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November 11: Remembering the Tragedy and Legacy of World War I

Watching Londoners reveling in the streets on Armistice Day*, November 11, 1918, the war critic and pacifist Bertrand Russell commented that people had cheered for war, then cheered for peace – " the crowd was frivolous still, and had learned nothing during the period of horror." ~ Adam Hochschild. 2011. To End All Wars: A … Continue reading "November 11: Remembering the Tragedy and Legacy of World War I"

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The Armistice We Need: Time for Vets To Reclaim Veterans’ Day

It wasn’t supposed to be this way; wasn’t meant to be celebrated as such – as Veterans’ Day, that is. When the guns fell silent after more than four years of slaughter in the Great War – which consumed at least 9 million soldiers’ lives – in a widely celebrated, long-awaited armistice, veterans, and even … Continue reading "The Armistice We Need: Time for Vets To Reclaim Veterans’ Day"

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A Tight Grip On Our Nuclear Toys

“Everyone wants to play with the big boys, and the only way to become one of the big boys is to have nuclear toys.” Attention Planet Earth! Attention Planet Earth! It is time to grow up. The words are those of Mohamed ElBaradei, then director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, from a 2005 … Continue reading "A Tight Grip On Our Nuclear Toys"

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Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire

Originally posted at TomDispatch. What a strange world we’re in! Imagine that only recently Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the remaining 1,000 U.S. military personnel from Syria (launching a bloodbath in Kurdish-controlled areas on its northern border in the process). He was, if you remember, bringing them all “home.” Almost immediately, however, Secretary of … Continue reading "Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire"

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The New Middle East That’s Coming

The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities – sometimes for new ones – and redrawing traditional alliances. While Turkey’s recent invasion of northern Syria is grabbing the headlines, the bigger story may be that major regional players are contemplating … Continue reading "The New Middle East That’s Coming"

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The Rule of Law or CIA Coup?

Americans should support the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump, but not for Ukrainegate. In fact, they should oppose his impeachment on Ukrainegate grounds completely. Trump’s real offense is waging an un-authorized, unconstitutional, illegal, treasonous and for-real genocidal war against the human beings of Yemen. His war crimes in Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Syria and … Continue reading "The Rule of Law or CIA Coup?"

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Microsoft Should Not Fund Israeli Spying on Palestinians

The act of Palestinian activists covering their faces during anti-Israeli occupation rallies is an old practice that spans decades. The masking of the face, often by Kufyias – traditional Palestinian scarves that grew to symbolize Palestinian resistance – is far from being a fashion statement. Instead, it is a survival technique, without it, activists are … Continue reading "Microsoft Should Not Fund Israeli Spying on Palestinians"

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The Switch: ‘Liberal’ Thought Police and Endless War

"People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders…All you have to do is tell them they’re being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." ~Hermann Goering, Nazi Field Marshal and Hitler henchman Somehow I’m always a … Continue reading "The Switch: ‘Liberal’ Thought Police and Endless War"

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Mexico: One Failed US War Doesn’t Justify Another

On November 4, ten dual US-Mexican citizens – members of an offshoot sect of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – died in a highway ambush, apparently the latest casualties of rampant and violent drug cartel activity in northern Mexico. US president Donald Trump promptly called upon “Mexico, with the help of the … Continue reading "Mexico: One Failed US War Doesn’t Justify Another"

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Bases, Bases, Everywhere, and Not a Base in Sight

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In January 2004, Chalmers Johnson wrote this about what he called America’s “empire of bases” or its “Baseworld”: “As distinct from other peoples, most Americans do not recognize – or do not want to recognize – that the United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government secrecy, … Continue reading "Bases, Bases, Everywhere, and Not a Base in Sight"

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US and Its Criminal Effort in Syria

President Trump has stated his intent to withdraw US troops from Syria on several occasions since March 2018. Each time politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties, supported by the corporate-controlled media, have, based on US imperial interests, vehemently challenged the withdrawal proposal. These folks also based their opposition to withdrawal on their supposed … Continue reading "US and Its Criminal Effort in Syria"

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Send the FBI a Message: Support Antiwar.com, Support Free Speech

When the feds are out to get you, you just might be doing something right. And Antiwar.com has been doing what’s right for decades. Long before the 9/11 attacks and the resulting American wars of revenge and hegemony, Eric Garris, Justin Raimondo, and the site’s columnists had already diagnosed and set out to expose the … Continue reading "Send the FBI a Message: Support Antiwar.com, Support Free Speech"

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How the Judiciary Is Chipping Away at the War on Terror

In times of war, the law often does fall silent. The U.S. Supreme Court, in all its independence and courage, has endorsed concentration camps, censorship, sham military tribunals, and guilt by association at various points in its history. Textbooks and television sell us the caricature of heroic judges and inspiring courtroom debates, but in truth, … Continue reading "How the Judiciary Is Chipping Away at the War on Terror"

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