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May 13, 2020
If You Want to Honor US Soldiers, Start by Questioning Our Military
A veteran looks back on the follies of the US military during his time in Afghanistan.
April 17, 2020
We’ve Reached Peak Trumpian Dystopia
Can America survive Trump and the coronavirus?
April 13, 2020
The Tangled History of Illness and Idiocy
The pandemic is stress-testing two concepts Americans have historically gotten wrong.
Jessi Jezewska Stevens
March 21, 2020
What Are US Forces Doing Abroad? We Don’t Necessarily Know.
Murder, sexual assualt, and other crimes plague our military operations abroad, where thousands of commandos operate with little visibility.
January 20, 2020
Slavery, and American Racism, Were Born in Genocide
Martin Luther King Jr. saw something essential about our nation: Imperial expansion west over stolen Indian land shaped and deepened the American Revolution’s relationship to slavery.
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December 6, 2019
The Reasons Republicans Are Still Backing Trump
The party Trump has inherited is hell-bent on continuing America’s long tradition of racism and imperialism.
July 16, 2019
There’s One Heresy That Sets Bernie Apart From All Other Dem Contenders to Unseat Trump
And it’s not simply that he calls himself a socialist.
March 26, 2018
Donald Trump Has Been True to His Word on Human Rights
His friendships with the world’s most notorious autocrats tell us everything we need to know.
January 31, 2018
How the Spanish-American War Helped Lay the Groundwork for American Empire
Stephen Kinzer's new history captures how the United States has long been a country guided by both imperialist and isolationist instincts.
August 17, 2017
There’s 1 Country Practically Begging the World for Sanctions
Hint: It’s not North Korea, Russia, or Iran.