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Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-16 - Original post - cached version

Dear Senator Warren:

As a constituent, I have noted with interest your suggestion that you will “take a hard look” at running for president in 2020, even as you campaign for reelection to the Senate next month...

 

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-14 - Original post - cached version

Amid the emotional hubbub over the predictable confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, there has been a largely overlooked casualty: the American judiciary...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-11 - Original post - cached version

It’s what campaigners say every November, I know, but this year’s election really is as important as it gets...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-09 - Original post - cached version

These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s 1984...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-07 - Original post - cached version

Now that Darth Vader’s breathy techno-voice is a staple of our culture, it’s hard to remember how empty was the particular sector of space Star Wars blasted into...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-04 - Original post - cached version

It was May 2017. The Saudis were growing increasingly nervous. For more than two years they had been relying heavily on U.S. military support and bombs to defeat Houthi rebels in Yemen...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-10-02 - Original post - cached version

“I don’t want to live in a world without cheetahs, Mom...”

 

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-30 - Original post - cached version

He was shot in the back, the ultimate act of treachery...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-27 - Original post - cached version

When you think about it, the Earth is a relatively modest-sized planet -- about 25,000 miles in circumference at the Equator, with a total surface area of 197 million square miles, almost three-quarters of which is water...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-25 - Original post - cached version

On June 18th, President Trump announced that he was directing the Pentagon to develop a new branch of the U.S. military, a “Space Force” that would give the U.S. “dominance” in that realm...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-23 - Original post - cached version

During a lifetime of make-believe, Donald Trump has never pretended to be a conventional politician...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

It's easy -- and not wrong -- to think that truth is in dire danger in the era of Donald Trump...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Once upon a time, there was a little-known energy company called Enron...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-13 - Original post - cached version

When I first traveled to Israel-Palestine in 1994, during the heady early days of the Oslo peace process, I was expecting to see more of the joyful celebrations I’d watched on television at home...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45th U.S. president may last another few weeks, another year, or another 16 months...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-06 - Original post - cached version

I know you won’t believe me. Not now, not when everything Donald Trump does -- any tweet, any insult at any rally -- is the news of the day, any day...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-09-04 - Original post - cached version

4,000,000,029,057. Remember that number. It’s going to come up again later...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Now that we know we are surveilled 24/7 by the National Security Agency, the FBI, local police, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, hackers, the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, data brokers, private spyware groups like Black Cube, and companies from which we've ordered swag on the Internet, is...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-23 - Original post - cached version

One thing already seems clear in the Trump era: the world will not turn out to be the American president’s playground...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-21 - Original post - cached version

As the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and sixth of Xi Jinping’s draws to a close, the world seems to be witnessing one of those epochal clashes that can change the contours of global power...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-19 - Original post - cached version

As long as I can remember, I’ve been a sports fan...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-16 - Original post - cached version

Fair warning. Stop reading right now if you want, because I’m going to repeat myself...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-14 - Original post - cached version

American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-05 - Original post - cached version

Raids by U.S. commandos in Afghanistan. (I could be talking about 2001 or 2018)...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-08-02 - Original post - cached version

Here we are in the middle of the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and if there’s one thing we know by now, it’s that the leader of the free world can create an instant reality-TV show on geopolitical steroids at will...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Anti-Muslim activists in the United States were operating in a "post-truth era" and putting out "alternative facts" long before those phrases entered the language...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-29 - Original post - cached version

However ambitious President Barack Obama's domestic plans, one unacknowledged issue has the potential to destroy any reform efforts he might launch...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-26 - Original post - cached version

There was a period in my later life when I used to say that, from the age of 20 to my late sixties, I was always 40 years old; I was, that is, an old young man and a young old one...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-24 - Original post - cached version

The pundits and politicians generally take it for granted that President Trump lacks a coherent foreign policy...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-22 - Original post - cached version

As presidencies approach their midpoints, pundits begin the inevitable search for that elusive creature: the doctrine...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-19 - Original post - cached version

My father and I always had a tacit agreement: “We will never speak of That Part of the World”...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Early last month, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms fire began to ring out as mortar shells crashed down...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-15 - Original post - cached version

For millions of Americans, however, the greatest threat to their day-to-day security isn’t terrorism or North Korea, Iran, Russia, or China.  It’s internal -- and economic.  That’s particularly true for the 12.7% of Americans (43.1 million of them) classified as poor by the government’s criteria...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-11 - Original post - cached version

Last September, when the commander-in-chief of toxic masculinity dubbed any football player who didn’t stand during the playing of the national anthem a “son of a bitch,” the war on black men took a spectacular pop-cultural surge. And unlike white cops who shoot unarmed black men, President...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-08 - Original post - cached version

When Donald Trump recently accused “illegal immigrants” of wanting to “pour into and infest our country,” there was an immediate outcry. After all, that verb, infest, had been used by the Nazis as a way of dehumanizing Jews and communists as rats, vermin, or insects that needed to be eradicated...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-05 - Original post - cached version

When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. It’s serious. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, almost 64,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2016 (more than died in the Vietnam War), an average of 175 people...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Other than shouting about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump’s most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of a half-trillion-dollar plan to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure (employing large numbers of workers in the...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-28 - Original post - cached version

In the name of the fight against terrorism, the United States is currently waging “credit-card wars” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-26 - Original post - cached version

By the time Donald J. Trump threw in the towel, who among us hadn’t seen or heard the chilling videos in which U.S. border officials shamelessly grabbed uncomprehending children and toddlers from their pleading mothers and fathers...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-25 - Original post - cached version

On April 19th, university students in Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, exploded onto the streets...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Leaders are routinely confronted with philosophical dilemmas...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-17 - Original post - cached version

Imagine this: every year during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 there were nearly four million home foreclosures...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Think of it as the all-American version of the human comedy: a great power that eternally knows what the world needs and offers copious advice with a tone deafness that would be humorous, if it weren’t so grim...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-12 - Original post - cached version

“I am here because I heard my town call me, and ask me to maintain my honor...” 

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-10 - Original post - cached version

Imagine that a nominee for secretary of state had shared platforms with white nationalist Richard B. Spencer and been given a major award by his National Policy Institute, which describes itself as "an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-07 - Original post - cached version

“The United States of Amnesia.” That’s what Gore Vidal once called us...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-05 - Original post - cached version

Law school applications are up this year in what some are calling a “Trump Bump,” since around a third of applicants were inspired to apply by Trump’s election...

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