Categories & Tags: Peace and Security

Memorial Day: Southern base towns suffer brunt of Iraq losses   |   May 22, 2009
This Memorial Day is going to be especially hard in places like Fort Hood, Texas, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.Why? Because, as I show in a short...

 

The latest in KBR's long "reign of terror"   |   May 22, 2009
The ongoing controversy surrounding Houston-based KBR, the U.S. military's largest contractor in Iraq, took another turn this week. The latest development relates to a story...

 

Rumsfeld fiddled while New Orleans drowned   |   May 20, 2009
A story in the latest GQ magazine offers fresh revelations about actions taken by former Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld following Hurricane Katrina, with former Bush...

 

Who's approving those wiretaps on your phone?   |   May 20, 2009
With all the hot debate over government wiretapping in recent years, it was surprising to see that few in the media reported on big changes this week at the Foreign Intelligence...

 

Federal health agency misled on dangers from poisoned drinking water at N.C. Marine base   |   May 8, 2009
After years of pressure from grassroots activists, the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry announced last week that it was withdrawing its 1997 report that...

 

VOICES: To Georgia secessionists: America, love it or leave it   |   April 29, 2009
by John Sugg, Georgia Online News Service History lesson time. Do you remember a gent called "Old Gimlet Eye?" He's worth some study. His real name was Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, a...

 

PENTAGON PORK: Are Georgia Republicans hooked on government spending?   |   April 9, 2009
One of Washington's biggest controversies this week is the new military budget proposed by the Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The media seems confused over whether the new...

 

Court allows lawsuit against alleged Va. torture contractor   |   March 20, 2009
A federal court in Virginia ruled this week that four former Abu Ghraib detainees who were tortured and later released without charge can sue a military contractor that carried...

 

Is the Army covering up KBR's poisoning of U.S. soldiers?   |   February 20, 2009
Two Senators are questioning the conclusions of an Army investigation into the exposure of hundreds of U.S. soldiers in Iraq to hexavalent chromium, a deadly cancer-causing poison...

 

Blackwater looks to rebrand, change its name   |   February 13, 2009
Blackwater Worldwide, the controversial private-security firm based in North Carolina, is changing its tarnished name in an effort to rebrand a battered reputation. The parent...

 

More shocking revelations about KBR   |   January 30, 2009
The same week two Senators called for KBR be held accountable for the electrocution deaths of 13 U.S. soldiers due to faulty wiring, the Houston-based company announced that it's...

 

Iraq won't allow NC-based Blackwater to continue to operate   |   January 29, 2009
Iraq said Thursday it will bar Blackwater Worldwide from providing security protection for U.S. diplomats. Blackwater, the controversial private security firm based in North...

 

Climate of change: Global warming policy efforts heat up in Washington   |   January 29, 2009
It's been a busy week for climate policy in Washington, D.C. -- quite a change after eight years of inaction on global warming under the Bush administration. On Monday, President...

 

Mystery weapons allegedly used in Gaza developed at military bases in Va., Fla.   |   January 22, 2009
The United Nations Human Rights Council voted last week to investigate human rights violations by Israel during the recent military offensive in Gaza, where a 22-day war killed at...

 

Texans challenge Chertoff's border power grab   |   January 15, 2009
Members of the Texas Border Coalition are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal challenging the constitutionality of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's...

 

Making the global local: Southerners rally for Gaza peace   |   January 14, 2009
This past week tens of thousands of people took to the streets in several U.S. cities to protest against the controversial Israeli military offensive in Gaza. They have joined in...

 

The South at war -- in Gaza   |   January 7, 2009
Israel's military campaign in Gaza -- which has led to a death toll of 595 civilians, including 130 children under age 16 -- may seem a world away to many Southerners. But in...

 

Blackwater a contributor to Clinton's presidential foundation   |   December 18, 2008
When Sen. Hillary Clinton was first being considered for Secretary of State, many questioned how she would navigate potential conflicts between her new job -- now secured -- and...

 

Zero-tolerance urged for racist extremists in the military   |   December 12, 2008
The motto of the U.S. Army is "This We'll Defend." But some members of that force as well as other military branches have pledged their loyalty not to this country but to racial...

 

Blackwater guards face manslaughter charges for Iraq massacre   |   December 8, 2008
The Justice Department unsealed indictments today in its case against five employees of North Carolina-based Blackwater Worldwide for their role in a 2007 Baghdad shooting that...

 

Migrant workers in Iraq riot over treatment by KBR subcontractor   |   December 4, 2008
Iraqi security guards opened fire when a riot broke out yesterday among 1,000 Asian migrant workers protesting poor treatment in Baghdad. The men work for Najlaa International...

 

Specter of 9/11 revived in GA Senate race   |   December 2, 2008
Georgia voters must be feeling deja vu. Not only are they voting again in the much-anticipated runoff election between Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) and challenger Jim Martin (D). They...

 

In trouble over illegal weapons shipments, Blackwater sets its sights on pirates   |   November 25, 2008
Blackwater Worldwide, the North Carolina-based private military contractor, is facing a multimillion-dollar fine from the State Department for shipping hundreds of automatic...

 

Obama's big test: Will he stand for human rights in Colombia?   |   November 25, 2008
In a parting shot, outgoing President Bush and lame-duck Congressional Republicans are pushing to have the $25 billion bailout of the U.S. auto industry tied to passage of the...

 

Peace activist Rev. Roy Bourgeois heads to Rome to appeal excommunication   |   November 18, 2008
Rev. Roy Bourgeois, the Catholic priest facing excommunication for his public support of the ordination of women, said he plans to visit the Vatican personally this week to lobby...