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A Commander of the Dos Erres Massacre Squad Gets 10 Years in Prison

A federal judge sentenced a former Guatemalan Army officer to the maximum 10 years in prison Monday for immigration crimes, ruling that the ex-commando obtained U.S. citizenship by concealing his role in the massacre of 250 men, women and children in a Guatemalan village in 1982.

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A Lack of Spine on Egypt

There may be little the United States can do to end the savage bloodletting in Egypt, but at least our nation can be loyal to its ideals by bearing witness and telling the truth. In this, President Obama has failed.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ahmed Gomaa

Obama ‘Concerned’ by Events in Egypt (Video)

In response to the massacre of more than 500 Egyptians by the country’s military, President Obama said Thursday that he “deplore[s] violence against civilians” but made no indication he would suspend military aid.

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Mike Huckabee Blames Connecticut Shooting on Separation of Church and State

How does one explain the massacre of 20 children at a school in Connecticut? Madness? A society that values gun rights ahead of human life? No. The answer, according to former Arkansas governor and Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee, is the secularization of schools.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Children Slaughtered in Government Attack on Syrian Town

The United Nations has confirmed that 32 children and nearly twice as many adults were killed after Syrian government forces attacked the western town of Houla. Locals are furious that U.N. observers, deployed to monitor a cease-fire between officials and the opposition, did not intervene.

Posted on May 26, 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.

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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.

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AP / Gregory Bull

Marine Pleads Guilty in Haditha Massacre Case

The Iraq War may be “over,” but the unfinished business from years of American occupation still lingers. And a particularly grim chapter from that time, reaching all the way back to 2005, was revisited Monday in the trial of Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who entered a guilty plea on dereliction of duty in association with the killing of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Syria Warns Protesters of Looming ‘Massacre’

Mere days after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hit the American airwaves to claim his innocence in his country’s recent deadly crackdowns on protesters calling for regime change, his opposition in the volatile city of Homs was told of an upcoming massacre if it didn’t stop demonstrating in three days.

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Defense Lawyer Doubts Norway Suspect’s Sanity

The lawyer defending Anders Behring Breivik, who pleaded not guilty in court after admitting he carried out the deadly attacks in Norway, said his client might be insane.

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AP / Twitter, Anders Behring Breivik

Suspect in Norway Bombing and Shooting Spree Charged

Norwegian police charged a man Saturday whom they describe as a right-wing Christian fundamentalist in connection with a deadly bombing in Oslo and shooting spree at a summer camp for liberal youth that killed at least 92 people.

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U.N. Suspects Ethnic Massacre in Ivory Coast

More than 100 people have been found dead in western parts of the Ivory Coast, victims of what investigators believe are ethnically motivated massacres. U.N. officials say the killings may have been carried out by Liberian mercenaries.

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A New Wave of Protests

Protests continued Sunday across the restive Middle East. New clashes in Tunisia pitted demonstrators against the interim government, while thousands took to the streets in Morocco. In Libya, meanwhile, government security forces pressed a violent crackdown on protesters, reportedly killing dozens of people.

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The ‘Only’ Country That Believes Israel

Politico suggests that the U.S. is close to sharing Israel’s international isolation, thanks to Washington’s hesitation to condemn its special ally. The publication quotes an anonymous U.S. official who says, regarding Israel’s explanation of the deadly flotilla raid, “We’re the only ones who believe them.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE


Nigerian women
AP / Jon Gambrell

Nigeria’s Unholy War

You may have heard about the city of Jos, the capital of Plateau state in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, and wondered why it is a flashpoint of unspeakable violence. On Jan. 17, mobs killed about 400 residents of Jos. The second round of attacks, on March 7, was even more vicious.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Bad Prescription for Indonesia

The White House is engaged in fierce behind-the-scenes negotiations with Congress on whether to restore aid to the Indonesian military, which has a habit of committing atrocities.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


Nigerian massacre
AP / NTA TV

Nigerian Governor Says Army Ignored Massacre Warnings

On Sunday, hundreds of people were killed in three Nigerian villages near the city of Jos in a retaliatory massacre that might have been thwarted, according to a local governor, had the military paid attention to warning signs before it began and distress signals once it was under way.

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Justice Department Investigating Alleged Blackwater Bribes

The Justice Department is reportedly looking into whether private security firm/mercenary agency Blackwater Worldwide attempted to buy off Iraqi officials following a shooting rampage in Baghdad. Blackwater employees have so far escaped criminal charges for the Nisour Square massacre that killed 17 Iraqis. (continued)

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE


Over 30 Civilians Killed in Philippines Massacre

More than 40 people were kidnapped and at least 30 killed Monday in the Philippines in what authorities consider to be a politically motivated massacre, according to the Los Angeles Times. The group of civilians, which included several journalists, was overcome ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE



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Widespread Rape, 157 Dead in Guinea ‘Hell’

A human rights organization reported 157 dead after Guinean troops fired on protesters Tuesday. Widespread rape has also been reported by witnesses. The country’s opposition leader was quoted by the BBC as saying, “I don’t know whether I’m on earth or in hell.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


Waltz with Bashir
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Tragedy Repeats Itself

With Gaza exploding in violence and the eyes of the world fixed once again on the Middle East, “Waltz With Bashir” may be the most important movie of the season. As an “animated documentary,” it’s also in a genre all its own.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 READ MORE


Sweeping Blackwater Under the Rug

The federal manslaughter indictment of five Blackwater Worldwide security guards for the horrific massacre of more than a dozen Iraqi civilians in Baghdad may look like an exercise in accountability, but it’s probably the exact opposite.

Posted on Dec 9, 2008 READ MORE


Colorado Still Sneers at Labor

The state in which an infamous slaughter of labor organizers occurred in 1914 may not be killing unionists these days but its persecution of them continues.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


The Orangeburg Massacre

Sen. Barack Obama is clearly a bad bowler. But it was not too long ago that African-Americans were not allowed in some bowling alleys. In Orangeburg, S.C., three young African-American men were killed for protesting against that town’s segregated bowling alley.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE



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Wal-Mart Rethinks Gun Policy

A year after the Virginia Tech massacre, the world’s No. 1 gun merchant has agreed to tighter controls over firearm sales. One-third of Wal-Mart stores will no longer sell guns, another third will have stricter rules, and the other third ... well, baby steps. Needless to say, the National Rifle Association is outraged.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


The Long, Sorrowful Ludlow Legacy

A straight line can be drawn between the 1914 labor massacre in Colorado and today’s killing fields in Colombia. And one of the villains in both cases is the U.S. government.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


Protesters Punished, Blackwater Shooters Remain Free

Last week at the gates of the mercenary company Blackwater, nonviolent protesters who re-enacted an infamous Blackwater shooting were arrested. As “Blackwater” author Jeremy Scahill notes: “The arrest of the activists and the subsequent five days they spent locked up in jail is more punishment than any Blackwater mercenaries have received for their deadly actions against Iraqi civilians.”

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 READ MORE


Oliver Stone
news.bbc.co.uk

Oliver Stone Preps My Lai Movie

Bruce Willis will star in an Oliver Stone film about the My Lai massacre, perhaps the most infamous atrocity to emerge from the Vietnam War. In other Stone news, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he has “no objection, generally speaking,” to the director’s rumored desire to make a biopic about him but that Stone would need to “let me know what are the frameworks.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


A Loaded Issue

If you want to understand why the gun debate is so intense, look no further than Virginia, where Second Amendment advocates flaunt their rights in the faces of parents whose children have just been shot.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


Virginia Closes Insane Gun Loophole

Mentally ill people who’ve been deemed a danger to themselves and involuntarily committed will no longer be able to legally buy guns in Virginia. Gov. Timothy Kaine issued the executive order in response to the massacre at Virginia Tech.

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


Virginia Shooter Had No Difficulty Buying Guns

As more details emerge from the massacre at Virginia Tech, it has become tragically clear that the least remarkable aspect of the crime was the purchase of the weapons that killed 33 people. An investigation has found that Cho Seung-Hui bought two pistols quickly, affordably and, for the most part, legally.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


Rumsfeld and Saddam

Saddam’s American Allies

Former “60 Minutes” producer and author Barry Lando connects the dots between Saddam Hussein and his American backers in this powerful documentary.
(h/t: BarryLando)

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


Haditha victims
news.bbc.co.uk

Charges Emerge From Haditha Killings

A year after 24 Iraqi civilians were killed in the town of Haditha, eight U.S. Marines have been charged in the crime—four with second-degree murder and four others with covering up the slaughter.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


Sri Lankan Flag
Illustration by Peter Scheer

Sri Lankan Government Accused of Aid Worker Massacre

Cease-fire monitors in Sri Lanka have blamed government security forces for the slaughter of 17 humanitarian aid workers earlier this month.  Although government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels both claim to be sticking to the cease-fire, violence has escalated in recent months.

Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Troops Reportedly ‘Smiled Before Killing’ Detainees

Four U.S. paratroopers charged with murdering three detainees in Iraq smiled before shooting them, according to the BBC.

  • Separately, in the Haditha massacre, a Pentagon official says evidence supports the claim that U.S. troops deliberately killed some two dozen civilians.

  • Atrocities like these are further poisoning America’s already toxic image in the Middle East, and a continued occupation is likely to produce more of the same.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    The face of the occupation

    The Occupation of Iraqi Hearts and Minds

    Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen, an American reporter who has lived for the last three years in Iraq and who can pass as Middle Eastern, describes what it’s like to live under the boot of a culturally callous—and sometimes criminal—occupying force in Iraq.

    Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Marine’s Lawyer: Haditha Killings Were Lawful

    A lawyer for a Marine involved in the Haditha massacre said his client had followed military rules of engagement.

    Posted on Jun 11, 2006 READ MORE


    BBC tape
    From the BBC

    Videotape May Show New U.S. Massacre of Iraqi Civilians

    The U.S. military has said that four people died during a military operation in the town of Ishaq in March, but this tape may prove that U.S. forces in fact deliberately killed 11 innocent Iraqis.
    This comes in the wake of the separate alleged U.S. massacre of 24 civilians in Haditha in November.

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Learned of Haditha Massacre From Press

    The president didn’t know about the November atrocity in which Marines killed 24 unarmed civilians until March, when a Time magazine reporter called the White House for comment on the story.

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    The Massacre of Haditha
    From Peter Brookes / The Times (UK)

    Murtha Alleges Coverup in Haditha Massacre

  • “They knew the day after this happened that it was not as they portrayed it,” Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) told CNN about the military’s response to the November killings of 24 unarmed civilians by U.S. Marines. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it would be “premature” to judge what actually transpired.
  • Meanwhile, Iraq’s prime minister said that his patience was wearing thin on America’s excuse that it kills civilians by “mistake.”
  • Also, a CNN reporter who had been embedded with military units accused in the killings recalls that they usually took great pains to avoid civilian casualties. However, she was told that “investigators now strongly suspect a rampage by a small number of Marines who snapped after one of their own was killed by a roadside bomb.”
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    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Kabul Riot
    AP / Fraidoon Pooyaa

    Anti-U.S. Riots in Kabul Show Mission Unaccomplished

    A traffic incident in the Afghan capital led to rumors of an American-on-Afghan massacre. Massive riots ensued. Bitter resentment of occupying U.S. forces has been laid bare. “Today has set us back 10 years,” said a NATO-employed Afghani security worker.

    Posted on May 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Witnesses: Marines Killed 24 Iraqi Civilians

    The N.Y. Times pieces together an atrocity that some in Congress fear could do greater harm to America’s image abroad than the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

    Posted on May 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Massacre survivor

    Iraqi Girl Tells of U.S. Massacre of Civilians

    A girl from Haditha describes how U.S. soldiers killed her unarmed family members—including women and children.

    Posted on May 28, 2006 READ MORE


    But Is It Good for the Jews?

    “Munich,” Steven Spielberg and the perils of criticizing Israel.

    Posted on Dec 29, 2005 READ MORE


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