• William Rivers Pitt | The Iraq War Was a Smashing Success

    By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

    2014 828 iraq fwSmoke rises from American airstrikes in the village of Resala in Iraq as Kurdish peshmerga fighters watch at an overwatch position near the Mosul Dam in Northern Iraq, Aug. 18, 2014. (Photo: Lynsey Addario / The New York Times)

    Make no mistake about it: by any vaguely human measure, the situation in Iraq is a US-made disaster of historic proportions. Millions dead or wounded, millions more displaced, and all overseen by a kleptocratic government more interested in grinding old enemies into the dust than governing...and of course, yes, a seemingly endless cycle of violence that claims new victims every day.

  • Israeli Company Targeted by Oakland Blockade Imports Ammunition Into US

    Israeli Company Targeted by Oakland Blockade Imports Ammunition Into US

    By Darwin BondGraham, Truthout | Report

    Pro-Palestinian activists in California stopped Israeli-owned cargo ships from unloading olives, wines and ceramics at busy marine terminals in Oakland and Los Angeles last week. Import records show, however, that Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., the Israeli company that was the target of last week's "port blockades," is also delivering millions of rounds of Israeli-manufactured small arms ammunition to the United States each year. Zim also delivers weapons systems components for the Israeli and Greek governments to contractors in the United States for repairs and upgrades.

  • Street Sweepers, Part I: The Battle for the Cecil

    Street Sweepers, Part I: The Battle for the Cecil

    By Aaron Cantu, Beacon Reader | Report

    Skid Row's population of street people is growing, a byproduct of the rising number of homeless people in Los Angeles County, which shot from 50,214 in 2011 to 57,737 last year - a bigger jump per capita in that period frame than all other cities in the nation. With those numbers expected to rise, there is a desperate need on the part of activists and some officials to locate supportive housing as quickly as possible. However, they're running into impediments put in place by a coalition of local developers, overseas investors, and city officials that grind even the most obvious solutions to homelessness down to illusory pipe-dreams.