One of the better ideas of modern government in America was the creation in 1966, and amendment in 1974, of the Freedom of Information Act. The concept behind it dates right back to the Founding– people in a democracy must know what their government is doing in their names. Such an informed citizenry (in Jefferson’s [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday May 13, 2014 10:22 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 1, 2014 8:55 am|
In testimony at a congressional briefing on November 20, 2013, Entesar Qadhi, a Yemeni youth leader who was elected to a position in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) from the Mareb province, described what it had been like in her village to fight al Qaeda and drive members of the militant group out of her village. “Drone strikes actually make al Qaeda people more popular because of the fact that they are striking inside of our villages, which makes the presence of Qaeda justified in our place,” she stated.” They’ll kick out al Qaeda militants, but then those militants will return when drones begin to hover over the village again.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday April 29, 2014 6:44 am|
Lt. Commander Jennifer Cragg at “NATO” headquarters in Afghanistan brings us (only on the “NATO” website of course; even the lamest of the main stream media has abandoned this meme) the story of one person who has “made a difference” in Afghanistan. Please have tissues at the ready to soak up your tears
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday April 25, 2014 12:46 pm|
The Chicago Tribune gained access to the 2013 U.S. Army report on the death of State Department Foreign Service Officer Anne Smedinghoff in Afghanistan.
She was only 25 years old. She was one of three American civilians, three soldiers and a local interpreter killed in what was once the deadliest day of last year for Americans in Afghanistan. There’s always a new record set.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 9, 2014 3:16 pm|
During most of the month of March, the legal team for a United States citizen, who faces murder charges and is awaiting trial in Yemen, disappeared. They had no idea where he was being imprisoned.
However, a spokesperson for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, DC, denies that he was ever “disappeared.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 8, 2014 2:14 pm|
It is “important that the good work” of the US Agency for International Development “not be falsely characterized,” the agency wrote in a blog post responding to the Associated Press’ story on “Cuban Twitter.” The response outlined eight “inaccuracies” and eight “facts” to show key flaws in the story.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 10, 2014 9:00 am|
An American peace activist and co-founder of the group CODEPINK was planning to go to Gaza as part of a delegation on women. However, she flew to Cairo. She was detained in the airport, held for hours and then, before Egyptian security officers tried to deport her, she was roughed up and had her arm broken.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday February 18, 2014 7:14 pm|
The United States is the only first world nation that allots ambassador jobs as political patronage.
You don’t have to know anything, or have any specific background or training, to be the president’s personal representative abroad and conduct foreign policy on behalf of the World’s Most Powerful Nation. You do have to donate heavily to the president to buy one of those appointments.
|By: DSWright Tuesday February 18, 2014 10:03 am|
Here we go again. As right wing groups with shady connections riot in Venezuela, demanding the democratically elected left wing president resign, the US State Department is dodging questions as to whether US intelligence agencies are assisting the rioters. For those with hazy memories, we’ve seen this movie before.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:58 pm|
A drone victim, journalist and activist who has spoken out against drone strikes in Pakistan was kidnapped by fifteen to twenty men in the early hours of February 5. He is missing and a judge in Pakistan has ordered the Pakistani intelligence services to produce him by February 20.
Kareem Khan has been pushing a legal case against the CIA and Pakistan government, seeking to hold them accountable for the killing of his son and brother in December 2009.