Category: War Terrorism

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Conn Hallinan: Spiraling Into Permanent War

Targeted assassinations by drones, the use of torture, extra-legal renditions, and the invasions of several Muslim countries have combined to yield an unmitigated disaster

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Robert Fisk: The invasion of Afghanistan 15 years ago was an arrogant, wretched adventure that caused a migrant crisis

Afghanistan will not become Islamistan or even Talibanistan. It will, when the West finally packs up and leaves, become Mafiastan. Perhaps it already is

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Vijay Prashad: 15 Years Later the Taliban Is Back in Power in Afghanistan, and More Radical Than Ever

A complete disaster up and down the line

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Nick Turse: America’s Winless Wars

Winning: it’s written into the DNA of the U.S.A. After all, what’s more American than football legend Vince Lombardi’s famous (if purloined) maxim: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”?

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Marjorie Cohn: Killing Rules

In January 2013, President Barack Obama promised to make the rules for the United States’ targeted killing program “more transparent to the American people and the world”

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Juan Cole: Top Six US Problems worse than Terrorism

Between 2001 and 2013, over 400,000 Americans died of gunshot wounds. In the same period, 3,380 died of terrorism

Stephen Kinzer: Saudi Arabia Bill Opens US to Avalanche of Lawsuits

No one could sue the United States for damages, he reasoned, because “the United States does not engage in international terrorist activity.” He may honestly believe that, but judges in other countries might disagree

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Marjorie Cohn: Fifteen Years After 9/11, Perpetual “War on Terror” Continues Unabated

There is little doubt that the permanent war on terror will continue in a Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump administration

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Richard Falk: Failures of Militarism in Countering Mega-Terrorism

[Prefatory Note: I am posting on my blog a short article just published in a very good journal devoted to terrorism, Perspectives of Terrorism. It was originally presented at a conference in Washington, DC, and later revised. As always, civil comments welcome.]     Failures of Militarism in Countering Mega-Terrorism Abstract The introduction of this Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Before Orlando

For nine years Mateen worked for G4S Security, a British-based corporation that contracts with the U.S. and Israeli governments for work that often violates human rights on a massive scale

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