Jonathan Schell

Jonathan Schell

Jonathan Schell was the peace and disarmament correspondent for the Nation magazine and a Senior Lecturer at Yale University. Among many other works, he was the author of The Real War, The Fate of the Earth, and The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People.  He died on March 25, 2014.

 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 1:30pm
The Path to a New 1914?
[ This essay is slightly adapted from Jonathan Schell’s 2003 book, The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People , and appears at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of its publisher, Metropolitan Books. ] Then came the attack of September 11th. Like the starting gun...
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Friday, January 18, 2013 - 12:59pm
How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam?
For half a century we have been arguing about “the Vietnam War.” Is it possible that we didn’t know what we were talking about? After all that has been written (some 30,000 books and counting), it scarcely seems possible, but such, it turns out, has literally been the case.
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Friday, April 6, 2012 - 3:20pm
Thinking the Unthinkable on Iran
The question of what to do about Iran’s nuclear program is a policy riddle of the first order for the United States and the world.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 8:17am
Attacking Libya -- and the Dictionary: The War on the Word 'War'
The Obama administration has come up with a remarkable justification for going to war against Libya without the congressional approval required by the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 2:22pm
A Powerful Peace: A World Free of Nuclear Weapons
With each year that passes, nuclear weapons provide their possessors with less safety while provoking more danger. Possession of nuclear arms provokes proliferation. Both nourish the global nuclear infrastructure, which in turn enlarges the possibility of acquisition by terrorist groups.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 4:08pm
A Season of Change
Change, change, change, change, change! With astounding unanimity, throughout the politic sphere--in the campaigns, in the media coverage, in pollsters' surveys--the word "change" is bubbling on people's lips. You'd think that a word, not a person, had won each of the primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 3:00pm
The Road from Washington to Karachi to Nuclear Anarchy
The journey to the martial law just imposed on Pakistan by its self-appointed president, the dictator Pervez Musharraf, began in Washington on September 11, 2001. On that day, it so happened, Pakistan's intelligence chief, Lt. General Mahmood Ahmed, was in town. He was summoned forthwith to meet with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, who gave him perhaps the earliest preview of the global Bush doctrine then in its formative stages, telling him, "You are either one hundred percent with us or one hundred percent against us."
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Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 5:56pm
The Torture Election
The Congressional campaign of 2006 slouches toward election day through a grotesque landscape of torture and excuses for torture, scabrous messages from a Congressman to young boys, a Congressional cover-up of the same, murder and countermurder every day in Iraq (a heart-stopping 655,000 Iraqis have died since the invasion, according to a Johns Hopkins study), and nuclear fallout from North Korea (of the political if not the literal kind).
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Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 5:53pm
Shock Waves From Kilju
The reported North Korean nuclear test, occurring in an underground shaft in a place called Kilju, was pretty much on the opposite side of the earth from the United States, yet it felt very close, almost as if it had occurred here, or maybe, in that peculiar way of atomic explosions, everywhere on earth at once. (For one thing, the pictorial representations of the shocks radiating outward from ground zero to seismographs all over the globe reinforced this feeling.) There is something about nuclear explosions that collapses distance. Americans felt the effect immediately after Hiroshima.
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Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 6:00pm
Too Late For Empire
Repetition
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