Drones Have Come Out of the Shadows

Medea Benjamin Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/04-6 At each of the over 200 cities I’ve traveled to this past year with my book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, I ask the audience an easy question: Have they ever seen or heard from drone strike victims in the mainstream US press? Not one...

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Imploding the Myth of Israel

Chris Hedges truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/imploding_the_myth_of_israel_20131103 Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy—which was always exclusively for Jews—has been hijacked...

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Congress vs. Obama on Iran

Stephen Zunes Foreign Policy in Focus Congress vs. Obama on Iran Hardliners in Tehran are not happy with the recent rapprochement between the United States and Iran and the related progress in negotiations to address Western concerns about the Iranian nuclear program. But the bigger threat may come from hardliners...

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The Rising Resistance to Obama’s Drone Wars

Amy Goodman Truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_rising_resistance_to_obamas_drone_wars_20131030 “I wasn’t scared of drones before, but now when they fly overhead I wonder, ‘Will I be next?’” That is the question asked by 8-year-old Nabila Rehman, from northwest Pakistan. She was injured in a drone attack a year ago, in her small village of Ghundi...

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Ban the Bomb!

Tad Daley Foreign Policy in Focus http://www.fpif.org/ Several months ago, even the most politically engaged Americans had probably never heard of either the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) or the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). That was no longer the case after August 21, when news broke of a...

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No, Toto, It’s Not Oz. It’s Africa and It’s War

Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/ Hey, Private First Class Dorothy: when that next tornado hits Kansas, it’s slated to transport you not to Oz, but to somewhere in Africa, maybe Chad or Niger or Mauritania.  And that’s war, American-style, for you, or so reports the New York Times’s Eric Schmitt from Fort Riley, Kansas, where...

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How the Sunni-Shia Schism is Dividing the World

The Muslim world’s historic – and deeply tragic – chasm between Sunni and Shia Islam is having worldwide repercussions. Syria’s civil war, America’s craven alliance with the Sunni Gulf autocracies, and Sunni (as well as Israeli) suspicions of Shia Iran are affecting even the work of the United Nations. Saudi...

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$40 Million Allocated for Drone Victims Never Reaches Them

Medea Benjamin Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/23-4 Recent reports on US drone strikes by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the UN have heightened international awareness about civilian casualties and have resulted in new calls for redress. The Amnesty International drone report “Will I be next?” says the US government should ensure...

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Why Washington Just Can’t Stop Making War

Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175763/ In terms of pure projectable power, there’s never been anything like it.  Its military has divided the world — the whole planet — into six “commands.”  Its fleet, with 11 aircraft carrier battle groups, rules the seas and has done so largely unchallenged for almost seven decades.  Its...

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“We Can’t Find Justification for These Killings” Human Rights Groups Blast US Drone Attacks

Alex Kane AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/world/amnesty-international-and-human-rights-watch-reports-drones Two leading human rights organizations have released investigative reports into U.S. drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan. Amnesty International, which focused on drones trikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas, and Human Rights Watch, which looked at attacks in Yemen, found that some drone strikes were carried out unlawfully and...

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