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U.S. Gives Laos $90 Million In Aid To Help Clear Unexploded Cluster Bombs

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 09.06.2016 | World

VIENTIANE (Reuters) - The United States announced on Tuesday it would provide an additional $90 million over the next three years to help Laos, heavil...

Russian, Syrian Forces Widely Using Cluster Bombs: Rights Group

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 07.28.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Russian-backed Syrian government’s air campaign against rebels is widely using cluster munitions, banned by more than 100 cou...

Jack Reed: Cluster Bomb Cheerleader

Medea Benjamin | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

There is no excuse to prioritize profit over human rights. Senator Jack Reed and the rest of Congress have made themselves fully complicit in Saudi Arabia's war crimes and the destabilization of Yemen.

Obama, Heeding Close House Vote, Should Press Saudis to End Yemen War

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.16.2016 | World
Robert Naiman

President Obama is meeting Friday with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with the conflict in Yemen among the topics of discussion. The President should take a signal from the House vote, and pressure Saudi Arabia to end its war in Yemen.

Besieged Syrians Live Under Daily Danger Of Unexploded Cluster Bombs

Syria Deeply | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.29.2016 | World

Hundreds of unexploded cluster bombs dropped by Syrian government forces in and around Eastern Ghouta since 2012 pose a deadly threat to people in the...

American Know-How

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

A number of readers have written inquiring where cluster bombs can be conveniently purchased. At first blush one might think that the question is being asked by readers who are tired of the limited ability of the AK 47 to inflict harm on a lot of people in a short amount of time, that weapon being a favorite of those who do mass murders.

Yemen Crisis: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic U.S.-Saudi Alliance

Medea Benjamin | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

After almost a year of civil war, the conflicting forces in Yemen sat down on December 15 in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the prospect of finding a political solution to the conflict that has been raging since March 2015.

Why Defend the Indefensible

Mary Wareham | Posted 08.28.2016 | World
Mary Wareham

The U.S. is not a party to the international Convention on Cluster Munitions. But its reluctance to press Saudi Arabia on cluster munition use in Yemen appears to be having an impact on three close allies who are parties to that treaty.

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.

As the Treaty Banning Cluster Bombs Marks Its Fourth Anniversary, the World Should Speak Out on Use in Syria

Sarah Blakemore | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
Sarah Blakemore

The rising toll of civilian casualties in Syria is an ongoing reminder that use of cluster munitions, like chemical weapons and others that affect civilians, is not acceptable by anyone, anywhere or at any time.

Listen to the Arab and American Streets on Syria Strikes

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Thank heaven that there are additional intense conversations happening beyond the U.S. Senate hearing -- and in other parts of the world -- or one may have walked away thinking that there were only TWO options regarding the Syria crisis: "strike" or "no strike.

Number One... With a Bullet

Turk Pipkin | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Turk Pipkin

While we debate our nation's role as the enforcers of the proper morality of war and weapons of mass destruction, it might serve us to remember that our commitments - and lack of commitments - to global peace greatly help shape our image and standing in the world.

Syria and Sudan: Our Selective Moral Outrage

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Rebecca Tinsley

It is legalistic hair-splitting to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria while turning a blind eye to the deliberate and sustained targeting of unarmed civilians in Sudan.

Killing Civilians to Protect Civilians in Syria

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The United States and the international community have failed to take constructive steps to promote peace-making efforts, which could have brought the crisis in Syria to an end.

President Obama, Commute Bradley Manning's Sentence to Time Served

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

A cynic might say: What's the point of asking President Obama for clemency, when he's in charge of the system that put Manning in prison? President Obama is indeed in charge of the system that put Manning in prison. That's why he's the correct address for the appeal for clemency.

277 Million Boston Bombings

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The horror of Boston should be a reminder that the choice of weaponry can be in itself an act of evil. President Obama made clear that "any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror." But are we as a society prepared to be judged by that standard?

The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink

Norman Solomon | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The same U.S. news media that are conveying the preciousness of children so terribly harmed in Boston are scarcely interested in children like Guljumma.

Syria: Army Using New Type of Cluster Munition

Human Rights Watch | Posted 03.17.2013 | World
Human Rights Watch

(Washington, DC) – Syrian forces are using notoriously indiscriminate rockets that contain explosive submunitions. Evidence indicates that Syrian fo...

Video Appears To Show Aftermath Of Bombing On Syrian Playground (WARNING: CONTAINS DISTURBING IMAGES)

Posted 11.26.2012 | World

Syrian activists say a government war plane has killed 10 children after dropping cluster bombs on a playground in the village of Deir al-Asafir on Su...

Syria: Despite Denials, More Cluster Bomb Attacks

Human Rights Watch | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

(New York) – Mounting evidence shows that Syria’s air force is continuing to drop cluster bombs on towns across five governorates despite the Syri...

Syria: New Evidence Military Dropped Cluster Bombs

Human Rights Watch | Posted 12.14.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

New evidence has emerged that the Syrian air force has used cluster munitions in recent days. Many of the strikes were near the main highway that runs through Ma'arat al-Nu'man, the site of a confrontation between government and rebel forces this week.

Assad's Forces Intensify Attacks As Rebels Gain

Reuters | Posted 12.14.2012 | World

By Angus MacSwan BEIRUT, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces have dropped Russian-made cluster bombs over civilian areas in th...

Out to the Wall

Kathy Kelly | Posted 08.07.2012 | World
Kathy Kelly

And what wars, what cycles of violence and despair and with what weapons used, will follow the next economic tragedy, engulfing a world already poverty-maddened past the point of desperation?

Sudan: Cluster Bomb Found in Conflict Zone

Human Rights Watch | Posted 07.25.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

(Washington, DC) – The Sudanese government should investigate the discovery of a cluster bomb in Southern Kordofan, a conflict zone hit by governmen...

The United States Aims Low on Cluster Munitions

Steve Goose | Posted 01.15.2012 | World
Steve Goose

Regrettably, the move to eliminate cluster munitions is under attack, with the United States leading the way. The US is touting an alternative with much lower standards than US policy already requires.