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John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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In October 2011, 16-year-old Tariq Aziz attended a gathering in Islamabad where he was taught how to use a video camera so he could document the drones that were constantly circling over his Pakistani village, terrorizing and killing his family and neighbors. Two days later, when Aziz was driving with his 12-year-old cousin to a village near his home in Waziristan to pick up his aunt, his car was struck by a Hellfire missile. With the push of a button by a pilot at a US base thousands of miles away, both boys were instantly vaporized—only a few chunks of flesh remained[...]

Ten of My Favorite Things about 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

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There are many things to be thankful for in 2012, starting with the fact that the world didn’t end on December 21 and that we don’t have to witness the inauguration of Mr. One-Percent Mitt Romney. The global economic crisis continued to hit hard, but people have been taking to the streets around the world, from students in Chile to indigenous activists in Canada to anti-austerity workers in Europe. And while the excitement of the Arab world uprisings has been tempered by divisions and losses, the struggles are far from over. Here are some US and global issues that experienced newfound gains in 2012....

Drones Create Enemies – Testimony by Medea Benjamin

Friday, November 16, 2012

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November 16, 2012 I recently returned from leading a US delegation of 34 Americans to Pakistan, looking at the results of US drone attacks. We found that drones are actually jeopardizing our security by spreading hatred of Americans and sowing the seeds of violence for decades to come. Drones help extremists recruit more discontented youth. In the tribal society of Waziristan where the drones are attacking, we learned that people who have lost their family members in these deadly attacks are bound by the Pashtun honor code -- Pashtunwali -- to retaliate and seek revenge.

Pushing Obama’s Arc Toward Peace

Monday, November 12, 2012

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Pushing Obama’s Arc Toward Peace Medea Benjamin Foreign policy played a minor role in a presidential election that focused on jobs, jobs, jobs. But like it or not, the United States is part of a global community in turmoil, and U.S. policies often help fuel that turmoil. The peace movement, decimated during the first Obama [...]

A Chat With Counterterrorism Chief John Brennan

Monday, November 5, 2012

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Having recently returned from Pakistan meeting with drone victims, on November 4 my partner Tighe Barry and I were having a leisurely Sunday morning breakfast. The discussion turned to John Brennan, Obama’s counterterrorism chief and the key person making decisions about drone strikes. We wondered if Brennan ever had a chance to meet innocent drone victims, as we did, and feel their pain. “Maybe we should go to his house and talk to him,” quipped Tighe. We laughed at the absurdity of the idea but decided to do a little bit of research. Fifteen minutes later, we were out the door, driving to a Virginia suburb an hour south of Washington DC. I had no idea if it was really John’s address, but it was a lovely day for a drive—and Tighe was willing to indulge me.

Devout peaceniks drummed out of drone convention

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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By John L. Smith The Las Vegas convention scene enjoys a worldwide reputation for its hospitality. From pornography to pizza, industry shows attract millions of conventioneers to the Strip each year. But this week at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International forgot to leave out the welcome mat for [...]

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