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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


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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

Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman family

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

Obama Should Demand FBI Director James Comey’s Resignation Today

The FBI’s ongoing, long-term incompetence has led to the deaths of far too many Americans. San Bernardino and Orlando are only the beginning.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Antal, Former Army Chaplain Who Resigned Over Military Policy

Antal first made headlines in 2012, when he posted a sermon condemning U.S. foreign policy. Now, he has made waves by publicly resigning from his religious role in the Army because of the Obama administration’s drone and nuclear policies.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE

Repeat Deployments

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 ENLARGE

On Memorial Day, U.S. Troops Are at War With Islamic State Near Mosul

On Memorial Day, it is well to remember that U.S. troops are still at war.

Posted on May 30, 2016 READ MORE

One Child’s Harrowing Journey From Afghanistan to Sweden

She was only 14 when her mother decided that Nasima’s best hope for a future meant leaving her home, her family and everything she knew to make a grueling trek to Europe.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

To the Next U.S. President, the Unlimited Power to Spy, Imprison and Kill

By mutual consent of those in power in Washington, all resistance to illegal surveillance, detainment and murder is now firmly in the past, and the power to use them will pass to the nation’s next leader—whoever it is.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Resumé: What the Record Shows

To many Americans, Clinton is best-known for her advocacy of a national health care system, her assertion that it takes a village to raise a child, and her championing of women’s empowerment. The rest of the world knows her better for her passion for bombing.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE

U.S. Military Presence in Iraq and Afghanistan Fuels Conditions for Terrorism (Video)

Chris Hedges and two combat veterans analyze the realities of American intervention in the Middle East and explain why the brutalized become brutal.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Lie of Patriotism

A U.S. ranger who served in Afghanistan and a Marine who was in Iraq put light on the dangerous myth that America has built around its “warriors.” Now, in acts of civil disobedience, they are determined to right the wrongs of war.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE

We All Are Islamic State

The killings in Brussels or Paris and the killings in U.S. military strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria or Libya perpetuate the same dark lusts. The savage tit-for-tat game will not end until we rouse ourselves from our hypnotized state. 

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE

The ‘Drone President’: Rhetoric Versus the Atrocious Facts

Obama faces criticism over civilian deaths caused by the drone program, which is being denounced as having little oversight, a mounting death toll and results that can be seen as war crimes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE

War Zone Tactics Come Home as Pentagon Admits Domestic Spy Drone Use

“The appetite to use surveillance drones in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow,” an internal report states.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE

‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ Movie Review: A Peek Inside the Bubble of Wartime Kabul

As a reporter facing the horrors and absurdities of the Afghanistan War, Tina Fey is reliably funny and at times profound.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE

How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower

In the American failure in Afghanistan lies the greatest policy paradox of the century: Washington’s massive military juggernaut has been stopped dead in its steel tracks by a pink flower, the opium poppy.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE

A Woman in the Presidency Is Simply Not Enough

Hillary Clinton is touting her gender as one of the central appeals of her campaign, but as recent history in Afghanistan shows, simply giving women a “seat at the table” doesn’t necessarily improve women’s lives.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE

George W. Bush, Who Mirrored and Inflamed Public Passions, Attacks Donald Trump for Doing It (Video)

George W. Bush came out of political exile on Monday to be his brother Jeb’s surrogate in attacking Donald Trump.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE

All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians

The conflict will be remembered for its horrific death toll and massive refugee exodus. But it will also be remembered as the site of yet another Great Game involving Russia, the West and its allies.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE

A Civil War Story About Islamic State Might Spark a Peace Movement

The task of the peace movement, now as during the Vietnam War, is to provide an alternative to the story Americans are being told about Islamic State. Muslims are fighting a civil war, and Washington’s job is to adopt policies most likely to keep Americans safe.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE

American Democracy Down for the Count?

Most Americans are either overworked or hurting for jobs; housing is overpriced; hospitals, crowded and understaffed. Opioid or heroin overdose is a common way of death. Did the American soldiers I covered in Afghanistan know they were fighting for this?

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE

A Drone Protester Heads to Jail

Mary Anne Grady Flores, 59, will serve six months for photographing a peaceful protest outside Hancock Field Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, N.Y., where the U.S. trains pilots to launch drone strikes in the Middle East, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

A Tale of Two Grandmothers (Video)

On a recent snowy January night in upstate New York, a grandmother turned herself in to the Jamesville Correctional Facility, to serve a six-month sentence. Her crime? Taking photos.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE

You Won’t Like It, but Here’s the Answer on Islamic State

Some advice for your presidential candidate of choice—whoever he or she might be. Just don’t expect it to necessarily be an easy sell to all Americans.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE

Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE

Doubling Down on a Failed Strategy: The Pentagon’s Dangerous ‘New’ Base Plan

The Obama administration’s consideration of a Pentagon proposal to create a “new” and “enduring” system of military bases around the Middle East confirms that the military intends to stay in the region for decades, if not generations, to come.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE

The Stateless and the State of the Union

That symbol, the empty chair, creates a moment to reflect on who else wasn’t seated in that august gallery in the Capitol, like the undocumented immigrants rounded up in the New Year’s raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE

Weapons Industry Revenue Forecaster Enthuses Over Global Turmoil

Contrary to expectations that revenues would fall as the U.S. downsized its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, the professional services firm Deloitte gushes in a new report that “the resurgence of global security threats” promises a lucrative “rebound” in military spending.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE

Deaths Reported as Hospital Linked to Doctors Without Borders Is Bombed in Yemen

The medical charity said it cannot confirm the identity of the attacker but noted that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for two other airstrikes in the last three months.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE

American Artists Against War

Artists of conscience have always responded angrily and passionately to war, genocide and torture. This book examines the work of American visual artists from 1935 to 2010 who believed that governments and humanity must be held to higher moral standards.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE

The American Empire: Murder Inc.

Investigative journalist Allan Nairn knows firsthand how the U.S. uses mass killing as a routine tool of foreign policy. The horrifying tactics of Islamic State, he says, are an imitation of what we have been doing and what we have been teaching our international proxies for generations. Update: Video added.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE

Refugee Crisis Leaves the Deepest, and Cruelest, Mark on 2015

It was a year of Trump, Shkreli, terror attacks, mass murders, police shootings and the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the most significant news was about the thousands fleeing from war or the harsh results of climate change.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 READ MORE

Congress Now Has Less Oversight of Drone Strikes

The U.S. military has taken greater charge of drone strikes in Iraq and Syria, effectively reducing congressional scrutiny and leaving officials, lawmakers and activists fearful of increased civilian casualties.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE

Judge in Narco-Terror Case Questions Proof

A federal judge says the Drug Enforcement Administration relied on a known “fabricator” to make its case that an Afghan man was a narco-terrorist and throws out the conviction.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Those Who Uncovered Navy SEAL Abuse of Prisoners in Afghanistan

A handful of U.S. personnel made reports on the lethal brutality after it occurred in 2012, and their accounts were brought to public attention by three New York Times writers last week. This combined effort has informed the American citizenry, once again, about atrocities committed in its name.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE

Navy SEAL Command Accused of Covering Up a Beating Death

American soldiers say Navy SEALs and members of the Afghan Local Police physically abused detainees, an offense The New York Times calls “among the most serious” that “an American service member can commit.” And instead of disciplining the offenders, the military promoted three of them.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE

Top 10 Signs the U.S. Is the Most Corrupt Country in the World (Video)

Those ratings that castigate Afghanistan and some other poor countries as hopelessly “corrupt” always imply that the United States is not corrupt.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Former Air Force Pilots Who Blew the Whistle on U.S. Drone Program

In an open letter to President Obama, the four accuse him of creating and carrying out “one of the most devastating forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.” And for speaking this important truth, they have suffered greatly.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE

I Am the Beggar of the World

In a striking collection of underground poetry written by Afghan women—and punctuated by photographs from the women’s lives—voices that are often silenced speak out about topics as varied as the Taliban, American occupation, sex, poverty, domestic abuse, marriage, Guantanamo and George W. Bush.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE

‘We Are Human Beings; We Are Not Dogs’

On the outskirts of the northern French town of Calais, a massive, makeshift refugee camp called “The Jungle” grows daily, swelling with asylum-seekers fleeing war in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Sudan and beyond. Their countries of origin are a map of the targets of U.S. bombing campaigns.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE

Beyond Islamic State: The Folly of World War IV

Arguing that no alternative exists to open-ended war represents not hard-nosed realism, but the abdication of statecraft. The real problem is war itself and the conviction that only through war can America remain America.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE

John Cusack and Arundhati Roy: Things That Can and Cannot Be Said

This is the narrative result of an encounter between Cusack, Roy and whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg. Cusack and Roy provide their own accounts and joint conversations.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE

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