Family Values: Obama's Death Squad and the Murder of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki

To kill a teenager is just unbelievable, really, and they claim that he is an al-Qaeda militant. It’s nonsense

by Chris Floyd

It is not enough for the Peace Laureate to murder American citizens without charges, without trial and without warning; he must also murder their children too -- in the same cowardly, cold-blooded fashion.

Last week, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki -- an American teenager -- was ripped to shreds by an American drone missile in Yemen. The boy, like his father, Anwar al-Awlaki -- had not been charged with any crime whatsoever, much less convicted and sentenced. So what was his offense? He missed his father -- who had been in hiding from the Peace Laureate's publicly stated intention to assassinate him -- and he went off to find him.


Absence of Evidence: The Progressive Policy of Imperial Murder

by Chris Floyd Predator drone

The president of the United States murdered two American citizens this morning. He had some nameless functionary -- who was sitting comfortably and safely at a computer console somewhere on a well-guarded, probably secret military base -- push a button.

A missile was then fired from a robot drone buzzing maleovently in the sky over Yemen. The missile then murdered two American citizens who -- let it be carefully noted -- had not even been charged with a crime, much less tried and convicted in a court of law of any offense.


Towering Lies and Hypocrisy: The White House’s 9/11 Approach to “Remembering and Recovering”


Will Americans Remember Them?

Will Americans Remember Them?  by Jill McLaughlin
View this and more art memorializing the victims of the "Global War on Terror" at

By Jill McLaughlin
As the 10th anniversary of September 11th approaches, Americans are receiving much guidance on how to feel, think, and act on that day. Nationalism is  order of the day. For the U.S. to carry on its “war on terror” – really a war of terror for empire – it needs all Americans to fall into lock step with the guidelines for 9/11 commemmoration the Obama administration last week issued recently.
Two documents, which were also provided to the New York Times and reported on in an article, White House Issues Guides On Sept. 11th Observances were released to government agencies inside the U.S., and overseas. Both the documents stress that while remembering those who died that day, Americans should also be cautioned about the possibility of other attacks and that resilience is key in recovering from loss.


The Bush Doctrine Is Not Over: War Crimes Continue

Bush Step Down

January 2006; Photo by Fred Askew

By Emma Kaplan
Watching all of the hype around Cheney, Rumsfeld and John Yoo has made me absolutely nauseated. And frankly, every single person who screamed at their television or had an Impeach sticker on their car when these war criminals held power should be just as nauseated.  
These are the criminals that lied, broke the law and committed some of the most atrocious crimes against humanity comparable to that of Nazi Germany. And now they are gallivanting around the country, on the media and in NYC as “legitimate voices of authority.”


The Nation Institute Reflects On September 11th, A Tutorial in Liberal National Chauvinism

The wars declared by both the Bush Regime and the Democrats who approved them, and which have been continued and escalated under Obama, had NOTHING to do with the safety of the people of the U.S.

By Sunsara Taylor

Last night I attended a panel discussion at the New School in NYC featuring a a core of the heavy-weights at the Nation Magazine and frequent guests/hosts on MSNBC: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Melissa Harris-Perry, Eric Foner (okay, he's a professor/historian – not a personage of The Nation), Christopher Hayes, and John Nichols.

The event was a reflection on how the U.S. has changed in the ten years since the September 11th attacks. There were important insights brought out about how the mood of varied sections of the population was affected by the attacks ten years ago and how that mood and vulnerability was manipulated by those in power. There was also the occasional acknowledgment of the fact that the U.S. has been torturing people and waging wars that are immensely destructive.


Wil. E. Coyote, the American People, and What Is Up Now

By Dennis Loo Wil E. Coyote

[Note: This article is a slightly expanded version of a talk at the first book release party for Dennis Loo’s new book, Globalization and the Demolition of Society, Larkmead Press, 2011. It provides an abbreviated introduction to a few of the key arguments and evidence in book. Rob Kall of OpEd News interviewed Dennis about his new book last week for his radio show, available at OpEd News here.] 
This book was many years in the making. I put it aside several years ago to finish my Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney (NY: Seven Stories Press, 2006) book (with co-editor/author Peter Phillips) because there was an immediate need for that book. We didn't succeed, unfortunately, in building a powerful people's movement to drive Bush and Cheney from office. Had we succeeded the whole political situation would be dramatically different today. Obviously not enough people read my book! [Laughter]


Is This the Best of All Possible Worlds?

If you adopt the framework of your adversaries to begin with, you have already conceded the battle to them.

By Dennis Loo

As I read this morning that stock markets around the world were shuddering and tumbling as governments around the world scurry about like rats in an attempt to restore confidence and prevent even worse from happening, I found myself wondering aloud: if capitalism is so wondrous, then how come it is wracked by crisis so often? If its greatest rival, communism, is long gone, and it has had no major economic or political rivals for decades, then why is everything so awful and worrisome for the vast majority of the world’s people? Why is the planet in danger of ruination from global warming and mass extinction of species?

If triumph for capitalism and the U.S. way of life looks like all of what we see happening around us, then what must defeat look like?


Documenting the Peace Laureate's Progressive Atrocities

If you support the president, this is what you support.

By Chris Floyd

Do you support the policies and political fortunes of President Barack Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate? Then this is what you support: cowardly, cold-blooded mass murder. You support mass murder. You support the shredding to pieces of innocent people, many of them children, week after week, month after month. You support the murder of children. You support the cultivation of extremism and hatred: hatred aimed at you, and your children, for the mass murder -- the state terrorism -- committed in your name by your progressive president. You support extremism. You support hatred. You support terrorism.


Obama's Afghanistan Speech: Problems for the Empire ... In An Unjust War

By Larry Everest

On June 22, President Barack Obama delivered a major address on the war in Afghanistan. He announced that by September 2012, the U.S. would withdraw all 33,000 troops that were sent to Afghanistan as part of the November 2009 "surge."

Obama claimed this was the beginning of a major drawing down of U.S. forces in Afghanistan: "After this initial reduction, our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace as Afghan security forces move into the lead. Our mission will change from combat to support. By 2014, this process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security."

Obama claimed this was the beginning of the end of the war in Afghanistan: "[T]onight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding…. And even as there will be dark days ahead in Afghanistan, the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance. These long wars will come to a responsible end."


CIA Poised to Begin Drone Strikes Against Yemen

Already Helping Military Strikes, CIA Begins Plans for Its Own Assassination Program

By Jason Ditz

It is already well-documented that the Obama Administration has been escalating the number of air strikes against targets inside Yemen. While the CIA has played a role in those military strikes, officials say, the agency is now preparing to launch attacks of its own. 

The CIA has been responsible for a massive drone campaign against Pakistan’s tribal areas, launching scores of strikes and killing thousands of people over the past several years of escalations. As with the Pakistan attacks, the Yemen strikes will nominally be aimed at “assassination” of al-Qaeda members.


The Peace Laureate: Backing Brutality in Bahrain

By Chris Floyd

Last week, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate met with the crown prince of Bahrain and "reaffirmed" the United States' "strong commitment" to the regime of unelected autocrats. The Peace Laureate -- who in his acceptance of the Prize wrapped himself in the mantle of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi -- also "expressed strong support" for the regime's "ongoing efforts to initiate national dialogue ... [and] forge a just future for all Bahrainis."

President Obama had dropped in a meeting the prince was having with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who likewise extolled the autocrats for their "national dialogue" and "important work."



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