America Held Hostage

America Held Hostage

The United States recently conducted a raid in Yemen to free an American hostage. The raid failed. The Navy Seals killed 11 people, including a 10-year-old boy. The kidnappers executed the hostage, journalist Luke Somers. They also killed South African teacher Pierre...
Malice Versus Nobility: Scooter Libby and Bradley Manning

Malice Versus Nobility: Scooter Libby and Bradley Manning

After 9/11, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a Yale graduate with a law degree from Columbia, and fellow neo cons plotted to twist and invent “intelligence” data to convince the public that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, so as...
The Sick Man of North America

The Sick Man of North America

A century ago, the Ottoman Empire was falling apart as a result of disastrous wars and economic decline. Dubbed “the sick man of Europe,” the Ottoman Empire was not ultimately able to pull itself together. It expired in the flames of World War I, but not...

[VIDEO] Up with Chris Hayes: Looking Back at the Iraq War

Phyllis Bennis, director of our New Internationalism Project and author of “Ending the Iraq War”, joined MSNBC host Chris Hayes for a lenghty and profound discussion on the legacy of Iraq. Also on the panel were three-star admiral and former Congressman...
Justice Department Gives Torturers a Pass

Justice Department Gives Torturers a Pass

The Romans had an expression for it: “Nulla poena sine lege,” no punishment without a law. But people sometimes forget that the opposite is also true: Without punishment for offenders, a law itself can die. The Justice Department recently announced that,...

Desperately Seeking Vindication: Bin Laden and Torture

An excerpt from a new analysis at Right Web titled Enhanced Embellishment Techniques: The death of Osama bin Laden has elicited myriad responses among the policymakers charged with tracking him down, the commentators who pontificated about him, and the millions of...

“I’m Taking You Out With a Drone to Save You From Torture”

In Newsweek, Tara Mckelvey interviews John A. Rizzo, the CIA’s one-time acting general counsel in charge of authorizing drone strikes. Individuals designated for targeting were supposedly the subject of a thorough investigation beforehand. Such strikes in both...

U.S.-Iraq Agreement on Maintaining U.S. Troops in Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #62 Despite the recent surge of attention to the U.S.-Iraqi negotiations over an agreement to keep U.S. troops in Iraq for years into the future, the resulting agreement or lack of agreement is likely to have little actual impact on the occupation....

Art of Torture

The pictures from Abu Ghraib have achieved iconic status. The hooded man on the box, his arms outstretched, has superceded the image of the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue. The Bush administration will forever be remembered as “the administration that...

Africas Own Needs Should Come First

n his 2006 State of the Union Address, President Bush declared, “Here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil.” The United States increasingly looks to Africa to feed that addiction. In fact, the Department of Energy says that...

Candidates for Congress Show the Way Out

How-to-leave-Iraq plans have proliferated over the past five years. Most of the plans proposed by Democrats have brimmed with rhetoric aimed at scoring points against President George W. Bush rather than working out the messy details of how to end the occupation and...

Arming the Middle East

President George W Bush announced during his recent Middle East trip that he is formally serving notice to Congress of his administration’s decision to approve the sale of bomb-guidance kits to Saudi Arabia. This announcement follows notification on five other...

Nonviolent Action and Pro-Democracy Struggles

The United States has done for the cause of democracy what the Soviet Union did for the cause of socialism. Not only has the Bush administration given democracy a bad name in much of the world, but its high-profile and highly suspect “democracy promotion”...