A U.S. Navy fighter launches during air strikes on Islamic State forces in Syria. U.S. Navy photo Neoliberalism, interventionism, the resource curse and a fragmenting world by PATRICK COCKBURN We live in an age of disintegration. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa. Across the... Read more
Cpl. Abdelbasset Jibbou prays during an Eid Al Fitr ceremony at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. U.S. Marine Corps photo What’s better than mass surveillance at catching potential attackers? People by KEVIN KNODELL “They know what’s going on. They know that he was bad,” presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told supporters... Read more
The ballistic missile submarine HMS ‘Vanguard’ alongside the ‘Type 45’ destroyer HMS ‘Dragon’ in 2010. Royal Navy photo Take a deep breath … and then start panicking by ROBERT BECKHUSEN It’s not every day one of Europe’s largest economies votes to pull itself out of the European Union, the British prime... Read more
Ugandan police in Somalia. Photo via Wikipedia Surveillance for hire by PETER DOERRIE In July 2012, one year after the Arab Spring shook Arab regimes around the world, an email appeared in the inbox of Mamfakinch, a Moroccan online publication critical of the government. Under the subject line “dénonciation” — French for “denunciation” — was... Read more
A U.S. Air Force F-15E. U.S. Air Force photo Air supremacy isn’t what it used to be by WILLIAM ASTORE In the era of the long war on terror, June 2, 2016, was a tough day for the U.S. military. Two modern jet fighters, a Navy F/A-18 Hornet and an Air Force... Read more
U.S. Army solider Lynndie England holding a leash attached to a prisoner, known to the guards as “Gus,” at the CIA-Army prison at Abu Ghraib in Iraq. All photos via Wikipedia Newly-released documents detail America’s brutal treatment of detainees by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN On June 13, 2016, in response to... Read more
Soldiers with the 75th Ranger Regiment. U.S. Army photo GallantFew sees building connections as crucial by KEVIN KNODELL “My own transition was not the smoothest in the world,” former U.S. Army officer Karl Monger said as he recounted leaving the 75th Ranger Regiment — one of the Army’s most legendary and tight-knit units. “To... Read more
This week the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 85 to 13. This is the most significant piece of defense reform legislation passed by the Senate in 30 years, containing major reforms to Pentagon organization, the defense acquisition... Read more
The air is electric in Rio right now, and not just because of the surveillance cameras scattered all around the city by DIA KAYYALI Rio’s hundreds of surveillance cameras are easy to view on the 85 square meter display in the panopticon-style Center for Integrated Command and Control or the equally... Read more
Polar bears check out the U.S. Navy submarine USS ‘Honolulu,’ surface in the Arctic. U.S. Navy photo Nuclear weapons, climate change and our prospects for survival by NOAM CHOMSKY In January 2015, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced its famous Doomsday Clock to three minutes before midnight, a threat level that... Read more
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