• Thumbnail Maybe journalism isn’t dying after all. Almost a decade ago, I spent more than a year freelancing for a major metropolitan newspaper — one of the biggest in the country. I would, on an intermittent basis, work out of a newsroom that appeared to be in a state of constant churn. Whoever wasn’t being downsized [...]

  • Thumbnail Why are thousands of children from Guatemala and other Central American countries arriving on our borders? The militarization of the police has been underway since 9/11, but only in the aftermath of the six-shot killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, with photos of streets in a St. Louis suburb that looked like occupied Iraq or Afghanistan, has [...]

  • ThumbnailThink of the new “caliphate” of the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s gift to the world (with a helping hand from the Saudis and other financiers of extremism in the Persian Gulf).  How strange that they get so little credit for its rise, [...]

  • Thumbnail Bombing Iraq? Get used to it. Bombing Iraq, as retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and  TomDispatch regular  William Astore indicates today, has become an American pastime.  (These days, you can’t be president without sending in the bombers and drones.)  So let’s try to get our heads around the latest U.S. air strikes in northern Iraq against the forces [...]

  • Thumbnail Excerpts selected by Tom Engelhardt Who isn’t a fan of something — or someone? So consider this my fan’s note. To my mind, Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano is among the greats of our time. His writing has “it” — that indefinable quality you can’t describe but know as soon as you read it. He’s created a [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Matthew Harwood: One Nation Under SWAT

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    ThumbnailThink of it as a different kind of blowback.  Even when you fight wars in countries thousands of miles distant, they still have an eerie way of making the long trip home. The same armored vehicles of war in Afghanistan now patrol our cities streets. Take the latest news from Bergen County, New Jersey, one of [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Sandy Tolan: Going Wild in the Gaza War

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    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The United States & Israel had many chances for peace. The carnage in the Gaza Strip has been horrendous: more than  1,900 dead , mainly civilians; its sole power plant destroyed (and so electricity and water denied and a sewage disaster looming); [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Sudan tells the disastrous story of US intervention in Africa. On return from his recent reporting trip to Africa, Nick Turse told me the following tale, which catches something of the nature of our battered world.  At a hotel [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. A national security history from the Hiroshima bombing to today. Think of it as the true end of the beginning.  Last week, Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the final member of the 12-man crew of the Enola Gay , the plane (named [...]

  • Tom Engelhardt wrote a new diary post: Who Rules Washington?

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    ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. The Fourth Branch The Rise to Power of the National Security State By Tom Engelhardt The security state rules Washington. As every schoolchild knows, there are three check-and-balance branches of the U.S. government: the executive, Congress, and the judiciary. That’s bedrock Americanism and [...]

  • ThumbnailThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. AFRICOM may be part of a massive proxy war between East & West. For the last two years, TomDispatch Managing Editor Nick Turse has been following the Pentagon and the latest U.S. global command, AFRICOM, as they oversaw the expanding operations of the [...]

  • 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

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    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

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    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 [...]

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