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Torture and Taboo: On Elaine Scarry

How the work of a literary critic became the proxy for our preoccupation with the horrors of torture.

The CFR report concludes that “the current trajectory of US drone strike policies is unsustainable."

As Zero Dark Thirty reminds us, Americans have yet to face the torture committed on our behalf. 

Guantanamo

Regardless of who wins on November 6, there are no signs that either Romney or Obama will act to dismantle the lawless military commissions created after 9/11.

President Barack Obama

The US empire is a lesson in how not to change a changing world. 

Computers

Fear of a cyber attack is eroding US civil liberties and the constitution. 

The United States and Pakistan have become the dysfunctional nuclear family of international relations.

A Justice Department memo to the CIA

Institutionalized torture says not look what we can do, but look what we disown, what only the bad apples among us require.

America's military and intelligence infrastructures are about protecting people from terrorism, and little else.

While Peter King’s hearings on Muslim “radicalization” were controversial, they draw on a long history of US policy that has demonized Islam, under Republicans and Democrats alike.

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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

Virtually every Bush-era claim about torture doesn’t withstand scrutiny after the investigation.

December 9, 2014

More than two-dozen groups are calling on lawmakers to address serious gaps and inconsistencies in the president’s strategy.

September 16, 2014

The orthodox American policy is that if challenged, the US must go to war to prove itself, to show the world it is still Superman and willing to shed blood and treasure to defend that franchise.

September 4, 2014

And the only government official who went to jail for it was the whistleblower who exposed it.

August 12, 2014