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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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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The price was even higher for Iraqis the second time around, with a 2015 study concluding at least 1.2 million, and possibly more than 2 million, civilians and combatants in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have died in the ongoing US-led war on terrorism, now in its 19th year. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, January 06, 2020
Blood On Whose Hands?
In 1965, the Lyndon B. Johnson administration backed a military coup by a right-wing Indonesian general named Suharto — who like many Javanese used only his given name — that overthrew Sukarno, hero of his country’s freedom struggle against Dutch colonialism and its first post-independence...
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By 2006, at least 100 prisoners had died in US custody in Afghanistan and Iraq, most of them violently, according to government data. (Photo: US torture Image by Witness Against Torture) Views
Thursday, December 05, 2019
ICC Holds Hearing on Afghanistan War Crimes, Including US Torture
The International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a three-day hearing in the The Hague, Netherlands on Wednesday at which prosecutors and Afghan torture victims are attempting to convince the court to overturn a previous decision to refuse to investigate war crimes committed by Taliban, Afghan...
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Despite taking some steps to address the issue of child soldiers, the TIP states that the South Sudanese government “continued to use and recruit child soldiers… at times by force,” and did not fully implement its own action plan to demobilize children from security forces. (Photo: Charles Lomodong/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 01, 2019
For 9th Straight Year, US Grants Waivers to Countries Violating Anti-Child Soldier Law
For the third straight year, President Donald Trump has issued waivers to a law that prohibits US military assistance to nations whose armies or proxy militias include children among their ranks. The White House recently announced the US was granting full or partial waivers to the Child Soldiers...
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Tzipi Livni (pictured) is the former Israeli foreign minister who has been the subject of arrest warrants and a lawsuit in three countries for her alleged role in war crimes committed during the 2008-09 Cast Lead invasion of Gaza. (Photo: Stefano Montesi/Corbis via Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 28, 2019
Duke Students Protest Speech by Tzipi Livni, Former Israeli Foreign Minister Accused of War Crimes
Students at Duke University in North Carolina repeatedly interrupted a recent speaking event featuring Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli foreign minister who has been the subject of arrest warrants and a lawsuit in three countries for her alleged role in war crimes committed during the 2008-09 Cast...
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A Syrian man carried a child who was retrieved from a collapsed building following a reported U.S. coalition air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Sakhur in the northern city of Aleppo in July 2016. (Photo: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty) Views
Friday, October 11, 2019
Mainstream Media Suddenly Care About Syrian Civilian Casualties
Turn on any US cable news network or click on any mainstream media news story about the Turkish offensive in Syria and you"ll see lots of worrying about civilian casualties. On the first day of the Turkish campaign, all the major networks covered the mass exodus of Kurds facing imminent bombing and...
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Most of the torture techniques approved by the Bush administration—which included the interrupted drowning technique known as “waterboarding,” sleep, sensory and food deprivation, shackling in excruciating “stress positions,” the use of loud music and dogs to torment detainees, slamming into walls, solitary confinement, exposure to extreme heat or cold and sexual humiliation—are illegal under both domestic and international law. (Photo: Getty) Views
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Rights Groups Urge Senate to Reject Nomination of Torture Advocate Marshall Billingslea to Top Human Rights Post
In keeping with his administration’s consistent practice of appointing people who are inimical to the stated missions of the government agencies they’re tapped to lead, President Donald Trump has nominated a staunch advocate of torture to a top human rights position at the State Department. Last...
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A folder reading "Terrorists" on its cover, that forms part of the "Archives of Terror" is pictured at the Documentation and Archive Center for Human Rights Defense, at the Justice Palace in Asuncion, on January 16, 2019. - The archives that were found in 1992 at a police station in Asuncion, contain the most important documentation of the exchange of intelligence information and prisoners among the military regimes of the region known as "Operation Condor". The files served to order the arrest of former Pa Views
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Five Men Sentenced to Life for Operation Condor Killings Trained at School of the Americas
Five of the 24 men sentenced last week by an Italian court to life in prison for their roles in a brutal and bloody U.S.-backed Cold War campaign against South American dissidents graduated from a notorious US Army school once known for teaching torture, assassination, and democracy suppression. On...
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 After the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, under which all people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast were rounded up and imprisoned in dozens of civilian assembly centers (where they were often forced to sleep in crowded, manure-covered horse stables), relocation centers, military bases, and “citizen isolation centers.” (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 21, 2019
A Brief History of US Concentration Camps
Concentration camp (noun): a place in which large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities, sometimes to provide forced labor or to await mass execution. -Oxford English...
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On August 19, 1953, democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the CIA and British intelligence, after having nationalized the oil industry. The Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was re-installed in the primary position of power. Massive protests broke out across the nation, leaving almost 300 dead in firefights in the streets of Tehran. (Photo by - / INTERCONTINENTALE / AFP) (Photo: /AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 20, 2019
The Exceptionally American Historical Amnesia Behind Pompeo’s Claim of ‘40 Years of Unprovoked Iranian Aggression’
Someone attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. The Trump administration wants the world to believe that Iran is the culprit. Yet there is no serious evidence that Tehran was behind the attacks on the Norwegian and Japanese ships. Not only is there no proof of Iranian involvement,...
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