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    Loving America and Resisting Trump

    Photo by iStock/D.aniel This piece is reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.So reality has inexorably, inescapably penetrated my life.  It didn’t take long. Yes, Donald Trump is actually the president of the United States. In that guise, in just his first weeks in office, he’s already ...

    Avoiding Apocalypse on the Korean Peninsula

    Photo by AdobeStock/Mieszko9This piece is reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.Defense Secretary James Mattis remarked recently that a war with North Korea would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.” No kidding. “Tragic” doesn’t even begin to describe the horrors that would ...

    War in the Gulf (No, Not That Gulf!)

      Photo by Adobe Stock/NoraDoa [This essay is a joint TomDispatch/Truthout report.]It’s war in the Gulf and the U.S. Navy is on hand to protect us. No, not that Gulf! I’m talking about the Gulf of Alaska and it’s actually mock war — if, that is, you don’t happen to be a fin whale ...

    The Surge Delusion

    This piece is reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.The other day, I found myself flipping through old photos from my time in Iraq.  One in particular from October 2006 stood out. I see my 23-year-old self, along with my platoon. We’re still at Camp Buerhing in Kuwait, posing in front ...

    American Carnage

     Photo by iStock/BasSlabbersThis piece is reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.In his inaugural address, President Trump described a dark and dismal United States, a country overrun by criminal gangs and drugs, a nation stained with the blood seeping from bullet-ridden corpses left at ...

    Fighting for the Good Life in Trumplandia

    Photo by iStock/Daniel Bendjy This piece is reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.Many of the folks I know are getting ready to play serious defense in 2017, and they’re not wrong. Before we take up our three-point stance on the national line of scrimmage, however, maybe we should ask ...

    Now You See Me

    A glimpse inside the Zapatista Movement, 20 years after its birth. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch. Growing up in a well-heeled suburban community, I absorbed our society’s distaste for dissent long before I was old enough to grasp just what was being dismissed. My ...

    Peak Oil is Dead

    Long live peak oil!Among the big energy stories of 2013, “peak oil” -- the once-popular notion that worldwide oil production would soon reach a maximum level and begin an irreversible decline -- was thoroughly discredited. The explosive development of shale oil and other unconventional ...

    The Future Needs Us

    Hope, history, and unpredictability.  This article originally appeared at Tom Dispatch. North American cicada nymphs live underground for 17 years before they emerge as adults. Many seeds stay dormant far longer than that before some disturbance makes them germinate. Some trees bear fruit long ...

    Laughing Into Darkness

     Why no Mark Twain for our second Gilded Age? This article originally appeared at TomDispatchand will appear in "Comedy," the Winter 2014 issue of Lapham's Quarterly.Well, humor is the great thing, the saving thing, after all. -- Mark TwainTwain for as long as I’ve known him has been true ...

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