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American Pastoral #26

Remiss in posting here, verging on a year – more or less on the road all the time, Marcella and I.   For that time the numbing cacophony of American politics has rumbled as a background noise throughout the culture, interwoven with the other threads of our communal quilt: football, baseball, basketball, the now-customary gun massacre in a shopping mall or school, or even church.  1,617 more words

American Pastoral

Pentagon officials: U.S. deploys Predator drones to Latvia for first time

WASHINGTON — The U.S. deployed MQ-1 Predator drones to Latvia for the first time this weekend, the Pentagon announced Monday.

The move is part of the “European Reassurance Initiative,” an effort by the U.S. 219 more words


The Ethics Of... War Drones

Alright I admit it; last week was a bit of a bait-and-switch move on my part. More than a few of you would have seen ‘ 2,376 more words

Video: quadcopter drone fires gun

CLINTON, Conn. (AP) — An 18-year-old Connecticut man may be in trouble with federal aviation officials after posting a video online that shows shots being fired from a drone that had been rigged with a handgun. 179 more words


Tomgram: Gregoire Chamayou, Hunting Humans by Remote Control

 Manhunters, Inc.: How the Predator and Extra-Judicial Execution Became Washington’s Calling Cards 

Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. By Grégoire Chamayou  TomDispatch.com 2,643 more words

Syria says it is investigating circumstances of US aircraft downed over Latakia

WATCH ABOVE: Syrian state TV claims to show wreckage of US aircraft

BEIRUT – A Syrian military official said Wednesday that an investigation is underway into the alleged downing of a U.S. 588 more words