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Lt. Dan Choi is discharged from the U.S. military

"As we mark the end of America's combat mission in Iraq," President Barack Obama said this week, "a grateful America must pay tribute to all who served there." He should have added, "unless you're gay," because, despite his rhetoric, weeks earlier the commander in chief fired one of those Iraq vets: Lt. Dan Choi.

Choi was an Iraq War veteran, a graduate of West Point and a trained Arabic linguist. I ran into Choi the day after he received his official discharge. We were at the Netroots Nation conference in Las Vegas, a gathering of thousands of bloggers, activists and journalists.

Though Choi had known the discharge was coming, he was still shaken to the core. He took out his phone and showed me the letter he was e-mailed.


Netanyahu is calling Obama's bluff

There is a new theme developing in U.S.-Israeli relations and while not a new one it is the first time U.S. officials have talked about it so openly: Israeli and U.S. interests in the Middle East are not identical. So far these words have not passed the lips of Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and have only been uttered by military brass. Whether the brass would have the jam to make these statements to pressure Obama on his Mid East policy or they are simply playing their role in an Obama strategy is unclear.


Recent accord between U.S. and Cuba stops short of significant change

January 23, 2015
| Americans able to visit more freely, the Cuban 5 released and essential construction materials allowed into the country. But what else was in the agreement between Obama and Castro?
Length: 15:56 minutes (14.6 MB)
| October 6, 2014

Sierra Club learns of secret deal between Alberta government and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

July 22, 2014
| Sierra Club Canada says it's been told of a secret deal to increase carbon tax in return for reduced clean-up requirements on tailings ponds.
Length: 09:48 minutes (8.98 MB)
| April 29, 2014
| April 23, 2014
| January 7, 2014

Obama’s new normal: drone strikes

There has been yet another violent attack with mass casualties. This was not the act of a lone gunman, or of an armed student rampaging through a school. It was a group of families en route to a wedding that was killed. The town was called Radda -- not in Colorado, not in Connecticut, but in Yemen. The weapon was not an easy-to-obtain semiautomatic weapon, but missiles fired from U.S. drones. On Thursday, Dec. 12, 17 people were killed, mostly civilians. The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has consistently tracked U.S. drone attacks, recently releasing a report on the six months following President Barack Obama’s major address on drone warfare before the National Defense University (NDU) last May.


Rationales for war: The Responsibility To Protect

December 13, 2013
| Derrick O’Keefe returns to continue his examination of the rationales for war, focusing in this segment on the notion of the responsibility to protect.
Length: 13:43 minutes (12.57 MB)
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