Obama’s Personal Role in Drone Executions

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 5:13 pm

Described by the New York Times as a “sloppy strike,” on December 17, 2009, a US drone launched a cruise missile carrying cluster bombs and hit al-Majalah in the Abyan province of southern Yemen. The attack targeted Saleh Mohammed al-Anbouri, who allegedly had been bringing people from different countries to train them to become members of al Qaeda. It did not only kill Anbouri but also forty-one civilians including twenty-two children and a dozen women (five who happened to be pregnant).

The attack left a “grisly scene.”

 

Lakeside Diner

By: Monday January 16, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews on current topics that may be of interest.

The Privatization of War in Somalia

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 7:10 pm

Buried in with today’s news was this story about one of our secret wars, this time in Somalia. It appears that now we’re using African proxies to fight Al Shabab there.

In Court, ACLU Defends US Citizen Detained & Threatened by FBI with Torture

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 5:27 am

The ACLU was in court today to defend a US citizen, who was illegally detained and mistreated by US officials in Kenya and Ethiopia. The citizen, Amir Meshal, a man from New Jersey, was in Mogadishu, Somalia, studying Islam in December 2006 when violence erupted. He fled to Kenya in a boat, spent three weeks in a forest looking for shelter and assistance and was arrested by the joint US-Kenyan-Ethiopian task force.

Our Unilateral Counterterrorism Operations in Somalia

By: Tuesday July 12, 2011 3:00 pm

A detainee in what Jeremy Scahill describes as “a secret prison buried in the basement of Somalia’s National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters, where prisoners suspected of being Shabab members or of having links to the group are held”–one with key US involvement–describes his internment this way.

“I have been here for one year, seven months. I have been interrogated so many times. Interrogated by Somali men and white men. Every day. New faces show up. They have nothing on me. I have never seen a lawyer, never seen an outsider. Only other prisoners, interrogators, guards. Here there is no court or tribunal.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nathan Hodge, Armed Humanitarians: The Rise of the Nation Builders

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 1:59 pm

“As any student of aid and development should know,” Nathan Hodge writes in the prologue to his book Armed Humanitarians, “efforts to aid the developing world have often done more harm than good.”

Fighting the Last War: Toner and Ink Cartridges Prohibited from Overseas Flights

By: Monday November 8, 2010 3:58 pm

When I did stand-up a hundred years ago, I used to do a joke about how aviation security was always a few steps behind the terrorists. First someone tried to light a bomb in his shoes, and now we all have to take our shoes off before getting on the plane. Then someone tried to use liquids to make a bomb, so we can’t bring large quantities of liquids on the plane. I can’t wait for the day terrorists try to put a bomb in a baby. Because then we won’t be allowed to bring a baby on the plane. And who could argue with that?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

By: Sunday October 24, 2010 1:58 pm

As a cartoonist, columnist, radio host, TV guest and graphic novelist, Ted Rall has always been hard to categorize. Rall is liberal and an environmentalist, to be sure, but he’s a peculiar brand of both. He’s not scared of guns or all gun owners and he’s got a strong law-and-order streak. He seems to dismiss popular “peak oil” theories that anticipate a rapid and disastrous fall-off in petroleum production. He’s equally critical of Democrats and Republicans.

Rall is most notorious for his U.S. political commentary. A 2004 cartoon criticizing football player-turned-soldier Pat Tillman, who was killed by “friendly” fire in Afghanistan, is easily Rall’s most famous work. But arguably Rall’s most unique and important work has grown out of his infrequent jaunts through foreign conflict zones, particularly in Central Asia. A trip to Afghanistan in 2001 produced the graphic novel To Afghanistan and Back, one of the best and most prescient books on the now decade-old war. For all that, Rall’s most eloquent work isn’t political at all. His memoir The Year of Loving Dangerously recounts his turbulent but passionate youth.

White House Rhetoric Gets Loud on Al-Shabab

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 3:00 pm

I haven’t seen anyone else write about this, but David Kurtz described a conference call with senior Administration officials that sounded awful belligerent about the terrorist group al-Shabab. As in “next war comin’” kind of belligerent.

Bombings in Uganda Kill 64

By: Monday July 12, 2010 6:30 am

Bombs exploded in two locations in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday while audiences gathered to watch the World Cup final, killing 64 people including at least one American. At least 65 more were injured in the blasts. The police chief in Kampala suspected the Somalian extremist group Al-Shabab of being behind the attack.

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