Peace and Security

Want to Attract Women? Try Not Hating Us.

Want to Attract Women? Try Not Hating Us.

The recent attack in Toronto by a man who identifies as an “incel” has called attention to the disturbing and flourishing online incel community. “Incel” stands for “involuntarily celibate.” These are straight men who, frustrated by their lack of romantic success,...

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Why Are Palestinians Protesting in Gaza?

Why Are Palestinians Protesting in Gaza?

Once again, the Israeli military has turned its guns on Gaza — this time on unarmed protestors, in a series of shootings over the last few weeks. Gaza’s already under-resourced hospitals are straining to care for the thousands of protesters who have been injured, on...

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There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria

There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria

Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime’s brutality has been well documented. Maybe the...

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It’s Time to Cut the Contractors Loose

It’s Time to Cut the Contractors Loose

How much of your paycheck do you plan to hand over to corporate Pentagon contractors this year? The average American taxpayer will have paid $14,520 in federal income taxes in 2017. And that’s not even including the taxes that every working person pays to take care of...

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Police Killed More People Last Year Than Mass Shooters

Police Killed More People Last Year Than Mass Shooters

This spring, an estimated 800,000 Americans gathered in Washington, DC to participate in the "March for Our Lives" organized by the teenage survivors of the school massacre in Parkland, Florida. Thousands more attended 800 sister marches across the nation and around...

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‘Modernization’ Is Media Code for Military Build-Up

‘Modernization’ Is Media Code for Military Build-Up

One of the most effective rhetorical tools in normalizing massive military budgets is to treat spending billions — and sometimes trillions — of dollars as something one has to do in order to be "modern." "Modernization" is, after all, an attractive label. Who doesn’t...

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King’s Dream Included Economic Equality, Too

King’s Dream Included Economic Equality, Too

April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, King was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. American history...

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It’s on Us to Stop the War in Yemen

It’s on Us to Stop the War in Yemen

We’re helping fight someone else’s war in Yemen — and the blood is on our hands. Since March 2015, the United States has supported a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that's intervening in a civil war in Yemen. The war has...

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This Popular Pro-Gun Argument Doesn’t Make Any Sense

This Popular Pro-Gun Argument Doesn’t Make Any Sense

As our nation debates gun rights vs. gun control, there's a stupid argument that keeps resurfacing on the anti-gun control side. I'm not anti-gun, but I am anti-stupidity, so this is bugging me. It's the idea that because criminals, by their very nature, do not follow...

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One No-Brainer Way to Bring Gun Deaths Down

One No-Brainer Way to Bring Gun Deaths Down

It's now been over a month since 17 teenagers were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, culminating in a march that brought nearly a million people to the capital. Yet Congress is still dragging its feet on guns. While Republicans and Democrats...

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