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NSA speech

In his recent speech, the president offered an unbridled defense of the surveillance state.

SIGINT map

One key goal of NSA surveillance of world leaders is not US national security but political blackmail—as it has been since 1898.

US Special forces

The deployment of US Special Operations forces is a growing form of overseas power projection.

Ariel Sharon

In a bloody career that spanned decades, he destroyed entire cities and presided over the killing of countless civilians.

Surveillance

The modern national security state can be understood as a proselytizing warrior religion, complete with its own sacred texts, holy orders and warrior priests. 

JROTC

The Pentagon’s JROTC program canvasses public high schools for future soldiers.

Vietnam War

Americans have been living in the shadow of war for at least a decade, but there’s remarkably little evidence of it in our art.

Blogs

"We are in the worst of times, except that it can get worse."

July 24, 2014

Washington’s armchair generals are salivating at the world’s current turmoil, seeing a chance to rehabilitate themselves.

July 23, 2014

The deaths of the MH17 civilians ought to be the occasion for a cease-fire and a renewal of talks.

July 22, 2014

In a world overwhelmed by violence and conflict, the news just gets worse and worse.

July 22, 2014

The beach is supposed to be a refuge for the children of Gaza. Now it is the scene of a war crime.

July 21, 2014

Why we shouldn’t listen to the neocons on Iran. 

July 21, 2014

And is the mainstream media doing enough to contextualize the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine?

July 18, 2014

56 children have been killed during the Israeli military’s assault on Gaza so far.

July 18, 2014

It’s pretty obvious that the pro-Russian rebels did it, though it’s not certain yet. Yet Putin refuses to look in the mirror.

July 18, 2014

President Obama wants a six-month extension of the negotiations, and so do the Iranians. They’ll get it.

July 17, 2014