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A girl whose mother was killed in a U.S. military raid cries as she is consoled by a relative in front of her house in Kut, 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
July 26, 2014 | Perspectives

It’s a moral imperative that we get past the sanitized versions of the two Iraq wars and grapple with the true consequences of our militarism. Continue reading

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, assault weapons and hand guns are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
July 21, 2014 | Blog

It’s one of a number of US policies that has played a role in making Central America so violent. Continue reading

A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter flies as the sun sets over the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006. A Marine died Monday from wounds sustained from enemy action in Iraq's western Anbar province, which brought to 61 the number of American military personnel killed in Iraq in December. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
July 14, 2014 | Perspectives

By many measures, the US may be the wealthiest, most powerful nation, but its ability to accomplish anything, no less achieve national or imperial success, has shrunk drastically. Continue reading

Oil wells on fire in southern Iraq as British Tanks drive past, March 23, 2003. (Press Association via AP Images)
July 8, 2014 | Blog

Global conflicts are increasingly fueled by the desire for oil and natural gas — and the funds they generate. Continue reading

Charles Haig, of Flourtown, Pa., listens during a town hall meeting held by Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa and U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to answers some veterans' questions and to discuss the new G.I. Bill's Yellow Ribbon Program for post Sept. 11 veterans at Drexel University, Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
July 8, 2014 | Blog

The PBS NewsHour looks at how the industry rakes in tax-payer dollars without delivering much in the way of education. Continue reading

Capt. George Morris, commander of B Company, 2-502 Infantry, and his soldiers hit the ground running in the opening salvo of Operation “Patriot Strike.” The soldiers detained ten suspected al-Qaeda conspirators and seized weapons and bomb-making supplies. Ubaydi, Iraq December 29, 2007
July 2, 2014 | Blog

Veteran photojournalist Michael Kamber has put together a photographic and oral history of the Iraq War to document photojournalism in the war. Continue reading

Byzantine emissaries to the Caliph. By Unknown, 12th/13th century author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
July 1, 2014 | Blog

Recent events in Iraq and Syria have revived the words “caliphate” and “Levant” which had not been used for several decades. Continue reading

Demonstrators on an army truck in Tahrir Square, Cairo (Flickr)
June 30, 2014 | Blog

The youth rebellions that took place throughout the Middle East are still shaping the region. And there’s more to come. Continue reading

An unmanned US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night, Jan. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
June 28, 2014 | Perspectives

National security expert Vicki Divoll says the government’s newly-released “drone memo” on the legal reasoning for launching a drone attack on an American citizen falls short. Continue reading

Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to veterans during a national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 26, 2002. Cheney spelled out to veterans the administration's justification for a pre-emptive attack against Iraq, calling Saddam Hussein "as dangerous as we say he is." (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
June 27, 2014

From the health effects of smoking to weapons of mass destruction, the powers that be have told us some real whoppers over the years. Continue reading

President George HW Bush and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney at Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1990. (Image: Doug Mills/ AP)
June 27, 2014 | Blog

As the US once again contemplates military action in Iraq, let’s not let our history in the region disappear down the memory hole. Continue reading

President George W. Bush speaks to US troops, Nov. 27, 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 27, 2014 | Blog

In 935 Lies, Lewis details the carefully orchestrated campaign of untruths about Iraq waged by the Bush administration that galvanized public opinion and led us to war. Continue reading

Col. T.E. Lawrence,, shown Oct. 3, 1928. (AP Photo)
June 27, 2014 | Perspectives

Then and now, Lawrence’s understanding of the ancient and potent jealousies of the people among whom he had lived and fought in the Middle East has generally been ignored. Continue reading

Josh Earnest White House Press Briefing
June 27, 2014 | Moyers & Company

This week Bill speaks with investigative journalist Charles Lewis about why facts, logic and reason are often missing in the rush to war. Continue reading

Iraq War Card, Searchable database of false statements
June 26, 2014 | Blog

A new interactive database lists the 935 false statements made by top Bush administration officials in the run up to the Iraqi war. Who leads the pack? Continue reading

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