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Hair-Trigger Alert: On Bombs, Guns, and the Failure of America
I feel the finger on the trigger. I also feel it on the button. “Dear President Obama,” the letter begins. It goes on to remind him of something he said in his 2008 presidential campaign: “Keeping nuclear weapons ready to launch on a moment’s notice is a dangerous relic of the Cold War. Such...
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Hidden Costs of US Air War
When Russian air strikes kill civilians in Syria, it is big news in US newspapers, but there is near-total silence when US bombs kill civilians in Iraq or Syria
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Confronting Our Toxic Legacy
Maybe if we declared “war” on poison water, we’d find a way to invest money in its “defeat.” David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz , writing at Tom Dispatch this week about what they called “The United States of Flint,” make this point: “The price tag for replacing the lead pipes that contaminated its...
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Yellow Ribbons and Endless War
“By God,” Bush said in triumph, “we’ve kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all.” This was Bush 41, a quarter of a century ago, celebrating the terrific poll numbers his kwik-win war on Iraq was generating. Remember yellow ribbons? I think he had a point. “Vietnam syndrome” — the public...
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America’s Civilian Killings Are No Accident
America and its allies make modern war in a way that assures “mistakes” destroy hospitals, and civilian lives are taken by drones. These horrors are all too often strategic decisions, or the result of the profligate use of needlessly destructive weapons. They are typically far from accidents. The...
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Study Reveals Corporate Media's Refusal to Acknowledge Civilian Victims of US Wars
New research finds, through their silence, mainstream news outlets are 'legitimating' U.S. military's burn pits on civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan
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Why Bombing a Hospital Is a War Crime
“We tried to take a look into one of the burning buildings. I cannot describe what was inside. There are no words for how terrible it was. In the Intensive Care Unit six patients were burning in their beds.” So said Lajos Zoltan Jecs , a nurse at the hospital the U.S. bombed in Kunduz, Afghanistan...
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Obama’s Ludicrous ‘Barrel Bomb’ Theme
In addressing the United Nations, President Obama singled out for condemnation Syria’s President Assad and his alleged use of “barrel bombs,” but Obama was silent on his own use of far more powerful ordnance or the civilian tolls from Saudi/Israeli attacks with highly lethal U.S. bombs
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The "Radioactivity is Good for You" Push
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a move to eliminate the “Linear No-Threshold” (LNT) basis of radiation protection that the U.S. has used for decades and replace it with the “radiation hormesis” theory—which holds that low doses of radioactivity are good for people. The change...
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On Garrisoning the Planet
[ Note for TomDispatch Readers: Every now and then, in the quieter days of summer, it feels good and appropriate to feature old friends no longer with us. In that spirit, TomDispatch recently offered an excerpt from Mirrors , the idiosyncratic, late-in-life masterwork of world history by Eduardo...
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