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Tom Dispatch - 2016-08-25 - Original post - cached version

A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-08-23 - Original post - cached version

At the federal courthouse, Ignacio Sarabia asks the magistrate judge, Jacqueline Rateau, if he can explain why he crossed the international boundary between the two countries without authorization...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-08-22 - Original post - cached version

It’s not every day that Republicans publish an open letter announcing that their presidential candidate is unfit for office...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-08-18 - Original post - cached version

In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-08-16 - Original post - cached version

Once upon a time, I was a journalist, covering war in Indochina, Central America, and the Middle East...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-08-11 - Original post - cached version

The United States is now engaged in perpetual war with victory nowhere in sight.  Iraq is chaotic and scarred...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-08-07 - Original post - cached version

Yep, it finally happened. In early May, after a long, long run, the elephants of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus were ushered into retirement in Florida where they will finish their days aiding cancer research...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-08-04 - Original post - cached version

My earliest recollection of national politics dates back exactly 60 years to the moment, in the summer of 1956, when I watched the political conventions in the company of that wondrous new addition to our family, television...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-08-02 - Original post - cached version

It’s rare to hear one top military commander publicly badmouth another, call attention to his faults, or simply point out his shortcomings...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-07-31 - Original post - cached version

It was a beautiful evening and the kids -- Madeline, two; Seamus, almost four; and Rosena, nine -- were running across a well-tended town green...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-07-26 - Original post - cached version

When American firms dominate a global market worth more than $70 billion a year, you’d expect to hear about it. Not so with the global arms trade...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-07-24 - Original post - cached version

I recently dug my mother’s childhood photo album out of the depths of my bedroom closet...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-07-19 - Original post - cached version

Some time ago I wrote a book about one of the great crimes of the last 150 years: the conquest and exploitation of the Congo by King Leopold II of Belgium...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a single key figure...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-07-14 - Original post - cached version

Here’s the good news: wind power, solar power, and other renewable forms of energy are expanding far more quickly than anyone expected, ensuring that these systems will provide an ever-increasing share of our future energy supply...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-07-12 - Original post - cached version

Perhaps you’ve heard the expression: “We have met the enemy and he is us...”

Tom Dispatch - 2016-07-10 - Original post - cached version

Early on in his presidential bid, Donald Trump began touting his anti-establishment credentials. When it worked, he ran with it...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-07-07 - Original post - cached version

Vladimir Putin recently manned up and admitted it...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-07-05 - Original post - cached version

I ran into David Petraeus the other night. Or rather, I ran after him...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Although it’s difficult to remember those days eight years ago when Democrats seemed to represent something idealistic and hopeful and brave, let’s take a moment and try to recall the stand Barack Obama once took against lobbyists...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-06-26 - Original post - cached version

The voters vowed to take their revenge at the polls...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-06-23 - Original post - cached version

General David Rodriguez might be a modern military celebrity -- if he hadn’t spent his career ducking the spotlight...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-06-21 - Original post - cached version

In the era of the long war on terror, Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, was a tough day for the U.S. military...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-06-16 - Original post - cached version

These days, lamenting the apparently aimless character of Washington’s military operations in the Greater Middle East has become conventional wisdom among administration critics of every sort...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Last fall, when presidential wannabe Donald Trump famously boasted on CNN that he would “be the best thing that ever happened to women,” some may have fallen for it...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-06-13 - Original post - cached version

In January 2015, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced its famous Doomsday Clock to three minutes before midnight, a threat level that had not been reached for 30 years...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-06-09 - Original post - cached version

Memorial Day is over. You had your barbeque. Now, you can stop thinking about America’s wars and the casualties from them for another year. As for me, I only wish it were so...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-06-07 - Original post - cached version

"The cold was terrible but the screams were worse," Sara Mendez told the BBC...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-06-05 - Original post - cached version

Graduates of 2016, don’t be fooled by this glorious day.  As you leave campus for the last time, many of you already deeply in debt and with a lifetime of payments to look forward to, you head into a world that’s anything but sunny...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-06-02 - Original post - cached version

Arising from the shadows of the American repressed, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been sending chills through the corridors of establishment power...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-05-31 - Original post - cached version

We have it on highest authority: the recent killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan marks “an important milestone...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-05-26 - Original post - cached version

Pity the poor petro-states. Once so wealthy from oil sales that they could finance wars, mega-projects, and domestic social peace simultaneously, some of them are now beset by internal strife or are on the brink of collapse as oil prices remain at ruinously low levels...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-05-24 - Original post - cached version

Now you see it, now you don’t. Think of it as the Department of Defense’s version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply as the Pentagon shuffle...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-05-23 - Original post - cached version

During the past academic year, an upsurge of student activism, a movement of millennials, has swept campuses across the country and attracted the attention of the media...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Can’t you see the writing on the touchscreen? A techno-utopia is upon us...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-05-17 - Original post - cached version

It goes without saying that in a democracy everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-05-16 - Original post - cached version

One of the most popular apps these days is Snapchat...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-05-12 - Original post - cached version

There are the news stories that genuinely surprise you, and then there are the ones that you could write in your sleep before they happen...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-05-10 - Original post - cached version

In brief, the Global War on Terror sledgehammer strategy has spread jihadi terror from a tiny corner of Afghanistan to much of the world, from Africa through the Levant and South Asia to Southeast Asia...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-05-09 - Original post - cached version

When we ask “Who rules the world?” we commonly adopt the standard convention that the actors in world affairs are states, primarily the great powers, and we consider their decisions and the relations among them...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-05-03 - Original post - cached version

LEER, South Sudan -- I’m sitting in the dark, sweating. The blinding white sun has long since set, but it’s still in the high 90s, which is a relief since it was above 110 earlier...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-04-26 - Original post - cached version

"Low-energy Jeb."  "Little Marco."  "Lyin’ Ted."  "Crooked Hillary."  Give Donald Trump credit.  He has a memorable way with insults...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-04-25 - Original post - cached version

The allegations against the man were serious indeed...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-04-21 - Original post - cached version

In a trio of recent action-packed movies, good guys watch terrorists mingling with innocent women and children via real-time video feeds from halfway across the world...

Tom Dispatch - 2016-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Think of the 2016 presidential campaign as the political equivalent of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice...

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