‘Following Orders’ Never a Defense for Immoral Acts

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Walter Brasch: The rejection of the “following orders defense” to commit illegal and immoral acts in a non-military setting, when the terror of war isn’t imminent, is even more appalling and inexcusable when a person’s life isn’t in jeopardy.

Afghanistan, “So It Goes”

Afghan-surge

History has shown that when foreign soldiers try to police their territory Afghanistan’s tribal, religious, and ethnic identities solidify in resistance. The American troop presence is an irritant that fuels nationalism, tribalism and insurgency.

LA Progressive: 8 November to 14 November 2009

The Black Men’s New “Little Black Book”. Changing the mindset of black men to see a doctor is a difficult one. Fear of doctors is tied to a vestige of slavery where black male illness was totally ignored. Distrusting doctors has a long history, even before the Tuskegee experiment. – Anthony Asadullah Samad Think First […]

Childless Fathers

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Last year I was on a street corner in Chicago standing with a Quaker woman and a young Quaker girl at a peace demonstration – just like I did in 1962 when I was 14. Only this time on the ground there were combat boots painted white, which symbolized the soldiers who had committed suicide […]

Republicans Playing a 1993 Strategy

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)

In 1995, the Republicans swept into the House of Representatives winning 57 seats and running on term limits and a balanced budget amendment that they never passed. They implemented a strategy of obstructing everything that President Bill Clinton wanted to do and initiated a huge set of overlapping and expensive Congressional investigations of every aspect […]

Reaching Out to Returning Veterans

by Charley James — Since neither the Pentagon nor the Veterans Administration seems to show much real interest in the plight of returning Afghan and Iraqi vets beyond a few discredited talking points spouted during interviews, organizations such as the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America are taking the lead.

Veterans Fight to Save “Hallowed Ground”

Zev Yaroslavski

With the Iraq Occupation grinding through its fifth year, the Bush Administration and its supporters continue to trot out the “Support the Troops” bumper stickers and yellow ribbon decals at every opportunity, shaming us into wasting even more billions of dollars on a failed exercise in empire-building that keeps our soldiers in harm’s way. Meanwhile, […]

The War Comes Home

Walter Reed Cartoon

Dick Price: The Iraq-Afghan War has taken on a sad new face as stories of shoddy health care given returning veterans began surfacing lately. Newsweek brought us up short with its coverage last month of the Minnesota veteran suffering from depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts whose runaround at the local Veterans Administration hospital ended only when he managed to hang himself.

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