Thursday, April 18, 2019 Tomgram: Belle Chesler, Defunding Children, A National Crisis of the Soul
Three weeks ago, I sat in a cramped conference room in the large public high school where I teach in Beaverton, Oregon. I was listening to the principal deliver a scripted PowerPoint presentation on the $35-million-dollar budget deficit our district faces in the upcoming school year.
Monday, April 15, 2019 Tomgram: Engelhardt, A "Ridiculous" War
Here's a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts.
Still, I'd like to explain -- but I'm nervous about doing so...
Thursday, April 11, 2019 Tomgram: Ann Jones, Our Veblen Moment
Distracted daily by the bloviating POTUS? Here, then, is a small suggestion. Focus your mind for a moment on one simple (yet deeply complex) truth: we are living in a Veblen Moment.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Tomgram: Alfred W. McCoy, America's Self-Inflicted Wound
We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not the one in Afghanistan. I mean the drug war.
Monday, April 8, 2019 Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Behind Fronds of Fakery, Here's Some Real News
Irony, paradox, contradiction, consternation -- these define the times in which we live. On the one hand, the 45th president of the United States is a shameless liar. On the other hand, his presidency offers an open invitation to Americans to confront myths about the way their country actually works.
Thursday, April 4, 2019 Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, India, Pakistan, and a Planet in Peril
It's still the most dangerous border on Earth. Yet compared to the recent tweets of President Donald Trump, it remains a marginal news story. That doesn't for a moment diminish the chance that the globe's first (and possibly ultimate) nuclear conflagration could break out along that 480-mile border known as the Line of Control (and, given the history that surrounds it, that phrase should indeed be capitalized).
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Tomgram: Rajan Menon, Whose Money? Not Yours
Despair about the state of our politics pervades the political spectrum, from left to right. One source of it, the narrative of fairness offered in basic civics textbooks -- we all have an equal opportunity to succeed if we work hard and play by the rules; citizens can truly shape our politics -- no longer rings true to most Americans.
(1 comments) Sunday, March 31, 2019 Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, On Leaving the U.S. Army
I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was time for me to go.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 Tomgram: Engelhardt, Donald Trump Naked as a Jaybird
Recently, I did something rare in my life. Over a long weekend, I took a few days away and almost uniquely -- I might even say miraculously -- never saw Donald Trump's face, since I didn't watch TV and barely checked the news.
(1 comments) Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Turning Our Backs on Nuremberg
Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it's easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos. Paul Manafort is sentenced twice and indicted a third time! Whoosh! Gone!
(1 comments) Thursday, March 21, 2019 Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Retiring the Statue of Liberty
It turns out that walls can't always be seen. Donald Trump may never build his "great, great wall," but that doesn't mean he isn't working to wall Americans in. It's a story that needs to be told.
(1 comments) Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Tomgram: William Astore, The Death of Peace
"Veni, Vidi, Vici," boasted Julius Caesar, one of history's great military captains. "I came, I saw, I conquered."
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that famed saying when summing up the Obama administration's military intervention in Libya in 2011 -- with a small alteration. "We came, we saw, he died," she said with a laugh about the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, that country's autocratic leader.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, A Mother Swept Away by Climate Change
Young people across the world are striking to draw attention to the ravages of climate change. They are demanding -- with their bodies and their voices -- that the catastrophe each of them will inherit be a priority for the grown-ups around them. They are insisting that we adults make some sacrifices to keep their planet from becoming uninhabitable.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Tomgram: Allegra Harpootlian, The School Shooters of the Planet
In the wake of the February 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff members, a teacher said the school looked "like a war zone." And to many young Americans, that's exactly what it felt like. But this shooting was different.
Monday, March 11, 2019 Tomgram: Bob Dreyfuss, The Rise of the Hardliners
Here's the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran?
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Tomgram: Greg Grandin, Donald Trump, Pornographer-in-Chief
On February 15th, Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency in order to fund his "great, great" border wall without having to go through Congress. There is, of course, no emergency, despite the rape fantasy that the president has regularly tried to pass off as public policy.
Monday, March 4, 2019 The Greatest Wall of All
Call me crazy, if you want, but I think I see how to do it!
We have two intractable issues, one intractable president, and an intractable world, but what if it weren't so? What if those two intractable problems could be swept off the table by a single gesture from that same intractable man?