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The War to Start All Wars

As we end another year of endless war in Washington, it might be the perfect time to reflect on the War That Started All Wars—or at least the war that started all of Washington’s post-Cold War wars: the invasion of Panama.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



Melville, Capitalism and Slavery

A new history of the events behind Herman Melville’s 1855 novella “Benito Cereno” takes up the question of how slavery shaped the “psychic and imaginative” dimensions of contemporary capitalism, rather than merely the “social or financial” aspects.

Posted on Aug 3, 2014 READ MORE



The Bleached Bones of the Dead

Slave ships were floating laboratories, offering researchers a chance to examine the course of diseases in fairly controlled, quarantined environments.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE



The Two Faces of Empire

The captain ready to drive himself and all around him to ruin in the hunt for a white whale has been used as an exemplar of unhinged American power. But what’s really frightening is our soberest politicians, scholars, journalists, professionals, and managers, men and women who enable the wars, devastate the planet, and rationalize the atrocities.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



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The Latin American Exception

On a map published in conjunction with the Global Society Institute’s damning new CIA report, no region except Latin America escapes the red stain of the United States’ global rendition and torture gulag.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE


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