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[l] at 11/27/22 3:28pm
As President Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping arrived on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia, for their November 14th summit, relations between their two countries were on a hair-raising downward spiral, with tensions over Taiwan nearing the boiling point. Diplomats hoped, at best, for a modest reduction in tensions, which, to the relief of many, did occur. No policy breakthroughs were expected, however, and none were achieved. In one vital area, though, there was at least a glimmer of hope: the planets two largest greenhouse-gas emitters agreed to resume their languishing negotiations on joint efforts to overcome the climate crisis. These talks have been an on-again, off-again proposition since President Barack Obama initiated them before the Paris climate... Read more Source: What If the U.S. and China Really Cooperated on Climate Change? appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 11/22/22 7:24am
Recently, an agent of the Department of Homeland Security called me and started asking questions about a childhood acquaintance being investigated for extremism. I put him off. My feelings about this were, to say the least, complex. As a military spouse of 10 years and someone who has long written about governmental abuses of power, I wanted to cooperate with efforts to root out hate. However, I also feared that my involvement might spark some kind of retaliation. While I hadnt seen the person under investigation for years, my memories of him and of some of the things he’d done scared me. For example, when we were young teens, he threatened to bury me alive over a disagreement. He even... Read more Source: How Terror Came Home and What to Make of It appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 11/20/22 3:07pm
Believe me, its strange to be an old man and feel like youre living on a new planet. On November 7th, the day before the midterm elections, I took my usual afternoon walk in New York City and I was wearing a short-sleeved shirt! That was a first for me. And no wonder, since it was 76 degrees out beautiful, but eerie. After all, thats just not November weather. By then, in fact, a distinctly unseasonal heat wave that, the previous week, had hit the country from the Great Plains to the Gulf Coast was spreading across the Eastern U.S. from Tallahassee, Florida (a record-tying 88 degrees) to Burlington, Vermont (a record 76 degrees). Temperatures ranged from 15 to... Read more Source: Future Heat Wave? appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 11/17/22 7:30am
Heres a seldom commented-upon reality of this century and this moment: the United States remains the number-one arms-exporting nation on the planet. Between 2017 and 2021, it grabbed 39% of the total global weapons market and theres nothing new about that. It has, in fact, been the top arms dealer in every year but one for the past three decades. And its a remarkably lucrative business, earning American weapons makers tens of billions of dollars annually. It would be one thing if it were simply a matter of money raked in by the industrial half of the military-industrial complex. Unfortunately, in these years, U.S.-supplied weaponry has also fueled conflicts, enabled human-rights violations, helped destabilize not just individual countries but whole... Read more Source: Corporate Weapons Heaven Is a Hell on Earth appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 11/15/22 7:23am
Britons mourned the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and understandably so. The outpouring of affection for their long-serving monarch was more than commendable, it was touching.Yet count me among those mystified that so many Americans also professed to care.With all due respect to Queen Latifah, we decided way back in 1776 that we’d had our fill of royalty. Mere weeks after the death of Elizabeth II came the demise of another Elizabeth, better known as Liz, whose tenure as British prime minister shattered all previous records for brevity. Forty-four days after Her Majesty had asked her to form a government, Liz Truss announced her decision to step down. Cries of “No, Liz, stay on!” were muted indeed, while she... Read more Source: Deaf to Historys Questions appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 11/13/22 3:19pm
Washingtons vaunted “rules-based international order” has undergone a stress test following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and heres the news so far: it hasn’t held up well. In fact, the disparate reactions to Vladimir Putin’s war have only highlighted stark global divisions, which reflect the unequal distribution of wealth and power. Such divisions have made it even harder for a multitude of sovereign states to find the minimal common ground needed to tackle the biggest global problems, especially climate change. In fact, its now reasonable to ask whether an international community connected by a consensus of norms and rules, and capable of acting in concert against the direst threats to humankind, exists. Sadly, if the responses to the war in Ukraine... Read more Source: Fighting a War on the Wrong Planet appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 11/10/22 7:30am
[Denton-Borhaug will give a version of this talk virtually to Veterans for Peace Chapter 102 at a Reclaim Armistice Day meeting at the Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda this Veterans Day.] Dear Veterans, Im a civilian who, like many Americans, has strong ties to the U.S. Armed Forces. I never considered enlisting, but my father, uncles, cousins, and nephews did. As a child I baked cookies to send with letters to my cousin Steven who was serving in Vietnam. My family tree includes soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Some years before my father died, he shared with me his experience of being drafted during the Korean War and, while on leave, traveling to Hiroshima, Japan. There, just a... Read more Source: The Intolerable Price You Pay appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 11/8/22 7:16am
Earlier this year, four gaunt horsemen in black shrouds cantered down Pennsylvania Avenue. Since no one complained or even noticed, they grazed their hungry steeds on the White House lawn. Theyve been there ever since and threaten never to leave. This interview with them is a Tomdispatch exclusive: First Horseman, please state your name for our readers. My name is Oil and my price is $50 per barrel and higher yet to come. Fine, and youre from? Hubberts Peak. Is that in Colorado? No response. Are you in Washington for business or pleasure? Both, actually. While wrecking the American economy, Im also hoping to bring immense happiness to a handful of giant energy corporations. Well, thats a popular cause in... Read more Source: The White House Rodeo appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 11/6/22 3:22pm
When I was growing up, there was a parody of an old-fashioned public announcement tacked to the wall of our kitchen that I vividly remember. It had step-by-step instructions for what to do “in case of a nuclear bomb attack.” Step 6 was “bend over and place your head firmly between your legs”; step 7, “kiss your ass goodbye.” That shouldnt be surprising, since my parents, Philip Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister, once-upon-a-time priest and nun, were well-known antinuclear activists. I was too young to be a part of the “duck-and-cover generation” who, at school, practiced hiding from a nuclear attack beneath their desks or heading for local bomb shelters in the basements of churches and town halls. Born in 1974,... Read more Source: How to Survive Us appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 11/3/22 6:55am
For about a week in the summer of 2018, I caught an early-morning train from Washington, D.C., to the Albert V. Bryan federal courthouse in the suburb of Alexandria. Located a short drive from George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon, that courthouse serves the Eastern District of Virginia. It has played host to a wide variety of closely watched cases, from terrorism trials and inscrutable cybersecurity matters to the government’s prosecution of whistleblowers Daniel Hale and Chelsea Manning. The defendant whose trial I was covering was Paul Manafort, who had been the chairman of Donald Trump’s first presidential campaign. The special investigation led by former FBI director Robert Mueller probing Russian interference in the 2016 election had led to Manaforts... Read more Source: Your Factoids Against Mine appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 11/1/22 6:59am
Oddly enough, Ive read obituaries with fascination from the time I was quite young. And yet, in all these years, Ive never really reflected on that fact. I dont know whether it was out of some indirect fascination with death and the end of it all or curiosity about the wholeness (or half-ness or brokenness) of an individual life in full. But heres the odd thing: in all that time put it down to the charm of youth or, later, perhaps a lingering sense of youthfulness or, at least, agelessness I never really thought about my own obituary. Like so many of us when younger, I simply couldnt imagine my own death. Against all reason, it seemed strangely... Read more Source: An Obituary for Our World appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 10/30/22 2:02pm
I’m a voracious reader of American fiction and I’ve noticed something odd in recent years. This country has been eternally “at war” and you just wouldn’t know that a small amount of veteran’s fiction aside from the novels that are generally published. For at least a decade, Americans have been living in the shadow of war and yet, except in pop fiction of the Tom Clancy variety (where, in the end, we always win), there’s remarkably little evidence of it. As for myself I’m a novelist I find that no matter what I chose to write about, I can’t seem to avoid that shadow. My first novel was about Vietnam vets coming home and my second... Read more Source: In the Shadow of War appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 10/27/22 6:48am
Ours is an ever more unequal world, even if that subject is ever less attended to in this country. In his final book, Where Do We Go From Here?, Reverend Martin Luther King wrote tellingly, “The prescription for the cure rests with the accurate diagnosis of the disease. A people who began a national life inspired by a vision of a society of brotherhood can redeem itself. But redemption can come only through a humble acknowledgment of guilt and an honest knowledge of self.” Neither exists in this country. Rather than an honest sense of self-awareness when it comes to poverty in the United States, policymakers in Washington and so many states continue to legislate as if inequality werent an... Read more Source: The Quality (or Inequality) of Life appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 10/25/22 7:28am
As this century began, I was writing War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, my reflections on two decades as a war correspondent, 15 of them with the New York Times, in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, Bosnia, and Kosovo. I worked in a small, sparsely furnished studio apartment on First Avenue in New York City. The room had a desk, chair, futon, and a couple of bookshelves not enough to accommodate my extensive library, leaving piles of books stacked against the wall. The single window overlooked a back alley. The super, who lived in the first-floor apartment, smoked prodigious amounts of weed, leaving the grimy lobby stinking of pot. When he found out I was writing... Read more Source: Writing on War appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 10/23/22 3:13pm
Whats the U.S. military doing in Africa? It’s an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, straight-jacketed in secrecy, and hogtied by red tape. Or at least it would be if it were up to the Pentagon. Ten years ago, I embarked on a quest to answer that question at TomDispatch, chronicling a growing American military presence on that continent, a build-up of both logistical capabilities and outposts, and the possibility that far more was occurring out of sight. “Keep your eye on Africa,” I concluded. “The U.S. military is going to make news there for years to come.” I knew I had a story when U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) failed to answer basic questions honestly. And the command’s reaction to the... Read more Source: Getting to Yes appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 10/20/22 7:25am
Ukraine is obviously a powder keg. With each passing day, in fact, the war there poses new threats to the world order. Only recently, Vladimir Putins Russia intensified its attacks on civilian targets in that beleaguered land, while threatening to use tactical nuclear weapons and adding Ukraines neighbor Belarus to its side on the battlefield. And dont forget the Russian presidents decision to draft hundreds of thousands of additional civilians into his military, not to speak of the sham referendums he conducted to annex parts of Ukraine and the suspected cyberattack by a pro-Russian group that disrupted airline websites at hubs across the United States. President Biden has repeatedly pledged not to enter the war. As he wrote in an... Read more Source: The Ukraine Moment appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 10/18/22 6:59am
The time has come to ban The Bomb. Of course, all those nuclear ones in the arsenals of the great powers, but since Im a sportswriter by trade lets start with the home run. Call it a four-bagger, a dinger, a moon shot, or (in my childhood) a Ballantine blast for the beer that sponsored so much baseball. One thing is certain, though: the dream of the game-changing home run has shaped our approach to so much, from sports to geopolitics. Most significantly, its damaged our ability to solve problems through reason and diplomacy. So, consider banning both The Bomb and the home run as the first crucial steps toward a safer, more peaceful world. For 102 years... Read more Source: Home Runs First appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 10/16/22 3:24pm
If the world is indeed entering a new Cold War, it bears little resemblance to the final years of that global conflict with its frequent summits between smiling leaders and its arms agreements aimed at de-escalating nuclear tensions. Instead, the world today seems more like the perilous first decade of that old Cold War, marked by bloody regional conflicts, threats of nuclear strikes, and the constant risk of superpower confrontation. While world leaders debate the Ukraine crisis at the United Nations and news flashes from that battle zone become a part of our daily lives, the most dramatic and dangerous changes may be occurring at the other end of Eurasia, from the Indian Ocean to the Western Pacific. There, Beijing... Read more Source: The New Cold War Heats Up Asia appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 10/13/22 6:34am
Much of the excitement over the Inflation Reduction Act, which became law this summer, focused on the boost it should give to the sales of electric vehicles. Sadly, though, manufacturing and driving tens of millions of individual electric passenger cars won’t get us far enough down the road to ending greenhouse-gas emissions and stanching the overheating of this planet. Worse yet, the coming global race to electrify the personal vehicle is likely to exacerbate ecological degradation, geopolitical tensions, and military conflict. The batteries that power electric vehicles are likely to be the source of much international competition and the heart of the problem lies in two of the metallic elements used to make their electrodes: cobalt and lithium. Most deposits... Read more Source: Are Green Resource Wars Looming? appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 10/11/22 5:49am
Thanks to Vladimir Putin’s recent implicit threat to employ nuclear weapons if the U.S. and its NATO allies continue to arm Ukraine “This is not a bluff,” he insisted on September 21st the perils in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict once again hit the headlines. And its entirely possible, as ever more powerful U.S. weapons pour into Ukraine and Russian forces suffer yet more defeats, that the Russian president might indeed believe that the season for threats is ending and only the detonation of a nuclear weapon will convince the Western powers to back off. If so, the war in Ukraine could prove historic in the worst sense imaginable the first conflict since World War II to lead to... Read more Source: The Worlds Other Nuclear Flashpoint appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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[l] at 10/6/22 7:28am
Donald Trump has had the urge to crush many things, including the last election.So I must admit I found it eerily amusing that, when the FBI entered his estate at Mar-a-Lago recently, they did so under a warrant authorized by the Espionage Act of 1917.History certainly has a strange way of returning in our world and also of crushing alternatives.Whatever Trump did, that act has a sorry track record in both its own time and ours when it has been used, including by his administration, to silence the leakers of government information. And because my latest book, American Midnight: The Great War, A Violent Peace, and Americas Forgotten Crisis, is about the crushing of alternatives a century ago in this... Read more Source: What You Dont Have and Why appeared first on TomDispatch.com.

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