Keyan Z

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In Afghanistan’s Unwinnable War, What’s the Best Loss to Hope For?

After 16 years of war in Afghanistan, experts have stopped asking what victory looks like and are beginning to consider the spectrum of possible defeats.<p>All options involve acknowledging the war as failed, American aims as largely unachievable and Afghanistan’s future as only partly salvageable. …

Afghanistan

How Special Forces Bury the True Cost of America's Wars

When specialized (and glorified) units do the dirty work—and sustain the casualties—the normal political constraints on military power are lost.<p>Over the past 16 years, a profound transformation has been underway in how America wages war. Starting under George W. Bush after 9/11, and accelerating …

War

The White House press briefing, always a spin zone, is now approaching uselessness

The White House press briefing reached an ignominious milestone this week when a spokesman stood before reporters aboard Air Force One, read a series of prepared statements, then refused to take on-the-record questions during one of the newsiest days of the Trump presidency.<p>The briefing for decades …

Donald Trump

Why the UN is investigating extreme poverty … in America, the world's richest nation

At the heart of Philip Alston’s special mission will be one question: can Americans enjoy fundamental human rights if they’re unable to meet basic living standards?<p>The United Nations monitor on extreme poverty and human rights has embarked on a coast-to-coast tour of the US to hold the world’s …

Turkey farmers facing squeeze after Trump kills agriculture rules

A USDA decision is giving significant power to the multibillion-dollar meat industry, potentially crushing the smaller turkey farmers.<p>Ike Horst raises 22,000 turkeys a year on his farm in the rolling hills of south-central Pennsylvania, selling them to a processing company that was providing him …

Agriculture

What The End To Net Neutrality Means For Internet Streaming

NPR's Elise Hu talks to former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler about what the FCC decision to end so-called net neutrality means and what it will mean to consumers of internet streaming.<p>Transcript<p>ELISE HU, HOST:<p>The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month to …

Net Neutrality

Cops chase innocent shoplifting suspect into stranger's house, then storm it with 50-person SWAT team and blow up every room except one

Leo Lech is suing the police in Greenwood, Colorado for storming his house with a 50-person SWAT team because they mistakenly believed that a man who …

Crime

The FCC's Plan to End Net Neutrality Is Coming Next Week

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil plans next week for a final vote to reverse a landmark 2015 net neutrality order …

Net Neutrality

Green Beret Discovered SEALs’ Illicit Cash. Then He Was Killed.

The story surrounding the slaying of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar keeps unraveling, starting with the SEALs-turned-suspects’ assertion that the soldier …

Military

How colonial violence came home: the ugly truth of the first world war

The Great War is often depicted as an unexpected catastrophe. But for millions who had been living under imperialist rule, terror and degradation were nothing new. By Pankaj Mishra<p>‘Today on the Western Front,” the German sociologist Max Weber wrote in September 1917, there “stands a dross of …

AT&T CEO: 'We’re prepared to litigate now' over Time Warner deal

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said Thursday his company is fully prepared go to court if the Justice Department rejects his company's $85 billion merger with Time Warner.<p>"We're prepared to litigate now," Stephenson said at a New York Times DealBook conference, saying the company had been preparing …

Media Industry

The Department of Defense is sending more troops to Afghanistan than previously planned

Since President Donald Trump first announced his new strategy for the war in Afghanistan in August with a vow to focus on "killing terrorists" rather than "nation building," it has remained unclear exactly how many US forces will be involved in that effort.<p>Now a clearer picture is beginning to …

Afghanistan

A Newly Assertive C.I.A. Expands Its Taliban Hunt in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. is expanding its covert operations in Afghanistan, sending small teams of highly experienced officers and contractors alongside Afghan forces to hunt and kill Taliban militants across the country, according to two senior American officials, the latest sign of the agency’s …

Afghanistan

This Texas town offers hurricane relief — if your politics are right

Nearly two months after Hurricane Harvey socked the Texas coastline, residents are still in the early stages of the costly and complicated cleanup process. Now in one Houston suburb, residents hoping to receive aid to help relaunch their lives have to factor Middle East political tensions into …

Extreme Weather

El Salvador issues warrants for guerrillas who killed US soldiers during civil war

Arrest warrants, the first of their kind, a surprise as overwhelming majority of war crimes during 1979-1992 war were attributed to US-backed armed forces<p>Arrest warrants have been issued in El Salvador for three former leftwing guerrilla fighters wanted in connection with the execution of two …

U.S.-Made Airplanes Deployed in Libya's Civil War, in Defiance of U.N.

American military hardware is being used to undermine official U.S. policy in Libya, TIME has learned, as the United Arab Emirates has deployed …

The Pentagon has never been audited. That's astonishing

The president proposes a $52bn increase in military spending while reports of waste and abuse pile up. An investigation must scrutinise spending<p>On Thursday, Donald Trump released a preliminary budget proposal that calls for a $52bn increase in military spending. But just last December, a Washington …

If you thought it was creepy for Uber to track you at all times, it was actually much worse

Uber’s fortnight of scandal just got a whole lot worse: The New York Times just revealed the existence of an uber-creepy company tool called “Greyball” that tracks the phones of police and hostile local government officials.<p>The company has been known to push the boundaries of tracking users. It …

Privacy

Journalist faces charges after arrest while covering Dakota Access pipeline protest

A journalist arrested in a broad sweep of a "rogue" protest camp near the Standing Rock reservation is facing criminal charges from North Dakota authorities.<p>Jenni Monet, 40, on assignment for Indian Country Today and the Center for Investigative Reporting, has been arrested and charged with …

Dakota Access Pipeline

Drone strikes killed one civilian in 2016, Obama administration says

WASHINGTON — U.S. forces conducted 53 drone strikes against terrorists last year, killing at least 431 enemy combatants and one civilian, according to an intelligence community report released Thursday night.<p>The annual report was required by President Obama's executive order signed last year, and …

NATO: US troops killed Afghan civilians in 'self-defense'

NATO has confirmed that its forces killed 33 civilians in Kunduz, but said that the troops were firing at the Taliban in "self-defense." The killings …

Trump Shows How to Smother a Scandal: With a Bigger Story

The bar for scandal in the Trump administration keeps being raised.<p>Every week brings potentially damaging developments that in other contexts could have generated weekslong controversies. With so many competing stories, however, they are frequently ignored or forgotten.<p>As a result, even negative …

Donald Trump

Trump: Only 'stupid' people, fools oppose better Russia ties

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday that "only 'stupid' people or fools" would dismiss closer ties with Russia, and he seemed unswayed after his classified briefing on an intelligence report that accused Moscow of meddling on his behalf in the election that catapulted him to …

Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust

In the early spring of 1967, I was in the middle of a heated 2 a.m. hallway discussion with fellow students at Yale about the Vietnam War. I was from a small town in Oregon, and I had already joined the Marine Corps Reserve. My friends were mostly from East Coast prep schools. One said that Lyndon …

Vietnam War

No, the power grid in Vermont was not infiltrated by Russian hackers

You may have read or seen on social media a <i>Washington Post</i> story published Friday which claimed that Russian hackers had hacked the U.S. power system …

Reliving Agent Orange: What if casualties don’t end on the battlefield, but extend to future generations?

“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan”<p>There are many ways to measure the cost of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War: in bombs (7 million tons), in dollars ($760 billion in today's dollars) and in bodies (58,220).<p>Then there’s the price of caring for those …

China to return seized U.S. drone, says Washington 'hyping up' incident

BEIJING/WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - China will return an underwater U.S. drone seized by a naval vessel this week in the South China Sea, both countries said on Saturday, but Beijing complained that Washington had been “hyping up” the incident.<p>U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed …

China

Syria shows the US isn't the world's "good cop"

On Monday, the world watched in horror as military forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad bore down on the last rebel-held pockets of eastern …

Cops of the Pacific? U.S. military’s role in Asia during the age of Donald Trump

Trump walks in during Pentagon’s preparations for a future U.S.-Japan-South Korean triangular military alliance<p><i>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.</i><p>Despite the attention being given to America’s roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater Middle East, crucial decisions about the global role …

Trump Wants to Make an Iraq War Architect One of His Top Diplomats

A year ago today, Donald Trump stood on a debate stage in Las Vegas and spat out one of the most scathing indictments of the Iraq War ever uttered by …

National Security