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May 11th, 2010

APNewsBreak: US reviewing Iraq troop pullout pace

BAGHDAD — Worries over increased violence fueled by Iraq's political instability have forced U.S. commanders to reconsider the pace of a major pullout this summer without overstepping a deadline to cut the military's presence by nearly half by the end of August.More than two months after parliamentary elections, the next ... continue reading

May 6th, 2010

GAO report casts new doubt on Afghanistan policy

WASHINGTON -- An independent government report on Wednesday raises new questions about the likelihood of success for President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy, which nearly doubles the number of U.S. troops there before a planned drawdown begins in July 2011.The report, by the Government Accountability Office, found the Taliban remain a ... continue reading

May 6th, 2010

Number of Soldiers Seeking Opiate Abuse Treatment Skyrockets

The number of American soldiers seeking treatment for opiate abuse has skyrocketed over the past five years, at a time when the U.S. military has been surging forces into the heart of the world's leading opium producer. Pentagon statistics obtained by show that the number of Army soldiers enrolled in ... continue reading

April 25th, 2010

William Ayers Stirs up Controversy in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. -- One of the leaders of a radical political movement of the sixties and seventies drew a crowd of protestors in Fresno Thursday night. William Ayers will speak at Fresno State Friday. He's a controversial figure because he led the Weather Underground, a radical group that set off ... continue reading

April 21st, 2010

War protester in Norfolk sentenced to day in jail

For the second time in two years, perennial war protester Steve Baggarly was sentenced to one day in jail for stepping over the legal line in his fight against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.U.S. Magistrate Judge Tommy E. Miller on Tuesday found Baggarly in violation of federal probation and ... continue reading

Emma Kaplan

World Can't Wait

April 19th, 2010

Crimes Are Crimes – No Matter Who Does Them

Join Cindy Sheehan, Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, Ray McGovern, Carl Dix, Bill Quigley, William Blum, Joyce Kozloff, Ann Messner, David Swanson, Sunsara Taylor, Stephen Rohde, Fr. Bob Bossie, Peter Phillips, Jed Stone, Tomás Olmos, Peter McLaren, Jodie Evans, Margaret Lawrence, Matthis Chiroux, Larry Everest, Andy Worthington, ... continue reading

April 17th, 2010

US soldier dismissed for threats in Iraq protest

BAGHDAD — The U.S. Army has dismissed a soldier who threatened fellow troops and sent the Pentagon a violent rap song he wrote to protest his Iraq redeployment orders, officials said Saturday.The dismissal for misconduct means Spc. Marc A. Hall will avoid criminal charges but lose all military benefits earned ... continue reading

April 14th, 2010

Binghamton Mayor to Install Donated Cost of War Sign

Binghamton, NY — Members of the Broome County Cost of War Project were joined by Mayor Matt Ryan to announce the details of a new campaign to raise awareness and spark discussion about the astronomical cost to taxpayers for wars and U.S. militarism around the world.“Every Mayor in this country ... continue reading

Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

April 13th, 2010

Peace Activists Extend an Olive Branch to the Tea Party to Talk about War

On Tax Day, Tea Party members from around the country will descend on the nation’s capitol to “protest big government and support lower taxes, less government and more freedom.” CODEPINK, a women-led peace group advocating an end to war and militarism, will be sending some representatives to begin a dialogue. ... continue reading

April 13th, 2010

US Treasury beefing up staff in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Treasury Department is sending more staff to Afghanistan to target the financial networks that provide money for the Taliban, a Treasury official said Wednesday.The boost in personnel there, along with additional staff dedicated to that effort here in Washington, will coincide with the Pentagon's surge in ... continue reading

April 8th, 2010

Iraq War Vet: "We Were Told to Just Shoot People, and the Officers Would Take Care of Us"

On Monday, April 5, posted video footage from Iraq, taken from a US military Apache helicopter in July 2007 as soldiers aboard it killed 12 people and wounded two children. The dead included two employees of the Reuters news agency: photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh. The US ... continue reading

March 27th, 2010

Pentagon wants $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan

The Pentagon wants $33 billion in additional funding to pay for the war in Afghanistan this year and train the Afghan military, but members of Congress want to make sure they’re not writing a blank check.Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared before Senate appropriators ... continue reading

February 22nd, 2010

Top US general: US has Plan B for slower Iraq exit

WASHINGTON – The top U.S. general in Iraq said Monday he could slow the exit of U.S. combat forces this year if Iraq's politics are chaotic following elections this spring. Gen. Ray Odierno said there are no signs that will be necessary, but he says he has a Plan B ... continue reading

February 22nd, 2010

Obama's Pentagon Rebrands Iraq War, Rolls Out PR Offensive in Afghanistan

This week, the same week that saw the U.S. military launch a major new assault in Afghanistan -- a much ballyhooed effort that is as much a PR offensive as a military one -- the Pentagon decided to formally rebrand the Iraq War.In a one-page memo dated Feb. 17, 2010 ... continue reading

February 10th, 2010

U.S. contractor abducted in Iraq

The Pentagon has acknowledged that an American contractor for the Defense Department is missing in Baghdad, an apparent confirmation of a Shiite militant group's claim last week that it abducted an American in Baghdad in January.The case marks the first reported kidnapping of an American citizen in Iraq in more ... continue reading

February 2nd, 2010

Reid criticizes GOP over vote delays

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid laid into Republicans this morning, saying the Senate is unable to fill key military and intelligence posts because GOP senators continue to delay votes.“Senate Republicans are simply so opposed to everything — absolutely everything — that they even oppose putting people in some ... continue reading

February 2nd, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Defense Sect. Gates says military to be lenient while studying policy on gays

Don't ask, don't tell. Don't worry.Defense Secretary Robert Gates says military brass will take a lenient stance toward gays while the Pentagon takes a year to study revising its policy against homosexuals in the service.The study, expected to be announced Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, is a step ... continue reading

February 2nd, 2010

Sen. McCain comes out against changing 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, calling it disruptive

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain is bristling at the Pentagon's decision to launch a yearlong study into allowing gays to serve openly in uniform, saying he is "deeply disappointed" and calling the assessment "clearly biased" because it presumes the law should be changed. McCain, the top Republican on the ... continue reading

February 2nd, 2010

Gates Backs Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that he supports President Obama's decision to seek the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military and has appointed a "high-level working group" to figure out how to do it. Gates, in testimony before the Senate ... continue reading

February 1st, 2010

USS Vinson to leave Haiti soon, signaling turning point in aid efforts

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson will soon leave Haiti, the Pentagon said Monday, marking a turning point in the US military’s initial response to the earthquake last month.Also this week, the military head of Haiti relief efforts will decide if the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), which has been ... continue reading

January 15th, 2010

Vets: Burn pits are killing us

Combat had changed him. Yet Andrew Rounds was still the adoring son his mother had sent off to war. He was still the hard worker who had helped her deliver newspapers after school. He was still the amiable soul who knew the names of everyone in the tiny village of ... continue reading

January 8th, 2010

Bush holdover Gates agrees to another year with Obama

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the lone holdover from the Bush administration, has decided to stay on the job for at least another year, a Pentagon spokesman said.As secretary, Gates leads the Defense Department, which is in charge of providing the military resources needed to protect the United States.In an interview ... continue reading

January 8th, 2010

Soldier Jailed for Rap Song Against Stop Loss Military Policy

ARLINGTON, Va. - A soldier put his anger at being sent back to Iraq in a rap song. The military, however, did not think it was fun or creative.After a 14-month tour of duty in Iraq, Army Specialist Marc Hall was supposed to be redeployed but now he's in a ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

January 6th, 2010

Meet Your Boss: Robert Gates

The decisions to send us to risk life and limb around the world—today in Afghanistan and Iraq—are not decisions that we have any part of, nor do our families, nor do the vast majority of people in the United States. They are decisions for the millionaire politicians, who have the ... continue reading

January 5th, 2010

Obama's nuclear-free vision mired in debate

Reporting from Washington - President Obama's ambitious plan to begin phasing out nuclear weapons has run up against powerful resistance from officials in the Pentagon and other U.S. agencies, posing a threat to one of his most important foreign policy initiatives.Obama laid out his vision of a nuclear-free world in ... continue reading

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

Apr 22nd
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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

Apr 20th
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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa Nick Turse Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch Donna Smith The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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