The Pentagon Shouldn’t Get to Absolve Itself for Bombing a Hospital

The Pentagon Shouldn’t Get to Absolve Itself for Bombing a Hospital

The Pentagon just made it official: No war crime was committed when a U.S. plane attacked the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan last year, killing 42 patients and health workers and injuring many more. At least, that’s the conclusion of its own...
The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

What is it about whistleblowers that the powers that be can’t stand? When I blew the whistle on the CIA’s illegal torture program, I was derided in many quarters as a traitor. My detractors in the government attacked me for violating my secrecy agreement, even as they...
Sharon is Dead, but Sharonism Lives On

Sharon is Dead, but Sharonism Lives On

The Butcher of Beirut, as he was long known, is no more. After eight years in a coma, during which the militaristic hard-right leader was re-branded a peacenik, Israeli General Ariel Sharon was finally pronounced dead. The tributes are already pouring in, including...

The Impotence of International Law

Cross-posted from Progressive Avenues. Whenever a lawyer or historian describes how a particular action “violates international law” many people stop listening or reading further. It is a bit alienating to hear the words “this action constitutes a...
The Strange Case of Charles Taylor

The Strange Case of Charles Taylor

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who was found guilty of 11 charges by a court in the Netherlands, is a man of many firsts. He’s the first head of state to have escaped from a medium-security prison in the United States. He was the first sitting head of...
Unlocking the Holocaust’s Hidden History

Unlocking the Holocaust’s Hidden History

The United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC) was a successful landmark experiment in response to the dilemma of how to handle the world’s most violent and heinous war criminals. It was also one of the first effective multilateral ventures in modern times,...
Whistle-Blowing Takes Guts

Whistle-Blowing Takes Guts

See some cheating Where you work? Keep it quiet, Dangers lurk. As activist Medea Benjamin has said, “You are better off committing a war crime than exposing one” in the United States. No government cares to be accused of a war crime. If you happen to...
The War against Witness

The War against Witness

Former Army Intelligence officer Adrienne Kinne has a very valuable open secret which, if told under oath, could lead to the first ever conviction of U.S. soldiers on war crimes charges. But since she told her story publicly in an interview with journalist Amy Goodman...