Nick Turse

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Monday, September 19, 2011
Obama’s Arc of Instability
It’s a story that should take your breath away: the destabilization of what, in the Bush years, used to be called “the arc of instability.” It involves at least 97 countries, across the bulk of the global south, much of it coinciding with the oil heartlands of the planet. A startling number of these nations are now in turmoil, and in every single one of them -- from Afghanistan and Algeria to Yemen and Zambia -- Washington is militarily involved, overtly or covertly, in outright war or what passes for peace.
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Thursday, August 04, 2011
A Secret War in 120 Countries: The Pentagon’s New Power Elite
Somewhere on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission. Now, say that 70 times and you’re done... for the day. Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the U.S.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Obama’s Reset: Arab Spring or Same Old Thing?
If you follow the words, one Middle East comes into view; if you follow the weapons, quite another.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Hueys Over Yemen: Is U.S. Aid Suppressing Another Mideast Freedom Struggle?
In recent weeks, Yemeni protesters calling for an immediate end to the 32-year reign of U.S.-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh have been met with increasing violence at the hands of state security forces. A recent pledge by Saleh to step down, one of many that haven’t met demonstrators’ demands, has yet to halt the protests or violence by the troops backing his regime. During a demonstration earlier this month in the city of
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Arab Lobby: How the Tiny Kingdom of Bahrain Strong-Armed the President of the United States
The men walking down the street looked ordinary enough. Ordinary, at least, for these days of tumult and protest in the Middle East. They wore sneakers and jeans and long-sleeved T-shirts. Some waved the national flag. Many held their hands up high. Some flashed peace signs. A number were chanting, “Peaceful, peaceful.”
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Monday, January 10, 2011
US Empire of Bases 2.0: Does the Pentagon Really Have 1,180 Foreign Bases?
The United States has 460 bases overseas! It has 507 permanent bases! What is the U.S doing with more than 560 foreign bases? Why does it have 662 bases abroad? Does the United States really have more than 1,000 military bases across the globe?
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Twenty-First Century Blowback?
The construction projects are sprouting like mushrooms: walled complexes, high-strength weapons vaults, and underground bunkers with command and control capacities -- and they're being planned and funded by a military force intent on embedding itself ever more deeply in the Middle East.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
How Permanent Are America’s Afghan Bases? Digging in for the Long Haul in Afghanistan
Some go by names steeped in military tradition like Leatherneck and Geronimo . Many sound fake-tough, like Ramrod , Lightning , Cobra, and Wolverine . Some display a local flavor, like
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Publish or Perish: Getting a Read on American War
Quick -- name the five most important, influential, and best known books on the Afghan War. Okay, name three. Okay, I’ll settle for two. How about one?
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Friday, September 17, 2010
Digging Deeper into Wikileaks Afghan Files
In July, the whistle-blower organization Wikileaks made a six-year archive of tens of thousands of classified military documents, dealing with the United States war in Afghanistan, available on the Internet.
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