Tag: TomDispatch

Andrew J. Bacevich: Malarkey on the Potomac

November 2014

Five bedrock Washington assumptions that are hot air.

Nick Turse: The Outpost That Doesn’t Exist in the Country You Can’t Locate

November 2014

A base camp, an authoritarian regime, and the future of U.S. blowback in Africa.

Laura Gottesdiener: Two Detroits, Separate and Unequal

November 2014

A journey across a city divided.

Tom Engelhardt: Psychoanalyzing Empire

November 2014

America on the couch.

Peter Van Buren: What Could Possibly Go Right?

November 2014

Four months into Iraq War 3.0, the cracks are showing—on the battlefield and at the Pentagon.

Tom Engelhardt: The Pressure to Escalate

November 2014

The two horsemen of the American apocalypse.

Hina Shamsi and Matthew Harwood: Databases of Suspicion

November 2014

Uncovering a shadow form of national ID.

Rebecca Solnit: Feminism, Now with Men

November 2014

Misogyny is over (if you want it).

Ann Jones: The Missing Women of Afghanistan

November 2014

After thirteen years of war, the rule of men, not law.

Studs Terkel: You Got Into My Heart Violently, But You’re There

October 2014

Trauma, death, and forgiveness on the front lines of American life.

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

October 2014

Still on the thank-you tour-of-duty circuit, thirteen years later.

David Bromwich: The Importance of Being Exceptional

October 2014

On American exceptionalism and its discontents.

Karen J. Greenberg: Fighting the Last War

October 2014

Will the War on Terror be the template for the Ebola crisis?

Laura Gottesdiener: A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie)

October 2014

Life inside the boom.

Peter Van Buren: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

October 2014

Seven worst-case scenarios in the battle with the Islamic State.

William J. Astore: Investing in Junk Armies

October 2014

Why American efforts to create foreign armies fail.

Tom Engelhardt: ISIS in Washington

October 2014

America’s soundtrack of hysteria.

Pepe Escobar: Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington out of Eurasia?

October 2014

The future of a Beijing-Moscow-Berlin alliance.

Todd Gitlin: A Change in the Climate

October 2014

The climate movement steps up.

Tom Engelhardt: Failure Is Success

October 2014

How American intelligence works in the 21st century.

Nick Turse: Pirates of the Gulf of Guinea

September 2014

In the face of rising maritime insecurity, AFRICOM claims success and Obama embraces a strongman.

Peter van Buren: Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition

September 2014

Fighting in Iraq until hell freezes over.

Astra Taylor and Hannah Appel: Education With a Debt Sentence

September 2014

For-profit colleges have become American Dream crushers and factories of debt.

Eddie Bautista: Why We March

September 2014

Stepping forth for a planet in peril.

Steve Fraser: Playing God

September 2014

How billionaires are undermining America through the rebirth of family capitalism.

Michael Klare: Oil Rush in America

September 2014

How a global warming president presides over a drill-baby-drill America.

Anya Schiffrin: The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism

August 2014

From Asia to Africa to Latin America, muckrakers have corrupt officials and corporate cronies on the run.

Aviva Chomsky: America’s Continuing Border Crisis

August 2014

The real story behind the “invasion” of the children.

Patrick Cockburn: Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed

August 2014

The underrated Saudi connection.

William J. Astore: The American Cult of Bombing

August 2014

Why you should expect more bombs to be dropped everywhere.

Matthew Harwood: To Terrify and Occupy

August 2014

Are cops being turned into counterinsurgents?

Eduardo Galeano: Century of Disaster

August 2014

The Uruguayan writer on riddles, lies, and lives.

Sandy Tolan: Blown Chances in Gaza

August 2014

For the last eight years, Israel and the U.S. have chosen war, with devastating consequences for the families of Gaza.

Nick Turse: As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan

August 2014

The limits of America’s African experiment in nation building.

Tom Engelhardt: The Fourth Branch

August 2014

What the CIA clashes with the Senate Intelligence Committee reveal about the national security state.

Naomi Oreskes: Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

July 2014

Why fossil fuels can’t solve the problems created by fossil fuels.

Peter van Buren: Dead Is Dead

July 2014

Drone-killing the Fifth Amendment.

Jonathan Schell: The Path to a New 1914?

July 2014

How America chose war after 9/11.

Tom Engelhardt: The Age of Impunity

July 2014

What a moment it is! For the national security state and the corporate sector.

Dahr Jamail: A Nation on the Brink

July 2014

How America's policies sealed Iraq's fate.

Peter Van Buren: Shredding the Fourth Amendment in Post-Constitutional America

June 2014

Four ways that the Fourth Amendment no longer applies.

Michael Schwartz: It’s the Oil, Stupid!

June 2014

Insurgency and war on a sea of oil.

Laura Gottesdiener: Drowning in Profits

June 2014

A Private equity firm, a missing pool fence, and the price of a child’s death.

Tom Engelhardt: Who Won Iraq?

June 2014

Lost dreams, lost armies, jihadi states, and the arc of instability.

Peter Van Buren: What We’ve Lost Since 9/11

June 2014

Taking down the First Amendment in post-constitutional America.

William J. Astore: Worshipping Warfighters

June 2014

The militarized realities of fortress America.

Dilip Hiro: Clueless in Cairo

June 2014

The importance of understanding Egypt.

Eduardo Galeano: The World Turns Around a Spinning Ball

June 2014

Choreographed War and Other Aspects of the World’s Greatest Game

Peter Van Buren: Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?

June 2014

Nine critical questions on the state of the economy and the fate of the unemployed.

Rebecca Solnit: Our Words Are Our Weapons

June 2014

The feminist battle of the story in the wake of the Isla Vista massacre.

Pepe Escobar: Who’s Pivoting Where in Eurasia?

May 2014

What you need to know about Russia and China's 'Pipelineistan' gas deal.

Michael Klare: Let Them Eat Carbon

May 2014

Like big tobacco, big energy targets the developing world for future profits.

Tom Engelhard: The 95% Doctrine

May 2014

Is climate change a crime against humanity?

Nick Turse: The U.S. Military’s New Normal in Africa

May 2014

A secret African mission and an African mission that’s no secret.

Anand Gopal: How the U.S. Created the Afghan War—and Then Lost It

May 2014

The unreported story of how the Haqqani network became America's greatest enemy.

Peter Van Buren: An Apartheid of Dollars

April 2014

Life in the new American minimum-wage economy.

Todd Miller: They Are Watching You

April 2014

The national security state and the U.S.-Mexican border.

Ann Jones: Star-Spangled Baggage

April 2014

How America’s wars came home with the troops.

Nick Turse: AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

April 2014

U.S. officials talk candidly about bases, winning hearts and minds, and the “war” in Africa.

Astra Taylor: Open Systems and Glass Ceilings

April 2014

The disappearing woman and life on the internet.

Laura Gottesdiener: When Predatory Equity Hit the Big Apple

April 2014

How private equity came to New York’s rental market—and what that tells us about the future.

Peter Van Buren: How Many Watch Lists Fit on the Head of a Pin?

April 2014

How Rahinah Ibrahim's life was derailed by the tangle of national security bureaucracy and anti-terror measures that have come to define post-Constitutional America.

Tom Engelhardt: The Bermuda Triangle of National Security

April 2014

Old scripts and empty stories signal a new age."

Michael Klare: Carbon Delirium

April 2014

The last stage of fossil-fuel addiction and its hazardous impact on American foreign policy.

Jonathan Schell: The More We ‘Won,’ the More We Lost

March 2014

A 2003 interview with the late great journalist about America’s Vietnam debacle.

Nick Turse: U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa

March 2014

Documents reveal blinding pace of ops in 2013, and more of the same for 2014.

Catherine Crump and Matthew Harwood: Invasion of the Data Snatchers

March 2014

How big data and the internet of things means the surveillance of everything.

Tom Engelhardt: Advice Too Secret To Ignore

March 2014

Col. Manners answers your questions on national security.

Lewis H. Lapham: Crowd Control

March 2014

Political revolt and the accumulation of more.

David Bromwich: The Voice

March 2014

How Obama became a publicist for his presidency (rather than the president).

Mattea Kramer: The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War

March 2014

Or how the U.S. Military avoided budget cuts, lied about doing so, then asked for billions more.

Peter Van Buren: Silencing Whistleblowers Obama-Style

March 2014

Obama takes his war on whistleblowers to the Supreme Court.

Tom Engelhardt: A New World Order

March 2014

What happened to war and the imperial drive to organize the planet?

Ira Chernus: Apocalypses Everywhere

February 2014

Is there any hope in an era filled with gloom and doom?

Greg Grandin: The Bleached Bones of the Dead

February 2014

What the modern world owes slavery (it’s more than back wages).

Michael Klare: The Gravitational Pull of Planet Carbon

February 2014

Three signs of retreat in the global war on climate change.

Mark Danner: In the Darkness of Dick Cheney

February 2014

The smile of secret power.

Chase Madar: The Folly of Arming Israel

February 2014

Why America should stop arming Israel to the teeth.

Pratap Chatterjee: The World of Surveillance

February 2014

Imagine that you could wander unseen through a city, observing everything.

Tom Engelhardt: Ending the World the Human Way

February 2014

The story of all stories is barely in the news.

Ellen Cantarow: The Frontlines of Fracking

January 2014

What if fracking came to a town near you?

Laura Gottesdiener: Now You See Me

January 2014

Celebrating the new year with the Zapatista movement.

Tom Engelhardt: The Golden Age of Journalism?

January 2014

What if it's not a decline in (print) journalism, but a rebirth of new (new) journalism?

Alfred McCoy: Surveillance and Scandal

January 2014

NSA surveillance isn't just about security. It's about blackmail.

Nick Turse: The Special Ops Surge

January 2014

Elite U.S. forces are deployed in 134 countries. We know little about their missions.

Peter Van Buren: We Have to Destroy Our Constitution to Save It

January 2014

Debunking ten myths about NSA surveillance.

Michael Klare: The Death of Peak Oil?

January 2014

Shale oil has changed the timeline, but we're still going to run out of oil. Here's why.

Lewis Lapham: Laughing into Darkness

December 2013

Why humor saves, with help from Twain.

Dahr Jamail: Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice?

December 2013

Scientists consider extinction---and whether we can avoid it.

Beverly Gologorsky: In the Shadow of War

December 2013

The absence of war in contemporary American literature isn't about politics or violence; it's about class.

Pratap Chatterjee: Hollywood Without the Happy Ending

December 2013

How the intelligence community in America fails to achieve the success of its fictonal counterpart.

Todd Gitlin: How to Reverse a Slow-Motion Apocalypse

November 2013

Why the divestment movement against big energy matters.

Michael Klare: Surviving Climate Change

November 2013

Climate change may destroy us, but not before we see a green energy revolution by the people.

Jeremy Scahill: Perpetual War

October 2013

The question all Americans must ask themselves lingers painfully: How does a war like this ever end?

Tom Engelhardt: Why Washington Can’t Stop

October 2013

The coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts.

William Astore: The Business of America is War

October 2013

When it comes to war, we are all customers and consumers.

Mattea Kramer & Jo Comerford: The Shutdown in Perspective

October 2013

What the essentials and nonessentials of the government shutdown reveal about Washington's problems.

Michael T. Klare: Fossil Fuel Euphoria — Hallelujah, Oil and Gas Forever!

October 2013

What America's sudden boom in energy production and fossil fuel reserves means for the planet.

Tom Engelhardt: The Etiquette of War and Surveillance

October 2013

Colonel Manners demystifies national security etiquette for the masses.

David Vine: The Italian Job

October 2013

How the Italian peninsula became a major center of U.S. military power.

Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood: Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

September 2013

The NSA isn’t the only government agency exploiting technology to make privacy obsolete.

Mattea Kramer and Miriam Pemberton: Beating Swords Into Solar Panels

September 2013

It's time to re-purpose America's war machine.

Tom Engelhardt: Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower

September 2013

How the security state’s mania for secrecy will create you.

Rebecca Solnit: Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart

September 2013

Thoughts for the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

Peter Van Buren: What if Congress Says No?

September 2013

Why refusing to attack Syria matters.

Andrew J. Bacevich: The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

September 2013

Congress has an opportunity to debate and reconsider decades of foreign policy, but don't get your hopes up about it.

Nick Turse: The Pivot to Africa

September 2013

On the startling size, scope, and growth of U.S. military operations on the African continent.

Ariel Dorfman: A Time for Creative Suffering

August 2013

Martin Luther King’s words in a surveillance world.

Ernest Callenbach: Epistle to the Ecotopians

August 2013

The last words to an America in decline.

Barbara Garson: Abracadabra! You’re a Part-Timer

August 2013

How corporate America used the Great Recession to turn good jobs into bad ones.

Bill McKibben: Movements Without Leaders

August 2013

What to make of change on an overheating planet.

Tom Engelhardt: Teenagers in Space

August 2013

Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Rambo, Red Dawn, and how a tale of American triumphalism was returned to the child’s world.

Tom Engelhardt: The Secret History of G.I. Joe

August 2013

Barbie, Joe, Darth Vader, and warmaking in children’s culture.

Michael T. Klare: The Third Carbon Age

August 2013

Are we really heading for an era of renewable energy?

Tom Engelhart: The Crime of the Century

August 2013

I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country–yours.

Peter Van Buren: Welcome to Post-Constitution America

August 2013

What if your country begins to change and no one notices?

Laura Gottesdiener: The Great Eviction

August 2013

The landscape of Wall Street’s creative destruction is pockmarked with red Xs.

William deBuys: Field Notes From a Drying West

July 2013

There simply isn’t enough water to go around.

Tom Engelhardt: Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

July 2013

Living in a one-superpower world (or Edward Snowden vs. Robert Seldon Lady)

Ira Chernus: Political Dreaming in the 21st Century

July 2013

As the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s famed speech approaches, give in to the power of dreaming and "the fierce urgency of now."

Rebecca Solnit: Prometheus Among the Cannibals

July 2013

A letter to Edward Snowden

Tom Engelhardt: How to Be a Rogue Superpower

July 2013

No one's laughing in a global security state.

Alfred W. McCoy: Surveillance Blowback

July 2013

The making of the U.S. surveillance state, 1898-2020.

Todd Miller: Creating a Military-Industrial-Immigration Complex

July 2013

How to turn the U.S.-Mexico border into a war zone.

Matthew Harwood: Political Violence and Privilege

July 2013

Violent right-wing extremism doesn’t scare Americans.

Nick Turse: The Classic Military Runaround

July 2013

If you're reporting on the U.S. military, always expect evasion.

Tom Engelhardt: The Dictionary of the Global War on You (GWOY)

July 2013

Vocabulary for life in the surveillance state.

Rebecca Solnit: Welcome to the (Don’t Be) Evil Empire

June 2013

How Silicon Valley is running the world, and destroying San Francisco.

Chip Ward: Trek West for the Big Picture

June 2013

By now you know that you woke up this morning on an overheated planet of slums threatened by ecological collapse. So let’s get right to the point: what do we do about it?

Pepe Escobar: The Chimerica Dream

June 2013

Two nations, two dreams, one Pacific

Nick Turse: The Terror Diaspora

June 2013

The U.S. military and the unraveling of Africa.

Tom Engelhardt: The Making of a Global Security State

June 2013

The five uncontrollable urges of a secrecy-surveillance world.

Rebecca Solnit: The Far North of Experience

June 2013

In praise of darkness (and light).

Victoria Brittain: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

June 2013

How to pre-convict and pre-punish an American Muslim.

Tom Engelhardt: Just Begin

June 2013

A graduation day speech for the post-post-docs of life.

Noam Chomsky: Humanity Imperiled

June 2013

The path to disaster.

Lewis Lapham: The (Less Than) Eternal Sea

June 2013

The Poet’s Metaphor and the Styrofoaming of the Waters.

Michael T. Klare: The Cold War Redux?

May 2013

Are Washington, Moscow, and Beijing using the global arms trade to create a new Cold War?

Andrew Bacevich: Naming Our Nameless War

May 2013

How many years will it be?

Tom Engelhardt: Terracide and the Terrarists

May 2013

Destroying the planet for record profits.

Mattea Kramer & Jo Comerford: How America Became a Third World Country

May 2013

Ten years from now, looking back on the sequestration.

Rebecca Solnit: Too Soon to Tell

May 2013

The case for hope, continued.

Andy Kroll: Billionaires Unchained

May 2013

America's new pay-as-you-go democracy.

David Vine: Where Has All the Money Gone?

May 2013

Contractors have raked in $385 billion to build and maintain military bases overseas. How much of the total is fraud?

Nick Turse: Nuclear Terror in the Middle East

May 2013

Lethality beyond the pale.

Peter Van Buren: Homeland Insecurity

May 2013

Seven years, untold dollars to silence one man.

Tom Engelhardt: And Then There Was One

May 2013

Imperial gigantism and the decline of planet Earth.

Ellen Cantarow: The Downwinders

May 2013

Fracking ourselves to death in Pennsylvania.

Eduardo Galeano: The Life and Death of Words, People, and Even Nature

May 2013

From walking libraries and a god named “Word” to what Sherlock Holmes never said.

Todd Gitlin: Is the Press Too Big to Fail?

April 2013

It’s dumb journalism, stupid.

Tom Engelhardt: Filling the Empty Battlefield

April 2013

A new book from Jeremy Scahill, America's blowback reporter.

Michael Klare: Entering a Resource-Shock World

April 2013

How resource scarcity and climate change could produce a global explosion.

Erika Eichelberger: House of Horrors

April 2013

Violence on the home front.

Jeremiah Goulka: It Doesn’t Take Much

April 2013

On almost getting PTSD in Iraq.

Tom Engelhardt: The Enemy-Industrial Complex

April 2013

How to turn a world lacking in enemies into the most threatening place in the universe.

Mattea Kramer: A Tax Day Plan for Righting the Republic

April 2013

Just doing what’s popular would make us healthier, wealthier, wiser, and less indebted.

Barbara Garson: Down Is a Dangerous Direction

April 2013

How the 40-Year “Long Recession” led to the Great Recession.

Bill McKibben: Is the Keystone XL Pipeline the “Stonewall” of the Climate Movement?

April 2013

And if so, is that terrible news?

Steve Fraser: Making Disaster Pay

April 2013

From the San Francisco earthquake to superstorm Sandy, how capitalism stacks the deck on disaster.

Dilip Hiro: The Great Afghan Corruption Scam

April 2013

How Operation Enduring Freedom mutated into Operation Enduring Corruption.

Ira Chernus: Obama Walks the High Wire, Eyes Closed

April 2013

When it comes to Israel, Palestine, and Iran, it could all come crashing down.

Tom Engelhardt: American Anniversaries from Hell

March 2013

What you don’t know can hurt you.

Dahr Jamail: Living with No Future

March 2013

Iraq, ten years later.

William J. Astore: Drone Warfare is Neither Cheap, Nor Surgical, Nor Decisive

March 2013

The ever-destructive dreams of air power enthusiasts.

Ann Jones: Men Who Kick Down Doors

March 2013

Tyrants at home and abroad.

Nick Turse: Who Did You Rape in the War, Daddy?

March 2013

A question for veterans that needs answering.

William deBuys: Phoenix in the Climate Crosshairs

March 2013

We are long past coal mine canaries.

Lewis Lapham: The Conquest of Nature

March 2013

And what we’ve lost.

Jeremiah Goulka: Lockheed Martin’s Herculean Efforts to Profit From Defense Spending

March 2013

The Epic Story of the C-130.

Peter Van Buren: Mission Unaccomplished

March 2013

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

Victoria Brittain: Shadow Lives

March 2013

England's war on terror has become a war on women and children.

Tom Engelhardt: Where Is Everybody?

March 2013

Why it’s so tough to get your head around climate change.

Mattea Kramer & Chris Hellman: “Homeland Security”

March 2013

The Trillion-Dollar Concept That No One Can Define

Chase Madar: The School Security America Doesn’t Need

February 2013

After Newtown: turning schools into prisons

Nick Turse: “I Begged for Them to Stop”

February 2013

Waterboarding Americans and the Redefinition of Torture

Greg Grandin: The Latin American Exception

February 2013

How a Washington global torture gulag was turned into the only gulag-free zone on Earth.

Tom Engelhardt: Dumb and Dumber

February 2013

A secret CIA drone base, a blowback world, and why Washington has no learning curve.

Michael T. Klare: A Presidential Decision That Could Change the World

February 2013

The strategic importance of Keystone XL.

Todd Miller: Living in a Constitution-Free Zone

February 2013

Drones, surveillance towers, malls of the spy state, and the national security police on the northern border.

Tom Engelhardt: The American Lockdown State

February 2013

Post-Legal drones, the Bin Laden tax, and other wonders of our American world.

Noam Chomsky: The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful

February 2013

Washington’s dilemma on a 'lost' planet.

Rebecca Solnit: A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year

January 2013

Violence against women is rampant, systemic, and all about control.

Michael Klare: Powder Keg in the Pacific

January 2013

Will China-Japan-U.S. tensions in the Pacific ignite a conflict and sink the global economy?

Jonathan Schell: How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam?

January 2013

The atrocities committed by American forces in Vietnam defy easy explanation.

Jon Weiner: Eight Things I Miss About the Cold War

January 2013

Fifty years ago, college was cheap, unions were strong, and there was no terrorism-industrial complex.

Tom Engelhardt: The Pentagon as a Global NRA

January 2013

For Washington, there is no arms control abroad.

Karen J. Greenberg: Learning to Love Torture, Zero Dark Thirty-Style

January 2013

Seven easy, onscreen steps to making U.S. Torture and detention policies once again palatable.

Nick Turse: “So Many People Died”

January 2013

The American system of suffering, 1965-2014.

Tom Engelhardt: The U.S. Intelligence Community’s New Year’s Wish

January 2013

Megatrends, game-changers, black swans, tectonic shifts, and a world not that different from 2012.

David Vine: Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab

December 2012

How U.S. taxpayers are paying the Pentagon to occupy the planet.

Tom Engelhardt: The Barack Obama Story

December 2012

An open letter to the community organizer and Constitutional law professor who became a robot President.

Steve Fraser: The Archeology of Decline

December 2012

Debtpocalypse, austerity, and the hollowing out of America.

William J. Astore: Sucking Up to Military Brass

November 2012

Generals who run amuck, politicians who could care less, an “embedded” media...and us.

Oded Na’aman: It’s Mostly Punishment

November 2012

Testimonies by veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces from Gaza and elsewhere.

Ellen Cantarow: Frack Fight

November 2012

Activists are waging a secret war, and the stakes couldn't be higher.

Nick Turse: America’s Nation-Building

November 2012

The United States is in the midst of a tremendous building spree, but it isn't happening in America.

Tom Engelhardt: The Mandate of Hell

November 2012

How not to change the world.

Alfred W. McCoy: Beyond Bayonets and Battleships

November 2012

Technology is reshaping the face of U.S. military power, but is it for the best?

Rebecca Solnit: The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse

November 2012

Hurricane Sandy rides in.

Jeremiah Goulka: The Dogs of War Are Barking

November 2012

Would a President Mitt Romney be primed for military action in Iran?

Rebecca Solnit: Our Words Are Our Weapons

October 2012

Our political language is in desperate need of a change.

Tom Engelhardt: Democratic Mockpocalypse

October 2012

This year's presidential campaign is bigger and louder than anything we've ever seen before.

Dilip Hiro: The Alliance From Hell

October 2012

How the U.S. and Pakistan became the dysfunctional nuclear family of international relations.

Noam Chomsky: The Week the World Stood Still

October 2012

The Cuban Missile Crisis and ownership of the world.

Jeremiah Goulka: Of Republicans and Race Cards

October 2012

Why I used to believe that voter ID laws really were just common sense.

Peter Van Buren: Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell

October 2012

During the next two presidential debates, some important foreign policy questions won't be asked.

Tom Engelhardt: Overwrought Empire

October 2012

The discrediting of U.S. military power.

Michael T. Klare: The New “Golden Age of Oil” That Wasn’t

October 2012

Forecasts of oil abundance collide with planetary realities.

Mattea Kramer: Tough Talk for America

October 2012

A guide to the presidential debates you won't be hearing.

Andy Kroll: The Death of the Golden Dream of Higher Education

October 2012

Back to $chool: College is the past, prison is the future.

Rebecca Solnit: The Rain On Our Parade

September 2012

A letter to my dismal allies.

Andrew Bacevich: Boykinism

September 2012

Joe McCarthy would understand today's Islamophobia.

Jen Marlowe: Terror and Teargas on the Streets of Bahrain

September 2012

Protests in Bahrain have been largely ignored in Western media, but they shouldn't be.

Rebecca Solnit: Occupy Your Victories

September 2012

It's the first anniversary of the Occupy movement, and there is much to look forward to.

Tom Engelhardt: Monopolizing War?

September 2012

War has become a sort of American monopoly--but the American people don't seem to know, or care.

Nick Turse: Afghanistan’s Base Bonanza

September 2012

Despite years of talk about American withdrawal from Afghanistan, the number of military bases there has steadily expanded.

Tom Engelhardt: The Best Laid Plans

August 2012

How quickly will the U.S. leave Afghanistan?

Greg Muttitt: Mission Accomplished for Big Oil?

August 2012

How an American disaster paved the way for Big Oil's rise—and possible fall—in Iraq.

Peter van Buren: How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan, or America

August 2012

A guide to disaster at home and abroad.

Alfred W. McCoy: Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad

August 2012

How two administrations and both parties made illegality the American way of life.

Nick Turse: Washington Puts Its Money on Proxy War

August 2012

The election year outsourcing that no one’s talking about.

Michael T. Klare: The Hunger Wars in Our Future

August 2012

Heat, drought, rising food costs, and the chaos that could ensue.

Subhankar Banerjee: Walking the Waters

August 2012

"Extreme oil" and the destruction of our oceans

Tom Engelhardt: Mission Failure: Afghanistan

August 2012

A message written in blood that no one wants to hear.

Mattea Kramer: Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our World

July 2012

How the deficit obsession has been distracting us from our country's most pressing issues.

David Vine: The Lily-Pad Strategy

July 2012

The Pentagon's system of overseas bases is evolving, and a new model for warfare is evolving with it.

Nick Turse: Obama’s Scramble for Africa

July 2012

Secret wars, secret bases, and the Pentagon’s “new spice route” in Africa.

Rebecca Solnit: Apologies to Mexico

July 2012

As narcotraficantes terrorize Mexico with surreal acts of violence, it's time to reconsider our basic assumptions about the U.S. War on Drugs.

William D. Hartung: Beyond Nuclear Denial

July 2012

Nuclear weapons don't get the attention that they once did, but they're still very much a part of our world.

Tom Engelhardt: The Military Solution

July 2012

A process of militarization is working its way through all facets of American government, and it's not likely to stop any time soon.

Nan Levinson: Mad, Bad, Sad

June 2012

Could one key to helping our military veterans be providing assistance for moral injuries?

Lewis H. Lapham: Magic and the Machine

June 2012

The ascension of science in so many facets of our everyday lives has not sparked a revitalization of belief in the power of reason.

Michael T. Klare: Is Barack Obama Morphing Into Dick Cheney?

June 2012

President Obama's approach to energy policy is surprisingly close Dick Cheney's. What this tells us about America's new nationalism.

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett: Deep-Sixing the China Option

June 2012

Could Richard Nixon hold the keys to fixing the Obama administration's Iran problems?

Tom Engelhardt: It Couldn’t Happen Here, It Does Happen There

June 2012

The value of American—and Afghan—lives.

Nick Turse: The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global War

June 2012

Civilian soldiers, drones, and cyber attacks are just a few elements of the Obama formula for contemporary war.

Peter Van Buren: Leaking War

June 2012

Is the Obama administration's crackdown on leakers and whistleblowers indicative of a new sort of Imperial Presidency?

Andy Kroll: Getting Rolled in Wisconsin

June 2012

Despite a recent loss at the ballot box, the fight is far from over for unions in Wisconsin.

Todd Miller: Bringing the Battlefield to the Border

June 2012

Border security, it isn't just about borders anymore. How new surveillance technology has made border-enforcement a big business.

Bill McKibben: The Planet Wreckers

June 2012

Climate change denial is facing significant new challenges, but the fight is nowhere close to over.

Nick Turse: A Drone-Eat-Drone World

May 2012

Drone technology has long been touted as the future of warfare, but should we believe the hype?

Andrew J. Bacevich: Unleashed

May 2012

Globalizing the global war on terror.

Tom Engelhardt: How to Forget on Memorial Day

May 2012

Whistling past the graveyard of empires.

Chris Hellman and Mattea Kramer: War Pay

May 2012

On the nearly $1-trillion national security budget.

Ellen Cantarow: How Rural America Got Fracked

May 2012

The environmental nightmare you know nothing about.

Barbara Ehrenreich: Preying on the Poor

May 2012

The government spends a great deal of money on programs and services for the benefit of the poor. So why is it also, in tandem with corporations, robbing them blind?

William J. Astore: The National Security State Wins (Again)

May 2012

There will be a winner in the 2012 election, but it won't be Obama or Romney.

Tom Engelhardt: America as a Shining Drone Upon a Hill

May 2012

On staring death in the face and not noticing.

Michael T. Klare: The Energy Wars Heat Up

May 2012

Six recent clashes and conflicts on a planet heading into energy overdrive.

Noam Chomsky: Plutonomy and the Precariat

May 2012

On the history of the U.S. economy in decline.

Ernest Callenbach: Epistle to the Ecotopians

May 2012

Wise words from a document found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.

Bill McKibben: Too Hot Not to Notice?

May 2012

A planet connected by wild weather.

Rebecca Solnit: Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games

May 2012

Sending debt oeonage, poverty, and freaky weather into the arena.

Tom Engelhardt: The Obama Contradiction

April 2012

Obama: Weakling at home, imperial president abroad.

Karen J. Greenberg: The Unstoppable Legacy of the War on Terror

March 2012

Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, on how the most important thing in Washington now is “messaging”, and how this affects Washington’s unnerving national security.

Michael T. Klare: A Tough-Oil World

March 2012

Why 21st century oil will break the bank—and the planet.

Anand Gopal: Obama’s Secret Prisons

January 2010 Night raids, hidden detention centers, the “Black Jail,” and the dogs of war in Afghanistan.

Rebecca Solnit: Covering Haiti: When the Media Is the Disaster

January 2010

The media in disaster bifurcates. Some step out of their usual “objective” roles to respond with kindness and practical aid. Others bring out the arsenal of clichés and pernicious myths and begin to assault the survivors all over again.

Ira Chernus: Martin Luther King’s Legacy and Israel’s Future: Stepping Beyond Fear

January 2010 Pushing past the self-serving misinterpretations of King’s words.

Dilip Hiro: Regime Change in Tehran? Don’t Bet on It…Yet

January 2010 What today’s Iranian opposition movement can learn from the 1979 Revolution.

Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse: An American World of War: What to Watch for in 2010

January 2010 For Americans, 2010 could be the year of the assassin.

Tom Engelhardt: In Nightmares Begin Responsibilities: Why War Will Take No Holiday in 2010

December 2009 As for peacemaking or de-escalation next year, fuggedaboutit…2010: pure loss.