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Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have started questioning the constitutionality of Obama's announcement that the US will pursue military operations in Libya.

How long will the US and its allies ignore the elephant in the room posed by an alliance for human rights and anti-terrorism with regimes in the Middle East that stand for neither?

The former British diplomat recounts his own whistleblowing and the benefits and dangers of the WikiLeaks dipomatic cables dump.

The US military's reinvented counterinsurgency turns out to be the same old brutal game.

WIth the latest diplomatic cables dump from WikiLeaks sending waves throughout the political and media worlds, the organization's activities are raising questions such as, is releasing all this information gratuitous, even irresponsible? Or is it a valuable public service?

At each stop of his visit to Asia, Obama has bumped up against the limits of American economic and diplomatic clout in the new Asian world order.

According to Scahill, foreign policy isn't that different today from what it was during the Bush years—if anything, Obama has increased secrecy around issues like torture and targeted killings abroad, and has expanded the power of government to spy on US citizens.

On October 7, 2010, the Afghanistan War entered its 10th year. It's time to rethink this brutal, futile conflict.

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It’s spreading fast, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and West Africa.

September 19, 2011

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the lone vote against authorizing the perpetual “war on terror,” is leading an effort to repeal it.

September 11, 2011

Both Pakistan and President Karzai are sabotaging US talks with the Taliban.

August 30, 2011

Dennis Blair opposes drones, but stays mum on victims.

August 15, 2011

 US casualties are rising again, yet Obama and McCain want forces to remain.

July 6, 2011

Hamid Karzai is in showdown with the Afghan parliament, with huge stakes.

July 6, 2011

Russia and South Africa try to mediate an end to Obama’s war in Libya.

July 5, 2011

 Talks are underway, but it's important to make sure Pakistan is on board.

June 29, 2011

Before becoming the top-ranking US officer to die in Iraq when he killed himself in 2005, Col. Westhusing complained to Gen. David Petraeus about corruption and indiscriminate killings. 

June 27, 2011

The president sticks with tired rationale about using the US military to force a political deal, rather than negotiating one.

June 23, 2011