Category Militarism

Scapegoating Iran, by Chris Hedges

The warmongers have no more of a plan for “regime change” in Iran than they had in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Twenty-First-Century History of Greed

The history of greed in our time has yet to be written, but what a story it will someday make.

How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions by Jonathan Cook

The Great Western Narrative is there to perpetuate power by legitimizing it, by making its unbalanced and unjust distribution seem natural and immutable.

Digging Deeper, Afghanistan, by Kathy Kelly

On May 13, a single-file procession of Pashto men started off on a 400-mile trek along dusty roads from Helmand to Kabul, to call for the Afghan government and the warring parties to end the war.

Tomgram: Making Sense of America’s Empire of Chaos

Donald Trump would have been inconceivable as president without those disastrous wars, those trillions squandered on them and on the military that’s fought them, and that certainly qualifies as “impact” enough.

It’s time to transform the “War Economy” into a “Peace Economy” that values all humanity!

We must dare to speak out in support of those American war resisters, the real military heros…

Gaza: World Condemns Killing and Maiming of Peaceful, Unarmed Palestinian Protesters. Calls to Investigate Israeli Use of Force

There have been a series of impassioned calls at the UN for restraint and independent investigations of Israel’s use of live fire against unarmed Palestinians

The Truth Behind the Headlines with Lee Camp and Abby Martin

Lee Camp speaks with Abby Martin, a cutting-edge investigative journalist and host of Empire Files who calls out the US war machine. Lee then discusses how the systems that rely on our ignorance are now trying to come up with ways to keep us dumb.   ◊   ◊   ◊   ◊   ◊   ◊   ◊   ◊   ◊  […]

Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ with poetry by Wilfred Owen

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
      — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
      Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.

Chris Hedges: Max Blumenthal, Dan Cohen on ‘Killing Gaza’

A documentary of Israeli war crimes.

Scourging Yemen, by Kathy Kelly

The U.N. must abandon its biased role in the Yemen conflict, so it can broker a peace

The Defeat of US Imperialism is a Strategic Necessity, not a Single Issue by Danny Haiphong

US imperialism has become a single issue, with many leftists choosing to express solidarity with Palestinians but not for Syrians, Iranians, or Iraqis.

See Which Companies Make Billions from Selling Weapons Around the World

Private companies building and selling guns is not the same thing as the government encouraging their use in other nations’ war zones, but President Eisenhower’s prescient warning is great food for thought.

Deconsructed Podcast: How Bad is the News? with Hasan Minhaj

The news is almost like the comments section on Facebook, where there is no, “Hey, we went to the moon.” Everything is a moon-landing debate.

David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism”

Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? 

Trotskyist Delusions: Obsessed with Stalin, They See Betrayed Revolutions Everywhere by Diana Johnstone

The trouble with some Trotskyists is they’re always “supporting” other peoples’ revolutions, says Diana Johnstone. Their obsession with permanent revolution in the end provides an alibi for permanent war.

The Existential Question of Whom to Trust, by Robert Parry

The clever use of propaganda to oust disfavored governments often leads to violence and war, as we have seen in targeted countries, such as Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.

Democracy Now! America’s #1 Weapons Salesman: Trump Promotes U.S. Arms Manufacturers & Weakens Export Rules

Reuters reveals that the new initiative will provide guidelines that could allow more countries to be granted faster deal approvals, and will call on Cabinet officials to help close deals between foreign governments and U.S. defense contractors.  Democracy Now! Published on Apr 18, 2018 https://democracynow.org – A new exposé by Reuters reveals how the Trump […]

Syria – a case study in propaganda, by Chris Kanthan

In a democracy, the most important but least understood tool is propaganda. Let me share with you the fundamentals of a successful propaganda campaign.

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, On Seeing America’s Wars Whole, A Letter to the NYT

The key point is that when it comes to recent American wars, the Times offers coverage without perspective.