Anthropologist David Vine explains how the 800 US military bases in foreign nations support America's state of perpetual warfare, by escalating the likelihood of force instead of diplomacy to solve problems, and expanding America's use of drones and military interventions across the globe, and explains why working for less weapons around the world means fighting war profiteers at home.
David is author of Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World.
Our Man in Dublin dumps a batch of Will Lynch related stories onto the radiowaves - from drunken selfies with Pharrell and sober reflections on the British media's treatment of Jeremy Corbyn, to an in-flight bomb scare that had him in turns calling his mother to say goodbye, watching Game of Thrones and breaking through security checkpoints in search of a post-mortality-reminder beer.
Will mentions Glenn Greenwald's excellent Intercept article The Seven Stages of Establishment Backlash: Corbyn/Sanders Edition.
ACLU Michigan journalist Curt Guyette traces the source of Flint's water crisis to Michigan's antidemocratic use of an emergency management regime, which allowed state officials to bypass voters and local politicians, poison an entire city to save $5 million, and cynically blame by-passed democratic institutions for their own actions.
Curt posted the article Gov. Snyder Tainted by Flint Water Crisis for the Michigan ACLU's Democracy Watch blog.
Historian Kathryn Olmsted traces the rise of the American conservative movement to a New Deal backlash by corporate agriculture owners in 1930s California, and explains how ideological appeals to racism and fear of organized labor have guided the Republican party, and shaped American politics and labor, ever since.
Kathryn is author of the book Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism.
Five years after the January 25th revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian human rights activist Salma Hussein talks about her country's ongoing fight to reclaim political and economic power for Egypt's military rule, and the violence facing a new generation of democracy activists, empowered by the unfinished dream of bread, freedom and social justice for all Egyptians.
Salma recently posted The Egyptian revolution #Jan25: Important Readings and What you must know about the Egyptian military industrial complex at her blog In Quest For Justice.
Jeff Dorchen eats his hamburger and drinks his craft beer and considers a country in which the state has no obligation to provide quality services, a court system that has no obligation to find obligation to correct that, a political system with no obligations at all, and everyone else in the country - workers, pre-workers, post-workers - find themselves much obliged to take the blame every four years.