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Burning Raqqa: The U.S. War Against Civilians in Syria
It was midday on Sunday, May 7th, when the U.S.-led coalition warplanes again began bombing the neighborhood of Wassim Abdo’s family. They lived in Tabqa, a small city on the banks of the Euphrates River in northern Syria. Then occupied by the Islamic State (ISIS, also known as Daesh), Tabqa was...
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Opening Gitmo to the World
To read Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantanamo is to run your mind along the contours of hell. The next step, if you’re an American, is to embrace it. Claim it. This is who we are: We are the proprietors of a cluster of human cages and a Kafkaesque maze of legal insanity. This torture...
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U.S. Backs War as UN Agencies Make Urgent Plea To End 'World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis'
In a joint statement released Wednesday, the United Nations' top relief agencies urged the international community to help provide humanitarian aid to Yemen, where a major cholera outbreak has been spreading rapidly since April. As UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Food...
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Home-from-War War Stories: Myth, Media & the Ken Burns Vietnam Series
Stories of Vietnam veterans treated badly by war protesters proliferated in the years surrounding the Persian Gulf War of 1991. They were the inspiration for the "yellow ribbon campaign" intended to signal that Gulf War veterans would be treated differently. My book inquiring into the origins and...
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Colonialism and Greed: Trump Considers Afghan War Expansion to Exploit Minerals
As the 16th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan approaches, President Donald Trump is reportedly being pressured by a billionaire financier and a chemical executive to extend the scope of the conflict for one simple, greedy reason: to exploit Afghanistan's mineral reserves. "This is...
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How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative
A new Vox video ( 7/17/17 ) is the latest addition to a media onslaught that propagates numerous misleading talking points to demonize Iran—just as the US government, under Donald Trump’s vehemently anti-Iran administration, is ratcheting up aggression against that country. The 10-minute film,...
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"The Beauty of Our Weapons" (and the War in Yemen)
O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes...
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The Hidden Costs of “National Security”
You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military , politicians , and the president , but these are the best of times for the Pentagon. Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well in excess of half a trillion dollars a year and counting...
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Took Back What They Stole From Me: The Resistance Revival
Summoning the spirit of the Women's March. Photo by Chang Lee/New York Times Marking six months since The Women's March , its organizers have launched the Resistance Revival Chorus : A Restoration of Force," a series of monthly events featuring protest songs aimed at reviving the spirit of...
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WaPo Worships Principled, Humanitarian McCain That’s Never Existed
In a fawning editorial Saturday ( 7/22/17 ), pillar of the national security establishment Washington Post fell over itself to commend a John McCain that never existed, instead lavishing praise on a well-curated PR facsimile developed over decades. After praising McCain for issuing a “toughly...
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