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AP / Vahid Salemi

The Ayatollah Is Right About One Thing: Nuclear Weapons Are Sinful

The supreme theocratic ruler of Iran is a dangerous madman never to be trusted with a nuclear weapon. How then to explain his recent seemingly logical and humane religious proclamations?

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



DoD

Drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan: Recognition of Futility or Retreat From the Coming Storm?

No one yet in Washington seems fully to appreciate or acknowledge the failure, but failure it is.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

The Gang That Couldn’t Bomb Straight

Here we go again. With the economy showing faint signs of life, the leading Republican candidates have returned to the elixir of warmongering to once again sway the gullible masses.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Brooks B. Patton Jr.

Europe Decides Not to Play America’s Game

Stephen Hadley, a former official in ex-Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, said in Munich that Europe must spend more if it wants to be a global player. The Europeans regard the George W. Bush administration record, and now the Obama administration’s, and see the disastrous results of “global playing.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE


Report Contradicts Obama on Drone Casualties

U.K.-based investigative reporters working with the Sunday Times have determined that “since Obama took office three years ago, between 282 and 535 civilians have been credibly reported as killed [by CIA drone attacks in Pakistan], including more than 60 children.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Pakistan Denies Taliban Ties in Afghanistan

Claims made by NATO that Pakistan is in cahoots with the Afghan Taliban are tantamount to “old wine in an even older bottle,” according to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. However, this particular batch of wine represents thousands of mandatory conversations (read: interrogations) versus Khar’s official denial.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE


Guantanamo at 10: The Prisoner and the Prosecutor

Ten years ago, Omar Deghayes and Morris Davis would have struck anyone as an odd pair. While they have never met, they now share a profound connection, cemented through their time at the notorious U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Karzai’s Bagram Demands Add Stress to U.S. Policy

The Afghan government’s order a week ago to the United States to close its prison at Bagram Air Base near Kabul, where it holds unidentified prisoners, came as a shock to Washington.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



WEF / Andy Mettler (CC-BY-SA)

Musharraf Hopes for a Pakistan Comeback

Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the former president who was hounded out of the country after nine years atop a military government, has said he will return to Pakistan to participate in elections. (more)

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons/Central Intelligence Agency

Anti-American Groups Gather in Pakistan

Members of al-Qaida, the Taliban and militant groups from Afghanistan and Pakistan met up twice late last year in an effort to combine forces against America’s diminished presence in Pakistan—one common target on which they might agree to focus.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

History Tells Us Not to Dismiss a Democratic Challenge to Obama

A week ago, the publisher of Harper’s Magazine wrote that President Barack Obama, through expedient political compromises, has lost the moral authority that an American president must command, and therefore has lost his right to a second presidential term.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



cnn.com

Dozens Killed in Afghan Bombings

At least 63 people were killed in a series of bomb attacks in Afghanistan on Tuesday during ceremonies marking the Shiite holiday of Ashura in three different targeted locations, but the majority of the deaths occurred in Kabul. A Pakistani group claimed responsibility for this sudden and ominous outbreak of sectarian violence.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE


U.S. Regrets Friendly Fire Deaths in Pakistan

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Posted on Dec 3, 2011 READ MORE



Preston Rhea (CC-BY-SA)

China Profits From U.S.-Pakistan Shipwreck

For several years now the Pakistanis have found China a very willing and increasingly powerful counterweight to the Americans and their often strident political demands.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mike Redwood

Al-Qaida Holding American Hostage in Pakistan

Claiming retaliation for American aggression in Pakistan, al-Qaida said Thursday that it was holding a U.S. citizen, 70-year-old aid worker Warren Weinstein, in that country after capturing him in Lahore four months ago. Al-Qaida boss Ayman al-Zawahiri announced Weinstein’s capture in a video demanding that the U.S. ...

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: NATO Kills 24 Pakistani Troops

On Saturday, NATO forces clashed with Pakistani troops near the Afghanistan border, and 24 Pakistani soldiers were reported killed in the airstrike. Those are the facts that both sides agree on, but as Salon’s Glenn Greenwald notes in this “Democracy Now!” interview that aired Monday ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Why Does Obama Suddenly Want a War With China?

One might think that a bitter Central Asian war in Afghanistan and an ambiguous commitment to Iraq would be enough for President Barack Obama to cope with.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



OWS Censored on Twitter’s Trends? Who Cares?

America is putting too much weight on Twitter Trends; Sarkozy is caught talking smack about Netanyhu; meanwhile, Google+ lost its chance to outshine Facebook. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



China Censors Search for ‘Occupy’

The search term “Occupy” is now banned in China; online anonymity is becoming a thing of the past; and a new app called Bully Button protects children but it might just be another Big Brother act. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE


Manarchy!

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Code Pink challenges Occupy movement “manarchists,” Oliver Stone talks history and Tariq Ali argues that President Obama is a continuation of President George W. Bush. Plus the winner of our protest song contest. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



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

Manarchy!

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Code Pink challenges Occupy movement “manarchists,” Oliver Stone talks history and Tariq Ali argues that President Obama is a continuation of President George W. Bush. Plus the winner of our protest song contest.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. State Department

The Arab Spring Gets Messy, and Even Messier for the U.S.

The United States simply does not know how to disentangle itself from this menacing situation.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



CIA

What’s a Seasoned CIA Agent Doing at the NYPD?

Here’s a spooky story: The Central Intelligence Agency has once again called unwanted attention to its clandestine collaboration with the New York Police Department, a relationship that was fortified after 9/11 and led to special NYPD surveillance of the city’s Muslim communities, as it has come to the notice of select lawmakers and media outlets that an experienced CIA operative ... (more)

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE



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

Afghanistan Is Obama’s Gordian Knot

The Gordian knot by which this American project is bound is the simultaneous conflict and collaboration of the United States and nuclear Pakistan.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Nothing but Dogs in This Hunt

At this point, you have to wonder if the GOP will fall in love with anybody.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / JimNtexas

The Rise of the Machines

Improvements in the technology behind the predator drone are advancing at a rate faster than a half-naked Arnold Schwarzenegger fleeing extra-terrestrial assassins in an alien jungle. Two new books bring us up to date. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



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

Adm. Mullen Says Pakistan Intelligence Supports Bombers

Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen was unusually harsh in his criticism of Pakistan on Thursday, saying an insurgent network behind several Afghanistan bombings, including the recent attack on the U.S. Embassy, “acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.” (more)

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / asterix611

Tom Engelhardt: America, Tear Down ‘Freedom Tower’

Seven years into the Soviet Union’s fatal adventure in Afghanistan, U.S. President Ronald Reagan stood before the international community in West Berlin and demanded that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the wall that separated East Germany from the West. (more)

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Brennan Linsley

How Little We Know About the Origins of 9/11

For a decade, the main questions about 9/11 have gone unanswered while the alleged perpetrators who survived the attacks have never been publicly cross-examined as to their methods and motives.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Libya: Here We Go Again

I know enough of Libya, a country I covered for many years as the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times, to assure you that the chaos and bloodletting have only begun.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / John Bazemore

Republicans Put Wars Ahead of People

Republican spending knows no limits when it comes to going into debt for failed and useless wars. But it’s another story when it comes to providing federal assistance for victims of Hurricane Irene or other catastrophes we may face in the months ahead.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ed Zurga

Deceit of Shakespearean Proportions

Behold this unctuous knave, a disgrace to his nation as few before him, yet boasting unvarnished virtue.

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / National Counterterrorism Center

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 Leader Is Dead

Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, al-Qaida’s second in command and trusted confidant of Osama bin Laden, has been killed in Waziristan, Pakistan’s tribal region, a U.S. government official announced Saturday. The State Department had placed a $1 million reward on his head. (more)

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Victory in Tripoli: They Did It

If the U.S. had gone seriously into the war, and behaved characteristically, Libya’s revolution would not have succeeded this week.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE


Into Pakistan’s Textile Factories

The “haves” have been subjecting the “have-nots” to lives of miserable, crushing toil since polarized hierarchies appeared behind the walls of the world’s first city some 10,000 years ago. The names, faces and technologies change, but so far, the legacy of exploitation remains. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Keller (CC-BY)

Taking the Justice Out of the Justice System

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the unexpected extent of the damage Americans have done to themselves and their institutions is coming into better focus.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE


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U.S. Department of Defense / Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Pakistan’s Incredible Duplicity: Chapter Two

After allegations that top-level Pakistani officials have secretly aided al-Qaida and the Taliban, sheltering Osama bin Laden himself, now comes a startling new charge: “FBI Says Pakistan’s Military Plotted to Tilt U.S. Policy.” (more)

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / badjonni

Bin Laden Was Planning 9/11 Anniversary Attack

Documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound indicate that the head of al-Qaida was plotting an attack to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The records contained names of possible operatives, but little else that was useful, according to Siobhan Gorman of The Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

America’s Disappeared

Torture, prolonged detention without trial, sexual humiliation, rape, disappearance, extortion, looting, random murder and abuse have become, as in Argentina during the Dirty War, part of our own subterranean world of detention sites and torture centers.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

If McCain Had Won

Nothing reveals the true state of American politics today more than the fact that Democratic President Barack Obama has left the Democratic Party far weaker than it would have been had McCain been elected.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / DVIDSHUB

Obama’s Assassination Machine

Fred Branfman was in Laos when the U.S. began covertly dropping bombs on the country’s civilian population in 1969 as part of its military operations in neighboring Vietnam. Today, he writes about the Obama administration’s international counterterrorism plan, which involves 60,000 Special Operations forces worldwide. (more)

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Defence Images

Pakistani Lawyer Blocked From U.S. After Suing CIA on Drone Strikes

Pakistani lawyer and human rights champion Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who has aided the U.S. government in legal counterterrorism efforts, was banned from traveling to the States to speak at Columbia Law School after suing the CIA about drone strikes that have killed civilians in his country. (more)

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / isafmedia

Afghan Reconciliation Efforts Have Failed

In 2005, the U.S.-backed Afghan government instituted a reconciliation program aimed at reintegrating insurgents who aggressively opposed the U.S. invasion of their country. With minimal political support and inadequate funding, that program failed, and many who voluntarily left groups such as the Taliban have received none of the promised benefits.

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 READ MORE


$4 Trillion for War—and Counting

Anyone paying attention to the costs of U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan must have known that the president badly underestimated those numbers on June 22, when he told the nation that we have spent “a trillion dollars.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. James Harper

Our Robotic Assassins

The skies over at least six countries are patrolled by robotic aircraft, operated by the U.S. military or the CIA, that fire missiles to carry out targeted assassinations. I am convinced that this method of waging war is cost-effective but not that it is moral.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Abode of Chaos

Ayatollah Turns the Terrorism Tables

U.S. leaders got a dose of their own medicine Saturday when Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called them out for supporting and practicing terrorism in the Middle East and beyond. (more)

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Keller (CC-BY)

Bin Laden Thought About Re-Branding Al-Qaida

A letter found in Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound details his concerns about the name al-Qaida and the organization’s ability to galvanize Muslims with a shorthand moniker that just means “the base” (originally it was “the base of holy war”). It is unknown to whom bin Laden’s public relations missive was directed.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Euro Crisis, Troop Drawdown, U.S. and Pakistan

The impact of the Greek debt crisis is being felt across the European Union—could it affect economic growth in the U.S.? This week also brought even more strain in U.S.-Pakistani relations, if things weren’t bad enough already. Listen in as Robert Scheer ... (more)

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP Television News

Meet the New Face of Al-Qaida

Ayman al-Zawahri is the new leader of al-Qaida, according to a statement attributed to the group’s leadership. Zawahri, the “obvious choice,” says the BBC, was a top lieutenant of Osama bin Laden. The 60-year-old native of Egypt is believed to be hiding out somewhere in the notorious Af-Pak hinterlands.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE


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