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Superpower Adrift in an Alien World
TOM ENGELHARDT
Here’s the ad for this moment in Washington (as I imagine it): Militarized superpower adrift and anxious in alien world.  Needs advice.  Will pay.  Pls respond qkly.  PO Box 1776-2012, Washington, DC. Here’s the way it actual...
Drones Vs. Japanese Whalers
JONATHAN FRANKLIN
Santiago, Chile. Environmental activists in the rough Antarctic seas have launched a new tool in the fight to stop a Japanese operation to kill hundreds of whales – remote-controlled drones. Every morning for the past week, a battery-powered drone with ...
Big Shoulders in Chicago and Kabul
KATHY KELLY
Kabul NATO/G8 meetings are scheduled to take place from May 19-21 next year in Chicago.  Plans are ramping up everywhere. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen exulted over bringing NATO and the G8 to Chic...
Drones Are Coming to a Theater Near You
TOM BARRY
“The UAVs, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, are coming.”  So says Candice Miller, the Republican congresswoman from the Michigan borderlands near Detroit. She should know. Miller chairs the Border and Maritime Security of the House Committee on Homeland Security, whi...
Why Our Wars of Choice May Prove Fatal
WILLIAM J. ASTORE
America’s wars are remote.  They’re remote from us geographically, remote from us emotionally (unless you’re serving in the military or have a close relative or friend who serves), and remote from our major media outlets, which have given ...
Endless Needless Deaths
LINH DINH
Bush started shooting into Pakistan in 2004, and Obama has continued this bloody practice, culminating recently in the massacre of 24 Pakistani soldiers, with 13 more wounded. The attack lasted for hours, yet afterward, the US claimed it was all an accident. Hillary Clint...
Tub-Thumping About Iran
AFSHIN RATTANSI
If reports that the Iranian military has shot down a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel drone in Eastern Iran are true, than an alien from space would surely think that Europe and the U.S. are desperate for Iran to have a nuclear bomb. A bomb would surely prevent the U.S. fr...
Droning On
JOHN FEFFER
Someday soon, you’ll be checking your new Clear Skies app as a routine part of your preparations to go out for the evening. First, you’ll look at your smart gizmo to read your latest email to make sure there hasn’t been any change in plans. A quick glanc...
The CIA as Executioner
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
President Obama has openly deployed murder as an instrument of foreign policy. Soon after assuming office, Obama authorized the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to plan and execute the murder of terrorists and other enemies, regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens. ...
Reversing the Lens on Pakistan
CONN HALLINAN
“Terrorism is not a statistic for us.” —Asif Ali Zardari, president of Pakistan This is a Pakistani truism that few Americans understand. Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, Pakistan has lost more than 35,000 pe...
America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases
NICK TURSE
They increasingly dot the planet.  There’s a facility outside Las Vegas where “pilots” work in ...
Drones, Jobs and Ludd in DC
PETER LINEBAUGH
Our feet easily connected the dots even when our thoughts struggled to keep up with the militarist dot, the capitalist dot, and the technocratic dot. My comrades and I got off the DC Metro at North Farragut (David Farragut was the “Damn the torpedoes” guy who h...
Obama Did It, All By Himself
ANDREW LEVINE
“Change We Can Believe In.”  Those fine words fooled a lot of people in 2008.  Now they stick in the craw even of Obama apologists for whom all the hopes dashed over the past three years are the fault of Tea Party-Republican obstructionists.  Expect to hear a billi...
Assassinating Awlaki
MICHAEL BRENNER
The Awlaki killing can only be interpreted and assayed meaningfully if placed in the context of the ‘War On Terror.’  For America today is not the same country that it was before 9/11.  Our ethical standards, our sense of danger and vulnerability, our understanding ...
Gandhi’s Lesson for Today
KATHY KELLY
In a soon-to-be published book entitled Gandhi and the Unspe...
As the Drone Flies
RALPH NADER
The fast developing predator drone technology, officially called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, is becoming so dominant and so beyond any restraining framework of law or ethics, that its use by the U.S. government around the world may invite a horrific blowback. ...
The Killing Machines
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In an interview for an article about the machinations of the Central Intelligence Agency one of the Washington Post’s sources described it as “one helluva killing machine.”  Then, according to the reporter, he ‘blanched’ at his words and altered them to “one...
Drone Warfare
IAN HARRIS
Last month we heard that a drone attack in Pakistan had killed ...
The CIA and the Drones
GARETH PORTER
When David Petraeus walks into the Central Intelligence Agency today, he will be taking over an organisation whose mission has changed in recent years from gathering and analysing intelligence to waging military campaigns through drone strikes in Pakistan, as well as in Y...
Pax Obama
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
Could it be that when Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama leaves office that the defining image of his presidency will have been his use of unmanned drone aircraft and military death squads to achieve the will of the Empire? Hardly a week goes by in which we do not l...
Veto Over the Drones
GARETH PORTER
Islamabad. Pakistani civilian and military leaders are insisting on an effective veto over which targets U.S. drone strikes hit, according to well-informed Pakistani military sources here. The sources, who met with IPS on condition that they not be ...
Evicting Yemen’s Drone Base
JAMES GUNDUN
The Washington Post recently published a controversial report about the future of al-Qaeda “2.0” and U.S. operations against the network. The ensuing narrative speculated whether the Pentagon and CIA are now manufacturing war after Osama bin Laden’s deat...
Drones Over Yemen
THOMAS HUDSON
While thousands of Yemenis continue to take to the streets demanding elections and democratic reform in defiance of ongoing deadly government crackdowns, the US government, led by its Nobel Peace prize winning President, is beginning what may well become it...
Rising Anti-Americanism in Pakistan
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
On May 14, after deliberations of over 10 hours, the democratically-elected Pakistan Parliament in a joint session of both houses passed a unanimous resolution to reclaim Pakistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and national security against U.S. mi...