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
Iulia Gheorghiu art How much does a B-21 cost? No one will say … by DAN GRAZIER The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee issued a severe blow to transparency and fiscal responsibility in May 2016. In a closed-door vote, the committee eliminated a requirement to disclose the development cost of the... Read more
A vigil to the victims of the Orlando Pulse massacre in Minnesota on June 12, 2016. Fibonacci Blue photo via Flickr We should not be surprised that religious extremism which condemns gays to death has led to a massacre by ROBERT BECKHUSEN My work means regular exposure to horror stories and... Read more
Chinese peacekeepers in Mali. MINUSMA photo Beijing learns that peacekeeping is dangerous by KEVIN KNODELL On May 31, a rocket attack in the Water Tower neighborhood of the Malian town of Gao struck Chinese peacekeepers. The attack killed 29-year-old First Sgt. Shen Lianlian and injured several of his fellow soldiers. A... Read more
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