Look, I was tortured. They say I snitched on a comrade who later died by soldiers’ bullets. I didn’t snitch.
America’s devotion to the Middle East did not make much sense in 2003, Bacevich argues; but it did in 1980, and the reason was oil.
Unlike many journalists and historians who see the wars in the Middle East as a series of isolated conflicts that happen to have taken place in a single region over several decades, Andrew Bacevich, a career Army officer turned military historian and foreign policy critic, sees a sustained military campaign that began with Jimmy Carter and continues today. “From the end of World War II to 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in [the Greater Middle East],” Bacevich writes. “Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere except the Greater Middle East.”
With so many other smart magazines publishing articles that could have been lifted from RT.com, it is difficult to swim against…
July 26, 2016
Over the past ten years, the prospect of a coup has been the government’s pretext for suppressing every conceivable opposition.
People I had never seen at a demonstration in Turkey—women in the full face veil, bearded men with hats embroidered with Qur’anic inscriptions and small children in tow—flowed down the broad avenue carrying Turkish flags, a symbol not previously associated with their ultraconservative lifestyle.
July 25, 2016
The thought that Chelsea Manning might not survive her prison sentence is almost unbearable.
If she makes it through her prison sentence, Chelsea Manning will do for herself what she has already done for many others: refuse to let the United States sweep another victim of the war on terror under the rug.
April 28, 2016
Why can’t we imagine terrorists surrendering?
April 19, 2016
Recommended reading for the New York primary.
What’s missing isn’t the anti-imperialist Sanders. It’s the antiwar movement he was once part of, and which no longer exists.
February 29, 2016
Laura Poitras at the Whitney
Bed Down Location projects images of several night skies—over Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen—onto the ceiling of a dimly lit square space. There is a platform in the middle of the room on which you lie down and then look up at the skies. The title refers to the sleeping place of a military or intelligence target, and so what you’re supposed to do while lying on the platform and looking up is imagine that you are the potential target, that a drone might be circling far overhead and preparing to end your life.
January 13, 2016
David Foster Wallace was not especially interested in politics over the course of his life, and what interest he did exhibit was not driven by much of a political intelligence. He supported both Ronald Reagan and Ross Perot, although the absence of politics from his correspondence suggests that neither position was strongly held or carefully thought out. In a Rolling Stone cover story on the 2000 John McCain campaign that has since become a fixture of his anthologies, he describes American politics as a sentimental battle between cynicism and real feeling, political gamesmanship and public-spiritedness, the last of which Wallace yokes McCain into symbolizing. (He also says that McCain could be the country’s first “real leader” since JFK.) Wallace had a lifelong suspicion of cable news, but the textures of his political thought could sometimes appear to be drawn from that medium.
It’s never entirely clear whether the crime is Meursault’s murder or Camus’s book.
There was food in the stores, and currency in the ATMs, and the men with guns were, on the whole, much less likely to detain you.
The question needs to become, which truth are they telling, and for whom?
Had all those bombs meant nothing?
Are there alternative paths Ukraine could follow?
The roadside advertisements all pulsate with the same messages: corruption, desperation, money laundering, patriotism.
The following symposium does not pretend to be definitive about a difficult and in many ways tragic situation. But it does hope to shed light on some aspects of post-Maidan Ukraine that are less often discussed in the West. Anastasiya Osipova reflects on the emotional pressure of life in Kyiv; Tony Wood asks where neoliberal reforms are going to take Ukraine; Sophie Pinkham describes the logic of decommunization; Keith Gessen looks at Western media depictions of the Russia-Ukraine conflict over the past two years; and Nina Potarskaya recalls the trials and tribulations of the Ukrainian left since the protests began on Maidan in November 2013.
November 20, 2015
Journalists asked Obama, “Why isn’t America killing a bunch of people,” and Obama replied, “Listen, we are.”
November 20, 2015
The only relevant value here is that you should not kill people.
September 24, 2015
In September 2004, the editors of n+1 noticed that the recently published 9/11 Commission Report, though “admirably lucid” and bearing “115 pages of endnotes,” did not include an index. They and a crack team of indexers set out to remedy this oversight. Just over a decade later, The Senate Select Committee Report on Torture committed the very same oversight, which we correct below.
Saadallah Wannous and the war on stories
It struck me on starting the first page of Historical Miniatures that Mazen had terribly misjudged my Arabic ability. I was ready for a challenge, but this was real literature, wildly above my level of comprehension.
July 15, 2015
On Fanon and the ethics of anticolonial resistance
“Concerning Violence” is something other than a straightforward entreaty to revolutionary action. It is an encouragement to face the specter of absolute violence, from both sides of the imperial divide, and decide where we stand politically and ethically in relation to it.
May 5, 2015
It seemed to me that “Je suis Charlie” was a way for people to re-pledge their commitment to the War on Terror.
“I’m really out of sorts,” he apologized. “I just dropped off a lady, I took her all around, collecting money, but then I made her get out.” I didn’t understand what he was talking about, until he told me the story from the beginning. That’s when I understood that the lady had a clothing business, and her husband, a high school teacher, had been kidnapped. The lady needed to gather two hundred thousand pesos for her husband to be freed. “She wanted me to accompany her to pay the ransom,” the taxi driver told me.
March 27, 2015
On social scientists and social change
The task they faced was enormous. If the First World War had given analysts access to shell-shocked soldiers, the second one introduced the prospect of entire cities traumatized by unrelenting threat. Simply healing the bomb-bruised psyches of the British would have been daunting enough.