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AP / Olivier Laban-Mattei

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. soldier in Afghanistan
Flickr / U.S. Army

America’s War Disease

The Afghanistan war, along with Iraq, has become a chronic illness that America has learned to ignore. News of the sick economy, natural and human-made disasters and momentary sensations flashes across cable news screens and the Internet, leaving hardly any space for the war.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Eboni Knox

No One Cares

We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups, is dead.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE


Hedges

Hedges Joins Kucinich, Scahill for Teach-In on Ending U.S. Wars

Did Congress declare war on Afghanistan according to the rules set forth in the Constitution? According to David Swanson, who joined Chris Hedges, Jeremy Scahill, Ann Wright and Josh Steiber for a teach-in Thursday on Capitol Hill ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


The NATO Nuisance

Large and firmly implanted bureaucratic organizations are almost impossible to kill, even when they have no reason to continue to exist, as NATO has not since the Soviet Union, communism and the Warsaw Pact all collapsed.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez

When It Comes to War, Congress Is on Permanent Vacation

Judging by the lack of interest, involvement and oversight, it’s difficult not to conclude that Congress has largely taken a not-my-problem approach to America’s wars. (continued)

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Iraq Hit by Wave of Bombings

A series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq struck a party headquarters, two mosques and other sites, in apparent retaliation for a U.S.-Iraqi raid five days earlier that killed the two top leaders of the country’s insurgency.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The World Prefers Obama’s America

As approval ratings for Barack Obama decline at home, world opinion of the United States is rising steadily under his stewardship.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE


Exaggeration of Iranian Threat Could Have Dire Consequences

It is a dismaying reflection that the facilitators of major violence thus far in the 21st century have been lies told by democratic governments.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


al-Masri
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Department of State

Two Top Al-Qaida Leaders Killed in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Monday that two major al-Qaida figures in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri, were killed by American and Iraqi forces Sunday morning.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / So Cal Metro

Border Agents Shoot Man at Tijuana Crossing

Seemingly taking a cue from Iraqi anti-insurgency manuals, U.S. border agents opened fire on a man as he attempted to drive through the border checkpoint at the Tijuana-San Ysidro crossing, fleeing officials after he failed to present legal identification.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


What Obama’s Nuclear Weapons Conference Missed

The specific inspiration for weapons proliferation among vulnerable Third World states is the desire to have a nuclear deterrent against invasion or attack by the United States (or in the Iran case, Israel), or by some other nation in the future.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE



War and Taxes Edition

On today’s list: Behind the Vatican’s blame-the-gays strategy, how much you owe for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the most corporate band and nine myths about socialism in the U.S.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE



One Marine’s ‘Liberty Walk’ for the Rest of Us

Ernest Logan Bell, a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran walking 90 miles to make a point, is the new face of the resistance. He is young, at home in the culture of the military, deeply suspicious of the federal government, disgusted by the liberal elite, unable to find work and angry.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


Maliki
Wikimedia Commons

Iran Casts a Vote in Iraq

Shiite-dominated Iran has shifted its stance toward neighboring Iraq, backing Sunni inclusion in a new government in Baghdad and likely putting a damper on current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s attempts to shape the new government.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE



Collateral Murder in Iraq

A United States military video was released this week showing the indiscriminate targeting and killing of civilians in Baghdad.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

As Iraq Threatens to Come Apart, U.S. Problems in Afghanistan Mount

Washington once again finds itself dangerously entangled with the hostile policies, nationalistic interests and supporters, and personal ambitions of a foreign figure whom it counted on to serve American interests.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


Baghdad bomb site
AP / Karim Kadim

Baghdad Bomb Attacks Kill 50

A string of at least seven bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday killed 50 people, the latest in a series of attacks that have claimed about 120 lives in the Iraqi capital over the last five days, sparking concern that the level of violence and sectarian unrest will rival the bloody months before the surge of 2007.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



Robert Reich Edition

What Noam Chomsky has to say about globalization, why older is wiser, and proof that at least two of the three bozos who most wrecked the economy still don’t get it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


Video Shows Gunning Down of Journalists and Iraqi Civilians

The website WikiLeaks has found and decrypted a 2007 video showing a U.S. Apache helicopter firing on more than a dozen people, including two Reuters journalists. The U.S. military previously denied knowing how the journalists and civilians died.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Alaa al-Marjani

25 Dead in Baghdad Shooting

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a group of men dressed as Iraqi army soldiers busted into five houses in a southern district of Baghdad, handcuffing up to 25 people and shooting them in the head.

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hadi Mizban

Here We WMD Again: Iraq and the Mythical Pakistani Package

A recent Washington Post story claiming that Saddam Hussein thought about buying nuclear technology from Pakistan has been picked up around the world and is already shaping policy. Unfortunately, it isn’t true.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Obscenity of War

President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country are now in their ninth year, amid increasing comparisons to Vietnam.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jessica J. Wilkes

They Don’t Build Democracies Like They Used To

Iraq’s recent election was supposed to remove Nouri al-Maliki from power, but the prime minister, sounding rather like a Bond villain, declared “the game is still very much on.” Now a governmental commission created to keep Baathists out of public life says that on the night before the election it banned six candidates who went on to win.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


Jeremy Scahill Says ‘We’re at a Ground Zero Moment to Save Real Journalism’

The winner of the second annual Izzy Award, named after muckraking journalist I.F. Stone, discusses independent media and this critical moment in journalism.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Paul Morse

Inquiring Brits Want to Talk to Bush and Friends

That U.K. inquiry into the Iraq war has already spoken to two prime ministers, but Sir John Chilcot’s panel would like an American take on things. Senior officials from George W. Bush’s administration, and maybe even W himself, have been cordially invited to give evidence.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Protest Photos1

Seven Years Later

To a near-deafening silence in the mainstream media, Saturday marked the seventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an occasion that protesters in Washington used to call for an immediate withdrawal of troops from both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE


Nouri al-Maliki
AP / Khalid Mohammed

Iraqi Front-Runners Headed for Election Deadlock

It could be a case of good for democracy, bad for Iraq if analysts monitoring the outcome of the recent election in Iraq are right in thinking that the very close race between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Ayad Allawi ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


Cornel West on ‘Fault Lines’

On the most recent episode of Avi Lewis’ “Fault Lines,” Princeton professor Cornel West talks race, class, foreign policy, the global recession, and the current political pressure that is being put upon Barack Obama.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Jack Plunkett

The Difference Between a Terrorist and Someone Who Flies a Plane Into a Building

There seems to be some confusion about who are the real terrorists these days. Allow me to shed some light on the issue.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE


Allawi
AP / Khalid Mohammed

Two Front-Runners Claim Victory as Iraqis Await Election Results

The final tally from Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Iraq hasn’t been announced yet, but that didn’t stop Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his opponent, Ayad Allawi, from claiming victory for their respective teams.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


Iraqi Oscar [A Cartoon From the Netherlands]









Posted on Mar 9, 2010 ENLARGE


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Posted on Mar 8, 2010 ENLARGE    



AP / Ben Margot

Calling All Rebels

Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying. How do we fight back?

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE



imdb.com

‘Hurt Locker’ Wins Big at Oscars

It was the first Iraq war movie to really break through, and now “The Hurt Locker” has won six Academy Awards, including best picture and best director, marking the first time an Oscar for directing has gone to a woman. The movie opens with a quote from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. (continued)

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE



pithhelmet.wordpress.com

What Does Blackwater Have to Do?

The company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide has been mired in scandal ever since its guards massacred some Iraqi civilians, but the government work keeps coming. Sen. Carl Levin has asked the Pentagon to think carefully about awarding a $1 billion contract to the company now known as Xe.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE


Three Bomb Blasts Kill 32 in Baghdad

The timing of Wednesday’s series of three suicide bombings in Baghdad was significant, considering Sunday’s parliamentary election is just around the corner. The attacks happened in rapid succession in the morning and killed 32 people, including some who had been wounded in the first two blasts and were seeking treatment at a hospital in the Iraqi capital city.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

The System Works, Obama’s Approach Doesn’t

Divided government need not mean gridlock. Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan made it work. Obama can, too.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Chris Carlson

Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama

The illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all begun under George W. Bush, raise only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals when propagated by the Democrats.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Wesley Farnsworth

Pentagon Frees Troops to Poke, Tweet and Lip-Sync to Lady Gaga

The Department of Defense didn’t have an official policy on what it calls “new/social media”—until now. Starting immediately, DoD employees (including troops) are free to use most of the non-porn Web, from Facebook to YouTube, without worrying about a court-martial. The usual rules on national security still apply. (continued)

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE



facebook.com

Tweeting War

The U.S. military is allowing its troops access to social media websites, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, after a review of Internet use and security. The ruling follows a Pentagon decision in 2007 to block those sites.

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / PFC Ali Hargis

Iraq Welcomes Back Saddam’s Soldiers

One of the most criticized decisions made by the U.S. back in 2003 when it stumbled into Iraq like a drunk Mel Gibson at a bar mitzvah was the disbanding of the Iraqi army. All these years later, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is reinstating 20,000 of Saddam Hussein’s officers. (continued)

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE


A Perturbing Argument on ‘Don’t Ask’

Gen. Norton A. Schwartz’s claim, echoed by Gen. George Casey, that letting troops serve openly would “perturb” the military is just silly.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


John Yoo
Wikimedia Commons / YooTube

John Yoo Takes Credit for ‘Saving’ Obama Presidency

John Yoo’s Op-Ed in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, in which he says he helped save Barack Obama’s presidency by “winning a drawn-out fight to protect his powers as commander in chief to wage war and keep Americans safe,” doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but then this is the dingbat who gave the legal thumbs up to torture.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / No Sweat UK

Iraq’s Oil for Iraq

In an announcement that was one part election hackery and one part good domestic politics, the Iraqi prime minister has declared that his country will not sell the rights to any more of its oil fields to foreign companies, a move that signals an intent by Iraq to develop its own national oil industry.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The End of Obama’s Vision of a Nuke-Free World

Fear of a nuclear Iran has generated irrational policies that will only hasten such an outcome. Instead of listening to his own words, the president fell for that old lure, a great power with great bombs that tells others what to do.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Julianne Showalter

Cheney’s Dose of Reality

Do you believe in miracles? I do, and here’s the proof: Dick Cheney said something reasonable.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE



Stonehenge Edition

Is it time to remodel Stonehenge? Is M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie a whitewash? Will the U.S. and China ever go to war? Answers to these questions and more on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE



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

America’s Confused Approach to Afghanistan

U.N. officials and American military commanders suggest that diplomacy might be coming alive on the Afghan front, but neither the Pentagon nor the White House seems to have clearly identified what the United States wants in Afghanistan.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE


John Murtha
house.gov

Rep. John Murtha Dies at 77

After serving almost exactly 36 years in the United States Congress, Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania has died. He had been in intensive care following gall bladder surgery. He was the first Vietnam War veteran elected to Congress. (continued)

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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