Monday, April 6, 2020

What’s the Point in Any of It?

One day, in one life, when the attractions of the sensory world have lost their charm, when we begin to see the truth of the Buddha’s words – that desire is cause of all suffering; when television, video games, sex, drugs and alcohol fail to fill the inner emptiness; when we sit in a pub with a friend and ask aloud, what the point of it all is.

How Can Obama Claim the Alternative to a Nuclear Deal with Iran is War?

Is President Obama's nuclear agreement bullying an already weakened Iran, who faces tough US-led economic sanctions and a brutally low world price for oil? At least the tentative agreement will help humanity with the limit of Iran's nuclear program.

Three Exceptional Facts About America

A tide of paranoia is mounting with the litany of predictions of doom and disaster for the U.S. Tom Engelhardt discusses why it's safe to be a paranoid American living in today's world.

States of Terror

We waded into conflicts in the Middle East we did not understand, propelled forward by fantasy. And our folly spawned a death spiral of political, social and economic collapse, widespread poverty, massive displacement, misery and radical jihadism.

Requiem for the Home Front

Tom Engelhardt tells a little story about a bottle, a message, time, war (American-style), his mother and himself. Here's to Irma the caricaturist.

Today’s Top Seven Myths About Islamic State

While ISIS continues to haunt the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts, Juan Cole points out some assertions about the "Islamic State" that are truly exaggerated and completely incorrect.

Writing History Before It Happens

With an emphasis on the U.S. national security state and its follies, Tom Engelhardt explores nine repeat headlines, each a "surefire" news story guaranteed to appear sometime in the U.S. news stream between June 2015 and the unknown future.

The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get

Is the barbarism we condemn the barbarism we commit? Chris Hedges discusses the line that separates the U.S. from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and how terror has become the engine of war.

Perpetual War Creates Endless Consequences

War seems to be endless that no one speculates anymore about when it might conclude. Is it time we all plan for the never-ending war?

Obama Says US Won’t Send Any More Troops to Fight Islamic State, but Will...

President Obama has been stressing that he is playing a long game on the fight against Daesh. And now he's pledged to increased the country's attempts to combat Daesh’s online propaganda.