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The Hazards of Military Worship

An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE


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What Is the ‘Trump Doctrine’ of Foreign Policy?

At first glance, international relations under the new president seem inconsistent and arbitrary. In fact, he’s operating on four major principles.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE



Killer Drones in the Empire State

As civic leaders in Syracuse and elsewhere embrace the expanding domestic involvement in drone warfare, mention of the human toll far away is almost taboo.

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Ajamu Baraka: A Renewed Peace Movement Is the Antidote to Misguided Black Politicians

The human rights activist and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate is leading the Black Alliance for Peace, a project against “war, repression and imperialism.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE


North Korea’s Message for Trump: We Will Protect Ourselves With Nuclear Weapons (Video)

If the United States takes military action against North Korea, “it would mean from that very day an all-out war,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol (pictured) says. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



What Happened to Russiagate?

For five months, there was a daily drumbeat on Russiagate, the theory that Russia put Donald Trump in the White House. Now, the “scandal” has disappeared.

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Noam Chomsky: The Real Effect of the Recent U.S. Bombings in Syria and Afghanistan (Video)

The social critic and linguist comments, “In our culture and society, it’s considered very courageous to send a huge bomb somewhere”—but the consequences may not be those intended.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



In Just Three Months, Trump Has Escalated Four Middle Eastern Wars

The president campaigned on reducing these foreign entanglements, but in office he has forgotten that commitment.

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U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan

The Massive Ordnance Air Blast—or MOAB—weapon was developed during the Iraq War but previously wasn’t used in combat. It’s the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal.

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The Pandora’s Box of War

Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Afghanistan War: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

The war in Afghanistan approaches the dubious distinction of being the longest conflict ever waged by the United States.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 READ MORE



National Insecurity

Voters drawn to Donald Trump because they believed he would rein in interventionism abroad and deal with festering problems at home are in for a disappointment.

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It’s Time to Stop Looking to the Generals for Advice on National Security Policy

A new report by Army Gen. Joseph Votel (pictured with President Trump) is emblematic of how national security policy has become divorced from reality. 

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE



President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home

If you want to know where Donald Trump came from, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE



In Afghanistan, America’s Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception

That a few thousand troops could reverse the present situation and ensure progress toward victory is a fantasy.

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Female Business Owners Undermine Afghanistan’s Patriarchal Society

Under the Taliban, women were rarely seen in business, but that is starting to change.

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Young Afghan Girls Share Their World Through Photography

A female photojournalist whose photo of a farmer became famous in 2004 provides workshops for teenage girls in the hopes that they, too, will find success.

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For Afghan Women Seeking Divorce, a Wild Goose Chase

Afghan civil law does not give women the right to divorce. “Here, a woman’s voice is not heard,” says a law student who spent four years in court ending her abusive marriage.

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 READ MORE



The Injustices of Chelsea Manning’s Imprisonment

President Obama finally ends Manning’s prison ordeal but has never acted on the war crimes the whistleblower exposed.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE



Rubab Player Breaks Down Barriers for Female Musicians in Afghanistan

“Music is for boys and not girls,” 22-year-old Fazila Zamir was told. Now she is proving her instructors wrong by performing on television and leading an all-male band.

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What It’s Like to Be Married at 7 Years Old

Despite high maternal and child mortality rates, Afghanistan maintains its custom of child marriage, subjecting victims to lives of poverty and misery.

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Ending the Cycle of Shaming Afghan Women’s Bodies

The stigmatization of female sexuality in Afghan culture has lifelong consequences for girls and women who lack understanding of menstrual health hygiene.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE



Given Away as a Child Bride, Afghan Woman Describes 24 Years of Abuse

After decades of captivity made possible by an inhumane custom, this 36-year-old whispers to a female reporter, “How am I still alive?”

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Afghan Girl Dressed as a Boy for Six Years so She Could Go to School

At 5 years old, I knew I couldn’t end up like my mother and grandmother. So I attended school as “Mohammed” to escape the cycle of illiteracy in our village.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE



Internet Helps Afghan Women Find Their Voices in Battle for Equality

In a country considered one of the worst places on earth to be female, social media gives women a way to air and share their views.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE



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Manning and the Gangster State

In a column originally posted on Aug. 21, 2013, Chris Hedges declares that the whistleblower’s original 35-year sentence “means the end of the rule of law.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE



The Year of the Commando

In one conflict zone after another across the northern tier of Africa and the Greater Middle East, U.S. special operations forces waged their particular brand of low-profile warfare during 2016.

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Chris Hedges: Vietnam War, Like the Later Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Was ‘One Long Atrocity’ (Video)

Hedges and Nick Turse, author of “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam,” discuss how American wars of occupation are “primarily about murder.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



It’s 2016: Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling?

In how many countries is U.S. ordnance taking its toll in the nearly 15-year-old, apparently never-ending worldwide war Donald Trump will inherit?

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Donald Trump Picks Retired Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis for Defense Secretary

“It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right upfront with you, I like brawling,” Mattis said in 2005, speaking about the American invasion of Afghanistan.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE



Fidel Castro’s Top Moments in the Middle East

The Cuban leader inserted himself into numerous conflicts, fighting what he saw as imperialism. The ventures were gradually abandoned over the past two decades.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 READ MORE



International Criminal Court Says U.S. and CIA ‘Appear’ to Have Committed War Crimes

ICC prosecutors say they will decide “imminently” on whether to pursue a full investigation into the alleged abuses.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE


‘Informed Rant’: Toxic ‘Burn Pits’ Poisoned American Veterans

As we honor our veterans this Friday, listen to this episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast, in which he speaks with author and former Marine Joseph Hickman.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Chris Hedges Unmasks American Empire in ‘Unspeakable’

In this new book, the award-winning Truthdig columnist discusses taboo topics in America—including his experience as a radical war correspondent at The New York Times—with fellow journalist David Talbot.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE



In Historic First, International Criminal Court to Investigate U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan

The ICC has famously failed to investigate powerful Western nations but has prosecuted African dictators, a disparity so glaring that several African countries recently quit the court, condemning it as the “International Caucasian Court.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 READ MORE



The ‘P’ in PBS Should Stand for ‘Plutocratic’ or ‘Pentagon’

The American broadcaster depends on foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals to pay for much of its programming. This private funding undermines the integrity of the “independent” journalism it bankrolls.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE



‘Joint Way Forward’ Deal Does Not Lead to Peace or Progress for Afghans

The bilateral deal between the European Union and Afghanistan is another example of double standards and reinforces how little some people’s lives are valued in today’s world.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE



Destruction Is All We Have to Show for a 15-Year War in Afghanistan

Since 2001, the U.S. has spent more than $103 billion on the Asian country—more than it spent on the entire European continent after World War II. And there is no end in sight for the debacle that George W. Bush began and Barack Obama continued.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE


Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Xenophobia and Hate Exacerbate the Plight of Refugees Around the World

According to Oxfam, the six wealthiest countries—the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France and the United Kingdom—“host less than 9 percent of the world’s refugees.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE


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After Pat’s Birthday

Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pat (left) was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. About two years later Kevin wrote a powerful, must-read document.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Talking to a 6-Year-Old About War

With armed conflicts and military action, it’s hard to know how much to say to young people, and when, how and whether to say it. Perhaps it is a universal parental urge to shield children from certain hard knowledge.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



What Did We Buy With the $5 Trillion That the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Have Cost Us?

The Iraq War was a government-led Ponzi scheme. As usual, the little people are the ones who lost big.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



Charge Abu Zubaydah With a Crime or Free Him

Al-Qaida’s reported No. 3 operative is a bad guy, but he did not help plot the Sept. 11 attacks and has provided no actionable intelligence since his capture—and subsequent torture—in March 2002.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Delays U.S. Withdrawal From ‘Precarious’ Afghanistan (Video)

The president surprised observers Wednesday when he announced a plan for 8,400 U.S. troops to remain in the country when he leaves office in January.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



Numbers in Obama’s Drone Deaths Report Just Don’t Add Up

The administration’s tally is at odds with those of leading nongovernmental organizations, and its lack of transparency makes it impossible for the public to assess its claims.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE



We Live in an Age of Disintegration

Nowhere is the process of destabilization more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa, in places where it is possible to doubt that civilization will ever return.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



The Pentagon’s Real Strategy: Keeping the Money Flowing

Focusing on Washington rather than on distant war zones, it becomes clear that the military establishment does indeed have a strategy—a highly successful one: to protect and enhance its own prosperity.

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 READ MORE


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