File: In this October 29, 2013 photograph, a F-35 Lightning fighter jet drops a laser-guided bomb. (Flickr / Ministry of Defence Images / Darin Russell)
19 Nov 2015

US-Saudi Relationship Discredits US Fight Against ISIS

Despite Saudi Arabia’s support for ISIS and repeated human rights abuses in Yemen, the U.S. approved a $1.3 billion arms sale to the Saudis this week.

The sky turns magenta beyond the razor wire as the sun sets over Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in this February 21, 2006 photograph. (Flickr / U.S. Navy / Photographer's Mate 1st Class (AW) Brien Aho)
06 Nov 2015

Guantanamo Prisoner Cleared for Release, But U.S. Opposes Rejoining Family in Yemen

Mansoor Abdul Rahman al Dayfi is cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay, but the U.S. won’t let him return home to care for his ailing family members.

Doctors Without Borders hospital in Saada, Yemen (Photo from MSF Twitter)
27 Oct 2015

U.S.-Backed Coalition Bombs Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Yemen

For the second time this month, U.S.-backed forces bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital after they’d reported their GPS coordinates to the military.

Activists rallied in front of the Supreme Court on January 11, 2013. Some wore orange prisoner jumpsuits with hoods and two hold a banner that reads "Obama Close GTMO." (Flickr / Stephen Melkisethian)
17 Sep 2015

Lawyer For Guantanamo Inmates Describes Prisoners’ Dreams Of Family, Fresh Air

Omar Shakir, an attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights who has worked on Guantanamo Bay prisoners’ cases, made his first trip to the military prison this month. He shared what struck him most about going to Guantanamo to meet with two prisoners, Ghaleb al-Bihani and Zaher Hamdoun. Shakir described how the men’s faces lit up as they talked about things most humans take for granted, like fresh air, travel, family, and friends.

File: A Reaper MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) prepares for takeoff in Afghanistan. (Flickr / UK Ministry of Defence / Corporal Steve Follows RAF)
29 Aug 2015

If U.S. Government Can Kill An American Child In A Drone Strike, Is Anyone Safe?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, would have been Abdulrahman Awlaki’s 20th birthday. Instead, he was killed in 2011, by a CIA drone strike in Yemen, a country which the US had not declared war on. Abdulrahman was not linked to any terrorism-associated activity, never mind charged with an actual crime.

President Barack Obama / by The White House
15 Aug 2015

Obama Administration Secretly Fights Release of Gravely Ill Guantanamo Prisoner

President Barack Obama’s administration opposes the release of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, who has never been charged with a crime, weighs around 75 pounds, and is near death. But the administration does not want the public to know why exactly it opposes freeing this gravely ill man. Tariq Ba Odah,

09 May 2015

The Media Misses the Point on ‘Proxy War’

Yemen is a Saudi war of aggression, while Syria and Libya are the result of a dangerous Gulf-led strategy of backing groups of sectarian fighters By Gareth Porter The term “proxy war” has experienced a new popularity in stories on the Middle East. Various news sources began using the term