Vox Populi

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Julia Conley: The Kill List

The consequences of this action are too severe and the right to due process too foundational to a constitutional democracy, to allow the government to secretly condemn an American citizen to death.

April 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Philip F. Clark: The Drone

The vindictive screech seeps from televisions, millions of them like bright eyes in a dark wood. A child works on an old computer, struggling with his common core. A mother … Continue reading

November 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: The Garden and the Drone

We come to the garden because it is beautiful. Arborvitae, hydrangea, anemone— Even the names are beautiful.   The men who call themselves our leaders Seem far away. We feel … Continue reading

August 5, 2018 · 11 Comments

Appellate Court Judge Janice Rogers Brown: Democracy Is Broken and Congressional Oversight is a Joke

A senior judge has today described American democracy as “broken” and Congressional oversight a “joke” in failing to check the US drone killing program. In a concurring opinion in the … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Chris Hedges: We All Are Islamic State

Revenge is the psychological engine of war. Victims are the blood currency. Their corpses are used to sanctify acts of indiscriminant murder. Those defined as the enemy and targeted for … Continue reading

March 29, 2016 · 3 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Terminator Planet

How the U.S. Created Middle East Mayhem To this day, it remains difficult to take in the degree to which the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq destabilized the Greater … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Drones dehumanize the enemy and make it easier to go to war

It’s so easy to kill an animated figure on a screen in a video game. And then another, and then another, each of them so realistic in their detail that … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Malala Yousafzai: Drones Fuel Terrorism

Missing Malala’s message of peace: ‘US Drones fuel terrorism.’    On October 10, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai–who received worldwide attention after being attacked by the Taliban for her advocacy for … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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