U.S. acknowledges civilian casualties as death toll keeps rising

The Pentagon's recent admission that more U.S. troops are deployed to war zones than previously disclosed has caused some controversy. But another consistently underestimated number -- that of civilian casualties of America's wars -- has received less attention, even as the death toll continues to mount seemingly without interruption. On Friday the U.S.-led coalition fighting … Continue reading U.S. acknowledges civilian casualties as death toll keeps rising

After Trump speech, Blackwater founder still pushing Afghanistan mercenary plan

Last week, following U.S. President Donald Trump's speech on Afghanistan, Erik Prince, founder of the controversial mercenary contractor firm Blackwater, said that Trump would soon have to rethink what he described as "a kind of Obama-lite policy." Now, however, it appears that it is Prince who is rethinking his policy proposal, or at least his … Continue reading After Trump speech, Blackwater founder still pushing Afghanistan mercenary plan

Thousands more U.S. troops stationed overseas than previously acknowledged

The United States' military has been in Afghanistan for nearly 16 years. Yet details of the situation today in that country tend to remain unclear to many Americans, as the war has long faded into the background of the often asinine 24-hour news cycle. While U.S. civilians should probably pay more attention to their country's … Continue reading Thousands more U.S. troops stationed overseas than previously acknowledged

U.S. diplomats suffered ‘brain injury’ from sound weapon in Cuba

Recent revelations that U.S. diplomats in Cuba were allegedly targeted with some kind of "sonic weapon" of mysterious origin appear even more alarming this week, as reports emerge that the victims had received diagnoses as serious as "mild traumatic brain injury," beyond the previously reported symptoms such as hearing loss. The acoustic attacks on ten … Continue reading U.S. diplomats suffered ‘brain injury’ from sound weapon in Cuba

Trump offers vague Afghan strategy, leaves mercenary option on table

President Donald Trump gave a much-anticipated speech Monday "to lay out our path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia." But while many predicted a definite announcement of a troop increase in the long-running Afghanistan War, Trump was instead vague, seemingly leaving the door open to a privatized, mercenary contractor option that has been floated. "I’ve … Continue reading Trump offers vague Afghan strategy, leaves mercenary option on table

U.S. airstrike civilian deaths escalate, no end in sight

  While former President Barack Obama recently left office with a much higher approval rating than his predecessor, George W. Bush, his dramatic escalation of drone strikes around the world remains an undeniable and controversial component of his legacy -- and one that, like his healthcare reform law, appears to be continuing under the new … Continue reading U.S. airstrike civilian deaths escalate, no end in sight

Thousands of unreported deadly airstrikes the latest in sloppy Pentagon record keeping

When it comes to reporting numbers of civilians and "combatants" it kills, the Pentagon attempts to paint itself in a positive light. Last summer, after the Obama administration released a report estimating that between 64 and 116 civilians had been killed in drone strikes on the president's watch, it was widely criticized for under-counting by … Continue reading Thousands of unreported deadly airstrikes the latest in sloppy Pentagon record keeping

Trump promises more for less military spending, experts expect budget hikes

The U.S. reached some new military milestones last year. America dropped at least 26,171 bombs in 2016, for example -- over 3,000 more than the year before, averaging about one bomb every 20 minutes. And that number includes only bombs dropped in some of the better known conflict areas where the U.S. is involved -- … Continue reading Trump promises more for less military spending, experts expect budget hikes

Will Trump make Guantanamo great again?

Fidel Castro, leader of communist Cuba for half a century, has died at the age of 90. The news of his death comes less than two years after US President Barack Obama took the most substantial actions in decades to ease the tense relationship between Cuba and the US, and follows the election of Donald … Continue reading Will Trump make Guantanamo great again?