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Global news community stands ground against 'new war on journalists'

Commentary: Amid growing violence against us, our colleagues’ work and their sacrifices inspire us to keep going.... Read more»

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U.S. now involved in 134 wars, or none, depending on your definition

The White House spent much of last week trying to figure out if the word “war” was the right one to describe its military actions against the Islamic State. So how many wars is the U.S. fighting right now? Somewhere between zero and 134.... Read more»

Did Obama declare terrorist threat 'gone'?

In an interview on Fox News, former Vice President Dick Cheney went too far with his claim that President Obama “has stated repeatedly the terrorist threat is gone.”... Read more»

Analysis

So much for an 'Obama Doctrine'

Analysis: Everybody was expecting a major foreign policy revamp. But the president broke no new ground and struck a defensive pose in his West Point address.... Read more»

Here's what we still don't know about drones

Nearly six months ago, President Obama promised more transparency and tighter policies around targeted killings. In a speech, Obama vowed that the U.S. would only use force against a “continuing and imminent threat to the American people.” It would fire only when there was “near-certainty” civilians would not be killed or injured, and when capture was not feasible.... Read more»

What we know (and don’t know) about the drone war

Drones, or “unmanned aerial vehicles” as the military prefers to call them, have been used to strike al Qaeda targets in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia as a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s national security protocol. But as ProPublica fellow Cora Currier has detailed in her reporting, much of the drone war remains shrouded in secrecy.... Read more»

3 other places the U.S. military bombed in the past month

Not every bombing campaign is as well publicized as the one probably coming to Syria. Here’s what else the U.S. military is up to.... Read more»

Does the U.S. pay families when drones kill innocent Yemenis?

There have been nine drone strikes reported in Yemen in the past two weeks – an uptick apparently connected to the Al Qaeda threat that shut down U.S. embassies across the Middle East and Africa. As many as six civilian deaths have also been reported.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Remembering newsman Jeff Smith

Remembering oft-fired and always admired reporter and columnist Jeff Smith, who wrote at various times for the Tucson Citizen (twice), Tucson Weekly, Daily Star and New Times. The legendary newsman died this week at 67.... Read more»

Boy’s death in drone strike tests Obama’s transparency pledge

It’s the first prominent allegation of a civilian death since President Obama pledged in a major speech in May “to facilitate transparency and debate” about the U.S. war on al Qaida-linked militants beyond Afghanistan. He also said “there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured” in a strike.... Read more»

US releases names of 'indefinite detainees' held at Guantanamo

The United States revealed the names and nationalities of 48 Guantanamo captives considered impossible to try yet unsafe to release.... Read more»

AP chief: 'Unconstitutional' DOJ probe makes sources shy

The Justice Department’s seizure of journalists’ phone records has made sources reluctant to talk, damaging the wire agency’s ability to report the news, said Associated Press chief Gary Pruitt.... Read more»

Commentary

In long run, drones may be counter-productive

For a president who is reluctant to play the role of world policeman, drones look like an easy option, a simple way to show a war-weary public that he is “doing something” to defend America. They may also be the cheap option. But like the sanctions program that is supposed to force Iran to give up its presumed nuclear weapons program, some experts have grave doubts that the drone program can achieve its objective of deterring terrorist acts.... Read more»

U.S. marking unidentified men in Pakistan & Yemen as drone targets

What little we know about the evidence needed to justify a drone strike on unidentified people. While President Obama and administration officials have framed the drone program as targeting particular members of al-Qaeda, attacks against unknown militants reportedly may account for the majority of strikes.... Read more»

'Signature strikes'

The drone war doctrine we still know nothing about

The focus on the targeting of American citizens overlooks many other strikes in which the U.S. doesn’t know who it’s killing. In these attacks, known as “signature strikes,” drone operators fire on people whose identities they do not know based on evidence of suspicious behavior or other “signatures.”... Read more»

Drone strikes test legal grounds for war on terror

The Obama administration has justified its counter-terror strategy on a law Congress passed just days after 9/11. But more than a decade later, does it fit the facts on the ground?... Read more»

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