Peace and Security

The Pentagon Must Protect Whistleblowers

The grisly details continue to drip out. Five American soldiers have been accused of setting up “kills” and murdering innocent Afghans earlier this year, according to charges filed by the U.S. Army against them. But could some of the murders have been stopped earlier? And could potential whistleblowers within the military’s chain of command have been protected?

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Monroe Doctrine 2.0

Monroe Doctrine 2.0

Exerting neocolonial power isn’t easy. The politics often turn brutal, and torture was long a favorite technique of America’s dictator friends to keep themselves in power. Fashions change however, and now murder is the enforcement vehicle of choice. It’s especially aimed at labor leaders and journalists.

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No Happy Ending in Honduras

Honduras isn’t drawing the waves of tourists Costa Rica has lured. And that’s not just because its food is lackluster. Honduras is experiencing the worst political turmoil in Latin America–thanks in part to the Obama administration’s embrace of a regrettable U.S. foreign policy tradition.

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Gun Violence and Children

Somalia, whose government collapsed in 1991, has been in a constant state of conflict and tension for years and still has no legally recognized government. The United States joins Somalia as the only two countries in the world not to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty recognizing the human rights of children that UNICEF points out is the most widely and rapidly ratified human rights treaty in history.

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Remembering Ronni

Until 9/11, most Americans didn’t believe that a terrorist attack could ever happen on U.S. soil. Yet one had occurred just a generation earlier–on September 21, 1976 on Embassy Row in Washington. One of the victims was New Jersey-born Ronni Karpen Moffitt, a 25-year-old college graduate and newlywed. She was killed on her way to work, as the car she was riding in succumbed to a car bomb planted by agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Orlando Letelier, her colleague and the car’s driver, also perished.

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