SHARE Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Tomgram: Bob Dreyfuss, Could Covert War With Iran Become Overt Before November 3rd?
Was Donald Trump's January 3rd drone assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani the first step in turning the simmering Cold War between the United States and Iran into a hot war in the weeks before an American presidential election? Of course, there's no way to know, but behind by double digits in most national polls and flanked by ultra-hawkish Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump is a notoriously impetuous and erratic
SHARE Monday, August 10, 2020 Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Unexpected Past, the Unknown Future
Let me be blunt. This wasn't the world I imagined for my denouement. Not faintly. Of course, I can't claim I ever really imagined such a place. Who, in their youth, considers their death and the world that might accompany it, the one you might leave behind for younger generations? I'm 76 now. True, if I were lucky (or perhaps unlucky), I could live another 20 years and see yet a newer world born.
SHARE Thursday, August 6, 2020 Tomgram: Patrick Cockburn, My Pandemics
The struggle against Covid-19 has often been compared to fighting a war. Much of this rhetoric is bombast, but the similarities between the struggle against the virus and against human enemies are real enough. War reporting and pandemic reporting likewise have much in common because, in both cases, journalists are dealing with and describing matters of life and death.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, Prioritizing Empire Over Health
American military personnel are getting sick in significant numbers in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. As The New York Times reported in a piece buried in the back pages of its July 21st edition, "The infection rate in the services has tripled over the past six weeks as the United States military has emerged as a potential source of transmission both domestically and abroad."
SHARE Monday, August 3, 2020 Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Can the Pandemic Bring Accountability Back to This Country?
Whether you consider the appalling death toll or the equally unacceptable rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the United States has one of the worst records worldwide when it comes to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the president has continued to behave just as he promised he would in March when there had been only 40 deaths from the virus here and he said, "I don't take responsibility at all."
SHARE Thursday, July 30, 2020 Tomgram: John Feffer, The No-Trust World
I don't trust you.
Don't take it personally. It doesn't matter whether you're a friend or a stranger. I don't care about your identity or your politics, where you work or if you work, whether you wear a mask or carry a gun.
I don't trust you because you are, for the time being, a potential carrier of a deadly virus.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 23, 2020 Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Work in the Time of Covid-19
In two weeks, my partner and I were supposed to leave San Francisco for Reno, Nevada, where we'd be spending the next three months focused on the 2020 presidential election. As we did in 2018, we'd be working with UNITE-HERE, the hospitality industry union, only this time on the campaign to drive Donald Trump from office.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Tomgram: Liz Theoharis, Time to Stop Bankrolling War and the Wealthy
The word jubilee comes from the Hebrew "yovel," meaning a "trumpet blast of liberty." It was said that, on the day of liberation, the sound of a ram's horn would ring through the land. These days, I hear the sound of that horn while walking with my kids through the streets of New York City, while protests continue here, even amid a pandemic...
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 16, 2020 Tomgram: Engelhardt, Donald J. Trump, or Osama bin Laden's Revenge
It's July 2020 and I'm about to turn 76, which, as far as I'm concerned, officially makes me an old man. So put up with my aging, wandering brain here, since (I swear) I wasn't going to start this piece with Donald J. Trump, no matter his latest wild claims or bizarre statements, increasingly white nationalist and pro-Confederate positions...
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Tomgram: Rajan Menon, Homelessness in the Covid-19 Era
The novel SARS-CoV-2 has roared through the American landscape leaving physical, emotional, and economic devastation in its wake. By early July, known infections in this country exceeded three million, while deaths topped 135,000. Home to just over 4% of the global population, the United States accounts for more than a quarter of all fatalities from Covid-19, the disease produced by the coronavirus.
SHARE Monday, July 13, 2020 Tomgram: Nan Levinson, The Vet Conundrum and America's Wars
If you still follow the mainstream media, you're probably part of the 38% of registered voters who knew something about the op-ed Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) published in the New York Times early in June, exhorting the president to use the Insurrection Act to "restore order to our streets."
SHARE Friday, July 10, 2020 Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Antiwar Vets in the Belly of the Beast
It was June 20th and we antiwar vets had traveled all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the midst of a pandemic to protest President Trump's latest folly, an election 2020 rally where he was to parade his goods and pretend all was well with this country...
SHARE Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Tomgram: William Hartung, What Makes Us Safer?
Think of it as a war system that's been coming home for years. The murder of George Floyd has finally shone a spotlight on the need to defund local police departments and find alternatives that provide more genuine safety and security. The same sort of spotlight needs soon to be shone on the American military machine and the wildly well-funded damage it's been doing for almost 19 years across the Greater Middle East and Africa
SHARE Thursday, July 2, 2020 Tomgram: Lawrence Weschler, A New Mount Rushmore for a World on the Brink?
The news that President Trump is planning to stage a "massive fireworks display" before a sizeable crowd on Independence Day eve at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial (notwithstanding the prospect of both wildfires in the tinder-dry surroundings and the further spread of Covid-19) has left me mulling over once again the possible creation of another such epic-scale monument.
SHARE Monday, June 29, 2020 Tomgram: Mandy Smithberger, Prioritizing the Pentagon in a Pandemic
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Washington has initiated its largest spending binge in history. In the process, you might assume that the unparalleled spread of the disease would have led to a little rethinking when it came to all the trillions of dollars Congress has given the Pentagon in these years that have in no way made us safer from, or prepared us better to respond to, this predictable threat...
SHARE Saturday, June 27, 2020 Tomgram: John Feffer, The De-Trumpification of America
Let's assume that Donald Trump loses the election in November.
Yes, that's a mighty big assumption, despite all the polls currently favoring the Democrats. If the economy begins to recover and the first wave of Covid-19 subsides (without a second wave striking), Donald Trump's reelection prospects could improve greatly.
SHARE Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The All-American Way
In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Americans are finally -- or is it once again? -- confronting the racism that afflicts this country and extends into just about every corner of our national life. Something fundamental just might be happening.