Exporting war: Obama loosens trade controls on the U.S. defense industry

The United States is loosening controls over military exports, in a shift that former U.S. officials and human rights advocates say could increase the flow of American-made military parts to the world's conflicts and make it harder to enforce arms sanctions.

Keep reading... Show less

Hunger-striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay military prison face more restrictions than ever

It's been 11 years since the first detainees were brought to Guantanamo Bay. But the future of the prison, and the fate of the men inside it, is far from certain.  With 59 detainees at Gitmo currently on hunger strike, by the military's count, here's a primer on what's going at the island prison.

Keep reading... Show less

Drone strike 'condolence payments' for targets killed 'an expression of sympathy toward a victim': U.S. Army

The U.S. drone war remains cloaked in secrecy, and as a result, questions swirl around it. Who exactly can be targeted? When can a U.S. citizen be killed?

Keep reading... Show less

How to become a drone target

Earlier this week, we wrote about a significant but often overlooked aspect of the drone wars in Pakistan and Yemen: so-called signature strikes, in which the U.S. kills people whose identities aren't confirmed. While President Obama and administration officials have framed the drone program as targeting particular members of Al Qaeda, attacks against unknown militants reportedly may account for the majority of strikes.

Keep reading... Show less