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Punishing the cowboys: Blackwater, justice, and easier wars

April 18, 2015

By Charlie de Rivaz: On Monday, four former employees of Blackwater, the notorious private US military contractor, were sentenced for the killing of 14 unarmed civilians and the wounding of 17 more in Iraq in 2007. Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard each received 30 years in prison after being found guilty of several … Continue reading “Punishing the cowboys: Blackwater, justice, and easier wars”

Gender and the War on Terror

March 11, 2015

By Caroline Cottet: When making sense of the people and things around us, it is often tempting to rely on binaries. There’s “us” and there’s “them”, there are “men” and “women”, “masculinities” and “femininities”, some are “white” others are not. These lists apply to our our daily routines as much as to extraordinary events. For … Continue reading “Gender and the War on Terror”

Did torture cost American lives?

December 11, 2014

By Christopher D. Kolenda: “The enemy is the enemy, until he becomes my prisoner,” I remember Lieutenant General Hal Moore saying, “then he is my responsibility”. Moore was with co-author Joe Galloway at Fort Hood, Texas, in 1993. They were talking to officers from 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry, Moore’s unit in Vietnam, about their book … Continue reading “Did torture cost American lives?”

The tortured narrative of a nation at war: USA & the CIA Torture Report

December 10, 2014

By Tyrell Mayfield: What is more important: truth or trust? Are they mutually exclusive? Does one require the other? These are the questions that America is struggling with as it finds itself once again standing at the crossroads of legal, moral, and social justice. The recent release of the summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s … Continue reading “The tortured narrative of a nation at war: USA & the CIA Torture Report”

CIA Torture Report released: 'torture doesn't work'

December 9, 2014

By Charlie de Rivaz: A few hours ago the Senate Intelligence Committee released parts of the long-awaited 6000-page ‘CIA Torture report’. The report has revealed the extent and the brutality of the torture used by the CIA during the ‘War on Terror’, initiated in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the USA. The report … Continue reading “CIA Torture Report released: 'torture doesn't work'”

Women Maoists in India face harassment and torture in rebel ranks and mainstream culture

April 3, 2014

By Daphne Holmes: Maoist women in India face a sexism double whammy: in mainstream Indian culture, and within the alternative Maosit culture to which they have dedicated their lives. All too many women join rebel Maoist groups to help overthrow India’s semi-colonial, semi-feudal government only to discover that they have jumped out of the frying … Continue reading “Women Maoists in India face harassment and torture in rebel ranks and mainstream culture”


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