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Collateral Damage

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

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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.

When Life in a Subdivision Turns from Cozy to Creepy

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 06.02.2012 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

I heard a tapping on the back patio door. It was the middle of the night and my son and husband were sleeping upstairs!

Too Many Victims of Gun Violence: Light a Candle on Jan. 8

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 02.19.2012 | Impact
Dennis A. Henigan

It is now almost one year since Tucson and the nation were traumatized by a gunman outside a Safeway. Six dead and thirteen wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose courageous steps toward recovery inspire us all. Yet the gunfire continues, in communities across our nation.

You're a Widow in Libya... Now What?

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 12.10.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

Calls for justice after war are made compelling by horrendous stories of wrongdoing and resulting human suffering. But left out are people considered "collateral damage."

The Friendship Phase-Out

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 09.24.2011 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

When friends are always busy and never initiate contact, they may be trying to step back from the friendship.

When a Friendship Breakup Spills Over to Family

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 09.16.2011 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Two friends split and the tension spills over to their husbands and children.

Has the Movement Opposing America's Drug War Broken Through to the Mainstream?

Jesse Levine | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Jesse Levine

The 40th anniversary of the war on drugs became an opportunity for leaders from diverse backgrounds to emerge with the unified message that the drug war failed.

A Bad Day That Never Changes

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I have a theory that it's all related, and all speeding up at once: global climate change, endless war. We are reaping the seeds we began planting 10,000 years ago, when we left the Garden of Eden and set out to achieve dominion over Planet Earth.

Losing friends when you get divorced

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Hi Irene, Three and a half years ago I left my husband. We divorced amicably and have a collaborative and supportive co-parenting relatio...

"Entitlement Reform" Is a Euphemism For Letting Old People Get Sick and Die

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

George Orwell would be proud. The latest Washington catchphrase deserves a place of honor in the 1984 lexicon, right between "War Is Peace" and "Love...

Dealing with a friend who's a Drama Queen

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Hi Irene, I am in an awkward situation with a friend whom I'll call Carla and don't know how to handle it. She's noticed that I've been pul...