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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...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen’s Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

The Nobel Prize-winning Czech author Milan Kundera began his 1979 novel, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, by describing two photographs...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version

In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere...

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

On this extremely hot summer day, the ear-splitting siren screaming through New York’s streets is coming from the ambulance I’m in -- on a gurney on my way to the ER...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure... 

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

"War is the great auditor of institutions," the historian Corelli Barnett once observed...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-02 - Original post - cached version

“Al-Shebab,” said my student Jerry early in the fall 2010 semester...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-28 - Original post - cached version

More than a decade ago, I saw the future -- and it sure looked bleak...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-25 - Original post - cached version

As Notre Dame burned, as the flames leapt from its roof of ancient timbers, many of us watched in grim horror...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-23 - Original post - cached version

I never intended to run a marathon, but when I realized that I would be on hand for the 2019 Palestine Marathon, I registered...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-21 - Original post - cached version

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version

Three weeks ago, I sat in a cramped conference room in the large public high school where I teach in Beaverton, Oregon...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Reading about immigration policy, religious and racial bigotry, and terrorism fears in America in 1919 offers an eerie sense of decades melting away and past and present blurring together...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts...

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

Distracted daily by the bloviating POTUS? Here, then, is a small suggestion. Focus your mind for a moment on one simple (yet deeply complex) truth: we are living in a Veblen Moment...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-09 - Original post - cached version

We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-07 - Original post - cached version

Irony, paradox, contradiction, consternation -- these define the times in which we live...

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

It’s still the most dangerous border on Earth...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-02 - Original post - cached version

Despair about the state of our politics pervades the political spectrum, from left to right...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-28 - Original post - cached version

Recently, I did something rare in my life...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it’s easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-21 - Original post - cached version

It turns out that walls can’t always be seen...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-19 - Original post - cached version

“Veni, Vidi, Vici,” boasted Julius Caesar, one of history’s great military captains. “I came, I saw, I conquered”...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-14 - Original post - cached version

Kids are taking over the streets in other countries, rallying and chanting and refusing to go to school one day a week...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-12 - Original post - cached version

In the wake of the February 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff members, a teacher said the school looked “like a war zone”...

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

Here’s the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran...

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Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-07 - Original post - cached version

I’ll never forget the first time I saw my own menstrual period start...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-05 - Original post - cached version

On February 15th, Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency in order to fund his “great, great” border wall without having to go through Congress...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-03-04 - Original post - cached version

Call me crazy, if you want, but I think I see how to do it...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-28 - Original post - cached version

Once upon a time in America, we could all argue about whether or not U.S. global power was declining...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-26 - Original post - cached version

Like a gilded coating that makes the dullest things glitter, today’s thin veneer of political populism covers a grotesque underbelly of growing inequality that’s hiding in plain sight...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-25 - Original post - cached version

Hilel Garmi’s phone is going straight to voicemail and all I’m hoping is that he’s not back in prison...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-21 - Original post - cached version

The 2016 elections awakened Americans to a startling reality: the country’s political system is ripe for foreign interference...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-19 - Original post - cached version

In September 2001, the Bush administration launched the “Global War on Terror”...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-18 - Original post - cached version

In his highly acclaimed 2017 book, Destined for War, Harvard professor Graham Allison assessed the likelihood that the United States and China would one day find themselves at war...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-14 - Original post - cached version

What dreamers they were...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-12 - Original post - cached version

Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first of a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons had rolled off the assembly line at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in the panhandle of Texas...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-11 - Original post - cached version

A young friend is seriously considering joining her state’s National Guard...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-02-05 - Original post - cached version

The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-31 - Original post - cached version

President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to declare a national emergency if Congress refuses to pony up $5.7 billion to build the “great, great wall” he promised his base during the 2016 election campaign...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-29 - Original post - cached version

The way personnel spin through Washington’s infamous revolving door between the Pentagon and the arms industry is nothing new...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-28 - Original post - cached version

One of the finest military memoirs of any generation is Defeat Into Victory, British Field Marshal Sir William Slim’s perceptive account of World War II’s torturous Burma campaign, which ended in a resounding victory over Japan...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-24 - Original post - cached version

As I approach 75, I’m having a commonplace experience for my age...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-01-22 - Original post - cached version

Halfway through 2018, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski hurled a mother-to-mother dagger at Ivanka Trump...

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