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Build We Must -- Abroad But Not at Home

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

As of this year, more U.S. and NATO money had been "squandered" on the "reconstruction" of Afghanistan than was spent on the full post-World War-II Marshall Plan to put a devastated Europe back on its feet. And how has all that spending turned out?

An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional Country?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Today, the U.S. looks less like a functioning and effective empire than an imperial basket case, unable to bring its massive power to bear effectively from Germany to Syria, Iraq to Afghanistan, Libya to the South China Sea, the Crimea to Africa.

The Year of Edward Snowden

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.13.2014 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

This is publication day for Greenwald's new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Security State, about his last near-year swept away by the Snowden affair. It's been under wraps until now for obvious reasons.

The Marquis de Sade in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The legacy of America's Iraq is essentially an oil-producing wreck of a state with another autocrat in power, a Shiite government allied to Iran in Baghdad, and a Sunni population in revolt. That, in short, is the upshot of Washington's multi-trillion-dollar war. It might be worth a painting by George W. Bush.

What Happened to War and the Imperial Drive to Organize the Planet?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you survey our planet, the situation is remarkably unsettled and confusing. But at least two things stand out, and whatever you make of them, they could be the real news of the first decades of this century. Both are right before our eyes, yet largely unseen.

World of Warcraft in Real Life

Nick Turse | Posted 02.15.2014 | Technology
Nick Turse

Another week, another revelation about spying by the National Security Agency. This time, it was the NSA's infiltration of online video games and virtual realms like World of Warcraft and Second Life.

Good Neighbor Policies and the Writing Life

Nick Turse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Nick Turse

At 73, Ann Jones strapped on body armor and headed to war so you didn't have to. She watched the sort of "meatball surgery" that would have left you doubled over and retching.

No 'Armistice' in Washington's Global War on Veterans Day 2013

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In 1954, nine years after World War II ended, with the previous "great" conflict having proved anything but -- as once advertised -- the war to end all wars, and the memory of its armistice fading, the holiday was officially relabeled Veterans Day.

The Obama Administration Adrift in the Greater Middle East

Nick Turse | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Nick Turse

The only country in the region that seems to bear much resemblance to its pre-Obama self is Iraq, where violence has reached its highest level in half a decade.

If It's Tuesday, It Must Be [You Fill in the Country]

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tom Engelhardt

If it's Tuesday, this must be Belgium -- the title of a 1969 romantic comedy -- could now fit two intertwined phenomena: the madcap global travels of Secretary of State John Kerry and the nonstop journey of the latest revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Surveillance 101

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Sometimes, the world sends you back to school. These last months have offered us a crash course in how Washington, enveloped in a penumbra of extreme secrecy, went to work creating a global surveillance state on a scale almost beyond the imagination.

No Privacy in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Gigantic as the NSA's intrusions on privacy might be, they are only part of an uncomfortably large story in which many U.S. agencies and outfits feel free to take possession of our lives in ever more technologically advanced and intrusive ways.

The Most Underreported News Story of 2012 Is...

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

It's easy enough to compile a "best" and "worst" list, but what about bringing attention to important issues that went largely unreported in 2012? Some of the answers will still surprise you.

Nine War Words That Define Our World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Go figure: today, our "covert" wars are front-page news. What follows are nine common terms associated with our present wars that probably don't mean what you think they mean.

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...

In Nightmares Begin Responsibilities: Why War Will Take No Holiday in 2010

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Here's my fantasy this holiday season: I'd like, that is, to obliterate TomDispatch, for without the Afghan war, my website would never have existed. Here's the saddest thing: I know full well that its future is assured as long as I care to do it.

Who Are the Taliban?

Anand Gopal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anand Gopal

If there is an exact location marking the West's failures in Afghanistan, it is the modest police checkpoint that sits on the main highway 20 minutes south of Kabul. Here, the American-backed government of Afghanistan no longer exists.

The Burning Question

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

What if our lost decade lasts long enough to meet an environmental crisis involving extreme weather?

Airport to Nowhere, Waltz with Bashir, Part 2

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Engelhardt

Part two of this exclusive excerpt from Waltz with Bashir takes up after Folman has managed to reconstruct his first days of the war in Lebanon.

Waltz with Bashir: The Graphic Novel

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Engelhardt

Given the power and timeliness of this thoughtful, dreamlike memoir from a living hell, it's a particular honor to be releasing two long excerpts from the graphic novel version of Waltz with Bashir

The Apology: How to Turn Over a New Inaugural Leaf

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's now well past time to leave behind the imperial fantasies of the Bush era and join a world in trouble -- and there's no better day to begin than on January 20, 2009.

The Afghan Scam: The Untold Story of Why the U.S. Is Bound to Fail in Afghanistan

Ann Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ann Jones

It's hard to overstate the magnitude of the failure of American reconstruction in Afghanistan.

The Axe, the Book, and the Ad

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

As with GM, it has been easier and far more immediately profitable for big publishers to just keep selling the "SUVs" of books until their business model went into the toilet rather than try to prepare for a new world.