• Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: John Feffer: Europe’s End?

    2015-01-27 10:32:39View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Remember the glory days of the 1990s, when our interconnectedness — the ever-tighter embrace of Disney characters, the Swoosh, and the Golden Arches — was endlessly hailed?  It was the era of “globalization,” of Washington-style capitalism triumphant, and the planet, [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Predator drones, tested out in this country’s distant war zones, have played an increasingly prominent role in the up-armoring of the U.S.-Mexican border. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched its first Predator in 2004, but only really ramped up drone use [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Engelhardt, Washington’s Walking Dead

    2015-01-22 07:26:55View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. More and War The Tao of Washington By Tom Engelhardt When it comes to the national security state, our capital has become a thought-free zone. The airlessness of the place, the unwillingness of leading players in the corridors of power to explore new ways [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Nick Turse, A Shadow War in 150 Countries

    2015-01-20 08:49:06View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. From the point of view of the U.S. military and the national security state, the period from September 12, 2001, to late last night could be summed up in a single word: more.  What Washington funded with your tax dollars [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Maya Schenwar, Prison By Any Other Name

    2015-01-19 17:48:28View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. If they were moved all at once, they could almost replace the population of Jamaica (2.7 million) and they would leave Qatar, Namibia, Macedonia, or Latvia swimming in extra people.  I’m talking about the incarcerated in America — an estimated 2.4 million [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Call it what you will — Iraq War 3.0, the war against ISIS, the new Syrian War — it was regularly headline-making news in this country in the second half of last year: the stunning advances of the Islamic State [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Rory Fanning: Unpacking the War on Terror

    2015-01-13 09:29:27View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. About a year ago, I hit the road for a couple of months. I went to Albany and Albuquerque, Berkeley and Boston, Chapel Hill and Chicago, Seattle and Schenectady. I wasn’t reporting. I wasn’t writing. I sure wasn’t vacationing. No, [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Ann Jones: Answering for America

    2015-01-11 12:47:53View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. One of the grimmer small events of recent American life occurred just as 2014 was ending.  A mother had her two-year old toddler perched in a shopping cart at an Idaho Wal-Mart.  He reached into her purse, specially made for [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Michael Klare: Perpetuating the Reign of Carbon

    2015-01-08 07:30:28View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Think of it as the uncertainty principle.  By the nature of things, doubt, the unknown, and uncertainty are naturally part of the big picture in science, especially when it comes to creating “ models” of the future.  As Naomi Oreskes and [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Engelhardt: Feeling Insecure in 2015

    2015-01-06 07:34:33View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity Welcome to the National Security State of 2015 By Tom Engelhardt As 2015 begins, let’s take a trip down memory lane.  Imagine that it’s January 1963.  For the last three years, the United States has unsuccessfully faced off [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. No one would call TomDispatch a traditional website.  Still, we do have our traditions.  Among them, none is more “traditional” — a full decade old at a website that just turned 13 this November — than having Rebecca Solnit end our year.  [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Greg Grandin: How the Iraq War Began in Panama

    2014-12-22 07:51:52View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. So many years and wars later, it’s easy to forget what a total television hit the first Gulf War of 1991 was.  Just in case you no longer remember — and why should you? — that was the war that [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click hereThe Senate Drone Report of 2019 Looking Back on Washington’s War on Terror By Tom Engelhardt It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress. That day, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  We were kids, but they weren’t kidding.  It wasn’t called “Risk: The Game of Global Domination” for nothing. You remember it, I’m sure. You had a territory. You had armies. You could make alliances. You could cheat, stab in the back, [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Rebecca Gordon: The Torture Wars

    2014-12-15 07:21:00View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  It came from the top and that’s never been a secret.  The president authorized the building of those CIA “black sites” and the use of what came to be known as “enhanced interrogation techniques” and has spoken of this with a certain [...]

  • This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  There’s finally good news when it comes to the renewal of the Faith.  I’m talking, of course, about the nuclear faith.  In case you happen to have forgotten, that’s the Cold War belief that a U.S. arsenal big enough to [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Adam Hochschild: Thank You for Making War!

    2014-12-09 08:05:24View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  Often enough when something goes missing, it takes a while to realize that it’s gone.  An example that came to me recently is the once-commonplace word “peace.” It’s not just that, in a time of public dissatisfaction with America’s wars, [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Jen Marlowe: One Family, Two Doors, Nowhere to Run

    2014-12-08 08:36:56View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.  During the Israeli attacks on Gaza this past summer, U.S. officials were unusually vocal.  After shelling killed four young Palestinians on a beach, for example, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called it “horrifying.”  “The tragic event makes clear that Israel [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Engelhardt: War to the Horizon

    2014-12-04 08:01:46View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click hereParty On! The War Party Ascendant By Tom Engelhardt It was the end of the road for Chuck Hagel last week and the Washington press corps couldn’t have been more enthusiastic about writing his obituary. In terms of pure coverage, it may not have [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Rebecca Solnit: Casino Capitalism, Nevada-Style

    2014-12-02 08:02:46View | Delete

    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. One of the first indications of just how bad it would get was the slew of abandoned Ferraris and Porsches ditched in the Dubai Airport parking lot by foreigners fleeing the country — and the debts they’d incurred there — as [...]

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