Syrian Kurdish fighters. People's Protection Units/YPG in 2015
29 Jan 2016

War Escalation on Syria-Turkey Border

Next Cold War Roundup 1/29 Turkey Threatens to Enter War on Syrian Border. _ The Times in UK claims that Russia is working on a deal to create a Kurdish “enclave” and the Times frames this as a Russia provoking Turkey: “Kremlin provokes Akara with deal to secure Kurd enclave“:

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Flag of Azov Battalion, a paramilitary volunteer unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (Image in the public domain)
26 Jan 2016

Congress Quietly Kills Ban On Funding Neo-Nazis In Ukraine

U.S. policymakers have been in a precarious position since backing the coup that overthrew Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. Though many within President Barack Obama’s administration support a policy of tension with Russia and believe a new Cold War can secure budgets and promote their relevance, the Ukrainians actually

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Daniel Ellsberg speaks on a panel at the Personal Democracy Forum on June 3, 2010. (Flickr / JD Lasica)
09 Jan 2016

Top Military Brass Knew In Advance Vietnam War Would Fail, Daniel Ellsberg Reveals

Published in partnership with MintPress News. MINNEAPOLIS — MintPress News is proud to host “Lied to Death,” a 13-part audio conversation between famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and social justice activist Arn Menconi. Menconi wrote that these interviews are a “mixture of historical, political science and Dan’s sixty-year scholarly analysis as

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The American flag blows in the wind as the moon rises over Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. (Senior Airman Dennis Sloan on Flickr)
29 Dec 2015

Can The Empire Be Audited?

In theory, learning the specifics of the US empire should be simple. In reality, the empire runs on secrecy to protect operatives and cover up its failures.

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US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (General Frank Grass on Flickr)
23 Dec 2015

The Pentagon’s Latest Scheme to Keep Nearly 2,000 Detainee Abuse Photos Secret

After a federal court order, the Pentagon has “re-certified” thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan detainee abuse photos to keep them secret.

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U.S. Army soldiers stationed under U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) interact with roleplayers during a training exercise with West African military forces on June 24, 2014. (Flickr / U.S. Army / Sgt. William Gore)
12 Dec 2015

AFRICOM’s Secret Empire: US Military Turns Africa Into ‘Laboratory’ Of Modern Warfare

The US already plans to expand its massive military footprint in Africa & elsewhere to the tune of “several million dollars” a year and thousands of troops.

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Sgt. Black Richardson and Staff Sgt. Gregg Foland, assigned to Bravo Company, TF Gladius, 82nd Airborne Div., talk to a local gas station owner about insurgent activity in the Kapisa province of Afghanistan on Nov. 4, 2009. (Photo by ISAFMedia on Flickr)
06 Nov 2015

Afghanistan Waste-A-Thon Continues With $43 Million Gas Station

The latest addition to the already $1.7 trillion “War on Terror” is a $43 million gas station in Afghanistan that should have cost around $500,000.

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Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter introduces Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, during a press briefing to announce the award of the long range strike bomber contract in the Pentagon, Oct. 27, 2015. During her comments, James stated that we need to invest the right people, technology, capability, and training to defend the nation and its interest--always with affordability and tight budgets in mind. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)
28 Oct 2015

Pentagon Commits To Doling Out $80 Billion For Another Bomber

While in the middle of a trillion-dollar F-35 project, the Pentagon has committed to spend another $80 billion on a bomber it doesn’t need.

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File: A photojournalist balances his camera on his arm as he takes a photograph in Iran on May 17, 2007. (Flickr / Hamed Saber)
10 Aug 2015

Pentagon War Manual Gives Military License To Target & Attack Journalists

The Pentagon has adopted a “law of war manual” [PDF], which enables commanders to treat journalists as “unprivileged belligerents.” It suggests that correspondents who report some information about combat operations may be taking “direct part in hostilities,” a disturbing argument for justifying the killing of reporters in war zones.

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"CF-1 flight test" (US Navy / Andy Wolfe)
10 Aug 2015

F-35: Trillion Dollar War Plane May Still Not Be Ready For Combat

While Congress debates cutting Social Security, the most expensive weapons program in history — with an estimated lifetime cost of $1.5 trillion — is making questionable progress. The US Marine Corps recently announced that, after 14 years of development, the F-35 is ready to be deployed and issued a declaration

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