Jack Healey

Yemen: Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam

Three years ago, the royal family of Saudi Arabia asked the United States to support the Saudis’ planned military intervention in Yemen’s civil war. Before requesting U.S. help in this venture, the Saudis attempted to raise a Pan-Arab army that would sweep into Yemen in order to expel the Houthis, a Shi’a minority group in a region that is largely Sunni, and impose a government that would be more favorable to the Saudis. Their attempt failed. Other Arab countries did not rally to the Saudis. In hindsight, of course it failed. Who would want to fight and die for the royal family of Saudi Arabia and further Saudi political ends?

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The Trump War No One Talks About

In 2018, human rights are neither a topic of public discussion nor an apparent interest of American government policy. Both the president and his secretary of state think that torture is an acceptable practice as a part of our global military endeavors everywhere. The president really seems to like the North Korean dictator, a killer of his own people and his own family. President Trump “sword dances” with the new leader in Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, while both give orders to dispatch warplane sorties that are destroying the poorest nation in the Middle East with bombs, blockades and ensuing famine.

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Why the Confirmation of Gina Haspel to Head the CIA Is a Huge Loss to Our Nation

Two weeks ago, a bipartisan Senate panel voted to confirm Gina Haspel, former head of perhaps the most notorious “black site” in U.S. history, as the new head of the CIA. As her name and face flashed across the screen of my television, I kept thinking instead about other faces—those of the men and, sometimes, women—who had been tortured under her watch. The faces that we, as the American public, will probably never see, whose stories we do not know.

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America Has Been Silent on a Human Rights Tragedy

In Myanmar today, the thugs have won. Any moral leadership we thought Aung San Suu Kyi possessed has been badly damaged. Her former supporters have made a vocal call for her to give back her Nobel Peace Prize. The word "genocide" is now used, with some justification, for the brutal treatment of the Rohingya people at the hands of the Burmese military. Expelling the Rohingya from Myanmar has been supported by nationalist, Buddhist monks who wield political power despite vows of compassion and renunciation and is further enabled by weak leadership in the National League.

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An Open Letter to President Trump Upon His Arrival in Rome

The first time I saw the painting of Andrew Jackson beside your desk in the White House, it felt like getting a punch in the stomach. I also assumed that it had been there before you took office. Now, I know it was your choice to have it put up in the Oval Office because Jackson is your favorite president. Now, I know who you have chosen to emulate.

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There Are 3 Major Famines on Our Planet Right Now - Can You Even Name Them? The Media Is Virtually Blacking Out Human Tragedy

To be an American in the world today is to be a citizen of a country rapidly losing its place as a global leader in foreign aid, foreign assistance and even what we once might have considered the moral high ground. There are crises, it seems, in every corner of the globe, including refugee camps in the center of Paris and immigrant detention centers on our own borders. Our leaders are telling us these crises are impossible to solve diplomatically, complex in nature and beyond the scope of what we can or should handle. 

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