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Hypocrite Narcissist Explains Things to the “Raging, Rancid” Left
MICHAEL DONNELLY
“Anyone who makes a comfortable living off of anything having to do with resistance is part of the problem.” – Marc Salomon Self-anointed R...
Heading for a Hollow Victory
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Important commitments have kept me from my writing interest for some time, but events never wait. We have run into greater turbulence following the appearance of a blasphemous film, Innocence of Muslims, about the Prophet Mohammad. The film was supposed to have been made ...
Going Mad With Drones
BINOY KAMPMARK
Without imagination, predictability is bound to become a vice.  Australia’s explosive, uncontainable opposition leader Tony Abbott has made his latest splash in policy waters by suggesting that his frightened country should propel itself into the twenty first century w...
Living (and Dying) Under Drones
ANDREW COCKBURN
Last week, the Obama Administration argued in front of the First Circuit Court of Appeals that there is no official evidence we are waging drone warfare in northern Pakistan. The ACLU has sued under the Freedom of Information Act for details of the widely reported drone s...
Drones Over the Americas
ED KINANE
Syracuse, New York. Like the School of the Americas, the weaponized drone perpetrates terrorism. As Predator drones come to Ft. Benning, some SOA Watch activists are applying our SOAW exper...
Kill Lists and Giant Triplets
TOLU OLORUNDA
 Power is self-sufficient, a replete possession, and must be maintained by whatever agency is required. —Wole Soyinka, Climate of Fear [1]...
The Soul Suckers of Endless Compromise
TOM WRIGHT
Every four years this happens to me again.  My phone stops ringing, my emails aren’t returned, my liberal friends avert their gaze if we chance upon the same aisle at Safeway. Was it something I said?  Did I hog the mushroom dip and the Cote du Rhone at their l...
Is It the Drones or the Killings We Oppose?
DOUG NOBLE
US drone strikes make news every day, fostering worldwide outrage and public scrutiny. The drone has become an icon of US lethality and dominance, and it has understandably become a principal focus of our antiwar effort. But recent controversial revelations about p...
How Drones Destroy Their Own OODA Loops
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Gaeta, Italia  This report by independent j...
The Bomb and the Drone
ED KINANE
The lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki belong always before us.  The agony of those two cities must remain our dark beacon. Hiroshima/Nagasaki wasn’t so much about targets as about audiences. We ...
On Drones, James Holmes, and Concentrated and Diffused Violence
ELLIOT SPERBER
In the aftermath of the most recent mass murder in the United States, the killing of twelve and the wounding of dozens of innocent moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, one hears repeated expressions of bewilderment. Beyond the calls for the execution of the perpetrator,...
Assassination Nation
DOUG NOBLE
[Editor's note: Information in this article pertaining to the Phoenix Program was derived primarily from the ground-breaking investigative work conducted by Douglas Valentine, author of ...
Better Than Lesser Evilism, Version 2012
ANDREW LEVINE
If the idea is to vote in a way that brings about the best outcome, and if “best” and “least bad (or “least evil”) mean the same thing, then it is a simple point of logic that, in elections with only two candidates – or where only two candidates have a non-tri...
Soulless Killing Machines
CONN HALLINAN
“…it may be a surprise to find some moral philosophers, political scientists, and weapons specialists believe unmanned aircraft offer marked moral advantages over almost any other tool of warfare.” —Scott Shane, national securi...
The Morality of Drones
DAVE LINDORFF
Are weaponized drone aircraft more moral than the more traditional killing machines used in warfare?  In an opinion published in Sunday’s New York Times, the paper’s national security reporter, Scott Shane, argues outrageously that they are. But his a...
Eliminating Terrorism
TOM H. HASTINGS
I teach peace and conflict studies. When I teach about the possibilities of a nonviolent response to terrorism, I try to cover many aspects of this complex topic. One of the main strands is the idea that the objectives of al Qa’ida, as stated by Osama bin Laden on s...
Welcome to the Slaughterhouse
MISSY BEATTIE
Mercurial I am. Took a walk after dinner last week after submitting my “Annie” article.  Down to the center of the Kingdom.  “Prosecco On the Patio” at Donna’s Café was teeming with flesh, a lighthouse for the lonely, a lantern to the lost. I ma...
Trapped in a Military Mindset
TOM ENGELHARDT
Americans may feel more distant from war than at any time since World War II began.  Certainly, a smaller percentage of us — ...
No Shelter
WILLIAM BLUM
“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.” – André Gide Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai said recently that he had had an argument with...
Jimmy Carter’s Penance?
MISSY BEATTIE
In a New York Times (NYT) opinion piece, Jimmy Carter opens with: “The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.” I read these words and focus on the present tense of “is”.  And I think:  When was this country e...
Obama’s Killer Drones
MARJORIE COHN and JEANNE MIRER
The Bush administration detained and tortured suspected militants; the Obama administration assassinates them. Both practices not only visit more hatred upon the United States; they are also illegal.  Our laws and treaties prohibit torture. The Constitution forbids the g...
Christians and the Kill List
WILLIAM ALBERTS
In broad daylight, without a Christian murmur, President Obama has placed a “kill list” on the altar of “American values.”  An unconstitutional, international law-violating, indifferent to innocent civilians, anti-American-breeding “kill list.”  A national s...
Obama’s Robotic Assassins
VIJAY PRASHAD
“It’s drones, baby, drones.” - (former) United States Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, March 2011. Unmanned U.S. aircraft now routinely fly over Afghanistan, Pakis...
Switchblades in the Sky
JONATHAN FRANKLIN
The US military has issued soldiers in Afghanistan with a new class ...
The Myth of the Drone War “Successes”
PATRICK COCKBURN
As the US and its allies ponder what to do about Syria, one suggestion advanced by the protagonists of armed intervention is to use unmanned drones to attack Syrian government targets. The proposal is a measure of the extraordinary success of the White House, CIA and Defe...
Diving Into Life
MISSY BEATTIE
The storm washed through last Friday afternoon.   All was still and, then, I looked out the balcony doors to see tree leaves wet and undulating.  I was reminded of ocean waves.  Wind rushed rain across the greenery with feverish lapping. “It’s symmetry,” I said ...
There’s a Cancer on the Presidency, Called Barack Obama
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Never trust a president who claims he reads himself to sleep with the help of Marcus Aurelius. That was Bill Clinton, who claimed this thundering imperial bore never strayed far  from his hand. Most certainly view with profound suspicion a president who professes ...
Obama At Large
RALPH NADER
The rule of law is rapidly breaking down at the top levels of our government. As officers of the court, we have sworn to “support the Constitution,” which clearly implies an affirmative commitment on our part. Take the administrations of George W. Bush and Bara...
Pakistan Pays the Price for Its Defiance
JUDY BELLO
Leading up to the NATO Conference in Chicago last Friday, the U.S. was hopeful that President Zardari of Pakistan would announce the reopening of U.S. military supply routes in Pakistan, according to an article published in the Guardian of London on May 21, but their hope...
The Kill List of Barack Obama
RAY McGOVERN
In an extraordinary article in Tuesday’s New York Times, “S...
Five Reasons Drone Assassinations are Illegal
BILL QUIGLEY
US civilian and military employees regularly target and fire lethal unmanned drone guided missiles at people across the world.  Thousands of people have been assassinated.   Hundreds of those killed were civilians. Some of those killed were rescuers and mourners. ...
Drones in US Flight Paths
DAVID SWANSON
On March 9th the Federal Aviation Administration requested comments from the public on drone test sites.  On May 8th, lengthy comments were submitted by Not 1 More Acre! and Purgatoire, Apishapa & Comanche Grassland Trust.  The FAA asked all the wrong questions, but...
So Then Who the Hell are We?
DAN DeWALT
“This is not a reflection of who we are or what we stand for.” — Jeff Gearhart, Wall-Mart general counsel, on the firm’s Mexico bribery [Torture] “is not the norm.” — Mike Pannek, Abu Ghraib prison warden. “T...
Air Raid: Waziristan
JOHN GRONBECK-TEDESCO
In the early fall of 1937, African American poet, Langston Hughes, arrived in Barcelona in the aftermath of an air raid that killed several dozen people.  That summer, Hughes had joined a bevy of writers and artists from around the world who had convened in Spain to take...
Drones and the Dream of Remote Control in the Borderlands
JOSEPH NEVINS
Drones along the U.S. boundaries with Mexico and Canada are coming under criticism from an unexpected source: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—or, more specifically, the department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The critique helps open the door to t...
Sowing the Seeds of Hate in Pakistan
ATIF K. BUTT
Lahore. It’s been a decade when the US invaded Afghanistan with the world’s most modern and well-trained military force including troops of more than 40 countries equipped with latest weaponry. After spending a large span of ten years and billions of d...
Killing Kids for Freedom
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
“I want to make sure that people understand: actually, drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties [in Pakistan]. For the most part they have been very precise precision strikes against Al Qaeda and their affiliates.” President Obama...
Nukes Overhead
KARL GROSSMAN
The crash last week of a U.S. drone on the Seychelles Islands—the second crash of a U.S. drone on Seychelles in four months—underlines the deadly folly of a plan of U.S. national laboratory scientists and the Northrop Grumman Corp. for nuclear-powered drones. T...
The Drone and the Cross
BRIAN TERRELL
Over Holy Week, the days before celebrating the resurrection of Jesus on Easter, Christians are called to meditate on Jesus’ last days. On Good Friday, in churches and often in city streets, it is customary to retrace the “Way of the Cross,” symbolically following J...
Assassination By Drones
DAVID MODEL
The first step in examining the legality of assassinating known or suspected terrorists through the use of unmanned armed vehicles (UAVs) is to decide whether such killings could be classified as part of an armed conflict.  If they are considered as part of an armed conf...
The Drone Boom
VIJAY PRASHAD
In 2010, the UN special representative on extrajudicial executions Philip Alston released a 29 page report on the growing use of deadly drone, or unmanned, aircraft by the United States. In a statement that accompanied the report, Alston described the political problem fo...
The Zero Percent Doctrine
TOM ENGELHARDT
When I was young, the Philadelphia Bulletin ran cartoon ads that usually featured a man in troubl...
Drone Strikes? What’s To Feel Bad About?
LAURA FLANDERS
“Three major investigations were under way on Wednesday into the Koran burning at Bagram Air Base by the American military last week, the event that plunged Afghanistan into days of deadly protests…” So begins a New York Times report. To read the New York Tim...
The Ghost and the Machine
KATHY KELLY
Fazillah, age 25, lives in Maidan Shar, the central city of Afghanistan’s Wardak province.  She married about six years ago, and gave birth to a son, Aymal, who just turned five without a father. Fazillah tells her son, Aymal, that his father was killed by an American...
Pakistan: a Dangerous Uncertainty
JUNAID S. AHMED
Lahore. Relations between the Pakistani government and the military have been tense recently, even resulting in rumours of an impending military coup. A coup is not very likely at this stage, but the situation has created the environment for at least one n...
Inviting the Big Payback
DAVE LINDORFF
The attacks and attempted attacks this week on Israeli embassy personnel in Georgia, India and Thailand should serve as a serious warning to the people of both Israel and the US that there will be an increasingly heavy price to pay for the kind of government-sponsored ter...
405 Bases and It’s Not Over Yet
NICK TURSE
In late December, the lot was just a big blank: a few burgundy metal shipping containers sitting in an expanse of crushed eggshell-colored gravel inside a razor-wire-topped fence.  The American military in Afghanistan doesn’t want to talk about it, but one day soon, it...
Spies in the Sky
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It’s all because of the little noticed annual report for 2010 from the United Stat...
Spy Drones Over Arizona
BRENDA NORRELL
TUCSON. Arizona, already struggling to free itself from racist state officials, banned books and profiteering private prisons, is now targeted as the test site for private spy drones. Arizona military profiteers are pushing for Arizona to beco...
In the Age of Robotic Weapons
RALPH NADER
The U.S. war in Afghanistan is testing so much futuristic detect and destroy weaponry that it can be called the most advanced all-seeing invasion in military history. From blanket satellite surveillance to soldiers’ infra-red vision to the remotely guided photographing,...