Tag: Iraq war

Tom Engelhardt: What if it Weren’t Us?

December 2014

Russians invade Afghanistan (again!), Chinese fight Iraq War (again!).

From Baghdad to the Bakken

October 2014

American Empires: Home from the oil wars abroad, US service members and military contractors are flocking to North Dakota’s emerging boomtowns.

Grays in the Emerald City

August 2014

As Iraq faces a new crisis, the novel Baghdad Central explores the freighted “moment of ambiguity” a decade earlier.

Helen Benedict: The Moral Confusion of Post-War America

May 2014

At a Manhattan bookstore, Iraqi author Hassan Blasim’s reading touches off a discussion of more than just literature.

A Nightmare of Violence and Terror

May 2014

The PEN Prize-winning writer on his four-year journey as an undocumented immigrant, the “prison” of literary Arabic, and imagining a new Iraq.

Aditi Sriram: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

March 2014

Remembering Al-Mutanabbi Street on its 7th anniversary.

Sarah Browning: Poetry as Provocation

May 2013

Camille Gage interviews the poet, activist, and director of Split This Rock.

Dahr Jamail: Living with No Future

March 2013

Iraq, ten years later.

Peter Van Buren: Mission Unaccomplished

March 2013

Why the invasion of Iraq was the single worst foreign policy decision in American history.

Secrecy and Sexual Assault in the Military

November 2012

After spurring an investigation of internal violence in the armed forces, the journalist explores the same themes through fiction.

Brandon Lingle: Queen’s Creek

August 2012

Back from Iraq, a veteran meditates on the past, present, and future of American warfare, and the small creek in Virginia where they all flow together.

Drinking Baghdad

July 2012

In Nasiriyah, I watched a man’s wound / flitter off his skin, knowing he’d died / two days prior

Angela, From Wisconsin

June 2012

This is what a veteran looks like / now, I keep telling myself

Full Metal Racket

May 2011 The Rolling Stone reporter on his blockbuster articles, how the generals pushed Obama into a war he didn’t want to fight, and the Pentagon’s effort to tear down the wall between PR and propaganda.

America’s Century of Regime Change

March 2007 Iraq was not the first time, just the first time we all watched it happen

No “Waiting for the World to Change”

March 2007

Protest now—in a few years, you'll be too much of a prick to care. In a few years, you'll have your lawn and your job and whatever's on TV tonight—everything wil seem much more important. Protest now while you still have a shred of values—the real thing to protect.

Meakin Armstrong: America’s War Fever

February 2007

“I don’t fuck much with the past, but I fuck plenty with the future”—Patti Smith

Meakin Armstrong: “Marching” Against the War in DC and NYC

January 2007

Then you march, which means that you promenade toward the capitol, then around its back, ending up where you’d started in the first place.

Meakin Armstrong: The War and the Word Games

January 2007

Much of that Presidential power comes from proper use of words: “We have nothing to fear but ____ (finish the sentence).” “The buck stops ____” “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this ___.”