Michael Schwartz

A professor of sociology at Stony Brook State University, Michael Schwartz is the author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context (Haymarket Press). Schwartz's work on protest movements, contentious politics, and the arc of U.S. imperialism has appeared in numerous academic and popular outlets over the past 40 years. He is a TomDispatch regular. His email address is ms42@optonline.net.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Great Game in the Holy Land
Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by a single thread, which is also a threat: these conflicts are part of an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract, and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to...
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A U.S. soldier stands next to an oil pipeline valve in Iraq in 2005. (Photo: YourLocalDave/cc/flickr) Views
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
It’s the Oil, Stupid! Insurgency and War on a Sea of Oil
Events in Iraq are headline news everywhere, and once again, there is no mention of the issue that underlies much of the violence: control of Iraqi oil. Instead, the media is flooded with debate about, horror over, and extensive analysis of a not-exactly-brand-new terrorist threat, the Islamic...
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Why Mubarak Fell: The (Sometimes) Incredible Power of Nonviolent Protest
Memo to President Obama: Given the absence of intelligent intelligence and the inadequacy of your advisers’ advice, it’s not surprising that your handling of the Egyptian uprising has set new standards for foreign policy incoherence and incompetence. Perhaps a primer on how to judge the power that can be wielded by mass protest will prepare you better for the next round of poli
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Thursday, July 09, 2009
Colonizing Iraq: The Obama Doctrine?
Here's how reporters Steven Lee Myers and Marc Santora of the New York Times described the highly touted American withdrawal from Iraq's cities last week:
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