• Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Chip Ward: Leave It to Beaver(s)

    2014-07-29 07:54:52View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Save the beavers, save the earth. If you want to be unnerved, just pay a visit to the U.S. Drought Monitor and check out its map of the American West with almost all of California stained the deep, distressing shades of [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Naomi Oreskes: A “Green” Bridge to Hell

    2014-07-28 07:22:44View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. More fossil fuels won’t cure our fossil fuel crisis. Call it the energy or global warming news of recent weeks.  No, I’m not referring to the fact this was globally the hottest June on record ever (as May had been before [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Peter Van Buren: Undue Process in Washington

    2014-07-24 07:18:21View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The death of al-Awlaki is part of the destruction of our 5th Amendment right to due process. What a world we’re in. Thanks to smartphones, iPads, and the like, everyone is now a photographer, but it turns out that, in [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. A new book on the ways nonviolent resistance matters. In December 2002, finishing the introduction to his as-yet-unpublished book  The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People , Jonathan Schell wrote that the twentieth century was the era in [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: The Future Is Not Ours (and Neither Is the Past)

    2014-07-21 07:39:58View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Requiem for the American Century Turning 70, Paragraph by Paragraph By Tom Engelhardt First Paragraphs on Turning 70 in the American Century That Was A reflection on 70 years of history and life. * Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Dahr Jamail: Incinerating Iraq

    2014-07-17 07:19:30View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The future Iraq and the region looks more uncertain than ever. Who even knows what to call it?  The Iraq War or the Iraq-Syrian War would be far too orderly for what’s happening, so it remains a no-name conflict [...]

  • ThumbnailEditor’s Note:  Hear Todd Miller interviewed by Rania Khalek and Firedoglake’s Kevin Gosztola in the most recent  Unauthorized Disclosure  podcast. -MyFDL Editor This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. US Customs & Border Patrol oversees a growing “constitution-free zone.” You’re not in the United States. Oh sure, look around at [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: The Age of Impunity

    2014-07-14 07:11:56View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional Country? The Empire as Basket Case By Tom Engelhardt US government and corporations no longer answer to the law. For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity.  Nothing it does — torture, kidnapping, assassination, [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Rebecca Gordon: A Nation of Cowards?

    2014-07-10 07:39:12View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Who will answer for yesterday’s acts of torture? Or today’s? It sounded like the beginning of a bad joke: a CIA agent and a U.S. Special Operations commando walked into a barbershop in Sana… That’s the capital of Yemen [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Michael Klare: Fighting for Oil

    2014-07-08 07:42:58View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Conflicts in Syria and worldwide are part of a new wave of energy wars. Call it a double whammy for the planet or simply irony with a capital “I.”  As the invaluable Michael Klare, TomDispatch regular and author of The Race [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Noam Chomsky: America’s Real Foreign Policy

    2014-07-01 07:11:10View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Our foreign policy is only designed to protect the military-industrial complex, not people. It goes without saying that the honchos of the national security state weren’t exactly happy with Edward Snowden’s  NSA revelations .  Still, over the last year, the  comments of such figures,  politicians associated <a [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Juan Cole: Waiting for the Arab Summer

    2014-06-30 08:15:27View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Arab Spring’s effects are still felt throughout the Middle East. When it comes to pure ineptness, it’s been quite a performance — and I’m sure you’ve already guessed that I’m referring to our secretary of state’s recent jaunt to the [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The loss of our 4th amendment rights goes beyond NSA spying. When it comes to spying, surveillance, and privacy, a simple rule applies to our world: however bad you think it is, it’s worse.  Thanks to Edward Snowden, we’ve learned [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Michael Schwartz: The New Oil Wars in Iraq

    2014-06-24 08:07:26View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. It’s always been about the oil. Imagine the president, speaking on Iraq from the White House Press Briefing Room last Thursday, as the proverbial deer in the headlights — and it’s not difficult to guess just what those headlights were.  Think [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Laura Gottesdiener: Security vs. Securities

    2014-06-23 08:31:35View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. After crashing the housing market, Wall Street is extracting harsh profits from the rental market at the cost of lives. I live in Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. I can more or less roll out of bed into the House [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: The Guns of Folly

    2014-06-19 07:33:49View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Who Won Iraq? Lost Dreams, Lost Armies, Jihadi States, and the Arc of Instability By Tom Engelhardt As Iraq unravels, a look back at the empire fantasies of the Bush era. As Iraq was unraveling last week and the possible outlines of the [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Ariel Dorfman: A Tale of Torture and Forgiveness

    2014-06-17 07:28:52View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Do you think the President knows it’s Torture Awareness Month? I’ll bet you didn’t know that June is “torture awareness month” thanks to the fact that, on June 26, 1987, the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, and [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Peter Van Buren: RIP, The Bill of Rights

    2014-06-16 07:21:37View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The Bill of RightsHere’s what passes for good news when it comes to a free press these days: two weeks ago, the Supreme Court refused without comment to hear a case involving New York Times reporter James Risen. It concerned his unwillingness [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. No need to recruit: We’re all owned by the state already. On the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Brian Williams led off NBC Nightly News this way : “On our broadcast tonight, the salute to the warriors who stormed the beaches [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: A Record of Unparalleled Failure

    2014-06-10 07:27:18View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Don’t Walk Away from War  It’s Not the American Way  By Tom Engelhardt The history of modern American warfare is a history of total failure. The United States has been at war — major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, [...]

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