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Kathy Kelly | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

July 7, 2016 Two major news stories here in the U.S., both chilling, point out how readily U.S. authorities will murder people based on race and the ...

Numbers In Obama's Drone Deaths Report Just Don't Add Up

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

More than three years after President Barack Obama pledged to be transparent about the United States' lethal drone program, his administration has finally come forward with an accounting of the numbers of civilian deaths that resulted from drone strikes between Jan. 20, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2015.

Aiding #Refugees with Art as Artists Aid Refugees

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 04.22.2016 | Impact
Montclair Diplomats

Resources and assistance are crucial for refugees hoping to create a new life. What is also necessary for these individuals, especially children, is a sense of normalcy and an outlet to express themselves.

Fighting Terrorism Without Violating Human Rights

Lydia Canaan | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Lydia Canaan

Unlike some cultural aspects that are relative, violations of innocent people's physical integrity - such as dropping bombs on them - is universally deviant.

Secretary Clinton, Join Bernie Sanders & the Democratic Party: Oppose Capital Punishment

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The story of the Democratic primaries is Hillary Clinton's leftward shift. (It remains unclear whether the story's a fiction.) Strangely, a key posit...

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.

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.

War, Murder and the American Way

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Today, our national numbness is wrapped in a Confederate flag. The young man who killed nine members of Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night was an old-school racist.

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.

Their Barbarism and Ours

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It will come as no surprise to you that we're top-notch when it comes to denouncing barbarism -- as long as it's theirs. Unfortunately, when it comes to our own barbarism, we turn out to be a tad weaker, whether you're talking about torture or the deaths of children by drone.

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

Blood on a Beach

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Our ubiquitous social media are a game changer: having seen pictures of dead boys on a beach, we cannot un-see them.

Peace Is More Than the Absence of War

Diana Jenkins | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Diana Jenkins

I lived a childhood of peace. I experienced war as a teenager. And as an adult, I see how the aftermath of violent conflict transforms communities. Unfortunately, the death and suffering of war does not end when the last bullet whizzes by.

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.

The Faces of Afghanistan's Future

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Emily O'Dell

When I read about bomb blasts and drone strikes in Afghanistan, I can't get these faces out of my mind. So let me introduce you to some of my small friends, whose entire lives have been marked by America's longest and least talked about war.

Big Data, Thick Descrption and Political Expediency

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Paul Stoller

President Obama and leaders of large orgnaizations are trapped under ever-increasing piles of Big Data, which means they have little knowledge of what's happening on the ground. Using Big Data protocols, metrics and algorithms, they tend to make decisions in isolation of experiential context.

Drone Wars Terrorize Friends Into Enemies

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Zaman Stanizai

Drones don't work precisely because they create more enemies, which is why we are there in the first place. In the vicious cycle of this asymmetrical warfare the drones are the cause of more resentment, more enemies, and more wars.

Drones and Rumsfeld's Question

James Zogby | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics
James Zogby

The experts can boast of the drone's efficiency and speak casually of "limited collateral damage," but for the populations at the point of impact, every innocent killed is a victim with family and friends, and even the successful strikes create a widespread sense of terror and resentment.

Congress: Now Is the Time to Pursue Security With Human Rights

Zeke Johnson | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Zeke Johnson

The law governing the use of lethal force, whether by drone attack or other weapons, already exists. What we need is for the Obama administration to follow the law. Not ignore it or reinterpret it to allow greater options for killing people.

Heartsick: End All the Damn Blasts

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

We cannot undo what happened last Monday. We can, however, cease the mad violence for which we are responsible, over which we have control. That would be the truest and best memorial we can offer to those so hurt by last Monday's blasts.

Soul Poison

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Acknowledging the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion seems at once crucial and meaningless. The Iraq war is "over" but in fact it has just moved elsewhere. How do we get the poison out of our system? As long as it's present, we'll go to war again.

Empire and Its Consequences

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Robert Koehler

I'm wondering if it isn't time to stare directly at the fundamental wrongness of war. Let me put it as nakedly as I can: A policy of murder and hatred is, in itself, morally wrong as well as strategically untenable.

The Drone War May be Popular in the U.S. AND Illegal

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 09.26.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Americans see the drone war as essentially cost-free. But the terrorist threat is coming from Muslim countries with growing anti-U.S. sentiment, as recent protests in Pakistan and Yemen demonstrate. It's time for the U.S. to rethink what it's doing in that part of the world.

'Dallas': Character Dies ... Is John Ross To Blame?

Posted 09.17.2012 | TV

John Ross has displayed a lot of bad traits so far on the relaunched "Dallas" (Wed., 9 p.m. ET on TNT), but is he a murderer? It certainly looked susp...

Drones and Collateral Damage

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 09.04.2012 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

As public opinion in Pakistan increasingly sees the U.S. as an enemy and not an ally, President Obama should assert his moral authority regarding the drone program and restore the human element to the use of military force.