How Daniel Ellsberg’s Moral Power Remains Alive

Strange to think that, without Daniel Ellsberg, Watergate might never have happened, Richard Nixon might have remained president, and the war in Vietnam might have taken even longer to end. So many decades later, it’s easy to forget how, in June 1971, when Ellsberg released those secret government documents that came to be known as … Continue reading “How Daniel Ellsberg’s Moral Power Remains Alive”

War Culture Hates the Ethical Passion of the Young

Originally appeared at TomDispatch. Persisting in his support for an unpopular war, the Democrat in the White House has helped spark a rebellion close to home. Young people — least inclined to deference, most inclined to moral outrage — are leading public opposition to the ongoing slaughter in Gaza. The campus upheaval is a clash … Continue reading “War Culture Hates the Ethical Passion of the Young”

Latest Huge Transfer of 2,000-Pound Bombs From US to Israel Not Newsworthy to the New York Times

When the Washington Post revealed Friday afternoon that “the Biden administration in recent days quietly authorized the transfer of billions of dollars in bombs and fighter jets to Israel,” a lot of people cared. Readers of the story posted more than 10,000 comments on its webpage. A leading progressive site for breaking news, Common Dreams, … Continue reading “Latest Huge Transfer of 2,000-Pound Bombs From US to Israel Not Newsworthy to the New York Times

Close-up of Death Culture: 1,000 in Entertainment Biz Proclaim Support for Gaza Slaughter

Last week, Variety reported that “more than 1,000 Jewish creatives, executives and Hollywood professionals have signed an open letter denouncing Jonathan Glazer’s ‘The Zone of Interest’ Oscar speech.” The angry letter is a tight script for a real-life drama of defending Israel as it continues to methodically kill civilians no less precious than the signers’ … Continue reading “Close-up of Death Culture: 1,000 in Entertainment Biz Proclaim Support for Gaza Slaughter”

Apologists for Israel’s Mass Murder in Gaza Fall Back on ‘Antisemitism’ Claims

If we condemn Hamas for its October 7 attacks in Israel, we’re not accused of anti-Arab bigotry. Nor should we be. Nothing could possibly justify the atrocities that Hamas committed against hundreds of civilians, who were the majority of the 1,200 people killed as a result of the attacks by Hamas forces. And nothing can … Continue reading “Apologists for Israel’s Mass Murder in Gaza Fall Back on ‘Antisemitism’ Claims”

Full Speed Ahead on the Global Titanic

Consider this strange: Seventy-eight years after the first and only nuclear weapons were used on Planet Earth, anyone with half a brain knows that a nuclear war would be an incomparable disaster for this planet and everyone living on it. So, remind me, why the endless nuclear pantomime? Why, as last year wound down, for … Continue reading “Full Speed Ahead on the Global Titanic”

Smearing Ceasefire Protesters, Pelosi Combines Devotion to Israel With Cold-War Mania

Sometimes there’s a thin line between vile demagoguery and pure idiocy. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi straddled both during a Sunday appearance on CNN, when she smeared protesters who’ve been demanding a ceasefire to end Israel’s slaughter of Palestinian people in Gaza. “The former House speaker said, without offering evidence, that she believed some protesters are connected … Continue reading “Smearing Ceasefire Protesters, Pelosi Combines Devotion to Israel With Cold-War Mania”

How the Gaza War Can Be Big News and Invisible at the Same Time

Zen wisdom tells us that the finger pointing at the moon is not the moon. Yet it’s easy to fall into the illusion that when we see news about the Gaza war, we’re really seeing the war. We are not. What we do routinely see is reporting that’s as different from the actual war as … Continue reading “How the Gaza War Can Be Big News and Invisible at the Same Time”

What Daniel Ellsberg Knew About Doomsday

In my childhood, we at least acknowledged the ominous existence of nuclear weapons, no matter how weirdly. I’m thinking about those times we kids spent at school “ducking and covering” under our desks, practicing for… yes, the atomic annihilation of New York City by the Soviet Union. Even at 12, I was certainly aware that … Continue reading “What Daniel Ellsberg Knew About Doomsday”

How the US Has Darkened the Nuclear Cloud Over Humanity

This article was originally published by The Nation. Forty years ago, across a dozen pages of The Nation magazine, I was in a debate with the English historian E. P. Thompson about the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms race, the relative culpability of both governments, and how activists should approach it all. At the time, Cold War hostility was rampant. … Continue reading “How the US Has Darkened the Nuclear Cloud Over Humanity”