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.

 
 

Articles by this author

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...
Read more
 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...
Read more
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,...
Read more
"I was an artillery officer and we fired hundreds of rounds into Fallujah, killed probably hundreds of civilians… Probably killed women and children if there were any left in the city when we invaded. So do I get judged too?" (Photo: Duncan Hunter official congressional photo) Views
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Duncan Hunter Admits His Marine Unit ‘Killed Probably Hundreds of Civilians’ in Iraq
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has come under fire after admitting during a podcast interview that his Marine Corps unit "killed probably hundreds of civilians" during the atrocity-laden First Battle of Fallujah in 2004. Hunter's comments came during an interview on Barstool Sports' "Zero Blog...
Read more
Most countries surveyed in a 2013 WIN/Gallup poll identified the United States as the greatest threat to world peace. (Photo: CD/CC BY 2.0) Views
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Jimmy Carter: US 'Most Warlike Nation in History of the World'
The only US president to complete his term without war, military attack or occupation has called the United States “the most warlike nation in the history of the world.” During his regular Sunday school lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter revealed...
Read more
Views
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Killing for Credibility: A Look Back at the 1999 NATO Air War on Serbia
This month marks the 20th anniversary of Operation Allied Force, NATO’s 78-day air war against Yugoslavia. It was a war waged as much against Serbian civilians—hundreds of whom perished—as it was against Slobodan Milošević’s forces, and it was a campaign of breathtaking hypocrisy and selective...
Read more
“This is a historic moment for Mauritius and all its people, including the Chagossians who were unconscionably removed from their homeland and prevented from returning for the last half century.”(Photo: PA) Views
Monday, February 25, 2019
Diego Garcia: UN Court Calls on Britain to ‘Decolonize’ Chagos Islands
The United Nations’ highest court on Monday called Britain’s claim of sovereignty over the Chagos Islands “illegal” and urged London to “decolonize” the remote archipelago — which is home to one of the most important US overseas military bases — by returning the islands to Mauritius. In a 13-1 vote...
Read more
Views
Thursday, February 21, 2019
IHCHR: 11,800 Civilians Killed In US-Led Air Strikes in Syria, Iraq
Nearly 12,000 civilians have been killed by U.S.-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria since 2014, according to a statement from the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights. IHCHR spokesman Dr. Ali A. Al-Bayati said on Saturday that “about 11,800 civilians, including 2,300 children and 1,130 women, were...
Read more
The NATO-led coalition said it was unaware of any civilians in the area of the air strikes. (Photo: Domenico/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Afghan Officials: US Air Strike Kills At Least 30 Civilians, Including 16 Children
Officials in Afghanistan’s Helmand province and international media are reporting at least 30 civilians, including 16 children, were killed in the latest US air strike targeting Taliban militants. Reuters reports the latest US mass casualty bombing in Afghanistan came amid a surge in aerial...
Read more
Siblings Zaid, Ziyad and Aisha I’mad Mahmoud Al-Haj Al-Hussein were killed in a November 3 US-led air strike on their family home in Hajin, Deir Ezzor, Syria. (Photo: Syrian Network for Human Rights) Views
Friday, November 09, 2018
Latest US-Led Air Strikes Kill At Least 80 Syrian Civilians
The US-led coalition against Islamic State has carried out more than 100 new air strikes targeting the militant group’s remaining strongholds in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, killing at least 80 civilians — including dozens of women and children — in recent weeks. US-led bombing resumed on October...
Read more

Pages