Middle East Wars

IRAQ: Occupation, Governance, Protests

The 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq by U.S. and British forces was a momentous event for Iraq, the region, and the world.  Since then, Iraq has experienced political instability, corruption, deteriorating public services, economic decline, Da’esh (Islamic State/ISIS) terrorism, and several protest waves (e.g., […]

Protesters challenge Raytheon support of JFK Library Space Celebration
Middle East Wars

Why Raytheon?

“Our work is still to insure peace, paradoxically through developing the world’s most powerful weapons systems…and these works are wonderful works indeed.” —General Electric chairman, Fred Borch, 1964  “Together, we’re advancing defense strategy, protecting people and infrastructure through proven solutions that make that world a […]

Afghan kids & car
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Afghanistan Papers Released: Where is the Outrage?

by Eric Speer

Thousands of papers that the Washington Post sued the government for, then released last December, show that the official narrative behind the Afghanistan War, the longest in US history, has been a constant lie. Some 2,400 American soldiers have been killed and more than 20,000 wounded in the conflict. General Douglas Lute, Afghan War czar for Presidents Bush and Obama, is quoted as saying the US “didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking.” Yet, the Afghanistan Papers have not provoked nearly the same outrage as the 1971 Pentagon Papers that exposed US government lies about the Vietnam War. Where is the outrage? […]