We tell ourselves the stories we need to hear. This is excerpt details American involvement in Afghanistan, but from a non-embedded reporters point of view and analysis.
“The central thesis of the American failure in Afghanistan — the one you’ll hear from politicians and pundits and even scholars — was succinctly propounded by Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage: “The war in Iraq drained resources from Afghanistan before things were under control.” In this view, the American invasion of Iraq became a crucial distraction from stabilization efforts in Afghanistan, and in the resulting security vacuum the (Read more…)
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The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has launched a new project – Naming the Dead – that aims to identify those killed in drone strikes.
As part of its investigative work the Bureau has been tracking and recording drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia for over two years. Naming the Dead specifically focuses on the people who have been dying in the drone war with the aim of identifying as many as possible.
More than 2,500 people have been killed in the tribal region of north west (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Feb. 28, 2013: #freebrad: Tweeting Bradley Manning trial before US military court, where the whistleblower has reportedly pleaded guilty to providing Wikileaks with confidential military material. But he has denied the charges relating to “aiding the enemy”, which is the most serious of all the charges he faces. Tweets about “#freebrad” The Canadian Progressive READ MORE
PFC Manning, the source of WikiLeaks’ massive expose of U.S. foreign policy, has been in jail without for close to 1 000 days. By Nathan Fuller | Bradley Manning Support Network, Feb. 15, 2013: PFC Bradley Manning has been in jail awaiting trial for nearly 1,000 days for exposing war crimes, corruption, and widespread abuse. READ MORE
Beneath: Jeremy Scahill
Jeremy Scahill is the national security correspondent for The Nation magazine. His book Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (2007) chillingly details the emergence of private contracting in the course America’s War on Terror.
His new book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield is due to be released later this year. Meantime the documentary film Dirty Wars is being screened at this year’s Sundance Festival.
Scahill’s remarkable journalistic journey into the dark underside of American covert war is referred to by Amazon in its introduction as an attempt to chase down “the
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by Eve Ensler |The Guardian/UK, January 13, 2013 The Delhi Rape, Savile, Ohio – Extreme acts of sexual violence seem to be everywhere. In response, a worldwide day of action has been called There seems to be two types of risings on the planet right now. One is a sexual violence typhoon that is impacting most countries in READ MORE