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Archives by Tag 'drones'
Will Chuck Hagel Stand Up to the Drone Lobby?
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
U.S. Central Command has released some interesting numbers on the performance of modern air systems in Afghanistan; the data do not auger well for our defenses in the next decade, nor for the suitability of the man who appears likely to be ...
Drone Denial Syndrome
MICHAEL BRENNER
Drone strikes are the weapon of choice in the current phase of the endless “war on terror.” They have become the trademark instrument of the Obama presidency which has dedicated itself to eliminating any Islamic jihadi who may now or in the future constitute a threat ...
Crossover Drones
TOM BARRY
The rapid advance of drone technology has sparked interest by police and sheriff offices in acquiring drones. This new eagerness of many nonfederal law enforcement agencies to acquire drones has been also closely nurtured by the federal government. The Departments ...
Predator-Automatons?
WILLIAM MANSON
“Automaton—person who behaves like a robot…” —Oxford Desk Dictionary...
Do Arabs Cry For Their Children Too?
TOM MCNAMARA
Rennes, France. Once more tragedy befalls America. But this time the tragedy is even more bitter due to the fact that such a large number of young children were involved. A gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people, 20 of them children &#...
An Interview With Noam Chomsky on Obama’s Human Rights Record
ERIC BAILEY
Professor Noam Chomsky is an Institute Professor and Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and at Harvard University as a Harvard Junior ...
Euphemisms of Obama’s Wars
VIJAY PRASHAD
At Oxford University, ten days ago, the Pentagon’s top lawyer, Jeb Johnson said that the war against al-Qaeda was almost over, and that what remained were police actions. A “tipping point” has been reached, he noted. Does this mean that the War on Terror, begun in t...
Reining in Obama and His Drones
RALPH NADER
Barack Obama, former president of the Harvard Law Review and a constitutional law lecturer, should go back and review his coursework. He seems to have declined to comport his presidency to the rule of law. Let’s focus here on his major expansion of drone warfare ...
Why Obama’s Killer Drones Violate International Law
JEFF BACHMAN
The United States has a long history of violating international law when its leaders believe foreign policy objectives justify doing so. The belief in the right of the United States to overthrow democratically elected governments (Guatemala, Iran, Congo), to train and ar...
In the Business of Killing Civilians
JOSHUA FRANK
While reports slowly spread that President Obama is secretly ...
Petraeus’ Political Seppuku
MANUEL GARCIA, JR.
On the Friday after Election Day, November 9, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General David H. Petraeus announced his immediate resignation and admitted to an extramarital affair (with his biographer Paula Broadwell), which had been exposed (officially by...
Is This Child Dead Enough for You?
CHRIS FLOYD
To all those now hailing the re-election of Barack Obama as a triumph of decent, humane, liberal values over the oozing-postule perfidy of the Republicans, a simple question: Is this child dead enough for you? ...
Obama’s Fatwa
DOUG NOBLE
I just read Salman Rushdie’s memoir, Joseph Anton, describing his nine years in hiding from Ayato...
The Stolen Child
KATHLEEN PEINE
Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand. “The Stolen Child” WB Yeats “I believ...
Sinister Automatons
JEFF SPARROW
‘Before they were blind, deaf and dumb,’ exults Mark Maybury, chief scientist for the U.S. Air Force. ‘Now we’re beginning to make them to see, hear and sense.’ We know that rhetoric. ‘I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless ...
Afghanistan: the Smell of Defeat
MIKE WHITNEY
“These two visions, one of tyranny and murder, the other of liberty and life, clashed in Afghanistan. And thanks to brave US and coalition forces and to Afghan patriots, the nightmare of the Taliban is over and that nation is coming to life again.”...
The Twisted Logic of Drone Warfare
TOM MCNAMARA
A recent article in the Washington Post entitled “...
Drone Wars from Britain
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Now we know that not only did the United Kingdom already have drones, but more are coming to join the Royal Air Force for surveillance and combat operations in foreign lands. And, for the first time, they will be controlled from Britain. According to a report in the Guard...
The Age of Hell
CHRIS FLOYD
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When War Passes for Foreign Policy
P. SAINATH
“Take the profit out of war,” said Kevin Zeese, one of the more important activists of the Occupy Movement in the United States, “and you take out war.” His audience was made up mainly of U.S. war veterans gathered in New York to observe — and protest — the 11...
Obama’s Endless Kill List
BEN SCHREINER
Of the three presidential debates, Monday’s saw the only mention of U.S. drone warfare.  But after the challenger Romney quickly affirmed his support of President Obama’s drone program, stating that it is “absolutely the right thing to do,” the issue was summaril...
The African-American Case Against Obama
AFEWORKI MEKONNEN
Over the last little while, a few individuals, claiming to be Eritrean-Americans, have come on the popular Eritrean website, Dehai, and tried to influence their fellow Eritrean-Americans to vote for Barack Obama. I see this as akin to asking Eritreans to reward Obama for ...
America’s Drone Terrorism
SHELDON RICHMAN
In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the U.S. safer by enabling “targeted killing” of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts. This...
Punishing Free Speech, Letting Murder Off the Hook
BRIAN TERRELL
In US District Court in Jefferson City, Missouri, two anti-drone protestors were sentenced for trespassing at Whiteman Air Force Base, one of the stateside bases from where predator drones are operated in the skies over Afghanistan and Pakistan. Brian Terrell will beg...
Imran Khan’s Revolution
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. The worst thing Imran Khan could have done to reclaim self respect is use a bunch of sympathetic foreigners to convey his legitimate stand against drone attacks. There were these gentle people going right into the rough terrain. It contrasted rathe...