Last year Congress allocated $45 billion more to military although America’s not won a war of faintest significance since 1945

Last year Congress allocated $45 billion more to military although America’s not won a war of faintest significance since 1945

Look, what matters to the American military-industrial complex isn’t either the truth or saving your taxpayer dollars but keeping those weapons programmes going and the money flowing. What matters, above all, is keeping America’s economy on a permanent wartime footing both by buying endless new (and old) weapons systems for...

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US’ permanent war economy chokes democracy via its warriors, militarism that kill civil liberties

US’ permanent war economy chokes democracy via its warriors, militarism that kill civil liberties

My name is Bill Astore and I’m a card-carrying member of the military-industrial complex (MIC). Sure, I hung up my military uniform for the last time in 2005. Since 2007, I’ve been writing articles for TomDispatch focused largely on critiquing that same MIC and America’s permanent war economy. I’ve written...

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Questions raised about why Africa’s last colony – Western Sahara – is deprived of UN human rights monitoring

Questions raised about why Africa’s last colony – Western Sahara – is deprived of UN human rights monitoring

Western Sahara is the territory in northwest Africa bordered by Morocco in the north, Algeria and Mauritania in the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. A former Spanish colony, it’s listed by the United Nations as one of only 17 territories that remain without self-government. Since becoming independent...

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Guantanamo: While Trump vowed ‘we gonna load it up with some bad dudes’ there’s slim hope Biden will close it

Guantanamo: While Trump vowed ‘we gonna load it up with some bad dudes’ there’s slim hope Biden will close it

All told, although President Barack Obama’s administration poured far more energy into the effort to close Gitmo than his predecessor George W. Bush’s administration had, Obama failed during his terms in office to do so. In his last year, Obama continued to push hard with the rallying cry, “Let’s go...

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Guantanamo Bay: Will America’s forever prison finally close on President Joe Biden’s watch?

Guantanamo Bay: Will America’s forever prison finally close on President Joe Biden’s watch?

As of December 8, 2022, Guantánamo Bay detention facility – a prison offshore of American justice and built for those detained in this country’s never-ending Global War on Terror – has been open for nearly 21 years (or, to be precise, 7,627 days). Thirteen years ago, I published a book,...

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Why despite having world’s oldest and most-at-risk population, Japan has lowest Covid incidence

Why despite having world’s oldest and most-at-risk population, Japan has lowest Covid incidence

Through six waves of Covid-19 in Japan, the number of cases and deaths per capita has been significantly lower than in other G7 countries. This is despite having the world’s oldest population, and being densely packed. Yes, Japan has high vaccination rates, especially for older people, and masking is common....

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Iranian rights matter: Or since the World Cup is over, the world has moved on and Tehran tyranny must reign?

Iranian rights matter: Or since the World Cup is over, the world has moved on and Tehran tyranny must reign?

It’s two weeks since Lionel Messi lifted the World Cup and a month since Iran – aka Team Melli – left Qatar after losing to the USA in their final group match. In the context of the continuing disaster in Iranian society and politics, the World Cup is an irrelevance....

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Climate change is an ‘attractive’ problem that exposes societies to the siren song of technology pushers

Climate change is an ‘attractive’ problem that exposes societies to the siren song of technology pushers

The world is under growing pressure to find sustainable options to cut emissions or lessen the impacts of climate change. Technology entrepreneurs from around the globe claim to have the solutions – not just yet, but soon. The biotech sector in particular is now using climate change as an urgent...

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Messi: The little lion Argentina hopes will unleash his ferocity on France and win the World Cup

Messi: The little lion Argentina hopes will unleash his ferocity on France and win the World Cup

Lionel Messi is desperate to win this World Cup – and as Argentinians, we all desperately want that, too. It has been amazing to watch his performances, his celebrations, the passion he is showing on the pitch. How he performed against Croatia in the semi-final on Tuesday was incredible. For...

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America’s a house built on dynamite, so it has to deal with radicalisation if it’s going to function politically

America’s a house built on dynamite, so it has to deal with radicalisation if it’s going to function politically

All across the country, there are signs of a more radicalised American populace. It’s become impossible to ignore over the past few years. The US has witnessed an insurrection, the rise of QAnon, increasing anti-Semitism, attacks on the LGBTQ community, and more. While radicalism has risen to some degree in...

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