Category Reviews

The ‘Weaponization’ of Social Media — And Its Real-World Consequences

Singer and Brooking tackle the mind-bending questions that arise when war goes online and the online world goes to war.

Disarming the Weapons of Mass Distraction by Madeleine Bunting

Distraction has become a commercial and political strategy, and it amounts to a form of emotional violence that cripples people…

Chris Hedges | Memories lost with author Russell Banks, On Contact (Video)

In his books, screenplays and short stories, Banks uncovers the humanity of the marginalized.

Rebecca Solnit Tackles the Silencing That’s Quieted So Many Women

Solnit draws on an equation that has preoccupied women writers from Virginia Woolf to Audre Lorde: that silence is a form of marginalization.

Henry A. Giroux | America’s Addiction to Terrorism

Giroux discusses torture, militarisation, surveillance, racism, education and austerity … and draws the links to the military-industrial-academic complex.

David Swanson | The U.S. National Bird Is Now a Drone

Linebaugh says there is no way to distinguish the little “civilian” blobs from little “militant” blobs.

Elliott Colla | A Veteran Novel That Finds No Reception in War

War Porn contains some of the most significant and original writing on deployment to be found in contemporary American literature about the Iraq War.

The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism

The Terror Factory reveals shocking information about the criminals, con men, and liars the FBI uses as paid informants…

This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century

The book careens around the globe, diving into campaigns and surfacing to offer fresh and often surprising lessons, even when examining well-known events.

The Occupation of the American Mind: Israeli Propaganda

“I wish every American would watch this powerful documentary. Not only every person of conscience, but every taxpayer, must see it — and then ask themselves if the status quo is acceptable and can continue deep into the 21st century.”

Nazila Fathi: Until We Are Free

The 1979 Islamic Revolution stripped Ebadi of her judgeship after it banned women from holding the position, forcing her to stay home and raise her two daughters. A decade later, she opened a law firm and became vocal against the country’s laws that discriminate against women and others.

Philip Farruggio: Rollerball Amerika 2015

Cassius had said it most succinctly: “The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars but in ourselves.” By Philip Farruggio | NationofChange | Blog Post  February 4, 2015 You must see or revisit Norman Jewison’s 1975 film Rollerball starring James Caan as superstar player Jonathan E. In it, we see a world is no longer […]

Lulz and Dissent: A New Book on Anonymous

“Coleman does a fantastic job of chronicling Anonymous’s political turn while explaining her own moral pretzels as a researcher. She illuminates a movement that bucks the cultural trend to self-promote and examines the “fractal chaos” of a leaderless collective that is deliberately hard to pin down but looks a little bit like the Internet when […]

Robert Reich: Axioms for Organizers by Fred Ross, Sr.

Ross organized people to challenge police brutality, fight segregation, and become politically powerful…   Robert Reich Monday, September 15· Fred Ross, Sr., was probably the most influential (but little-known) community organizer in American history. It was Ross who first identified, recruited and trained Cesar Chavez to become a leader and an activist. Ross’s influence continues in […]

They Can’t Represent Us: a riveting defense of democracy

They Can’t Represent Us by Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini is a fiery indictment of electoral politics and a riveting defense of real democracy. By Jerome Roos  ROARMAG.org  June 16, 2014    Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini (2014), They Can’t Represent Us: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy (with a foreword by David Harvey). London and New York: Verso. A […]

Glenn Greenwald: A Response to Michael Kinsley’s NYT book review of No Place to Hide

Does Michael Kinsley think NYT’s Neil Sheehan—who “aided & abetted” the Pentagon Papers stories—should be jailed too? http://t.co/kpusmKU2Vo — Daniel Ellsberg (@DanielEllsberg) May 23, 2014     I wonder how many years Michael Kinsley now thinks I should have spent in prison for revealing the Pentagon Papers? https://t.co/c0naeyeUFU — Daniel Ellsberg (@DanielEllsberg) May 23, 2014 By Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept 23 May […]

Glenn Greenwald: Excerpt from The Battle for Justice in Palestine

There are disturbing parallels between the kinds of witch hunts against individuals suspected of anti-Israel views and the campaigns to root out alleged Communists during the 1940s and 1950s. Most universities then, as now, did not show great courage in standing up to intimidation by government and other outside groups, while some were actually complicit. […]

Review, William O. Beeman: Gareth Porter, A Tale of Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing: Iran’s Nukes

 Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare by Gareth Porter (New York: Just World Books, 2014) Reviewed by William O. Beeman  WomenAgainstMilitaryMadnessNewsletter  March/April 2014 Gareth Porter has been the most conscientious follower of the fantasy danger of Iran’s purported “nuclear weapons program.” In this new, meticulously documented book, he exposes the many lies […]

Lucia Wilkes Smith. ‘The Monuments Men’: My brush with moviemaking

I get it:  It’s not a documentary. But there’s that local, real-life angle I wish it could have portrayed. Article by: LUCIA WILKES SMITH StarTribune.com  Updated: February 10, 2014 – 6:19 PM From left are Sam Epstein, John Goodman, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bob Balaban in a scene from “The Monuments Men,” a film […]

Luke Harding: How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

He was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek – and the man behind the biggest intelligence leak in history. In this exclusive extract from his new book, Luke Harding looks at Edward Snowden’s journey from patriot to America’s most wanted: The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man Luke Harding  The Guardian, Friday […]