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World catching up with US in $28.7 bln drone race PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 20:46

An X-47B pilot-less drone (Reuters / Rich-Joseph Facun)

http://rt.com/news/155676-drone-race-world-billions/

Analysts predict that in less than a decade’s time, the United States will spend less than half the global total on drone research and development. Asia in particular is expected to surge ahead, with South Korea set to produce “suicide drones.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 18:05
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I'm confused, can anyone help me? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 20:43

 

Neil Clark is a journalist, writer and broadcaster. His award winning blog can be found at www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter

Published time: April 15, 2014 10:06
 
An anti-government protester waves a flag in front of the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov)

An anti-government protester waves a flag in front of the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov)

I'm confused. A few weeks ago we were told in the West that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine was a very good thing. These people, we were told by our political leaders and elite media commentators, were 'pro-democracy protestors'.

The US government warned the Ukrainian authorities against using force against these 'pro-democracy protestors' even if, according to the pictures we saw, some of them were neo-Nazis who were throwing Molotov cocktails and other things at the police and smashing up statues and setting fire to buildings.

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The Strangelove Effect - or How We Are Hoodwinked Into Fighting a New Cold War PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 11:04
 
 
Major T. J. "King" Kong (Slim Pickins) riding the bomb in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove.
(Image: Wikimedia Commons)
see http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/23152-the-strangelove-effect-or-how-we-are-hoodwinked-into-fighting-a-new-cold-war
Major T. J. "King" Kong (Slim Pickins) riding the bomb in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove.
(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Maj

I watched Dr. Strangelove the other day. I have seen it perhaps a dozen times; it makes sense of senseless news. When Major T.J. "King" Kong goes "toe to toe with the Rooskies" and flies his rogue B52 nuclear bomber to a target in Russia, it's left to General "Buck" Turgidson to reassure the president. Strike first, says the general, and "you got no more than 10 to 20 million killed, tops."
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AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about Bases, Winning Hearts and Minds, and the “War” in Africa PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 14:20

By Nick Turse

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175830/

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa.  For years, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has maintained a veil of secrecy about much of the command’s activities and mission locations, consistently downplaying the size, scale, and scope of its efforts.   At a recent Pentagon press conference, AFRICOM Commander General David Rodriguez adhered to the typical mantra, assuring the assembled reporters that the United States “has little forward presence” on that continent.  Just days earlier, however, the men building the Pentagon’s presence there were telling a very different story -- but they weren’t speaking with the media.  They were speaking to representatives of some of the biggest military engineering firms on the planet.  They were planning for the future and the talk was of war.  

 

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Canada: No F-35 Buys Before 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 07 April 2014 10:58

Apr. 6, 2014 - 01:33PM   |  

By DAVID PUGLIESE  

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140406/DEFREG02/304060010/Canada-No-F-35-Buys-Before-2018?odyssey=nav%7Chead

F-35 Lightning II Arrival
 
A move by Canada to postpone any F-35 buys until 2018 means decisions will wait until after the next federal election. (US Air Force)

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Canada has told the US government it won’t be in a position to purchase the F-35 fighter jet until 2018, a move that critics of the aircraft say intentionally delays the controversial procurement until after the next federal election.

The decision has a number of ramifications. It will allow the ruling Conservative Party government to claim during the 2015 election campaign that no decision has yet been made on the purchase of a new fighter jet.

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Noam Chomsky: 'Eliminate All Nuclear Weapons' PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 06 April 2014 15:27

 

By Jane Ayers, Reader Supported News, April 5, 2014
 
Professor Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political theorist and Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at MIT, recently delivered the prestigious Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s (NAPF) 13th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future. His lecture, entitled “Security and State Policy” was delivered to a capacity audience at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California on February 28th. After his lecture, Chomsky was also presented the foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 
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How can women stop war? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 14:29
Image: flickr/UNWomens

The emphasis on the role of women to prevent war and conflict may have arisen because of women's frustration at the failure of the Security Council  to sufficiently implement the October 31, 2000 Security Council Resolution 1325. This resolution reaffirmed the significant role for Women in the prevention of conflict.  

In the decade before 2000 states had used various guises to justify the Invasion of other states; For example, the guise of "human security" was used to justify the invasion of Iraq in 1991, then “humanitarian intervention” was used to justify the invasion of Kosovo. Since  2000, the invasions continue and only the guises have changed:  it was "self Defence" (Art. 51) to justify the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, then  "Pre-emptive/preventive" attack to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003, finally  it was "the responsibility to protect"  to justify the intervention in Haiti in 2004, and  the invasion of Libya in 2011. Even in 2013, after all the previous guises had been discredited, a new guise was proposed , the "will to intervene" which had just been waiting to be used to justify an intervention into Mali in 2013.

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U.S. built secret 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest - AP PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 14:15
WASHINGTON Thu Apr 3, 2014 4:56pm BSTWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. agency created a 'Cuban Twitter' to undermine Cuba's communist government and get around its strict Internet prohibitions, using secret shell companies financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.The two-year project drew 40,000 users who did not know the communications network was devised by a U.S. agency and designed to push them toward political dissent, according to the AP. They also did not know their personal information was being gathered.The report identified the U.S. Agency for International Development, which delivers aid to the world's poor, as being behind the project.by REUTERS 

by Reuters http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/03/uk-usa-cuba-twitter-idUKBREA321F720140403#commentsWASHINGTON Thu Apr 3, 2014 

 

 

The communications network was called "ZunZuneo," Cuban slang for a hummingbird's tweet, and the AP said its goal was to build an audience of young users.

 

The plan for the social network was to draw in a certain number of users with messages on sports, music, weather and other noncontroversial topics. Then the operators would introduce political content to try to inspire spontaneous demonstrations, the AP reported. One USAID document cited by the AP said the goal was to "renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society."

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 17:53
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Is it natural for humans to make war? New study of tribal societies reveals conflict is an alien concept PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:42

War is an alien concept among tribal societies, new research finds

Mankind learned the art of going into battle much later than previously thought, a new academic study

Steve Connor Author Biography
Science Editor - Tuesday 01 April 2014

 

Is it natural for humans to make war? Is organised violence between rival political groups an inevitable outcome of the human condition? Some scholars believe the answer is yes, but new research suggests not

 

A study of tribal societies that live by hunting and foraging has found that war is an alien concept and not, as some academics have suggested, an innate feature of so-called “primitive people. The findings have re-opened a bitter academic dispute over whether war is a relatively recent phenomenon invented by “civilised” societies over the past few thousand years, or a much older part of human nature. In other words, is war an ancient and chronic condition that helped to shape humanity over many hundreds of thousands of years?

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 16:26
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“The More We ‘Won,’ The More We Lost” An Interview with Jonathan Schell on America’s Vietnam Debacle PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 16:14


By Chris Appy

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175824

 

/[The following interview from Chris Appy’s 2003 book Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides is used with the kind permission of his publisher, Viking Penguin, and is posted at TomDispatch.com as a memorial to Jonathan Schell, who died on March 25th, and to his work, which will long outlast him.]

 

Rushing into the magazine’s office, his cheeks flushed, he flops down on a couch looking impossibly burdened by the distractions of a journalist’s life. The odds seem slim that much of value will be gained by dredging up a 30-year-old topic. As soon as the subject is mentioned, however, the present evaporates. It’s as if the middle-aged man has entered a time machine dated 1966.That was the year he went to Vietnam on a whim, at age 23, hoping to write “something” about the war. On the basis of that trip, and another in 1967, he wrote two book-length articles for The New Yorker that were later published as The Village of Ben Suc and The Military Half.

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