Tag Archives: War on Terror

Alfred W. McCoy: The Real American Exceptionalism

From the article: According to documents whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked to the Washington Post, the U.S. spent $500 billion on its intelligence agencies in the dozen years after the 9/11 attacks, including annual appropriations in 2012 of $11 billion for the National Security Agency (NSA) and $15 billion for the CIA. If we add the $790 billion expended on the Department of Homeland Security to that $500 billion for overseas intelligence, then Washington had spent nearly $1.3 trillion to build a secret state-within-the-state of absolutely unprecedented size and power.

▶ Richard Seymour: Charlie Hebdo, Islamophobia and the Freedom of Expression

Author Richard Seymour says the free speech argument is being used to obscure the reality of Islamophobia in Europe

Yes! — 10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014 (Yeah, You Heard That Right)

Let’s be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating. by Sarah van Gelder  Yes! Magazine  December 29, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri. October, 2014. Photo by Sarah-Ji. In 2014, we saw a lot of brutality. Unarmed black men and women were killed by police, women were raped on college […]

Tom Engelhardt: The Senate Drone Report of 2019 — Looking Back on Washington’s War on Terror

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The National Security State “Works,” Even If Nothing It Does Works By Tom Engelhardt  tomdispatch.com  December 18, 2014 It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress. That day, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on […]

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Glenn Greenwald: Talking to James Risen about “Pay Any Price,” the War on Terror, and Press Freedoms

 Fear is hard to question. It is central to the financial well-being of countless federal bureaucrats, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, analysts, and pundits. Fear generates funds. Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  November 25, 2014 James Risen, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for exposing the NSA warrantless eavesdropping program, has long been one of the nation’s […]

Henry A. Giroux; ISIS and the Spectacle of Terrorism—Resisting Mainstream Workstations of Fear

Surely, fighting “the inhuman” does not justify the indiscriminate killing of Syrian civilians by drones and high-tech fighter jets, among other dastardly crimes? The human and inhuman too often bleed into each other, destroying this wretched, unreflective rhetoric. This is a dangerous binary because it closes down questions of history, politics, power, justice and the […]

Washington Admits, ‘War On Terror’ Is Designed To Be Permanent State of War

 Senior officials with the Obama administration recently told the United States Senate that the War on Terror, including the renewed invasion of Iraq, premised on fighting the so-called Islamic State of ISIS, will continue for “at least” another decade or two, in their words. CounterCurrentNews.com  September 22, 2014 Assistant Defense Secretary Michael Sheehan testified before […]

Henry Giroux and others: Twelve Theses on Education’s Future in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism

(Image: Open Source Way) This excerpt from the chapter titled, “Twelve Theses on Education’s Future in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism,” is taken from the book,  Neoliberalism, Education, Terrorism: Contemporary Dialogues, by Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Henry A. Giroux, Kenneth J. Saltman and Sophia A. McClennen and is offered with the kind permission of Paradigm […]

▶ Human Rights and Civil Rights: A colloquium inspired by Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Published on Apr 28, 2014 On April 17, 2014, Dr. Condoleezza Rice gave the Distinguished Carlson Lecture at the University of Minnesota as part of the series of events entitled, “Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice,” sponsored by the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the American […]

UMN Faculty Statement on the Visit of Dr. Condoleezza Rice  

University of Minnesota faculty respond to decision to have Condoleezza Rise speak on campus. Comment by Coleen Rowley and link to petition: Please read the concerns of nearly 200 U of MN faculty who object to the University President and Humphrey Institute Dean who, without consulting anyone, decided to put someone who has committed war […]

▶ Noam Chomsky “The War in Afghanistan” [Fascinating Lecture!]

“Obama is running the biggest terrorist operation that exists, maybe in history.”  — Noam Chomsky (2013) Published on Dec 4, 2013   (Date:  December 8, 2001) In response to US declarations of a “War on Terrorism” in 1981 and the re-declaration in 2001, Chomsky has argued that the major sources of international terrorism are the world’s […]

Meredith Aby: On the 12-year anniversary of the war on Afghanistan

“The UN reported this year that civilian casualties have increased 16 percent this year.  In two different UN reports this year they documented that the increase in fighting this year has overly affected women and children – there has been a 30 percent increase in injuries and deaths of children and a 60 percent jump in deaths […]

Poet Misty Rowan on Women, the Media, Drones, Community, and A Better World

Misty Rowan Peacestock 2013 from Bill Sorem PLUS 1 week ago ALL AUDIENCES Misty Rowan appeared at Peacestock 2013, sponsored by Veterans for Peace, July 13, 2013, Hagar City, WI.  Misty is a Twin Cities activist,  Anti-War Committee member, and a poet.  Her website is http://www.missteatree.com. Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND […]

Henry A. Giroux> The Violence of Organized Forgetting

Within the existing neoliberal historical conjuncture, there is a merging of violence and governance and the systemic disinvestment in and breakdown of institutions and public spheres that have provided the minimal conditions for democracy. By Henry A. Giroux  Monday, 22 July 2013  Truthout | Op-Ed “People who remember court madness through pain, the pain of the perpetually recurring […]

Cora Currier> Child’s Death in Drone Strike Tests Obama’s Transparency Pledge

On June 9, a U.S. drone fired on a vehicle in a remote province of Yemen and killed several militants, according to media reports. By Cora Currier   Posted on Jul 1, 2013  This article first appeared on ProPublica. truthdig.com It soon emerged that among those who died was a boy – 10-year-old Abdulaziz, whose elder brother, Saleh Hassan Huraydan, was believed […]

Obama speech suggests possible expansion of drone killings | McClatchy

Nearly 4,000 people are estimated to have died in U.S. drone strikes since 2004, the vast majority if them conducted by the CIA in Pakistan’s tribal area bordering Afghanistan. A mechanic works on one of the Marine Corps’ two K-MAX unmanned helicopter sat Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. The two drones are used for supply missions […]

[Video] Thom Hartmann> Obama: The Era of Bush is Over!

 thomhartmann Published on May 23, 2013 Thom Hartmann comments on President Obama’s speech in which he calls for an end to the policies set in place by President George W. Bush in dealing with terrorism. Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top […]

Glenn Greenwald> Washington gets explicit: its ‘war on terror’ is permanent

Senior Obama officials tell the US Senate: the ‘war’, in limitless form, will continue for ‘at least’ another decade – or two Glenn Greenwald  guardian.co.uk, Friday 17 May 2013 07.54 EDT Assistant Defense Secretary Michael Sheehan, right, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s May 16, 2013, hearing on the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. […]

“Sunshine is the best antidote to tyranny”> Independent Journalism on War, Conflict and Human Rights – NCMR 2013

Jeff Cohen, Amy Goodman, Norman Solomon, Marjorie Cohn, & Sonali Kolhatkar on war, journalism, civil rights, drones, human rights, citizen journalism, Bradley Manning and much much more.  videofreepress Published on Apr 11, 2013 Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top of the page […]

Noor Elashi to speak in Twin Cities> Holy Land 5> Father’s Unjust Imprisonment video

Palestine Solidarity Under Attack: From the Holy Land 5 to the Anti War 23 Sunday, April 14 @ 3pm @ Mayday Bookstore @ 301 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis The Holy Land Foundation was once the largest Muslim charity in the United States. That’s until the Bush administration shut it down three months after 9/11 because of […]