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Articles by: Allegra Harpootlian

How the President Became a Drone Operator

How the President Became a Drone Operator

 From Obama to Trump, the Escalation of Drone Warfare We’re only a few days into the new decade and it’s somehow already a bigger dumpster fire than the last. On January 2nd, President Trump decided to order what one expert called “the most important decapitation strike America has ever launched.” This one took out not some nameless terrorist in a distant land[Read More…]

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Why I Weep While I Work

Why I Weep While I Work

Or What It Means to Experience America’s Wars From a Computer Screen Away Think back to the last time you cried at work. Did the tears come after your boss sent you a curt email? Or when you accidentally cc’d (instead of bcc’d) everyone? Maybe you just had a really, really long day and that one last little misstep pushed[Read More…]

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The Antiwar Movement No One Can See 

The Antiwar Movement No One Can See 

When Donald Trump entered the Oval Office in January 2017, Americans took to the streets all across the country to protest their instantly endangered rights. Conspicuously absent from the newfound civic engagement, despite more than a decade and a half of this country’s fruitless, destructive wars across the Greater Middle East and northern Africa, was antiwar sentiment, much less an[Read More…]

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Will Technology Stamp a “Forever” on America’s Wars? | Allegra Harpootlian and Emily Manna

Will Technology Stamp a “Forever” on America’s Wars? | Allegra Harpootlian and Emily Manna

Here’s a question worth asking about America’s seemingly endless global conflicts: if you kill somebody and there’s no one there (on our side anyway), is the United States still at war? That may prove to be the truly salient question when it comes to the future of America’s war on terror, which is now almost 18 years old and encompasses[Read More…]

REFILE -- CORRECTING TYPO --      Students who were evacuated after a shooting at North Park Elementary School walk past well-wishers to be reunited with their waiting parents at a high school in San Bernardino, California, U.S. April 10, 2017.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

School Shooters and Drones: Linking Gun Violence at Home to America’s Wars Abroad

In the wake of the February 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff members, a teacher said the school looked “like a war zone.” And to many young Americans, that’s exactly what it felt like. But this shooting was different. Refusing to be victims, Parkland survivors disrupted the “thoughts and[Read More…]

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