(2 comments) Sunday, October 5, 2014 Tomgram: Pepe Escobar, New Silk Roads and an Alternate Eurasian Century
No matter how often Washington remixes its Global War on Terror, the tectonic plates of Eurasian geopolitics continue to shift, and they're not going to stop just because American elites refuse to accept that their historically brief "unipolar moment" is on the wane.
Sunday, September 14, 2014 Tomgram: Bautista, Crisp-Sauray, and McKibben, A Future to March For
We march because researchers told the world in April that the West Antarctic ice sheet has begun to melt "irrevocably"; Greenland's ice shield may soon follow suit; and the waters from those, as rising seas, will sooner or later drown the world's coastlines and many of its great cities.
(2 comments) Sunday, May 18, 2014 Tomgram: Pepe Escobar, Who's Pivoting Where in Eurasia?
If you want to know why no key country in Asia has been willing to "isolate" Russia in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis -- and in defiance of the Obama administration -- look no further than Pipelineistan. possibility of a push, led again by China and Russia, toward a new international reserve currency -- actually a basket of currencies -- that would supersede the dollar (at least in the optimistic dreams of BRICS members).
(4 comments) Sunday, April 7, 2013 Tomgram: Bill McKibben, How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Democrats?
We probably need to think, most of the time, about how to change the country, not the Democrats. If we build a movement strong enough to transform the national mood, then perhaps the trembling leaders of the Democrats will eventually follow. At which point we'll get an end to things like the Keystone pipeline, and maybe even a price on carbon.
Sunday, December 2, 2012 Tomgram: Steve Fraser, The National Museum of Industrial Homicide
For the first time in American history, the life expectancy of white people, men and women, has actually dropped. Life spans for the least educated, in particular, have fallen by about four years since 1990. Whatever combination of factors produced this social statistic, it may be the rawest measure of a society in the throes of economic anorexia.
Sunday, November 11, 2012 Tomgram: Kramer and Hellman, It's the Politics, Stupid
Among all the spending and tax changes in the queue, and all the hype around the cliff, the great unknown is whether it's finally farewell to the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. It would raise tens of billions of dollars in desperately-needed tax revenue next year. Ending these tax cuts for the wealthy would bring in cash to reduce deficits or increase funding for cash-starved priorities like higher education.
(1 comments) Sunday, November 4, 2012 Tomgram: Jeremiah Goulka, The Urge to Bomb Iran
Unlike with Iraq in 2002 and 2003, they have it easier today. Then, they and their mentors had to go on a sales roadshow, painting pictures of phantom WMDs to build up support for an invasion. Today, a large majority of Americans already believe that Iran is building nuclear weapons.
(6 comments) Sunday, October 21, 2012 Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Preparing for a Digital 9/11
When it comes to issues like access to information and civil liberties protections, it could very well be that the era of Big Brother is almost upon us, whether we like it or not, and that fighting against it is obsolete behavior. On the other hand, perhaps we're heading into a future in which the government will have to accept that it cannot keep secrets as it once did.
(2 comments) Sunday, September 30, 2012 Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, A Recipe for American Decline That No One Will Be Debating
Yes, there will be questions and answers focused on deficits, taxes, Medicare, the Pentagon, and education, to which you already more or less know the responses each candidate will offer. What you won't get from either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama is a little genuine tough talk about the actual state of reality in these United States of ours.
Sunday, July 8, 2012 William Hartung, Why No One Notices Our MAD Planet
The only way to be safe from nuclear weapons is to get rid of them -- not just the Iranian one that doesn't yet exist, but all of them. It's a daunting task. It's also a subject that's out of the news and off anyone's agenda at the moment, but if it is ever to be achieved, we at least need to start talking about it. Soon.
(1 comments) Thursday, June 21, 2012 Tomgram: Michael Klare, The Cheney Effect (in the Obama Administration)
When it comes to international energy politics, it is not Bush but his vice president, Dick Cheney, who has been providing the role model for the president. As recent events have demonstrated, Obama's energy policies globally bear an eerie likeness to Cheney's, especially in the way he has engaged in the geopolitics of oil as part of an American global struggle for future dominance among the major powers.
(1 comments) Sunday, June 10, 2012 Tomgram: Andy Kroll, How the Wisconsin Uprising Got Hijacked
Walker's win has emboldened the Republican Party. And here's another likelihood: Republican governors and state legislators nationwide will emulate Walker's "divide and conquer" agenda -- his own words -- in the months and possibly years ahead.
(3 comments) Sunday, June 3, 2012 Bill McKibben, Climate-Change Deniers Have Done Their Job Well
In just the last few weeks, hundreds of thousands have signed on to demand an end to fossil-fuel subsidies. And new polling data already show more Americans worried about our changing climate, because they've noticed the freakish weather of the last few years and drawn the obvious conclusion.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 How to Forget on Memorial Day: Whistling Past the Graveyard of Empires
When it comes to the major war the United States is still fighting, now in its 11th year, the word remembrance is surely inappropriate, as is the "Memorial" in Memorial Day. The dead of the Afghan War have largely been tossed down the memory hole of history. Even the fact that Americans are still dying in Afghanistan seems largely to have been forgotten, along with the war itself.
(1 comments) Saturday, May 5, 2012 Tomgram: Bill McKibben, The Most Important Story of Our Lives
After a year with a record number of multi-billion dollar weather disasters, seven in ten Americans now believe that "global warming is affecting the weather." No less striking, 35% of the respondents reported that extreme weather had affected them personally in 2011.
(1 comments) Thursday, May 3, 2012 Too Hot Not to Notice? A Planet Connected by Wild Weather
Who in Washington isn't reading the polls the way a New Ager might read Tarot cards? So when President Obama suddenly starts talking -- quite voluntarily -- about global warming as a campaign issue, you know something's up. What's up, it turns out, is public concern over climate change after years of polling in which Americans claimed to be ever less worried about the phenomenon.
Sunday, April 8, 2012 Peter Van Buren, Joining The Whistleblowers' Club
What I saw while serving the State Department at a forward operating base in Iraq was, however, different. There, the space between what we were doing (the eye-watering waste and mismanagement), and what we were saying (the endless claims of success and progress), was filled with numb soldiers and devastated Iraqis, not scaredy-cat bureaucrats.
Sunday, March 11, 2012 Tomgram: Engelhardt, War as the President's Private Preserve
Whether he meant to or not, in his latest version of Iran war policy President Obama has built on the Bush precedent. His represents, however, an even more extreme version, which should perhaps be labeled the 0% Doctrine. In holding off an Israeli strike that may itself be nothing but a bluff, he has defined a future Iranian decision to build a nuclear weapon as a new form of aggression against the United States.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Eyal Press, Chilling Dissent on Wall Street
The Obama administration has set a record by accusing no fewer than six government employees, who allegedly leaked classified information to reporters, of violating the Espionage Act, a draconian law dating back to 1917.