Cowards in Congress Are Afraid to Take Responsibility for America’s Wars
In the next few weeks Congress will debate and approve legislation to authorize and appropriate over $1 trillion in national security spending. That debate should include authorization for our current wars. But yet again leadership proved its cowardice when it comes to its constitutional responsibility to declare wars, and... Read more
ISIS Is Deploying More Women Suicide Bombers
ISIS is losing ground. And as the group retreats, it’s sending women through the front lines to blow themselves up among enemy soldiers and civilians. In July 2017, an Iraqi news network captured on video a female suicide bomber holding a baby moments before detonating her explosives in Mosul,... Read more
Shootings Escalate in Trigger-Happy Thailand
On the afternoon of July 11, 2017, six or seven gunmen dressed in military outfits arrived at the home of a village chief in the subdistrict of Ban Klang, in Thailand’s Krabi province. Pretending to be government officials, they demanded entry to search the property and warned the chief’s... Read more
How North Korea Could Go to War
The most intense period of fighting in Korea ended some 64 years ago, but the divide across the peninsula remains the world’s most visible legacy of the Cold War. While the Republic of Korea has become economically successful and democratic, North Korea has become a punchline. Nevertheless, the Democratic People’s Republic of... Read more
Preparing for Doomsday
Has there ever been a nation as dedicated to preparing for doomsday as the United States? If that’s a thought that hasn’t crossed your mind, maybe it’s because you didn’t spend part of your life inside Cheyenne Mountain. That’s a tale I’ll get to soon, but first let me... Read more
In Afghanistan, U.S. Senators Mull Troop Boost, Aerial Bombing … and Peace
“Not one of us would say that we are on a course to success in Afghanistan,” U.S. senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, told a room full of journalists, U.S. soldiers and diplomatic staff in Kabul on July 4, 2017. McCain was accompanied by Senators Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Whitehouse,... Read more
The Venezuelan Government Is Torturing Political Prisoners
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A new report highlights abuse in holding cells controlled by Venezuela’s national intelligence police, offering a rare glimpse into the workings of the country’s notorious state apparatus. The investigation from the Venezuelan group Window to Freedom, a non-governmental organization that defends prisoners’ rights, found evidence of overcrowding, torture... Read more
Reviving Cold War Doomsday Devices Could Patch America’s Broken Nuclear Controls
This story originally appeared on Feb. 22, 2017. It’s the third article in a three-part series on how limited foreign attacks could endanger America’s fragile command and control over nuclear weapons. Read parts one and two. As the aging command and control network over U.S. nuclear forces has become increasingly... Read more
American Police Are Acting Like Military Occupiers
Four people arrested at an inauguration protest in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2017 are suing the city’s Metropolitan Police Department for using rape and molestation as a form of punishment. Photojournalist Shay Horse, volunteer legal-observer Judah Ariel and protesters Elizabeth Lagesse and Milo Gonzalez allege they were assaulted... Read more
White Phosphorous Isn’t Helping America Win in Syria
In mid-June 2017, rights groups reported that the U.S.-led coalition had used white phosphorus in Mosul and Raqqa as part of its campaign against Islamic State. The use of such a controversial weapon speaks to a wider and more disturbing problem. Warfare is becoming increasingly urban in nature and,... Read more
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