Rania Khalek Dispatches from the Underclass

Tag / war on terror

The US military has adopted an Israeli procedure known as “roof-knocking” in its war on Islamic State, also known as ISIS or Daesh, adding yet another failed Israeli tactic to its counterterrorism toolkit. Roof-knocking entails striking the roof or upper story of a home or building with a mortar shell or missile prior to bombing […]

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Crossposted from The Electronic Intifada Israeli weapons are fueling atrocities in South Sudan, according to a United Nations report that sheds new light on the secretive Israeli arms trade in Africa. Authored by an investigative team assembled by the UN Security Council, the report cites photographic evidence of automatic rifles made by Israel Military Industries (IMI) being in […]

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Faisal bin ali Jaber, a Yemeni man whose relatives were killed in a US drone strike, is traveling to the United States this week to tell his story to members of Congress and human rights activists at this weekend’s Drone Summit (which I’m covering for Truthout, FYI). Jaber’s brother-in-law, 49-year-old Sheik Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber, was […]

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In violation of international law and medical ethics, US military physicians, psychiatrists and psychologists designed and facilitated the torture of detainees at US detention facilities around the world under both the Bush and Obama administrations, according to a study released today. The findings are the result of a two year investigation carried out by the Task Force on […]

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To all you recreational drug users and dealers out there, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is listening. Well actually, it’s the NSA that’s listening and watching. But Reuters has uncovered a secret DEA unit that uses the information collected by NSA surveillance programs to launch criminal investigations of Americans—primarily drug dealers who pose no […]

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A 10-year-old Yemeni boy named Abdulaziz was killed on June 10, reports McClatchy. And it was the U.S. government that killed him. Perhaps he should have known better than to be the younger brother of  al Qaeda chief Saleh Hassan Huraydan, the target of the drone strike. At least that’s what President Obama’s former press secretary turned MSNBC […]

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Richard Engel and Robert Windrem of NBC News published a horrifying report today revealing that the CIA doesn’t always know the identities of the people it’s executing in drone strikes. Their findings are based on a review of 14 months worth of classified documents that describe 114 drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan beginning in […]

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In 2008, President Obama ran on a promise to close Guantanamo within the first year of his presidency. Five years and a second term later, our modern-day gulag is still open and operating under a policy of indefinite detention solidified by none other than Obama himself. But the detainees have had enough. The military admitted […]

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Michael Isikoff of NBC News got his hands on a Justice Department white paper that contains the Obama administration’s legal framework for extrajudicial killings of US citizens abroad. The 16-page white paper expands on the rationale put forward by Attorney General Eric Holder last year in a speech at Northwestern University. If you thought that argument […]

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I still haven’t seen Zero Dark Thirty, which is why I’ve hesitated to write about it. That being said, I already have my biases based on the movie’s synopsis and several analyses I’ve read (Jane Mayor’s critique at the New Yorker is a must read). The movie has rightly stirred controversy because it depicts torture as […]

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