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Drone Strikes

Yemen Drone Strike Kills Suspected Al Qaeda Militants

AP | By AHMED AL-HAJ | Posted 04.19.2014 | World

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authoritie...

Death From Above: How American Drone Strikes Are Devastating Yemen

Rolling Stone | Vivian Salama | Posted 04.14.2014 | World

The people of Yemen can hear destruction before it arrives. In cities, towns and villages across this country, which hangs off the southern end of the...

Pass the Drone Strike Transparency Act

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, we all believe that government should be transparent and accountable, right? How should we decide where we stand on a controversial government policy? A crucial first step is to try to establish key facts in the public record.

Killer Drones in a Downward Spiral?

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Illegal U.S. drone strikes continue (the Long War Journal says there have been eight drones strikes in Yemen so far this year), but efforts to curb the use of killer drones have made remarkable headway this year.

A Giant Portrait Of A Pakistani Child Is Putting A Face To U.S. Drone Strikes

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.08.2014 | World

By giving a face to the victims of drone strikes abroad, a powerful new art project is forcing U.S. drone pilots and policy makers to ponder the deadl...

What's in a Name? Captain America: The Winter Soldier

William Bradley | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Reviewers are wondering about the film's title, pointing out that the titular 'Winter Soldier' doesn't figure as prominently as the title might suggest. Au contraire. I'll explain what the 'Winter Soldier' of the title really means.

Come Clean on Deadly Drone Activities

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

It's time for our government to shed some light on its drone practices. Transparency, as uncomfortable as it may sometimes be, is an essential part of our democracy. Americans need the facts -- the who, what, when, where, and (most importantly) why -- in order to decide if the benefits of these strikes outweigh the negatives.

Obama: Good Talk, Loose Talk in Summiteering on Loose Nukes, Uptight Russia, the Asia-Pacific Pivot, and America's Problematic Image

William Bradley | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's one thing to acknowledge, as Obama did from the beginning, that his goal of nuclear abolition was very blue sky, something that would not be accomplished in his lifetime. Frankly, I'd bet that it never happens. That it seems unrealistic does not mean that it is not a righteous goal.

U.S. Tryst with International Law: Could We Deepen the Romance?

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

I didn't join the chorus ridiculing the U.S. for the hypocrisy of its new romance with international law following the Russian occupation of Crimea. But the hypocrisy charge has gotten good play.

Drones In Pakistan: Peace And Quiet

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

There were no U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan last month. For the first time in over two years. I'm happy that, conceivably, we may finally be seeing that secret war come to a quiet end.

Should President Obama Use Drones to Kill American Terrorists?

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's nice to say the government should never be in the business of targeting American citizens, but it's a new world, and a much more dangerous world. The level of threats we face both here and abroad is unprecedented, which means we have to take new steps to ensure public safety.

How the White House Became a Killing Machine

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Imagine this: a president and his top officials as self-professed assassins -- and proud of it, even attempting to gain political capital from it.

Drone Killing the Fifth Amendment

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

It's still possible to remember, almost nostalgically, how the Fifth Amendment used to guarantee Americans due process. The key phrase was indeed that "due process."

If Obama Orders the CIA to Kill a U.S. Citizen, Amazon Will Be a Partner in Assassination

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

President Obama is now considering whether to order the Central Intelligence Agency to kill a U.S. citizen in Pakistan. That's big news this week. But...

Father of Pakistani Drone Victim Allegedly Kidnapped by Pakistani State

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

In October 2012, I was with a CODEPINK delegation in Pakistan meeting families impacted by U.S. drone strikes. Kareem Khan, a journalist from the tribal area of Waziristan, told us the heartbreaking story of a drone strike that killed his son and brother.

Key Dem Rejects Obama's 'False Choice'

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Monday that the "assassination" of American citizens under President Barack Obama's drone warfare prog...

White House Weighs Drone Strike On American Terror Suspect

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and t...

WATCH: Britain's ‘God Of Thunder' Drone Hits The Skies

Posted 02.07.2014 | World

In a major boost for the growing spread of drone technology, a British-made fighter drone has successfully completed secret test flights, the British...

U.S. Curtails Drone Strikes In Pakistan: Report

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - The United States has cut back sharply on drone strikes in Pakistan after the Islamabad government asked for restraint...

U.S. Curtails Drone Strikes In Pakistan: Report

The Washington Post | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration has sharply curtailed drone strikes in Pakistan after a request from the government there for restraint as it pursues peace t...

Hope for a New Paradigm in U.S.-Pakistani Relations?

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Prem M. Trivedi

The need for a paradigm shift in the bilateral relationship appears to be an idea whose time has come within the U.S. foreign policy community. A revived U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue has the potential to launch a different kind of strategic framework.

The Toll Of 5 Years Of Drone Strikes

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

The U.S. drone program under President Barack Obama reached its fifth anniversary on Thursday having tallied up an estimated death toll of at least 2,...

5 Years Of Obama Drone Strikes Leave 2,400 Dead

The Bureau Of Investigative Journalism | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Five years ago, on January 23 2009, a CIA drone flattened a house in Pakistan’s tribal regions. It was the third day of Barack Obama’s presidency,...

The Slaughter of a Wedding Party in Yemen: Anatomy of a Bad Drone Strike

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

The almost weekly killing of terrorists in Yemen and Pakistan rarely make headlines. But when there are claims that innocent civilians have died in a rare drone strike mistake it creates news around the world.

Reports: US Drone Strike Kills Two Al Qaeda Suspects In Yemen

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2014 | World

ADEN, Yemen, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Two suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike in the southeastern province of Hadramout on Wedn...