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The U.S. military’s rush to secure Africa

David Cloud of the LA Times writes an interesting piece on the growing involvement of U.S. Special Forces in North Africa. Typically, small teams have worked in remote and skeletal outposts to train native armed forces across “an arc of … Continue reading

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The Final Frontier: Garrisoning Outer Space

Much like the vast oceans that cover our planet, outer space is a similarly uninhabitable environment. Without artificial life support machines and impermeable materials, humans would either drown in the water, or suffocate in the hollow. And yet these expanses … Continue reading

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CIA begins exit from Afghanistan

Greg Miller from the Washington Post reports on the closing of CIA bases in Afghanistan. In tandem with the expected drawdown of 63,000 US troops in 2014, the spy agency is consolidating its territorial extent to a handful of bases. … Continue reading

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Where is Guantanamo Bay?

With all the recent attention focused on detainees’ hunger strikes, it is important to ask where is the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay?  On a map it’s easy enough to locate: the southeast tip of Cuba. But it’s also … Continue reading

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The Changing Face of Empire

Nick Turse (2012). The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases, and Cyberwarfare. Chicago: Haymarket Books Geography and geographic imaginations play a pivotal role in the practice of inter-state violence. From “Clash of Civilization”-type territorial … Continue reading

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Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars” – first impressions

I’m about 100-pages into Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield”. I’m a big fan of his investigative journalism, and already the book is proving to be a real-eye opener – lifting the lid on the U.S.’ planet-wide … Continue reading

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