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Prisoners of War

American POWs Are Heroes

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Zachary K. Pearce

Growing up, I heard the story of my grandfather's odyssey many times; it was an odyssey which made me proud and continues to make me proud of my grandfather and so many veterans like him, who served their country and the cause of this nation so nobly.

Torture's Long-Term Effects -- A World War II Vet's Story

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Barbara Falconer Newhall

When Airman Robert Tharratt's B-17 bomber was shot down over Nuremberg during World War II, he parachuted to safety only to be captured by a troop of Hitler Youth brandishing knives.

Donald Trump On John McCain's War Record: 'I Like People Who Weren't Captured'

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.18.2015 | Entertainment

Donald Trump continued his feud with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Saturday when he criticized the military record of the onetime prisoner of war. "He's ...

The Captive: A Measure of Our Humanity

Ruth Ben-Ghiat | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Ruth Ben-Ghiat

What is it like to live in captivity? How does one survive, physically and psychologically, the experience of the deprivation of freedom? Which captives are remembered, and which forgotten?

The Graying of Trauma: Revisiting Vietnam's POWs

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

An extraordinarily stressful experience, such as war captivity in early adulthood, can reverberate throughout a lifetime and influence later well-being, but many factors shape the outcome.

Leave Nobody Behind

Tom Halsted | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Halsted

Whatever the circumstances, the basic, decent fact remains: American soldiers must not be abandoned, for whatever reason -- a principle that has been upheld throughout history, war after war after war.

The MIA/POW Flag No Longer Flies for POWs in Afghanistan

Scott Sigmund Gartner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Scott Sigmund Gartner

Nothing demonstrates how war has changed more than the fact that thousands of soldiers become prisoners of war (POW) or went missing in action (MIA) in previous conflicts whereas now, with the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, there are no American POWs.

Obama Is Right: Close Guantanamo -- It's Anti-American

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While some Republicans are wont to decry anti-Guantanamo liberals as "anti-American," the only anti-American thing in this debate is Guantanamo itself. For it goes against everything our nation professes to respect and love.

Reclaiming Sacred Ground in Florida after Ponce de Leon

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

In spite of a sordid backstory, the city of St. Augustine pulled out all the stops to mark the "discovery" of Florida, beginning with a reenactment of the Spaniard's landing at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

Apache Freedom Run

Jay Tavare | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Jay Tavare

One can't help but be inspired by the unbreakable spirit of a people who survived the harshest ordeals by always keeping their spirits alive, and there is some strong medicine among the Apache people, good medicine that we can all learn and be inspired by.

If Prophet Muhammad Had His Way, There Would Be No Guantanamo Bay

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

Sen. Mitch McConnell is guilty on both counts: What he believed to be news was a joke, and what he missed was the real news. It started on Nov. 12, ...

War Memories Are Made of These

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

It is likely that we have already heard firsthand from our World War II veterans most of the stories from that dreadful war and that we may not hear many more new ones as these heroes are leaving us at an alarming rate of 800 to 1,000 each and every day.

America's Last Prisoner Of War

Rolling Stone | Posted 06.07.2012 | World

The mother and father sit at the kitchen table in their Idaho farmhouse, watching their son on YouTube plead for his life. The Taliban captured 26-yea...

36 Years Later, Search Boosted For MIA Vietnam Servicemen

Posted 10.04.2011 | Impact

Forty-one years after his helicopter crashed in Vietnam, George “Andy” Howes finally made it home to Knox, Ind. for a proper funeral, the Departm...

Investigating Bush-Cheney Torture Policies "By the Book"

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It would be betrayal of the sacrifices of Americans like my grandfather to selectively prosecute the low-level offenders at Abu Ghraib and ignore the policy makers who set the violations of the Geneva Convention in motion.

Folly and Injustice: Salim Hamdan's Guantanamo Trial

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

As with justice, logic is in short supply in the executive's approach to terror suspects, who have been deprived of the protections of the Geneva Conventions to make false confessions.