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Local Newspapers Are Lifelines for Climate-Disaster Communities

Newspaper and tea by Matt Callow is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr By Jane Braxton Little / TomDispatch When wildfires began erupting in the Texas Panhandle in February, Laurie Ezzell Brown, the editor and publisher of the Canadian Record, was in Houston on a panel discussing ways in which losing local newspapers represents a danger to democracy. Running the […]

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Noam Chomsky: A Middle East Peace That Could Happen (But Won’t)

Noam Chomsky by jeanbaptisteparis is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr By Noam Chomsky / TomDispatch Note:  All material in this piece is sourced and footnoted in Noam Chomsky’s new book Hopes and Prospects. The fact that the Israel-Palestine conflict grinds on without resolution might appear to be rather strange.  For many of the world’s conflicts, it is difficult even […]

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The Distortion of Campus Protests Over Gaza

Students protest to support Gaza outside the Israeli consulate in New York City by Joe Catron is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 / Flickr By Helen Benedict / TomDispatch Helicopters have been throbbing overhead for days now. Nights, too. Police are swarming the streets of Broadway, many in riot gear. Police vans, some as big as a city bus, are […]

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Handling — and Mishandling — the Iran Nuclear Program

Flag by Blondinrikard Fröberg is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Flickr By Bob Dreyfuss / TomDispatch One, erratic and often unhinged, blew up the U.S.-Iran accord that was the landmark foreign policy achievement of President Obama’s second term. He then ordered the assassination of a top Iranian general visiting Iraq, dramatically raising tensions in the region. The other is […]

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Haiti Today, America Tomorrow?

Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr By John Feffer / TomDispatch Haiti has descended into chaos. It’s had no president or parliament — and no elections either –for eight long years. Its unelected prime minister Ariel Henry resigned recently when gang violence at the airport in Port-au-Prince made it impossible for him to […]

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Dead Last (With Emphasis on Dead!)

Refinery by Rongy Benjamin is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 / Flickr By Juan Cole / TomDispatch Last September witnessed what used to be a truly rare weather phenomenon: a Mediterranean hurricane, or “medicane.” Once upon a time, the Mediterranean Sea simply didn’t get hot enough to produce hurricanes more than every few hundred (yes, few hundred!) years. In this […]

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‘Quaint and Obsolete?’

Guantanamo Bay protest by Victoria Pickering is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / Flickr By Karen J. Greenberg / TomDispatch Last weekend my father, Larry Greenberg, passed away at the age of 93. Several days later, I received an email from the French film director Phillippe Diaz who sent me a link to his soon-to-be-released I am Gitmo, a feature movie about […]

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Epic Fail

Army partners with Republic of Niger military by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Flickr By Nick Turse / TomDispatch Dressed in green military fatigues and a blue garrison cap, Colonel Major Amadou Abdramane, a spokesperson for Niger’s ruling junta, took to local television last month to criticize the United States and sever […]