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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
Expertise in Politics, Government



US & coalition attacks kill hundreds more Iraqi, Syrian civilians

Hundreds of Iraqi and Syrian civilians have been killed, and hundreds more wounded, by U.S.-led and Iraqi air and artillery strikes this month, human rights monitors and local officials said.

At least 20 Syrian civilians killed in U.S.-led air strikes

At least 21 Syrian civilians, including a mother and her six children, were killed in two separate U.S.-led air strikes over the weekend, human rights monitor groups said on Saturday.

U.S.-led coalition killed more Syrians than IS, Russia in March

More innocent Syrian civilians were killed last month by bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition then by Russian or Islamic State (IS) forces fighting in the civil war there, figures from a leading human rights monitor reveal.

U.S. strikes Assad airfield in response to chemical attack

U.S. forces launched dozens of cruise missiles against Syrian military targets on Thursday in response to a deadly chemical attack attributed to embattled dictator Bashar al-Assad's forces.

278 bodies —many children — pulled from U.S. Mosul strike site

Mosul - Nearly 300 bodies — including many children — have been recovered from the site of a March 17 U.S.-led coalition air strike on a crowded neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq.

Op-Ed: The enduring relevance of MLK's "A Time To Break Silence" speech

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his most important speech that wasn't about civil rights, an address that has been all but forgotten today but which rings as true now as it did when he spoke his words half a century ago.

Congress passes, Trump to sign Internet privacy rollback bill

Washington - The House of Representatives approved — and President Donald Trump signaled he will sign — a bill repealing Obama-era Internet privacy rules restricting Internet service providers' ability to track and sell users' online browsing data.

SF mayor is right — sanctuary cities are safer cities

San Francisco - The Trump administration's policies and actions based on a portrayal of undocumented immigrants as a criminal menace to be rounded up and deported misses a very important fact — sanctuary cities are safer cities.

Video: Israeli troops drag 8-year-old boy through Hebron streets

Hebron - Israeli soldiers dragged a shoeless child through the streets of occupied Hebron in the West Bank in search of other children who allegedly threw stones and a Molotov cocktail at a nearby Jewish settler colony.

Major Trump defeat as Republicans pull Obamacare repeal bill

Washington - The repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, arguably President Donald Trump's most popular promise to his supporters, was indefinitely delayed Friday as House Speaker Paul Ryan withdrew the proposed American Health Care Act from consideration.

Mosul parents sedate children with drugs to avoid Islamic State

Mosul - Terrified parents fleeing fierce fighting between U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, Iraq are drugging their children with sedatives or taping their mouths shut in a desperate bid to avoid detection by the Islamist militants.

JFK diary called Hitler 'legend' who would 'emerge from hatred'

John F. Kennedy wrote in his diary in 1945 that the genocidal Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler "had in him the stuff of which legends are made" and would “emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived.”

U.S.-led strike kills 230 Mosul civilians; mostly women, children

Mosul - In what could be the deadliest wholesale American slaughter of innocent civilians in decades, some 230 people, mostly women and children, have been killed in an air strike in a crowded residential neighborhood of besieged Mosul, Iraq.

San Francisco passes preemptive law against religious registry

San Francisco - Responding to anti-Muslim rhetoric, policies and actions of the Trump administration, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to preemptively prohibit participation in any religion-based registry.

Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort paid $10M/yr to help Putin

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, was secretly paid $10 million annually by a Russian billionaire in the late 2000s to implement a plan that was promised to promote the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Leader of anti-Muslim 'hate group' welcomed at White House

Washington - The White House welcomed a woman described as America's most prominent anti-Muslim activist on Tuesday for a meeting she described as "very productive."

U.S. military probes Syria mosque strike that killed 49 civilians

The U.S. military is formally investigating an American air strike that Pentagon officials said targeted al-Qaeda militants but which survivors, local officials and human rights monitors said killed dozens of innocent civilians in a mosque complex.

Florida official calls for lynching of black state attorney

A Florida county court official has been suspended with pay after making a death threat against a state attorney who recently announced she will not seek the death penalty in any murder case, including cases in which police officers are killed.

Heads of FBI, NSA refuse to deny Trump-Russia collusion

Washington - The directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency refused on Monday to rule out the possibility of collusion between members of Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.

Canada sex toy maker to pay $3.75M in 'spying vibrator' lawsuit

Two women who filed a lawsuit against a Canadian sex toy company alleging its popular Internet-connected vibrator was spying on them have won a $3.75 million ($5 million Canadian) settlement in an Illinois court.
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