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US Army

If you want to know what US forces are doing in Africa, it helps to be connected to a large engineering or construction firm looking for business.

A cartoon by Bill Mauldin from the October 24, 1944, issue of Stars and Stripes

When US soldiers venture abroad, women’s bodies can become the occupied territories.

TSA screening

Rahinah Ibrahim’s life was derailed by the tangle of national security bureaucracies that have come to define post-9/11 America. 

An event honoring Peter Weiss for his decades-long fight for nuclear disarmament highlighted the ongoing need for such work.

Malaysia flight

Behind the scrim of the familiar and the empty, there lies a new, unnerving age that no one cares to focus on. 

Jonathan Schell

Recollections from Tom Engelhardt and an interview with Schell.

Special Forces

The officers running secret operations there have been calling Africa "the battlefield of tomorrow, today." 

Jonathan Schell

The power and persuasiveness of Jonathan's work came from the enduring belief that there is no idea so powerful as a moral one.

Surveillance

Now that household items connect to the Internet, what people do with their private lives will be monitored ever more closely.

NSA headquarters

Everything you always wanted to know about CIA practices, proper cyberwar behavior and invasion etiquette. 

Blogs

The British parliamentarian, who has died at age 88, was one of history’s great champions of giving power to the people.

March 14, 2014

Obama gave what appeared to be a bland statement on the controversy—but implicitly, he took a side. 

March 12, 2014

The president of a country with no external threats, a history of military repression and an abundance of more pressing problems is rebuilding its once-banished military.

March 11, 2014

Dianne Feinstein accuses the CIA of spying on congressional staffers who investigated the agency’s illegal detention and interrogation programs under President George W. Bush.

March 11, 2014

Ukraine’s ultra-right-wing Svoboda party is no fringe organization.

March 6, 2014

Appearing on PBS NewsHour, Stephen Cohen explains President Putin’s motivation for sending Russian troops into Crimea. 

March 3, 2014

Ukraine isn’t Russia’s, and neither is Crimea. There’s a lot at stake, and the crisis must be resolved through the UN, not by force.

March 2, 2014

Citing costs, Republicans blocked comprehensive legislation to extend health care and education. 

February 27, 2014

Obama finally started making plans to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, and members of Congress are speaking up. 

February 26, 2014

The cuts ought to be seen as only a down payment on the level of defense spending reductions that are really needed.

February 25, 2014