All War & Peace

Views
Torture’s Time for Accountability
I trust I was not alone in seeing irony in President Barack Obama’s public chiding of Sony on Friday for caving in to hacker demands to cancel distribution of its comedy “The Interview” – about a fictional CIA plot to assassinate North Korea’s real-life leader Kim Jong-Un – after a retaliatory...
Read more
Views
Okinawa: The Small Island Trying to Block the U.S. Military’s 'Pivot to Asia'
On December 10 — International Human Rights Day — Takeshi Onaga began his term as the new governor of Okinawa. Last month, the citizens of Okinawa delivered a landslide victory to Onaga, who ran on a platform opposing the construction of a new U.S. Marine Corps base in northern Okinawa. Using the...
Read more
Views
The Crazy US ‘Group Think’ on Russia
Has anyone in Official Washington thought through the latest foreign policy “group think,” the plan to destabilize nuclear-armed Russia? All the “smart” people, including the New York Times editors, are rubbing their hands with glee over the financial crisis being imposed on Russia because of the...
Read more
Further
Good Times, As Far As We Knew
Stephen Colbert ended his extraordinary nine-year run of The Colbert Report by killing the Grim Reaper, gleefully relishing his immortality and leading a massive sing-along of "We'll Meet Again" with a gazillion celebrities, from Willie Nelson to Gloria Steinem to Big Bird to Bryan Cranston...
Read more
News
Greenwald: Dick Cheney Should Be in 'Federal Prison' Not on 'Meet The Press'
Journalist Glenn Greenwald did not mince words on Thursday when asked to respond to comments made by former vice president Dick Cheney when he appeared on NBC's Meet The Press last Sunday. "The reason why Dick Cheney is able to go on 'Meet The Press' instead of being where he should be—which is in...
Read more
Views
The Unspeakable in Afghanistan
2014 marks the deadliest year in Afghanistan for civilians, fighters, and foreigners. The situation has reached a new low as the myth of the Afghan state continues. Thirteen years into America’s longest war, the international community argues that Afghanistan is growing stronger, despite nearly all...
Read more
Views
Women Fighting for Justice in Afghanistan are Treated with Contempt by Foreign Donors
"Without international pressure, women's rights will be nowhere on the agenda," an activist in Kabul told us recently, regarding the new government of Ashraf Ghani. Afghanistan's civil society organisations fought an often lonely battle for women's rights, accountability for war crimes and the need...
Read more
Further
The System Is Broken: Legal Aid Attorneys Walk Out and Die In
Citing their role as experts "in the belly of the beast,” hundreds of New York public defenders walked off their jobs and staged a die-in to protest racial inequality in a so-called justice system that has repeatedly failed many of their clients and, most recently, Michael Brown and Eric Garner,...
Read more
News
Leaked Internal CIA Document Admits US Drone Program "Counterproductive"
Wikileaks on Thursday has made public a never-before-seen internal review conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency that looked at the agency's drone and targeted assassination programs in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and elsewhere. The agency's own analysis, conducted...
Read more
News
Reflecting 'Global Surge in Authoritarianism,' 2014 Marks a Brutal Year for Journalists
2014 has been a grim year for journalists. Two leading press freedom groups have released their annual reports on the abuse and imprisonment of journalists around the globe and the evidence paints a world increasingly "barbaric" for those seeking to report on global events. Reflecting what the...
Read more

Pages