Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, I Never Thought I’d Miss the Earthquakes

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In many ways, it’s hard to absorb (if I can even use that word) the increasing extremity of our weather world. Just when you’ve taken in the latest newsflashes, something even more extreme appears on the radar screen and that news becomes history. It’s already ancient news that the read more

The Monroe Doctrine Is Soaked in Blood

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, February 5, 2023

David Swanson is the author of the new book The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace It With.

The Monroe Doctrine was first discussed under that name as justification for the U.S. war on Mexico that moved the western U.S. border south, swallowing up the present-day states of California, Nevada, and Utah, most of New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, and parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming. By no means was that as far south as some read more

Joe and Vlad in the Land of Stories

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, February 4, 2023

In a children’s book by Chris Colfer called The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning, a Napoleonic French army of soldiers, guns, swords, and cannons arrives in the fairy tale land where Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and all sorts of similar people and fairies dwell.

The girl in charge of the place immediately begins organizing armies to fight the invaders. What choice does she have? Well, there are a number of reasons, somewhat unique to the read more