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How the Pentagon Devours the Budget

February 27, 2018 - 4:00pm
How the Pentagon Devours the Budget

A F-35A Lightning II is refueled during a flight to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, April 28, 2017. President Trump's proposed 2019 budget includes $10.6 billion for the underperforming aircraft. (Photo: Robert Sullivan / Flickr)
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Believe the Hype About Black Panther

February 27, 2018 - 12:53am

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A lot of praise and distinctions were heaped on Black Panther even before the movie was released: cultural phenomenon, broken box-office records, unlike any superhero film that came before.
That's a lot of hype for any movie -- but it's hype that we need to pay attention to because Black Panther is bringing political questions and arguments home to a whole new audience.

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's New President, Known for Moving Profits to Offshore Tax Havens

February 16, 2018 - 4:00pm

African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa has been confirmed as the new president of South Africa, after the former leader, Jacob Zuma, resigned from office abruptly on Wednesday night amid a series of corruption scandals. Ramaphosa once led the National Union of Mineworkers under apartheid in the 1980s. He later built a business empire that encompassed mining interests -- including the Marikana platinum mine, where police killed 34 workers during a strike in 2012. Ramaphosa is now one of Africa's wealthiest men, with a net worth of about $450 million.

A Trip Down Memory Lane, Pentagon-Style

February 13, 2018 - 4:00pm
A Trip Down Memory Lane, Pentagon-Style

Around twenty social justice activists associated with Code Pink and other peace groups rallied in front of The White House to protest the renewed bombing of Iraq on August 20, 2014. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian)
If you're in the mood, would you consider taking a walk with me and, while we're at it, thinking a little about US wars? Nothing particularly ambitious, mind you, just -- if you're up for it -- a stroll to the corner. 

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