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Phoebe A. Cirio: 22 July — A film that helps us understand a mass killing

22 July, a film currently streaming on Netflix, depicts the events that occurred on that day in 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik began a killing rampage in Norway. Breivik turned … Continue reading

November 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Susan Sailer: Dust, Blowing in the Wind

Into Newton’s laws of motion Boko Haram storms, rifles smoking, kidnap 276 girls, force them onto truck beds, tires raising red dust as they drive north.   The girls want … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jeremy Corbyn: We Must Be Brave Enough to Admit the War on Terror is Simply Not Working

Our whole nation has been united in shock and grief this week as a night out at a concert ended in horrific terror and the brutal slaughter of innocent people … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sharon Doubiago: Jesus was a Terrorist

“The most important deficiency in the U.S. counterterrorism policy has been the failure to address the root causes of terrorism.” Philip C. Wilcox Jr., former US Ambassador at Large and … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Daniel R. Cobb: We Must End the Tyranny of the American Gun Lobby

Today, US federal law allows any adult to buy guns of all kinds, including AR15-style assault weapons, magazines, and ammunition, without any ID or background checks of any kind. These … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · 5 Comments

Doug Anderson: Revisiting the Second Iraq War

Now that we are sinking quickly into America’s Third Iraq War, we might want to take a look at what we can learn from the second one. On September 11, … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Chris Hedges: The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get

We fire missiles from the sky that incinerate families huddled in their houses. They incinerate a pilot cowering in a cage. We torture hostages in our black sites and choke … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: Boko Haram

Nigeria, one of the richest and most prosperous countries in Africa, boasting of the most educated group of Africans on earth, the most populous, most powerful militarily, has offered little … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chard De Niord: The media continue to play into the terrorists’ hands

There are millions of Muslims who find the terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere reprehensible and antithetical to Islam. I heard a French Muslim, who is also a town official, … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

In the Aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo Attacks, Let’s Not Forget Fraternity

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Alex Dunn.  Introduction by b. traven. Alex Dunn is one of TCP‘s EU correspondents. An English ex-pat living in Luxembourg gives us a view…

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sarah Van Gelder: 10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014

In 2014, we saw a lot of brutality. Unarmed black men and women were killed by police, women were raped on college campuses and in military barracks, foreign nationals were … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

More on the Torture Report

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
An unrepentant Dick Cheney in 2008 W.J. Astore Six years ago, Vice President Dick Cheney admitted that he had approved waterboarding as one of…

December 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Cost of Endless War

The money should stagger you. Journalist James Risen, author of Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, a revelatory new book about the scammers, counterterrorism grifters, careerist bureaucrats, torture … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

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