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Civilian Casualties

'Cessation Of Hostilities' In Syria Lets Russia Keep Bombing

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.12.2016 | World

MUNICH, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week, doing nothing in the meant...

Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With U.S. Bombs

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The air strikes have killed 2,800 civilians, including 500 children. Human Rights Watch charges that these bombings "have indiscriminately killed and injured civilians."

Ted Cruz's Stone-Age Brain and Yours

Rick Shenkman | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Rick Shenkman

While many factors can affect a candidate's polling numbers, one uncomfortable conclusion can't be overlooked when it comes to reactions to Cruz's "carpet-bombing" comments: by and large, Americans don't think or care much about the real-world consequences of the unleashing of American air power.

Republican Candidates Defend Killing Civilians to Fight Terrorism -- and so do Democrats

Stephen Zunes | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

For a number of years now, prominent Democrats have also been advocating very dangerous ideas, with Democratic leaders also defending the large-scale killing of civilians in the name of "fighting terrorism."

U.N. Blames Saudi-Led Coalition For Most Attacks On Yemeni Civilians

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.22.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 (Reuters) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that a Saudi-led c...

Donald Trump Says He Would 'Take Out' Families Of Terrorists

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.02.2015 | World

Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump said the U.S. ought to "take out" the families of terrorists in the fight agains...

A Thought Experiment in Taking Out Wedding Parties

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Try to imagine the reaction here if multiple wedding parties were being wiped out repetitively, always in more or less the same way.

The New York Times and Washington Post Are Ignoring Civilians Killed by U.S. Drone Strikes

The Conversation US | Posted 10.22.2015 | Media
The Conversation US

Both papers have substantially underrepresented the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, failed to correct the public record when evidence emerged that their reporting was wrong and ignored the importance of international law.

Cruising the Skies of the Greater Middle East Blasting Away at Civilians

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

To this day, it remains difficult to take in the degree to which the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq destabilized the Greater Middle East. Those two invasions also loosed another deeply destabilizing phenomenon: 24/7 counterinsurgency from the air.

How to Confront ISIS

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

The people of the region opposing and ready to fight ISIS and their allies, including the United States, must demonstrate a clear and consistent moral basis in all of their acts. We cannot fight ISIS while routinely killing civilians in the process.

The Casualties Of Afghan War: Women And Children

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 08.05.2015 | World

  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations said on Wednesday that an increasing number of women and children were getting hurt or kill...

Sophia Jones

U.S. Airstrikes In Syria 'Have Killed So Many People. We Want Them To Stop'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.22.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- The U.S. military's admission this week that an airstrike against extremists last year in Syria killed two children is too little and too ...

Israel's Threat to Kill Lebanese Civilians

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

It's a rare and remarkable event when a government broadcasts ahead of time its intent to commit war crimes. Yet that's just what senior Israeli military officials recently did in the pages of The New York Times.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Two Children Killed In U.S. Airstrike In Syria, Pentagon Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State and other militants in Syria killed two young girls in November, the military confirmed Th...

Why We Need Persistent Questioning About Civilian Deaths By Drones

Priya Satia | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Priya Satia

Before Nepal and Baltimore seized headlines, news that a CIA drone strike mistakenly killed an innocent American hostage in January momentarily energized our meager debate on drones. It is time for us, as Americans, to exercise our responsibility as citizens and take control of the debate.

Challenging American Exceptionalism

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

American exceptionalism reflects the belief that Americans are somehow better than everyone else. This view reared its head after the 2013 leak of a Department of Justice White Paper that describes circumstances under which the President can order the targeted killing of U.S. citizens.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the White House revealed it really does care about civilians being killed by drones -- at least when they're Americans or Westerners. On Thursday, President Obama expressed "profound regrets," and described as "uniquely tragic," a January drone strike in Pakistan that killed two al Qaeda-held hostages -- one American, one Italian. But while certainly tragic, it's far from unique. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that, under Obama, drones in Pakistan alone have killed between 256 and 630 civilians, with at least 66 of them children. In fact, the first drone strike of his presidency reportedly killed at least nine civilians. In the wake of this week's announcement, the president ordered a review of what lessons can be learned from these latest deaths. One we already know: Some innocent lives are apparently more valuable than others.

My War on Terror

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.01.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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.