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- A chilling article on the front page of today's Washington Post reports that the White House is "<!--StartFragment -->content to see the Israelis inflict the maximum damage possible on Hezbollah," as if that will accrue some benefit for the United States in its nebulous "war on read more »
Iraq's Bloody July by Robert Dreyfuss, | July 21, 2006As hell is unleashed in a civil war, Bush refuses to see the situation for what it is. read more »
Israel's Stupid-Smart Moves by Michael Shtender-Auerbach, | July 19, 2006Israel could negotiate a cease-fire with willing Arab neighbors, but does it want to? read more »
No Law-Free Zones by Michael Posner, boston.com | July 18, 2006Three ways to tell if the U.S. is following the rule of law. read more »
Can Israel Change? by Patrick Seale, | July 17, 2006Why the current crisis proves Israel must adopt a new security doctrine. read more »
Neocons Rise From Mideast Ashes by Robert Dreyfuss, | July 17, 2006Israel may be playing deliberately into the neoconservatives' bid to dominate global politics. read more »
- I'd like to think that one of the running themes of my blogging here is that every human being is equal. Palestinian lives and deaths are just as important as Israeli lives and deaths. Iraqis' dreams and hopes for their country are equally important as Americans' for theirs. And so I wish we'd had something intelligent to say, some way to mark the violent slaughter of over 200 civillians in Mumbai. We didn't. read more »
A Legal House Of Cards by Jennifer Van Bergen, | July 13, 2006Democracy is undermined by "terror" indictments based on nothing more than talk. read more »
Letting Gaza Burn by Chris Toensing, | July 13, 2006As the fires of conflict spread to engulf Lebanon, will the United States act to prevent open war? read more »
Bad Ad, Worse Product by Tom Porteous, | July 11, 2006Instead of TV commercials denouncing terror, Iraqis need the U.S. to stop nourishing terrorism. read more »
Congress To Investigate CIA For Possible Violations Of National Sec. Act, commondreams.org | October 29, 2009
WASHINGTON - October 28 - Members of Congress have begun an investigation into allegations that the CIA intentionally violated the National Security Act of 1947 by misleading them about its intelligence activities and programs on several occasions, including the agency’s use of torture and the destruction of interrogation videotapes.
U.S. may be invited to become part of Southeast Asia, tajikistannews.net | October 25, 2009
"Southeast Asian countries want to form a bloc similar to the United States. In fact the group wants to include the U.S. in the bloc.
The initiative has come from Japan which is urging leaders of Southeast Asian nations to establish an east asian community which would include the United States as a member..."
Ritter Warns Against “Politically Motivated Hype” on Iran Nuke Program, democracynow.org | September 30, 2009
Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter joins us to discuss what he calls “politically motivated hype” over Iran’s nuclear program. The Obama administration has warned of sanctions unless Iran allows inspections of a newly disclosed nuclear site. Iran insists the site has been used for peaceful purposes. The row comes just after Iran’s...
U.S. Ramps Up Withdrawal From Iraq, USA Today | August 31, 2009
The U.S. military is packing up to leave Iraq in what has been deemed the largest movement of manpower and equipment in modern military history — shipping out more than 1.5 million pieces of equipment from tanks to antennas along with a force the size of a small city. The massive operation already underway a year ahead of the Aug. 31, 2010 deadline to remove all U.S. more »
Senate Rejects Additional F-22 Fqunding, CNN | July 22, 2009
The Senate voted block expansion of one of the country's most controversial and expensive defense programs, the F-22 fighter jet program. The vote gave the White House and Pentagon a key victory over congressional supporters of the F-22, many of whom represent states and districts where jobs are tied to the production of the jet. more »
Deaths of U.S. Troops Exceed 5,000 In Wars, USA Today | July 21, 2009
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reached two solemn milestones Monday: July has become the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and the combined death toll surpassed 5,000. Four Americans were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Robert Carr said. That brings the number of U.S. servicemembers killed so far this month to at least 30. more »
U.S. Report On Terrorism Detainees Delayed 6 Months, Reuters | July 21, 2009
A key report ordered by U.S. President Barack Obama as part of his effort to close the internationally condemned Guantanamo prison will be delayed six months, but officials insisted they were still on track to shut it down by January. more »
U.S. Would Funnel More Money Into Diplomacy, USA Today | July 20, 2009
The State Department is poised to realize significantly larger percentage budget increases than the Pentagon — a reflection, officials say, of a bipartisan consensus that civilians should play a greater role in U.S. foreign policy. more »
GAO Finds Security Lapses At Federal Buildings, The Washington Post | July 9, 2009
It cost $150 and took about four minutes for government investigators, working in a sting operation, to make small bombs from materials they carried into high-security federal buildings that house major agencies with national security or law enforcement responsibilities. more »
Cyberattacks Hit U.S. and South Korean Web Sites, The New York Times | July 8, 2009
Cyberattacks that have crippled the Web sites of several major American and South Korean government agencies since the July 4th holiday weekend appear to have been launched by a hostile group or government, South Korea’s main government spy agency said. more »