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  1. The Assassination Complex
    Secret military documents expose the inner workings of Obama's drone wars

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state's power over life and death.
  2. Banacol: A company implicated paramilitarism and land grabbing in Curvarado and Jiguamiando
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    This study focuses on the International Banacol Marketing Corporation’s actions in the Afro-Colombian and Mestizo communities’ collective territories of Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó in the Lower Atrato region of Chocó, Colombia.
  3. Death threats sent to paper of slain editor in Sri Lanka
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned by ongoing threats to Sri Lanka#s journalists and media organizations.
  4. The Drone Papers
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military's assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama's drone wars.
  5. Execution Day in Zhengzhou
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1991
    A first-hand account of an execution day in China.
  6. Find, Fix, Finish
    For the Pentagon, creating an architecture of assassination meant navigating a turf war with the CIA

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Obama was urged by Michael Hayden, the CIA director, and his counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, to adopt small footprint counterterrorism operations and drone strikes. In one briefing, Hayden told Obama that covert action was the only way to confront al Qaeda and other terrorist groups plotting attacks against the U.S.
  7. Firing Blind
    Flawed Intelligence and the Limits of Drone Technology

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Classified Pentagon documents reveal that the U.S. military has faced "critical shortfalls" in the technology and intelligence it uses to find and kill suspected terrorists in Yemen and Somalia.
  8. How many more
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    New report shows killings of environmental activists are increasing, with indigenous communities hardest hit. Global Witness shines a spotlight on Honduras - the most dangerous country to be an environmental defender.
  9. How We Fought the War
    Bob Kerrey's Revolting Medal of Honor

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    On May 16, 2016, former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey was named chairman of Fulbright University, a US-backed college with ties to the State Department in Ho Chi Minh City. During his recent visit to Vietnam, President Barack Obama heaped praise on Kerrey, a former Navy SEAL who served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. What Obama failed to mention is that Kerrey also supervised one of the most atrocious war crimes of that ghastly war. The unit he lead killed women and children during an assassination mission in 1969. Some of the victims had their throats slit. Instead of being charged with war crimes, Kerrey was awarded a Medal of Honor for his role in another operation of that year in Nha Trong Bay.
  10. Inside El Salvador's Military Blacklist
    The Yellow Book

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The Yellow Book (Libro amarillo) is a 270 page document from 1987 that the National Security Archive in Washington DC made public on September 28th, 2014. The Yellow Book includes 1,975 photographs that the Salvadoran Armed Forces and the State Department of Intelligence of El Salvador used to catalogue people as “terrorists” and “enemies” of the state. The Yellow Book is the only military document that has been made public to this day.
  11. Israeli media forbidden to report case widely covered internationally
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Reporters Without Borders condemns an absurd court-ordered ban on Israeli media coverage of the case of Anat Kam, an online journalist and former soldier accused of leaking classified military information.
  12. The Kill Chain
    The lethal bureaucracy behind Obama's drone war

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Secret military documents offer documentary evidence of the process by which the Obama administration creates and acts on its kill lists in Yemen and Somalia.
  13. Kill Chain: Drones and the Rise of High-Tech Assassins
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2015
    History of drone warfare, a development in military technology that has its origins in long-buried secret programmes dating to US military interventions in Vietnam and Yugoslavia. Cockburn follows the links in a chain that stretches from the White House, through the drone command center in Nevada, to the skies of Helmand Province.
  14. Killing Hope
    U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2008
    Is the United States a force for democracy? William Blum serves up a forensic overview of U.S. foreign policy spanning sixty years. For those who want the details on the U.S.'s most famous actions (Chile, Cuba, Vietnam, to name a few), and for those who want to learn about lesser-known efforts (France, China, Bolivia, Brazil, for example), this book provides a window on what U.S. foreign policy goals really are. "If you flip over the rock of American foreign policy of the past century, this is what crawls out… invasions … bombings … overthrowing governments … occupations … suppressing movements for social change … assassinating political leaders … perverting elections … manipulating labor unions … manufacturing “news” … death squads … torture … biological warfare … depleted uranium … drug trafficking … mercenaries … It’s not a pretty picture. It’s enough to give imperialism a bad name."
  15. The Life and Death of Objective Peckham
    Stripped of British citizenship and killed by an American drone

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Documentation of the final years of Bilal el-Berjawi's life, a British-Lebanese citizen suspected of being a terrorist. The story raises questions about the British government's role in the targeted assassination of its citizens, and provides an insight into covert U.S. military actions.
  16. Manhunting in the Hindu Kush
    Civilian casualties and strategic failures in America's longest war

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    U.S. military forces set out to destroy the Taliban and al Qaeda forces that remained hidden in Hindu Kush. Dubbed Operation Haymaker, the campaign has been described as a potential model for the future of American warfare. Devereaux explains how this looks.
  17. Manufacturing Consent
    The Political Economy of the Mass Media

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1988
    Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets of the news. They analyze how issues are framed and topics chosen, and the way in which the marketplace and the economics of publishing significantly shape the news.
  18. The mass graves of Kashmir
    India's dirty war unmasked

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    For 22 years this contested region has endured a regime of torture and disappeared civilians. Now a local laywer is discovering their unmarked graves and challenging India's abuses.
  19. Mexican journalist who covered police is abducted and killed
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    Authorities found the body of a journalist who covered the police beat in northern Mexico after he was abducted from his house on Monday night, according to Mexican news reports.
  20. New Orleans' Police Death Squads
    Against The Current vol. 151

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    An interview with Malcolm Suber, a New Orleans community activist and fighter for justice, and a former candidate for city council. Against the Current asked him to comment on the struggle around murders by police during Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing fight over police brutality.
  21. The NYT's Love Letter to Death Squads
    Hymns to the Silence

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    It is, I confess, beyond all my imagining that a national leader so deeply immersed in murdering people would trumpet his atrocity so openly, so gleefully - and so deliberately, sending his top aides out to collude in a major story in the nation's leading newspaper, to ensure maximum exposure of his killing spree.
  22. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 16, 2014
    Arms Trade

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2014
    Topic of the week is the Arms Trade. Featured resources include The No-Nonsense Guide to the Arms Trade, an article on Israel's War Business, and the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade. A new feature in Other Voices is the Film of the Week: to start off, we spotlight The Corporation, an exploration of the dominant institution of our time. Plus: Lying to ourselves about the air war, Karl Marx's critique of modern agriculture, and a challenge to Montreal's anti-protest bylaw.
  23. Outsourcing the Kill Chain: Eleven Drone Contractors Revealed
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Reporters have named eleven companies that have won millions of dollars in contracts to plug a shortage in personnel needed to analyze the thousands of hours of streaming video gathered daily from the remotely piloted aircraft that hover over war zones around the world.
  24. The Real Terror Network
    Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1982
    Herman sets out to show that the U.S. ignores or sponsors terror by authoritarian states that are allied with U.S. interests.
  25. Remembering Argentina's Mothers of the Disappeared
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Campaign Nonviolence is a movement to build a culture of active nonviolence. We share the stories of nonviolent action, drawing lessons, strength, and strategy from the global grassroots movements for change. This week commemorates the 39th anniversary of the first protest of the Argentina's Mothers of the Disappeared.
  26. The Return of the Albuquerque Death Squads
    Police War on the Poor

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    APD is at war with the poor because it has come to equate any expression of poverty or drug addiction not as an effect of structural inequality, but rather as another opportunity to dispose of what its officers call “human waste.” Like elsewhere being poor, suffering from a mentally illness or battling a drug addiction is a crime.
  27. A Secret War in 135 Countries
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Turse discusses the U.S. global engagement strategy of covert operations conducted on every continent but Antarctica.
  28. The Socialist Register 1984
    Volume 21: The Uses of Anti-Communism

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1984
  29. They Are Still Killing Trade Union Leaders
    Global Capital's Death Squads and Night-Riders

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Question: So what happens these days in developing countries when a prominent, charismatic union activist - with the courage to stand up to sinister, government-supported business groups who have, on more than one occasion, already threatened his life - attempts to get the country’s underpaid, under-benefited workers to join a labor union? Answer: They kill him.
  30. Under the Influence
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1999
    For the few of us who reported East Timor long before it was finally declared news, the "disclosures" last weekend that Washington had trained Indonesia's death squads are bizarre. That the American, British and Australian governments have underwritten proportionally the greatest savagery since the Holocaust has been a matter of unambiguous record for a quarter of a century. All it needed was reporting.

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