Protesters gather in Dallas on Dec. 5, 2014. Andrew Moura/Flickr photo Police brutality in the city isn’t simple nor is it solved by MATTHEW GAULT Just before 9:00 p.m. on July 7, Micah Xavier Johnson fired on police officers officiating a Black Lives Matter rally as it wound through the heart... Read more
I’m afraid of Americans. Universal Studios capture Third time’s a charm for this B-movie horror franchise by MATTHEW GAULT A sensible compact car covered in strings of glaring Christmas-tree lights cruises down an abandoned city street. A younger, more innocent Miley Cyrus croons about a party in the USA … but it... Read more
Paul Manafort. NBC capture Paul Manafort doesn’t care who writes his checks by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN Even the most brutal dictators and the bloodiest warlords could benefit from having a friendly public-relations operative in Washington. Access to high-ranking officials goes a long way in the nation’s capital. There’s always somebody willing to... Read more
Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq in 2007. All photos via Wikipedia The charmed life of David Petraeus by NICK TURSE I ran into David Petraeus the other night. Or rather, I ran after him. It’s been more than a year since I first tried to connect with the retired four-star U.S. Army... Read more
Daesh daeshing it up. Photo via social media A sense of purpose can be intoxicating by MATTHEW GAULT Three men assaulted Istanbul’s Ataturk airport with AK-47s and suicide vests on June 28, killing 41 people and injuring 239 more. Islamic State has not claimed responsibility but Turkish officials believe the terror... Read more
Photo via Vice Motherboard Global food crisis war game asks a hard question by NAFEEZ AHMED The U.S. national security industry is planning for the impact of an unprecedented global food crisis lasting as long as a decade, according to reports by a government contractor. The studies, published by CNA Corporation... Read more
A Malaysian Playboy Corrupted the U.S. Navy
Our behavior, as an organization and as individuals, must signal our commitment to the values we so often proclaim. As senior leaders, our personal conduct, and the example it sets, are essential to our credibility. To many inside and outside the service, the actual values of the Navy are... Read more
U.S. Air Force photo New book explores Barack Obama’s special relationship with a lethal technology by REED PEEPLES Weapons shape wars. Like leaders and enemies, they become active characters in our narratives of armed conflict. However the United States’ post-9/11 wars are resolved, we can already confidently assign their emblem — the drone. In... Read more
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
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