American Imperialism: An Origin Story

By Camilla Fojas

The roots of American imperialism can be traced back to the aftermath of the Spanish-American War, when the United States suddenly gained territorial holdings overseas.

How the U.S. Created the Afghan War—and Then Lost It

By Anand Gopal

The Haqqani Network became the United State's greatest obstacle during the Afghan War.

As a Woman and Political Prisoner of Iran

By Shahrnush Parsipur

In the 1980's, Iran's fundamentalist government took many political prisoners from those who supported the old monarchy, or advocated greater freedoms. The author is one woman who was imprisoned for her beliefs.

How Revolution Became an Adjective

by Lewis Lapham

Political revolt and the accumulation of more.


American Prankster: Benjamin Franklin

By Kembrew McLeod

Benjamin Franklin was a founder in the field of American wit, as his rivalry with "Poor Richard's" competitor Titan Leeds shows.

The Pentagon's Phony Budget War

by Mattea Kramer

The DoD cuts that didn't actually happen.

The Reparations of History

by Greg Grandin

What the modern world owes slavery.

Documenting Darkness

by Tom Engelhardt

Anatomy of a thug state.

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