June 28, 2016 | Obama’s “Humanitarian” Bombing Campaign “Against” the Islamic State (ISIS) Michel Chossudovsky, June 27 2016 The humanitarian pretext is bogus, the air strikes are illegal, extensive war crimes have been committed, Obama is no protecting civilians. The civilian deaths resulting from the air strikes are deliberate. The 2016 U.S. Election: A Possible […]
I thought it was the coolest damn thing in the world. I was like ‘Oh man, I get to play a video game all day!’ And then reality hits you that you may have to kill somebody.
Michael Haas, former drone operator
August opened with a major development in the struggle against anti-Black racism in the US and beyond.
Edward Snowden discusses our choices for the future.
The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win. Related: Liberal Antiwar Activism is the Problem James Fallows, The Atlantic <http://www.theatlantic.com> January/February, 2015 | […]
This [war propaganda] was the model for Washington’s subsequent invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and, by stealth, Syria. All qualify as “paramount crimes” under the Nuremberg standard; all depended on media propaganda.
This announcement comes on the heels of a rather scathing report from the DOJ’s inspector general last week which found the nefarious privately-run facilities had a greater number of safety and security incidents than those run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Politics in totalitarian societies are entertainment. Reality, because it is complicated, messy and confusing, is banished from the world of mass entertainment. Clichés, stereotypes and uplifting messages that are comforting and self-congratulatory, along with elaborate spectacles, replace fact-based discourse.
But the question of how to push back against the problem has seemed gargantuan. Four hundred and thirty-five Congressional districts: how to begin?
From 2006 to June 30th of this year B’Tselem found Israel demolished more than 1,113 Palestinian homes in the West Bank, making homeless 5,199, of whom 2,602 are children.
Under the guise of increased transparency, the administration has revealed partial information about its targeted killing program. But much remains classified. And what we do know does not comply with the law.
Informants, paid and unpaid, played a critical role in at least half of these cases, the report found. High-ranking government officials like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) also used these cases for their own political gain, according to reports. Often, allegations of terrorism have prompted the arrests of Muslim Americans like the Duka brothers, based on wholly fabricated plots, trumped up by federal authorities eager to show they are combating “homegrown terrorism.”
War Porn contains some of the most significant and original writing on deployment to be found in contemporary American literature about the Iraq War.
Poet Amy Sara Carroll wrote a series of 24 poems, titled “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto,” which were uploaded onto cellphones equipped with simple compasses and interfaces. Each poem is a form of lyrical advice that provides readers and listeners with tools for every hour of a day spent in the pernicious borderlands between the U.S. and Mexico.
What’s strange, however, is that none of this seems to have caused anyone in the national security state or the military to reconsider the last 15 years of military-first policies, of bombs dropped, troops dispatched, drones sent in, and what the results were across the Greater Middle East and now Africa. There is no serious recalibration, no real rethinking. The response to 15 years of striking failure in a vast region remains more of the same. State of failure indeed! –Tom
Fascist movements build their base not from the politically active but the politically inactive, the “losers” who feel, often correctly, they have no voice or role to play in the political establishment.