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Imperialism

What Size News Article Will These Wars Be in the History of the World?

Peter Reynosa | Posted 12.29.2015 | Media
Peter Reynosa

Seeing very large historical events being reduced to smallish news stories, some no bigger than a small-town doctor obituary, is always a humbling experience. The great and grand problem or problems that consumed your era that everyone worried about may very well end up only being a very small story in the annals of history.

Taiwan's Cartoon Salesmen

Lucas Spangher | Posted 12.28.2015 | Travel
Lucas Spangher

Next time you see a Gudetama cartoon, fight the urge to immediately give into his lazy and sleepy antics. Instead, stop and think. Is this what you want your image of beauty to become? Is that how you want your society trained?

Guns, Terrorism, and Honesty

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Gun violence, Islamic terrorism, and anti-Muslim bigotry are all real, serious problems that need to be faced head-on. It's disingenuous to be in denial about one or the other just because you have a certain political affiliation.

Commemorating Timorese Independence and Meeting Xanana Gusmão: A Photo-essay

Atif Choudhury | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Atif Choudhury

I have only been in Timor-Leste for three months, yet it has been an unimaginably eventful time here. From attending three thrilling World Cup qualif...

Should These Subway Cars Be Covered In Nazi Flags Right Now?

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.25.2015 | Entertainment

UPDATE: The ads, which were previously scheduled to run until mid-December, have been removed from subway cars under pressure from New York...

We Can Avoid Another Paris and Defeat ISIS If We Remember This History

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Akbar Ahmed

While bombers and aircraft carriers need to do their stuff, the problem of terrorist-related violence will not be solved by force alone. President Hollande must also engage with his alienated Muslim community with the same determination he has shown in attacking ISIS and win them over.

Je Suis Human: Thoughts About Suffering, Humanity, and Paris

Antione Gray | Posted 11.16.2015 | College
Antione Gray

As we all ‪#‎PrayForParis‬ and apply Facebook filters to our profile pictures, we cannot turn a blind eye to human suffering around the world just because "those people" are not "us."

Tourists of Empire

William J. Astore | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
William J. Astore

The United States is a peculiar sort of empire. Americans have been in what might be called imperial denial since the Spanish-American War of 1898. The U.S. not only denies its imperial ambitions, but shrouds them in a curiously American brand of Christianized liberation theology.

Walking Down the Streets of Seoul/Ramallah

Ed Gragert | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Ed Gragert

Border crossings and ad hoc and unpredictable checkpoints made us and the subjugated Palestinians into cattle, prodded and shouted at by Israelis with machine guns, proving who had colonial power and who had none.

'Christmas on Mars'

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

Water on Mars! Highballs in time for the Holidays?

The Debate We Should Be Having Over Mount McKinley

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

When President Barack Obama officially renamed Mount McKinley on Monday, neither he nor the Republicans protesting his decision mentioned the foreign...

It's Not Just the Confederate Flag: The Example of New Haven

Jes Minor | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Jes Minor

Yes, Confederate flags are coming down across the country, and we can cheer. But in the wake of Dylann Roof's shooting of nine black people in the Charleston African Methodist Episcopal Church, fires have blistered seven other southern black churches, even burning some to the ground.

Shedding Imperial Conceit

James Zogby | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

This is not mere ancient history. It is playing out today, and not just in the consequences of British (or French, or German, or American) imperial misadventures. It informs our Western portrayal of the "East" and our understanding of its peoples. We still see ourselves as the civilized world, the bearers of universal values. And we still portray the "East" as less civilized, more prone to violence, less respectful of human life and liberty.

A New Internationalism

Van Gosse | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Van Gosse

For well over a century, a shared commitment to internationalism has defined what it means to be Left. Even when we do not use that particular word, r...

Lord Deben: "Would You Get On A Plane That Had a 97% Chance of Crashing?"

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

If 97% of aeronautical experts warned that plane A was going to crash, would you get on it? The answer, in all likelihood, would have to be no. "No...

Review: Morris Berman's New Book on Japan, "Neurotic Beauty"

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Neurotic Beauty: An Outsider Looks At Japan is a fine addition to a long list of books that attempt to explain Japan, what one observer has called the "most foreign of foreign countries."

Remembering the Marvelous Uruguayan Writer Eduardo Galeano

Danny Postel | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Danny Postel

My heart has been heavy since learning over the weekend of the death of the radical and marvelously lyrical Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, whom I had the enormous pleasure of meeting some 20 years ago.

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

For Whom the Balangiga Bells Toll

John R. Eperjesi | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
John R. Eperjesi

Tensions between the Balangiga townspeople and the U.S. military escalated in the context of the Philippine-American War, a war many Americans have probably never heard of, one of America's many "forgotten wars."

Clint Eastwood's Sniper, and the American Messiah

Lee C. Camp | Posted 03.29.2015 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

Eastwood's Kyle an American hero? No doubt. But Eastwood's Kyle increasingly shows us that what has become equated with "American" is increasingly dangerous, naïve, and ignorant.

Direct Action on Racism, Poverty, and War: An Honest Attempt to Honor MLK

Nourish International | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact
Nourish International

Today there isn't a more fondly remembered and respected public figure than King, but did our opinion of him change because we embraced his ideas of radical justice, or did we simply forget them?

Awesome America: A Love Story

Marwan Bishara | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Marwan Bishara

While American patriotism -- the love of one's country -- is "awesome" in more ways than one, American nationalism -- the belief that America is the "greatest nation on earth," with the "greatest military power", and the "greatest ideals" -- can become dangerous.

Rebel Music: Youth Led Social Movements and Their Sounds

Kumera Genet | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

Hisham Aidi's book, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture, newly released on paperback, is an exploration of the diverse ways that Muslim youth around the world search for what he terms a "non-racist utopia".

How to Steal the Sea, Chinese Style

Llewellyn King | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

The ancient concept of oceans as commons is under threat. The Chinese dragon walks and swims.

What Makes Washington 'Imperial'?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If imperial has any meaning in the post-colonial 21st century, it certainly means that the (super)power in question has an active interest in attempting to control significant swathes of the planet. In fact, there has never been a power, no matter how "great," that has, in such a militarized way, tried to put its stamp of control on so much of Planet Earth.