Peace marchers during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Photo via Wikipedia A tradition as old as the American republic by JOSEPH TREVITHICK & MATTHEW GAULT The objectively low levels of violence in 2016 — brawls at rallies aside — is a relatively recent phenomenon. In 240 years, assassins have gunned down four sitting presidents. Myriad... Read more
Central Intelligence Agency photo Squabble over analysis prompted dueling accusations by JOSEPH TREVITHICK A recently-released memo suggests that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency might have tried to ruin a Defense Department employee’s career in a squabble over intelligence analysis. On July 25, 2014, the CIA told the Pentagon that one... Read more
Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Gage Skidmore photo via Flickr Heated politics have a habit of exploding by MATTHEW GAULT & JOSEPH TREVITHICK What do you get when you mix a desperate, populist demagogue and a losing presidential bid — following a year of sporadic, small-scale political... Read more
An Ethiopian soldier takes aim. U.S. Navy photo Crackdown on social media follows a bloody campaign by the state by PETER DOERRIE The Ethiopian government declared a nationwide state of emergency in October 2016 that severely restricts democratic rights. Rallies and public gatherings are now prohibited without prior permission, and the security... Read more
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on July 27, 2016. U.S. Department of State photo Rodrigo Duterte threatens to ‘break up’ with the United States by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN When it comes to the longstanding U.S.-Philippine alliance, the rhetoric coming out of Washington and Manila... Read more
YouTube capture On every major foreign-policy issue, Trump is dead wrong — and dangerously ignorant by MATTHEW GAULT The most telling moment of the third and final presidential debate on Oct. 19, 2016 came in its final moments. Moderator Chris Wallace, in front of a restrained crowd at the University of Nevada... Read more
A MOX worker inside the Mox Process Building. National Nuclear Security Administration photo Plus it’s terribly over budget, will never work and is now pointless after Russia pulled out of a major nuke treaty by LYDIA DENNETT Imagine you have a contractor working on your house. They quoted you a price... Read more
Trump at CPAC in 2013. Gage Skidmore photo via Flickr The Donald is a unique threat to American democracy by MATTHEW GAULT Words have meaning. When I called Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a fascist in a recent article for War Is Boring, I meant it. I did not mean “dictatorial,”... Read more
YouTube capture Never go full fascist by MATTHEW GAULT Donald Trump, Republican candidate for president of the United States, is a fascist. During the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Trump advocated the jailing of his political opponent, kept his war plans secret, promised to bring law and order to the... Read more
The aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo Podcast — all the domestic extremism we’re not talking about by MATTHEW GAULT Domestic terrorism didn’t start or end with Timothy McVeigh. He killed 168 people and wounded more than 680 others by detonating a fertilizer bomb in front of... Read more
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