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The Year in Drones

The original article by Charles Pierson appeared on Counter Punch

2014 was a good year for US killer drones. In October, the US celebrated (if that is the word) its 400th drone strike on Pakistan. Unable to attend the festivities were the 2,379 Pakistanis killed by US drones since 2004. Of these, only 12% of the victims who have been identified have been linked to militant organizations, this according to an October report from the independent British-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

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A Year After Congressional Testimony, Drone Strike Victims Still Searching for Justice

By Candice Bernd for Truthout

Drone strikes launched on October 11 of this year in Pakistan's Tirah Valley in the Khyber region and in Shawal in the North Waziristan region brought the total number of strikes in Pakistan to 400 since June 2004. The CIA's covert drone program regularly strikes parts of Yemen and Somalia as well.

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Perception vs. Reality: Who’s Really Dying in all those Drone Strikes?

by staff writer for the Sky Valley Chronicle:

The United States has conducted over 400 drone strikes on Pakistan and according to one consortium of investigative journalists, fewer than 12% of the people killed have been identified by available records as "militants." 

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10 Lessons on Making Movies from Brave New Films’ Robert Greenwald: A Decade of Speaking Truth to Power

by Steven Rosenfeld for AlterNet Democratic:

Lies before waging war in Iraq. Deconstructing Fox News propaganda. Profiling Walmart’s culture of greed. Outing bloody wartime profiteers. Introducing America to the Koch brothers. Revealing why whistleblowers matter. Profiling innocent drone victims. 

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Films: Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars

by staff writer for Before It’s News:

In “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars”, the eighth full-length feature documentary from Brave New Foundation, director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life. 

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Too Scared to go Outside

by Alexander Reed Kelly for TruthDig:

One year ago, a 67-year-old Pakistani woman was killed allegedly in a U.S. drone attack while picking vegetables with her grandchildren. President Obama has never acknowledged her death or that of any other alleged drone victim in Pakistan. This week, her son and two of her grandchildren traveled to Washington, D.C., to testify before members of Congress. 

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America’s Drones Are Still Killing Scores of Innocents

by blog on AlterNet

Mamana Bibi was a 67-year-old Pakistani grandmother and midwife, killed by a U.S. drone strike on October 24, 2012. One year ago, the family of Mamana Bibi came to Washington,, D.C., to share their sad story with Members of Congress.

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The Truth About the War of Drones

by Joyce Gonzoles Perez for 80 Grados:

About 98% of people who have died from so-called "drone attacks" are not civilian "targets" or high-value targets, but harmless. This is one of the data revealing documentary follows Unmanned: America Drone Wars (2013), which investigates the impact of these drone attacks, but are operated remotely by operators. The audiovisual project questions the foreign policy of the United States, through interviews ranging from the testimony of a drone operator and arguments of military officers, to the experiences of families of the victims and analysis of investigative journalists. - See more at: http://www.80grados.net/la-verdad-sobre-la-guerra-de-los-drones/#sthash.qeetxSwf.dpuf

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The Man Behind "Unmanned"

by Robert Greenwald for The Cairo Review of Global Affairs:

 I was reading a newspaper story, I’m pretty sure it was in the New York Times, in which somebody was talking about how drone strikes were only killing bad guys. Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles operated by the Central Intelligence Agency’s Special Activities Division to launch attacks on suspected terrorists primarily in Pakistan but in Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan as well. U.S. drone warfare began in 2002 during the George W. Bush administration but strikes have dramatically increased in number under President Barack Obama. As of August, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimated that the CIA has launched at least 390 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004, nearly 90 percent of them on Obama’s watch.

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A History of Peace and Arrest

by Rich Schwartzman for Chadds Ford Live: 

Being arrested is nothing new for 80-year-old Joan Nicholson. She said she’s been taken into custody more times than she could recall off the top of her head. One of those times, however, did lead to a year in prison.

Nicholson is, and has been, a peace activist. Her name might not be familiar, but motorists who drive by the Old Kennett Meeting near the entrance to the Kendal retirement community on Route 1 during morning and afternoon commutes know of her. She’s the woman who stands out there with signs calling for an end to U.S. military intervention around the world.

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Nearly half of identified drone strike victims in Pakistan are civilians:

by Shayan Naveed for The Express Tribune:

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s ‘Naming the Dead project’ – which was launched last year — has now recorded the names of more than 700 of the 2, 342 people reportedly killed by CIA drones in Pakistan.

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Clemson Alumni Play Looks at Superheroes

By Paul Hyde for Greenville Online

Dismayed by the challenges facing young stage actors these days, six Clemson University theater alumni decided to make their own opportunities.

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Documentary Film: evoking emotions for human rights

By Laurie Jones for Generation C Magazine

How can we make people care about human rights? Using the example of the documentary 'Unmanned: Americas Drone Wars', Laurie Jones from Brave New Films explores why and how this type of storytelling can make a difference in Human Rights Education. 

Storytelling drove my interest in human rights work. It was through hearing first hand accounts of women in war-torn Bosnia that I began to care about women’s rights on a global scale; through narrative fiction that I first considered the urgency of guaranteeing economic rights; and through documentary I began to feel a drive and a passion for programs that help to decrease maternal mortality. It may seem obvious to point out story’s role in our everyday lives. 

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Film in the Classroom: Introducing Brave New Educators

By Lauren Byrd for Wandering Educators

Film has long been an integral part of our culture. We remember the films we grew up watching, the movies that touched us in some way, and what deeper truths about the human experience a film uncovered. 

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