The Syrian Election and ISIS in Iraq

Earlier this month, I traveled with seven other westerners to Syria where we joined with thirty plus activists, journalists and politicians from Asia, Africa and South America to observe the Syria Presidential election.       Bashar. Assad won 88% of the vote.    Though some people in opposition areas boycotted the election, and others could not get to a polling station, […]

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Al Sissi Rising

In today’s Washington Post the headline refers to General al Sissi’s “dizzying rise to the pinnacle”.  :  Egyptian courts have just sentenced more than 500 Muslim Brotherhood members to death for participating in demonstrations.    But, no problem.  Actions by the judiciary, we are told, are not related to the executive or the military dictator of the country.   So, al […]

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International Law and Protesting Drones

My Closing Argument in the Case of Hancock Protesters from October 25, 2012 Presented January 31, 2014 Transcript: I would like to begin, Judge Gideon, by thanking you for your attention to our unique argument, and support for our learning process with regard to formal court procedures as pro se defendants. I will preface my remarks by saying that we […]

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Drone Wars, P3: Who Will Tell the Emperor He Has No Clothes

A year ago October, around the same time I went to Pakistan to meet some Drone victims, visit the countryside where they live, two academic studies were released explicating concerns about the impact of Drone strikes on the civilian population in the Federally Administrated Tribal Area (FATA) of Pakistan along the Afghan border. One was published by a team from […]

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Drone Wars, P2: The Empire Strikes Back

A widening discussion of the use of Drones for targeted assassination in war and in covert actions in countries where we are not at war, has developed since early 2010 when I first began actively protesting their use in these contexts.   When I first began tracking news on drones for the Upstate Drone Action website in late 2010, it […]

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Into the Night

The word is that a U.S. assault on Syria is imminent.  They are lining up their forces, ships  in the Mediterranean carrying cruise missiles, air bases being commandeered in Jordan and Israel.   John Kerry says “Assad must be punished.”  So, we will drop bombs on the very people who are already suffering from a disastrous civil war to guarantee a […]

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