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Last week in Afghanistan, the Taliban, once almost lacking a presence in the northern part of the country, attacked Kunduz, a northern provincial capital and held parts of it for days (as they had in 2015).

Tom Engelhardt, cofounder of the American Empire Project and author of The United States of Fear as well as The End of Victory culture, runs The Nation Institute's TomDispatch.
Since 9/11, untold sums of money have gone into building up the national security state. That includes new billion-dollar-plus headquarters for some of its agencies, hiring outside contractors by the bushelful, and creating a system of global ...
Think of American politics today as a tale of two Donalds. First, there's Donald Trump, political provocateur, a man with his eye on the Oval Office who's ready to say just about anything to get into it.
It's the timing that should amaze us (were anyone to think about it for 30 seconds). Let's start with the conflict in Afghanistan, now regularly described as the longest war in American history.

... the basics of the American urge to lock people away in vast numbers, which is why today TomDispatch regular Rebecca Gordon focuses instead on what it might mean for justice in this country if we started to consider alternatives to prison.
Obama, Our 'peace President' Turns Out to Be Rather war-Happy. He retired fewer nuclear weapons than his predecessors; and is presiding over a trillion-dollar modernization of our super weaponry.
Recently, sorting through a pile of old children's books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories.
I recently sent my last kid off for her senior year of college. There are rituals to such moments, and because dad-confessions are not among them, I just carried boxes and kept quiet.
In our new political world, the phrase "follow the money" has real meaning. Consider the $1,530,000 that, according to OpenSecrets.
Let's start with the basics. In an era when the U.S. seemed to have no great power rivals on the horizon, its national security state was expanded to monstrous proportions and given the "right" to commit acts ranging from kidnapping to torture ...
The man who might be president insists that climate change is an elaborate, "very expensive hoax," even possibly a "Chinese" one meant to undermine the American economy.
Writer and blogger Tom Engelhardt got to the core of the inanity and insanity of this seemingly endless election campaign. In an Aug. 7 article on TomDispatch.
Radical hip-hop group Sole & DJ Pain 1 just released their new music video "Hostage Crisis," which features Chris Hannah of the punk rock group Propagandhi and author/musician scott crow from their recent album Nihilismo.
For the sake of this discussion - of any discussion of Donald Trump, in fact - what our language needs is an extreme vetting. Certain words and phrases arriving from dangerous linguistic zones and threatening to upend The Donald's world really should ...
The U.S. responded to a barbaric attack that killed 3,000 U.S. civilians with an ongoing barbaric air campaign of their own that's since produced "towers" of dead civilians in the Greater Middle East and Africa.

In a retrospective reprinted at BillMoyers.com, TomDispatch editor Tom Engelhardt writes, "Without a hint of exaggeration, you could say that, at the cost of $400,000 to $500,000, al-Qaida's 9/11 air assault created Washington's multitrillion-dollar ...
by Tom Engelhardt. On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States.
By Tom Engelhardt | September 9, 2016. A 9/11 Retrospective: [...] Northern Alliance soldiers watch as a US B-52 bomber circles overhead, October 31, 2001 in Bagram, Afghanistan.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States. On board were its precision weapons: 19 suicidal hijackers.
It hardly matters where you look. There are the nearly million-and-a-half weapons that the Pentagon shipped to war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan.
It hardly matters where you look. There are the nearly million-and-a-half weapons that the Pentagon shipped to war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan.
Moreover, the act began the long process of converting the social welfare state, nurtured under the New Deal, into a national security state, or what Tom Engelhardt calls the Fourth Branch of government. Furthermore, the national security state is ...
A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq war who, when some civilian said, "Thank you for your service," replied: "I didn't serve, I was used.
"The US Has Bombed at Least Eight Wedding Parties since 2001" according to the title of an article by Tom Engelhardt in the December 20, 2013 Nation.
Tom Engelhardt. What Does It Mean When war Hawks Say, "Never Trump"? The Enemies of My Enemy May Be War criminals By Rebecca Gordon.
Imagine that across the planet, back in the early months of 2003, millions of people marched in the streets of global cities and small towns, protesting, toting handmade signs, making their voices heard in every way they could to indicate that the ...
(Photo: US Army) US army tanks line up in preparation to assault a town during a training exercise on February 10, 2009 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex.
... which allowed politics to be flooded and controlled by big money and you have what Tom Engelhardt has rightly called the "first 1% elections" coupled with a dominant public pedagogy infused with insults, stupidity, insults, racism, and a toxic "sea ...
How, I've often wondered, can people who have spent their lives working in an institution, particularly in the military or some other part of the national security state, retire and suddenly see that same institution in a different and far more ...
EDITOR'S PICK--Yep, it finally happened. In early May, after a long, long run, the elephants of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus were ushered into retirement in Florida where they will finish their days aiding cancer research.
How, I've often wondered, can people who have spent their lives working in an institution, particularly in the military or some other part of the national security state, retire and suddenly see that same institution in a different and far more ...
Yep, it finally happened. In early May, after a long, long run, the elephants of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus were ushered into retirement in Florida where they will finish their days aiding cancer research.
Yep, it finally happened. In early May, after a long, long run, the elephants of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus were ushered into retirement in Florida where they will finish their days aiding cancer research.
If you're of a certain age (as I am), there's something that should have startled you recently and yet, as far as I know, no one has bothered to mention it: anytime in the last seven decades, any American politician running for any position from dog ...
by Tom Engelhardt. (August 3, 2016, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) I recently dug my mother's childhood photo album out of the depths of my bedroom closet.
Someday, someone will write a history of the U.S. national security state in the twenty-first century and, if the first decade and a half are any yardstick, it will be called something like State of Failure.
I remember well going to the rodeo at Madison Square garden in New York City with my six-guns proudly strapped to my hips. I was probably eight or nine years old and those two ivory-handled - okay, undoubtedly plastic - revolvers were probably from a ...
If the Democratic National Convention is not sufficiently amusing in its own right -- following a week of Republicans wracked by self-centered dissent and absenteeism, plagiarism from Michelle Obama and the specter of Lucifer guiding Hillary Clinton ...
I recently dug my mother's childhood photo album out of the depths of my bedroom closet. When I opened it, I found that the glue she had used as a girl to paste her life in place had given way, and on many pages the photos were now in a jumble.
As is often the case, I opened the Monday newspaper curious to find out how the weekend had gone at the movies. The headline read, "'Ghostbusters' Is No.
As is often the case, I opened the Monday newspaper curious to find out how the weekend had gone at the movies. The headline read, "'Ghostbusters' Is No.
Tom Engelhardt Editor, TomDispatch.com. OZAN KOSE via Getty Images. Eternal "Wartime" in America. Cross-posted with TomDispatch.
Tom Engelhardt duidt zijn bezorgdheid over de onbesproken realiteit van de oorlogvoerende VS. De oorlog die de VS als jaren voert in het buitenland, komt terug naar de VS zelf met een militariserende politie, gewapende drones en veel geweld.
Strangely, amid the spike in racial tensions after the killing of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, and of five white police officers by a black sharpshooter in Dallas, one American reality has gone unmentioned.
At almost 72, I recently went to The Legend of Tarzan, the IMAX version, with a screen so big I almost stepped inside it and a soundscape so all-enveloping that my already pathetic hearing might have been blown away for good.
At almost 72, I recently went to The Legend of Tarzan, the IMAX version, with a screen so big I almost stepped inside it and a soundscape so all-enveloping that my already pathetic hearing might have been blown away for good.
The United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union (EU) has sparked national and international shock as well as outrage. More than just a decision on whether the country should stay or go, it was transformed into a referendum on the continuing power ...
Strangely, amid the spike in racial tensions after the killing of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, and of five white police officers by a black sharpshooter in Dallas, one American reality has gone unmentioned.


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