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:

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

Posted on: Feb 2, 2010, Source:

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:

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

Posted on: May 26, 2008, Source:

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:

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

Posted on: Dec 4, 2007, Source:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

Posted on: Dec 7, 2005, Source:

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

Posted on: Apr 29, 2005, Source:

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:

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

Posted on: Dec 17, 2004, Source:

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:

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