Stories by Fred Branfman

Fred Branfman's writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Harper’s, and many other publications. He is the author of Voices From the Plain of Jars, and can be reached at fredbranfman@aol.com. subscribe to Fred Branfman's feed

Posted on: Jan 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

You can transform your life for the better by breaking through your denial about death.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet

It's our duty to save democracy from the authoritarianism emerging from the Executive Branch.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The Executive justifies its actions, like all authoritarian institutions, on the grounds that it is protecting us. We must reverse the tide.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

I learned how the power of the executive branch has corrupted mass media.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Congress, judiciary and the mass media no longer provide constitutionally mandated checks and balances; they are largely extensions of Executive power.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2013, Source: AlterNet

What does it mean to be called a 'liberal' when you don't stand in the way of killing innocents?

Posted on: Jun 26, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Executive Branch leaders have killed, wounded and made homeless well over 20 million human beings in the last 50 years, mostly civilians.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2013, Source: AlterNet

It's evil, lawless and authoritarian. And as NSA leaker Snowden has shown us, its aims are to be all-powerful.

Posted on: May 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Branfman's book "Voices From The Plain Of Jars: Life Under An Air War" brings us face to face with the almost unimaginable atrocities committed by the U.S. Military.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Ten quotes that illustrate his megalomania and indifference to the deaths of untold numbers of civilians.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Including ten quotes that illustrate his megalomania and indifference to the deaths of untold numbers of civilians.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Stone's TV series, "Untold History of the United States," digs deep into American atrocities the mainstream media doesn't spend much time on.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Clinton's visit to Laos should focus on cleaning up the 80 million unexploded bombs the US left behind from the Vietnam War. Instead, it's all about realpolitik.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2012, Source: Salon

I first met Noam Chomsky in Laos, where I showed him the devastating effects of U.S. air raids.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Presidents serve the institutional interests of the corporations behind them. A President McCain may have at least triggered a true progressive fight.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Obama should be held accountable for vastly expanding the military establishment's worldwide license to kill.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2011, Source: Truthdig

The Obama Administration is pushing for the very policies that are destabilizing Pakistan and its nuclear materials.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Wikileaks has shown that our government and military form a 'vast lying machine' that perpetrates mass murder in our name.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Rather than seeking to stabilize Pakistan, General David Petraeus has been irresponsibly lighting matches with his shortsighted use of Special Forces and drone strikes.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Future historians will marvel at how U.S. leaders failed to learn from their horrific crimes in Indochina, and are instead repeating many of them today.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Greatly expanded U.S. military Special Ops teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.

Posted on: Jun 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The immensity of Iraqi civilian suffering is incomprehensible. How can war's cheerleaders claim to fight on behalf of the people whose lives they helped destroy?

Posted on: Jun 8, 2010, Source: Truthdig

As America’s economy and politics continue to unravel, it is clear that the elite mentality and the system it has created will produce more and more victims in the years to come.

Posted on: May 18, 2010, Source: Truthdig

Author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book takes us inside capitalism’s “doomsday machine,” and it’s your worst nightmare come true.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2009, Source: Sacramento News & Review

A strange cloud envelops human civilization as its leaders fail to take the measures to protect it in Copenhagen that they themselves endorsed just five months ago.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2009, Source: Truthdig

The U.S. has even less control over events in Pakistan than it does in Afghanistan -- Obama's really playing with fire here.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Petraeus's tragic blunders in Afghanistan and Pakistan leave only one option: he must be replaced.

Posted on: May 14, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Despite the endless human capacity for denial and self-destruction, the Earth can still be saved. But we must act now.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2008, Source: Truthdig

How is it possible to write a book about the '60s without an in-depth discussion of the Vietnam War?

Posted on: Aug 30, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Swift Boat veterans' attack on John Kerry dishonors themselves and every brave soldier who spoke out against the atrocities committed in Vietnam.

Posted on: May 25, 2000, Source: Sacramento News & Review

If you learned you were dying, would you reduce your workload, place a higher priority on love and relationship or switch mates? If so, why put it off just because you don't have a terminal illness yet?