U.S. Defense Department photo Freeing democracy from perpetual war by WILLIAM ASTORE The United States is now engaged in perpetual war with victory nowhere in sight. Iraq is chaotic and scarred. So, too, is Libya. Syria barely exists. After 15 years, “progress” in Afghanistan has proven eminently reversible as efforts... Read more
A protest by the Oromo people in 2014. Flickr photo Political divides are deeply entrenched by PETER DOERRIE Violent protests have shaken Ethiopia in the last month. More than 50 people have died, most of them shot dead by security forces. In contrast to an earlier wave of demonstrations that claimed... Read more
Women sewing in the Bagrami Industrial Park. SIGAR photo Contractors failed to follow the rules … again by MATTHEW GAULT It’s the little things that really grate. The United States’ reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan have been a disaster in a lot of big ways. America blew $20 million to fix a Soviet era... Read more
Camp Century was supposed to stay buried by KATE LUNAU For decades now, an abandoned, nuclear-powered U.S. military base has been buried under the ice in Greenland — along with hazardous waste including radioactive material. The military believed that Camp Century would stay entombed forever in ice and snow, but now, because of... Read more
TFBSO’s Kabul compound. SIGAR photo Pictures from inside the America’s defunct, war-zone business venture by MATTHEW GAULT In 2009, the Pentagon shipped American business experts to Afghanistan to help jump-start the war-torn country’s economy. To that end, the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations spent more than $800 million from 2009... Read more
Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, at left. Photo via Wikipedia Breaking the camouflage wall of silence by NICK TURSE It’s rare to hear one top military commander publicly badmouth another, call attention to his faults, or simply point out his shortcomings. Despite a seemingly endless supply of debacles from strategic setbacks to quagmire... Read more
La visión de los tiroteos de París en noviembre de 2015. Foto de Colville-Anderson a través de Flickr Los ataques terroristas se dirigen explícitamente al aprovechamiento de divisiones en sociedades plurales por KEVIN KNODELL Los líderes del autoproclamado Estado Islámico dicen que están en guerra con el mundo entero. Su idea... Read more
Trump at CPAC 2011. Gage Skidmore photo via Flickr His most disturbing connection to Russia has nothing to do with money by MATTHEW GAULT There was a telling moment during the Republican National Convention that speaks volumes about Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency and some of his most prominent supporters. On... Read more
A computer class in North Korea. (Stephan) photo via Flickr Podcast — everything you know about cybersecurity is wrong by MATTHEW GAULT Guccifer 2.0, a hacker allegedly linked to the Russian government, released a treasure trove of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee on the eve of the party’s convention. Set the politics... Read more
A pro-Erdogan rally in Istanbul on July 24, 2016. Mike Norton photo via Flickr All signs point to secular military officers being largely responsible by MOHAMMED AYOOB It is a whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie. Several theories have been floated as to who was responsible for the failed Turkish coup of... Read more
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