, atomic “mercy” killings of a life-saving nature and how that narrative remained engraved in our collective consciousness (as in the wildly successfully bestseller and movie Unbroken) from August 1945 to the present moment.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Karen J. Greenberg, The Mass Killer and the National Security StateTomDispatch regular Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law, explains just what it means to the future funding of the national security state amid a panic over ISIS “lone wolves” and mass shootings — and why it’s likely to result in more taxpayer money going into ever more intrusive efforts to monitor Americans instead of into caring for those in our society who are young and disturbed.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Subhankar Banerjee, Fire at World’s End Subhankar Banerjee lives on the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington and has recently found himself on the front lines of the present wildfire season in a drought-gripped West. In his latest piece, he takes us into perhaps the single place least likely to be ablaze in America and oh yes, if you haven’t already guessed, it’s on fire.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Washington and Tehran Come in From the ColdPeter Van Buren says to stop fretting about the details. What’s in the actual accord matters little; what does matter is that a kind of Cold War in the Middle East has just potentially ended, the balance of power in the region may have shifted, and the world could be a very different place — and none of that is in the nuclear document itself.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Eduardo Galeano, The Previous Sole Superpower The 13 passages take you, in Galeano-esque fashion, from the Opium Wars to Darwin’s finches. It’s great stuff from a man to whom history regularly whispered its secrets and it’s excerpted from his late-in-life masterpiece, his history of humanity in 366 episodes, Mirrors.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 (4 comments)
Tomgram: Pepe Escobar, The Pivot to Eurasia n the rest of this remarkable piece, Escobar explores the latest news when it comes to China’s and Russia’s attempts to stitch together a new set of forces on the Eurasia continent, a plan in which Iran will be a key crossroads and node. He offers an eye-opening new way of looking at where our planet is headed and why Washington won’t be the country leading it there. Make sure to give this piece your full attention!
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Message in a Bottle from My Mother [This article] explores the last instance of American war mobilization and implicitly why the U.S. has failed to win another significant war without it — and does so in the context of my memories, my life, and my mother (copiously illustrated with photos and memorabilia of mine from her life). I hope you find this one both heartfelt and out of the ordinary. Tom
Thursday, July 16, 2015 (1 comments)
Tomgram: Max Blumenthal, The Next Gaza War A gripping anatomy of the nightmarish ongoing conflict in Gaza, and why Israelis are so bent on a fourth round of hostilities in Gaza.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 (1 comments)
Tomgram: Tim Weiner, The Nixon Legacy It turns out we never got rid of Richard Nixon. Weiner’s book should convince anyone that he created the blueprint for the present national security state. What was, for instance, one president’s mania for bugging and recording his world in the twentieth century has become, in the twenty-first century, the NSA’s mania for bugging and recording the whole planet.
Monday, July 13, 2015 (1 comments)
Tomgram: Pratap Chatterjee, No Lone Rangers in Drone Warfare In reality, there’s nothing ‘lone’ about drone warfare. Think of the structure for carrying out Washington’s drone killing program as a multidimensional pyramid populated with hundreds of personnel and so complex that just about no one involved really grasps the full picture.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Tomgram: Ellen Cantarow, Paradise Lost — or Found? In the Finger Lakes, an area of New York State you may never have heard of, Cantarow offers a glimpse of the small-scale, local ways in which Americans are standing up to Big Energy corporations. She describes how they are doing their inventive best to seize the day and ensure that our children and grandchildren remain on a planet capable of supporting them. This is inspiring stuff. Don’t miss it! Tom
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 (2 comments)
Tomgram: Greg Grandin, How Endless War Helps Old Dixie Stay New In this remarkable anatomy of how the Confederate flag went to war — after the Civil War — Grandin explores its uses from the late 19th century through World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and into the wars of our present century.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Tomgram: Engelhardt, What Happened to War? In my latest post, I start with the strange inability of Washington to translate America’s staggering military power into effective and successful policy. Consider this an American decline piece with a twist. The question I ask is: What if the U.S. is indeed declining, but unlike in the past 500 years of the rise and fall of empires, no rivals are rising to challenge it?
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Michael Klare, The Coming of Cold War 2.0 In a world that, from Washington’s point of view, is only getting darker, Nixon-era enemies are also returning to the fray, and so Washington’s new, twenty-first century “enemies list” is the focus of TomDispatch regular Michael Klare’s latest offering. As the 2016 election campaign ramps up, get ready to hear far more about the grave, even existential threats posed by two oldies but goodies: Russia and China.
Monday, June 29, 2015
William Astore, “Hi, I’m Uncle Sam and I’m a War-oholic” Endless war-making, whether on countries, terror groups, or social problems, has become an American trait. We seem to regularly launch wars of every sort and then never quite make our way out of them. Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and TomDispatch regular William Astore suggests that, were the U.S. an individual, we would immediately recognize what such behavior was — addiction — and act accordingly.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 (1 comments)
Peter Van Buren, What If There Is No Plan B for Iraq? In recent White House “debates” over a disastrously deteriorating situation in Iraq, President Obama’s top military officials were dragging their feet on the question of what more the U.S. should do. Clearly, they weren’t ready to swallow the idea of more U.S. casualties in a spreading conflict leading nowhere fast.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Jeb! The Money! Dynasty! Based on her book, All the Presidents’ Bankers, former Wall Street exec Nomi Prins is now producing a series of pieces for TomDispatch on presidential dynasties-in-the-making and their financial underpinnings.
Monday, June 22, 2015 (2 comments)
Armed Violence in the Homeland In the rest of the piece, I offer a kind of tabulation of the overwhelming annual carnage-by-weapon in America that, most of the time, is remarkably little attended to and that no national security state promotes as “the greatest threat” of our time. It’s a piece meant to put violence in our American world in some kind of perspective. I hope you’ll find it provocative!
Thursday, June 18, 2015 (1 comments)
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The Theology of American National Security Today, a brilliant piece by TomDispatch regular Andrew Bacevich on the repetitive madness that is Washington’s Iraq policy. A full-scale look at the consensus thinking (or national security “theology”) that rules the nation’s capital and how it has led us repeatedly down the rabbit hole in Iraq (and elsewhere). What the Obama Administration have blinded themselves to and where this leads in an Alice-in-Wonderland world
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Tomgram: Naomi Oreskes, Why Climate Deniers Are Their Own Worst Nightmares From prominent historian of science Naomi Oreskes (profiled in the New York Times science section this morning) and co-author of the already-classic book Merchants of Doubt, a truly important piece: a devastating dissection of climate denial, the deniers, and their attack on climate scientists.
Monday, June 15, 2015 (1 comments)
Tomgram: David Vine, “The Truth About Diego Garcia, And 50 Years of Fictions About a U.S. Military Base” While the grim saga of Diego Garcia frequently reads like fiction, it has proven all too real for the people involved. It’s the story of a U.S. military base built on a series of real-life fictions told by U.S. and British officials over more than half a century.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Tomgram: Jen Marlowe, “They Demolish and We Rebuild” Nasser Nawaj’ah held Laith’s hand as, beside me, they walked down the dirt and pebble path of Old Susya. Nasser is 33 years old, his son six. Nasser’s jaw was set and every few moments he glanced over his shoulder to see if anyone was approaching. Until Laith piped up with his question, the only sounds were our footsteps and the wind, against which Nasser was wearing a wool hat and a pleated brown jacket.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 (1 comments)
Tomgram: Gottesdiener and Garcia, How to Dismantle This CountrySomething is rotten in the state of Michigan. One city neglected to inform its residents that its water supply was laced with cancerous chemicals. Another dissolved its public school district and replaced it with a charter school system, only to witness the for-profit management company it hired flee the scene after determining it couldn’t turn a profit.
Monday, June 8, 2015 (4 comments)
Tomgram: Alfred McCoy. Washington’s Great Game and Why It’s Failing For even the greatest of empires, geography is often destiny. You wouldn’t know it in Washington, though. America’s political, national security, and foreign policy elites continue to ignore the basics of geopolitics that have shaped the fate of world empires for the past 500 years.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Tomgram: Nick Turse, My Very Own Veteran’s Day PIBOR, South Sudan — “I’ve never been a soldier,” I say to the wide-eyed, lanky-limbed veteran sitting across from me. “Tell me about military life. What’s it like?” He looks up as if the answer can be found in the blazing blue sky above, shoots me a sheepish grin, and then fixes his gaze on his feet. I let the silence wash over us and wait. He looks embarrassed. Perhaps it’s for me.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Going for Broke in Ponzi Scheme America It couldn’t be a sunnier, more beautiful day to exit your lives — or enter them — depending on how you care to look at it. After all, here you are four years later in your graduation togs with your parents looking on, waiting to celebrate. The question is: Celebrate what exactly?
Monday, June 1, 2015
Barbara Myers: The Unknown Whistleblower The witness reported men being hung by the feet or the thumbs, waterboarded, given electric shocks to the genitals, and suffering from extended solitary confinement in what he said were indescribably inhumane conditions. It’s the sort of description that might have come right out of the executive summary of the Senate torture report released last December.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 (2 comments)
Michael Klare: Superpower in Distress Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, ignoring Washington’s dictates, or actively combating them.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
John Feffer: Why the World is Becoming Un-Sweden Imagine an alternative universe in which the two major Cold War superpowers evolved into the United Soviet Socialist States. The conjoined entity, linked perhaps by a new Bering Straits land bridge, combines the optimal features of capitalism and collectivism. From Siberia to Sioux City, we’d all be living in one giant Sweden.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Dahr Jamail: The Navy’s Great Alaskan “War” I lived in Anchorage for 10 years and spent much of that time climbing in and on the spine of the state, the Alaska Range. Three times I stood atop the mountain the Athabaskans call Denali, “the great one.” During that decade, I mountaineered for more than half a year on that magnificent state’s highest peaks.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Engelhardt: Tomorrow’s News Today It’s commonplace to speak of “the fog of war,” of what can’t be known in the midst of battle, of the inability of both generals and foot soldiers to foresee developments once fighting is underway. And yet that fog is nothing compared to the murky nature of the future itself, which, you might say, is the fog of human life.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Nick Turse: One Boy, One Rifle, and One Morning in Malakal President Obama couldn’t have been more eloquent. Addressing the Clinton Global Initiative, for instance, he said: “When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed — that’s slavery.”
Thursday, May 14, 2015
William Astore: America’s Mutant Military It’s 1990. I’m a young captain in the U.S. Air Force. I’ve just witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, something I never thought I’d see, short of a third world war. Right now I’m witnessing the slow death of the Soviet Union, without the accompanying nuclear Armageddon so many feared. Still, I’m slightly nervous as my military gears up for an unexpected new campaign, Operation Desert Shield/Storm…
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Ann Jones: Citizen’s Revolt in Afghanistan I went to Kabul, Afghanistan, in March to see old friends. By chance, I arrived the day after a woman had been beaten to death and burned by a mob of young men. The world would soon come to know her name: Farkhunda
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Nomi Prins: Hillary, Bill, and the Big Six Banks The past, especially the political past, doesn’t just provide clues to the present. In the realm of the presidency and Wall Street, it provides an ongoing pathway for political-financial relationships and policies that remain a threat to the American economy going forward.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 (1 comments)
Michael Gould-Wartofsky, The New Age of Counterinsurgency Policing Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) prepared for battle. With state-of-the-art surveillance of local teenagers’ Twitter feeds, law enforcement had learned that a group of high school students was planning to march on the Mondawmin Mall.
Monday, May 4, 2015
Engelhardt: Counting Bodies, Then and Now In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same: We don’t count and they don’t count.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Sandy Tolan: The One-State Conundrum The SUV slows as it approaches a military kiosk at a break in a dull gray wall. Inside, Ramzi Aburedwan, a Palestinian musician, prepares his documents for the Israeli soldier standing guard. On the other side of this West Bank military checkpoint lies the young man’s destination, the ancient Palestinian town of Sebastia.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Andrew Cockburn: How Assassination Sold Drugs and Promoted Terrorism As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary — a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen — the U.S. sticks stolidly to its strategy of “high-value targeting,” our preferred euphemism for assassination. Secretary of State John Kerry has proudly cited the elimination of “fifty percent” of the Islamic State’s “top commanders” as a recent indication of progress.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Christian Appy: From the Fall of Saigon to Our Fallen Empire If our wars in the Greater Middle East ever end, it’s a pretty safe bet that they will end badly — and it won’t be the first time. The “fall of Saigon” in 1975 was the quintessential bitter end to a war. Oddly enough, however, we’ve since found ways to reimagine that denouement which miraculously transformed a failed and brutal war of American aggression into a tragic humanitarian rescue mission.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Engelhardt: The Future Foreseen (and Not) Dear Grandson, Consider my address book — and yes, the simple fact that I have one already tells you a good deal about me. All the names, street addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers that matter to me are still on paper, not in a computer or on an iPhone, and it’s not complicated to know what that means: I’m an old guy getting older.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Nick Turse: AFRICOM Behaving Badly Six people lay lifeless in the filthy brown water. It was 5:09 a.m. when their Toyota Land Cruiser plunged off a bridge in the West African country of Mali. For about two seconds, the SUV sailed through the air, pirouetting 180 degrees as it plunged 70 feet, crashing into the Niger River.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Laura Gottesdiener: Another Round of Detroit Refugees? Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door Company. Its purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given time.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Michael Klare: Is the Age of Renewable Energy Already Upon Us? Don’t hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels — oil, natural gas, and coal — will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere.
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