Thursday, May 26, 2016 Tomgram: Michael Klare, The Oil World in Chaos
Michael Klare is ahead of the curve with a vivid portrait of petro-states on the downhill slope. From Venezuela to Nigeria to Saudi Arabia, the "climate" is changing for the major oil producing states and not for the better either.
Monday, May 23, 2016 Aviva Chomsky, Will the Millennial Movement Rebuild the Ivory Tower or Be Crushed by It?
Almost out of the blue, a movement, inspired in part by Black Lives Matter, has swept across college campuses nationwide, challenging the racial climate of American higher education and raising other issues of substance, including promoting a living wage for campus workers, fighting soaring tuitions and the inequality that goes with them, and so on.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Tomgram: William deBuys, No More Wide Open Spaces?
Environmental writer and TomDispatch regular William deBuys offers a striking look at developments in the American West, from the occupation of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to a possible future privatization of many of America's public lands.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016(1 comments)
Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, What Principles Rule the World?
The devastating way in which Washington has played by the "al-Qaeda game plan," moving drone-first into "the quagmire" of the Greater Middle East, while helping create conditions for "even more violent jihadism with broader appeal" to thrive.
Monday, May 9, 2016(7 comments)
Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, The Challenges of 2016
A half-century after Noam Chomsky wrote so memorably about the American war in Vietnam, he continues to write with the same chilling eloquence about the war-on-terror version of a similar American nightmare.
Thursday, May 5, 2016 Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Going Offshore in the 2016 Election Campaign
Nomi Prins, author of All the President's Bankers, uses the Panama Papers moment to take the whole present election campaign offshore. She analyzes just what the leading candidates are likely to do (or more likely not do) about all of the "missing" money flowing out of our lives and into those tax havens in Panama and elsewhere, increasing inequality and destabilizing the planet.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 Tomgram: Nick Turse, It Can't Happen Here, Can It?
In 2015, on a trip to South Sudan, a country the U.S. helped bring into existence, he found himself in a place where the same kinds of war crimes were being committed right here and now in a commonplace way, where violence was the coin of the realm, and horrors of various sorts were almost guaranteed to be around the next corner.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, No Justice at Gitmo
Karen J. Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and author of a striking new book, Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State, offers a vivid look at the prison from hell, Guantánamo, and just why the president who swore he would close it on day one of his new administration, is struggling to do so in the last months of his second term.
Monday, April 18, 2016 Tomgram: Engelhardt, Obsession, Addiction, and the News
In my latest post, I try to make some new sense of what we still call "the news" -- that strange onscreen thing, at present obsessed (sometimes 24/7) with election 2016 (and of course The Donald), sometimes obsessively focused on the latest terror attack in the U.S. or Europe.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 Tomgram: William Astore, Words About War Matter
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. William Astore writes today about the war of words launched by two administrations, the Pentagon, and the U.S. military. It's a devastating account of how to fight -- or rather take the sting out of -- war, American-style, via an endless array of euphemisms and acronyms, of attempts to win the wars at home by dulling their impact and their realities.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Presidential Wars
Andrew Bacevich, author of the just-published book, America's War for the Greater Middle East, explores the way Congress has, in the twenty-first century, signed a blank check on war powers for the president and what this means for the American system of governance. As it happens, Washington's never-ending wars in distant battle zones have helped alter the most basic workings of our government and our Constitution.
Monday, April 4, 2016 Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, Flashpoint for the Planet
Fears are rising over Pakistan's new generation of tactical nuclear weapons and what any clash between that country and its neighbor India might lead to, especially in a world in which a nuclear nightmare in South Asia would be likely to throw the whole planet into a version of nuclear winter.
Thursday, March 31, 2016 Tomgram: Cantarow and Levy, Could Nuclear Disaster Come to America?
In the first of two TomDispatch posts this week from the front lines of potential future nuclear disaster, Alison Rose Levy and Ellen Cantarow, who has in recent years covered citizen resistance to the desires of Big Energy for TD, travel up the Hudson River only 30 miles from Manhattan Island to consider what might prove to be this country's future Fukushima or Chernobyl.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Tomgram: Thomas Frank, The Inequality Sweepstakes
Thomas Frank does a typically brainy thing. Since we've all heard for years about how the Democrats have been stopped from truly pursuing their political program by Republican experts in political paralysis, he turns to a rare set of places where, in fact, the Republicans were incapable of getting in the way.
Monday, March 28, 2016(1 comments)
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Don't Blame It All on Donald Trump
In this "election" season, many remain shocked that a leading candidate for the presidency is a demagogue with a visible authoritarian side and what looks like an autocratic bent. All such labels are pinned on Donald Trump, but the new American system that's been emerging from its chrysalis in Washington in these years already has just those tendencies. So don't blame it all on Donald Trump.
Thursday, March 24, 2016 Tomgram: Tanya Golash-Boza, How Many Presidents Does It Take to Deport 11 Million People?
For today's post, TomDispatch asked Tanya Golash-Boza, author of Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor, and Global Capitalism, to take a clear-eyed look at the anti-immigrant policies and plans of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz -- both the expansive claims of future deportations and wall-building and make some sense (or, in reality, nonsense) of them.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Tomgram: William Astore, America's Post-Democratic Military
From William Astore, a powerful portrait of how, in the decades after the Vietnam War, a post-democratic U.S. military became a reality and of the kind of permanent war making it freed Washington to be involved in.
Monday, March 21, 2016 Tomgram: Adam Hochschild, A Corporation Goes to War
In researching the book, Hochschild came across a crucial figure working in those shadows -- an unforgettable oilman with a Trumpian personality whose acts in support of Spanish general Francisco Franco and then Adolf Hitler helped ensure that fascism would come to power in Spain and, in the end, that the globe would be bathed in blood.
Thursday, March 17, 2016 Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Candidates, Is America Exceptional, or Only Great?
As State Department whistleblower and TomDispatch regular Peter Van Buren explains in devastating detail today, one "debate" area where the present crew of media interrogators and presidential candidates are almost startling out of touch is foreign policy and the national security state.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016(1 comments)
Tomgram: Gregory Foster, A Case for Demilitarizing the Military
Almost 15 years after America's global war on terror was launched, we face a deeply embedded (and remarkably unsuccessful) American version of militarism and, as Gregory Foster writes in a monumental, must-read post for TD today, a massive crisis in civil-military relations that is seldom recognized, no less discussed or debated.
Thursday, March 10, 2016(1 comments)
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Done In by the American Way of War
I begin by noting that Washington's war effort in Afghanistan just got its 17th commander in less than 15 years, which reminded me of just how repetitive the American way of war has been in that near decade and a half (and how repetitively unsuccessful as well).
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Tomgram: Michael Klare, A Take-No-Prisoners World of Oil
Michael Klare offers a hair-raising look at this planet's new world of oil, involving a glut of the stuff, plunging prices, and an energy "war of attrition" set off by the Saudis that could have unknown but dangerous ramifications planet-wide.
Monday, March 7, 2016 Tomgram: Engler, The Transformative Power of Democratic Uprisings
Mark and Paul Engler offer a powerful argument for why we shouldn't listen to the voices of everyday practicality and incremental change, and why today's activists fighting for immigrant rights or battling the forces of climate change can, in fact, make a major difference -- even against long odds, great doubts, and business-as-usual Beltway intransigence.
Thursday, March 3, 2016 Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, The Grief of Others and the Boasts of Candidates
In today's moving post, Mattea Kramer takes up a subject TomDispatch always finds of special importance -- what might be called this country's empathy deficit when it comes to the "collateral damage" inflicted in our distant wars, and she does so in the context of the particularly bloodthirsty nature of campaign 2016.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016(2 comments)
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Donald Trump and the Remaking of America
In a stunning piece of analysis themed to Super Tuesday and beyond, TomDispatch regular Andrew Bacevich, author of the upcoming book America's War for the Greater Middle East, suggests what this country might be like, should Donald Trump actually ride a populist wave of fear and loathing to the White House.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 Tomgram: Bill McKibben, It's Not Just What Exxon Did, It's What It's Doing
Bill McKibben explores what it meant for one giant energy company, ExxonMobile, to know the truth about climate change decades ago, use that information to improve its future profitability while keeping it from the public, and so continue the never-ending search for more fossil fuels and the never-ending big dig that goes with it.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Minimum Wage, Minimum Chance
Back in 2014, TomDispatch regular Peter Van Buren described for this site how, having lost his State Department job for being a whistleblower on the Iraq War, he fell for a time into the low-wage world. As he wrote, "And soon enough, I did indeed find myself working in exactly that economy and, worse yet, trying to live on the money I made. But it wasn't just the money.
Thursday, February 11, 2016(1 comments)
Tomgram: William Astore, Spoiling The Pentagon
As for today, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and TomDispatch regular William J. Astore has come up with a perfect "medical" diagnosis for the Pentagon in the twenty-first century. It suffers, he writes, from Ethan-Couch-style "affluenza."
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Rosner and Markowitz, Welcome to the United States of Flint
David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, authors of Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children, offer the definitive account of how this country was poisoned by lead thanks to industries that were profiting from its use and left the public to face the music.
Monday, February 8, 2016(2 comments)
"The Finest Fighting Force in the History of the World"
It's a line you'll hear often enough in Washington: the U.S. military is "the finest fighting force in the history of the world." In my latest post, I take that line seriously and offer a devastating assessment of the actions of the U.S. military since 9/11, as well as a little preview of what we know about U.S. military planning for 2016 in the Greater Middle East and why it's almost certainly doomed to fail.
Thursday, February 4, 2016(1 comments)
Aviva Chomsky, A Newspaper's Crisis Reveals Unreported Worlds
From Aviva Chomsky, author of Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, a genuinely eye-opening look at how intimate our relationship is with undocumented immigrants, how carefully that relationship is kept from us, and how that helps Donald Trump and others blast away at them while the rest of us feel as if it has nothing to do with us.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Tomgram: Ira Chernus, The Peace Movement's War Story
Ira Chernus brings up a question that should be on all our minds. What ever happened to the pre-Iraq-invasion massive peace movement? At a time when Americans should have been in the streets saying hell no, we better not go, the Bush administration and then the Obama administration were repeating the same militarized mistakes endlessly, while turning the Greater Middle East into a charnel house of failure.
Monday, February 1, 2016(2 comments)
Nomi Prins, The Big Money and What It Means in Election 2016
Here's the perfect piece for the day of the first official primary of the year -- a rundown not on the vote in Iowa but on a far more important matter: the money. This is the latest in the coverage that Nomi Prins, author of All the Presidents' Bankers, is offering at TomDispatch this election season on the money behind the spectacle.
Thursday, January 28, 2016(3 comments)
Social Democracy for Dummies
Ann Jones offers a dazzling look at what "social democracy" -- now, thanks to Bernie Sanders, actually a topic of discussion in this country -- really means. Having spent the last four years in Norway, Jones offers a vivid comparison between how social democracy works there and how what's increasingly the democracy of the 1% works here.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016(3 comments)
Tomgram: Bill McKibben, The Real Zombie Apocalypse
In a dramatic new piece, Bill McKibben offers a riveting vision of a world in peril, and a fossil fuel industry still proceeding in zombie-like fashion with projects which will extend the life of fossil fuels decades into the future and create the perfectly real-world equivalent of a zombie apocalypse.
Monday, January 18, 2016(1 comments)
Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, How to Resolve the ISIS Crisis
Van Buren then offers a full-scale reassessment of the situation to date and a realistic look at what kind of a threat the Islamic State is to the U.S. At that point, he suggests a plan of action that is radical indeed from the point of view of present-day Washington where an "antiwar" stance involves more bombs and more special operatives.
Thursday, January 14, 2016 Tomgram: David Vine, Enduring Bases, Enduring War in the Middle East
Today, Vine, author of Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, analyzes what our increasingly secretive military is going to do with the latest set of bases the Pentagon is building or building up in the Greater Middle East and now Africa. It's quite a story and you can only find it laid out in this authoritative and sweeping way at TomDispatch. Don't miss it!
Tuesday, January 12, 2016(1 comments)
Tomgram: Michael Klare, The Look of a Badly Oiled Planet
Saudi Arabia may be in trouble and the reason for that has little to do with Iran or Syria or Yemen or Iraq or the Islamic State. The problem is far more basic, as TomDispatch's resident energy expert Michael Klare points out in his latest post. It's the price of oil, which in the last 18 months has dropped through the floor.
Monday, January 11, 2016(1 comments)
Tomgram: Rick Shenkman, How We Learned to Stop Worrying About People and Love the Bombing
Making sense of why Americans seem so unbothered by the killing being done in their names in distant lands. Rick Shenkman, who runs the History News Network website and is the author of the just-published book Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics, takes on American air power, its results, and why those results bother us so little.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015(2 comments)
Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, "Are They Going to Kill Me?"
"What did you do at school today, Seamus?" It's a question I ask him everyday.
"Well," my proud preschooler begins, "we did not have a lockdown drill today." And that's about as far as he gets in the art of storytelling.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 Tomgram: Matthew Harwood, Welcome to Cop Land
If you've been listening to various police agencies and their supporters, then you know what the future holds: anarchy is coming -- and it's all the fault of activists.