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As peace activists converge on Fort Benning for the annual demonstration to shut down the School of the Americas, companion protests are taking place across Latin America, as revulsion grows over US policies on torture.

The 109th Congress, led by Republican
Senators McCain, Warner, and Graham and with the acquiescence of many
Democrats, is poised to legalize torture, trials with secret evidence,
and annulment of the right of habeas corpus

The standoff between the Senate and the Bush Administration over
military tribunals, torture and war crimes tests core legal and moral
issues and will determine the kind of country America wishes to be.

There's something unnerving about USA Basketball's motivational tactics
for the 2006 world championship--encouraging players to spend time with
wounded Iraq veterans, in hopes of enhancing teamwork and patriotism.

The US "war on terror" now extends to an unlikely frontier in Paraguay,
where farmers are caught in the crossfire and human rights groups are
skeptical of the threat posed by Islamic terrorists.

Bolstered by a Supreme Court ruling that rebuked the Bush
Administration's excessive exercise of power, Lieut. Ehren Watada's
pending court-martial could help restore the rule of law and
energize a popular movement to end an illegal war.

In a remarkable, media-savvy protest, First Lieut. Ehren Watada has
refused orders to go to Iraq, claiming the war and the occupation
violate the Constitution, international law and Army regulations.

It's hard to tell whether the US is conducting a war against terror or
against Native Hawaiians, as the military uses parts of the Waianae
coast as a live-fire training ground.

The War Tapes, a documentary shot by US soldiers and sanctioned by the military, may turn out to be the most powerful statement against the war to date.

If certain acts in violation of treaties are crimes, they are crimes whether the United States does them or whether Germany does them, and we are not prepared to lay down a rul

Blogs

How did Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga, founder and publisher of the Daily Kos—the largest progressive community blog in the United States—go from a Reagan-loving conservative to a successful entrepreneur in the progressive movement?

November 30, 2010

President Obama's go-slow approach to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" discrimination in the military has left repeal on life support in a lame-duck session of Congress.

November 11, 2010

Documents recently released by WikiLeaks confirm that the Pentagon knew about the real civilian death toll in Iraq, and that security forces were torturing detainees.

October 26, 2010

What price do we place on the life of a 9-year-old boy, shot by one of our soldiers?



October 23, 2010

With Bob Gates on the way out, and a new national security adviser who's a war skeptic, Obama has shifted gears on negotiating with the Taliban.

October 14, 2010

The Log Cabin Republicans triumph in a lawsuit that could end DADT—unless the Obama administration appeals the ruling.

October 13, 2010

The military's most elite, secretive force has started advertising for highly-sensitive positions on public jobs sites. Is this 'Preparing the Battlefield' 2.0?

August 25, 2010

For the drawdown in Iraq, I'll give President Obama credit where it's due. Still, it's a tragedy that even he will not apologize for the criminal destruction of that country by the United States.

August 2, 2010

Why resuming ties with Indonesia's special forces, Kopassus, ain't such a hot idea.

July 23, 2010