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My War on Terror

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We Americans usually reserve the more kindly word "patriot" for ourselves and use "nationalist" to diss other people who exhibit special feeling for their country. In the extreme, it's "superpatriot" for us and "ultranationalist" for them.

UN: Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan Topped 10,000 In 2014

AP | By RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 02.18.2015 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The number of civilians killed or wounded in fighting in Afghanistan climbed by 22 percent in 2014 to reach the highest le...

Itchy Trigger Finger? How About Itchy Brain?

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.12.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Response-inhibition training shows exciting potential as a training method for police and the military. The findings might also lead to more insights into cognition and firearms, insights with the potential to reduce society's death toll.

Remembering a Frontline Civilian's Legacy: Alex Petersen

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 03.25.2015 | DC
Joshua W. Walker

One year ago this week terrorists entered a popular Kabul restaurant and carried out a brazen attack that took the life of a dear friend to many here in Washington, D.C.

Banks Behaving Badly: Are You Funding Cluster Bombs?

Amy Little | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Amy Little

This week campaigners against cluster munitions are pressing for answers on why any financial institution or bank would choose to be associated with the production of this banned weapon. PAX, a member of the international Cluster Munition Coalition, has released a report revealing the financial institutions backing companies involved in production of cluster munitions.

Pentagon Newspeak

Stanley Kutler | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

The Pentagon has launched a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War to provide "historically accurate materials" for schoolchildren. Get 'em young.

Israel's Military Plan in Gaza, and the Strengthening of Hamas

Taghreed El-Khodary | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
Taghreed El-Khodary

Israel believes if it squeezes hard it will win. Israel's intention is clear: weaken Hamas and never give them the credit of ending the siege. To pursue this goal, Israel is killing more children, women, and elderly, completely destroying whole parts of Gaza and its infrastructure.

Negotiating With Terrorists: Lessons From South Africa

Sam Hamer | Posted 10.06.2014 | World
Sam Hamer

When peace is at stake, no one is too good for talking.

How Netanyahu Would Answer His Critics

James Heffernan | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
James Heffernan

Israel has been sharply criticized for civilian casualties in Gaza, so I imagined how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would address the issue if ask...

The Meaning Of Terror

Jerome Karabel | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Jerome Karabel

The world has become accustomed to fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, and there has been a cumulative desensitization to the human suffering caused by the current conflict. The magnitude of the humanitarian disaster now unfolding is immense. Gaza has fewer than 1.8 million inhabitants, and over 1,400 of them are now dead. Were a similar catastrophe to occur in the United States, a nation of 316 million people, the equivalent number of deaths would be over 240,000. Faced with the unending possibility of attack, Israel is understandably concerned about its security. But its actions in the current conflict suggest that in the end its greatest threat may be to its soul.

A Lament for Peace

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Whether the blood spilled is Israeli or Palestinian, it is red. Responsibility for spilling that blood is on the hands of both Israel and Hamas. Perhaps sometimes war can be just, but there is nothing holy or just about Hamas targeting Israeli civilians or the death of Palestinian children caused by Israeli bombardment.

U.S. Officers Shoot And Kill Armed Yemeni Civilians Who Tried To Kidnap Them

The New York Times | Posted 05.09.2014 | World

WASHINGTON — A United States Special Operations commando and a Central Intelligence Agency officer in Yemen shot and killed two armed Yemeni civilia...

Ryan Grim

Elizabeth Warren Delivers Major National Security Speech

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) delivered a major foreign policy and national security address Wednesday evening, positioning herself in...

A Bug on the Windshield

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Chicago, Chicago! My kind of town, but not this. Young black men in Chicago have to know their legal rights; that's simply the way it works. These guys obviously did.

Counting the Dead in the War on Terror

Jason Steidl | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Jason Steidl

People of faith must remember the suffering of those affected by American policy abroad. While the U.S. Congress refuses to count the dead, we can raise our voices on behalf of those who have been unjustly silenced.

Probe Of Civilian Deaths Abandoned In Afghanistan

Reuters | Hamid Shalizi and Dylan Welch | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

KABUL, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's intelligence service has abandoned its investigation into the murder of a group of civilians after being ref...

Transplanting the Face of a Dead Congolese Woman

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

The image of the face of the Congolese woman resting on the pink and blue blanket is grafted onto the frontal lobe of my brain -- the repository of my...

Sgt. Bales and the Myth of Military Justice

John Sifton | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
John Sifton

It is a good outcome that Bales has been held accountable for his deadly attacks on Afghan civilians. But his crimes are not the only heinous incidents involving U.S. personnel to have occurred in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

The Whole of National Sacrifice

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Democratizing service and sacrifice would revitalize the meaning of citizenship, regenerate the civil-military relationship, and introduce an inclusiveness to help us find a more common basis of strength in our dangerously divided nation.

Rights Groups, Senate Demand Answers on Drones

Chris Rogers | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Chris Rogers

How many people have been killed and wounded as a result of drone strikes and how many civilians? What are the existing processes to prevent and mitigate harm to civilians?

Glass Houses in the Middle East

John Tirman | Posted 04.09.2013 | World
John Tirman

The numbers of civilians killed in Syria is appalling. But the contrast to another war is striking. The U.S. invasion of Iraq prompted a civil war that took the lives of civilians by the hundreds of thousands. Our concern for these civilians was noticeably less generous than it is for the Syrians.

How the U.S. Brings 'Security' to the Planet

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

U.S. troops are gone from Iraq, but the violence our invasion and occupation set loose has never ended. We bear genuine responsibility for this, but no longer care a whit.

'So Many People Died'

Nick Turse | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Over these last years, I've interviewed hundreds of war victims like Pham Thang, and he's right: I'll probably never come close to knowing what life was like for those whose worlds were upended by America's foreign wars.

Mourning the Children, Here and There

John Tirman | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
John Tirman

As the father of a child, I find the Newtown massacre deeply disturbing and I hope it moves Obama to stand up to the NRA bullies. But the president has shown no such reluctance to pursue practices that result in the killing of innocent children in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

I Am Going to Pakistan Because Too Many Questions Remain About U.S. Drone Strikes

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Robert Greenwald

I'm going to Pakistan to investigate what life is like for those living under drones. Critical questions must be asked. Do these drone strikes make the United States any safer, or are they a prime recruitment tool resulting in more militancy?