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Oil Rig

Convulsions of violent conflict from Iraq to Nigeria to Ukraine are all being fueled by the same thing—fuel.

Those dedicated to the Palestinian cause should think carefully about the tactics they choose.

Our government has always justified its worst abuses of power—here and abroad—on the basis of “national security.”

Spying

Since 9/11, the government has ceaselessly violated our constitutional rights—none more so than the right to privacy.

Washington always imagines it can control combustible situations abroad. It can’t. And it won’t.

Iraqi Oil Refinery

Once again, the media fails to address the issue underlying much of the violence in Iraq—control over its most precious resource.

A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga troops

“Of course we are proud to be in the fight. Kirkuk is our city.”

American military involvement would inflame, not ease, Iraq’s sectarian divisions.

Torture Protest

Eric Lomax was captured and tortured by the Japanese during World War II. Forty years later, he tracked down the man responsible.

Blogs

The much-hyped Washington Post series on privatized intelligence fails to effectively take on contractor involvement in assassinations, renditions and torture.

July 20, 2010

Literally millions of Americans are employed to battle Osama bin Laden and his minions, a Post series reports, arrayed against a threat that barely exists.

July 19, 2010

It's unlikely that Shahram Amiri was kidnapped and tortured. But it's not out of the question that he didn't want to be part of a propaganda campaign involving exaggerated or fake intelligence.

July 14, 2010

Obama and Gates have appointed a Marine general to Centcom famous for saying that he loves to kill. Hopefully, there's more to the story.

July 12, 2010

They're at it again. It's time for war with Iran, the neocons say.

July 9, 2010

Winter Bone—if you haven't seen this extraordinary, woman-directed film about a family in trouble in the Ozarks of Missouri, I recommend it. Grim it is. Irrelevant it is not.

July 8, 2010

Intelligence veteran Robert Grenier, who worked covertly in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, recently offered a rare glimpse into the world of  privatized intelligence, Blackwater and the CIA assassination program.

July 7, 2010

The political stalemate since Iraq's March 7 election continues, but the deck is stacked in Iran's favor.

July 6, 2010

More than six months after the implementation of the Obama/McChrystal strategy, and with one year to go before the beginning withdrawal of US forces, it's clear that the strategy in Afghanistan is failing on nearly all fronts.

July 1, 2010

Esther Kaplan, Editor of the Nation Institute's Investigative Fund, argues that investigative journalism has played a vital role in unearthing just how and where the three American hikers were detained by Iran.

June 30, 2010