Tag Archives: US military

Empire in an Age of Robots and Drones

On July 7, 2016, police forces in Dallas attached a small explosive device to a robot and sent it to kill Micah Johnson, the gunman who shot five police officers at a Black Lives Matter rally. Dallas Police Chief David … Continue reading

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Drones of the future unveiled by the Pentagon

The latest 25-year “Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap” has been released by the U.S. Department of Defense. The report sketches join service strategy through 2038. I haven’t had chance to read (or skim) through it yet, but these reports are usually … Continue reading

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Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 1: The Rise of Neoconservatives

Dirty Wars, by Jeremy Scahill Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield” is a masterpiece of independent journalism that explores the spread of U.S. paramilitary violence in the shadows. I have taken far too many notes (!) so … Continue reading

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The Haqqani Network – to be terrorist, or not to be?

Karen DeYoung reports on the Obama administration’s conflicted view of the powerful Pakistani-based organization the Haqqani network, whose origin dates back to the Cold War. Proponents, especially from the military, argue that designating the network a terrorist organization is vital … Continue reading

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From Baseworld to Droneworld

Our planet is garrisoned by a network of around 1,100 bases operated by the U.S. military. Many of these sites exist in shadow because they are used for paramilitary operations by Special Forces and the CIA. These bases range in size and … Continue reading

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Book review: Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control

Medea Benjamin, a well-known anti-war activist and founder of CODEPINK, delivers an excellent overview of the complex themes of drone warfare in her book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, from tales of horror in Pakistan’s tribal areas, to stories of hope … Continue reading

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