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Monumental Lies

Seth Freed Wessler and Brian PalmerReveal on Dec 8, 2018

The monuments we erect are supposed to commemorate history. But in many cases, they’re instrumental in erasing it.

Syria’s Last Bastion of Freedom

Anand GopalThe New Yorker on Dec 2, 2018

Amid the brutal civil war, a town fought off the regime and the fundamentalists—and dared to hold an election. Can its experiment in democracy survive?

The Gatekeepers

Mychal Denzel SmithHarper's on Nov 20, 2018

On the burden of the black public intellectual.

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

Kristen R. GhodseeNation Books on Nov 20, 2018

And other arguments for economic independence.

Planet of War

Danny Sjursen on Nov 20, 2018

Still trapped in a greater Middle Eastern quagmire, the U.S. Military prepares for global combat.

Tomgram: Rajan Menon, Tweeting in the Rain

Rajan Menon on Nov 18, 2018

You’ve probably had your fill of the media coverage, punditry, tweets, and wisecracks surrounding President Trump’s controversial trip to Paris, officially undertaken to honor the Allied soldiers, especially the Americans, who perished in France during World War I...

Tomgram: Engelhardt, An "Earned Media" Presidency

Tom Engelhardt on Nov 15, 2018

Face it: it’s been an abusive time, to use a word he likes to wield...

Humanitarian Crises in DRC Leaves Millions of Children in Danger

Nick TurseTeen Vogue on Nov 14, 2018

The ongoing conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo have left more than two million children malnourished.

Tomgram: John Feffer, Splinterlands 2.0

John Feffer on Nov 13, 2018

The mid-term elections are over, and the Democrats have regained the House, but the rest of American political reality remains intact...

Tomgram: Rory Fanning, Will the War Stories Ever End?

Rory Fanning on Nov 11, 2018

I’m here in Chicago, 7,000 miles and 15 years away from Jalalabad, a desolate town in southwestern Afghanistan.

Parkland Student Activists Win the 2018 Puffin/Nation Prize

on Nov 8, 2018

The activists will accept the prize for their work engaging millions of young people in the fight to end gun violence.

Tomgram: Arnold Isaacs, Misremembering Vietnam

Arnold Isaacs on Nov 8, 2018

Here’s a paradox of the last few decades: as American military power has been less and less effective in achieving Washington’s goals, the rhetoric surrounding that power has grown more and more boastful...

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Unquiet Flows The Don

Tom Engelhardt on Nov 6, 2018

Who could forget that moment?

Tomgram: James Carroll, Entering the Second Nuclear Age?

James Carroll on Nov 4, 2018

It was only an announcement, but think of it as the beginning of a journey into hell...

Tomgram: William Hartung, The Pentagon's Plan to Dominate the Economy

William Hartung on Nov 1, 2018

Given his erratic behavior, from daily Twitter eruptions to upping his tally of lies by the hour, it’s hard to think of Donald Trump as a man with a plan...

Tomgram: Michael Klare, On the Road to World War III?

Michael Klare on Oct 30, 2018

When it comes to relations between Donald Trump’s America, Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and Xi Jinping’s China, observers everywhere are starting to talk about a return to an all-too-familiar past...

Best of TomDispatch: Nick Turse, From the Missing Archives of a Lost War

Nick Turse on Oct 28, 2018

Nguyen Van Tu asks if I'm serious...

Tomgram: William Astore, The Pentagon Has Won the War that Matters

William Astore on Oct 25, 2018

As America enters the 18th year of its war in Afghanistan and its 16th in Iraq, the war on terror continues in Yemen, Syria, and parts of Africa, including Libya, Niger, and Somalia...

Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Brett Kavanaugh, Raised by the Power of the Pack

Robert Lipsyte on Oct 23, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh’s hellish Supreme Court fraternity pledge week offered many lessons, but the most powerful, if least noted, was about the raising of boys in America -- all boys, not just the groomed Georgetown elite from which the judge emerged...

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Anniversaries That Never Will Be

Tom Engelhardt on Oct 21, 2018

We’re already two years past the crystal anniversary and eight years short of the silver one, or at least we would be, had it been a wedding -- and, after a fashion, perhaps it was...

How Democrats Could Beat Back Voter Suppression at the Ballot Box

Ari BermanMother Jones on Oct 18, 2018

A new crop of Democratic candidates for secretary of state could bolster voting rights.



Tomgram: Belle Chesler, The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone

Belle Chesler on Oct 18, 2018

It’s been three weeks since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony before the nation and I’m still struggling to move on...

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Rethinking National Security

Andrew Bacevich on Oct 16, 2018

Dear Senator Warren:

As a constituent, I have noted with interest your suggestion that you will “take a hard look” at running for president in 2020, even as you campaign for reelection to the Senate next month...


Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, How Guantanamo Set the Stage for the Kavanaugh Hearings

Karen J. on Oct 14, 2018

Amid the emotional hubbub over the predictable confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, there has been a largely overlooked casualty: the American judiciary...

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, All Eyes on Nevada

Rebecca Gordon on Oct 11, 2018

It’s what campaigners say every November, I know, but this year’s election really is as important as it gets...