A Lesson on Nonviolence for the President

Foreign Policy In Focus, Common Dreams, Antiwar.com, ZNet In Oslo last week, President Barack Obama ironically used his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize to deliver a lengthy defense of the "just war" theory and dismiss the idea that nonviolence is capable of addressing the world's most pressing problems. After quoting Martin Luther King … Continue reading A Lesson on Nonviolence for the President

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Mercenaries and Murder in Iraq

The Guardian, Huffington Post, Yahoo! News, Common Dreams, ZNet It would be nice to celebrate the recent withdrawal of the remaining British troops from Iraq as the end of the UK's direct involvement in the military occupation there. But such festivities would unfortunately be premature. The killing last Sunday in Baghdad's Green Zone of two … Continue reading Mercenaries and Murder in Iraq

The Dawn of Robot Wars

The Indypendent, WIN Magazine, Huffington Post, Common Dreams, ZNet. Also published as an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Australian Financial Review. Syndicated by Featurewell.com. With little public scrutiny, robotics is quickly revolutionizing not only how war is fought, but who fights in war. While the U.S. military first began to experiment with remote-controlled weapons … Continue reading The Dawn of Robot Wars

Attack of the Killer Robots

 The Pentagon’s dream of a techno army is doomed to fail. February 2009 issue In These Times; To view PDF, click here. Also published in the Columbia City Paper, Metroland, Boise Weekly, Alternet, Common Dreams One of the most captivating storylines in science fiction involves a nightmarish vision of the future in which autonomous killer robots … Continue reading Attack of the Killer Robots

Military 2.0: Should You Fear the Killer Robots?

P. W. Singer discusses the military's sci-fi future, what happens when life imitates Star Wars, and his new book, Wired for War. January 29, 2009 Mother Jones Peter W. Singer is not your typical "military expert." At 33 years old, he is the director of the Brookings Institution's 21st Century Defense Initiative and the youngest … Continue reading Military 2.0: Should You Fear the Killer Robots?

Obama: Listen to Iraqi Opinion

January 5, 2009 Foreign Policy In Focus, Alternet, Common Dreams In discussing his plans for the Iraq War during the presidential campaign, one group that Barack Obama seldom, if ever, mentioned as supporting his proposed policy was the Iraqi people. Obama's campaign website, which differs only slightly from his transition website, lays out very clearly … Continue reading Obama: Listen to Iraqi Opinion