US Military Clears Itself of Blame in Syria Strike That Killed ‘Piles’ of Women and Children

No U.S. personnel will be held accountable for a March 2019 airstrike that killed scores of Syrian civilians including women and children, the Pentagon said Tuesday in announcing that an internal investigation into the massacre found that no laws of war were broken and that there was no cover-up of the incident as alleged in … Continue reading “US Military Clears Itself of Blame in Syria Strike That Killed ‘Piles’ of Women and Children”

‘All of These Guys Belong in Prison’: CIA Torture Described in Vivid Detail by Psychologist

One of the psychologists paid tens of millions of dollars by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to oversee the interrogation of prisoners in the so-called War on Terror provided new details on Monday about the torture of a Guantánamo Bay detainee at CIA “black site” in Thailand. The New York Times reports James E. Mitchell … Continue reading “‘All of These Guys Belong in Prison’: CIA Torture Described in Vivid Detail by Psychologist”

New Reporting Details Corporate Media’s War Industry Pundits

U.S. corporate media outlets are saturated with pundits – many of them ex-military or national security officials – who take to the airwaves to promote hawkish policies and actions in Ukraine and elsewhere without disclosing their own ties to the arms industry, according to a report published Tuesday. Analyzing punditry across a range of outlets … Continue reading “New Reporting Details Corporate Media’s War Industry Pundits”

‘Travesty of Justice’: Turkey Seeks Transfer of Khashoggi Murder Trial to Saudi Arabia

Human rights advocates were stunned but not surprised Thursday after a Turkish prosecutor asked a court to move the trial of 26 Saudi men accused of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia – whose Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is widely believed to have ordered the assassination. The Washington Post – where Khashoggi worked … Continue reading “‘Travesty of Justice’: Turkey Seeks Transfer of Khashoggi Murder Trial to Saudi Arabia”

Declassified Docs Show CIA Used Prisoner as a Torture Training Prop

A prisoner at a Central Intelligence Agency “black site” in Afghanistan was used as a training prop to teach U.S. operatives how to torture other prisoners, leaving him with serious brain damage and other ailments, newly declassified documents published this week affirmed. Ammar al-Baluchi, a 44-year-old Kuwaiti national, is currently imprisoned at the US prison … Continue reading “Declassified Docs Show CIA Used Prisoner as a Torture Training Prop”

‘No Military Solution’ to Russia-Ukraine Conflict, Say Expert Voices

As President Joe Biden ratchets up tensions with Moscow by assuring Ukraine that “the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively” to a Russian invasion, experts warned Monday that there is no military solution to the seven-year war between neighbors with so much shared history and culture. “The hawkish outcry for more … Continue reading “‘No Military Solution’ to Russia-Ukraine Conflict, Say Expert Voices”

‘Anti-Democratic and Cowardly’: US Building New Secret Courtroom at Guantánamo

Human rights advocates and attorneys representing Guantánamo Bay detainees on Thursday decried a secret new courtroom reportedly being built by the Pentagon at the notorious offshore US prison. The New York Times reports Gitmo’s new second courtroom – which will cost $4 million – will not allow members of the public to witness proceedings against … Continue reading “‘Anti-Democratic and Cowardly’: US Building New Secret Courtroom at Guantánamo”

‘Alarming’ Levels of ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Water Near US Bases in Okinawa

As the US military continues construction of a controversial new base at Henoko Bay, Okinawa, the recent discovery of extreme levels of highly toxic “forever chemicals” in local waterways and groundwater has renewed long-standing opposition to the American occupation of large portions of the Japanese archipelago. “Imagine the uproar if China were responsible for this … Continue reading “‘Alarming’ Levels of ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Water Near US Bases in Okinawa”

‘Organized State Terrorism’: Palestinians Condemn New Israeli Surveillance Revelations

Activists from Palestinian groups recently designated “terrorist organizations” by Israel’s government expressed outrage and resolve Monday following revelations that their phones were hacked with Pegasus spyware, and amid the exposure of a sweeping facial recognition surveillance campaign in the West Bank by Israeli occupation forces. “It’s difficult to describe the feeling of invasion and intrusion … Continue reading “‘Organized State Terrorism’: Palestinians Condemn New Israeli Surveillance Revelations”

Warnings of ‘More Death and Suffering’ in Yemen as US Moves to Sell Saudis Missiles

Antiwar activists on Thursday accused the Biden administration of throwing fuel on the flames of the Saudi-led war in Yemen after the US State Department notified Congress it approved a new $650 million missile sale to the repressive Middle Eastern monarchy. Defense News reports the Pentagon said the Saudi government requested to purchase 280 AIM-120C-7/C-8 … Continue reading “Warnings of ‘More Death and Suffering’ in Yemen as US Moves to Sell Saudis Missiles”