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Tom Dispatch - 2018-04-19 - Original post - cached version

During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Teachers in red-state America are hard at work teaching us all a lesson...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-04-15 - Original post - cached version

Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country that’s recently been swept up in a round of protests over the endless killing sprees they permit, you’d think I might have had more experience with them...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-04-12 - Original post - cached version

The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington's present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-04-08 - Original post - cached version

Amid the intense coverage of Russian cyber-maneuvering and North Korean missile threats, another kind of great-power rivalry has been playing out quietly in the Indian and Pacific oceans...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Sometimes I get sick of saying it, but just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…

Tom Dispatch - 2018-04-03 - Original post - cached version

hink of it as the most momentous military planning on Earth right now...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-04-01 - Original post - cached version

It’s one of those stories of the century that somehow never gets treated that way...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-03-29 - Original post - cached version

A barely noticed anniversary slid by on March 20th...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-03-27 - Original post - cached version

A record? Come on! Don’t minimize what’s happening...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-03-25 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump has a plan to solve America’s drug crisis: kill the drug dealers...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-03-22 - Original post - cached version

Understand this: I’m an American veteran...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Dear Mr. Sulzberger: Congratulations on assuming the reins of this nation’s -- and arguably, the world’s -- most influential publication...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-03-19 - Original post - cached version

Here we are a little more than a year into the Trump presidency and his administration’s body count is already, as The Donald might put it, “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting...”

Tom Dispatch - 2018-03-15 - Original post - cached version

Overseas, the United States is engaged in real wars in which bombs are dropped, missiles are launched, and people (generally not Americans) are killed, wounded, uprooted, and displaced...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-03-12 - Original post - cached version

If some extraterrestrial species were compiling a history of Homo sapiens, they might well break their calendar into two eras: BNW (before nuclear weapons) and NWE (the nuclear weapons era)...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-03-08 - Original post - cached version

America may be sinking ever deeper into the moral morass of the Trump era, but if you think the malevolence of this period began with him, think again...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-03-06 - Original post - cached version

Over the past three weeks, the impassioned voices and steadfast demands of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have resounded across social media and through the halls of the large suburban high school where I teach visual arts...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-03-05 - Original post - cached version

When you see an immigrant or a foreign visitor, especially from a Muslim country, should your first thought be that you might be looking at a possible terrorist?

Tom Dispatch - 2018-03-01 - Original post - cached version

You want to see “blowback” in action? That's easy enough...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-02-27 - Original post - cached version

Imagine for a moment a scheme in which American taxpayers were taken to the cleaners to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars and there was barely a hint of criticism or outrage...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-02-26 - Original post - cached version

If you’re having trouble sleeping thanks to, well, you know who... you’re not alone...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-02-22 - Original post - cached version

I was teaching the day the airplanes hit the World Trade Center...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-02-20 - Original post - cached version

Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats to feed that defense machine? 

Tom Dispatch - 2018-02-18 - Original post - cached version

The one thing you could say about empires is that, at or near their height, they have always represented a principle of order as well as domination...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-02-15 - Original post - cached version

I’m in my mid-thirties, which means that, after the 9/11 attacks, when this country went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq in what President George W. Bush called the “Global War on Terror,” I was still in college...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-02-13 - Original post - cached version

If you’re in the mood, would you consider taking a walk with me and, while we’re at it, thinking a little about America’s wars?

Tom Dispatch - 2018-02-12 - Original post - cached version

The new U.S. energy policy of the Trump era is, in some ways, the oldest energy policy on Earth...

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

2017 was a year of investigations for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-02-06 - Original post - cached version

In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump warned grimly of “rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values...”

Tom Dispatch - 2018-02-05 - Original post - cached version

Whether the rationale is the need to wage a war on terror involving 76 countriesor renewed preparations for a struggle against peer competitors Russia and China (as Defense Secretary James Mattis suggested recently while introducing America’s new National Defense Strategy), the U.S. military is...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-02-01 - Original post - cached version

There’s been lots of fire and fury around Washington lately, including a brief government shutdown...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-01-30 - Original post - cached version

The present arrives out of a past that we are too quick to forget, misremember, or enshroud in myth...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-01-29 - Original post - cached version

Vietnam: it’s always there. Looming in the past, informing American futures...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-01-25 - Original post - cached version

Recently, a memory of my son as a small boy came back to me...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-01-23 - Original post - cached version

In the past couple of weeks, thanks to the president’s racist comments about Haiti and African countries he can’t even name -- remember “Nambia”? -- as well as the stamp of approval he awarded future immigrants from Norway, we’ve seen a surprising amount of commentary about that fortunate...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-01-22 - Original post - cached version

A little over a year ago at TomDispatch I wrote about the bloody nightmaresrupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little household in the wake of Donald Trump’s election...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Most people intuitively get it...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-01-16 - Original post - cached version

As 2017 ended with billionaires toasting their tax cuts and energy executives cheering their unfettered access to federal lands as well as coastal waters, there was one sector of the American elite that did not share in the champagne celebration: Washington’s corps of foreign policy experts......

Tom Dispatch - 2018-01-11 - Original post - cached version

As Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in “bigly” in his first year in office...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-01-09 - Original post - cached version

At around 11 o’clock that night, four Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talons, turboprop Special Operations aircraft, were flying through a moonless sky from Pakistani into Afghan airspace...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-01-08 - Original post - cached version

As a mother and an activist, here’s what I’ve concluded as 2018 begins: it’s getting harder and harder to think about the future -- at least in that soaring Whitney Houston fashion...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-01-04 - Original post - cached version

He left Air Force Two behind and, unannounced, “shrouded in secrecy,” flew on an unmarked C-17 transport plane into Bagram Air Base, the largest American garrison in Afghanistan...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-12-21 - Original post - cached version

Let’s start with the universe and work our way in...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-12-19 - Original post - cached version

I remember the day President Obama let me down...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-12-18 - Original post - cached version

“I’ve just heard that my family home near Carpenteria is literally in flames at this moment,” a friend told me recently...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-12-14 - Original post - cached version

“We don’t know exactly where we’re at in the world, militarily, and what we’re doing,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in October...

Tom Dispatch - 2017-12-12 - Original post - cached version

First, for the record, let me tell you my story about another of those perversely creepy Hollywood predators, a sort of cut-rate Harvey Weinstein: the screenwriter and film director James Toback...

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