In South Sudan, Thousands Rely on Fragile Protection Camps for Survival
In a refugee camp in South Sudan’s capital Jub, Jikany Kuol  awaits the rain in a tiny shack cobbled together with pieces of corrugated iron and U.N. tarp. “Our people are fed up with fighting,” he laments as the Chinese soldiers guarding the camp look on despondently. “The people... Read more
Mali’s Desert Climate Is the Doom of Armored Vehicles
Half of the German army’s armored vehicles in Mali—there as part of a multi-national peacekeeping mission—have broken down because of the West African country’s dust and extreme heat, according to Die Welt. By land, the Bundeswehr relies on Wolf and Eagle jeeps, Fennek reconnaissance vehicles and TPz Fuchs armored... Read more
America’s Emerging ‘Little Sparta’ in the Middle East
During his years fighting for Kurdish autonomy from Baghdad in the 1960s and mid-1970s, Kurdish leader Mustafa Barzani was adamant that his people trust no power other than the United States. In the 1970s his Peshmerga guerrilla forces received covert support from the Americans, Israelis and Iran’s Shah in... Read more
Venezuela’s Descent Into Gangsterism
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The social unrest in Venezuela over the last two weeks has been the most widespread since Leopoldo López, the opposition leader, was arrested and subsequently imprisoned by the administration of President Nicolás Maduro in 2015. The latest anti-government demonstrations were sparked by... Read more
The U.S. Military Expands Its Network of Syrian Airfields
A recent article in the Russian state-owned Sputnik Turkey outlet speculated that the airfield the United States built from scratch in the Syrian-Kurdish Kobani region could become a substitute for Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base. The assertion is likely correct—but only to an extent. The United States has never been able to... Read more
How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East
Make no mistake: after 15 years of losing wars, spreading terror movements, and multiplying failed states across the Greater Middle East, America will fight the next versions of our ongoing wars. Not that we ever really stopped. Sure, Washington traded in George W. Bush’s expansive, almost messianic attitude toward... Read more
Pacifist Military Trainer: Kurdistan Should Be Like Israel
The future of Iraqi Kurdistan is in flux as the U.S.-led coalition pushes back Islamic State, ending an existential threat to the Kurdish region. Some fear a conflict with Baghdad over territory the Kurds seized during their offensive against ISIS. Others fear further clashes with the Shia militias operating... Read more
The Libyan National Army Is Running Out of Air Power
The Libyan National Army Air Force — part of the eastern-based Tobruk regime, one of two competing governments in Libya — lost two fighter-bombers and an experienced pilot in fewer than two weeks. A MiG-21 shot down over the Al Sabri district in Benghazi and a second MiG-21 that... Read more
Gangs Are Killing a Record Number of Rio’s Cops
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A record number of police have been killed in Brazil’s state of Rio de Janeiro so far in 2017, in a seeming illustration of the police’s poor training and how they have become a central actor in the battle over that state’s... Read more
By the Way, Russia Is Supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan Now
The American public turned its attention to Afghanistan on April 13, 2017 when U.S. Special Operations Forces dropped a huge bomb on the Islamic State. Media coverage of America’s longest war picked up as talking heads mooned over the impressive weapon. But when most Americans weren’t paying attention, their longest war had... Read more
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