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The Jehoshua Novels

CIA’s Pakistan drone strikes carried out by regular US air force personnel

Former drone operators claim in new documentary that CIA missions flown by USAF’s 17th Reconnaissance Squadron

The Guardian, By Chris Woods, April 14

A regular US air force unit based in the Nevada desert is responsible for flying the CIA’s drone strike programme in Pakistan, according to a new documentary to be released on Tuesday.


Al-Qa’ida’s Second Act…

The Full Five-Part Series Our foreign correspondent’s investigation into the Jihadi resurgence

The Independent, By Patrick Cockburn, March 21

Twelve and a half years after 9/11, al-Qa’ida-type organisations control an area the size of Britain in western Iraq and eastern Syria. Include Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia and the territory they rule is larger in size [...]

Report: Deadly drone strike in Yemen failed to comply with Obama’s rules to protect civilians

Washington Post, By Greg Miller, February 20

A U.S. drone strike in December that killed at least a dozen people in Yemen failed to comply with rules imposed by President Obama last year to protect civilians, according to an investigation by a human rights organization released Thursday.

The report by Human Rights Watch concluded that [...]


To understand Afghanistan, it helps to understand a little economics:


Uighur men held for 12 years leave Guantánamo Bay for Slovakia

The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, December 31, 2013

Washington – Twelve years of detention without trial have ended for three Uighur men who have left Guantánamo Bay for Slovakia, the US Department of Defense announced on Tuesday, ending a clear mistake of the 9/11 era.


Saudi Arabia Rejects Security Council Seat

NYT – Assailing what it called double standards at the United Nations, Saudi Arabia took the surprising step Friday of declining an invitation to take a rotating seat on the Security Council just one day after it was chosen to join the body for a two-year term.

The protest, made known in a statement from [...]

Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program

Washington Post, By Greg Miller, Julie Tate & Barton Gellman, October 16

It was an innocuous e-mail, one of millions sent every day by spouses with updates on the situation at home. But this one was of particular interest to the National Security Agency and contained clues that put the sender’s husband in the crosshairs [...]

U.S. forces carry out raids in Somalia and Libya targeting terror suspects

Los Angeles Times, By David S. Cloud, October 5

Washington – Navy SEALs carried out a predawn raid Saturday against a suspected Shabab leader in Somalia who is believed to have planned the group’s deadly attack last month on a shopping mall in Kenya, two U.S. officials said.

Also Saturday, a Libyan Al Qaeda leader [...]

Kenyan Stand-Off

The siege at a shopping mall in Kenya is entering its third day today. While the government has responded forcefully, the attackers – presumed to be terrorists from a subsidiary of Al Qaeda, and who’d have thought even terrorism would be corporatized? – have dug in pretty deeply:

NAIROBI — Loud explosions and sporadic bursts [...]

Time to Get Rid of the Situation Room

White House Situation Room, 2007 grand opening – Wikipedia

Remember those happy days in 2008 when we all thought we had elected a rational, sane president? No more George W. Bush, uttering his bumbling if not idiotic Bushisms, lying to the country about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, trumpeting his [...]

NYPD has labeled mosques terror groups, spied on them: AP

CBS News, August 28

New York – The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends [...]

U.S. Shipping Thousands of Cluster Bombs to Saudis, Despite Global Ban

Foreign Policy, By John Reed, Noah Shachtman, August 22

Cluster bombs are banned by 83 nations. The world recoiled in horror when it learned that Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad’s forces have killed children with such weapons.

But that isn’t stopping the U.S. military from selling $640 million worth of American-made cluster bombs to Saudi [...]

Why does a dog…..

…just to show who’s the boss, Greenwald’s partner detained.

Humanity is drowning in Washington’s criminality

The Birth of a Monstrosity

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Maybe the FBI got lucky. Maybe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev carried his cell phone with him to his last hideout under a tarpaulin that covered a boat housed in someone’s backyard in Boston. Maybe Tsarnaev threw the cell phone away earlier, but the police found it. Maybe Tsarnaev [...]