Category: War Terrorism

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Gary Younge: Trump fears terrorists, but more Americans are shot dead by toddlers

Gun deaths – intentional, accidental and self-inflicted – dwarf those related to terror. The talk is of secure borders but within the US many live in a state of fear

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Paul Street: Unspeakable: the Black Book of Imperial Terrorism

American “mainstream” journalists who want to keep their paychecks flowing and their status afloat know they must report current events in a way that respects the taboo status of the nation’s underlying inequality and oppression structures and its savage and relentless imperial criminality. Those topics are understood as off limits, as beyond the narrow parameters Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: There is nothing the Turkish government can do to stop Isis terror attacks on its soil

The killing by an Islamic State (Isis) gunman of 39 civilians in a nightclub in Istanbul is the latest massacre in Turkey, where such slaughter is now happening every few weeks. The perpetrators may differ but the cumulative effect of these atrocities is to persuade Turks that they live in an increasingly frightening and unstable Read more…

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Robert Fisk: This is the reason why we don’t dwell on Turkish deaths in the West

If a democratically-elected dictator wants to act as a conduit in a neighbour’s civil war, what does he expect but massacres in his own major cities?

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Juan Cole: Rebuking Fundamentalists, Funeral for Palestinian-Israeli Istanbul Victim draws Thousands

Western elites have to stop destabilizing the place for the sake of black gold

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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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