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‘Zero Dark Thirty’: Kathryn Bigelow Shows Us the Things We Carried

When “Zero Dark Thirty” opens nationally Friday, many moviegoers will already have made up their minds.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE



John Brennan, Sami Al-Hajj and the Blight of Guantanamo

A journalist’s 7-year detention by the United States should be front and center in the forthcoming confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s choice the lead the CIA, John Brennan.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE


What Is Real and What Is Reality

If Calvin Coolidge of Vermont were alive and awake now—he was noted for taking long naps—he might want to change it to, "The business of America is show business."

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Malala Yousafzai

The Taliban tried to kill 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai because people listened when she said they didn’t have to bow to the intimidation of violent, ideological extremists.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Pakistan Taliban Leader Dead in U.S. Drone Strike

The first disclosed unmanned drone strike of 2013 killed top Taliban leader Mullah Nazir as he reportedly met with senior leaders of his group in South Waziristan early Thursday morning, security officials say.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 READ MORE



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10,000 Days With Catherine O’Neill

I had been married to Catherine O’Neill for 33 years when she died on the day after Christmas and I don’t know how I am going to live without her.

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Where Are the Tears for Pakistani Children?

President Obama should be crying over kids killed by drones in Pakistan, not just those slain on American soil; apparently some believe that the Sandy Hook massacre was God’s reckoning for our support of abortion and gay marriage; meanwhile, the open Internet comes to an end as the United Nations give governments power to cut off parts of it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Hollywood’s Raid on Convention

So far, I have not seen any negative reviews of “Zero Dark Thirty” and it is with some reluctance that I’m about to write one.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All

Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE


Drone Warfare: An Illegal Tactic Sure to Perpetuate U.S.-Muslim War Indefinitely

It is a profound but nearly universal mistake among Americans (and others) to think that the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2013 or 2014 will end the American war with the Muslim world that began on September 11 in 2001.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Why I’m Voting Green

The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE



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U.N. to Probe Legality of U.S. Drone Campaign

The United Nations will establish an investigative team next year to probe the legality of America’s generalized drone war abroad. The inquiry could find U.S. leaders guilty of war crimes in Pakistan and elsewhere.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/SSgt Jeff Kaus

Final Debate Offers Unclear Choice of Troubling Policies

The United States is intellectually adrift upon an exceptionally turbulent sea running in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, and on the larger scene, Washington is blundering into serious trouble with Russia and probably with a China that is on the edge of both foreign and domestic crises.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Hawks of a Feather Flock Together

The final debate of the presidential campaign was a dismal affirmation by both candidates of a foreign policy that has cost many thousands of lives and injuries and plunged the nation deeply into debt.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Doctors Optimistic for Girl Shot by Taliban

Malala Yousafzai, the Pashtun teenager and women’s rights activist who was shot in the head in early October by Taliban gunmen in northwest Pakistan, could make “pretty much a full recovery,” her doctors in Britain said.

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 READ MORE



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The Alliance From Hell

As the United States and Pakistan become more suspicious and resentful of each other amid drone strikes and an ongoing war in Afghanistan, Washington and Islamabad are still locked in an awkward post-9/11 embrace that, at this juncture, neither can afford to let go of.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE


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Drone Topic Not Detected During Election

Even though drones are killing more civilians in Pakistan than terrorist leaders, they play no role in the U.S. presidential campaigns; California passes a bill legalizing self-driving cars; meanwhile, millionaires like Mitt Romney perpetuate the rags-to-riches tale by denying their roots. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Civilians ‘Terrorized’  in Pakistan Drone War

NYU law professor Sarah Knuckey, one of the authors of a new report on the social effects of America’s drone war in Pakistan, talks about the “broad mental health impacts” on people who live in fear of deadly attacks from the sky 24 hours a day.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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American Drones Make Education in Pakistan Impossible

Young minds in northwestern Pakistan are among the less obvious casualties of drone strikes led by the United States in that region. A pervasive fear of death and injury and the need to take care of injured relatives and orphaned children stand between untold numbers of Pakistani youths and their education.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The ‘Unloved America’

Americans shouldn’t be looking for love abroad. The goal should be respect—and we already have that.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Pakistani Minister Puts Out a Hit on Offensive Filmmaker

The State Department has warned Americans not to travel to Pakistan, where the U.S. is running paid advertisements of President Obama and Hillary Clinton condemning the video that has sparked global protests.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: Captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

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‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Tests Pakistan by Declaring Haqqani a Terror Group

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the United States would formally recognize the militant Haqqani network operating in Afghanistan as a terrorist organization, a report to Congress said Friday.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 READ MORE


Photo Essay: Women and War

By Marissa Roth

“One Person Crying: Women and War,” is a 28-year, global photo essay that addresses the immediate and lingering effects of war on women.

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U.S. Mimics Terror Tactics in Killing Rescuers

Attacking the rescuers of those wounded in attacks—“a tactic long deemed by the U.S. as a hallmark of terrorism”—is now a routine practice by the U.S. in Pakistan, and the Obama administration has nothing to say about it, writes Glenn Greenwald in his first piece as a regular contributor to The Guardian.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Drone Kills 5 as Pakistan Hesitates Against Taliban

Five alleged Pakistani militants connected to the Taliban warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur were killed in a drone strike Saturday as the United States pressured Pakistan to attack Taliban forces that may become the country’s crucial allies once foreign forces leave.

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‘There’s No Downside’ to Drones, Philosopher Says

A newly hired philosophy professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., has become the latest defender of President Obama’s deadly drone program.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE


The Obama Administration Torpedoes the Arms Trade Treaty

Quick: What is more heavily regulated, global trade of bananas or battleships?

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Life in the American Slaughterhouse

We all know about Aurora. We know a lot less about Anaheim and the killing of Manuel Angel Diaz, shot in the back and in the head by that city’s police just a few short hours after the awful Aurora murders.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Drone-Court Advantage

Sometimes the best way to respond to those who say criticism of President Obama amounts to support for his Republican opponents—and should thus be avoided—is to embrace their premise and allow satire to lead audiences to their contradictory conclusions, as Charles Davis does in the “Game of Drones” issue of The New Inquiry.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt

Supply Lines to Reopen After U.S. Apologizes to Pakistan

Pakistan will reopen crucial supply lines to NATO forces in Afghanistan after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in drone strikes in November.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE



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It Couldn’t Happen Here, It Does Happen There

Imagine the uproar in this country if a jet took out a wedding party. You might think then that, given the U.S. record of wedding carnage in Afghanistan, which undoubtedly represents some kind of modern wedding-crasher record, there might have been a front-page story, or simply a story, somewhere, anywhere.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Administration’s Drone Death Figures Don’t Add Up

Last month, a “senior administration official” said the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under President Obama is in the “single digits.” But last year “U.S. officials” said drones in Pakistan killed about 30 civilians in just a yearlong stretch under Obama.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Drone Warfare Foretells an Ever-Expanding and Illegal War

President Barack Obama’s acts consciously undermine the civilized order of modern society. The United States has quite deliberately made itself an outlaw state.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mohammad Sajjad

Poking Holes in Pakistan

U.S. officials are awfully chuffed over the ability to reach out and bomb someone—most recently it’s maybe, possibly, al-Qaida’s No. 2 Abu Yahya al-Libi and at least four others. Pakistani complaints about a flurry of drone strikes in the last two weeks are falling on deaf ears.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Matthew Freire

The Age of Drones

Counterinsurgency is out. Drones, assassination teams, targeted killings and special forces are in.

Posted on May 29, 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



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



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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.”

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Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

Why has the Obama administration committed itself to releasing more than $1 billion to a government that has challenged its attempt to bring to justice an alleged mastermind of cross-border terrorism?

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



New Trial in the Works for KSM

Remember the name Khalid Sheik Mohammed? KSM, as he became known in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is still accused of masterminding those attacks a decade later and is still being detained at Guantanamo Bay, but Wednesday brought news of movement in his case.

Posted on Apr 4, 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



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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



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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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