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MLK Injustice Index 2013

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Bill Quigley

While remembering how far this nation has come since Dr. King was alive, we cannot forget how far we have still to go to combat the oppressions of racism, materialism and militarism.

Honor and Rape

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Zero energy goes into the investigation of actual rape in the military, except in rare circumstances. The military's domination culture, personified by Patton, is constructed on the illusion of granite-etched moral values -- "we protect our loved ones" -- and powered by a belief in its own righteousness.

Does Obama Need to Really "Want It" to Be a Good Leader?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

There's a reason the current president promised to be "no-drama Obama." It's a promise he's delivered on, and that has served the country well. Those who want to know what a re-elected Obama is likely to do should not be distracted by his underwhelming recent performances. They should look back at his first-term record and note how consistent it is with his pragmatic and moderate personal character: an effective, but ultimately modest, balanced stimulus that's helped turn the economy around; the achievement, at long-last, of near-universal healthcare using an idea originating in conservative circles; the comeback of that emblem of American capitalism, the auto industry; winding down two wars and killing al Qaeda's leader in a bold but limited strike that deployed smart power rather than chest-thumping militarism; advancing and protecting reproductive and LGBT rights.

Homer Simpson and the WMDs in Iraq... (Doh)... I Mean Iran

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Nicolas J.S. Davies

Can American policy makers and politicians take for granted that they are ruling a nation of Homer Simpsons who can be duped into war by the very same trick that we just fell for ten years ago? Our leaders are being extra-careful not to say "WMD"s, but surely Bart and Lisa can connect the dots.

How Hawkish Are Americans?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.24.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Americans favor a less militarized U.S. government approach to world affairs than currently exists. Perhaps the time has come for politicians to catch up with them!

Monopolizing War? What America Knows How to Do Best

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.13.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

It's pop-quiz time when it comes to the American way of war: three questions, torn from the latest news, just for you. Good luck!

Afghanistan's Base Bonanza

Nick Turse | Posted 11.04.2012 | World
Nick Turse

With the U.S. military officially drawing down its troops, the Pentagon is embarking on a major deconstruction program. But anyone who wanted to know just what was built in Afghanistan won’t have an easy time of it.

The Geopolitics of Compassion

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Beyond the spectacle of the presidential race, the Washington consensus pursues business as usual. This is the season in which I wonder, with an ever-intensifying sense of urgency, what it would take to turn our political system into a democracy.

Obama, Osama and the Cycle of Machismo

Aaron Belkin | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Progressives cannot blame the president for our highly militarized culture in which masculinity has been conflated with martial violence and military prowess. The roots of this tradition are so deep President Obama can't do much to soften it.

Growing Up, Falling in Love

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Robert Koehler

We have to begin thinking and organizing ourselves beyond the arbitrary constraints of nations and beyond our current, resource-devouring economic system. We have to imagine a global culture that doesn't pit humanity against nature.

There Is No Left Left

Robin Koerner | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

American liberalism is dead. Long live American liberalism -- the proper kind.

Saying No to Militarism

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The grotesque insult of "austerity" in the shadow of limitless military spending is destroying our national sanity.

The Peril of Idolizing Our Military

William Astore | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics
William Astore

As a retired veteran, such pro-military rhetoric in the president's state of the union address resonates with me, but as a student of history it makes me more than uncomfortable.

Ike's Nightmare

Derrick Crowe | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

Fifty-one years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued his final, prescient warning about the rising power of the military industrial complex. Eisenhower was right to be worried. We're living in his nightmare.

Public Enemy No. 1

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Our war against marijuana -- at extraordinary human and economic cost -- illuminates a crying need for us to change the way we govern and look after ourselves.

The Militarization of Sports -- And the Sportiness of Military Service

William Astore | Posted 09.27.2011 | Sports
William Astore

The co-joining of corporate-owned sports teams and events with the military strikes me as more than disturbing. We've created a dangerous dynamic in this country: one in which sporting events are exploited to sell military service for some while providing cheap grace for all.

Is the United States a Representative Democracy or a Mirage Democracy

Kevin Zeese | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

It is a shame to have to ask whether democracy is a mirage in the United States, but the reality of the disconnect between government and the people has become so stark it is impossible to ignore.

How the Military and the Civilian Are Blurring in Washington

William J. Astore | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
William J. Astore

If we're not careful, the civilian and military will become the Washington equivalent of Siamese twins, co-joined at the head and, however bitter their internecine arguments, sharing the same underlying militarized thought processes.

Why America Slept

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.29.2011 | Impact
Reverend Billy

America was sleeping deeply, in a dream whose creators were hiding inside skyscrapers with smoked glass.

ROTC on Campus Is a Good Thing

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Lorelei Kelly

I predict that ROTC on campus will lead to more and better understanding of what is at stake at our current political crossroads where the only people who may unabashedly talk about serving the public are wearing uniforms.

Hardcore Punk Band 'Cipher' Writes A Protest Song For This Generation

Andy Stepanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andy Stepanian

When governments go bad, art gets good. Cipher's musical aggression is more than an outlet for their fan's frustration; it's also a call to action.

Andrew Bacevich: how war without end became the rule (VIDEO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

Andrew Bacevich is the soldier turned writer who's still unlearning and puncturing the Washington Rules of national security. The rules have turned i...

Implications of a Pointless War

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What does it mean that the New York Times, upon the occasion of President Obama's announced drawdown of forces in Iraq last week, called our seven and...

Our Military's Disturbing Transition to Warriors

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Today's cult of the warrior, as represented by these new "creeds," may seem cosmetic, but it cuts to the core of our military's self-image.

Michael Douglas and Yoko Ono Support Mayor Akiba and Nuclear Disarmament at John Catsimatidis' Fifth Avenue Home

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Mayors for Peace, headed by the Mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba, got a boost this week during the five-yearly review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferat...