$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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“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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What Obama Didn’t Say in His UN Speech

Stephen Zunes The Progressive http://www.progressive.org/obama-united-nations-speech In his speech Tuesday before the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama made important and valid points on the issues of human rights, arms control, and global governance. But note what the President did NOT say. The President addressed Russian and Chinese obstructionism on Syria....

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The Silent Military Coup That Took Over Washington

John Pilger The Guardian/UK http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/10/silent-military-coup-took-over-washington On my wall is the Daily Express front page of September 5 1945 and the words: “I write this as a warning to the world.” So began Wilfred Burchett’s report from Hiroshima. It was the scoop of the century. For his lone, perilous journey that defied...

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Killing Civilians to Protect Civilians in Syria

Marjorie Cohn and Jeanne Mirer Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/28 The drums of war are beating again. The Obama administration will reportedly launch a military strike to punish Syria’s Assad government for its alleged use of chemical weapons. A military attack would invariably kill civilians for the ostensible purpose of showing the Syrian government...

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Manning Deserves Nobel Peace Prize

Norman Solomon USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/07/30/bradley-manning-institute-for-public-accuracy-editorials-debates/2601569/ Tuesday’s verdict from a military judge does not diminish the huge moral stature of whistle-blower Bradley Manning. Next month, I will be proud to deliver a petition to the Nobel Committee in Oslo with a simple message from more than 100,000 signers: “I urge you to award...

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