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Afghan Border Region

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 ENLARGE


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AP / Alex Brandon

Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Draws Near

In a signal of sufficient support for final passage, the Senate voted 63-33 to cut off debate (shut down a filibuster) and head to a final vote on the military’s Clinton-era “don’t ask, don’t tell” anti-gay policy.

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 READ MORE

How the Senate Should Vote

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 ENLARGE

U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

Round and Round in Afghanistan

The good news is that President Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan is “on track.” The bad news is that the track runs in a circle.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

White House Sees Progress in Afghanistan

A White House review of the mess in Afghanistan will reportedly declare that some modest progress has been made toward the administration’s goals (vague and illogical though they may be), despite widespread skepticism and the most allied casualties since the start of the war in 2001.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE


Accused WikiLeaker Bradley Manning’s Torture by Isolation

Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking sensitive material to WikiLeaks, has been held for seven months in what Glenn Greenwald reports are “inhumane, personality-erasing, soul-destroying, insanity-inducing conditions.” ... (more)

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Army / Mike Strasser

House Passes DADT Repeal

The push to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” has met with mixed reactions in Congress in recent weeks, but on Wednesday the House of Representatives made a decisive move to promote the cause by passing another measure designed to cancel out the controversial policy.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE

Since When Does Interpol Care About Women?

Laura Flanders points out that Interpol’s pursuit of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over sexual assault allegations is yet another example of women’s bodies serving ulterior political motives. Where is Interpol, Flanders asks, for the sexually assaulted women of the U.S. military or those in Haitian refugee camps?

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Army of Fun

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 ENLARGE    

‘Assangination’: From Character Assassination to the Real Thing

Despite being granted bail, WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange remains imprisoned in London. Politicians and commentators, meanwhile, have been repeatedly calling for Assange to be killed.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE

Colonialism Still at Heart of Africa’s Problems

What do you call it when a country’s elites exploit its people and resources for profit abroad?

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / The Pocket (CC-BY)

It’s Morning in China

In 1982, Richard Nixon told me he thought that by the middle of this century the world would be dominated by Asians, primarily Chinese.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Peter Dejong

No Act of Rebellion Is Wasted

We may feel, in the face of the ruthless corporate destruction of our nation, our culture, and our ecosystem, powerless and weak. But we are not. We have a power that terrifies the corporate state.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE

Senate Shoots Down DADT Repeal

Bad news for proponents of repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”: Thursday’s vote in the Senate failed to send the repeal through, as the measure was blocked by just three votes. Thanks, there, Sen. John “Maverick” McCain.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Flickr / Center for American Progress Action Fund (CC-BY-ND)

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Headed for a Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid postponed a test vote Wednesday while he worked on a deal with Republican Sen. Susan Collins, but he earlier said he believed he could get the 60 votes needed to end the military’s ban on openly gay soldiers.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE

Leaks Disclose Complicated U.S. Strategy

The WikiLeaks documents reveal the irrelevance in much of what was being reported by American diplomats. There was no recognizable pattern or purpose.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE

Steven Borowiec

Losing Hope on Yeonpyeong Island

The South Korean government has been criticized sharply for its response to the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island. The future for those residents who have returned to this transformed little place is uncertain.

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE


McCain Doesn’t Budge on ‘DADT’ Repeal

How is it that Sen. John McCain can look at the same Pentagon study about repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” as Defense Secretary Robert Gates and uniformed military leaders did and reach such a strikingly different conclusion about how to proceed?

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE

Where Is Obama Going?

Is President Obama’s strategy of offering pre-emptive concessions destined to make enemies of his potential friends in the electorate without winning over any of his adversaries?

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons

Gates to Congress: Toss Out DADT

Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a strong and clear message to Congress on Tuesday: Get rid of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays and lesbians, and do it pronto.

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE

Dr. Strangelove Redux

And now a quote that could come from Dr. Strangelove: “I will stand my artificial intelligence against your human any day of the week and tell you that my A.I. will pay more attention to the rules of engagement and create fewer ethical lapses than a human force.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE

Tough Times for Superpowers

The secret U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks leave one overriding impression: It’s hard out there for a superpower.

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin

The Pentagon Gets What It Wants

“If the Pentagon wants something, the logic goes, then it must be necessary,” writes Gregg Easterbrook in a recent examination of military waste. As a result, military spending has jumped 119 percent since 2001, 68 percent if you exclude the two wars fought in that time.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Leo Lau (CC-BY)

White House Proposes Federal Pay Freeze

Those greedy bureaucrats sending out Grandma’s Social Security check and cleaning the toilets in our national parks finally will get slapped down, thanks to our honest, hard-working politicians. Republican lawmakers ...

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Real Hope Is About Doing Something

Many of us will, after our rally in Lafayette Park, attempt to chain ourselves to the fence outside the White House. It is a pretty good bet we will all spend a night in jail. Hope, from now on, will look like this.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE

Congress via Wikimedia Commons

WikiLeaks Outs U.S. Diplomats’ Saucy Secrets

According to diplomatic cables obtained and leaked by the whistle-blowers extraordinaire, the king of Saudi Arabia asked the U.S. to attack Iran, Hillary Clinton instructed her diplomats to spy on U.N. leaders and others, Vladimir Putin is ...

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Yonhap

North Korea Attack: ‘It’s Whatever’

North Korea’s provocative shelling of tiny Yeonpyeong island has the world in a stir, but residents of Seoul have been mostly cool, almost indifferent.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 READ MORE

More News, Less Turkey

Today on the list: Bribing Israel, the possibilities of precognition, the value of banks (it’s complicated), and the incredible shrinking withdrawal date.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE

Calling the Bluff on Deficits

The proposal put forth by the deficit commission’s chairmen is a deeply conservative document, but if Republicans are as concerned as they say, they should debate the plan—and deficit-increasing tax cuts—in Congress.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE

‘It Gets Worse’ With John and Cindy McCain

Politicians don’t seem to realize, or maybe the word is care, that we have this stuff called advanced technology that records their statements for posterity and endless playback. Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” crack team of researchers ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Flickr / Tim Yang (CC-BY)

The Day China Diverted the Internet

For 18 minutes last April 8, as much as 15 percent of the world’s Internet traffic was rerouted through Chinese servers, according to a U.S. commission, which said the diverted data included communications from Congress and the U.S. military. ...

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE

Center for American Progress Action Fund / UNLV / Geri Kodey (CC-BY-ND)

Senate May Consider Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

Senate boss Harry Reid, pictured, says that before his majority shrinks, he intends to push ahead with a vote that could potentially allow gays to serve openly in the military. The measure is currently tied to a defense authorization bill that Reid plans to bring up during the lame duck session.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE

NATO Summit Unlikely to Answer the Most Important Questions

To adapt to secular use a phrase from medieval mysticism, “the cloud of unknowing” deepens as the war-waging countries of North America and Western Europe approach their NATO “summit.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE

A Cry From Argentina: ‘Close Guantanamo’

“Gitmo is going to remain open for the foreseeable future,” said an unnamed White House official to The Washington Post this week. For guidance on the notorious U.S. Navy base in Cuba, President Barack Obama should look to an old naval facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Rodrigo Abd

Kandahar: The Latest Casualty of an Invisible War

The military’s major campaign in Kandahar has been largely ignored. The American public cannot have a debate on the war if it is not even mentioned in public.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE

Runaway Military: A Raw Deal at Half the Price

I come not to bury the manifesto issued last week by President Obama’s debt-reduction commission, but to praise the most welcome of its ideas: Slash defense spending along with everything else.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

The Cowardice of America at War

I had to pull over to the side of La Cienega Boulevard last Tuesday evening as I drove home from work. I was crying.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE


The Origin of America’s Intellectual Vacuum

The country suffers an impoverishment of ideas and analysis at a moment when we desperately need radical voices to make sense of the corporate destruction of the global economy and the ecosystem.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE

A Lame and Spineless Duck?

The lame-duck session of Congress that kicks off this week will test whether Democrats have spines made of Play-Doh, and whether President Obama has decided to pretend that capitulation is conciliation.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth

U.K. General: Al-Qaida Can Never Be Defeated

Britain’s highest military officer is offering some wisdom: Al-Qaida can never be completely defeated—an admission that comes almost 10 years into the “war on terror.” The British general is calling for a military focus on containing enemy fighters and not annihilation.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 READ MORE

AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Court Allows ‘DADT’ Policy for Now

Denying a request by the Log Cabin Republicans, U.S. Supreme Court justices Friday allowed the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to remain in place while the issue cycles through the federal appeals court circuit.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Susan Walsh

Dishonoring Pat Tillman

Veterans were honored all across America Thursday, while the most famous veteran of our ongoing wars continues to be dishonored.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / The U.S. Army (CC-BY)

Pentagon Survey: Dropping ‘DADT’ Wouldn’t Cause Wartime Strife

The findings summarized in a lengthy report that the Pentagon is preparing to send to President Obama about the potential effects of repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy have been relayed to The Washington Post ahead of the game, and ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

Report: Obama Will Extend Afghanistan Deadline

The White House is pushing back against a McClatchy report that the administration plans to delay the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan from the previously announced July 2011 deadline to some time in 2014.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE

Obama in the Company of Killers

If a volcano kills civilians in Indonesia, it’s news. When the government does the killing, sadly, it’s just business as usual, especially if an American president tacitly endorses the killing, as President Barack Obama just did with his visit to Indonesia.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE

Washington Laughs at ‘Revolution’

Washingtonians giggle at the new and the recycled anti-Washington loudmouths coming or coming back to our capital city. There are no outsiders inside the Beltway.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky on Misguided Outrage

Today on the list: President Obama confirms that his is a Republican health care plan, Noam Chomsky considers “a level of anger ... like nothing I can recall in my lifetime,” and a random act of culture that brings a Macy’s crowd to its feet.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

Senate to Drop ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

Sens. Carl Levin and John McCain of the Armed Services Committee are reportedly working to shelve the legislative effort to end the military’s ban on openly gay service members. (continued)

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Matt York

A Recipe for Fascism

American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE

Burmese Polls Close

The polls may have closed in Burma after the military junta-ruled country hosted its first elections in 20 years, but those waiting for significant change may have to wait a bit longer: The country’s main opposition party has boycotted the “democratic” contest.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE

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