Stories by Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz is a professor of sociology and faculty director of the Undergraduate College of Global Studies at Stony Brook University. subscribe to Michael Schwartz's feed

Posted on: Jun 24, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

The oppressive Maliki regime is racked with insurgency because of the prime minister's refusal to share oil revenues with the Sunnis.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com

A mass movement engaged in mass disruption can topple a tyrant equipped with fearsome weapons of mass destruction.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Dick Cheney thought the US occupation would see a quadrupling of Iraq's capacity to pump oil, and a privatization of its production. Not quite.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The military wants to integrate itself into campus life and therefore gain routine access to rank-and file students to recruit regular soldiers

Posted on: Oct 26, 2008, Source: TomDispatch.com

Iraq's state of complete disrepair has created a population in steaming discontent.

Posted on: May 26, 2008, Source: TomDispatch.com

Because of the Iraqis, the glorious sounding Global War on Terror has been transformed into an endless, hopeless actual war

Posted on: Feb 13, 2008, Source: TomDispatch.com

Close to 5 million Iraqis have fled their homes, depriving Iraq of its most precious resource.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2007, Source: TomDispatch.com

According to the Bush Administration, the worse things go in Iraq, the more our military is needed; and the better they go, the more our military is needed.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2007, Source: TomDispatch.com

The Congressional benchmarks we keep hearing about are almost completely beside the point. They don’t even represent the key goals of the “surge.”

Posted on: Jul 5, 2007, Source: After Downing Street

300 Iraqis killed by Americans each day sounds like an impossible figure, but a close look at the reported numbers of violent deaths and rate of armed patrols makes it all too likely.

Posted on: May 7, 2007, Source: TomDispatch.com

How the U.S. is working to secure Iraq's oil -- one of the most important sources of petrochemical energy on the planet -- and how the Iraqis are resisting.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2006, Source: TomDispatch.com

Pulling out of Iraq would be an imperially momentous decision. It would mean the abandonment of more than two decades of American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2006, Source: TomDispatch.com

This election's success will be measured not only by the number of seats won. Here are some other issues to ponder.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2006, Source: TomDispatch.com

A short guide to understanding a flood of new Iraqi developments -- and the fate of both the American occupation and Iraqi society.

Posted on: Jan 11, 2006, Source: TomDispatch.com

How the U.S. military's new strategy in Iraq guarantees massive civilian casualties, not victory.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2005, Source: TomDispatch.com

Among those opposing the war, there are questions that haunt our discussions. Here are a few pointed answers.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2005, Source: TomDispatch.com

Just past the two-year anniversary of the invasion, the military is under increasing pressure to replenish Army Reserves and National Guards -- without much of an idea of how to do so.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2005, Source: TomDispatch.com

Why the U.S. cannot correct its military blunders in Iraq.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2004, Source: TomDispatch.com

The American plan to "reconstruct" Fallujah appears more likely to turn the city into some kind of Orwellian mini-statelet of control.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2004, Source: TomDispatch.com

The Bush administration's decision to launch an all-out offensive in Najaf is not motivated by military strategy, but by electoral math.