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Charles Dunlap – Is the U.S. military strategy doing more harm or good in the Middle East?

Editor’s note: This article is part of our collaboration with Point Taken, a new program from WGBH that will next air on Tuesday, May 17 on PBS and online atpbs.org. The show features fact-based debate on major issues of the day, without the shouting. With fresh reports that the Islamic State (IS) group has bombed Baghdad to produce the “bloodiest day in months,” …

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Christian Christensen – US Violence Breeds a Language of the Grotesque

Another week, another series of school and university shootings in the US, and another chance to hear phrases such as “active shooter” and “campus lockdown” repeated over and over by police, school administrators and journalists. These phrases – chilling in their clinicalness – are not only stark examples of the militarization of the language of everyday life, but also reminders of how the language …