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Islamic State Militants in Raqqa

The calls for escalating military action against Islamic State (IS) ignore thirteen years of evidence that US intervention usually accomplishes the opposite of what Washington intends.

Frank Lindh

The father of a young man captured while fighting for the Taliban in 2001 reminds us of the “dark side” of US policy after 9/11.

Guantanamo Bay

President Barack Obama made a big deal of turning the page on Bush-era “interrogration techniques,” but how much has really changed?

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.”

Free Shifa

As young Muslim men disappear into US prisons for “pre-crimes” they haven’t committed, activists demand justice.

Drone strike

Imagine if drone wars had a human face all the time so that we could understand what it was like to live constantly with the specter of death.

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.

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

Benjamin Netanyahu opts to welcome a likely Iran nuclear deal with a silly propaganda cartoon, exposing himself as the real joke.

July 1, 2015

There’s still time for President Obama to order the Justice Department to prosecute the perpetrators.

May 20, 2015

Amid a delayed election and a horrific Boko Haram insurgency, Nigerian women and girls are increasingly becoming targets—and tools—of violence.

March 11, 2015

It’s tempting to call ISIS “medieval” murderers. But from mass murder to drone strikes, atrocity is very much a part of our modern experience.

March 5, 2015

Those who claim that this destructive cult’s ideology reflects some essential aspect of Islam are obscuring its origins—in George W. Bush’s illegal war that destroyed Iraq and fomented sectarian extremism.

February 24, 2015

How else can news professionals like him maintain the trust of their audiences?

February 17, 2015

A long-term alternative to war can only be built by popular movements in Iraq and Syria. These movements deserve our solidarity—not our bombs.

February 10, 2015

When the left abdicated its outreach to marginalized communities, the Islamists moved in.

February 6, 2015

There's no purely military solution to the insurgency raging across northeastern Nigeria.

February 3, 2015

The region’s transition out of dictatorship hinged on two words the United States would be wise to heed: “Never again.”

December 12, 2014