“35 people dead in Paris. They don’t know what it is yet. Not sure if there were bombs.” That was the text message I received on Friday during my walk home from Rice University. Here we go again, I thought… My first reaction: the media will instantly assume Muslims carried out the attack, regardless of…… Continue reading The Paris Attack and My Racist Facebook “Friends”
The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that the Israeli military used depleted uranium against Syrians. Depleted uranium is used in nuclear reactors, making it a toxic and dangerous radioactive weapon. A Syrian military leader witnessed the impact of this toxin. He stated: “When the explosion happened it felt like an earthquake, then a giant golden mushroom of fire appeared.…… Continue reading Israel and the U.S. Use Depleted Uranium in Gaza, Syria and Iraq
US missiles “targeting IS” in the town of Kafr Diryan destroyed two residential areas, killing 27 people, most of whom were civilians. According to a report by Al Jazeera (from Truth Revolt): “The locals say that this is the first time that they were attacked by missiles since the outbreak of Syrian revolution. The paradox,…… Continue reading First Civilians Killed in “War on Islamic State” – Expect More in Future
And we’re told to believe that the Israeli military doesn’t target civilians. This entire area was destroyed, completely and utterly. This is Israel’s attempt to wipe Palestinians off of the map. It’s no joke. Watch the video at Al Arabiya.
An August 12th headline from Fox News read “Islamic State’s shocking barbarity prompts call for world to act.” The sub-heading of the article went on to claim that this “fanatical Islamic group” uses “medieval brutality” and “savagery” against its enemies by severing people’s’ heads and mowing down helpless civilians with guns at point-blank range. Fox News is right. The Islamic State is a…… Continue reading The Islamic State is “Barbaric,” But What About the US and Israel?
I only get a chance to come back home to Boston a few times a year. When I returned last December I came home to the news of the terrible tragedy known as the Newtown Massacre in Connecticut, where 20 little children and 6 adults died at the hands of a crazed gunmen. Unfortunately my…… Continue reading Many emotions since arriving back in Boston
Renowned scholar Akbar Ahmed discusses his new book The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam and elaborates on the devastating consequences of the U.S.’s drone bombing campaign in the tribal areas of Pakistan.
Gary Younge at the Guardian makes an important point in his recent article (“Barack Obama is pushing gun control at home, but he’s a killer abroad”): Over the last few weeks there has been a distinct incongruity – to say the least – between the agenda Obama is promoting at home and the one he…… Continue reading Moral authority on the streets of Chicago to the tribal areas of Pakistan
I’ve watched the news. I’ve read all kinds of news sources. I’m disgusted, upset, and frustrated. I can’t even stomach the hate and ignorance I see in people. It’s not easy to bite my tongue, but I do it anyways. On several occasions, I’ve written entire posts on how I feel about the situation, but every…… Continue reading My Few Words on the :atest Crisis in Gaza
It was 2009 and I was shocked at what I was reading: Obama was actually increasing strikes in a highly controversial, if not downright illegal drone bombing campaign in Pakistan that began under the Bush administration. When Obama started rocking-and-rolling in his foreign policy adventures, the press gave his global drone bombing campaign hardly any attention,…… Continue reading Commentary: The truth behind U.S. drone campaign coming to light
One thing that I find puzzling is the notion that Obama ‘isn’t as bad as Bush’ when it comes to death, destruction, and the illegality of US foreign policy. For me, when I indulge in such conversations to prove why Obama is actually quite similar to Bush in these regards, I tend to use the not so…… Continue reading Who’s the Master of the Drone?
When Afghan or Pakistani civilians are murdered by drone strikes, US bangs on about ‘collateral damage’, but when Syrian civilians are murdered by Assad regime/militias, US cries about ‘war crimes’. Let’s not forget that a war crime is a war crime is a war crime, regardless of the context in which war crimes are committed.…… Continue reading A gross double-standard
Drone warfare, especially the US’s illegal use of it in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has bothered me greatly since I first started writing about it for World Can’t Wait in 2010. As it is with others, my main concern with the use of drone warfare is that drones more often than not kill civilians and not the…… Continue reading It’s dangerous stuff when the US arms Italian drones