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Will Obama's Escalation of the Afghanistan War Succeed?new

Obama's plan for Afghanistan is conceptually straightforward: Apply the political and military lessons of Iraq to Afghanistan. Escalate the war. Tell everyone how successful escalating the war has been. Declare victory. Get out. Will it work? It depends on what you mean by "work."
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  01-12-2010  |  Commentary

What Happened to the U.S.-Brokered Political Deal in Honduras?new

On June 28, Honduran soldiers picked up an hombre named Manuel Zelaya, put him on an airplane, and deposited him approximately 350 miles to the southeast in beautiful Costa Rica. That doesn’t sound too bad, right? There were a couple catches, though. Catch No. 1: It was a one-way ticket.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  01-12-2010  |  Commentary

Tell Me More About Corruption, Pleasenew

The overwhelming majority of Americans don’t experience corruption the way people in poorer countries do. By and large, we aren't hustled by cops for $100 bills when we get pulled over for speeding. The fire department doesn't demand tribute before extinguishing your house.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  01-12-2010  |  Commentary

Is Nigeria Finally Cleaning Up Its Crooked Ways?new

In a move that threatens to make emptying your spam folder much less amusing, the Nigerian government recently launched a big crackdown on so-called "419" scammers. The 419 scam, named for the section of the Nigerian legal code outlawing it, reportedly rakes in billions of dollars annually.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  01-12-2010  |  Commentary

Scholar Leads Effort to Catalog Civil-Rights Abuses at Guantanamo Baynew

As director of UC Davis' Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, Almerindo Ojeda is heading up a project to collect testimonies on civil rights abuses at the detention center.
Sacramento News & Review  |  Kel Munger  |  11-24-2009  |  War

America on Trial, via Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Never mind the Constitution, the Geneva Conventions or common decency -- on the question of what to do about POWs rotting away at Guantanamo Bay concentration camp, right-wingers' concerns are purely practical.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-19-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Why is the Political Settlement in Honduras a Big Win for Americans?new

It's harder to justify your existence as a bulwark against U.S. bullying when the U.S. has quit acting like a bully.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  11-10-2009  |  Commentary

Why Hasn't Obama Abrogated Bush's Controversial Executive Orders?

Simply put, no one man -- not even a nice, articulate, charismatic one -- ought to claim the right to suspend a person's constitutional rights. Not in America. Certainly no one man -- not even a young, handsome, likeable one -- should be able to have anyone he wants whacked.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  10-27-2009  |  War

Feds Bust Twitterer, Impound Fuzzy Dolls and Buffy Videos in War on Terrornew

Elliot Madison's real crime, it seems, is being a self-proclaimed anarchist, which is no more illegal than being a self-proclaimed Democrat or Lutheran. His tweets were not more informative or subversive than MSNBC's live coverage of the G-20 protests.
Artvoice  |  Michael I. Niman  |  10-16-2009  |  Civil Liberties

Cartoon: Gitmo High Schoolnew

The Obama Administration is refusing to release detainees it knows are innocent -- because they are innocent.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  10-07-2009  |  Cartoons

Did Obama Just Surrender Europe to the Russians?new

Although I was repeatedly warned by my patriotic brothers and sisters via conservative media and countless e-mails that begin "FW:" about how Obama is a secret Commie planning to destroy the U.S. from within, I chose to dismiss the warnings as hysterical fear-mongering. Well, it turns out the fear-mongerererers were right and I was wrong. I admit it.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  09-22-2009  |  Commentary

We Have Met the Nazis, and They Are Us

Godwin's Law be damned -- it's impossible to read the newly-released CIA report on the torture of Muslim prisoners without thinking of the Third Reich.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  08-31-2009  |  War

Cartoon: What a Difference White Skin Makesnew

What kind of country locks of terror suspects on the slimmest of pretexts while failing to lift a finger to protect its (African-American) president? A very, very sick one.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  08-28-2009  |  Cartoons

Why Did the Conflict Between Russia & Georgia Crash Twitter & Facebook?new

Does the inconvenience of a short Facebook/Twitter crash mean that Americans are victims of war on par with the estimated 2,000 people who died in the actual fighting last year? Of course not. But it does demonstrate that our increasing reliance on electronic communication networks makes the U.S. vulnerable to attacks in ways we never before imagined.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  08-25-2009  |  Commentary

Animated Cartoon: Terror Yokelsnew

Lampooning the new trend in radical Islamist terror: rural cells of wannabe jihadis in the sticks.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  08-18-2009  |  War

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