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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

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. 

Who are the Masters of Mankind?

Masters of Mankind, Adam Smith, Trans Pacific Partnership, TPP, Stalinist, European Union, Latin America, IMF, Violent Politics, American Revolution, France, Brussels bureaucracy, EuropaNova, United States, George Washington, William Polk, France, Bush Administration, Iraq War and Turkey,Paul Wolfowitz, China, American hegemony, American decline, Global War on Terror, Patrick Tyler, IndoChina, Bernard Fall, Ronald Reagan, Central America, John F. Kennedy, South Vietnam, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Preside

Chomsky: Putting his mind to the matter

Adam Smith talked of “Masters of Mankind” in the 18th century. Do such tribes still rule the world or the power has shifted hands?