For more, read my latest article: “Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053.”
“The Oriental doesn’t put the same high price on life as does the Westerner,” [U.S. commander, General William] Westmoreland famously said. “Life is plentiful, life is cheap in the Orient.”
Having spoken to survivors of massacres by United States forces at Phi Phu, Trieu Ai, My Luoc and so many other hamlets, I can say with certainty that Westmoreland’s assessment was false.
Decades after the conflict ended, villagers still mourn loved ones — spouses, parents, children — slain in horrific spasms of violence. They told me, too, about what it was like to live for years under American bombs, artillery shells and helicopter gunships; about what it was like to negotiate every aspect of their lives around the “American war,” as they call it; how the war transformed the most mundane tasks — getting water from a well or relieving oneself or working in the fields or gathering vegetables for a hungry family — into life-or-death decisions; about what it was like to live under United States policies that couldn’t have been more callous or contemptuous toward human life.
Thousands of women are being illegally held in Iraqi prisons, where they suffer torture and other forms of abuse, including sexual assault, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. HRW said that women in Iraqi prisons — the vast majority of whom are Sunni — have reported being beaten, kicked, and slapped, given electric shocks, and raped, while others have been threatened with sexual assault, sometimes in front of male relatives.
Where are U.S. Special Operations forces and what are they doing?
In my latest article, I reveal — for the first time anywhere — the full extent of black ops deployments during 2013 and analyze the potential pitfalls of conducting a globalized secret war. Without a clear picture of where the U.S. military’s covert forces are operating and what they are doing, Americans may not even recognize the consequences of and blowback from our expanding secret wars as they wash over the world. But if history is any guide, they will be felt — from Southwest Asia to the Mahgreb, the Middle East to Central Africa, and, perhaps eventually, in the United States as well.
For the full story, see “The Special Ops Surge: America’s Secret War in 134 Countries”
|—||the always sharp and ever dogged Craig Whitlock from his latest deep dive into military misconduct “Military brass, behaving badly: Files detail a spate of misconduct dogging armed forces” - The Washington Post|
|—||computer scientist Ross Anderson summing up the conventional wisdom about building passwords from Privacy Tools: How to Build Better Passwords - ProPublica|
"It has a global death toll of 1.24 million per year and is on course to triple to 3.6 million per year by 2030.
In the developing world, it will become the fifth leading cause of death, leapfrogging past HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other familiar killers, according to the most recent Global Burden of Disease study.
The victims tend to be poor, young and male.
In one country — Indonesia — the toll is now nearly 120 dead per day; in Nigeria, it is claiming 140 lives each day.
This global killer is our most necessary accessory, the essential thing that gets us from here to there: the motorized vehicle.
Poor countries account for 50 percent of the world’s road traffic but 90 percent of the traffic fatalities.”
for the full story, see “Roads Kill: Traffic Accidents Take a Heavy Toll in Poor Countries" from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Syrian government officials could face war crimes charges in the light of a huge cache of evidence smuggled out of the country showing the “systematic killing” of about 11,000 detainees, according to three eminent international lawyers. Read the full story
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Sonja Burks, of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division on the legacy of a man who railed against militarism and said “a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and a joint investigation between the Guardian and the UK’s Channel 4 News.