George Monbiot | The Guardian“Mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts … These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.” Every parent can connect with what President Barack Obama said about the murder of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut. There can scarcely be … Read moreIn The US, Mass Child Killings Are Tragedies. In Pakistan, Mere Bug Splats
Russia TodayAs Washington pushes to expand its drone warfare in Africa, hundreds have gathered in front of the White House to protest the “robotic killing machines” slaughtering thousands across the globe. Organized by the ANSWER coalition, the movement is calling on the administration to stop the use of drones on foreign soil. The coalition urges its … Read moreDrones Out of Everywhere! Washington March Against US Drone Warfare
Natasha Lennard | SalonFor a decade, Code Pink activists have been a central fixture at anti-war protests around America. Not for the first time in its history, the group’s supporters are putting their bodies on the ground where U.S. bombs strike. A delegation of 32 American women have traveled to Islamabad and will march alongside … Read moreActivists Go Where US Drones Strike
Common DreamsAnti-drone protesters from across Pakistan and around the world are gathering in Islamabad this week in preparation for a weekend march into the tribal areas of South Waziristan. Ignoring a travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department for Pakistan, a delegation of 30 US activists and parents of U.S. Army soldiers has arrived in … Read moreAnti-Drone Protesters Gather for Weekend March into Waziristan
Micah Zenko | Foreign PolicyIt turns out that the Obama administration has not been honest about who the CIA has been targeting with drones in Pakistan. Jonathan Landay, national security reporter at McClatchy Newspapers, has provided the first analysis of drone-strike victims that is based upon internal, top-secret U.S. intelligence reports. It is the most important reporting … Read moreAn Inconvenient Truth: Finally, Proof That The United States Has Lied in The Drone wars.
Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan spoke at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington DC on April 30 to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. It was the first time a high level member of the Obama Administration spoke at length about the U.S. drone strikes that the CIA and the Joint Special … Read moreWhy I Interrupted Obama Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan
Sebastian Abbott | The Huffington PostISLAMABAD — The head of a U.N. team investigating casualties from U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan declared after a secret research trip to the country that the attacks violate Pakistan’s sovereignty.Ben Emmerson, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, said the Pakistani government made clear to him that … Read moreUS Drone Strikes In Pakistan Violate Country’s Sovereignty, UN Says
Dear Supporter, I like the president, but if he’s going to claim the right to kill me with a flying robot, don’t I at least deserve to know why? Last week, we did a segment on The Daily Show about President Obama’s refusal to release the classified memos justifying his use of killer drones. Now, I’ve always said that I’m … Read moreJon Stewart Teams Up With CODEPINK Against Drones!
Kevin Gosztola | The DissenterA drone and aerial robotics conference sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation is taking place in New York this weekend. In the first few hours of the conference, tension over whether to use the word “drone” to describe “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs) or “remotely piloted aircrafts” (RPAs) became apparent. Vijay Kumar, UPS Foundation … Read moreDon’t Use the ‘D’ Word: They’re ‘UAVs’ or ‘RPAs’ But Definitely Not ‘Drones’
In a brief but powerful letter to the editor in today’s New York Times, world leader Desmond Tutu spoke out against the suggestion by many in the past week that Obama’s kill lists be reviewed by the judiciary when it comes to U.S. citizens. He writes:“I am deeply, deeply disturbed at the suggestion in “A Court … Read moreDesmond Tutu Speaks Out Against Targeted Killings