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The Unnamed Sergeant

massacreby Marti Hiken and Luke Hiken

Since the end of the draft, and the failure of VOLAR, to fill our bottomless need for more combat soldiers to participate in our permanent wars in Asia, the Middle East and wherever else the Pentagon can find an excuse to attack, the military has had to rely upon Stop-Loss principles to ensure the existence of adequate cannon fodder. Stop-Loss was the program by which the military could insist that GIs engage in multiple deployments, one term of service following upon the heels of another, until the GI had met his quota of re-enlistments, had been wounded in battle, gone crazy or AWOL, or otherwise convinced the Brass that (s)he was no longer a good investment for further war efforts.

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Assange: Pentagon Attempting to Stifle Reporting With 'Espionage​' Charges

WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeThe Pentagon is attempting to quash coverage of its activities by alleging that any reporter seeking classified information is collaborating with the source and guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says.

In an interview published in “Rolling Stone” magazine, Assange, now under house arrest in England, said the Pentagon demanded “we not only destroy everything we had ever published or were ever going to publish in relation to the U.S. government, but that we also stop ‘soliciting’ information from U.S. government employees.”

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Targeted Killings: US and Israeli Specialties

Targeted KillingsInternational law permits justifiable self-defense. Targeted killings are prohibited, especially premeditated ones like America and Israel repeatedly commit for reasons other than claimed.

These incidents constitute cold-blooded murder. US drone killings and rampaging death squads, as well as Israel's deplorable history and latest ritual slaughter highlight the issue. International law prohibits anticipatory self-defense. It amounts to using force to deter it.

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Confronting Guatemala’s Military Massacres

Guatemala-Massacresby Jacob G. Hornberger

Ironically, while the U.S. military is grappling with the cold-blooded killing of 16 Afghans, including women and children, the Guatemalan people are dealing with a military massacre of their own. A Guatemalan court has just sentenced a former member of Guatemala’s special forces, Pedro Pimental Rios, to a jail term of 6,060 years.

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The Time for Soul-Searching Has Arrived

Iraqi Christiansby Jacob G. Hornberger

How ironic. Countless American Christians supported the U.S. government’s war of aggression on Iraq, and now consider this headline from last Sunday’s New York Times: “Exodus from North Signals Iraqi Christians’ Slow Decline.”

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