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Writing History Before It Happens

With an emphasis on the U.S. national security state and its follies, here are my top nine American repeat headlines, each a surefire news story guaranteed to appear sometime, possibly many times, between June 2015 and the unknown future.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE



Seymour Hersh Stands by His bin Laden Story, and His Sources

Of course the investigative reporter used anonymous sources in his exposé on the bin Laden raid. Only with anonymous sources can journalists get past the wall that the Obama administration has built by prosecuting whistleblowers.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE



The Abduction of the Chibok Schoolgirls Was Only the Iceberg’s Tip

The rescue of hundreds of captives in Nigeria shows that the scale of kidnappings by the terrorist group Boko Haram has been grossly underestimated.

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A Tale of Two Terrorists: Both Convicted, One Condemned to Die

The death penalty verdict in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been presented as a rational outcome of the facts, yet other terrorists whose acts were far more destructive, like the 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, have been shown mercy.

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Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, an attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE



David Cameron Unleashes Frightening Attack on ‘Tolerance’ Through Proposed Extremism Laws

The British prime minister has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups that claim the ban on “extremists” could be adapted to cover anyone, including protesters the government disagrees with.

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A Five-Step Guide to Police Repression, From Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond

Equate dissidents with domestic terrorists; arm police with “less-lethal” weapons; replace humans with robots. Here is a step-by-step guide, based on the latest developments in the security sector, on how to police a protest movement in the new age of domestic counterinsurgency.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



Body Counts, Drones and ‘Collateral Damage’ (aka ‘Bug Splat’)

In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Critics of the American Psychological Association Role in Torture Program

Health care professionals and human rights experts have blown the whistle on the American Psychological Association for providing the U.S. with ethical and legal cover for torture of terrorism suspects.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE



‘Still Death’: a Hard-Hitting Poem About Predator Drones (Audio)

Jill McDonough’s poem drives home the idea that when it comes to the many lives taken in our ongoing drone wars, “On the screen or on the ground, death observed is still death.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE



Domestic Terrorism, Youth and the Politics of Disposability

A new kind of infantilism now shapes daily life as adults gleefully take on the role of unthinking children and children are taught to be adults, stripped of their innocence and subject to a range of disciplinary pressures designed to cripple their ability to be imaginative.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE



Chibok Girls Remembered, One Year On

The loss of hundreds of schoolgirls to Boko Haram has shown that in Nigeria, the powerful care nothing about the powerless until an international tragedy embarrasses them.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Moment of Decision: Should We Kill Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

Unlike the guilt phase of the trial, the outcome of which was never in doubt, the penalty segment will be a slugfest pitting two diametrically opposed narratives of criminal justice.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE



For Nader, Defiance Is a Way of Life

Our democracy may be farce, our citizens may be entranced by electronic hallucinations and our ecosystem may be collapsing, but the longtime gadfly, armed with his 50-year-old typewriter, will not give up.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE


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Bill Maher May Have Finally Gone Too Far (Video)

In a now-viral quip, the comedian compares former One Direction singer Zayn Malik to convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE



Visiting the Torture Museum: Barbarism Then and Now

Someday, at an official U.S. torture museum, our children may wonder how we ever adopted the worst traditions of terror in the Age of Barbarism Lite.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE



Top Ten Ways Islamic Law Forbids Terrorism

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, has been convicted on all counts in the Boston Marathon bombings. Here are some of the ways the Tsarnaev brothers broke Muslim law.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE



Capital Punishment? A Dead Policy Walking

A jury in Boston has returned a guilty verdict on all 30 counts against the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE


TSA ‘Behavior Detection Program’ Aimed at Undocumented Immigrants, Not Terrorists

A Transportation Security Administration checklist that presents yawning, throat clearing and staring at one’s feet as “suspicious” behavior targets undocumented immigrants, Intercept reporter Jana Winter tells “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



Terrorism, Violence, and the Culture of Madness

So-called free market policies, values, and practices with their emphasis on the privatization of public wealth, the elimination of social protections, and the deregulation of economic activity now shape practically every commanding political and economic institution in the United States.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



The Mark of Terror

French prosecutor Brice Robin has said, “There is no reason to suspect a terrorist attack” in Germanwings copilot Andreas Gunter Lubitz’s crashing of a crowded airliner into a mountainside. But I disagree.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE


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Journalism as Subversion

The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE



Want to Find Terrorists? Check Out Your Church

That peaceful-looking Christian next door may be part of a terrorist sleeper cell that received training at the Vatican or in Salt Lake City.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: Obama Launched ‘the Most Extensive Global Terrorism Campaign the World Has Yet Seen’

In an interview with a Brazilian television network, Noam Chomsky discusses the many ways the Obama administration has not only supported terrorism but taken part in it.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE



Iran’s Khamenei Says GOP’s Letter Is ‘Disgusting’ and Shows U.S. System’s Decline (Video)

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei spoke Thursday about the letter that 47 Republican senators sent to him warning that any nuclear deal he made with President Obama would have no staying power.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE



Will Boko Haram Cause Nigeria’s North and South to Separate?

Thanks to the Islamist extremist group, old north-versus-south sentiments now threaten to split the regions that had found solidarity against an incompetent government. The upshot could be more terrorism.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE



John Boehner’s Sorry Spectacle

The House speaker needs to decide whether he wants to be remembered as an effective leader or as a befuddled hack. So far, I’m afraid, it’s the latter.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



Ten Commandments for a Better American World

My suspicion is that what’s right and moral is also what’s practical and realistic. In that light, let me offer Ten Commandments for a better world in general.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE


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Islamic State Killer Featured in Videos Is Identified as Mohammed Emwazi

He was dubbed “Jihadi John” before his real name was known, and as of Thursday, The Washington Post claimed that the killer from the Islamic State group who was prominently featured in recent beheading videos is Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’

Think you need to be apprehended overseas by American authorities in order to be held in a “black site”? Think again.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Militants Abduct More Than 70 Christians in Syria

Members of the Islamic State group launched a broad raid on several villages in Syria starting early Monday, and by Tuesday the militant group had kidnapped more than 70 Christians.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE


Why Are Intelligence Agencies So Unintelligent?

Robert Scheer, Leslie Cockburn and Juan Cole discuss how intelligence agencies have failed when it comes to the Middle East, terrorism and other areas.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



Al-Qaeda’s Feud With Denmark

Denmark, a relatively small country with a population of 5.7 million, is clearly in al-Qaeda’s sights, and not only because of the Jyllands Posten publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE



Boehner Ready to Let Homeland Security Funding Bill Pass Its Expiration Date

Who’s ready for another government shutdown threat? House Speaker John Boehner, for one.

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 READ MORE



Suspect in Copenhagen Killings Is Shot to Death (Video)

Danish police killed a suspect in two shootings that occurred Saturday, one of them at a free-speech debate organized by the cartoonist Lars Vilks, who had depicted the prophet Muhammad as a dog.

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 READ MORE



Gunmen Kill One at Blasphemy Debate in Copenhagen

One man is dead and three police officers are injured after assailants opened fire on a cafe in Copenhagen where a Swedish artist who faced death threats for caricaturing the prophet Muhammad was attending a debate on Islam and free speech, The Guardian reports.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



Middle East Reacts to Murder of 3 Muslim-American Students in North Carolina

If American mass media seemed reluctant to cover the murder of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a hate crime, the same was not true in the Middle East, where strong opinions were aroused.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



(DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy)

Obama’s Ambivalent War Logic

President Obama’s request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn’t really tell us how.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE


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Yemeni Boy Was Killed by U.S. ‘Death Machines’ He Once Described

Although the U.S. government has claimed otherwise, 13-year-old Mohammed Tuaiman, who was killed in a CIA-backed drone strike Jan. 26 in Hareeb, Yemen, had no connection to al-Qaida, according to his family.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE


Chomsky on ‘Sniper,’ Hebdo and Terrorism (and What We Can Do About It)

“The more we can blame some crime on some enemy, the greater the outrage,” Noam Chomsky said in a recent discussion about terrorism.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE



Did a Self-Radicalized Lone Wolf White Terrorist Kill 3 Young Muslim Students in Chapel Hill?

It is a kind of a stupid question, but its stupidity is just more apparent when asked of someone with an English last name.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE



Muslim Students’ Murders Spark Criticism of Media Coverage

Three young Muslim students were shot and killed Tuesday in Chapel Hill, N.C. The circumstances around the shooting were bad enough; but in the eyes of critics around the world, how the story was—or wasn’t—covered only compounded the tragedy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



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Patronizing at the Prayer Breakfast

The admonition not to “get on our high horse” about jihadist terror as a “unique” phenomenon rings hollow, coming from a leader who routinely sends missile-firing drones to blow suspected militants to bits.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get

Both ISIS and the West revel in brutality that feeds the fever for war. The line that separates us from our enemies is technological, not moral. We are those we fight.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE


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