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Tom Engelhardt, who runs the Nation Institute's ("a regular antidote to the mainstream media"), is the co-founder of the American Empire Project and, most recently, the author of Mission Unaccomplished: Tomdispatch Interviews with American Iconoclasts and Dissenters (Nation Books), the first collection of Tomdispatch interviews.

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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 18, 2022
Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Sportswashing Saudi Arabia Here's the big question in Jock Culture these days: Is the Kingdom of Golf being used to sportswash the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Or is it the other way around? After all, what other major sport could use a sandstorm of Middle Eastern murder and human-rights abuses to obscure its own history of bigotry and greed?[..]
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Tomgram: Kelly Denton-Borhaug, Living on a Planet of Lies Recent episodes of purposeful and accidental truth-telling brought to my mind the latest verbal lapse by George W. Bush, the president who hustled this country into war in Afghanistan and Iraq after the 9/11 attacks. He clearly hadn't planned to make a public confession about his own warmongering in Iraq when he gave a speech in Texas this spring[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 15, 2022
Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? The American military is now having trouble recruiting enough soldiers. According to the New York Times, its ranks are short thousands of entry-level troops and it's on track to face the worst recruitment crisis since the Vietnam War ended, not long after the draft was eliminated[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 11, 2022
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Is the Never-Ending Story Ending? I find nothing strange in Joe Biden, at 79 (going on 80), being the oldest president in our history and possibly planning to run again in 2024. After all, who wouldn't want to end up in the record books? Were he to be nominated and then beat the also-aging Donald Trump, or Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, or even Fox News's eternally popular Tucker Carlson, he would occupy the White House until he was 86[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Tomgram: Stan Cox, Angry White Guys in Big-Ass Pickups In the United States during 16 months in 2020 and 2021, vehicles rammed into groups of protesters at least 139 times, according to a Boston Globe analysis. Three victims died and at least 100 were injured. Consider that a new level of all-American barbarity, thanks to the growing toxicity of right-wing politics, empowered by its embrace of ever-larger, more menacing vehicles being cranked out by the auto industry[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 1, 2022
Tomgram: Nina Burleigh, The Gilead Playbook Ever since the early morning hours of November 9, 2016, standing in a ballroom with red-hatted Trump election celebrants in the New York Hilton, I've been waiting for this moment. This eruption of misogyny, unlike any since perhaps the witch trials and the burnings of midwives at the stake, was only a matter of time[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 28, 2022
Tomgram: William Astore, Pantophobia USA I have a brother with chronic schizophrenia. He had his first severe catatonic episode when he was 16 years old and I was 10. Later, he suffered from auditory hallucinations and heard voices saying nasty things to him. I remember my father reassuring him that the voices weren't real and asking him whether he could ignore them. Sadly, it's not that simple[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Tomgram: Michael Klare, Oil Rules the World It may seem hard to believe, but only 15 years ago many of us were talking confidently about "peak oil" the moment of maximum global oil output after which, with world reserves dwindling, its use would begin an irreversible decline. Then along came hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the very notion of peak oil largely vanished.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 21, 2022
Tomgram: William deBuys, Welcome to the Pyrocene Firefighters don't normally allude to early English epics, but in a briefing on the massive Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire in northern New Mexico, a top field chief said, "It's like Beowulf: it's not the thing you fear, it is the mother of the thing you fear." He meant that the flames you face may be terrifying, but scarier yet are the conditions that spawned them[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Tomgram: Liz Theoharis, Dealing with a Christian Nationalist Movement When I was the age that my daughter is now, my favorite sweatshirt had the words "Choice, Choice, Choice, Choice" in rainbow letters across its front. My mom got me that sweatshirt at a 1989 rally in response to Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. In that case, the Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law restricting the use of state funds and facilities for abortion, an early attempt to eat away at Roe v. Wade[...]
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 18, 2022
Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, State of Disgrace in Washington Well before the House select committee's January 6th investigation began, trust in the classic American system of checks and balances as reliable protection against executive (or, more recently, Supreme Court) abuses of power had already fallen into a state of disgrace. A domestically shackled Biden presidency, a Congress unable to act, and a Supreme Court that seems ever more like an autocratic governing body[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 14, 2022
Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Seeking a Salve for Heat, Hate, and Hysteria It's hot and hazy as July rolls around. Growing up in the Baltimore swamplands, we used to say, "It's not the heat, it's the humidity." Meaning that the humidity was harder to deal with than the feverish temperatures. At some point in my family, the phrase morphed into: "It's not the heat, it's the stupidity."At the time, we meant the antics of people when it gets hot[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, After the American Century "The American Century Is Over." So claims the July 2022 cover of Harper's Magazine, adding an all-too-pertinent question: "What's Next?"[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 11, 2022
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Back to the Future Again Recently, I told my friend Mimi that, only weeks from now, I was returning to Reno to help UNITE-HERE, the hospitality industry union, in the potentially nightmarish 2022 election. "Even though," I added, "I hate electoral politics[...]"
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 7, 2022
Tomgram: William Hartung, Call It the National (In)security Budget This March, when the Biden administration presented a staggering $813 billion proposal for "national defense," it was hard to imagine a budget that could go significantly higher or be more generous to the denizens of the military-industrial complex. After all, that request represented far more than peak spending in the Korean or Vietnam War years, and well over $100 billion more than at the height of the Cold War[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Life in Hell (Literally!) n recent weeks, a newly emboldened right-wing Supreme Court struck down a more than century-old New York law restricting the carrying of concealed weapons and a nearly 50-year-old precedent on abortion. Meanwhile, the January 6th Committee has been laying out in graphic televised detail how our last president tried to subvert the 2021 election. Inflation, of course, continues to run riot; gas prices have soared[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 30, 2022
Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, The Right-Wing's Attempt to Militarize American Politics Increasingly, it seems, Americans have an anger problem. All too many of us now have the urge to use name-calling, violent social-media posts, threats, baseball bats, and guns to do what we once did with persuasion and voting. For example, during the year after Donald Trump entered the Oval Office, threats of violence or even death against lawmakers of both parties increased more than fourfold[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Tomram: William Astore, Up in Arms and Armor in America American schools are soft, you say? I know what you mean. I taught college for 15 years, so I've dealt with my share of still-teenagers fresh out of high school. Many of them inspired me, but some had clearly earned high marks too easily and needed remedial help in math, English, or other subjects. School discipline had been too lax perhaps and standards too slack,[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 27, 2022
Tomgram: Rajan Menon, One War Too Many on Planet Earth When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th, I was easing my way into a new job and in the throes of the teaching year. But that war quickly hijacked my life. I spend most of my day poring over multiple newspapers, magazines, blogs, and the Twitter feeds of various military mavens, a few of whom have been catapulted by the war from obscurity to a modicum of fame[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 23, 2022
Tomgram: John Feffer, A Last Supper for Humanity? In its attempt to swallow Ukraine whole, Russia has so far managed to bite off only the eastern Donbas region and a portion of its southern coast. The rest of the country remains independent, with its capital Kyiv intact. No one knows how this meal will end. Ukraine is eager to force Russia to disgorge what it's already devoured, while the still-peckish invader clearly has no interest in leaving the table[...]

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