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Anniversaries which don’t matter to US

2003 Iraq invasion, My Lai massacre, New York Times, David Petraeus, Abu Ghraib, Saddam Hussein, USA Patriot Act, Russ Feingold, Guantanamo Bay, Bermuda Triangle, CIA, US Air Force, Afghan wedding party, Kandhar Massacre, WikiLeaks, Robert Bales, Haditha, Azizabad, Blackwater guards, Nisour Square, Donald Rumsfeld, Bush’s wiretapping program, Khaled el-Masri, Macedonia, Lithuania, Poland, Rumania, Black Room, Thailand, Camp Nama, Iraq, Walter Cronkite, Joan of Arc, Aztec, Montezuma
US must reflect on its war-crimes

By Tom Engelhardt

US has lost Middle East war for good

Ruhollah Kohmeini, Jimmy Carter, Great Satan, Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein, Fulda Gap,  Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, Osama bin Laden, Taliban, al-Qaeda, Chalmers Johnson, Gulf War, General David Petraeus, William Butler Yeats, Nouri al-Malika, AQI, Bashar al-Assad, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Hippocratic Oath, Einstein, ISIS. Raqqa, caliphate, Greater Middle East,
US Middle East policy a colossal failure

Nearly a century earlier, Britain had formed Iraq from three separate Ottoman imperial provinces -- Baghdad, Basra, and Mosul.  The 2003 invasion blew up that synthetic state, held together first by British overlords and then by Saddam’s brutal dictatorship

The Great Void: How we got here

Berlin Wall, Donald Trump, Cold War, Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet Union, Military Industrial Complex, John F. Kennedy, Age of Great Expectations, White House, Roosevelt, Reagan, Great Depression of 2008, George W. Bush, Trump Tower, 9/11, birtherer, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, nihilism, Hillary Clinton,  Berine Sanders, Vermont,  ne plus ultra, Gui generic, de rigueur
The US we know is over

The fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989 abruptly ended one historical era and inaugurated another. So, too, did the outcome of last year’s U.S.

Justice to Congo, Tarzan style

Congo, King Leopold II, King Leopold’s Ghost, Africa, Tarzan, Hollywood, Mulume Njama, Sanga, Roger Casement, Hezekiah Andrew Shanu, Congo River,  Heart of Darkness, Colonialism in Africa, The Legend of Tarzan, Berlin Conference, Jane, Lord Greystroke, George Washington Williams, Leon Rom, Boma, Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, David Yates, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Johnny Weissmuller, Manohla Dargis, Christoph Waltz, Stanley Falls, Mr Kurtz, Force Publique, Madrid, Francisco Franco, Hitler, Stalin, Carp
King Leopold II & his Congo horrors

King Leopold II of Belgium exploited Congo and left millions dead in the wake of his lust. A redemption is now offered movie style. 

Understanding the business of war

Washington, Greater Middle East, John McCain, Anthony Cordesman, Andrew Bacevich, Centre for Strategic and Internatinal Studies, A-10 Thuderbolt, F-35, Gulf War, Korean War, Nuclear submarines, intercontinental missiles, Obama administration, Obama in Hiroshima, 1961 Berlin Crisis, Fred Kaplan, Polaris, B-61 nuclear bomb, Sandia, Los Alamos laboratory, Congressional Budget Office, SSBN (X), Monetary Center for Nonproliferation Studies, B-21, Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars, Tom Christie, Bow Wave, Pentagon, Frank
The price tag on wars: how it works

A brilliant piece lays bare how military budgets are ballooned and why it has nothing to do with saving lives. 

Why we can't win against terror

Jihadi, Peter Bergen, Paul Cruickshank, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, David Peterson, Oslo Peace Research Institute, Bashar al-Assad, Timo Kivimäki, Gulf War, Drone campaign, Al-Qaeda, William Polk, Violent Politics, Magna Carta, Andrew Cockburn, Kill Chain, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Bruce Hoffman, US Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center, Henry Jomini, West Point Military Aca
The uprooted humanity in the midst of ruins

The Western world is being drawn into a trap by careful designs of ISIS and al-Qaeda. Compassion alone can win the lost battle.