Tom Engelhardt launched TomDispatch in November 2001 as an e-mail publication offering commentary and collected articles from the world press. In December 2002, it gained its name, became a project of The Nation Institute, and went online as "a regular antidote to the mainstream media." The site now features Tom Engelhardt's regular commentaries and the original work of authors ranging from Rebecca Solnit, Bill McKibben and Mike Davis to Chalmers Johnson, Michael Klare, Adam Hochschild, Robert Lipsyte and Elizabeth de la Vega. Nick Turse, who also writes for the site, is associate editor and research director.

TomDispatch is intended to introduce readers to voices and perspectives from elsewhere (even when the elsewhere is here). Its mission is to connect some of the global dots regularly left unconnected by the mainstream media and to offer a clearer sense of how this imperial globe of ours actually works.

Guantánamo at Home? Guantánamo at Home?

Despite all the focus on Guantánamo, are a great many of America’s domestic prisons also beyond the rule of law?

Nov 8, 2010 / Video / TomDispatch

America’s Nuclear Trajectory America’s Nuclear Trajectory

Tom Engelhardt and Jonathan Schell discuss American involvement in Vietnam and Afghanistan, US nuclear policy from the 1960s to the present and the dilemma of nuclear weaponry in t...

Apr 6, 2010 / Audio / TomDispatch

As GM Goes, So Goes… As GM Goes, So Goes…

As I read "Tough Times in Troubled Towns," today's third installment of Nick Turse's Tough Times series, this one on the nationwide meltdown of America's most vulnerable ...

Feb 23, 2009 / The Notion / TomDispatch

Blackwater’s Noble Gas Blackwater’s Noble Gas

The name search took a year, while the company became persona non grata in Iraq, but now it's a reality. The notorious Blackwater Worldwide has officially rebranded itself Xe. Ac...

Feb 20, 2009 / The Notion / TomDispatch

An American Foreign Legion An American Foreign Legion

This report, first posted at, comes from historian and retired Lieutenant Colonel William J. Astore: A leaner, meaner, higher tech force -- that was what George W....

Feb 17, 2009 / The Notion / TomDispatch

Increase the Stress or Downsize the Mission? Increase the Stress or Downsize the Mission?

According to the New York Times, suicides in the U.S. Army this January alone could total as many as 24. (For January 2008, the number was five.) If so, that would not only be th...

Feb 16, 2009 / The Notion / TomDispatch

The Endless Non-Departure from Iraq The Endless Non-Departure from Iraq

Already it's begun -- the endless non-departure from Iraq. The Obama plan, restated many times during the presidential campaign, involved a 16-month schedule for withdrawing not a...

Feb 13, 2009 / The Notion / TomDispatch

Tin-eared Titans Tin-eared Titans

Sometimes it's the small gesture that defines the end of an age. Richard Fuld, CEO of Lehman Brothers, the single financial firm the Bush administration allowed to collapse into b...

Feb 10, 2009 / The Notion / TomDispatch

Whistling Past the Afghan Graveyard Whistling Past the Afghan Graveyard

It is now a commonplace -- as a lead article in the New York Times's Week in Review pointed out recently -- that Afghanistan is "the graveyard of empires." Given Barack ...

Feb 5, 2009 / The Notion / TomDispatch

The Pentagon as a Weapons Scam The Pentagon as a Weapons Scam

Recently, reviewing lobbying disclosure reports, the Washington Times discovered "that 18 of the top 20 recipients of federal bailout money spent a combined $12.2 million lobb...

Feb 3, 2009 / The Notion / TomDispatch