“My Father was Killed by a Computer”, says 7 Year Old Afghan Child
If Imal were a white American kid, this tragedy would not have befallen his father. Which American would allow any U.S. citizen to be killed by foreign drones?
We would all want to know everything about the possible effects of a drone strategy on our children, especially if our country was the most drone-bombed country in the world, like Afghanistan is.
A Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s ‘Naming the Dead’ report says that fewer than 4% of the people killed by drone attacks in Pakistan have been identified by available records as named members of Al Qaeda. If this is true for drone attack victims in Afghanistan too, then 96% of drone victims in Afghanistan have been innocent civilians like Imal’s father.
In another Bureau of Investigative Journalism report, ‘Tracking drone strikes in Afghanistan’, (July, 2014), the Bureau states that “nobody systematically publishes insurgent and civilian deaths from drones on a strike-by-strike basis. Neither the US nor UK authorities publishes data on the casualties of their drone operations.” So, we are unable to find out for Imal’s mother if it were a U.S./UK drone that killed her husband, and who the drone operator was.
We need to get down to the work of building a radical civil society.
Capital has gone global, but workers have yet to catch up, their bargaining power and organizational capacities undermined by international competition, automation, the decentralization of production, the growth of finance, and imperialism’s relentless attack on any project hostile to these imperatives.
The making of global capitalism has been nothing short of turbulent, and the vast inequality it has produced have angered and disillusioned billions around the world. But capital’s opponents are disarmed and groping for ways to deal effectively with the new reality.
When Journalism Isn’t Quite Enough
But what Zainab Alkhawaja did wasn’t an act meant to make headlines—the target was each of us, in any place on earth and in any job. It was to remind us that defiance is not only a means of survival, but the very reason we are human.
What was supposed to happen in Ukraine? Why has the Western media stopped talking about the blunders of the Ukrainian regime? Is Ukraine a failed state beyond repair? How long will Petro Poroshenko last as president of Ukraine?
Russell Brand The Trews (E167) with special guest Dave DeGraw.
Reaction to news that fast-food workers from across the United States have been protesting for $15 hourly wages and union rights.
How Obama Controls Media Coverage of the Administration
Despite grand promises of transparency before he took office, Obama has proven to be the most secretive president in modern history. His Administration has classified vastly more documents than any of its predecessors. And let us put none too fine a point on it: classification of information is how we do #censorship in America.
… the Obama Administration has been far more aggressive than any modern president, including Richard Nixon, in his efforts to muzzle the press. One of its new measures to cow the media has been to target leakers, and the journalists to whom they speak, with the Espionage Act.
This Real News Network report describes other strategies the Administration uses to turn news into propaganda.