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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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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?

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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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CSW58:CHALLENGING MILITARIZED SECURITY: DELEGITIMIZATION OF WAR PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 29 March 2014 06:53

 

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The enclosed petition was submitted, by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, to the Chair Chair of the Bureau for the 58th session (2014 )

During the Commission on the Status of Women the petition received  four hundred, half collected here at the meeting and half online (www.vowpeace.org).

 

The signatories are from thirty-six countries, and sixty-seven organizations. The countries represented are: Hungary, Iceland, USA, Canada Uganda, Hong Kong, Sierra Leone, UK, Sudan, Tunisia, India, Mexico, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Taiwan, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Germany, Nepal, Nigeria, Burma, Pakistan, Australia, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway ,Guatemala, Japan. France, Finland.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 07:39
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U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 07:24

Documents Reveal Blinding Pace of Ops in 2013, More of the Same for 2014 By Nick Tursehttp://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175823/

The numbers tell the story: 10 exercises, 55 operations, 481 security cooperation activities.

For years, the U.S. military has publicly insisted that its efforts in Africa are small scale. Its public affairs personnel and commanders have repeatedly claimed no more than a “light footprint” on that continent, including a remarkably modest presence when it comes to military personnel.  They have, however, balked at specifying just what that light footprint actually consists of.  During an interview, for instance, a U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) spokesman once expressed worry that tabulating the command’s deployments would offer a “skewed image” of U.S. efforts there.

It turns out that the numbers do just the opposite.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 March 2014 23:35
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Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 07 March 2014 06:57


The Pentagon’s Latest “Mission Accomplished” Moment 
By Nick Turse

Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053 

It’s 2053 -- 20 years since you needed a computer, tablet, or smart phone to go online.  At least, that’s true in the developed world: you know, China, India, Brazil, and even some parts of the United States.  Cybernetic eye implants allow you to see everything with a digital overlay.  And once facial recognition software was linked to high-speed records searches, you had the lowdown on every person standing around you.  Of course, in polite society you still introduce yourself as if you don’t instantly know another person’s net worth, arrest record, and Amazooglebook search history.  (Yes, the fading old-tech firms Amazon, Google, and Facebook merged in 2033.) You also get a tax break these days if you log into one of the government’s immersive propaganda portals.  (Nope, “propaganda” doesn’t have negative connotations anymore.)  So you choose the Iraq War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Experience and take a stroll through the virtual interactive timeline. 

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