Tag: war

Mirror from Damascus

September 2016

In a war that remains unfinished, two Syrian-British writers acknowledge and affirm those whose stories and lives may be lost in its course.

Tom Engelhardt: Where did the American Century go?

July 2016

Life on an increasingly improbable planet.

Andrew J. Bacevich: Writing a Blank Check on War for the President

April 2016

How the United States Became a Prisoner of War and Congress Went MIA.

Nicholas Miriello: War In The Time of Selfies

March 2016

The crudely staged terror-porn of Abu Ghraib has evolved into the highly stylized and sun-kissed wartime selfie

Mattea Kramer: Killing Someone Else’s Beloved

March 2016

Promoting the American Way of War in Campaign 2016.

Linell Ajello: More and More War Stories

February 2016

Daily life at war isn’t what we’re led to believe.

Frida Berrigan: Kids’ Questions on a Lockdown Planet

January 2016

Through a child's litany of whys

Children of War

December 2015

Boundaries of Nations: The author and activist on growing up under siege in Sarajevo and chronicling the childhood memories of other survivors.

Waving, Not Drowning

August 2015

The New Yorker writer on the politics of surfing, reporting from war zones, and the “weird genre” of memoir.

The War of Forgetting

May 2015

Inspired by Eduardo Galeano, the discovery that all wars—personal, territorial, political—have afterlives in our grief and memory.

My Dreams Would Seem So Close

March 2015

“They’re back!” we hissed over our kitchen fences. “Someone’s got to stop them! Something must be done!”

Syria in its Own Image

February 2015

The documentarian and journalist on the nation’s portrayal in the global media, the power of emergency cinema, and the role of the intellectual in revolution.

Samantha Tucker: Kitchen Remodel

January 2015

One mother repaints her walls the color of grief.

Tom Engelhardt: The Senate Drone Report of 2019

December 2014

The national security state "works," even if nothing it does works.

Adam Hochschild: Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers

December 2014

How we celebrate war over and over and peace once.

Seven Micro-Stories on War (and Only One on Love)

November 2014

We reported on the two-way radio that the only nut alive asked to surrender.

Richard Flanagan: More Corpses Than Words

October 2014

The author of Booker-shortlisted novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North talks with Dwyer Murphy about the Death Railway, family history, and the trouble with empathy.

Shazia Yousuf: The Hidden Damage

October 2014

In the 1990s, as Kashmiri men fighting Indian occupation were tortured and killed, Kashmiri women silently suffered through a different kind of war.

Richard Falk: After ‘Protective Edge’

September 2014

What is the future for Palestine and Israel?

William J. Astore: The American Cult of Bombing

August 2014

Why you should expect more bombs to be dropped everywhere.

I Said Infantry

August 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.

Atef Abu Saif: We’re OK in Gaza

August 2014

Dispatch from Gaza: What is there to do but push back with a bit of stubborn strength, scratch at the thing with your bare fingernails, while your veins still have blood in them?

Mona Abu Sharekh: Without Words

August 2014

Dispatch from Gaza: A diary entry describes one hour of a sleepless night during the fighting.

Noam Chomsky: How Many Minutes to Midnight?

August 2014

On the nuclear weapons era, or the true end of the beginning.

Richard Falk: Poetry and War

August 2014

What is the poetic response to war?

Tom Engelhardt: Who Won Iraq?

June 2014

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

Ramiro G. Hinojosa: Lessons from an Unremarkable War

June 2014

World War II is not a war we have to live up to. It’s a war we have to learn from.

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.

Fathers of Revolution

May 2014

How much more must Syrians pay for their uprising against the Assad government?

Karen J. Greenberg: The Road From Abu Ghraib

April 2014

A torture story without a hero or an ending.

Ann Jones: Star-Spangled Baggage

April 2014

How America’s wars came home with the troops.

Megan McCloskey: Pentagon Overhauls Effort to Identify Its Missing

April 2014

Pentagon mission that solves few MIA cases each year will make reforms.

Shooting Film

April 2014

In Not Afraid of Film Anymore, Czech artist Tomáš Svoboda examines how we have become calm observers of modern horror.

Richard Falk: Debating Syria and Ukraine

March 2014

Over-reliance on ideology could prevent addressing human tragedies in Syria and Ukraine.

Teow Lim Goh: Split

March 2014

Despite all the efforts to whitewash the dangers of nuclear power, we still remember its catastrophic potential.

Tom Engelhardt: A New World Order

March 2014

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

Sung J. Woo: 1950

February 2014

What kind of a war was this, anyway? All we did was move from our house to a stranger’s house, then one after another.

Sebastian Rotella: Dos Erres Commander Sentenced

February 2014

A conviction in the case of the Dos Erres massacre.

Nick Turse: The Special Ops Surge

January 2014

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

Ann Jones: America’s Child Soldiers

December 2013

How the United States recruits child soldiers.

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.

Ann Jones: War Wounds

November 2013

Wounded veterans face a long road to recovery.

Ann Jones: The Losers From Our Lost Wars

November 2013

How the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan first silenced our soldiers and then defeated them.

Tara Isabella Burton: Lingering Scars in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

November 2013

In a deserted sniper’s lair, reminders that some wounds are very slow to heal.

Jeremy Scahill: Perpetual War

October 2013

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

William Astore: The Business of America is War

October 2013

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

Enduring Exile

October 2013

A family’s journey from Armenia to Syria and back again.

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.

A Hoopoe’s Unguiding Narrative

August 2013

An Iranian writer finds meaning and meaninglessness in the fact of her Jewish roots.

My Uncle’s Paradise

July 2013

A Libyan-American returns to make sense of the country after Gadhafi’s fall.

Waging Peace

June 2013

The West Point grad turned anti-violence advocate on the havoc of trauma, the false security of war, and training peace activists to be more like soldiers.

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.

Sebastian Rotella: How Hezbollah Trained an Operative to Spy on Israeli Tourists

April 2013

Hezbollah's recent activity casts doubt on its relationship with Europe.

Tom Engelhardt: The Enemy-Industrial Complex

April 2013

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

Jon Lee Anderson: In the Field, In Over Your Head

April 2013

The veteran war reporter’s advice to young journalists on safety, story, five-sense reporting, and the uses of rumor.

Tom Engelhardt: American Anniversaries from Hell

March 2013

What you don’t know can hurt you.

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.

Cora Currier: The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About

February 2013

Most drone strikes are directed at unidentified targets—not U.S. citizens or known Al Qaeda leaders—with murky justification.

Cora Currier: Drone Strikes Test Legal Grounds for War on Terror

February 2013

What constitutes 'necessary and appropriate force'?

Ann Jones: Counting Down to 2014 in Afghanistan

January 2013

Three lousy options: pick one.

Anything That Moves

January 2013

Recently unearthed documents and testimony reveal that the U.S.’s war crimes in Vietnam were far more widespread—and egregious—than previously known.

Justice Delayed

January 2013

As the disappeared from the Kurdish-Turkish conflict are unearthed from unmarked graves, will the government help deliver justice?

Nick Turse: “So Many People Died”

January 2013

The American system of suffering, 1965-2014.

Elisa Wouk Almino: Animating and Dismantling the Monuments of War

January 2013

Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection

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?

Jeremiah Goulka: The Dogs of War Are Barking

November 2012

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

Richard Falk: Persisting Syrian Dilemmas

October 2012

Hope, wisdom, law, ethics, and spirituality in relation to killing and dying in Syria.

Noam Chomsky: The Week the World Stood Still

October 2012

The Cuban Missile Crisis and ownership of the world.

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.

Tom Engelhardt: Mission Failure: Afghanistan

August 2012

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

Nick Turse: Obama’s Scramble for Africa

July 2012

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

Nan Levinson: Mad, Bad, Sad

June 2012

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

The Hubris and Despair of War Journalism

June 2012

What Martha Gellhorn teaches us about the morality of contemporary war reportage

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.

Rafia Zakaria: The Retired Terrorist

May 2012

Before Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, he was locked in a house for five months with three wives and over a dozen children.

Richard Falk: Nuclear Weapons Are Not Instruments of Peace

April 2012

Richard Falk on the so-called decline of violence, nuclear weapons, and subtle academic corruption.

Tom Engelhardt: The Afghan Syndrome

April 2012

Vietnam has left town, say "hello" to the new syndrome on the block.

Simulating Iraq

August 2011

Imagining the war before the war.

Democracies of Bread

August 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.

Outside the Gates of Troy

June 2011

They sit down in an orderly, patient manner, packed together in the belly of the beast. The smell of varnish lingers on inside and intoxicates them all.

Shoes for Napoleon

February 2011 Like every soldier he had deployed with, he would probably buy himself a new car, but for now, he bought his friends drinks and dinners and gifts as if it was Christmas and he was some lean and tan Santa Claus.

The Wrong Question

December 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.

The Wrong Side

November 2010 The unrepentant revolutionary poet and Beat godfather, now 91, looks back at friendships with Ginsberg, Pablo Neruda, Fidel, and the Sandinistas—and asks when The Nation will publish his next poem.

Droning On

October 2010

From stepped up drone attacks, backsliding on torture, the Afghan surge, has Obama doubled down on Bush’s bets? Editor Joel Whitney interviews Tariq Ali on his new book. Recorded live at Asia Society.


June 2010 The former prisoner of the Colombian FARC on life in the jungle, coming to forgive, and Emmanuel, her son born in captivity.

Lost Edge

May 2010 The Mannerheim Line, built to protect Finland from the advances of the Soviet military avant-garde, now lies in ruins.

A Carefully Crafted F**k You

March 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.

Norman Solomon: Escalation Scam: Troops in Afghanistan

July 2009 "Escalation" is a word for a methodical process of acclimating people at home to the idea of more military intervention abroad -- nothing too sudden, just a step-by-step process of turning even more war into media wallpaper.

Watch: Rumsfeld confronted as war criminal for humanitarian deaths

May 2009 Is this a fair use of freedom of speech? Or just obnoxious? Is Donald a war criminal?

War and the Place for Civility

By Meakin Armstrong
December 2006

It's time to stop the mindless praise of a mediocre man who blew a chance at greatness because he seemed to believe so strongly in civility and goodwill.

The Waves

By Salar Abdoh
September 2005

It wasn't him they were so worried about. It was the half dozen grenades still wrapped to his wetsuit.