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July 15, 2020
The US Military Is Using Online Gaming to Recruit Teens
Gamers with the Army, Navy, and Air Force are spending hours on Twitch with children as young as 13.
June 16, 2020
The US Government Kills Black People with Impunity Both at Home and Abroad
It’s time to reckon with the anti-black brutality that defines American policy from Minneapolis to Somalia.
Robtel Neajai Pailey
January 14, 2020
How the Presidency Seized Control of Drone Strikes
Under Trump, the use of drone warfare—which grew dramatically under Obama—guarantees countless more will needlessly die in America’s wars.
January 7, 2020
Trump’s Assassination of Iran’s Suleimani Was a Colossal Strategic Blunder
In one blow, Washington has strengthened Iran’s hard-liners, revived its nuke program, drawn Iraq closer to Tehran, stymied popular regional uprisings, and endangered Americans around the world.
January 7, 2020
Trump’s Distraction by Assassination
The killing of Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani took the public’s attention away from Trump’s upcoming trial in the Senate. This new crisis, though, has no visible off-ramp.
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October 30, 2019
I Write About Endless Wars and I Keep Crying at Work
They’re removed from immediate violence, but the media and public relations employees whose jobs require Google alerts for “drone strikes” are reporting PTSD, depression, and burnout.
September 23, 2019
Iran Has Called Washington’s Bluff
At the UN, Tehran is challenging the Europeans to defy Washington—and the attack on Saudi oil installations demonstrates that Iran can fight back against US sanctions, whether directly or through proxies.
April 29, 2019
The New Face of American War Is a Robot
Artificial intelligence makes it easier for us to think of war in the abstract—and makes it harder to stop fighting.
March 12, 2019
Gun-Control Activists Should Also Take on America’s Drone Wars
Through its endless wars, Washington has been the true school shooter on this planet, terrorizing the global classroom with a remarkable lack of consequences.
February 7, 2019
Inside the Secretive US Air Campaign In Somalia
Since Trump took office, figuring out whom the US is killing and why has become nearly impossible.