• ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. As the United States encourages insatiability in countries like Libya, it creates tomorrow’s enemies. Be careful what you wish for.  In 2011, a Libyan rebellion began against autocrat Muammar Gaddafi.  It undoubtedly reflected the wish of many Libyans for a [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Another look at America’s secret African wars. Let me explain why writing the introduction to today’s post by TomDispatch Managing Editor Nick Turse is such a problem.  In these intros, I tend to riff off the ripples of news that regularly [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Does the “open” Internet really mean more freedom for women? In December, and again in February, at the Google Bus blockades in San Francisco, one thing struck me forcefully: the technology corporation employees waiting for their buses were all staring [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. One simple phrase electrified the financial world this past week: high-frequency trading. Wall Street’s latest empire is endangering America’s housing & economy … again. With the publication of his new book, Flash Boys , author Michael Lewis almost singlehandedly transformed the [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Peter Van Buren: No-Fly-List America

    2014-04-07 08:22:26View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The aftermath of Sept 11, 2001 changed America. Here’s what the president said back in June 2013, while reassuring the American people about the National Security Agency’s collection of their phone metadata: “When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: The Bermuda Triangle of National Security

    2014-04-03 07:44:53View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Hijacking the American Plane of State  Old Scripts and Empty Stories Signal a New Age By  Tom Engelhardt Local tragedies like the Washington Mud Slide become national media distractions. Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “ mystery” on [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Michael Klare: Shooting Up on Big Energy

    2014-04-01 09:43:32View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. “The polar bear is us.” Pssst, buddy, you want a report? Hey, I’ve got three for you, all in the news last week! There was a rare intervention by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which  issued a report  warning [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: In Memoriam: Jonathan Schell (1943-2014)

    2014-03-31 08:14:49View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The Widening Lens Jonathan Schell and the Fate of the Earth By Tom Engelhardt Author Jonathan Edward Schell (August 21, 1943 – March 25, 2014) “Up to a few months ago, Ben Suc was a prosperous village of some thirty-five hundred people.”  That [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Nick Turse: America’s Non-Stop Ops in Africa

    2014-03-27 08:59:24View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Nick Turse documents America’s non-stop secret wars in Africa. After years in the shadows, U.S. Navy SEALs emerged in a big way with the 2011  night raid  that killed Osama bin Laden. Afterward, they were  lauded in print as supermen,  feted by the president, and  praised by the [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Twice in my life — in the 1960s and the post-9/11 years — I was suddenly aware of clicks and other strange noises on my phone.  In both periods, I’ve wondered what the story was, and then made self-conscious [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Noam Chomsky: The Most Dangerous Moment

    2014-03-24 08:15:34View | Delete

    ThumbnailHere was the oddest thing: within weeks of the United States dropping an atomic bomb on a second Japanese city on August 9, 1945, and so obliterating it, Americans were already immersed in new scenarios of nuclear destruction.  As the late Paul Boyer so vividly described in his classic book By the Bomb’s Early Light , it took [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Has “revolution” lost its meaning? In 1969, I was working as a (not very good) printer at an “underground” print shop in Boston.  There was, in fact, nothing faintly underground about it, but in what was then called “the movement,” [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Nick Turse: American Proxy Wars in Africa

    2014-03-13 09:37:21View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Another look at America’s secret African wars. Our major post-9/11 wars are goners and the imagery of American war-making is heading downhill. The Iraq War was long ago  left in the trash heap of history, while in Afghanistan the talk is now [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Energy companies profit while Earth burns. Call it a nightmare that passes for good news. Recently, the  New York Times  optimistically headlined a front-page piece by reporters Coral Davenport and Steven Erlanger, “U.S. Hopes Boom in Natural Gas Can Curb Putin.” It [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. What happened to Obama the Great Leader? Doesn’t this just say it all?  After Majority Leader Harry Reid went the ultimate mile for the president, loosing the “ nuclear option ” on the Senate to wipe out Republican filibusters of a bevy [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The Pentagon isn’t digging under the couch for spare change. Washington and Kabul have, for endless months , been performing a strange pas de deux over the issue of American withdrawal.  Initially, the Obama administration insisted that if, by December 31, 2013, Afghan [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The case against Robert MacLean could take Obama’s war on whistleblowers to the Supreme Court. Who can keep up?  The revelations — mainly thanks to  the documents  Edward Snowden took from the National Security Agency — are never-ending.  Just this week, we  learned that [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Tom Engelhardt: A New World Order?

    2014-03-03 09:31:39View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Missing in Action What Happened to War and the Imperial Drive to Organize the Planet? By Tom Engelhardt If the USA is the sole remaining superpower, what does that mean for global peace & stability? There is, it seems, something new under the [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Karen Greenberg: Obama’s Commandments

    2014-02-27 08:55:32View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Just how badly has Obama broken his own commandments? Think of us as having two presidents.  One, a fellow named Barack Obama, cuts a distinctly Clark Kent-ish figure.  In presiding over domestic policy, he is regularly thwarted in his desires [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Wherever we Americans look, the threat of apocalypse stares back at us For those of us of a certain age, it seems as if the world has always been ending.  It’s easy now to forget just  how deep  fears and fantasies about [...]

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