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Tom Engelhardt
Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's He is the author of The End of Victory Culture, a history of the American Age of Denial. The World According to TomDispatch: America in the New Age of Empire (Verso, 2008), a collection of some of the best pieces from his site and an alternative history of the mad Bush years, has recently been published.

Entries by Tom Engelhardt

Insider Attacks, American-Style

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 9:59 AM

In 2007, a new phenomenon reared its ugly head in Afghanistan. With two attacks that year and two more the next, it was first dubbed "green-on-blue violence," and later the simpler, blunter "insider attack." At one level, it couldn't have been more straightforward. Afghan soldiers or...

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How to Keep the U.S. Military Busy Forever

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 9:32 AM

Be careful what you wish for. In 2011, a Libyan rebellion began against autocrat Muammar Gaddafi. It undoubtedly reflected the wish of many Libyans for a new world of their own without his heavy hand or that of his secret police and secret prisons. Wishing to be rid of a...

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Pay No Attention to What They Tell You, They Are Listening In

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 1:18 PM

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Here's what the president said back in June 2013, while reassuring the American people about the National Security Agency's collection of their phone metadata: "When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That's not what this program's about. As was...

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Hijacking the American Plane of State

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 9:30 AM

Old Scripts and Empty Stories Signal a New Age

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Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “mystery” on the news that has no greater meaning and yet sweeps all else away?  This, of course, is the essence...

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The News Is Grim, the Need for Action Immediate, But What If No One Is Listening?

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 5:08 PM

Pssst, buddy, you want a report?

Hey, I've got three for you, all in the news last week! There was a rare intervention by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which issued a report warning that "the rate of climate change now may be as...

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The Widening Lens: Jonathan Schell and the Fate of the Earth

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 10:06 PM

Cross-posted with “Up to a few months ago, Ben Suc was a prosperous village of some thirty-five hundred people.”  That is the initial line of The Village of Ben Suc, his first book, a copy of which I recently reread on a plane trip, knowing that he...
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Advice Too Secret to Ignore

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 10:24 AM

Col. Manners Answers Your Questions on CIA Practices, Proper Cyberwar Behavior, and Invasion Etiquette

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[Editor’s note: Our old friend Colonel Manners (ret.) made his first appearance at TomDispatch last October.  Today, he’s back for the third time.  We have yet to run into anyone more...

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Obama's Legacy: Saudi America?

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 9:54 AM

Call it a nightmare that passes for good news. Recently, the New York Times optimistically headlined a front-page piece by reporters Coral Davenport and Steven Erlanger, "U.S. Hopes Boom in Natural Gas Can Curb Putin." It offered an eerie overview of where the administration of the president who came into...

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A Presidency of Decline

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 9:06 AM

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Doesn't this just say it all? After Majority Leader Harry Reid went the ultimate mile for the president, loosing the "nuclear option" on the Senate to wipe out Republican filibusters of a bevy of log-jammed presidential nominations, and after the Republicans -- the...

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The Afghan Ballet: Why Washington Doesn't Want to Leave Afghanistan

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:44 AM

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Washington and Kabul have, for endless months, been performing a strange pas de deux over the issue of American withdrawal. Initially, the Obama administration insisted that if, by December 31, 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai didn't sign a bilateral security agreement the two...

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Why Whistleblowers Matter

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Who can keep up? The revelations -- mainly thanks to the documents Edward Snowden took from the National Security Agency -- are never-ending. Just this week, we learned that GCHQ, the British intelligence agency whose activities are interwoven with the NSA's, used a program called Optic...

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

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 7:33 AM

Missing in Action

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There is, it seems, something new under the sun.

Geopolitically speaking, when it comes to war and the imperial principle, we may be in uncharted territory.  Take a look around and you’ll see a world at the boiling point. ...

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The Schizophrenic Presidency: Clark Kent and Superman Occupy the Same Telephone Booth

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 9:02 AM

Think of us as having two presidents. One, a fellow named Barack Obama, cuts a distinctly Clark Kent-ish figure. In presiding over domestic policy, he is regularly thwarted in his desires by the Republicans in Congress and couldn't until recently get his most basic choices for government positions...

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This Island Earth: Is It Long for This World?

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 9:15 AM

For those of us of a certain age, it seems as if the world has always been ending. It's easy now to forget just how deep fears and fantasies about a nuclear apocalypse went in the "golden" 1950s. And I'm not just thinking about kids like me "

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How a Thug State Operates

(25) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 8:27 AM

Documenting Darkness 

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Here, at least, is a place to start: Intelligence officials have weighed in with an estimate of just how many secret files National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden took with him when he headed for Hong Kong last June. Brace yourself: 

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The Future Isn't Mine

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Call me human. It turns out that I'm no better at predicting the future than the rest of humanity. If as a species we were any good at it, right now I would undoubtedly be zipping through the gloriously spired skies over my hometown, New York City, my jet pack...

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How the White House Became a Killing Machine

(34) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 7:54 AM

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Imagine this: a president and his top officials as self-professed assassins -- and proud of it, even attempting to gain political capital from it. It's not that American presidents have never been associated with assassination attempts before. At a National Security Council meeting, Dwight D....

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Inside the Climate Vortex

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 1:05 PM

We now have an answer to why global temperatures have risen less quickly in recent years than predicted in climate change models. (It's necessary to add immediately that the issue is only the rate of that rise, since the 10 hottest years on record...

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Rome, Mad Emperors, and All That in 21st Century America

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 8:36 AM

Rest assured of one thing: He was the only American vice president ever to travel regularly with "a duffel bag stocked with a gas mask and a biochemical survival suit" in the backseat of his car. You could say that he took his weapons of mass destruction seriously,...

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The 'Least Untruthful' National Security State

(9) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 9:02 AM

The question Senator Ron Wyden asked on March 12 of last year was straightforward enough and no surprise for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. He had been given it a day in advance of his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and after he was...

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