Giroux: At a policy level, violence drives an arms industry, a militaristic foreign policy, and is increasingly the punishing state’s major tool to enforce its hyped-up brand of domestic terrorism, especially against black youth.
Tomgram: William Astore, Taking Selfies in Iraq and Afghanistan. American troops are never seen as conquerors or oppressors, always as liberators and freedom-bringers, or at least helpers and trainers. There’s just enough substance to this myth (World War II and the Marshall Plan, for example) to hide uglier imperial realities...
https://youtu.be/xYEBX6UlBLU When the US invades a country, we often only hear about it through the stories of our soldiers, but what do the people we invade and occupy think? If we talk to Afghans, for example, how do they feel about the war we brought to their country? Have we really improved their lives, More
As the world remembers Mandela, here are some of the things he believed that many will gloss over Aviva Shen Published: Sunday 8 December 2013 NationofChange.org . In the desire to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life — an iconic figure who triumphed over South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime — it’s tempting to homogenize his views into More
Disaster Capitalism on the battlefield and in the boardroom by William Astore Published on Monday, October 21, 2013 by TomDispatch.com Posted by CommonDreams.org A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan. (Photo: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis) There is a new normal in America: our government may shut down, but our wars continue. Congress may not be able to pass a budget, More
America Afghanistan and American imperialism By Glenn Greenwald March 21, 2012 OpEdNews This article cross-posted from The Guardian Staff sergeant Robert Bales, left, is accused of shooting dead 16 Afghan villagers, including nine children. Photograph: Ryan Hallock/AFP/Getty Images US army staff sergeant Robert Bales is accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan villagers, including nine children, More