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Tomgram: Nick Turse, The U.S. Military Moves Deeper into Africa

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Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, The Criminalization of Immigrants From Clinton to Trump

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Chameleon Presidency

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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Do African Famines Presage Global Climate-Change Catastrophe?

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There are the terrorists, who get attention out of all proportion to their actual clout, and then there are those with big-time clout -- I think of them as the terrarists -- who get almost no attention at all. Back in May 2013, I came up with that term and here’s how I described those I thought it should apply to:

Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Remind Us How This Ends...

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Tomgram: Ira Chernus, Love Trumps Domination (Without the Combover)

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Tomgram: William Astore, From Deterrence to Doomsday?

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Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, Road Rules, or Rediscovering My Country from Cuban Soil

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It has to be one of the oddities of our history: the near-obsessive level of attention that, for almost 60 years, Washington has lavished on a modest-sized, impoverished island-nation of little strategic importance 90 miles off our southern coast. I’m talking, of course, about Cuba, which the U.S. has embargoed since 1959, as it hasn’t North Korea or any other country on this planet.

Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, Alaska in the Crosshairs

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Believe the Autocrat

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Teflon Wars

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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Would-Be Strongmen Worldwide

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Tomgram: Rajan Menon, Making America Insecure Again

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Terror attacks like the recent one in London send a shudder through Americans. Since 9/11, they have been the definition of what TomDispatch regular Rajan Menon calls “national (in)security.” They've also been the lifeblood of a media machine that loves to focus 24/7 on immediate and obvious horrors (especially against folks like “us”). In the age of Donald Trump, preventing such attacks has, if anything, become even more the essence of what American security is all about.

Tomgram: John Dower, Body Count for the American Century

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Tomgram: Jon Else, Eyes on the Prize 2017

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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Words Not to Die For

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Walled In

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[Note for TomDispatch Readers:  I’ll be on the road this week, so the next post won’t be until Tuesday, March 21st. Tom]

President Blowback
How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home
By Tom Engelhardt

If you want to know where President Donald Trump came from, if you want to trace the long winding road (or escalator) that brought him to the Oval Office, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter or even the rise of the alt-right. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq.

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Winning World War II in the Twenty-First Century

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The other day, I walked across much of Manhattan Island on the street where I grew up. Once upon a time, in a space of just four blocks along that very street there were four movie theaters (no small wonder in the 1950s). Only The Paris Theater, somewhat the worse for wear, still stands. Tao, a pan-Asian restaurant, has replaced one of them; the other two were obliterated, their buildings razed and built anew in a city that regularly eats itself for breakfast.

Tomgram: John Feffer, Next Stop: The Deconstruction Zone

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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Surging to Failure

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, War Without End

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Tomgram: William Hartung, The Generals vs. the Ideologues or the Generals and the Ideologues?

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Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, The Forever Prisoners of Guantanamo

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Tomgram: William Astore, In Afghanistan, America's Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Trumpian Snapshot of America

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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, At the Altar of American Greatness

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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Mission Unaccomplished, 15 Years Later

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Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Donald Trump, a One-Man 9/11?

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Tomgram: Michael Klare, A "China First" and "Russia Second" Foreign Policy?

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Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The China Missile Crisis of 2018?

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