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Why Washington Can’t Stop The Coming Era of Tiny Wars and Micro-Conflicts PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 15:28

By Tom Engelhardt  nn http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175763

 

/In terms of pure projectable power, there’s never been anything like it.  Its military has divided the world -- the whole planet -- into six “commands.”  Its fleet, with 11 aircraft carrier battle groups, rules the seas and has done so largely unchallenged for almost seven decades.  Its Air Force has ruled the global skies, and despite being almost continuously in action for years, hasn’t faced an enemy plane since 1991 or been seriously challenged anywhere since the early 1970s. 

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US TO LAUNCH NUCLEAR MISSILES ON DAY OF UNITED NATIONS HIGH LEVEL MEETING ON NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 23 September 2013 17:55

By John Halam 

In a development that's almost as bizarre as it is outrageous, the United States plans to launch a nuclear-capable Minuteman-III missile from Vandenberg Airforce Base in California, to Kwajelien Athol, on what is both the day of the United Nations High–Level-Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament, and the exact 30th anniversary of 'The Day the World Nearly Ended', an event of half-past midnight Moscow time in which Colonel Stanislav Petrov narrowly averted the launch of over 10,000 nuclear warheads at the US during the tensest and most perilous part of the Cold War. Colonel Petrov is now the hero of the film 'The Man who Saved the World', due for release in October in NY.

 

 

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The Pivot to Africa The Startling Size, Scope, and Growth of U.S. Military Operations on the African Continent PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 05 September 2013 07:22

By Nick Turse http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175743/

They’re involved in Algeria and Angola, Benin and Botswana, Burkina Faso and Burundi, Cameroon and the Cape Verde Islands.  And that’s just the ABCs of the situation.  Skip to the end of the alphabet and the story remains the same: Senegal and the Seychelles, Togo and Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.  From north to south, east to west, the Horn of Africa to the Sahel, the heart of the continent to the islands off its coasts, the U.S. military is at work.  Base construction, security cooperation engagements, training exercises, advisory deployments, special operations missions, and a growing logistics network, all undeniable evidence of expansion -- except at U.S. Africa Command.

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Prevent an Attack on Syria Now PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 01 September 2013 16:08

http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8463

 

The terrible and widespread killing in Syria will become even more terrible and more widespread if the U.S. military (or a coalition of allies) launches an attack.

The choice is not between doing nothing and bombing the Syrian people.
Background:
Bob Dreyfuss, The Nation: No War With Syria
IPA: An Illegal War Forced on Syria That Benefits Al-Qaeda?
Mairead Maguire: Syria: No Armaments to Rebels

 

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Teenagers in Space Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Rambo, Red Dawn, and How a Tale of American Triumphalism Was Returned to the Child’s World (Part 2) PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 15 August 2013 07:16

  By Tom Engelhardt

[The following excerpt from Tom Engelhardt’s book The End of Victory Culture is posted with permission from the University of Massachusetts Press.  Part 1, “The Secret History of G.I. Joe,” can be found by clicking here.]

1. “Hey, How Come They Got All the Fun?”

Now that Darth Vader’s breathy techno-voice is a staple of our culture, it’s hard to remember how empty was the particular sector of space Star Wars blasted into. The very day the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973, Richard Nixon also signed a decree ending the draft. It was an admission of the obvious: war, American-style, had lost its hold on young minds. As an activity, it was now to be officially turned over to the poor and nonwhite.

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Political Dreaming in the Twenty-First Century Where Has It Gone? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 25 July 2013 06:43

  By Ira Chernushttp: //www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175728/

 

All right, I confess: I have a dream. I bet you do, too. I bet yours, like mine, is of a far, far better world not only for yourself and your loved ones, but for everyone on this beleaguered planet of ours.

And I bet you, like me, rarely talk to anyone about your dreams, even if you spend nearly all your time among politically active people working to improve the planet. Perhaps these days it feels somehow just too naïve, too unrealistic, too embarrassing. So instead, you focus your energy on the nuts and bolts of what’s wrong with the world, what has to be fixed immediately.  

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Iraq Invades the United States And Other Headlines from an Upside Down History of the U.S. Military and the World PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 07:28

    By Eduardo Galeano http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175727/

[The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano’s new book, Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History (Nation Books).] 

The Day Mexico Invaded the United States
(March 9)

On this early morning in 1916, Pancho Villa crossed the border with his horsemen, set fire to the city of Columbus, killed several soldiers, nabbed a few horses and guns, and the following day was back in Mexico to tell the tale.

This lightning incursion is the only invasion the United States has suffered since its wars to break free from England.

In contrast, the United States has invaded practically every country in the entire world.

Since 1947 its Department of War has been called the Department of Defense, and its war budget the defense budget.

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US drone strikes more deadly to Afghan civilians than manned aircraft – adviser PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 15:09

 

Study focusing on one year of conflict contradicts claims that robotic planes are more precise than manned counterparts

An unmanned predator drone at a US base in Arizona
A predator drone at a US base in Arizona. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

A study conducted by a US military adviser has found that drone strikes in Afghanistan during a year of the protracted conflict caused 10 times more civilian casualties than strikes by manned fighter aircraft.

The new study, referred to in an official US military journal, contradicts claims by US officials that the robotic planes are more precise than their manned counterparts.

It appears to undermine the claim made by President Obama in a May speech that "conventional airpower or missiles are far less precise than drones, and likely to cause more civilian casualties and local outrage".

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The Terror Diaspora The U.S. Military and the Unraveling of Africa PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:13

By Nick Tursehttp: //www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175714/

The Gulf of Guinea. He said it without a hint of irony or embarrassment. This was one of U.S. Africa Command’s big success stories. The Gulf... of Guinea.   

Never mind that most Americans couldn’t find it on a map and haven’t heard of the nations on its shores like Gabon, Benin, and Togo. Never mind that just five days before I talked with AFRICOM’s chief spokesman, the Economist had asked if the Gulf of Guinea was on the verge of becoming “another Somalia,” because piracy there had jumped 41% from 2011 to 2012 and was on track to be even worse in 2013. 

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Naming Our Nameless War How Many Years Will It Be? PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 05:37

By Andrew J. Bacevich 

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175704/

For well over a decade now the United States has been “a nation at war.” Does that war have a name?

It did at the outset. After 9/11, George W. Bush's administration wasted no time in announcing that the U.S. was engaged in a Global War on Terrorism, or GWOT. With few dissenters, the media quickly embraced the term. The GWOT promised to be a gargantuan, transformative enterprise. The conflict begun on 9/11 would define the age. In neoconservative circles, it was known as World War IV.

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