The Heart of Order

He’d left the water running, flooding neighbors’ apartments. He’d been running around outside naked.

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“I Didn’t Serve, I Was Used”: How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” That got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home.Near the end of his invaluable book cataloguing the long, slow disaster of America’s War for the Greater Middle East, historian Andrew Bacevich writes:

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Pentagon Has No Idea Where Hundreds of Thousands of Guns Went in Iraq and Afghanistan

The U.S. government has shipped over 1.4 million guns to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, according a new analysis by the U.K.-based watchdog Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), but the Pentagon is only able to account for fewer than half of them.

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In Effort to Kill Pipeline, Groups Call Directly on Obama to Oppose Permits

As Indigenous activists maintained resistance to a proposed oil pipeline in North Dakota this week, allied groups on Thursday sent an open letter to President Barack Obama asking him to urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pull its permits for the project.

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U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched in Yemeni Blood

When Pope Francis visited the U.S. Congress in September 2015, he boldly posed a moral challenge to his American hosts, asking: “Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?”“Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money,” he solemnly concluded. “Money that is drenched in blood.”In this case, it’s innocent Yemeni blood.

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It Is Time to Begin the Process of Rebuilding Our Middle-Class Economy

In The New York Times recently, the paper’s former Washington bureau chief, the veteran journalist Hedrick Smith, asked an important question: “Can the States Save American Democracy?” Smith, who traveled the country to write his latest book, Who Stole the American Dream?, also serves as the executive editor of the

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