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Amnesty should be given to Troubles soldiers, says Mordaunt

Defence secretary would extend veterans’ amnesty to Northern IrelandThe defence secretary has said she believes soldiers who served during the Troubles in Northern Ireland should be covered by a proposed amnesty from historic prosecutions, a declaration that risks inflaming nationalist sentiment in the region.Penny Mordaunt said she wanted to implement “a wider solution for the veterans’ community” the morning after she announced plans for a 10-year veterans’ amnesty covering Iraq, Afghanistan a...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, UK News, Military, Defence policy, Northern Ireland, Defence, Iraq Afghanistan, Penny Mordaunt, Bloody Sunday, Mordaunt, Northern IrelandThe defence


Mordaunt to give veterans amnesty for battle crimes

Defence secretary to consult on proposals for offences committed over 10 years agoThe new defence secretary has promised to introduce an amnesty on historical prosecutions for military veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and anywhere else around the world – with the exception of Northern Ireland.Penny Mordaunt will consult on proposals for a presumption against prosecution for offences committed more than 10 years ago and will say she supports plans to opt out of the European convention on ...
Tags: Politics, Law, Iraq, UK News, Afghanistan, Military, Defence policy, Northern Ireland, Defence, ECHR, Iraq Afghanistan, Penny Mordaunt, Bloody Sunday, Mordaunt, Northern Ireland Penny Mordaunt


Mordaunt vows to introduce amnesty for military veterans

Under proposed measures, no prosecutions will be brought for offences alleged to have been committed more than 10 years agoThe new defence secretary has promised to introduce an amnesty on historical prosecutions for military veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and anywhere else around the world – with the exception of Northern Ireland.Penny Mordaunt will consult on proposals for a presumption against prosecution for offences committed more than 10 years ago and will say she supports plans ...
Tags: Politics, Law, Iraq, UK News, Afghanistan, Military, Defence policy, Northern Ireland, Defence, ECHR, Iraq Afghanistan, Penny Mordaunt, Bloody Sunday, Mordaunt, Northern Ireland Penny Mordaunt


The Unfinished Business of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Imam Zaid Shakir

During these days many in this country are commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. While most remember Dr. King for his soaring oration, symbolized by his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before a sweltering throng at the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963, Dr. King was far more than a moving orator. He was a formidable intellectual, an effective organizer and a passionate advocate for the freedom of his people. These qualities combined with...
Tags: Politics, Leadership, Iraq, India, Religion, Evil, Society, War, Chicago, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Palestine, Islam, Civil Rights, Manhattan


Can Policy Polling Be Trusted?

Non-horserace polling is facing increased skepticism. The filibuster is drawing increasingly polarized responses. And the Affordable Care Act is more popular than it ever was during Barack Obama’s presidency. This is HuffPollster for Friday, April 7, 2017. ISSUE POLLING IS UNDER NEW SCRUTINY IN THE WAKE OF LAST YEAR’S ELECTION - HuffPollster, Natalie Jackson and Janie Velencia, in an excerpt from Trumped: The 2016 Election That Broke All the Rules : “ The debate over what factors caused ...
Tags: News, Obamacare, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Senate, Iraq, Barack Obama, Syria, Afghanistan, Gop, United States, Wisconsin, Paul ryan, National Security Council, Donald Trump


Trump's Military Buildup Promises Little For The Working Grunts

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Tags: Isis, News, Congress, Navy, Islamic State, Iraq, Barack Obama, Walmart, Syria, Afghanistan, Marine, Pennsylvania, Army, Marine Corps, Marines, Capitol Hill


Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields

White House is asked to designate ‘temporary areas of active hostility’, giving commanders same latitude to launch actions as in Iraq, Afghanistan and SyriaDonald Trump’s administration is considering a military proposal that would designate various undeclared battlefields worldwide to be “temporary areas of active hostility”, the Guardian has learned. If approved, the Pentagon-proposed measure would give military commanders the same latitude to launch strikes, raids and campaigns against enemy ...
Tags: White House, Islamic State, US news, Syria, US military, Pentagon, Al-Qaida, Iraq Afghanistan, SyriaDonald Trump


David Brooks And A Figment Of The Neoconservative Imagination

Angst in the Church of America the RedeemerCross-posted with TomDispatch.com Apart from being a police officer, firefighter, or soldier engaged in one of this nation’s endless wars, writing a column for a major American newspaper has got to be one of the toughest and most unforgiving jobs there is.  The pay may be decent (at least if your gig is with one of the major papers in New York or Washington), but the pressures to perform on cue are undoubtedly relentless. Anyone who has ever tried cram...
Tags: David Brooks, New York, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington, White House, Germany, Islamic State, Iraq, Church, Jerusalem, America, Barack Obama, Syria


US defence secretary tries to calm Asian jitters – but is undermined at every turn

James Mattis was seen as a safe pair of hands at the defence department, but is fighting fires started by the president and secretary of stateThe job of US defence secretary is a demanding one at the best of times. But for James Mattis, a former Marine Corps general, the problems are not confined to Iraq, Afghanistan and Isis. One of the biggest challenges facing the Pentagon’s new chief lurks in the White House, just across the Potomac river. His name is Donald Trump.Mattis made his first overs...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Japan, North Korea, White House, China, US, World news, US news, Xi Jinping, Nato, Middle East, Marine Corps, Nuclear Weapons, Pentagon, US defence spending


UK to help fast-track European deportations of asylum seekers

Theresa May expected to pledge extra staff to help with ‘inadmissible’ claims of Iraqis, Afghans and EritreansBritain is to step up efforts to fast-track European deportations of migrants from Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea..At the European council in Brussels, Theresa May is expected to pledge an extra 40 staff over the winter period to help Greek border officials with asylum claims which Downing Street says are “likely to be deemed inadmissible”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Eritrea, Brussels, Iraq Afghanistan


An Illegal Military Strategy Disguised As Technological Advance

The Trojan Drone Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a single key figure. It's a shiny video game for grown ups -- a Mortal Kombat or Call of Duty where the animated enemies bleed real blood. Just like the giant wooden horse the Greeks convinced the Trojans to bring inside their gates, however, the drone carries something deadly in its belly: a new and...
Tags: Post, Isis, News, Obama, Congress, Washington, White House, Iraq, Africa, Barack Obama, Syria, Bbc, Afghanistan, United States, Pakistan, New York Times


Numbers in Obama's Drone Deaths Report Just Don't Add Up

More than three years after President Barack Obama pledged to be transparent about the United States' lethal drone program, his administration has finally come forward with an accounting of the numbers of civilian deaths that resulted from drone strikes between Jan. 20, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2015. But they only cover airstrikes "outside areas of active hostilities," which encompasses Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya. Civilian deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria are not included in the report. A...
Tags: London, News, Obama, White House, Islamic State, Barack Obama, Syria, United States, Pakistan, United Nations, Libya, Cia, Department Of Justice, Air Force, The Washington Post, John Brennan


Who is “victorious?”: transformed American meanings of war and power

We lost the Vietnam War. There is little reasonable ambiguity about this judgment, nor can there be any apparent consolation. Losing, after all, is assuredly worse than winning. And victory is always better than defeat. But what if there is no longer a meaningfully determinable way to calculate victory and defeat? What if it should turn out that the Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Syrian wars will have been fought without ever being able to ascertain the victory versus defeat outcomes? With such a fu...
Tags: Books, Politics, Iraq, America, Syria, War, Military, United States, Victory, Bush, Iraq Afghanistan, *Featured, Louis René Beres, Elliott Plack CC BY SA


Wanted at the 'New York Times' II: A Counterweight to the 'Imperial Messenger' and 'Cruise Missile Leftist'

In the wake of disasters in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, the American public has come to broadly question the neoconservative ideals that American power is limitless and that war can be a positive instrument of social change. Bernie Sanders greatly bolstered his popularity when he called out Hillary Clinton for taking advice from Henry Kissinger, the architect of repeated foreign policy horrors like the carpet bombing of Cambodia and 1973 coup in Chile ("Chile's 9/11"). Unfortunately, America's ...
Tags: America, Barack Obama, Afghanistan, Hillary Clinton, United States, Philippines, Nato, New York Times, Serbia, The Times, Cambodia, Libya, Vietnam, Saddam Hussein, Kosovo, Huffington Post


How a decade of misguided war has corroded the idea of Britain

Persistent unease about the legitimacy of military action in Iraq and Afghanistan has left a toxic political legacyFew would deny that for all the wanton slaughter of the first world war, the conflict acted as a catalyst for profound change. The experience of war on such a scale had an immense and lasting impact on social relations and political ideas. Britain was shielded from the worst of the consequences that affected the continent, not least because victory provided a justification in itself...
Tags: Politics, Scotland, Iraq, UK News, World news, Afghanistan, Britain, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Labour, Scottish National party (SNP), Iraq Afghanistan



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