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John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old

Posted by in Human Rights, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 9th January, 2013 | 2 Comments

photo: CODEPINKIn October 2011, attempting to document the drones that were constantly circling over his Pakistani village, terrorizing and killing his family and neighbors, 16-year-old Tariq Aziz was driving with his 12-year-old cousin to a village near his home in Waziristan to pick up his aunt, his car was struck by a Hellfire missile. With the push of a button by a pilot at a US base thousands of miles away, both boys were instantly vaporized—only a few chunks of flesh remained.

A Chat With Counterterrorism Chief John Brennan

Posted by in Global Exchange Community, Global Exchange News & Events, Human Rights, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, World News & Events on 5th November, 2012 | No Comments

John Brennan, Obama’s counterterrorism chiefPicture this. It’s Sunday in a Virginia suburb. Peace activist Medea Benjamin finds her way to the doorstep of John Brennan, Obama’s counterterrorism chief and the key person making decisions about drone strikes. The door opens.

Americans Take Anti-Drone Stance Directly to Pakistan

Posted by in Featured, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 26th September, 2012 | 1 Comment

droneconvention2When it comes to drones, Americans and Pakistanis see the world through different lenses. Americans are looking through the eyes of remote-control pilots safely ensconced in bases in the United States, while Pakistanis are at the receiving end of the bull’s eye. Polls show to the two peoples as polar opposites: 83% of Americans support the use of drones against “terrorist suspects overseas”; in Pakistan, among those who say they know something about drones, virtually all—97%—oppose them.

Obama Administration Silencing Pakistani Drone-Strike Lawyer

Posted by in Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 11th April, 2012 | No Comments

DroneWhen is the last time you heard from a civilian victim of the CIA’s secret drone strikes? Sure, most of them can’t speak because they’re deceased. But many leave behind bereaved and angry family members ready to proclaim their innocence and denounce the absence of due process, the lack of accountability, the utter impunity with which the U.S. government decides who will live and die.

Obama Should Follow His Own Advice on the ‘Moral Force’ of Non-Violence

Posted by in Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 20th May, 2011 | 1 Comment

us_empire-blood_history_0-325x248Given that President Obama daily authorizes the firing of hellfire missiles and the dropping of cluster bombs in places such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, it was awful odd seeing him wax eloquent this week about the “moral force of non-violence” in places like Egypt and Tunisia. But there he was, the commander-in-chief of the largest empire in history, praising the power of peaceful protest in countries with repressive leaders backed by his own administration.