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Militarization

Beware of Exploding Gifts From Uncle Sam

Medea Benjamin | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Our police departments should not become dumping grounds for weapons makers looking for new clients to replace sales for waning wars abroad. Nor should they be repressive agencies that treat the public, especially black men, like enemies.

What Ferguson and the Middle East Really Have in Common

Danielle Higgins | Posted 08.19.2014 | Media
Danielle Higgins

Ferguson and the Middle East do have one striking commonality, but it has less to do with armored vehicles in the streets than with the way in which the media assigns culpability to black and brown bodies for the violence perpetrated against them.

Friday Talking Points -- Dog Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to the 'Dog Days' of summer, at the height of the political Silly Season. This year, one dog did indeed have his day in August, as 7-year-old 'Duke' just won a rather bizarre election to become mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota.

Welcome to Fergustan

Mike Bonifer | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

When war comes home, we see pandemonium where deliberation might have saved innocent lives. Heightening the alarm in an already-alarming scene reduces the chances of a peaceful resolution.

Suddenly We're All Proportionalists?

Jonathan Russo | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Jonathan Russo

The "proportionality" argument being used to singularly condemn Israel simply does not hold water. One only has to read a history book and take a hard look at the rest of the world to see why.

Don't Just Recycle, Do Something!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Two feet of rain fell in twenty-four hours in the panhandle of Florida a few days ago, sending many fleeing to the rafters and roofs of their homes. ...

America's Child Soldiers

Ann Jones | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Ann Jones

The JROTC program, still spreading in high schools across the country, costs U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually. It has cost some unknown number of taxpayers their children.

Pentagon's Militarization of Our Main Streets and Municipal Police

Michael Shank | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.

The Secret History of G.I. Joe

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Joe, like much else in his era, was hardly what he seemed. Launched the year Lyndon Johnson ran for president as a peace candidate against Barry Goldwater while his administration was secretly planning the large-scale bombing of North Vietnam, Joe, too, was involved in a cover-up.

Creating a Military-Industrial-Immigration Complex

Todd Miller | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Todd Miller

The $46 billion border security price tag in the immigration reform bill will simply expand on what has already been built. After all, $100 billion was spent on border "enforcement" in the first decade after 9/11.

The Pentagon as a Global NRA

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.16.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

While the administration is pledging to try to curb the wholesale spread of ever more powerful weaponry at home, what is it doing about the same issue abroad where it has so much more power to pursue the agenda it prefers?

The Terror-Fighting Boondoggle

Radley Balko | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

A new report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) finds that--no surprise--there's lots of waste and excess in homeland security spending. An armored pers...

Tanks on Main Street: The Militarization of Local Police

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.05.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

The American police force is not supposed to be a branch of the military, nor is it a private security force for the reigning political faction.

The Military and the Commons

David Morris | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
David Morris

2011 is a historical moment. A worldwide movement has arisen to defend and expand the commons at the same time strong sentiment exists in this country that we cannot continue to police the world.

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.

Norway Shooter's Mini-14: The "Poor Man's Assault Rifle"

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The attack in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, apparently involving a Ruger Mini-14 assault rifle, is only the most horrific of the mass shootings in...

Gun Industry Militarization Drives Mexico Gun Trafficking

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

If Congress wants to find the real causes of the gun traffic to Mexico, it needs to look upstream to the gun industry's callous transformation of the American gun market into one more suited to warfare than sport.

The Globalization of Militarism

Ismael Hossein-zadeh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ismael Hossein-zadeh

US militarization of the world has a number of ominous consequences for the overwhelming majority or the population the world.

Dan Froomkin

Props To A Journalist Who Doesn't Get Distracted

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

(Crossposted from NiemanWatchdog.org.) The mainstream media have always been easily distracted and beguiled -- but never more than now, when the next...