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Why Aren't We Attacking Somalia's Pirates?

We bomb Afghan wedding parties like they're going out of style. Why aren't we going after Somalia's pirates?
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-25-2008  |  War

Documents on Operation Front Line Show Innocent Muslims Got Caught in Bush's Dragnetnew

Operation Front Line's stated goal was to disrupt terrorist cells that might be planning an attack during the campaign or on inauguration day. But government documents recently obtained by a team of Yale Law School students and faculty expose the program as a massive fishing expedition that hinged on racial profiling.
New Haven Advocate  |  Andy Bromage  |  11-25-2008  |  Immigration

Will Bush's Exit Bring Peace Between the U.S. and Iran?new

Improvement is a reasonable expectation. Short of all-out war, relations with Iran can't get much worse. But don't expect Obama and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be sharing kabobs and O'Doul's at the White House anytime soon.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  11-20-2008  |  Commentary

National Security Agency Expert James Bamford Talks Secrets and Liesnew

The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America presents an account of the drastic and ominous shift in the agency's mission and tactics over the past seven years.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Lee Gardner  |  11-14-2008  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Obama Wusses Out on Gitmo

He promised to shut down Gitmo. But now President-Elect Obama wants to ratify Bush's torture trials.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-12-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Which Lesser-Known World Crisis Do You Want Obama to Solve First?new

The Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia could use some attention from the president-elect. Here's what he should do.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  11-12-2008  |  Commentary

Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham: We All Share Blame for Guantanamonew

What really matters now regarding the Cuba-based U.S. detention center, according to a former military attorney who was part of the tribunals there, is simple: The American people could've prevented it and changed it.
Metro Times  |  Staff  |  11-11-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Waging a PR War at Guantanamonew

U.S. officials are working hard to convince journalists that the military commission trial of Canadian Omar Khadr is fair. This is quite a feat given that Khadr is heading into a courtroom without a full investigation of charges that he was interrogated without access to legal counsel and under torture.
NOW Magazine  |  Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine  |  11-03-2008  |  War

Is There a Foreign Policy Bright Side to the Economic Crisis?new

The sinking economies of the West are dragging the price of oil down with them. For car-driving Americans, lower fuel prices mean a few extra bucks in our pockets each week. That's good news. Even better news: Lower oil prices mean a few extra billion dollars not pouring into the bank accounts of oil-rich countries like Venezuela.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  10-29-2008  |  International

'Secrecy' Investigates Executive Power and the Need-to-Knownew

Even as Secrecy's former operatives acknowledge the massive intelligence failures leading to 9/11, they're ready to make the case for the increased need for government subterfuge in the War on Terror: what secrecy begets, only secrecy will solve, and every time the gloves come off, the blinders will go on.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Max Goldberg  |  10-23-2008  |  Reviews

President Obama: Shut Down This Camp!

Both Obama and McCain have promised to shut down Gitmo. But neither will commit to a timeline. Now, before the election, both men should pledge to shut down America's Devil's Island on January 20, 2009.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  10-22-2008  |  War

Has the Bush Administration Done Enough to Protect Us from Nukes?new

A recent report by the bipartisan Partnership for a Secure America gave the Bush Administration a C for its overall efforts against nuclear terrorism. Reading the report, it's hard not to get the impression that C was a generous grade.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  10-08-2008  |  Commentary

'Body of Lies' Provides Espionage Thrills Without Digging Too Deep

It's a story that often seems poised to tell us more about why the War on Terror has turned into such a quagmire, then retreats to the relative safety of explosions and shouting matches.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  10-07-2008  |  Reviews

'Body of Lies' is a Cynical Cinematic Kamikaze

Based on David Ignatius's novel, Body of Lies trudges through on the strength of Leonardo DiCaprio's habitually hardy performance, but you can't help being let down by the rest of the ridiculously bombastic movie.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  10-06-2008  |  Reviews

Andrew and Freddy Velez, the First Brothers to Die in America's War on Terrornew

Carmen and Roy Velez lost two sons to the War on Terror -- one to the invasion of Fallujah and the other to suicide, which is on the rise in the Army.
Dallas Observer  |  Megan Feldman  |  10-06-2008  |  War

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