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Breaking The Camouflage Wall Of Silence

Nick Turse | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics
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, the top brass rarely criticize each other.

Trump: Foreign Policy's Useful Idiot?

John Feffer | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

For all his earlier flirtations with the Democratic Party, the Donald is a product of the same right-wing extremism that has flushed moderates out of the Republican Party, reduced political discourse to a debate over the relative size of bank accounts and genitalia, and revealed "politically incorrect" talk to be naked racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Trump is a rogue elephant, and he might just lead the entire herd over the electoral cliff. It's a drama that's almost Shakespearian in its combination of low comedy and fratricidal bloodletting.

Welcome to the Age of Authoritarianism: Government of the Politicians, by the Military, for the Corporations

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The powers-that-be want us to remain divided, alienated from each other based on our politics, our bank accounts, our religion, our race and our value systems.

Doubling Down on a Failed Strategy

David Vine | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
David Vine

Amid the distractions of the holiday season, the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration is considering a Pentagon proposal to create a "new" and "enduring" system of military bases around the Middle East.

U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed in 135 Nations

Nick Turse | Posted 09.24.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

America's most elite troops -- Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs, among others -- and odds are, if you throw a dart at a world map or stop a spinning globe with your index finger and don't hit water, they've been there sometime in 2015.

How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All

David Vine | Posted 09.13.2016 | Politics
David Vine

With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of U.S. bases and hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops still encircle the globe.

Pentagon Says Security Level Has Been Raised At Its U.S. Bases

Reuters | Posted 05.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. military has ordered an increase in security at its bases around the United States for the first time in near...

Is Japan's Prime Minister the Next Putin?

John Feffer | Posted 04.29.2015 | World
John Feffer

Abe is the front man for a Japanese political faction that wants to purge the country of its lingering pacifism so as to reorder East Asia with a militarily powerful Japan at its center.

The 15 Most Amazing Places Uncle Sam Could Send You

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

Did you know the U.S. military maintains roughly 1,000 military installations around the world? That includes almost 200 installations in Germany, rou...

Pay Off $1 Trillion in Student Loans by Closing Overseas Military Bases

Munir Moon | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Munir Moon

There's a fiscally responsible way for us to do for deserving college grads what we did for Wall Street and big business.

Swords and Ploughshares in Germany

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

In 1990, East Germany had to handle the delicate issue of the withdrawal of Soviet troops. This was no small question. There were 380,000 Soviet troops stranded by the fall of the Wall and the unification of Germany.

Forty Years of Heartbreak: Let the People of Diego Garcia Return to their Homeland

David Vine | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
David Vine

It's long past time our country acknowledges its responsibility for the Chagossians' exile and ensures these demands are met. Especially compared to the billions we've spent on Diego Garcia, it would take pennies to help repair the lives of those who've suffered for the base.

Securing Peace in Afghanistan After US Withdrawal

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
Nake M. Kamrany

Afghans have resisted foreign troops from antiquity until the present at an enormous cost of lives and wealth. The current resistance is no exception. The critical question, especially for Afghans, to consider is the issue of peace and war following the withdrawal of foreign troops.

America's Invisible Empire of Bases

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.14.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

You can watch our TV news for months and not have the slightest clue that we are the most militarized of global landlords and that this is the face we present to much of the world.

Where Has All the Money Gone?

David Vine | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
David Vine

Contractors are hardly alone in raking in the dollars from the Pentagon's baseworld. Pentagon officials, military personnel, members of Congress, and lobbyists, among others, have all benefited -- financially, politically, and professionally -- from the giant overseas presence.

Defense Budget Maps Out Unpopular Cuts

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

(Reuters) - The Pentagon offered up a $526.6 billion budget on Wednesday that calls for closing bases, slashing the civilian workforce and scrapping w...

Pulling Back From the 'Military Cliff'?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

With the so-called fiscal cliff now eternally on the media horizon, there's been reporting recently on how your tax dollars are being spent, but do you have the faintest idea what it actually costs you to garrison the globe?

Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab

David Vine | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
David Vine

How much does the United States spend each year occupying the planet with its bases and troops? How much does it spend on its global presence?

The Lily-Pad Strategy: How the Pentagon Is Quietly Transforming Its Overseas Base Empire

David Vine | Posted 09.15.2012 | World
David Vine

Unknown to most Americans, Washington's garrisoning of the planet is on the rise, thanks to a new generation of bases called "lily pads." These are small, secretive, inaccessible facilities with limited numbers of troops, spartan amenities, and prepositioned weaponry and supplies.

Architects of Change

John Feffer | Posted 02.19.2012 | World
John Feffer

More than a decade ago, I sat down with the head of the academy of architecture in Pyongyang. There was one element missing from their architecture program: North Korean builders paid virtually no attention to energy efficiency

Makeover of New Orleans Naval Complex Slated for 2013

Susan Buchanan | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

After a string of natural and man-made catastrophes, New Orleans has become a spot to share expertise on flooding, wind, spilled oil and any other grief that comes down the pike.

U.S. Military Undermined By Environmental Change

Cleo Paskal | Posted 01.21.2012 | Green
Cleo Paskal

Across the U.S., critical military installations are being put at risk by environmental change.

"Convenient" Base Is Unexamined Excuse for U.S. Silence on Bahrain Crackdown

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.13.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Pressure is building on the Obama administration to delay a proposed arms sale to Bahrain, which brutally suppressed its pro-democracy movement and continues to squash dissent.

Dan Froomkin

The Great Iraqi Giveaway: Billions In Bases, Equipment Being Handed Over | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With just over three months until the last U.S. troops are currently due to leave Iraq, the Department of Defense is engaged in a mad da...

As Central Asia Fragments, Could English Be the Answer?

Cleo Paskal | Posted 11.15.2011 | World
Cleo Paskal

On Christmas Day, 1991, five new countries were born. This year Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan turn 20. A lot has changed.