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Drone Strikes

The Mass Grave We Call Collateral Damage

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.09.2017 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"Lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. Boy, you think our country's so innocent? You think our country's so innocent?" We have carnage and we h...

White Silence Equals Violence: Awaiting A Verdict

Kathy Kelly | Posted 01.26.2017 | Crime
Kathy Kelly

Photo Credit: Tony Webster, Wikipedia Commons January 25, 2017 This morning, here in Minneapolis, six jurors decided beyond a reasonable doubt that I...

Eternal Hostility: A New Year's Resolution

Kathy Kelly | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home
Kathy Kelly

photo: Ed Juillard 1/1/2017 This New Year's Eve, 750 heavy wooden crosses were distributed to a gathering of Chicagoans commemorating the victims of...

Presidential War Is Unconstitutional

Ivan Eland | Posted 11.28.2016 | Home
Ivan Eland

The Obama administration has decided to stretch the 15-year old congressional authorization for war against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, or t...

14 killed outside warzones, but drone strikes remain a "hypothetical question" for the government.

Khalil Dewan | Posted 11.04.2016 | Home
Khalil Dewan

The British Government recently replied to an inquiry by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) on the British policy on the use of ...

UN Accuses U.S. Of Deadly Drone Strike On Afghan Civilians

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 09.30.2016 | Home

KABUL (Reuters) - At least 15 civilians were killed and another 13 wounded in a U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, the United Nations said late...

Afghan Civilians Among 18 Killed In U.S. Strike On ISIS: Police

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 09.28.2016 | Home

A suspected U.S. drone strike against Islamic State in Afghanistan killed 18 people on Wednesday, most of them militants but possibly including some c...

What Will You Do For Omran?

Jonathan Walton | Posted 08.22.2016 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

We are blissfully disconnected, intentionally ignorant, not intending to devalue, degrade, and dismiss the suffering and murder of innocent people but...

Fugue Of Civilian Death With Iraq, Syria, ISIS, Drones

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.26.2016 | Home
Anhvinh Doanvo

Even when CENTCOM finally responds, numbers are likely to diverge significantly: by August 2015, the SOHR estimated that 181 civilians were killed in coalition airstrikes while US-CENTCOM reported the death of only two.

A Semi-Permanent State Of Quasi-War?

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Many Americans, and surely many people around the world, will be shocked to learn about the kinds of foreign policy "architecture" the President plans to leave for his successor.

Don't Move

Kathy Kelly | Posted 07.07.2016 | Home
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 ...

Garrison Keillor's Prophecy and Apostasy

Sam Husseini | Posted 07.04.2016 | Media
Sam Husseini

On what was billed as his last show, Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion" got a call from President Barack Obama and they traded exten...

At Their Own Peril, Americans Are Fuzzy on History

Ivan Eland | Posted 07.04.2016 | Home
Ivan Eland

The nation's observed birthday--July 4th--always brings forth what passes for modern day "patriotism": prominent displays of the flag everywhere, cel...

U.S. Killed Up To 116 Civilians In Drone Strikes Outside War Zones, White House Says

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's government said on Friday it inadvertently killed up to 116 civilians in strikes in countries where Am...

Dominating The Skies -- And Losing The Wars

William J. Astore | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

What does it say about our overseas air wars when the greatest danger American pilots face involves performing aerial hijinks over the friendly skies of "the homeland"?

What the Death of a Major Taliban Leader Means For the Fight Against Terrorism

Kicker | Posted 05.31.2016 | Home

The drone strike happened in a province called Baluchistan. Local officials say they found a burned-up car and two bodies--one is suspected to be Mansour, though it has not been confirmed.

Afghan Taliban Meet To Find Successor After Leader's Death

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home

KABUL/HANOI (Reuters) - Senior Afghan Taliban figures were meeting on Monday to agree on a successor to Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the leader of the milit...

Drone Whistleblowers Step Out of the Shadows

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Pratap Chatterjee

When the president and his key officials look at the drone program, they undoubtedly don't "see" women and children. Instead, they are caught up in a Hollywood-style vision of imminent danger from terrorists and of the kind of salvation that a missile launched from thousands of miles away provides.

Whistleblower's Review of "Eye in the Sky"

Cian Westmoreland | Posted 04.20.2016 | Entertainment
Cian Westmoreland

In a courtyard caked with clay, a young Kenyan girl plays with a hula hoop her father just made her out of objects he found among the scraps from his ...

Obama's Drone War Escalating in His Last Year in Office

Eoin Higgins | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

The drone war will be as much Obama's legacy as health care or reshaping of the Supreme Court. The program may have been born under the George W Bush administration, but it has expanded and grown to be the focal point of the GWOT over the past seven years.

Eye in the Sky: An Eye for an Eye

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 03.31.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Director Gavin Hood has skillfully ratcheted up the dramatic tension as a nice counter point to the moral and political debates. Views are aired; sides are not taken. This is not agitprop.

Don't Blame It All on Donald Trump

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.28.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

He should be far less of a shock to this country than he continues to be. After all, a Trumpian world-in-formation has paved the way for him.

Politics and the Golden Rule

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.11.2017 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"What I'm not trying to do is just pass legislation. I'm trying to change the face of American politics."

Killing Someone Else's Beloved

Mattea Kramer | Posted 03.04.2017 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Trump's pledge to murder the civilian relatives of terrorists could be considered quite modest -- and, in its bluntness, refreshingly candid -- when compared to President Obama's ongoing policy of loosing drones and U.S. Special Operations forces in the Greater Middle East.

ISIS Leader In Yemen Reportedly Killed In Drone Strike

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.04.2016 | Home

ADEN (Reuters) - Two suspected U.S. drone strikes killed 12 Islamist militants overnight in southern Yemen, residents said on Thursday, including a to...