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Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-19 - Original post - cached version

It was evening and we were in a windowless room in a Massachusetts jail...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-17 - Original post - cached version

It’s no secret that Donald Trump is one of the most aggressive arms salesmen in history...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-14 - Original post - cached version

The Situation Room, October 2039: the president and vice president, senior generals and admirals, key cabinet members, and other top national security officers huddle around computer screens as aides speak to key officials across the country...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Foreign influence in America is the topic du jour...

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

It’s a tale for all time. What might be the greatest scam in history or, at least, the one that threatens to take history down with it. Think of it as the climate-change scam that beat science, big time...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-07 - Original post - cached version

Patches, pins, medals, and badges are the visible signs of an exclusive military culture, a silent language by which soldiers and officers judge each other’s experiences, accomplishments, and general worth...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-05 - Original post - cached version

They called it Castle Black, an obvious homage to the famed frozen citadel from the HBO series Game of Thrones...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-11-04 - Original post - cached version

There can be no question about it. Donald Trump is Lewis Carroll’s Queen of Hearts...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-31 - Original post - cached version

Let us stipulate at the outset that Donald Trump is a vulgar and dishonest fraud without a principled bone in his corpulent frame...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-29 - Original post - cached version

Think back to the last time you cried at work...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-27 - Original post - cached version

Some anniversaries are less about the past than the future. So it should be with November 9, 1989...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-24 - Original post - cached version

When Americans think of militarism, they may imagine jackbooted soldiers goose-stepping through the streets as flag-waving crowds exult; or, like our president, they may think of enormous parades featuring troops and missiles and tanks, with warplanes soaring overhead...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-22 - Original post - cached version

On September 26th, President Donald Trump's White House announced that, in 2020, refugee admissions to the United States will be limited to 18,000, drastically lower than any yearly ceiling over the past 40 years...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-17 - Original post - cached version

“We are in a new era to which I do not belong,” ex-President Calvin Coolidge confided to a close friend on a cold December day in 1932 when the country and the world were already in the depths of the Great Depression. A few weeks later, he punctuated that melancholic thought by dying......

Tom Dispatch - 2019-10-15 - Original post - cached version

Recently a friend who follows the news a bit less obsessively than I do said, “I thought George W. Bush was bad, but it seems like Donald Trump is even worse. What do you think?”...

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...

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