Nick Turse

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Nick Turse is the associate editor of TomDispatch.com. His latest book, Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa (Haymarket Books), will soon be published. His most book is He is the author/editor of several other books, including: Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam; The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases, and Cyber Warfare; Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 (with Tom Engelhardt); The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives; and The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan. Turse is currently a fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute. His website is Nick Turse.com. You can follow him on Twitter @NickTurse, on Tumblr, or Facebook.

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Monday, April 27, 2015 - 8:30am
Seeking 'The End': From the Fall of Saigon to Our Fallen Empire
“It just started out as a simple goodbye song,” James Douglas Morrison told reporter Jerry Hopkins. “Probably just to a girl, but I could see how it could be goodbye to a kind of childhood... I think it's sufficiently complex and universal in its imagery that it could be almost anything you want it...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 9:15am
Sex, Drugs, and Dead Soldiers: What US Africa Command Doesn’t Want You to Know
Six people lay lifeless in the filthy brown water. It was 5:09 a.m. when their Toyota Land Cruiser plunged off a bridge in the West African country of Mali. For about two seconds, the SUV sailed through the air, pirouetting 180 degrees as it plunged 70 feet, crashing into the Niger River. Three of...
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 6:30am
The US Military's Battlefield of Tomorrow
For three days, wearing a kaleidoscope of camouflage patterns, they huddled together on a military base in Florida. They came from U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and U.S. Army Special Operations Command, from France and Norway, from Denmark, Germany, and Canada: 13 nations in all. They...
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:15am
The Golden Age of Black Ops: Special Ops Missions Already in 105 Countries in 2015
In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight. It was the second time in two weeks that elite U.S. Navy SEALs...
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Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 1:15pm
A US Base Camp, an Authoritarian Regime, and the Future of U.S. Blowback in Africa
Admit it. You don’t know where Chad is. You know it’s in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. But you’d probably pick Sudan or maybe the Central African Republic. Here’s a tip. In the future, choose that vast...
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 11:45am
RoboCop, Detroit, and the Rise of Our Contemporary Dystopia
It was July 1987 and I found myself in a cool, dark, completely packed movie theater, perched on the edge of my seat. The crowd was raucous, the mood electric. That night, I didn’t care about popcorn or soda or candy. I was still in grammar school. I had never seen an R-rated movie in the flesh...
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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 9:45am
American "Success" and the Rise of West African Piracy
“The Gulf of Guinea is the most insecure waterway, globally,” says Loic Moudouma . And he should know. Trained at the U.S. Naval War College, the lead maritime security expert of the Economic Community of Central African States, and a Gabonese Navy commander, his focus has been piracy and maritime...
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 6:15am
How Not to Win Hearts and Minds in Africa
[ This story was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. Additional funding was provided through the generosity of Adelaide Gomer. ] DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Movie night in Mouloud, Djibouti. Skype lessons in Ethiopia. Veterinary training assistance in Garissa...
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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 9:15am
As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan
[ This story was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Additional funding was provided through the generosity of Adelaide Gomer. ] Juba, South Sudan -- The soft glow of the dancing white lights is a dead giveaway. It’s Christmas in July at the U.S. Embassy...
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A man provides a fingerprint in Jonglei, South Sudan to show he has received sorghum, oil, and lentils in exchange for road construction work as part of the Catholic Relief Services led Jonglei Food Security Program. (Photo: flickr/USAID) Views
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:00am
China, America, and a New Cold War in Africa?
[ This story was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. Additional funding was provided through the generosity of Adelaide Gomer. ] Juba, South Sudan -- Is this country the first hot battlefield in a new cold war? Is the conflict tearing this new nation apart...
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