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An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America's Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Few issues require as urgent attention as America's ISIS strategy. America's multi-year strategy against ISIS lies on the cusp of collapse. The Obama Administration needs to understand that its train-and-equip program is simply too piecemeal and too slow. To remain viable, moderate Syrian rebels need weapons now.

The Islamic State Is 'Barbaric,' but What About the U.S. and Israel?

Craig Considine | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Craig Considine

An Aug. 12 headline from Fox News read "Islamic State's shocking barbarity prompts call for world to act." The sub-heading of the article went on to c...

Read On and Move Forward if You Are a Veteran

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, VA doctors have told me that no one goes to war and comes back unchanged. Readjusting to civilian life can be challenging no matter where you are; at home, in the workplace, or at school.

Who's the US Killing in Pakistan? Even the CIA Doesn't Know

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

How can the government assert that some 150 people killed were "militants" legitimately killed when it doesn't know who they actually were?

We Served Too: Remembering Civilian Sacrifices Made on Behalf of Country and Honoring Those Who Serve Alongside the Military in Conflict Zones

Anne Speckhard | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Anne Speckhard

On behalf of those who died, we can never thank them or their families enough for the ultimate sacrifice they made for our country. Alongside that salute we now also need to begin to honor the oft forgotten civilians who also serve in high threat security environments alongside the military.

U.S. Drone Strikes Are Causing Child Casualties

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

The impact of America's drone war in the likes of Pakistan and Yemen will linger on, especially for the loved ones of the 178 children killed in those countries by U.S. drone strikes.

Former Navy SEAL and Author Arms Civilians With Tools to Combat Fear, Forge Self-Confidence

Lauren Drell | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Lauren Drell

"I figured in terms of the lifestyle trajectory I was on, I probably would have been dead in about six months, so I was like that's probably not a good thing."

The Unsung Heroes: Civilians in the Crossfire

Kerry C. Kachejian | Posted 09.17.2011 | Impact
Kerry C. Kachejian

Who are these relatively unknown civilians? What kind of support do they provide to the military? And why would they risk life and limb to go into a combat zone?

From LA to Misrata: Protecting Civilians Goes Beyond the Barrel of a Gun

Louis Belanger | Posted 07.04.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

As the United Nations' Security Council is set to discuss the principle of protection of civilians on Monday (May 10) and in light of the attention re...

The F Word: Losing the War's Beginning

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The ninth year of the U.S. war in Afghanistan began with an apology.

Army: U.S. Soldiers Killed Afghan Civilians For Sport, Dismembered Bodies

Washington Post | Craig Whitlock | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

According to charging documents, the unprovoked, fatal attack on Jan. 15 was the start of a months-long shooting spree against Afghan civilians that r...

Obama Can't Control His Generals -- Time for Congress to Step in

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

It's too bad that General Petraeus is attempting to suppress democratic opinion. But Congress, and the people running for Congress, understand full well that this is a fight the American people are ready to have.

Taliban Massacre of 10 Aid Workers Only Tip of Iceberg

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

The Taliban's brazen claim that it killed the ten medical workers leaves no doubt that the rising toll of civilian deaths is intentional. The kill one, scare 10,000 is a strategy often used in war zones.

Humanity Missing From Afghanistan Debate

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

Respect for Afghans is sorely lacking on all sides of the Afghanistan debate. It's 2010, nine years into the war, and we're still talking about Afghanistan in orientalist terms. We don't want to think about them as human. This has to change now.

NATO Kills 27 Civilians In Afghanistan Attack, Says Afghan Cabinet

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — NATO jets mistakenly killed at least 21 people in central Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Monday, the deadliest attack on civilians i...

American HIMARS Rocket, GPS-Guided Weapon, Kills At Least 10 Civilians, 5 Children In Afghanistan

Rethink Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The hype surrounding so-called "smart bombs" and "precision guided munitions" is one of the reasons Americans feel so free to go to war in civilian ar...

Schumer: Success In Iraq A "50/50" Proposal (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Sunday's twin bombings in Iraq were the first topic of discussion on NBC's Meet The Press Sunday morning. The attacks killed at least 147 and wounded ...

Obama Swiftboats Van Jones

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

Van Jones' resignation isn't a testament to the frenetic dry-drunk tirades of a delusional Fox employee. It is due to the Obama administration's failure to rightfully and necessarily defend a valuable member of its team.

Fussing Over Numbers: Body Counts and Accountability

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Gaston

Civilian casualty counts boil a thousand stories of loss into impersonal statistics, and obscure the real tragedy of these incidents.

How to Help Afghans When Congress Approves $100 Billion More in War

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

The increased presence of US forces in Afghanistan is the single greatest reason for the Taliban insurgency. And the more they surge, the more Congress will fund more war.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Air Raid Victim Tells Obama to Leave Afghanistan

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

Here is a face of the war in Afghanistan. Najibullah, an air raid victim from the Malwand district of Kandahar, points to where three bombs shattered his home during a recent US airstrike.

94 Billion Reasons to Rethink Afghanistan

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

As the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan continues to deteriorate, Congress will decide this week whether to approve $94.2 billion in supplemental wartime spending.

Most Civilian Deaths In Iraq Were From Kidnapping-Executions: Report

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The most common cause of death for civilians in the first five years of the Iraq war was execution after being kidnapped, according to a report publis...

Obama and the Perils of Gaza

Sandy Tolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandy Tolan

Obama promised in his too-brief comments on Gaza that "after January 20th, I'll have plenty to say." Here's hoping he does, and that by the time he opens his mouth, it won't be too late.

I've Written a Book I'd Like You to Read ...a note from Michael Moore

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Moore

Friends, This morning my new book officially goes on sale. It has a fancy title: "Mike's Election Guide." It's cheap ($11.19 on Amazon). It's got a c...