Protests Against Israel’s Assault on Gaza Escalated as Palestinians Experienced Bloodiest Day So Far

By: Monday July 21, 2014 9:21 am

Israel kills militants entering from #Gaza tunnels as death toll tops 500 in conflict: http://t.co/Id09tr9n1y pic.twitter.com/vm6gbTKucg — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 21, 2014 While thousands of people turned out to protest against Israel’s ongoing military operations in Gaza, Palestinians experienced their bloodiest day yesterday. Over 500 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched its [...]

State Department Responds to Israel’s Bombing of Children Playing on Gaza Beach by Blaming Hamas

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 6:41 pm

(update below) Four Palestinian boys, who were from the same family, were targeted and bombed by Israeli military forces while they were playing football (or soccer) on the beach. The boys were killed nearby the Al Deira hotel, where international journalists have been staying. They appeared to be targeted yet to the United States State [...]

Family of Palestinian-American Teen Who Was Beaten by Israeli Police Demand He Be Released from House Arrest

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 4:48 pm

The family of a fifteen year-old Palestinian-American, who was brutally beaten by Israeli police, have issued a demand to the Israeli government to release Tarek Abu Khdeir from house arrest so that he can return to Tampa, Florida, where he lives. Video captured on July 3 shows Tariq lying on the ground with his hands [...]

No-Fly List Appeals System Declared Unconstitutional; No-Fly is No Fair

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 6:49 am

People on the government’s no-fly list are denied their constitutional right to due process, because the government’s procedures to challenge inclusion on the secretive roster are “wholly ineffective,” U.S. District Judge Anna Brown declared in a case brought by thirteen American citizens and supported by the ACLU. Important: The court did not declare the no-fly [...]

Ten Reasons Airstrikes in Iraq are a Terrible Idea

By: Monday June 23, 2014 7:50 am

Here are some of the many reasons airstrikes (or any other form of U.S. military action) in Iraq are just a terrible idea.

Technology and the End of Privacy

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 8:31 am

The self-created end of privacy in the United States was brought about as much by technology as desire. Those who claim there is little new here — the government read the mail of and wiretapped the calls and conversations of Americans under COINTELPROfrom 1956 to at least 1971 – do not understand the impact of [...]

State Dept. Has Lowest Ranking in Government for FOIA Request Replies

By: Tuesday May 13, 2014 10:37 am

One of the better ideas of modern government in America was the creation in 1966, and amendment in 1974, of the Freedom of Information Act. The concept behind it dates right back to the Founding– people in a democracy must know what their government is doing in their names. Such an informed citizenry (in Jefferson’s [...]

State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 11:00 am

The United States State Department has released its annual report on global terrorism where it highlights “serious threat” posed to the US by the growth in affiliates of Al Qaeda while also acknowledging that the “international community has severely degraded Al Qaeda’s core leadership.” As it describes, “Leadership losses in Pakistan, coupled with weak governance [...]

War Toys for Kids: Back to the Future in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 8:29 am

The things people do for money. At least I hope it is for money because if anyone stills believes this stuff they are in sad, sad shape. Drops in the Ocean Lt. Commander Jennifer Cragg at “NATO” headquarters in Afghanistan brings us (only on the “NATO” website of course; even the lamest of the main [...]

On the Death of Anne Smedinghoff, Three U.S. Soldiers and an Interpreter

By: Friday April 25, 2014 9:08 am

The Chicago Tribune gained access to the 2013 U.S. Army report on the death of State Department Foreign Service Officer Anne Smedinghoff in Afghanistan. She was only 25 years old. She was one of three American civilians, three soldiers and a local interpreter killed in what was once the deadliest day of last year for [...]

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