• This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  From the beginning, it was to be “Russia’s Vietnam.”  First the administration of President Jimmy Carter, then that of President Ronald Reagan was determined to give the Soviet Union a taste of what the U.S. had gone through in its [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Studs Terkel on Death and Forgiveness in America

    2014-10-28 08:24:41View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  Studs Terkel, who put oral history on the American map with one spectacular book after another, was a small man who had a knack for making everyone around him feel larger than life. He taught me the first significant lesson [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Rory Fanning: Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops?

    2014-10-27 08:17:22View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. More than a few times I’ve found myself in a crowd of Vietnam veterans, and more than a few times at least one of them was wearing a curious blue or yellow t-shirt.  Once that shirt undoubtedly fit a lean [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. We’re now passing through a no-name election season of a particularly lusterless sort, but don’t count on that for 2016.  Here, in fact, is a surefire prediction for that moment, which (given the nature of modern presidential campaigns ) will kick [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  A mobile lab set up in Guinea early in the epidemic Sometimes, if you want to catch the essence of a moment, however, grim, you need to turn to humor. Recently, the New Yorker ’s resident satirist Andy Borowitz produced one of his patented [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  Laura Poitras Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying A TomDispatch Interview With Laura Poitras Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click hereEdward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying A TomDispatch Interview With Laura Poitras Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The U.S. is again at war in the Middle East, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria, advising here, droning there, coalition-building in the region to loop in a little more firepower from a collection of recalcitrant allies, and [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: William Astore: America’s Hollow Foreign Legions

    2014-10-14 09:13:37View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. An Iraqi soldier’s goggles catch the reflection of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Murphy, left, as he instructs Iraqi soldiers, 2011You may not believe in the supernatural, but it’s still a certifiable fact.  Your tax dollars are paying for [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Laura Gottesdiener: Adrift in Oil Country

    2014-10-14 08:53:47View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. I hadn’t driven nearly 2,000 miles from Brooklyn to work as a cocktail waitress in a strip club. Think of it as a Walrusgram written on the sand of a northwest Alaskan beach and sent to the planet.  The [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Michael Klare: Washington Wields the Oil Weapon

    2014-10-09 09:14:13View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. You remember. It was the oiliest of administrations. The president was a ( failed) West Texas oilman. The vice-president had been the CEO of the giant oil field services company, Halliburton, and before taking office, when speaking at the Petroleum [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Engelhardt: Inside the American Terrordome

    2014-10-07 08:49:24View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King delivered a  speech at Riverside Church in New York City titled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” In it, he went after the war of that moment and the money that the U.S. was [...]

  • During Iraq War II (2003-2011), I used to imagine that the Chinese leadership would gather weekly in the streets of the Forbidden City, singing and dancing to celebrate American idiocy.  Year after year, when the U.S. might have faced off against a rising China, as its leaders had long had the urge to do, it was thoroughly [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Less than two weeks have passed and yet it isn’t too early to say it: the People’s Climate March changed the social map. Don’t call it a “march.” It was a “stand” — and a first stand at that, [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Engelhardt: Entering the Intelligence Labyrinth

    2014-09-30 08:36:51View | Delete

    Thumbnail Why exactly are we supporting 17 versions of intelligence gathering to the tune of at least $68 billion a year? This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Note for TomDispatch Readers: My new book, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (with [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: William deBuys: Love Affair in the Back Country

    2014-09-29 07:43:03View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.Without visiting it, the eighteenth-century French natural scientist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, propounded the theory that the New World was an inferior creation, its species but degenerate versions of European ones. “There is no North American animal comparable to the [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here Gulf of Guinea As American  hysteria over events in the Middle East rises, news about whatever grim video the Islamic State (IS) has just released jostles for attention with U.S. bombing runs in Iraq, prospective ones in Syria, and endless confusing statements [...]

  • ThumbnailBack around again This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King delivered a  speech at Riverside Church in New York City titled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” In it, he went after the war of that moment and the money that [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Taylor and Appel: The Subprime Education Scandal

    2014-09-22 08:05:22View | Delete

    We used to hear more often about those malignant institutions serving, or rather plaguing, the poor: the loan sharks who charged 100% or more per year in interest, the furniture or radios that ended up costing several times their value on the installment plan. Two or three decades ago, however, we didn’t think of an [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  Just when no one needed more lousy news, the U.N.’s weather outfit, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), issued its annual  Greenhouse Gas Bulletin . It offered a shocking climate-change update: the concentrations of long-lasting greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere (carbon dioxide, [...]

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