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Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Early last month, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms fire began to ring out as mortar shells crashed down...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-15 - Original post - cached version

For millions of Americans, however, the greatest threat to their day-to-day security isn’t terrorism or North Korea, Iran, Russia, or China.  It’s internal -- and economic.  That’s particularly true for the 12.7% of Americans (43.1 million of them) classified as poor by the government’s criteria...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-11 - Original post - cached version

Last September, when the commander-in-chief of toxic masculinity dubbed any football player who didn’t stand during the playing of the national anthem a “son of a bitch,” the war on black men took a spectacular pop-cultural surge. And unlike white cops who shoot unarmed black men, President...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-08 - Original post - cached version

When Donald Trump recently accused “illegal immigrants” of wanting to “pour into and infest our country,” there was an immediate outcry. After all, that verb, infest, had been used by the Nazis as a way of dehumanizing Jews and communists as rats, vermin, or insects that needed to be eradicated...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-05 - Original post - cached version

When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. It’s serious. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, almost 64,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2016 (more than died in the Vietnam War), an average of 175 people...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Other than shouting about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump’s most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of a half-trillion-dollar plan to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure (employing large numbers of workers in the...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-28 - Original post - cached version

In the name of the fight against terrorism, the United States is currently waging “credit-card wars” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-26 - Original post - cached version

By the time Donald J. Trump threw in the towel, who among us hadn’t seen or heard the chilling videos in which U.S. border officials shamelessly grabbed uncomprehending children and toddlers from their pleading mothers and fathers...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-25 - Original post - cached version

On April 19th, university students in Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, exploded onto the streets...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Leaders are routinely confronted with philosophical dilemmas...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-17 - Original post - cached version

Imagine this: every year during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 there were nearly four million home foreclosures...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Think of it as the all-American version of the human comedy: a great power that eternally knows what the world needs and offers copious advice with a tone deafness that would be humorous, if it weren’t so grim...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-12 - Original post - cached version

“I am here because I heard my town call me, and ask me to maintain my honor...” 

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-10 - Original post - cached version

Imagine that a nominee for secretary of state had shared platforms with white nationalist Richard B. Spencer and been given a major award by his National Policy Institute, which describes itself as "an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-07 - Original post - cached version

“The United States of Amnesia.” That’s what Gore Vidal once called us...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-06-05 - Original post - cached version

Law school applications are up this year in what some are calling a “Trump Bump,” since around a third of applicants were inspired to apply by Trump’s election...

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

Did you know the U.S. Air Force is working on a new stealth bomber...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-05-31 - Original post - cached version

Class of 2018, I’ve always been told that a joke’s a good way to launch any talk. It’s a matter of breaking the ice, though on your graduation day, with the temperature soaring into the upper eighties, that may not be the perfect image...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-05-29 - Original post - cached version

For almost 20 years, U.S. drone warfare was largely one-sided. Unlike Afghans and Yemenis, Iraqis and Somalis, Americans never had to worry about lethal robots hovering overhead and raining down missiles...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-05-27 - Original post - cached version

Every week Truthout chooses a book, a “progressive pick,” to highlight (and sell). This coming week, it’s my new book, A Nation Unmade by War...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-05-24 - Original post - cached version

They are like the camel’s nose, lifting a corner of the tent...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Month by month, tweet by tweet, the events of the past two years have made it clearer than ever that Washington’s once-formidable global might is indeed fading...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-05-20 - Original post - cached version

When, in early March, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-05-17 - Original post - cached version

Consider us officially in an Orwellian world, though we only half realize it...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version

As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America’s war on terror from September 12, 2001, through fiscal year 2018...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-05-13 - Original post - cached version

With Donald Trump’s decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it’s time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-05-10 - Original post - cached version

It’s another Trump affair -- this time without the allegations of sexual harassment (and worse), the charges and counter-charges, the lawsuits, and all the rest...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-04-29 - Original post - cached version

They call people like us “bean counters” -- the soulless ones beavering away in some windowless accounting department, the living calculators who don’t care about desperation or aspirations, who just want you to turn in your expense report on time and explain those perfectly legitimate charges...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-04-26 - Original post - cached version

Warning: What you are about to read is not about Russia, the 2016 election, or the latest person to depart from the White House in a storm of tweets...

Tom Dispatch - 2018-04-24 - Original post - cached version

At first, I thought I had inadvertently entered an active war zone...

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...”

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