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Tom Engelhardt, who runs the Nation Institute's Tomdispatch.com ("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, May 23, 2024
Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Pentagon's .00035% Problem There are constants in this world -- occurrences you can count on. Sunrises and sunsets. The tides. That, day by day, people will be born and others will die. Some of them will die in peace, but others, of course, in violence and agony. For hundreds of years, the U.S. military has been killing people. It's been a constant of our history[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Tomgram: Liz Theoharis and Shailly Gupta Barnes, Don't Grind the Faces of the Poor On April 22nd, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Grants Pass v. Johnson, a case that focuses on whether unhoused -- the term that has generally replaced "homeless" -- people with no indoor shelter options can even pull a blanket around themselves outdoors without being subject to criminal punishment[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 20, 2024
Tomgram: Clarence Lusane, Is the Racial Storm Coming? Consider Donald Trump to be in a racial bind when it comes to election 2024. After all, he needs Black voters to at least defect from Joe Biden in swing states, if not actually vote for him. Yet, more than ever, he also needs his white nationalist base to believe that a second Trump term will be even more racist than the first and he's been openly claiming that he'll address the ghost of anti-white racism[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 16, 2024
Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, Anger and the MAGA Movement An acquaintance who hails from the same New Jersey town as I do spends his free weekends crawling through the woods on his stomach as part of a firearms training course, green camouflage paint on his face and a revolver in his hand. He considers this both a way to have fun in his free time and to prepare for the supposed threat from immigrants everywhere. ("You never know when something could happen," he tells me[...])
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Tomgram: William Hartung, Democracy Versus Autocracy on America's Campuses I've spent most of my life as an advocate for a more peaceful world. In recent years, I've been focused on promoting diplomacy over war and exposing the role of giant weapons companies like Lockheed Martin and its allies in Congress and at the Pentagon as they push for a "military-first" foreign policy[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 13, 2024
Tomgram: Jane Braxton Little, Reporting from a Burned-Out Main Street When wildfires began erupting in the Texas Panhandle in February, Laurie Ezzell Brown, the editor and publisher of the Canadian Record, was in Houston on a panel discussing ways in which losing local newspapers represents a danger to democracy. Running the once-a-week Record from the Panhandle town of Canadian, she certainly knew something about the rise of "news deserts" in this country[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 9, 2024
Tomgram: Norman Solomon, When Students Are a Shock to the System Persisting in his support for an unpopular war, the Democrat in the White House has helped spark a rebellion close to home. Young people -- least inclined to deference, most inclined to moral outrage -- are leading public opposition to the ongoing slaughter in Gaza. The campus upheaval is a clash between accepting and resisting, while elites insist on doing maintenance work for the war machine[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, America's Existential Trials It was the jokes about Trump's rumored flatulence in the courtroom that pushed me toward despair. And don't think it was disgust with the subject matter either. After all, I've lived with teenagers and I wasn't all that surprised by yet another Trump-inspired trivialization of a critical civic institution. What appalled me was the possibility that -- let's be clear here -- such stories would somehow humanize the monster [...]
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 3, 2024
Tomgram: Helen Benedict, Students on the Right Side of History Helicopters have been throbbing overhead for days now. Nights, too. Police are swarming the streets of Broadway, many in riot gear. Police vans, some as big as a city bus, are lined up along side streets and Broadway[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Birding in Gaza He's a funny little chap: a sharp dresser with a sleek grey jacket, a white waistcoat, red shorts, and a small grey crest for a hat. With his shiny black eyes and stubby black beak, he's quite the looker. Like the chihuahua of the bird world, the tufted titmouse has no idea he's tiny. He swaggers right up to the feeder, shouldering bigger birds out of the way[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 29, 2024
Tomgram: Stan Cox, No Excuses -- We've Been Warned Something must be up. Otherwise, why would scientists keep sending us those scary warnings? There has been a steady stream of them in the past few years, including "World Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency"(signed by 15,000 of them),"Scientists' Warning Against the Society of Waste," "Scientists' Warning of an Imperiled Ocean," "Scientists' Warning on Technology," "Scientists' Warning on Affluence,"[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 25, 2024
Tomgram: Maha Hilal, The Torture That Just Won't End "To this day I feel humiliation for what was done to me" The time I spent in Abu Ghraib -- it ended my life. I'm only half a human now." That's what Abu Ghraib survivor Talib al-Majli had to say about the 16 months he spent at that notorious prison in Iraq after being captured and detained by American troops on October 31, 2003. In the wake of his release, al-Majli has continued to suffer a myriad of difficulties[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Tomgram: Bob Dreyfuss, Going to Hell in a Handbasket in Iran One, erratic and often unhinged, blew up the U.S.-Iran accord that was the landmark foreign policy achievement of President Obama's second term. He then ordered the assassination of a top Iranian general visiting Iraq, dramatically raising tensions in the region. The other is a traditional advocate of American exceptionalism, a supporter of the U.S.-Iran agreement who promised to restore it upon taking office[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 22, 2024
Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Story of the Decline and Fall of It All Let one old man deal with two others. I turn 80 in July, which makes me just over a year-and-a-half younger than Joe Biden and almost two years older than Donald Trump. And, honestly, I know my limits. Yes, I still walk -- no small thing -- six miles a day. And I work constantly. But I'm also aware that, on my second walk of the day and then as night approaches, I feel significantly more tired than I once did[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 18, 2024
Tomgram: John Feffer, The Gang's All Here Haiti has descended into chaos. It's had no president or parliament -- and no elections either -for eight long years. Its unelected prime minister Ariel Henry resigned recently when gang violence at the airport in Port-au-Prince made it impossible for him to return to the country after a trip to Guyana[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Tomgram: Juan Cole, Playing Russian Roulette with Middle Eastern Oil Last September witnessed what used to be a truly rare weather phenomenon: a Mediterranean hurricane, or "medicane." Once upon a time, the Mediterranean Sea simply didn't get hot enough to produce hurricanes more than every few hundred (yes, few hundred!) years. In this case, however, Storm Daniel assaulted Libya with a biblical-style deluge for four straight days[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 15, 2024
Tomgram: Ellen Cantarow, A Shrapnel-Faced World Words can't express the horrors of Israel's genocide in Gaza. To actually feel the nightmare, you would have to be there under the bombs, fleeing with Palestinians desperately seeking a safe place that doesn't exist; seeing building after building destroyed; treading through blood in one of the few, only partially standing hospitals; and witnessing children and other patients sprawled on hospital floors[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 11, 2024
Tomgram: William Astore, "Now I Am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" When I was in the U.S. military, I learned a saying (often wrongly attributed to the Greek philosopher Plato) that only the dead have seen the end of war. Its persistence through history to this very moment should indeed be sobering. What would it take for us humans to stop killing each other with such vigor and in such numbers?[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Class Warfare Will Be on the Ballot This November Recently, you may have noticed that the hot weather is getting ever hotter. Every year the United States swelters under warmer temperatures and longer periods of sustained heat. In fact, each of the last nine months -- May 2023 through February 2024 -- set a world record for heat. As I'm writing this, March still has a couple of days to go, but likely as not, it, too, will set a record[...]
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 8, 2024
Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Guanta'namo Forever (Yet Forgotten)? Last weekend my father, Larry Greenberg, passed away at the age of 93. Several days later, I received an email from the French film director Phillippe Diaz who sent me a link to his soon-to-be-released I am Gitmo, a feature movie about the now-infamous Guanta'namo Bay detention facility. As I was soon to discover, those two disparate events in my life spoke to one another with cosmic overtones[...]

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