Empire

Brett Wilkins, staff writer
President Donald Trump, who vowed to "bomb the shit out of" Islamic State militants and "take out their families," presided over a dramatic escalation in air and ground attacks on cities including Mosul, Iraq—shown here under U.S. bombardment—in which thousands of civilians were killed. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)
"The map raises a number of questions. Why is the United States militarily active in so many countries? Are these operations meeting the stated U.S. goals of reducing violence against Americans?"
Jon Queally, staff writer
The film— entitled "Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair"— is a sequel to last year's "A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez" and runs with the idea that the year 2020 became an "historic turning point" for the world, one in which "the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic and global uprisings against racism drive us to build back a better society in which no one is sacrificed, and everyone is essential." (Image: The Leap/The Intercept/Illustration by Moll Crabapple)
"The true power and possibility of this project is not onscreen," explains...
Jon Queally, staff writer
Venezuela said it would deploy naval vessels like these frigates—here on a 2019 exercise—to welcome Iranian tankers bringing much needed gasoline. (Photo: Zurimar Campos/ Venezuelan Presidency/AFP/File)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warns that the U.S. government "...