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October Reading List: The Issues No One is Talking About

It has been a long and tumultuous campaign season full of lurid scandals and regrettable language, but it seems the most important issues are being overlooked in the world of 24 hour news media. However, we know you care about the bigger picture and that you want more than a few soundbites about the toughest national security and foreign policy issues.

That’s why we are posting our second in a series of long reads that give you more in-depth analysis about the issues that we will continue to discuss once the election has mercifully ended. These articles give you a chance to step back and look at the bigger picture of some of the most difficult situations and get some real analysis on what we should do next.

Happy reading and have a wonderful weekend.


The New York Times: Don’t Intervene in Syria

“While Russia’s real appetite for a political solution in the Syria conflict is unclear, it is wiser to test unknown political limits than unknown military ones.”

BBC: In pictures: How a rebel fighter became ‘Syria’s Banksy’

“Rebel fighter by day, artist by night – a young Syrian’s street art offers a sharp commentary on the country’s civil war.”

Yemen and Saudi Arabia

The Washington Post: Saudi airstrikes on Yemeni civilians may have put a target on the backs of U.S. troops

“Washington’s support for Saudi Arabia’s campaign against Houthi rebels has implicated the United States in civilian deaths, according to human rights groups. But there’s another potential side effect: It may have prompted the rebels to turn their weapons against U.S. forces.”

Voice of America: Activist: Yemen War Not ‘Forgotten’ but ‘Ignored’

“Yemen’s war is often described as a ‘forgotten war,’ added Farah Nasser in Sweden. The country is isolated and foreign media have mostly fled; but, with many parties benefiting from lucrative arms contracts and powerful regional alliances, she said, in reality the war is ‘deliberately ignored.’

The Legacy of Torture

The New York Times: How U.S. Torture Left a Legacy of Damaged Minds

“Beatings, sleep deprivation, menacing and other brutal tactics have led to persistent mental health problems among detainees held in secret C.I.A. prisons and at Guantánamo.”


Politico: Afghanistan 15 Years On: Obama’s Sorriest Legacy

“Why America’s longest war will remain a muddle for the next president. If only Trump or Clinton were paying attention.”

America’s Over-militarized Foreign Policy

The Intercept: U.S. Military Operations are Biggest Motivation for Homegrown Terrorists, FBI Study Finds

“Continued U.S. military action will inevitably drive terrorist activities in this country, because some local people here will identify themselves with the victims of those actions abroad.”

Institute for Policy Studies: Report – Combat Vs. Climate The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared

“The U.S spends 28 times as much on traditional military security as on climate security. This is hardly commensurate with the magnitude of this ‘urgent and growing threat to national security.’

Joint statement: Grassroots groups respond to Trump's decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal

  Joint statement by Beyond the Bomb, CREDO, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Indivisible, J Street, Civic Action, NIAC Action, Peace Action, VoteVets, Win Without War, and Women’s Action for New Directions on Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear agreeme[...]

The Forever War

  Sixteen years ago this weekend, the United States went to war in Afghanistan. After spending trillions of dollars and losing countless lives, more than ten thousand American troops are still fighting in Afghanistan, continuing decades of armed conflict that has no military solution. Thi[...]