SHARE Thursday, June 17, 2021 Tomgram: William Astore, Big Lies Have Consequences, Too
Americans may already be lying themselves out of what little remains of their democracy.
The big lie uniting and motivating today's Republicans is, of course, that Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, won the 2020 presidential election[...]
SHARE Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, It's Time to Touch the Third Rail
These days my conversations with friends about the new administration go something like this:
"Biden's doing better than I thought he would."
"Yeah. Vaccinations, infrastructure, acknowledging racism in policing. A lot of pieces of the Green New Deal, without calling it that. The child subsidies. It's kind of amazing."
"But on the military-"
"Yeah, same old, same old[...]"
SHARE Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Tomgram: John Feffer, Still Waiting to Exhale
I went to a birthday party recently.
The celebrants greeted each other with hugs on the patio. After an outdoor barbeque dinner, we stood shoulder to shoulder around the island in the kitchen, eating cake from small paper plates. We sang "Happy Birthday."
Ordinarily, an event like that wouldn't be worth noting, but these aren't exactly ordinary times[...]
SHARE Monday, June 7, 2021 Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Formula for National (In)Security
Let me start with my friend and the boat. Admittedly, they might not seem to have anything to do with each other. The boat, a guided-missile destroyer named the USS Curtis Wilbur, reportedly passed through the Straits of Taiwan and into the South China Sea, skirting the Paracel Islands that China has claimed as its own. It represented yet another Biden-era challenge to the planet's rising power from its falling one[...]
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 3, 2021 Tomgram: Nina Burleigh, How to Make Money Off a Pandemic
Now that we're all unmasking and the economy seems set to roar into the 2020s, what will we remember about how disastrously, how malignantly, the Trump administration behaved as the pandemic took hold? And will anyone be held to account for it?[...]
SHARE Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Tomgram: Belle Chesler, Living in Pandemic Purgatory, Up Close and Personal
It seems appropriate that the 2020-2021 school year in Portland, Oregon, began amid toxic smoke from the catastrophic wildfires that blanketed many parts of the state for almost two weeks. The night before the first day of school, the smoke alarm in my bedroom went off. Looking back, I see it as a clarion call, a shrieking, beeping warning of all the threats, real and existential, we'd face in the year to come[...]
SHARE Thursday, May 27, 2021 Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, The Athlete of the Century?
In the late 1990s, I could always draw dismissive snickers at ESPN production meetings I was a commentator there at the time when I lobbied for tennis champion Billie Jean King to be named that network's number-one athlete of the twentieth century. In those days, even women sports wonks would roll their eyes and keep plugging for the likes of Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, or Muhammad Ali[...]
SHARE Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Tomgram: William Hartung, Selling Death
When it comes to trade in the tools of death and destruction, no one tops the United States of America.
In April of this year, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published its annual analysis of trends in global arms sales and the winner as always was the U.S. of A[...]
SHARE Thursday, May 20, 2021 Tomgram: Michael Klare, Will There Be Resource Wars in a Renewable Future?
Thanks to its very name renewable energy we can picture a time in the not-too-distant future when our need for non-renewable fuels like oil, natural gas, and coal will vanish. Indeed, the Biden administration has announced a breakthrough target of 2035 for fully eliminating U.S. reliance on those non-renewable fuels for the generation of electricity[...]
SHARE Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, War as the Enemy of Reform
Is President Biden afflicted with the political equivalent of a split personality? His first several months in office suggest just that possibility. On the home front, the president's inclination is clearly to Go Big. When it comes to America's role in the world, however, Biden largely hews to pre-Trumpian precedent. So far at least, the administration's overarching foreign-policy theme is Take It Slow[...]
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 17, 2021 Tomgram: Todd Miller, Maintaining Instability in a World of Inequality
From the mountaintops of southern Arizona, you can see a world without borders. I realized this just before I met Juan Carlos. I was about 20 miles from the border but well within the militarized zone that abuts it. I was, in fact, atop the Baboquivari mountain range, a place sacred to the Tohono O'odham, the Native American people who have inhabited this land for thousands of years[...]
SHARE Thursday, May 13, 2021 Tomgram: Liz Theoharis, "Rise Up Through the Ashes and Devastation"
One hundred and fifty years ago, in the bloody wake of the Civil War, the abolitionist Julia Ward Howe issued a "Mother's Day Proclamation." The world, she wrote, could no longer bear such terrible violence and death. She called on women across the country to "rise up through the ashes and devastation" and come together in the cause of peace. Forty years later, her daughter Anna Jarvis created Mother's Day[...]
SHARE Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Tomgram: Mandy Smithberger, Joe Biden's Pentagon Honeymoon
The first 100 days of President Joe Biden's administration have come and gone. While somewhat exaggerated, that milestone is normally considered the honeymoon period for any new president. Buoyed by a recent election triumph and inauguration, he's expected to be at the peak of his power when it comes to advancing the biggest, boldest items on his agenda[...]
SHARE Thursday, May 6, 2021 Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, How Washington Lost the Ultimate Drug War
Many of us have had a recurring nightmare. You know the one. In a fog between sleeping and waking, you're trying desperately to escape from something awful, some looming threat, but you feel paralyzed. Then, with great relief, you suddenly wake up, covered in sweat. The next night, or the next week, though, that same dream returns[...]
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, The Guanta'namo Conundrum
The Guanta'namo conundrum never seems to end.
Twelve years ago, I had other expectations. I envisioned a writing project that I had no doubt would be part of my future: an account of Guanta'namo's last 100 days. I expected to narrate in reverse, the episodes in a book I had just published, The Least Worst Place: Guanta'namo's First 100 Days, about well, the title makes it all too obvious[...]
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 29, 2021 Tomgram: Engelhardt, War Is Peace, Peace Is War
Here's the strange thing in an ever-stranger world: I was born in July 1944 in the midst of a devastating world war. That war ended in August 1945 with the atomic obliteration of two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by the most devastating bombs in history up to that moment, given the sweet code names "Little Boy" and "Fat Man."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Tomgram: John Feffer, America Hacks Itself
America has a serious infrastructure problem.
Maybe when I say that what comes to mind are all the potholes on your street. Or the dismal state of public transportation in your city. Or crumbling bridges all over the country. But that's so twentieth century of you[...]