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Pete Souza/The White House

The President’s Kill List

Barack Obama campaigned to become the 44th president with vows to close Guantanamo, stop torture and end the war in Iraq. But campaigning and governing are two entirely separate things, as Obama quickly found out when confronted with the sustained threat of terrorism against the U.S. and the realities of fighting two foreign wars.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The War on Gays

In most of America, life for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people is getting worse—much worse.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Memorial Day: Honor the Dead, Heal the Wounded, Stop the Wars

Gen. John Allen, commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, spoke Wednesday at the Pentagon, four stars on each shoulder, his chest bedecked with medals.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



Mexican Journalists Silenced to Death

Freedom of the press is threatened every day in Mexico as journalists are tortured and killed; Obama’s support of gay marriage distracts the public from the impunities in Afghanistan; press freedom is also under attack in the U.S. as journalists are arrested for protesting. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 20, 2012 READ MORE


Veterans Say No to NATO

Veterans of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are now challenging the occupation of Chicago.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jerome Delay

Blue Man Coup, Part 2: War for God, Country and Cocaine

Are the emirs of the Sahara criminals or revolutionaries? A little bit of both, probably.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



An Honorable German (CC BY 2.0)

Predator Nation

The CIA’s global drone assassination campaign has turned much of the rest of the planet into what can only be considered an American free-fire zone.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE


Presidential Medals

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Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Dennis Kucinich on Afghanistan: ‘Get Out, Get Out, Get Out’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rep. Dennis Kucinich takes “nothing good” from the president’s visit to Afghanistan, Robert Scheer on China, Occupiers and organizers, and California’s autism unfairness.

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Dennis Kucinich on Afghanistan: ‘Get Out, Get Out, Get Out’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rep. Dennis Kucinich takes “nothing good” from the president’s visit to Afghanistan, Robert Scheer on China, Occupiers and organizers, and California’s autism unfairness.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Angelita Lawrence

The Afghanistan Riddle

Show of hands: Does anybody really understand the U.S. policy in Afghanistan? Can anyone figure out how we’re supposed to stay the course and bring home the troops at the same time?

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



DoD

Obama From Afghanistan: ‘This Is Where It Will End’ (Update: Video)

First the president spoke to the troops, then to the American people. In a live address from Afghanistan, Barack Obama echoed his predecessor: “I will not keep Americans in harm’s way a single day longer than is absolutely required for our national security.”

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



Nick Knupffer/Intel Photos

Obama Visits Afghanistan Ahead of bin Laden Death Anniversary (Update: Video)

After a trip to Afghanistan cloaked in secrecy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a “strategic partnership agreement” with Hamid Karzai that promises continuing U.S. support for the Afghan president’s nation.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



KendraKaptures (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games

We have a new science fiction trilogy that’s perfect for our moment: Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games,” a dystopian vision set in a North America ruled by decadent, luxurious oligarchs who sacrifice young people in an annual televised Roman-style blood contest.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



Tony Fischer Photography (CC BY 2.0)

The Obama Contradiction

He has few constraints. No one can stop him or countermand his orders. He has a bevy of lawyers at his beck and call to explain the “legality” of his actions. And if he cares to, he can send a robot assassin to kill you, whoever you are, no matter where you may be on planet Earth.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mahesh Kumar A.

Welcome to the Asylum

The World Health Organization calculates that one in four people in the United States suffers from chronic anxiety, a mood disorder or depression—which seems to me to be a normal reaction to our march toward collective suicide.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



WEF and Jean-Marc Ayrault

Forget Le Pen, It’s Down to Two

The French elections have settled one question, that of the two finalists for the presidency.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



Secretary of Defense (CC BY 2.0)

Wars of Attrition

The official American reaction to the coordinated attacks in Kabul, the Afghan capital, as well as at Jalalabad airbase, and in Paktika and Logar Provinces, reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of guerrilla warfare.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE


The Devil We Don’t Know

It’s quite possible that on Election Day, voters’ most urgent concerns—economic or not—will be driven by overseas events that neither President Obama nor his Republican opponent can predict or control.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE


The Next Republican Party

Once upon a time there was a political tribe called "liberal Republicans," led by chieftains named Nelson Rockefeller, Jacob Javits, Mac Mathias and others.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Embassy Kabul Afghanistan

Karzai Seeks Speeded-Up Exit of U.S. Troops

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling for an accelerated departure of American forces a day after controversial photos were published showing U.S. soldiers posing with body parts of insurgents.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Musadeq Sadeq

Kabul Attacks Blamed on NATO Intelligence

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has branded the Taliban’s 18-hour siege of Kabul and places across eastern Afghanistan on Sunday an intelligence failure and called for an investigation into NATO security operations.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE


Afghanistan War Memorial

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Apple Products Are Core for Economy

Throughout the recession, Apple’s growth has brought hope to many; China’s creative class and human capital cannot catch up to the U.S.’; meanwhile, Western intervention in Afghanistan has obviously failed, but by how much? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Someone You Love: Coming to a Gulag Near You

Our 16 national intelligence agencies and army of private contractors justify their existence by turning even the mundane into a potential threat. And by the time they finish, the nation will be a gulag.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr / Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Why Can’t Ron Paul Get More Traction?

He doesn’t lack enthusiastic supporters, nor is his campaign short on cash, and he’s galvanized scores of younger voters. So why isn’t Ron Paul able to clinch the Republican presidential nomination—or even come within spitting distance—this time around?

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Glenn Greenwald

We tip our hats this week to journalist and Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald for having the guts and the smarts to point out certain jarring inconsistencies in the Obama administration’s treatment of alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning versus accused Afghanistan shooter Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE


Popularity Setbacks in Afghanistan

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Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP / DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File

Bales Charged With 17 Counts of Murder

On Friday, the U.S. military took a significant step in the case of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of killing 17 civilians in Afghanistan on March 11, by formally charging him with 17 counts of murder, along with other alleged crimes.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Bob Edme

Toulouse Aftermath: Is It Really?

Mohammed Merah, a teenage loser and a petty thief who achieved instant worldwide notoriety as the latest symbol of Islamic jihad, leaves a string of unanswered questions and paradoxes in his wake.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Remy de la Mauviniere

The Nightmare Won’t End in Toulouse

The horrific chain of seven slayings in Toulouse, France, that has stunned that country could have been lifted directly from a television thriller. In fact, this whole terrible affair has been a nightmare scenario that for decades has haunted authorities in France, Europe and the United States.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman David Carbajal

U.S. and NATO Make Afghanistan Plans Beyond 2014

Terminating the Afghanistan War and ending the global projection of American military power of which it is a part are indispensable steps to saving the nation.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 READ MORE


Rebuilding

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AP / Jacques Brinon

French Shocked by Jewish School Shooting

There are potential connections to killings earlier this month, and the general sociocultural climate and the context of the current presidential campaign offer other possible explanations, but the French were left with a big tragedy and something of a mystery after three children and a rabbi were slain outside an Orthodox Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE


GI Load

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Murder Is Not an Anomaly in War

We kill children nearly every day in Afghanistan. We do not usually kill them outside the structure of a military unit.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE


A Few Bad Eggs in the Military

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Posted on Mar 18, 2012 READ MORE


Afghan Cave Writings

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Exit Strategy

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AP / Rahmat Gul

Taliban Talks Come to a Halt in Afghanistan

Pointing to “the shaky, erratic and vague standpoint of the Americans” as one key reason for their decision, Taliban leaders in Afghanistan put the kibosh on plans to meet with U.S. envoys, releasing a statement on Thursday explaining the change of plans.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE


Terror, Trauma and the Endless Afghan War

We may never know what drove a U.S. Army staff sergeant to head out into the Afghan night and allegedly murder at least 16 civilians in their homes, among them nine children and three women.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE


What Are We Doing in Afghanistan?

For everyone who originally supported the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to oust the Taliban, the question today is how what was once a righteous mission can end in anything but ruin.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Wars and Potential Wars Abound

The two most recent American wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, have failed or are disastrously failing. The United States is being pressed to launch two new wars. There is little public support for any of the four.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE



Invisible Children Linked to Anti-Gay Groups

Invisible Children has received donations from known anti-gay groups for its Kony 2012 campaign; a U.S. soldier went on a killing spree in Afghanistan; meanwhile, our tax dollars are being used to transmit Rush Limbaugh’s show to U.S. troops abroad. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE


Never Learn

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AP / Rafiq Maqbool

Bring Home the Troops Now

It was clear before Sunday’s horrific massacre of civilians that it’s past time for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan to end.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Allauddin Khan

AP: Soldier Accused of Sunday Massacre Was on His 4th Tour

The American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, nine of them children, had already served three tours of duty in Iraq and arrived in Afghanistan for his first tour in December, according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



mobyhill (CC-BY)

Dead Americans, Dead Goats, and Half a Million Gunmen on the Loose

Since May 2007, 76 NATO soldiers have been killed and an undisclosed number wounded in 46 recorded “deliberate attacks” by members of the Afghan National Security Force. These figures suggest more than a recent “trend of Afghan treachery.”

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE


Can Obama Muzzle the Dogs of War?

Unlike his irresponsible critics on the right, Obama cannot ignore the potential costs of another Mideast war, which could wreck fragile economies both here and abroad, increase the peril to U.S. troops in Afghanistan as well as throughout the region, and perhaps escalate into a global conflict of unpredictable scope.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

AIPAC Works for the 1 Percent

AIPAC does not speak for Jews or for Israel. It is a mouthpiece for right-wing ideologues and defense contractors.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 READ MORE


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