Category: Features

Pete Dolack: Capitalism’s Fuel

The official Pentagon budget for 2015 was $596 billion, but actual spending is far higher.

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Rory Fanning: The War in Our Schools

By now, I can tell that the kids are truly paying attention, so I let it all out. “The Taliban had surrendered a few months before I arrived in Afghanistan in late 2002, but that wasn’t good enough for our politicians back home and the generals giving the orders. Our job was to draw people back into the fight.”

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Noam Chomsky: The Costs of Violence

The global war on terror sledgehammer strategy has spread jihadi terror from a tiny corner of Afghanistan to much of the world, from Africa through the Levant and South Asia to Southeast Asia. It has also incited attacks in Europe and the United States. The invasion of Iraq made a substantial contribution to this process, much as intelligence agencies had predicted

William Boardman: Saudies Should Kill Civilians More Slowly…?

Sounds a little like a joke (and in a sense it is): Two U.S. senators introduce a resolution based on fraudulent representations of reality, seeking to make the president insist that the Saudis bomb fewer civilians in Yemen

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Edward S. Herman: Foreign Engagement v. Aggression

The United States has been intervening and fighting wars abroad almost continuously since World War II. This has involved frequent aggressions, using standard definitions of the word, with many of them extremely destructive But these cannot be designated “aggression” in our well-honed propaganda system

Sharon Kelly: Toxic Teflon

New information emerged recently about toxic contamination from chemicals used to manufacture Teflon pots and pans and many other consumer, military, and industrial products

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Jack Rasmus: Is the U.S. Economy Heading for Recession?

Recently, the government announced that the U.S. economy rose from January-March 2016 at a mere 0.5 percent annual growth rate. Since the U.S., unlike other countries, estimates its GDP based on annual rates, that means for the first quarter 2016 the U.S. economy grew by barely 0.1 percent over the previous quarter in late 2015. Read more…

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Paul Street: Kagame Visits Harvard

Never underestimate the global myopia and indifference that lurks beneath the surface of the United States’ supposedly Leftist higher educational system

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Noam Chomsky: All Decent Things

the Left is the movement that is in favor of all decent things—freedom, justice, peace. Of course we have to define it for ourselves, but traditionally it’s the movement that’s been in favor of more freedom, more justice, more equality, more participation, more control over our own lives—all decent things. That’s the Left.

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Edward S. Herman: News Fit to Print But Not Printed, Part Two

In Part 1, I began with a case where the New York Times belatedly acknowledged that it had failed to print news fit to print, news which, not coincidentally, contradicted a party-line theme the editors had enthusiastically and uncritically supported five years earlier

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