Daniel Moss: Historic Expansion of Human Rights: The UN Declares the Right to Clean Drinking Water and SanitationAugust 3, 2010 After more than a decade of grassroots organizing and lobbying, the global water justice movement achieved a significant victory when the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to affirm “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”
Ann Jones: Here Be Dragons: MRAPs, Sprained Ankles, Air Conditioning, Farting Contests, and Other Snapshots from the American War in AfghanistanAugust 2, 2010 Should war be gussied up like home? In this post, Jones suggests that if war were undisguisedly as nasty and brutish as it truly is, it might also be short.
Andrew J. Bacevich: The End of (Military) History?: The United States, Israel, and the Failure of the Western Way of WarJuly 30, 2010 What are the implications of arriving at the end of Western military history? In this post, Bacevich asserts that the prospect of Big Wars solving Big Problems is probably gone for good.
David Bollier: Wikileaks, the War, and Accountability: Leaked Documents from the Afghanistan War Confirm Some Hard, Dismal TruthsJuly 29, 2010 “We can now see more clearly that it is not just government that practices deception and censorship to advance its political interests; the commercial press is complicit in its own way, for its own reasons.”
Robert Reich: Why We Can’t Rely on Foreign Consumers to Rescue American Jobs, and Why the “Jobs for America Summit” is a Bad Joke.July 21, 2010 We can’t expect foreign consumers to fill the shortfall in demand left by American consumers who can no longer maintain their pre-recession standard of living. The only answer is to lift the standard of living of Americans. But how?
Tom Engelhardt: Why Are We in Afghanistan?: As Petraeus Takes Over, Could Success Be Worse Than Failure?July 12, 2010 Failure breeds critics, you might say, the way dead bodies breed flies. Or put another way, it’s easy enough to criticize a failing American project, but what about a successful one?
William J. Astore: Hope and Change Fade, but War Endures: Seven Reasons Why We Can’t Stop Making WarJuly 9, 2010 Why do our elites so readily and regularly give war, not peace, a chance? What exactly are the wellsprings of Washington’s (and America’s) behavior when it comes to war and preparations for more of the same?
“Call me the Great Rejector. But don't take the rejection personally.”
Stephen Kinzer: BP in the Gulf—The Persian Gulf: How an Oil Company Helped Destroy Democracy in IranJuly 1, 2010 Many Americans are outraged by the corporate recklessness that allowed the Deepwater Horizon spill to happen. Those who know Iranian history have been less surprised.
“There was still a residual paranoia and I could not tell what was real and what was delusional [Death] is there. It’s fundamentally always there, not as a fixation or believed-in solution but a drift, a tendency.”
Robert Dreyfuss: The Land Where Theories of Warfare Go to Die: Obama, Petraeus, and the Cult of COIN in AfghanistanJune 27, 2010 Having ousted one rebellious general, the president now has little choice but to confront—or cave in to—the entire COIN cult, including its guru.
Tom Engelhardt: America Detached from War: Bush’s Pilotless Dream, Smoking Drones, and Other Strange Tales from the CryptJune 25, 2010 With the increasing use of the robotic drone—the Lady Gaga of weapons—America may be instigating the next era of lawless and valorless warfare.
Michael T. Klare: BP-Style Extreme Energy Nightmares to Come: Four Scenarios for the Next Energy Mega-DisasterJune 24, 2010 As long as we continue our reckless pursuit of “extreme energy,” political and environmental instability will inevitably cause a domino effect of unprecedented calamities.
The New Yorker is lauded for keeping the literary flame alive, but is that flame sucking all of the oxygen out of the room?