YAL in Action

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Tag: Afghanistan
  • Sentencing period begins for Bradley Manning

    With the fourth week of the trial of first class private Bradley Manning over, it’s expected that the final, sentencing, period will commence shortly. Three years ago, Bradley Manning gave the public information on American military crimes in the Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs, including information on the deaths of journalists and civilians from drone …

  • A Generation of War with YAL @ Georgia Tech

    Georgia Tech students are notoriously apathetic about topics such as sound fiscal policy and civil liberties, so those activism projects can be tricky. However, if you start talking about drones, ears perk up. Engineers enjoy hearing about the mechanics of drones, and when you make a display like we did to illustrate the failure of …

  • Unintended Consequences and the War in Afghanistan

    Chaos continues to grow in Afghanistan, and while the rest of the world concerns itself with such things as gas prices, two American soldiers, and at last count, 12 Afghans have died as the result of a mistake:  sending copies of the Qur’an to a burn pit with other trash at Bagram Air Field. The …

  • What is War without Limbless Children?

    Britain unites with smaller countries to block the United States’ bid to legalize civilian-maiming cluster bombs: A coalition of countries including Britain on Friday defeated an attempt by the US, Russia, China and Israel to get an international agreement approving the continued use of cluster bombs. The weapons, which have been used in Iraq, Afghanistan …

  • Mixed Messages in America’s Foreign Policy

    Even as a private in the United States Marine Corps, I began to question the reasons that compel my country to send its young men, including myself, to risk life and limb in a needless conflict. In October 3, 2007, I asked of these mixed messages: Why do we expect trained killers, like myself, to …

  • 9 Afghan Boys Collecting Firewood Mowed Down by NATO Helicopter

    The New York Times reports: Nine boys collecting firewood to heat their homes in the eastern Afghanistan mountains were killed by NATO helicopter gunners who mistook them for insurgents, according to a statement on Wednesday by NATO, which apologized for the mistake. The boys, who were 9 to 15 years old, were attacked on Tuesday …

  • 25 Tons of Bombs Wipe Afghan Town Off Map in October

    A small town in Afghanistan became so “overrun with Taliban insurgents” that the American military decided its only option was to do this: The good:  The villagers had already evacuated the town, so there weren’t civilian casualties, though it is unclear how the unit involved “can be so confident they didn’t accidentally kill civilians after …

  • Protest at Ft. Campbell, KY over Deployment of Wounded Soldier

    A soldier at Fort Campbell, Kentucky is being forced to return to Afghanistan as early as tonight, amidst claims he is not fit to deploy because he has not received treatment promised by the Army for severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder sustained during his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Here’s a video of notice being served …

  • Veterans Rally for the “Right to Heal”

    Check out this video of an interview with an antiwar activist from Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), which includes in its mission support for “Full benefits, adequate healthcare (including mental health), and other supports for returning servicemen and women.” In fact, IVAW has just launched Operation Recovery: Thousands of troops are being sent to …

  • Using Logic with Foreign Policy

    Jack Hunter says in 5 minutes what the mainstream right can’t even wrap their heads around.