Congress Needs to Press the Pentagon, Saudi Arabia on Abuses in Yemen War

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by Belkis Wille On August 9, one day after the Pentagon notified Congress of its intention to sell $1.2 billion in weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, the Saudi-led coalition resumed airstrikes on Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, after peace talks that began… Continue Reading  

Obama Still Searching for the Magic Formula on Drones

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by Derek Davison On July 1, the Friday before a long holiday weekend, the Obama administration released a long-awaited estimate of the number of civilians killed in U.S. airstrikes—primarily delivered via unmanned drone—against suspected terrorist targets in “non-war zones.” These… Continue Reading  

Drones and Blowback

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by John Feffer The targeted assassination of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour last weekend wasn’t just another drone strike. First of all, it was conducted by the U.S. military, not the CIA, which has orchestrated nearly all drone strikes… Continue Reading  

FDD’s Cliff May Misses the Irony

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by Jim Lobe “’Creating facts on the ground’ means changing reality through actions rather than diplomacy.” That opening line in a Washington Times op-ed, by the long-time president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), Clifford May, gave me… Continue Reading  

Abbas Moves Toward ICC After UN Failure

Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, addresses the Security Council after the vote.

by Mitchell Plitnick The Palestinian Authority (PA) has now moved a step closer to making good on its threat to go to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and bring charges against Israel. There is little doubt that this was a… Continue Reading