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Military Industrial Complex

The Oxymoron of Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The problem with the United Nations is that it's a unity of entities defined by their hatred of one another and committed to the perpetuation of "the scourge of war." We won't begin creating global peace until we learn how to bypass nationalism and the single, unacknowledged agreement binding nation-states to each other: the inevitability of war.

Pope Francis Warns The Global Economy Is Near Collapse

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 06.13.2014 | Business

The global economic system is near collapse, according to Pope Francis. An economy built on money-worship and war and scarred by yawning inequality...

Niche Market

Brian Kahn | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Brian Kahn

She was slim, young and attractive, sitting in the window seat as our plane lifted off for Minneapolis. We'd talked before takeoff -- selfishly hopin...

TV News & Upworthy Are Transforming Us All Into Dumb, Ill-Informed, Simple-Minded Sheep

Michael Shammas | Posted 05.29.2014 | Media
Michael Shammas

For the first time in my life, I can confidently say that most news is not making us smarter -- it is making us dumber.

The Rise and Fall of the Nation's Largest Student Movement: the Students for Democratic Society

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

Today, the student-activist organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is being reactivated on college campuses around the country as the New SDS. Yet, how many of its new members are aware of SDS's complex past and the role of its legendary leader, Carl Oglesby?

The Obama Drama

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Pierre Guerlain

Everyone remembers the 2008 campaign when, in the exhilaration of Obamania, the advertising slogan "no-drama Obama" had a fair amount of success. This reflected a common misunderstanding of politics, for personalities matter much less than the force field of conflicts between the various powerful sectors in oligarchic democracies.

AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

Nick Turse | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa.

Taxes: The Debate We're Not Having

Steven Conn | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

If you feel like you are paying too much this year to Uncle Sam, remember. The issue isn't what you are paying, but what those taxes buy you. And until we are willing to tame the $700 billion budgetary gorilla, you won't ever get much value for your hard-earned money.

Open Diplomacy, Wartime, and the Modern Surveillance State

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

The amorphous nature of wars since at least the dawn of the Cold War in the mid-1940s has meant that the U.S. has more or less been at war for generations. This, in turn, has precipitated the ever-burgeoning war-industrial-intelligence complex.

The War on Democracy: The Deep State

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Over the course of the past decade, the doyens of the left, Peter Dale Scott and Noam Chomsky, began to use the term "deep state" to refer to the relatively small number of Washington and Wall Street player who actually control America.

Watch: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to "endanger our liberties or democratic process" but have you heard of the "Deep State?"

ReThink Review: RoboCop (2014) -- A Drone By Any Other Name

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.16.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With a film so beloved, I guess it's inevitable that there would be a remake. But instead of being a toothless, needless, sanitized imitation, I'm happy to report that the new RoboCop is willing to make significant changes and swing even harder at its political commentary.

President Obama Stands Up for Peace as No Other President Has: Sign Support Petition

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

True, President Eisenhower warned the country about the growing power of the military-industrial complex. Coming from a five-star general, the warning could not have been more credible. But, that was his farewell address.

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.

My Conversation With Oliver Stone: Why Questions About JFK's Assassination Remain Important 50 Years Later

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.12.2013 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tomorrow night on PBS, I sit down with Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone to talk about the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and the recent release of a commemorative Blu-ray edition of his critically acclaimed 1991 film, JFK.

Always and Everywhere: The New York Times and the Enduring 'Threat' of Isolationism

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

The United States has been at war for well over a decade now. Yet the recent debate over Syria evoked expressions of concern in Washington that Americans were once more turning their backs on the world.

Exporting Things That Go Boom in the Night

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

No one should be surprised that, even with the government officially shut down, the Obama administration didn't turn off the lights in the offices where arms deals are a major focus of attention.

The Business of America Is War

William Astore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Astore

In the halls of Congress and the Pentagon, it's business as usual, if your definition of "business" is the power and profits you get from constantly preparing for and prosecuting wars around the world.

Service as Diplomacy: The Faces of the US Abroad

Mario Machado | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Mario Machado

There is no way to reconcile these two immediate faces of America to millions of people across the world; the military and the Peace Corps will always serve their own distinctly different purposes and for many reasons it is better that it remain this way.

Beating Swords Into Solar Panels

Mattea Kramer | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Right now is a rare moment when two pieces of bad news Americans are accustomed to hearing could be converted into one piece of very good news.

From Emergency to Emerge 'n See: The Upwising Is Gaining Momentum

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

"Either we will have an awakening, or we will have a wake."-- Swami Beyondananda Every year on this date, the "impropaganda" machine reminds American...

Gun to the Head

Steven Weber | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Steven Weber

Why, despite the majority's opposition -- both national and international -- to the notion of America as a warring nation, do we persist in being just that?

10 Reasons Why America Does Not Need to Go to War Over Syria

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For once, I would love to hear a government official reject a call to war because it is immoral; because we have greater needs here at home that require our attention and our funds; because we're already $1 trillion poorer due to these endless, mindless wars.

Britain Has to Lead With Soft Power

Indra Adnan | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Indra Adnan

Cameron, like Blair, cries: we can't stand idly by, wringing our hands. Damn right: take action but not of the killing kind.

Corporate Loopholes

Jim Worth | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Jim Worth

There is an assault on corporate taxes in two areas and on two levels and the losers will ultimately be the American people -- American taxpayers.