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Drone Strikes

NOT the Millennials

Tom Alderman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Media
Tom Alderman

We're namers. We like to put people and things in buckets, assign labels to the buckets and fit them into our handy memory garage. We're especially bi...

Cut Off One Head, and 50 More Spring Up

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Driving in the car with my children recently, I mentioned a briefing on drone warfare that I hosted. One of my eight-year-old twins, Stone, said, "You mean that we go to the other side of the Earth and kill people?" He was incredulous. So am I.

Afghans Describe Horrifying Drone Strike Details

www.latimes.com | Posted 01.31.2014 | World

Residents of a village in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province say a Sept. 7 attack killed 14 civilians, most of them their relatives. The U.S. says 1...

Drone Strikes in Pakistan: Reapers of Their Own Destruction

Medea Benjamin | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Medea Benjamin

The two drone strikes in November show that these attacks don't just kill and maim individuals. They also blow up peace talks. They weaken democratically elected governments. They sabotage bilateral relations. They sow hatred and resentment.

Pretend It Was President McCain

Anthony Gregory | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

Had McCain been president for the last five years, a lot of things would probably be the same, and some would be different. The biggest difference would be that many Republicans would stand by the president, and just as many Democrats would be calling for impeachment.

Mr. Gaber Goes to Washington

Cori Crider | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Cori Crider

Faisal bin Ali Gaber had little occasion to think of the West until last August, when missiles from an American drone struck his hometown of Khashamir and killed two of his relatives.

WikiLeaks and the Drone Strike Transparency Bill

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Where we are now with the drone strike policy is where we were with the NSA before Snowden's revelations: insiders know what's going on, but the broad public doesn't.

Behind the Scenes: Pakistani Drone Strike Survivors in New York

Fatima Bhojani | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Fatima Bhojani

Despite the tragedy they have gone through, the Rehmans are like any other family I've met. In the few days I spent with the family while they were in New York, I got to know them really well.

A Pox on Purity

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

If Francis can deal with the fact that his followers are not sheep but humans able to think for themselves, those with no hereditary hotline to heaven can learn from his humility. None of us has all the answers.

Has It Become Too Easy to Kill?

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

In September, on national TV, I said that "I am very disturbed by this idea that whenever we see something bad in the world, we should bomb it." Last week I felt even more disturbed, when I met some of the victims of that brutal idea.

Report: CIA Will Keep Running Obama's Drone War

Foreign Policy | Gordon Lubold and Shane Harris | Posted 11.06.2013 | World

In May, the White House leaked word that it would start shifting drone operations from the shadows of the CIA to the relative sunlight of the Defense ...

Nabila's Plea: The Case Against Congressional Apathy

Jihad Al-Jabban | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jihad Al-Jabban

Beyond the controversy of drone strikes is the issue with Congress's deplorable conduct. On that day Nabila and her family shared their heartfelt testimony, 430 representatives missed the opportunity to learn about the implications of the drone strike policy.

AfPak: 'Another Fine Mess' in US Killing of Taliban Chief Readying for Peace Talks?

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Perhaps there is a good explanation for why Mehsud had to die just as he moved into peace negotiations, negotiations which may well have failed. But none has been forthcoming.

Obama Reportedly Told Aides He's 'Really Good At Killing People'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

A new book on the 2012 presidential campaign claims that President Barack Obama told aides that he is "really good at killing people." According t...

Drone Protesters Acquitted in New York Court

John Dear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Dear

"My hope is that dissent is once again welcome in the United States and we will turn away from killing to caring as a country," said defendant Linda LeTendre.

Matt Sledge

Drone Victims' Visit To Congress Spurs Calls For Greater Transparency

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three victims of a drone strike in Pakistan spoke Tuesday at a Congressional briefing to call for an explanation of why a grandmother wa...

A Rogue Superpower

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In the years before 9/11, the U.S. focused its global attentions on what it then called "rogue states." The U.S. now resembles a rogue superpower to an increasingly resistant and restless world.

Failing the Voight-Kampff

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

Killing by remote is antithetical to the stakes we want to set. It is antithetical to our beliefs about ourselves. And this isn't just a matter of empathy. It is a matter of policy.

Athar Mohiudin

Pakistani Community In U.S. Gives Insight Into Complexities Of U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

HuffingtonPost.com | Athar Mohiudin | Posted 10.26.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Following Wednesday's visit from Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in which he says he urged Obama to end the U.S. drone program in ...

A Drone Warrior's Torment: Ex-Air Force Pilot Brandon Bryant on His Trauma From Remote Killing

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Democracy Now!

Why has former U.S. Air Force pilot and drone operator Brandon Bryant decided to speak out? Bryant served as a sensor operator for the Predator pro...

New Documentary Depicts Horrifying Reality Of Life Under Drones

VICE | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

The drone war is obscure by design. Operated by armchair pilots from clandestine bases across the American west, the Predators and Reapers fly over ...

Matt Sledge

Every Yemen Drone Strike Creates 40 To 60 New Enemies For U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.23.2013 | World

NEW YORK -- A former State Department official in Yemen says every U.S. drone killing there of an al Qaeda operative creates 40 to 60 new enemies of A...

A Fresh Start For U.S.-Pakistani Relations?

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 12.23.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

As President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meet in Washington today, American officials have struck a positive tone ahead of their talks.

What Do Oliver Stone, Cenk Uygur, Tom Morello, Henry Rollins, and Shepard Fairey All Have in Common?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Oliver Stone, Cenk Uygur, Tom Morello, Henry Rollins, and Shepard Fairey -- all progressive heroes and leading forces in their field -- have lent their voices in praising our upcoming investigative documentary Unmanned: America's Drone Wars.

8 Exceptional(ly Dumb) American Achievements of the 21st Century

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Barack Obama is only the latest in a jostling crowd of candidates, politicians, and minor figures of every sort, not to speak of a raging horde of neocons and pundits galore, who have felt compelled in recent years to tell us and the world just how exceptional the United States really is.