Bury the Bomb Before It Buries Us

A quarter century after the Cold War ended, the people of the world are now entering a dangerous era of improved and more accurate nuclear weapons and faster, more precise delivery systems at a time of growing antagonism between Washington and Moscow and potential antipathy between the U.S. and China. All nine nuclear countries are […]

Two Parades and a Drone

Whereas there was at least some humor in the grim reality of Bosnia’s general elections – which, by the way, returned mostly expected results (Economist‘s wishful thinking aside) – the situation in neighboring Serbia this autumn of 2014 has been all grim and no funny. Even the "gay pride" parade, held in Belgrade on September […]

Are We Ready for the Fall of Baghdad?

I recently was in Vietnam and spent some time in prosperous, capitalist Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, and toured the American War Museum. I believe there are a number of parallels between the Vietnam and Iraq War and that history could repeat itself now in Baghdad. Who can forget the former Vietnamese supporters […]

U.S. Marine, 286 Others Killed Across Iraq

At least 286 were killed in the latest attacks and 155 were wounded. A U.S. Marine also died, but he was not killed in combat.

Hollow Justice and Courts of Order in an Age of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny

By John W. Whitehead “The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people.” – Justice William O. Douglas Justice in America makes less sense with each passing day. A Michigan couple that has been raising chickens in their backyard as a source of healthy food for […]

American Exceptionalism and Its Discontents

Originally posted at TomDispatch. We’re now passing through a no-name election season of a particularly lusterless sort, but don’t count on that for 2016. Here, in fact, is a surefire prediction for that moment, which (given the nature of modern presidential campaigns) will kick off with the usual round of media speculation and odds-making on […]

A Note From the Recovery Room

I underwent surgery on Wednesday, and will be needing some recovery time. I’m not sure how much time I’ll need at this point, so suffice to say here that there will be no Friday column, and perhaps no Monday column either. I very much regret missing two whole columns in a row, but age catches […]

Citizenfour’s Escape to Freedom in Russia

In early September in Russia, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden told me about a documentary entitled Citizenfour, named after the alias he used when he asked filmmaker Laura Poitras to help him warn Americans about how deeply the NSA had carved away their freedoms. When we spoke, Snowden seemed more accustomed to his current […]

Another Town Falls to ISIS; 114 Killed Across Iraq

Civilian casualties were remarkably light today, but battles raged in western Iraq and at least one town fell to Islamic State militants. Overall, 114 people were killed and five were wounded.

The Drug War Doesn’t Work Abroad Either

As an October 20 piece in Stars and Stripes reminds us, the U.S. has been fighting a second war in Afghanistan without much success – that would be the one against poppy production. Poppies are the flower from which opium is derived, so the U.S. campaign against their growth is a not particularly surprising aspect […]