America, the Election, and the Dismal Tide

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by Nick Turse “So is he going to win?” The question washed over me as I slumped in my hard plastic chair.  I had passed the day walking through a town where most homes lay in ruins and human remains were strewn across a… Continue Reading  

What the U.S. Military Doesn’t Know (and Neither Do You)

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by Nick Turse Sometimes the real news is in the details — or even in the discrepancies. Take, for instance, missions by America’s most elite troops in Africa. 

The Gulf Arab States Buy Influence in Comoros

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By Emmaline Ivy Johnson and Giorgio Cafiero Comoros, an impoverished Indian Ocean archipelago-nation known for its post-colonial history of political instability, rarely enters a discussion about Middle Eastern affairs. Early this year, however, the Arab League’s southernmost member made headlines… Continue Reading  

With South Sudan Finally Truly Independent, Time to Focus on Governance

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by Herman J. Cohen The half-century war between North and South Sudan is finally over. Wait a minute. How can one say that the war is finally over? Wasn’t there a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) brokered by the United States… Continue Reading  

Evaluating the US Military Pivot to Africa

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by Nick Turse It’s rare to hear one top military commander publicly badmouth another, call attention to his faults, or simply point out his shortcomings. Despite a seemingly endless supply of debacles from strategic setbacks to quagmire conflicts since 9/11,… Continue Reading