John Brennan’s Grad School Master’s Thesis: “Absolute human rights do not exist”

March 19, 2013 in News

WhoWhatWhy | “Certain violations [of human rights] may be necessary in order to insure against violence and instability,” Brennan wrote in his master’s thesis. “Human rights, therefore, does [sic] not take precedence over all other political goals.”

US Training of Mexican Troops Has Escalated in Step With Mexico’s Murder Rate

February 19, 2013 in News

Bill Conroy | US training of Mexican military forces spiked in fiscal years 2010 and 2011, coinciding with a sharp rise in drug-war homicides in Mexico, an analysis of records made public under the Foreign Assistance Act show…

Drone Strikes Test Legal Grounds for War on Terror

February 8, 2013 in News

ProPublica | In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama declared that “a decade of war is now ending.” White House press secretary Jay Carney later said there was “no question” that the U.S. conflict with al-Qaida…

Report: At Least 54 Countries Provided “Covert Support” for CIA to Kidnap, Detain, and Torture Suspects

February 7, 2013 in News

Ian Cobain The Guardian February 7, 2013   The full extent of the CIA‘s extraordinary rendition programme has been laid bare with the publication of a report showing there is [...]

The Asia Pivot and US Motivations

February 5, 2013 in News

Jane Powers Antiwar February 5, 2013   In 2011, the Obama administration formally introduced an offensive strategy designed to contain China’s rise to power, termed the “Asia-Pivot.” In a November [...]

U.S. Maintains Arms Sales to Bahrain as “Bloody Crackdown” Continues

January 16, 2013 in News

Pro Publica | Despite Bahrain’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, the U.S. has continued to provide weapons and maintenance to the small Mideast nation.

Guatemala official takes on nation’s ugly past, violent present

January 7, 2013 in News

Los Angeles Times | She holds one of the most dangerous jobs in this spectacularly dangerous country, confronting the most feared and powerful men of the Guatemalan present: gang leaders; dirty public officials; shot-callers in the Mexican drug cartels who have bled in from the north.

Three Ways Obama Carried Bush’s Tyrannical Torch, in Just One Week

January 7, 2013 in News | If one were looking for a way to demonstrate how faithfully the Obama administration had carried on the legacy of the Bush administration, this past week takes the cake, and no, I’m not talking about making Bush tax cuts on the middle class permanent.

NDAA Signed Into Law By Obama Despite Guantanamo Veto Threat, Indefinite Detention Provisions

January 4, 2013 in News

Huffington Post | President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 on Wednesday, despite his own threat to veto it over prohibitions on closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.