Has US Foreign Policy Ever Been Such a Mess?

I can’t remember a time when the U.S. military has been stuck in so many quagmires at once. Libya seems destined to fail unless the U.S. gets a lucky shot and kills Gadhafi. U.S. militarists are openly maneuvering to stay in Iraq — the war Obama told us was over. Relations with nuclear-armed Pakistan are … Continue reading “Has US Foreign Policy Ever Been Such a Mess?”

Is a Broader Peace Movement Finally Here?

A new antiwar movement that can really challenge U.S. militarism is being born. Today, people from across the political spectrum join together opposing U.S. war and empire. They cite a combination of events that present a “historic opportunity to redirect U.S. foreign policy down the pathways of peace, liberty, justice, respect for community, obedience to … Continue reading “Is a Broader Peace Movement Finally Here?”

Fair Trial for Manning Now Impossible

The credibility of the military justice system is being undermined by the prosecution of Bradley Manning. His abusive punishment without trial violates his due process rights, his harsh treatment in solitary confinement violates the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, and now the commander in chief has pronounced his guilt, making a fair trial impossible. … Continue reading “Fair Trial for Manning Now Impossible”

We Are All Bradley Manning

The following is a speech given by Kevin Zeese in support of Bradley Manning at Bus Boys and Poets in Washington, D.C., on March 13, 2011. His cell is six feet wide and twelve feet in length. It has a bed, a drinking fountain, and a toilet. At 5:00 a.m. he is woken up. He … Continue reading “We Are All Bradley Manning”

Punished for Seeking a More Perfect Union

Reports that Bradley Manning is being held nude every night at the Quantico brig and is forced to stand naked in the hallway while he waits for his clothes shows the inconsistency of Manning’s treatment with basic American values of due process, fair trial, and human dignity. Here is how his lawyer, David Coombs, describes … Continue reading “Punished for Seeking a More Perfect Union”

WikiLeaks at the Forefront of 21st-Century Journalism

If there was ever doubts about whether the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is a journalist, recent events erase those doubts and put him at the forefront of a movement to democratize journalism and empower people. The U.S. Department of Justice is still trying to find a way to prosecute Assange and others associated with … Continue reading “WikiLeaks at the Forefront of 21st-Century Journalism”

Bradley Manning Walking in the Footsteps of MLK

“The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve. It demands that we admit that we have been wrong … that we have been detrimental to … life…. The situation is one in which we must be ready to turn sharply from our present ways,” said Dr. Martin … Continue reading “Bradley Manning Walking in the Footsteps of MLK”

Bradley Manning and the Rule of Law

The case of Pfc. Bradley Manning raises legal issues about his pre-trial detention, freedom of speech and the press, and proving his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Putting aside Manning’s guilt or innocence, if Bradley Manning saw the Afghan and Iraq war diaries as well as the diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks, what should he … Continue reading “Bradley Manning and the Rule of Law”