Bowe Bergdahl and America’s Antiwar Hypocrisy

The controversy surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been as notable for its moral poverty as its rhetorical intensity. Conservatives have branded Bergdahl a traitor, hardly worth the five Afghan detainees for whom he was traded. Liberals have defended the exchange while stopping well short of defending the man himself. But if Bergdahl did indeed desert […]

Meeting in a Tunnel

There was this village in England which took great pride in its archery. In every yard there stood a large target board showing the skills of its owner. On one of these boards every single arrow had hit a bull’s eye. A curious visitor asked the owner: how is this possible? The reply: "Simple. First […]

Yet Another War of Deceit

The Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights is now 47 years old. Two generations of Israelis have grown up, matured and been educated in a country depriving millions of their political rights. In Israel’s political leadership, settlers residing in the Occupied Territories and recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union […]

Is Human Rights Watch Too Close to the US Government?

In the realm of human rights advocacy, few organizations enjoy the influence commanded by Human Rights Watch (HRW). With outposts and contacts all over world, the New York-based NGO enjoys a reputation for assiduously chronicling human rights abuses and leveraging its political clout to hold abusers to account. HRW experts routinely testify before Congress, and […]

266 Killed Across Iraq As Militants Storm Mosul University

At least 266 people were killed and 87 more were wounded in the ongoing bloodshed, which the foreign minister blamed on Prime Minister Maliki. Also, Islamic State militant avoided another confrontation with Mosul residents and targeted their university instead of an ancient shrine or mosque.

In Gaza, International Law Is Up in Flames

As Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip rages on, ceasefires come and go. Most last just long enough for Palestinians to dig out the dead from beneath their collapsed houses, get the injured to overcrowded and under-resourced hospitals, and seek enough food and water to last through the next round of airstrikes. “There is nothing […]

Top Ways To Justify Civilian Casualties in War

Wars should be a tough sell, what with the fact that lots of people tend to die in them. Thankfully for warmongers, there are so many ways to downplay this uncomfortable reality. If you want to go to war, the resulting dead people bit can be downplayed with a few of the following helpful tips. […]

An East-West Showdown in the Heart of Africa?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. For the last two years, TomDispatch Managing Editor Nick Turse has been following the Pentagon and the latest U.S. global command, AFRICOM, as they oversaw the expanding operations of the American military across that continent: drones, a special ops surge, interventions, training missions, bases (even if not called bases), proxy wars. […]

Almost 5,700 Killed Across Iraq in July has determined that at least 5,698 people were killed and 2,018 more were wounded during the month of July. Our analysis of the figures is below. Also, the Kurdish government is asking the U.S. government for weaponry, and the Mosul Brigades appear to be quickly gathering strength. If both groups gain reinforcements, it could mean higher figures for August.

Parsing the East Asian Powder Keg

The past six months have seen an incredible ratcheting up of tensions in the East and South China Seas, where the world’s three largest economies – China, the United States, and Japan – are caught up in an increasingly tangled web of territorial disputes, competing alliances, and historical grievances. In February, U.S. Secretary of State […]