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Should Israel Flatten Beirut -- Again?

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Flattening Beirut has been done before. Flattening Gaza has been done before. And both may be done again if Israel's license to kill with impunity is left unchecked.

White House Dodges Responsibility For Civilian Deaths In Yemen

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is moving to distance itself from the mounting civilian casualties in Yemen’s civil war, while simultaneously...

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.

I Support Israel, but Bombing Palestinian Civilians in Gaza Is Morally Reprehensible and Must End

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The morality of an action is never legitimized by saying a less moral individual would do the same or worse.

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...

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.

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.

Obama's Lethal Presidency | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics

Sure, we as a nation have always killed people. A lot of people. But no president has ever waged war by killing enemies one by one, targeting them ind...

The Real Danger Behind Obama's 'Kill List'

The New Yorker | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics

What is wrong with the President sitting in a room, looking at lists and portraits of people -- a Somali man, a seventeen-year-old girl, an American c...

WATCH: Colbert Mocks Obama's Casualty Standards

Posted 08.01.2012 | Comedy

It recently came to Stephen Colbert's attention that the number of civilians killed in drone strikes during the Obama administration is "in the single...

John Brennan Should Tell the Whole Truth About the Drone Strikes

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.04.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Not only do "signature strikes" increase the risk of killing civilians and people who have no dispute with the U.S.; their existence is crucial to the question of whether the drone strikes are legal.

In Afghanistan, the Dam Breaks

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The war for hearts and minds is over. It's lost in Afghanistan, and it's lost at home. The president and Congress should do us all a favor and stop letting people get killed for it, and get our people out of there.

Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.19.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Let us call on President Obama to announce that on Dec. 24th and 25, the United States will observe an offensive ceasefire in Afghanistan, and urge others to join the ceasefire, as a goodwill gesture to promote peace talks.

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

The initial feelings that rushed over me after hearing the announcement that we're pulling out of Iraq were of deep relief. But then they turned to deep sadness over the terrible cost of a war that was always wrong: intellectually, politically, strategically and, above all, morally.

Watch: WikiLeaks Says U.S. Troops Executed Iraqi Children In 2006 Raid

Posted 11.01.2011 | World

An unclassified U.S. diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks contains claims that U.S. forces executed ten Iraqi civilians, half of whom were children ...

NATO Raid Kills Afghan Girl, 12 | ALISSA J. RUBIN | Posted 07.13.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- In the fertile lowlands of eastern Afghanistan it is already summer, and the warm nights send families out of sweltering houses ...

How U.S. Intelligence Failures Led To Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times | Posted 06.10.2011 | World

At 6:22 a.m., the drone pilot radioed an update: "All ... are finishing up praying and rallying up near all three vehicles at this time." The camera ...

Pentagon Assertions of "Progress" In Afghanistan Are a Bad Joke

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

The latest Petraeus/Gates media tour is under way in preparation for the general's testimony to Congress next week, and they're trotting out the same, tired spin they've been using since McChrystal was replaced in disgrace last year.

General Petraeus and ISAF, Blaming the Victims Again?

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Petraeus reportedly engaged in an attempt to deflect blame for an alleged civilian casualty event, suggesting Afghan parents burned their own children to incriminate international forces. Has he lost his mind?

Mexico Must Implement Justice System Reforms

Monika Kalra Varma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Monika Kalra Varma

No amount of money will make Mexico safe until institutional structures are in place to guarantee that there is civilian control over the military.

Fabricated Myths About War

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

In these heady days of the holiday season, while you're buying your niece or nephew that last stocking stuffer or cavorting with co-workers at the annual holiday party, keep this striking image of war in mind.

Drone Victims in Pakistan Seek Justice

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

"The United States is a nation of laws," President Obama has declared, insisting that the US will uphold the rule of law in its fight against terroris...

Swedes Come Alive in Wikileaks Assange Rape Case

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

In a case slower than an Ingmar Bergman movie, more than two months after first accusing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of rape and sexual molestati...

Let's Rally to Restore Peace

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Both torture and the targeting of civilians are war crimes. And, in spite of the reports of torture, Obama completed the handover of 9,250 detainees to the Iraqi government in July 2010.