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Driven by the idée fixe that the world was rigidly divided into terrorist and non-terrorist camps, Washington allied with Afghan warlords and strongmen.

Abu Ghraib

Despite all evidence to the contrary, many Americans continue to believe that brutality, torture and rank illegality is the road to national safety.

There’s growing evidence that the Obama administration is providing just enough aid to the rebels to sustain the war, but not enough to topple Assad.

Mobile phone user in Cuba

Such covert operations are not sanitized by running them through USAID and wrapping them in the rhetoric of “democracy promotion.”

Stop torture

Unlike the rest of us, members of our national security state exist in what might be called ‘post-legal’ America. 

Fort Hood shooting

Since 2002, veterans have been committing murder individually and in groups, killing family, friends, strangers and—in appalling numbers—themselves.

Libyan rebels

The US plan to create another armed group to inject into Libya’s fractious sea of competing militias is going forward—and is fraught with peril.

US Army

If you want to know what US forces are doing in Africa, it helps to be connected to a large engineering or construction firm looking for business.

A cartoon by Bill Mauldin from the October 24, 1944, issue of Stars and Stripes

When US soldiers venture abroad, women’s bodies can become the occupied territories.

TSA screening

Rahinah Ibrahim’s life was derailed by the tangle of national security bureaucracies that have come to define post-9/11 America. 

Blogs

The deaths of the MH17 civilians ought to be the occasion for a cease-fire and a renewal of talks.

July 22, 2014

In a world overwhelmed by violence and conflict, the news just gets worse and worse.

July 22, 2014

The beach is supposed to be a refuge for the children of Gaza. Now it is the scene of a war crime.

July 21, 2014

Why we shouldn’t listen to the neocons on Iran. 

July 21, 2014

And is the mainstream media doing enough to contextualize the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine?

July 18, 2014

56 children have been killed during the Israeli military’s assault on Gaza so far.

July 18, 2014

It’s pretty obvious that the pro-Russian rebels did it, though it’s not certain yet. Yet Putin refuses to look in the mirror.

July 18, 2014

President Obama wants a six-month extension of the negotiations, and so do the Iranians. They’ll get it.

July 17, 2014

Israel's single and looking to mingle. 

July 15, 2014

For too long, Hamas has served as Israel’s useful bogeyman.

July 15, 2014