Chalmers Johnson

Chalmers Johnson was a retired professor of Asian Studies at the University of California, San Diego. From 1968 until 1972 he served as a consultant to the Office of National Estimates of the Central Intelligence Agency. His books, from Blowback to Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope are now classics. In 2006, he appeared in the prize-winning documentary film Why We Fight.

Tony Karon

Tony Karon is a senior editor at where he analyzes the Middle East and other international conflicts. He also runs his own website, Rootless Cosmopolitan.

Tomas Kellner

Tomas Kellner is a senior director at Kroll Associates.

Lewis Lapham

Lewis H. Lapham is editor of Lapham’s Quarterly. Formerly editor of Harper’s Magazine, he is the author of numerous books, including Money and Class in AmericaTheater of WarGag Rule, and, most recently, Pretensions to EmpireThe New York Times has likened him to H. L. Mencken; Vanity Fair has suggested a strong resemblance to Mark Twain; and Tom Wolfe has compared him to Montaigne.

Sarah Lazare

Sarah Lazare is the project coordinator for Courage to Resist, an organization that supports troops who refuse to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is also a freelance writer.

Jane Lazarre

Jane Lazarre is a prize-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her most recent novel is Inheritance. Other novels include Some Place Quite UnknownThe Powers of Charlotte, and Worlds Beyond My Control. Her memoirs include The Mother KnotOn Loving MenBeyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black SonsWet Earth, and Dreams: A Narrative of Grief and Recovery. She is currently working on a memoir about her father, The Communist and the Communist’s Daughter. For more, go to

Chase Madar

Chase Madar is a lawyer in New York.  He reviews and reports for the London Review of BooksLe Monde Diplomatique, the American Conservative Magazine and CounterPunch.

Emily Manna

Emily Manna is a policy analyst at Open the Government, where she focuses on transparency and accountability for U.S. military and national security programs. She recently coauthored a new report, “Government Inc: Amazon, Government Security & Secrecy.” Find her on Twitter @emilymanna.

Gerald Markowitz

Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner are co-authors and co-editors of seven books and 85 articles on a variety of industrial and occupational hazards including Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution and most recently Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children, (University of California Press/Milbank, 2013). Markowitz is University Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York and Adjunct Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.