Just Out of FrameAugust 2015
The journalist on the “strange, extractive” process of interviewing; second-, third-, and fourth-act stories; and coming to reporting as “a real, whole person.”
Agri Ismaïl: Heartwound and the Bouncy CastleMay 2015
In Kurdistan, refugees at a carnival.
Nissa Rhee: Back to WarApril 2015
Vietnam and Iraq war veterans find closure only by returning to their war zones.
Peter Van Buren: The Iranian AscendancyApril 2015
Twelve years later, we know the winner in Iraq: Iran.
Inside / OutsideMarch 2015
Boundaries of Gender: The artist discusses refugee trauma, female oppression, and her new show, How Iraqi Are You?
Olivier Morel and Maël: The Ongoing WarJanuary 2015
Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day. In the graphic novel Walking Wounded, Olivier Morel and Maël set out to tell their stories.
Peter Van Buren: The Military-Industrial Complex in IraqJanuary 2015
America is open for business in Iraq.
Tom Engelhardt: The War Party AscendantDecember 2014
Thirteen years after 9/11, the War Party is on the rise.
Tom Engelhardt: What if it Weren’t Us?December 2014
Russians invade Afghanistan (again!), Chinese fight Iraq War (again!).
Andrew J. Bacevich: Malarkey on the PotomacNovember 2014
Five bedrock Washington assumptions that are hot air.
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.
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.
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 ArmiesOctober 2014
Why American efforts to create foreign armies fail.
Peter van Buren: Apocalypse Now, Iraq EditionSeptember 2014
Fighting in Iraq until hell freezes over.
Tom Engelhardt: Power DrainSeptember 2014
The mystery of the 21st century in a helter-skelter world.
Tom Engelhardt: How America Made ISISSeptember 2014
Their videos and ours, their “caliphate” and ours.
Patrick Cockburn: Why Washington’s War on Terror FailedAugust 2014
The underrated Saudi connection.
Lawrence Wilkerson: Call TehranAugust 2014
Colin Powell's former adviser says the solution to the crisis in Iraq is to craft a new balance of power
I Said InfantryAugust 2014
An Army sergeant reflects on his service in Iraq and how his family’s history with PTSD led him to sign up in the first place.
Dunya Mikhail: Flashed Through ExileJuly 2014
The poet talks with Jeannie Vanasco about leaving Iraq, working around censorship, and the work she’s most excited about now.
Dahr Jamail: A Nation on the BrinkJuly 2014
How America's policies sealed Iraq's fate.
Michael Schwartz: It’s the Oil, Stupid!June 2014
Insurgency and war on a sea of oil.
Tom Engelhardt: Who Won Iraq?June 2014
Lost dreams, lost armies, jihadi states, and the arc of instability.
Jeff Gerth: All the Things Hillary Clinton’s Book Doesn’t Say About IraqJune 2014
In Hard Choices the former secretary of state ignores or glosses over key aspects of her record on Iraq.
Karen J. Greenberg: The Road From Abu GhraibApril 2014
A torture story without a hero or an ending.
Aditi Sriram: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts HereMarch 2014
Remembering Al-Mutanabbi Street on its 7th anniversary.
Mark Danner: In the Darkness of Dick CheneyFebruary 2014
The smile of secret power.
Jennifer Percy: We Kill Ourselves Because We Are HauntedJanuary 2014
'I wanted to talk to veterans and the families of veterans for the same reason that many were telling me I could not talk to them.' An excerpt from Demon Camp.
Aditi Sriram: Heather Rounds is Over ‘There’December 2013
Part essay, part interview, part author, part reader, part 'she,' part The Man of Small Vital Facts.
Ann Jones: War WoundsNovember 2013
Wounded veterans face a long road to recovery.
Ann Jones: The Losers From Our Lost WarsNovember 2013
How the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan first silenced our soldiers and then defeated them.
Bob Dreyfuss: A Field Guide to Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle EastNovember 2013
Don’t think for a second that Washington’s ineffectiveness stops with the ongoing Syrian fiasco.
Tom Engelhardt: Why Washington Can’t StopOctober 2013
The coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts.
Peter Van Buren: What if Congress Says No?September 2013
Why refusing to attack Syria matters.
Robert Reich: Obama’s Political Capital and the Slippery Slope of SyriaSeptember 2013
If Congress approves a strike on Syria, it could come at great political cost.
Chase Madar: How Dystopian Secrecy Contributes to Clueless WarsJune 2013
The future of U.S. security depends on freeing Bradley Manning, not punishing him.
Andrew Bacevich: Naming Our Nameless WarMay 2013
How many years will it be?
Tom Engelhardt: Filling the Empty BattlefieldApril 2013
A new book from Jeremy Scahill, America's blowback reporter.
Jeremiah Goulka: It Doesn’t Take MuchApril 2013
On almost getting PTSD in Iraq.
Tom Engelhardt: American Anniversaries from HellMarch 2013
What you don’t know can hurt you.
Dahr Jamail: Living with No FutureMarch 2013
Iraq, ten years later.
Peter Van Buren: Mission UnaccomplishedMarch 2013
Why the invasion of Iraq was the single worst foreign policy decision in American history.
Noam Chomsky: The Paranoia of the Superrich and SuperpowerfulFebruary 2013
Washington’s dilemma on a 'lost' planet.
Nora Connor: Learning to FlyDecember 2012
Two women bridge the military-civilian gap to talk about machine guns and womanliness, dealing with trauma, and breaking old rules.
Nick Turse: America’s Nation-BuildingNovember 2012
The United States is in the midst of a tremendous building spree, but it isn't happening in America.
Angela Boskovitch and Laura Silvia Battaglia: Operation Iraqi CinemaNovember 2012
The Baghdad International Film Festival is part of a larger effort to bring the arts back to Iraq’s once-flourishing capital.
Peter Van Buren: Don’t Ask and Don’t TellOctober 2012
During the next two presidential debates, some important foreign policy questions won't be asked.
Nick Turse: Afghanistan’s Base BonanzaSeptember 2012
Despite years of talk about American withdrawal from Afghanistan, the number of military bases there has steadily expanded.
Brandon Lingle: Queen’s CreekAugust 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.
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 AmericaAugust 2012
A guide to disaster at home and abroad.
Islam and the Arab AwakeningAugust 2012
As Islamists across the Arab World continue to enshrine sharî’a concepts in their constitutions, noted academic Tariq Ramadan asks, are other alternatives available?
Nick Turse: The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global WarJune 2012
Civilian soldiers, drones, and cyber attacks are just a few elements of the Obama formula for contemporary war.
A Line in the SandMay 2012
With foreign companies amassing higher stakes and a greater presence in the Iraqi oil business, Greg Muttitt traces the rise of Production Sharing
Agreements (PSAs) and its effects on Iraqi sovereignty.
Simulating IraqAugust 2011
Imagining the war before the war.
Democracies of BreadAugust 2011 The author of Day of Honey discusses ancient Iraqi cooking, the Middle East’s dependence on imported wheat, and the link between bread and civilian uprisings.
Mark Dowie: On the Fly Podcast: Todd Gitlin On America’s Divine ExceptionalismFebruary 2011
|The inaugural episode of Guernica editor-at-large Mark Dowie’s interview series features sociologist Todd Gitlin, who argues that the relationship between America and Israel is steeped in the belief that both nations were “chosen” by God.|
The Wrong QuestionDecember 2010 Journalist Joshua Phillips on the left media’s standard torture story, untrained soldiers making it up as they go, and becoming a suicide hotline.
Blood Without GutsOctober 2010 Why fight wars our president doesn’t believe in and we can’t pay for? asks retired colonel and military historian Andrew Bacevich.
Wolf in the HeartSeptember 2010 The historian and departing Newsweek editor on how he (like Remnick and Keller) caught war fever after 9/11, the obsession with being a man, and how his dad glowed in Navy whites.
Chomsky UnpluggedMay 2010
Chomsky discusses the unpeople in Iraq, the U.S., and Latin America, clever uses of the internet and international solidarity, and the conversion of a liberal dove to a principled anti-warrior.
A Carefully Crafted F**k YouMarch 2010
The gender-theorist-turned-philosopher-of-nonviolence discusses the choices that make people expendable, the violent foundation of nonviolent activism, and the role grief can play in setting a new course.
Watch: Rumsfeld confronted as war criminal for humanitarian deathsMay 2009 Is this a fair use of freedom of speech? Or just obnoxious? Is Donald a war criminal?
Baghdad NightsNovember 2008 What can a California geographer possibly teach us about the American troop surge and ethnic cleansing in Iraq?
America’s Century of Regime ChangeMarch 2007 Iraq was not the first time, just the first time we all watched it happen
Meakin Armstrong: America’s War FeverFebruary 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 NYCJanuary 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 GamesJanuary 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 ___.”
The Devil’s AdvocateDecember 2005
The former deputy assistant attorney general on his new book, the Geneva Conventions and the legal case for torture