Brett Wilkins

Brett Wilkins

Brett Wilkins is a San Francisco-based freelance author and editor-at-large for US news at Digital Journal. His work, which focuses on issues of war and peace and human rights, is archived at www.brettwilkins.com.

 
 

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Since illegally occupying the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip in Palestine and the Golan Heights in Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War, over 200 Jews-only settler colonies have been built in the West Bank. (Photo: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 02, 2020
New ICC Complaint Filed Over US-Israel War Crimes in Palestine
A prominent Canadian human rights lawyer has submitted a request to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate senior US and Israeli officials for alleged war crimes committed against the Palestinian people. William Schabas, a professor of international law at Middlesex University in...
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Bombs dropped by a US Air Force B-26 Invader destroy civilian targets in Wonsan, Korea in 1951. (Photo: USAF Photo/Creative Commons) Views
Thursday, June 25, 2020
The Korean War and US 'Total Destruction' Began 70 Years Ago
For a brief moment in the summer of 1945 there was joy in Korea. Koreans, who had suffered tremendously during half a century of brutal Japanese occupation and World War II, celebrated what they believed was their liberation by victorious US and Soviet forces. Full of hope for a future free of...
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 Estimates of the number of civilians killed in the current war against terrorism, now in its 19th year, range from hundreds of thousands to over 2 million. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, June 12, 2020
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ro Khanna Introduce Bill to Increase Military Accountability for Civilian Casualties
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) this week introduced a bicameral bill meant to improve reporting, investigation and, ultimately, prevention of civilian casualties. On Wednesday, Khanna introduced the Protection of Civilians In Military Operations Act , which he said will “...
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Montano (pictured above), who was jailed after his extradition, was part of "a structure outside the law that gravely altered the public peace with executions of civilians and forced disappearances." (Photo: Democracy Now/Creative Commons) Views
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Spain: Trial Begins for Former Salvadoran Colonel Accused of ’89 Jesuit Massacre
The trial of a former US-trained Salvadoran military officer accused of involvement in the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her teenage daughter began Monday in Spain’s national court in Madrid. El País reports former colonel Inocente Orlando Montano, who was El Salvador’s...
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White people who kill black men in the United States often face no legal consequences.  (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
A Perfectly Legal Lynching in Georgia?
The South Georgia prosecutor who advised police that there was insufficient evidence to arrest two white men involved in the fatal shooting of black runner Ahmaud Arbery called the killing “an act of justifiable homicide.” The Glynn County Police Department released a statement on Saturday...
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Buttar’s recognition and support are growing in the San Francisco district he hopes to represent and beyond as Californians, who moved the date of their primary from June to Super Tuesday, mail in their ballots or prepare to head to the polls on March 3. (Photo: https://shahidforchange.us/) Views
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
'Not Looking to Keep Pelosi': Why Susan Sarandon Is Endorsing Berniecrat Shahid Buttar for Congress
There is a school of thought which posits that a Bernie Sanders presidential nomination could undermine down-ballot Democratic candidates come Election Day. This notion was on full display over the weekend as Pete Buttigieg attacked Sanders after the Vermont senator won eight times as many...
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Prominent international critics have called Israel’s Jews-only settlements, as well as segregated roads and other infrastructure, a form of apartheid.  (Photo: The West Bank settlement of Givat Zeev is pictured in late December, 2016) Views
Saturday, February 15, 2020
UN Publishes List of Companies Profiting from Israel’s Illegal Settlements in Palestine
After years of unexplained delays, the United Nations this week released a list of over 100 companies with ties to illegal Israeli settler colonies in the occupied West Bank of Palestine. In a statement released on Wednesday, the UN Human Rights Office identified 112 businesses profiting from the...
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View from Dresden city hall after the February 13-15, 1945 Allied bombing. (Photo: Deutsch Fotohek/Wikimedia Commons) Views
Monday, February 10, 2020
The Beasts and the Bombings: Reflecting on Dresden, February 1945
The Allied destruction of Dresden wasn’t the biggest or deadliest aerial bombardment of a German city during World War II. But it is by far the most infamous, largely due to Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five. February 13 marks the 75th anniversary of what Vonnegut, who...
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Essentially, it’s democracy for sale to the highest bidder. (Photo: Joe Bruskey/cc/flickr) Views
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Bernie Sanders: 10 Years Fighting Citizens United
In my view, history will record that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is one of the worst decisions ever made by a Supreme Court in the history of our country.” -Sen. Bernie Sanders, 2011 Democracy For Sale This week marks the 10th anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election...
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Iranian mourners attending an anti-US demonstration aftr the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian Airbus. 290 civilian passengers and crew members, including 66 children, died. (Photo by Barry Iverson/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 10, 2020
Ukraine Airliner Tragedy Evokes Memories of US Iran Air Shootdown, Cubana Flight 455 Attack
“I’ll never apologize for the United States of America, ever; I don’t care what the facts are,” said Vice President George H. W. Bush after the US Navy shot down Iran Air Flight 655 in 1988, killing 290 innocent people, including 66 children. It’s too early to tell whether or not Iran shot down...
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