Tom Dispatch

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-13 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump may prove to be the ultimate Brexiteer...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-10 - Original post - cached version

GOMA, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo -- The boy was sitting next to his father, as he so often did...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-08 - Original post - cached version

There is blood in the water and frenzied sharks are closing in for the kill. Or so they think...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-03 - Original post - cached version

Okay, I’ll admit it. Sometimes I can’t take the bad news. It’s too much. It’s so extra, as the kids like to say...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-01 - Original post - cached version

Hypersonic weapons close in on their targets at a minimum speed of Mach 5, five times the speed of sound or 3,836.4 miles an hour...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-29 - Original post - cached version

Look what Greta started and what she did to me! I took part in the recent climate-strike march in New York City -- one of a quarter-million people (or maybe 60,000) who turned out there, along with four million others across all seven continents...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-26 - Original post - cached version

For the Pentagon, happy days are here again (if they ever left)...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-24 - Original post - cached version

The driver of the passenger van pulled onto the shoulder of the road, looked back, and said, “There’s an immigration checkpoint up ahead. Does everyone have their papers?”

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-22 - Original post - cached version

Recently, on a beautiful Kansas Saturday, I fell asleep early, exhausted by the excitement and ultimate disappointment of the Army football team’s double overtime loss to highly favored Michigan...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-19 - Original post - cached version

I’ve never been to Afghanistan, but I am the mother of two young children...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Worlds end. Every day. We all die sooner or later. When you get to my age, it’s a subject that can’t help but be on your mind...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-15 - Original post - cached version

How are you with numbers? I can deal with $1.5 million. I think I can even imagine $1.5 billion, a sum a thousand times greater. But how about a million times greater: $1.5 trillion?... 

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump got the headlines as usual -- but don’t be fooled. It wasn't Trumpism in action this August, but what we should all now start referring to as the Pompeo Doctrine...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

When the conflict that the Vietnamese refer to as the American War ended in April 1975, I was a U.S. Army captain attending a course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. 

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-08 - Original post - cached version

Do you remember July 8, 2011? Where you were? What you did? Whom you talked to? Anything at all?

Tom Dispatch - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

He crossed the border without permission or, as far as I could tell, documentation of any sort. I’m speaking about Donald Trump’s uninvited, unasked-for invasion of my personal space...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-18 - Original post - cached version

I, Winston Smith... I mean, Tom Engelhardt... have not just been reading a dystopian novel, but, it seems, living one -- and I suspect I’ve been living one all my life...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-15 - Original post - cached version

It’s hard to believe that more than four years have passed since the police shotAmílcar Pérez-López a few blocks from my house in San Francisco’s Mission District...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I looked to the heavens: to God and Christianity (as arbitrated by the Catholic Church) and to the soaring warbirds of the U.S. military, which I believed kept us safe...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-11 - Original post - cached version

"Westerns" may have been America's most versatile art form...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-08 - Original post - cached version

One afternoon in New York City in the spring of 1964, I marched at the head of a small civil rights demonstration, one of the few white people in the group. I was carrying a watermelon. It was a Dick Gregory joke...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-06 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to heat, extreme weather, wildfires, and melting glaciers, the planet is now in what the media increasingly refers to as “record” territory, as climate change’s momentum outpaces predictions...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-01 - Original post - cached version

Along rivers prone to overflowing, people sometimes talk of preparing for a 100-year flood -- a dangerous surge of muddy, debris-filled water so overwhelming it appears only once a century...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-30 - Original post - cached version

At its best, the Earth was once likened to a spaceship that sails through the heavens with a crew working together for the common good...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-28 - Original post - cached version

Could Donald Trump end the Afghan war someday...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the Grimm’s fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-23 - Original post - cached version

From our present vantage point, it seems clear that, by 2019, the United States had passed a point of no return...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

As I turn 75, there’s no simpler way to put it than this: I’m an old man on a new planet -- and, in case it isn’t instantly obvious, that’s not good news on either score...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-16 - Original post - cached version

When, in his farewell address in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the “unwarranted influence” wielded by the “military-industrial complex,” he could never have dreamed of an arms-making corporation of the size and political clout of Lockheed Martin......

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-14 - Original post - cached version

I have never said this publicly before, but in December 1974 I had an abortion...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-09 - Original post - cached version

Put up with me for just a moment while I wax literary...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Make America Great Again? Don’t count on it...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-27 - Original post - cached version

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Sometimes war sounds like the harsh crack of gunfire and sometimes like the whisper of the wind...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-25 - Original post - cached version

A half-century ago, the sporting Cassandras predicted that the worst values and sensibilities of our increasingly corrupted civic society would eventually affect our sacred games: football would become a gladiatorial meat market, basketball a model of racism, college sports a paradigm of...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-23 - Original post - cached version

When Donald Trump entered the Oval Office in January 2017, Americans took to the streets all across the country to protest their instantly endangered rights...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-20 - Original post - cached version

How best to describe the recently completed allied commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of France? Two words come immediately to mind: heartfelt and poignant...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-18 - Original post - cached version

We hear a lot about suicide when celebrities like Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spadedie by their own hand...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-16 - Original post - cached version

Don’t try to deny it! The political temperature of this country is rising fast...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-11 - Original post - cached version

More and more, we look into our screens and gizmos...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-06 - Original post - cached version

Memorial Day has come and gone and President Trump did not issue his pardons after all...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-04 - Original post - cached version

From Syria to Yemen in the Middle East, Libya to Somalia in Africa, Afghanistan to Pakistan in South Asia, an American aerial curtain has descended across a huge swath of the planet...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-02 - Original post - cached version

The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-30 - Original post - cached version

American foreign policy can be so retro, not to mention absurd...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-28 - Original post - cached version

Earlier this month, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group -- the massive aircraft carrier itself with its dozens of warplanes and thousands of sailors and marines, a guided missile cruiser, and four destroyers -- suddenly began to make its way from the Mediterranean Sea into the Persian...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Earlier this month, I spent a day visiting Marseilles to videotape a documentary about recent American military history, specifically the ongoing wars that most of us prefer not to think about...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief...


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