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U.S. Discloses Secret Somalia Military Presence

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, July 2(Reuters) - U.S. military advisors have secretly operated in Somalia since around 2007 and Washingto...

How to Help America's Vets and Heroes Right Now

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I figure, the least we can do is give back. These charities do some really innovative work to support vets, and other American heroes.

Cindy Sheehan: Compassion, Courage, Conviction and Controversy

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Joanna Perry-Folino

The loss of a child is perhaps the most devastating loss a human being can suffer. The short and long term effects of the pain which affects a parent after the death of a son or daughter are unfathomable.

Surprise: U.S.-China Military Ties Are Actually Improving

Shannon Tiezzi | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Shannon Tiezzi

Thursday marks the start of RIMPAC 2014, the largest naval exercise in the world. For the first time, China is among the participants in this U.S.-organized exercise.

A Tale of Government Contracting at Its Worst

Paul Alexander | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

A new controversy at the Department of Defense has raised troubling questions about competency, perhaps even national security.

'Silence Patton': First Victim of the Cold War

Robert Orlando | Posted 08.23.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Nearly 70 years after the untimely death of U.S. General George S. Patton, suspicions linger as to the nature and circumstances surrounding the demise...

Kerry in Iraq: Four Interviews -- and Fox News, Too

Dorian de Wind | Posted 08.24.2014 | Media
Dorian de Wind

Since the question as to what military action -- if any -- the United States will take in Iraq is on everyone's mind, the following are answers Kerry gave to questions directly or indirectly referring to that issue.

Who Won Iraq?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

"We" may not have "lost" Iraq, but can there be any question that Washington lost in Iraq? American goals in the region went down in flames in a fashion so spectacular, so ignominious, that today nothing is left of them. To the question, "Who won Iraq?" there may be no answer at all, or perhaps just the grim response: no one.

Obama Considers Special Forces To Help In Iraq

AP | By LARA JAKES and JULIE PACE | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering sending a small number of American special forces soldiers to Iraq in an urgent attempt to help the...

Chelsea Manning: The U.S. Military's War On Media Freedom

The New York Times | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics

WHEN I chose to disclose classified information in 2010, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others. I’m now serving a sent...

Are American Soldiers 'Warriors'?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The farther we've come from our last great military victory, symbolized by the events of June 6, 1944, the more elevated the language for describing, or perhaps whitewashing, a new American way of war that, for pure failure, may have few matches.

In Quest of a Strategy

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

According to ancient legend, the Roman emperor Nero placidly played his fiddle while the great city burned down. I have the uneasy feeling our leader in the White House is engaging in a similar bout of escapism.

Operation Overlord and the Norfolk House

Michael Benson | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Michael Benson

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord - the invasion of Normandy by Allied forces - I am reminded of a powerful moment I experienced over twenty years ago in London as if it happened just yesterday.

We Sent Americans to Fight In Afghanistan; Blaming Bergdahl Doesn't Absolve Us Of Guilt

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Our nation sent its soldiers into a dangerous part of the world, knowing full well that Americans would not be coming back home. If you want to blame Bergdahl, please also remember to blame the country that sent its citizens to battle a determined and deadly enemy.

Navy Rejects Request For First Humanist Chaplain

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

(RNS) After the Army recently permitted “humanist” as a religious preference, many hoped a humanist chaplain might follow. But the Navy last we...

VA Scandal: Our Imprint, Our Legacy, Our Sin

James Campion | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
James Campion

One can conceive something as horrifying as the VA systematically allowing dozens of wounded soldiers to die and then scramble to cover it up, just as easily as one can conceive the bizarrely ritualistic lies, deceit and ideological idiocy that put them there in the first place.

Coup Fever

John Feffer | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

There's no reason for coups to have such enduring appeal. Like those recurring bouts of malaria, they often lead to nothing but more coups. Treating the fever is not enough. We have to look at the underlying infection of the body politic.

Can the US Spearhead a Strong Climate Treaty in 2015?

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Twenty years of climate talks have been plagued by discord and acrimony as nations squabbled over who should bear the brunt of cuts. But, if Obama can make these new rules a reality, he will have real clout and bargaining power heading into Paris next year.

From Veteran to Vetrepreneur: Steps to Transitioning Into the Private Sector

Tabatha Turman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Business
Tabatha Turman

While the road to a successful business is not always smooth and linear, trust in yourself and your abilities to lead you.

What's Your Memorable Contribution?

Penina Rybak | Posted 07.27.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

"I've tried to give back to this country that has given me so much." -- Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States "When diverse people contrib...

Actor Ken Wahl's Second Calling: Animals for Disabled Vets

Joan K. Smith | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Joan K. Smith

Ken Wahl says that his current activism is the most rewarding thing he's ever done, far beyond his acting career or Hollywood stardom. And he's not giving up soon.

10 Facts You Should Know for Memorial Day

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Memorial Day is so much more than a federal holiday. Here are 10 facts we all should know about Memorial Day and the Americans we honor who died while serving in our country's Armed Forces.

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes in the Rise of Our Future Heroes This Memorial Day

Harry Croft, M.D | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Harry Croft, M.D

Let us never forget those who paid the ultimate price, while showing our appreciation, support and respect to those who continue to serve. Perhaps the best way to honor the fallen and injured is to continue their legacy in our future heroes.

How Will You Remember?

Terri Barnes | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Terri Barnes

Blue sky overhead. Green leaves flutter in the Oklahoma breeze, and birds sing in the trees. Spring is here at last. Newly turned red earth marks the...

A Salute to the Latinas Who Served and Sacrificed

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 07.22.2014 | Women
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

Because Latina women in military uniforms are rarely seen in news stories, because the average American doesn't think of a Latina servicewoman when he/she hears the word "military veteran," I wrote this piece to shine the light on several who have served with distinction and those who have died while serving.