Emmerson Report Asks the Right Questions on US Drone Strikes

by Tyler Cullis Earlier this month the UN Special Rapporteur for Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, released his annual report to the UN Human Rights Council (the “Emmerson report”). He had been charged with determining best practices for States… Continue Reading  

Europe Shows Resistance to US Drone Policies

by Tyler Cullis Earlier this week the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning the US drone program and expressing its concern over the desire of some European states to build a program of their own. Here in the US few… Continue Reading  

Accountability for US Drone Strikes in Yemen Remains Elusive

by Tyler Cullis Today Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a rather harrowing report on a US drone strike on an alleged Yemeni wedding convoy this past December: The [December 12] strike . . . killed at least 12 men ages… Continue Reading  

Drone Strikes on the Decline?

by Tyler Cullis The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports that January was the first month without a U.S. drone strike in the Pakistani tribal areas since 2011. The Washington Post argues that this is the result of a request from Pakistan’s government after ongoing… Continue Reading  

Obama Narrows Scope of Terror War

by Jim Lobe via IPS News Responding to growing criticism by human rights groups and foreign governments, U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday announced potentially significant shifts in what his predecessor called the “global war on terror”. In a major policy address… Continue Reading