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US Patriot Act kept Somalia starving

April 21, 2012

When war-torn Somalia was ravaged by a drought-induced famine last year, which killed tens of thousands and displaced over a million people, international media was quick to blame the Islamist Al-Shabaab for blocking humanitarian assistance from reaching its zone of control in southern Somalia. But according to Ken Menkhaus, professor of Political Science at Davidson […]

Droning on about American Drones

March 26, 2012

A commentary on Medea Benjamin’s new book, Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control: Killing individuals (and whoever is near them) via drones (“unmanned aerial vehicles”) has become the primary substitute in U.S. public policy for capture/imprisonment/torture. As Medea Benjamin documents, the United States has avoided detaining people, only to murder them with a drone days […]

US Special Operations Command fighting global warfare

February 25, 2012

The head of the US military’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is asking for greater autonomy in dispatching elite killer squads to every corner of the globe. According to the New York Times, Adm. William McRaven is seeking “more autonomy to position his forces and their war-fighting equipment where intelligence and global events indicate they are […]

Major focus on Africa by US Military

October 30, 2011

The United States is playing a growing role in Africa’s military battles, using special forces advisers, drones and tens of millions of dollars in military aid. Once again, the focus is Somalia, the lawless nation that was the site of America’s last large-scale military intervention in Africa in the early 1990s. This time the United […]

The American Drone Empire

October 18, 2011

They increasingly dot the planet. There’s a facility outside Las Vegas [Creech Air Force Base] where “pilots” work in climate-controlled trailers, another at a dusty camp in Africa formerly used by the French Foreign Legion, a third at a big air base in Afghanistan where Air Force personnel sit in front of multiple computer screens, […]

US drones kill 85 in Somalia

October 16, 2011

A US drone strike has killed at least 15 civilians and injured dozens of others in the southern region of war-torn Somalia, Press TV reports. This recent strike follows a similar strike in the same region on Friday, which killed at least 70 people. This latest attack, besides leaving at least 15 people dead, injured […]

An American World of Drone Warfare

September 24, 2011

The U.S. has acquired experience in using drones against suspected terrorists and other kinds of its foes in at least six countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya. U.S. officials have disclosed plans for further deployment of its drone planes in East Africa. A base on the Seychelles for Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles […]

9/11 made the US into what we loathe

September 12, 2011

Veteran correspondent Chris Hedges reflects on the 10 years since 9/11: Reporters in moments of crisis like 9/11 collect data, facts, descriptions, basic information, and carry out interviews as swiftly as possible. We make these facts fit into familiar narratives. We do not create facts but we manipulate them. We make facts conform to our […]

Clandestine Pentagon commandos wage secret warfare in all corners of the world

August 7, 2011

Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the U.S. military is undertaking operations in a majority of the world’s countries. While it’s well known that U.S. Special Operations forces are deployed in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, and it’s increasingly apparent that such units operate in murkier conflict zones […]

Wars against six countries during Obama presidency

July 6, 2011

If I could publicly ask our beloved president one question, it would be this: “Mr. President, in your short time in office you’ve waged war against six countries — Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya. “This makes me wonder something. With all due respect: What is wrong with you?” It should be noted that, […]