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"A Fig Leaf of Good Intentions" - The Age of Humanitarian Inaction

Johanna Mendelson Forman | Posted 05.17.2017 | Impact
Johanna Mendelson Forman

Not since the end of World War II have so many people been uprooted by war and displaced by conflict and natural disaster. With more than 60 million ...

Diplomacy Is Key to Protecting Civilians

Paras Shah | Posted 02.03.2017 | World
Paras Shah

Protecting civilians has become one of the most complicated tasks faced by the UN and the Security Council, which has a primary role in safeguarding international peace and security.

No More Bloodshed

Nida Khan | Posted 11.20.2016 | Politics
Nida Khan

We cannot continue to pretend as if these horrid acts are occurring on their own, nor can we shy away from accepting responsibility for the innocent blood that has been shed as a direct result of our actions.

The One-Five-15 Challenge

Marjorie Morrison | Posted 11.19.2016 | Impact
Marjorie Morrison

Veteran's Day is a time for all Americans to take a day off and thank our servicemembers and veterans for their sacrifices in stepping up to protect our country's freedom. The week after Veterans Day is when our active duty go back to their installations, and the rest of Americans go back to business in their regular lives.

The Paris Attack and My Racist Facebook 'Friends'

Craig Considine | Posted 11.16.2016 | Politics
Craig Considine

Let us count the civilian death toll in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan. The number is high. Shockingly high! These deaths occur in the face of imperialism. Our imperialism. It is our terrorism, but nobody thinks of it that way. That, in itself, is racist.

"Submit Now, Sue Later" Is not the Only Answer to Poor Police Conduct

Roberto Ramirez | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Roberto Ramirez

Beyond the constitutional infringements, there are other significant consequences of "submit now-and-sue later," including the unavoidable loss of law enforcement legitimacy, and the cost of settlements brought by victims, a price ultimately paid by taxpayers.

Syria's Douma Market Bloodshed: Saying 'We Told You So' Is No Comfort

Neil Sammonds | Posted 08.18.2016 | World
Neil Sammonds

Sunday's airstrikes on a busy market near Damascus were devastating but not in the least surprising. Until we see movement in these areas, Amnesty International and others will continue to document such horrific war crimes -- and it gives no comfort at all to say, "We told you so."

Frontline Civilians: It's Time We Honor All Who Serve

Matt Zeller | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Matt Zeller

Instead of advocating for the return of the draft, Moulton was joining prominent leaders such as President Obama and General McChrystal (who is leading the Franklin Project) to call on all Americans to engage in some act of public service in their lifetime -- just as the civilians who I served with had done.

An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America's Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Few issues require as urgent attention as America's ISIS strategy. America's multi-year strategy against ISIS lies on the cusp of collapse. The Obama Administration needs to understand that its train-and-equip program is simply too piecemeal and too slow. To remain viable, moderate Syrian rebels need weapons now.

The Islamic State Is 'Barbaric,' but What About the U.S. and Israel?

Craig Considine | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Craig Considine

An Aug. 12 headline from Fox News read "Islamic State's shocking barbarity prompts call for world to act." The sub-heading of the article went on to c...

Read On and Move Forward if You Are a Veteran

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, VA doctors have told me that no one goes to war and comes back unchanged. Readjusting to civilian life can be challenging no matter where you are; at home, in the workplace, or at school.

Who's the US Killing in Pakistan? Even the CIA Doesn't Know

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

How can the government assert that some 150 people killed were "militants" legitimately killed when it doesn't know who they actually were?

We Served Too: Remembering Civilian Sacrifices Made on Behalf of Country and Honoring Those Who Serve Alongside the Military in Conflict Zones

Anne Speckhard | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Anne Speckhard

On behalf of those who died, we can never thank them or their families enough for the ultimate sacrifice they made for our country. Alongside that salute we now also need to begin to honor the oft forgotten civilians who also serve in high threat security environments alongside the military.

U.S. Drone Strikes Are Causing Child Casualties

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

The impact of America's drone war in the likes of Pakistan and Yemen will linger on, especially for the loved ones of the 178 children killed in those countries by U.S. drone strikes.

Former Navy SEAL and Author Arms Civilians With Tools to Combat Fear, Forge Self-Confidence

Lauren Drell | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Lauren Drell

"I figured in terms of the lifestyle trajectory I was on, I probably would have been dead in about six months, so I was like that's probably not a good thing."

The Unsung Heroes: Civilians in the Crossfire

Kerry C. Kachejian | Posted 09.17.2011 | Impact
Kerry C. Kachejian

Who are these relatively unknown civilians? What kind of support do they provide to the military? And why would they risk life and limb to go into a combat zone?

From LA to Misrata: Protecting Civilians Goes Beyond the Barrel of a Gun

Louis Belanger | Posted 07.04.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

As the United Nations' Security Council is set to discuss the principle of protection of civilians on Monday (May 10) and in light of the attention re...

The F Word: Losing the War's Beginning

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The ninth year of the U.S. war in Afghanistan began with an apology.

Army: U.S. Soldiers Killed Afghan Civilians For Sport, Dismembered Bodies

Washington Post | Craig Whitlock | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

According to charging documents, the unprovoked, fatal attack on Jan. 15 was the start of a months-long shooting spree against Afghan civilians that r...

Obama Can't Control His Generals -- Time for Congress to Step in

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

It's too bad that General Petraeus is attempting to suppress democratic opinion. But Congress, and the people running for Congress, understand full well that this is a fight the American people are ready to have.

Taliban Massacre of 10 Aid Workers Only Tip of Iceberg

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

The Taliban's brazen claim that it killed the ten medical workers leaves no doubt that the rising toll of civilian deaths is intentional. The kill one, scare 10,000 is a strategy often used in war zones.

Humanity Missing From Afghanistan Debate

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

Respect for Afghans is sorely lacking on all sides of the Afghanistan debate. It's 2010, nine years into the war, and we're still talking about Afghanistan in orientalist terms. We don't want to think about them as human. This has to change now.

American HIMARS Rocket, GPS-Guided Weapon, Kills At Least 10 Civilians, 5 Children In Afghanistan

Rethink Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The hype surrounding so-called "smart bombs" and "precision guided munitions" is one of the reasons Americans feel so free to go to war in civilian ar...

Schumer: Success In Iraq A "50/50" Proposal (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Sunday's twin bombings in Iraq were the first topic of discussion on NBC's Meet The Press Sunday morning. The attacks killed at least 147 and wounded ...

Obama Swiftboats Van Jones

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

Van Jones' resignation isn't a testament to the frenetic dry-drunk tirades of a delusional Fox employee. It is due to the Obama administration's failure to rightfully and necessarily defend a valuable member of its team.