From “New World Order” to “No World Order”

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by John Feffer George H.W. Bush made a bold pronouncement on September 11, 1990. Even though Iraq had recently invaded Kuwait and the collapse of the Soviet Union was still more than a year away, Bush proclaimed the imminent dawn… Continue Reading  

When All the World’s a War…

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by Rebecca Gordon Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a “war on terror.” Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands; real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been used; real cruise missiles have been launched;… Continue Reading  

Measuring Violence in a Single Superpower World

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by John W. Dower [This essay is adapted from “Measuring Violence,” the first chapter of John Dower’s new book, The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War Two.] On February 17, 1941, almost 10 months before Japan’s attack… Continue Reading  

Trump Takes Off Gloves, Punches Civilians

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by Derek Davison During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump was vocal about his plans, if elected, to escalate America’s war against terrorist networks like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). He repeatedly accused former President Barack… Continue Reading  

Commandos Without Borders

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by Nick Turse Al-Qaeda doesn’t care about borders. Neither does the Islamic State or Boko Haram. Brigadier General Donald Bolduc thinks the same way. “[T]errorists, criminals, and non-state actors aren’t bound by arbitrary borders,” the commander of Special Operations Command… Continue Reading