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Death threats sent to paper of slain editor in Sri Lanka
2009-10-30
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned by ongoing threats to Sri Lanka#s journalists and media organizations.
Israeli media forbidden to report case widely covered internationally
2010-04-06
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns an absurd court-ordered ban on Israeli media coverage of the case of Anat Kam, an online journalist and former soldier accused of leaking classified military informa...
Mexican journalist who covered police is abducted and killed
2009-05-27
Committee to Protect Journalists
Authorities found the body of a journalist who covered the police beat in northern Mexico after he was abducted from his house on Monday night, according to Mexican news reports.

Sources Select Resources

The Assassination Complex
Secret military documents expose the inner workings of Obama's drone wars
Scahill, Jeremy
Article
2015
The Intercept
There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state's power over life and death.
Banacol: A company implicated paramilitarism and land grabbing in Curvarado and Jiguamiando
Interchurch Justice and Peace Commission
Article
2012
Hands off the Land Alliance
This study focuses on the International Banacol Marketing Corporation’s actions in the Afro-Colombian and Mestizo communities’ collective territories of Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó in the Lower Atrato r...
Death threats sent to paper of slain editor in Sri Lanka
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned by ongoing threats to Sri Lanka#s journalists and media organizations.
The Drone Papers
Article
2015
The Intercept
The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military's assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistl...
Einsatzgruppen
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Einsatzgruppen (German: "task forces"; singular Einsatzgruppe) were SS paramilitary death squads that were responsible for mass killings, typically by shooting, of Jews in particular, but also signifi...
Find, Fix, Finish
For the Pentagon, creating an architecture of assassination meant navigating a turf war with the CIA
Scahill, Jeremy
Article
2015
The Intercept
Obama was urged by Michael Hayden, the CIA director, and his counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, to adopt small footprint counterterrorism operations and drone strikes. In one briefing, Hayden tol...
Firing Blind
Flawed Intelligence and the Limits of Drone Technology
Currier, Cora; Maass, Peter
Article
2015
The Intercept
Classified Pentagon documents reveal that the U.S. military has faced "critical shortfalls" in the technology and intelligence it uses to find and kill suspected terrorists in Yemen and Somalia.
How many more
Global Witness
Article
2015
Global Witness
New report shows killings of environmental activists are increasing, with indigenous communities hardest hit. Global Witness shines a spotlight on Honduras - the most dangerous country to be an enviro...
How We Fought the War
Bob Kerrey's Revolting Medal of Honor
St. Clair, Jeffrey; Cockburn, Alexander
Article
2001
Counter Punch
On May 16, 2016, former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey was named chairman of Fulbright University, a US-backed college with ties to the State Department in Ho Chi Minh City. During his recent visit to Vi...
Inside El Salvador's Military Blacklist
The Yellow Book
Galindo-Doucette, Evelyn
Article
2014
Counterpunch
The Yellow Book (Libro amarillo) is a 270 page document from 1987 that the National Security Archive in Washington DC made public on September 28th, 2014. The Yellow Book includes 1,975 photographs th...
Israeli journalist Anat Kam under secret house arrest since December
Article
2010
Guardian
An Israeli journalist has been under secret house arrest since December on charges that she leaked highly sensitive, classified military documents which suggest the Israeli military breached a court o...
Israeli media forbidden to report case widely covered internationally
Sources News Release
Article
2010
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns an absurd court-ordered ban on Israeli media coverage of the case of Anat Kam, an online journalist and former soldier accused of leaking classified military informa...
Journalists Killed since 1992
Article
2009
Committee to Protect Journalists
A database of more than 700 journalists who have been murdered or killed on dangerous assignments since 1992. Interactive maps, timelines, and statistical breakdowns providing analysis by country, yea...
The Kill Chain
The lethal bureaucracy behind Obama's drone war
Currier, Cora
Article
2015
The Intercept
Secret military documents offer documentary evidence of the process by which the Obama administration creates and acts on its kill lists in Yemen and Somalia.
The Life and Death of Objective Peckham
Stripped of British citizenship and killed by an American drone
Gallagher, Peter
Article
2015
The Intercept
Documentation of the final years of Bilal el-Berjawi's life, a British-Lebanese citizen suspected of being a terrorist. The story raises questions about the British government's role in the targeted a...
Manhunting in the Hindu Kush
Civilian casualties and strategic failures in America's longest war
Devereaux, Ryan
Article
2015
The Intercept
U.S. military forces set out to destroy the Taliban and al Qaeda forces that remained hidden in Hindu Kush. Dubbed Operation Haymaker, the campaign has been described as a potential model for the futu...
The mass graves of Kashmir
India's dirty war unmasked
Scott-Clark, Cathy
Article
2012
The Guardian
For 22 years this contested region has endured a regime of torture and disappeared civilians. Now a local laywer is discovering their unmarked graves and challenging India's abuses.
A memorial to killed journalists, a call to action
Article
2009
Committee to Protect Journalists
More than 500 journalists have been targeted for murder, our research shows, and nearly nine in 10 of these slayings go unpunished. Another 200 journalists have been killed in combat or on dangerous a...
Mexican journalist who covered police is abducted and killed
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Committee to Protect Journalists
Authorities found the body of a journalist who covered the police beat in northern Mexico after he was abducted from his house on Monday night, according to Mexican news reports.
The NYT's Love Letter to Death Squads
Hymns to the Silence
Floyd, Chris
Article
2012
CounterPunch
It is, I confess, beyond all my imagining that a national leader so deeply immersed in murdering people would trumpet his atrocity so openly, so gleefully - and so deliberately, sending his top aides ...
Outsourcing the Kill Chain: Eleven Drone Contractors Revealed
Chatterjee, Pratap
Article
2015
CorpWatch
Reporters have named eleven companies that have won millions of dollars in contracts to plug a shortage in personnel needed to analyze the thousands of hours of streaming video gathered daily from the...
Remembering Argentina's Mothers of the Disappeared
Sun, Rivera
Article
2016
CounterPunch
Campaign Nonviolence is a movement to build a culture of active nonviolence. We share the stories of nonviolent action, drawing lessons, strength, and strategy from the global grassroots movements for...
A Secret War in 135 Countries
Turse, Nick
Article
2015
TomDispatch
Turse discusses the U.S. global engagement strategy of covert operations conducted on every continent but Antarctica.
They Are Still Killing Trade Union Leaders
Global Capital's Death Squads and Night-Riders
Macaray, David
Article
2012
CounterPunch
Question: So what happens these days in developing countries when a prominent, charismatic union activist - with the courage to stand up to sinister, government-supported business groups who have, on ...
Under the Influence
Pilger, John
Article
1999
For the few of us who reported East Timor long before it was finally declared news, the "disclosures" last weekend that Washington had trained Indonesia's death squads are bizarre. That the American, ...

Sources Bookshelf

Crimes of War
What the Public Should Know (Crimes of War project)
Dworkin, Anthony; Gutman, Roy; Rieff, David; Mendez, Sheryl
Book
2007
An A-Z guide to the laws governing armed conflict and their application in practice. The chapters include discussions of the crimes prohibited by international humanitarian law, key terms relating to ...
Killing Hope
U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II
Blum, William
Book
2008
Is the United States a force for democracy? William Blum serves up a forensic overview of U.S. foreign policy spanning sixty years. For those who want the details on the U.S.'s most famous actions (Ch...
Manufacturing Consent
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...


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