Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Protecting the Most Benign Institution

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What would George Orwell think 39 years after that nightmarish title year of his passed us by? Like so many of my friends, I read his novel 1984 in my teens and never forgot “Big Brother” or phrases like “doublethink” that still have a sad applicability in today’s world. I mention this because I noticed recently that, among the read more

Tomgram: Norman Solomon, Everything at Risk

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Consider this strange: Seventy-eight years after the first and only nuclear weapons were used on Planet Earth, anyone with half a brain knows that a nuclear war would be an incomparable disaster for this planet and everyone living on it. So, remind me, why the endless nuclear pantomime?

Why, as last year wound down, for instance, did the U.S. decide to read more

Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Trumpian Bacchanalia in 2024?

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The Last Superpower? And the Longest Paragraph By

I was born on July 20, 1944, almost two years after Joe Biden arrived on this planet and almost a year before You Know Who, like me, landed in New York City. The United States was then nearing the end of the second global war of that century and things were about to look up. My dad had been the operations officer for the 1st Air Commandos fighting the Japanese in Burma and, read more

Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Against Forgetting

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Imagine this: once there were just two of them produced by a single country, the United States. I’m thinking, of course, of the atomic bombs dropped with such devastating effect on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II. Now, there are roughly read more

The Urgent Need to Attack Iran Has Been Falsley Advertised for 20 Years

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 31, 2024

For a couple of decades now, the very worst people in Washington, D.C., have pushed hard for a war on Iran. Some high points have come in 2007, 2015, 2017, and 2024. Each time it has been absolutely critical to attack Iran at once. There could be no delay. Dominoes would fall. Terrorism would prevail. Credibility would be sqandered. And yet, each time, the threatened war has not been launched, and the world has gone on just the same.

We’ve seen read more

Understanding the Doppelganger Gang

I didn’t actually think the author of The Shock Doctrine could write a less than wonderful book but I really wasn’t interested in a book about people confusing her (Naomi Klein) with Naomi Wolf, or any other Naomi for that matter. Then I read Dave Zirin’s review of Doppelganger and realized that of course it was about something more than twins, body doubles, and avatars — and literary references thereto.

Doppelganger is actually about, among other things, the situation we’re read more