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Okinawa: Caught between a rock and a hard place

US Marines discharge Perfluoro octane sulfonic acid (PFAS) into the sewers. Okinawan officials are “furious” while the Japanese government is complacent | PAT ELDER

U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is located in densely populated Ginowan City, Okinawa

Residents holding placards reading US Military out protect the relocation of the new U.S Marine Airbase construction on...
Okinawan residents call for removal of U.S. military bases. [Source: teenvogue.com].

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Former US generals enriched off Afghan war

 U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Then U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford prepare to testify before the House Armed Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By PRATAP CHATTERJEE*

(August 26) – Many of the military generals who directed the war in Afghanistan over the last two decades have taken up lucrative jobs as members of the boards of directors of major military contractors that take in billions of dollars in contracts from the Pentagon every year.

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US wargames in Nordic region aimed at Moscow

By Agneta Norberg*

Warplanes F-16, from the US’s 480 Fighter Squadron, took off from Luleå/Kallax airfield on June 7th 2021 at 9 o´clock. This was the start for war training and coordination with the Swedish warplane, JAS 39 Gripen. 

The target is Russia. The war exercise, Arctic Challenge Exercise (ACE) continued until June 18th. The US F-16, warplanes were deployed at Luleå Kallax for three weeks to make recognizing tours in the entire Northern area.

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Ukraine Update: The sound of war drums

Dmitriy Kovalevich reports on massive, multi-vectored air, land and sea exercises unleashed by the U.S. armed forces and NATO in and over Ukraine – and its relation to the US presidential election. Despite the global pandemic, the Canadian Forces is participating, showing the real face of the Trudeau-Freeland “multilateralism”

During September, many Ukrainians have been feeling anxious due to the increasing signs of an impending military escalation of the global conflict between Russia and the United States. Some have voiced the opinion that Ukraine could become a battlefield between the two nuclear superpowers. Naturally, this prospect is not making Ukrainians happy.

In early September, US strategic B-52 bombers, capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, flew over Ukraine for the first time[1]. Flying from the US military base in the UK, they proceeded via the Volyn region (western Ukraine) towards the Crimea, although they did not cross its borders. Nevertheless, the Russians raised the alarm and sent fighters out to intercept the “flying fortresses.” Continue reading

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US: Conflicting authorities in conflict with today’s conditions

 Conflicts among the US ruling factions on the use of force sharpen as protests against racism, police brutality, killings and impunity continue | Voice of Revolution

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 22, 2020.

In the United States, the many conflicts between President Trump and the military are increasingly on open display. So too are those between Trump and state-level authorities, like Governors. These public conflicts, especially in relation to authority to use force, are indications of how sharp the conflicts among the ruling factions have become. They are also serving to further undermine the legitimacy of the claims of these authorities, whether military, federal or state, to have and control the monopoly on the use of force in the name of society. Continue reading

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Syrian army blocks passage of US military convoy

Syrian army blocks passage of US military convoy

Images broadcast on Syrian television showed soldiers and militiamen blocking a group of three armoured vehicles of the US occupying forces, which had to back down and change course.

In recent weeks, the rejection of the illegal presence of US troops has grown through armed actions, protests, or intercepting convoys with logistical reinforcements destined for more than a dozen military bases, mostly located in the oil fields and gas from the Syrian provinces of Hasakeh, Deir Ezzor and Raqa. Continue reading

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US soldiers’ wild fireworks party condemned by virus-weary Koreans

An official in the southeastern port city of Busan holds a sign that asks visitors to wear masks at the city's Haeundae Beach on July 5, 2020. (Yonhap)

An official in the southeastern port city of Busan holds a sign that asks visitors to wear masks at the city’s Haeundae Beach on July 5, 2020 | Yonhap

BUSAN, July 6 (Yonhap) — Dozens of foreigners presumed to be American soldiers created disturbances by setting off firecrackers at a renowned beach in Busan apparently in celebration of Independence Day in the United States, resulting in the brief detention of a soldier, police said Monday. Continue reading

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The military implications of 5G

The Bell and Telus monopolies are being pressured to use Ericsson instead of Huawei even though it will be more expensive and less efficient. In parallel, while Canada has just authorized the extradition of Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of one of Huawei’s leaders, to the United States, the U.S. Congressional Research Service exposes the military component of the 5G technology | MANLIO DINUCCI

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Arrival at U.S. AFB Nellis of an aircraft classified for G5 tests.

At Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada – announces the Pentagon – construction of a 5G experimental network will begin in July. It will become operational in January 2021. Continue reading

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Inability to unite the military bureaucracy –a serious problem facing the US ruling elite

By PAULINE EASTON

One of the jobs of the presidency of the United States is to preserve the union, which requires uniting the military bureaucracy. This bureaucracy, which has grown to massive proportions, is part of the state machinery that exists from one presidency to the next. Continue reading

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Plans for redrawing the Middle East: The project for a ‘New Middle East’

This article first published by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya* in November 2006 is of particular relevance to an understanding of the ongoing process of destabilization and political fragmentation of Iraq, Syria and Yemen

“Hegemony is as old as Mankind…”  –  Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. National Security Advisor

The term “New Middle East” was introduced to the world in June 2006 in Tel Aviv by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (who was credited by the Western media for coining the term) in replacement of the older and more imposing term, the “Greater Middle East.” Continue reading

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Campaign to elect a war president for the United States (2): The danger of a hot civil war

The concern of open conflict within the military and other police agencies and between them and the presidency has been sharply evident in this election | Voice of Revolution*

050106-dc-demo-do-not-certify-33crop3At the September 7 “Commander-in-Chief” forum broadcast from an aircraft carrier stationed in New York City, Donald Trump went out of his way to say he had secured the support of 88 generals and admirals. Clinton also often comments on the support she has in the military and intelligence agencies. This public display of contention within the military and between the military and presidency is indicative of the difficulties the rulers face in preserving the union and preventing a hot civil war. The old arrangements, where Congress and political parties functioned and served to help resolve conflicts, no longer exist. Continue reading

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Glorification of Nazism and the US marines who only ‘advise’

Members of Charlie Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Pendleton, Afghanistan, in front of a flag with a logo of the Nazi SS. Photograph: AP

Only in Europe? The USA, Canada and Ukraine were the sole countries in the world that voted in November against the United Nations anti-Nazi resolution condemning the glorification of National Socialism and Nazi collaboration. Both the USA and Canada are the only two countries to send armed forces to assist the Kiev regime, including hundreds of “military advisers” to a Ukrainian army that now officially incorporates Neo-Nazi armed battalions.

Both Washington and Ottawa have received their fascist representatives at the highest level (see photo, below).


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Recolonization of Africa: AFRICOM’s imperialist culture and violence against Africans

For years, as U.S. military personnel moved into Africa in ever-increasing numbers, AFRICOM has effectively downplayed, disguised, or covered-up almost every aspect of its operations, from the locations of its troop deployments to those of its expanding string of outposts. NICK TURSE*

african-peopleSix 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 the dead were American commandos.  The driver, a captain nicknamed “Whiskey Dan,” was the leader of a shadowy team of operatives never profiled in the media and rarely mentioned even in government publications. Continue reading

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British Royal Navy sailors arrested and charged for alleged gang rape in Halifax

2007.HeaderUSSWasp2The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service commander ​admitted that the reports were “disturbing.” The substantive issue of the Rule of Law, the presence of foreign military forces in Canada, whether in the form of U.S. bases or “visiting” marines, troops and warships, and the culture of militarization is not addressed. It is enough to have disastrous social consequences for the people, particularly young women and girls. TONY SEED

Four British Royal Navy sailors have been charged by Canadian authorities for the alleged gang rape of a civilian woman at a military barracks at Shearwater in Eastern Passage, Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Joshua Finbow, 23, Simon Radford, 31, Darren Smalley, 35, and Craig Stoner, 24, all face sexual assault counts. Continue reading

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Recolonization of Africa: US military missions reach record levels after Pentagon inks deal to remain in Africa for decades

african-people2044 or Bust –The U.S. military’s battlefield of tomorrow. In 2014, the U.S. carried out 674 military activities across Africa, nearly two missions per day, an almost 300 per cent jump in the number of annual operations, exercises, and military-to-military training activities since U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) was established in 2008. The number of security cooperation activities skyrocketed from 481 in 2013 to 595 last year. NICK TURSE,* TomDispatch.com Continue reading

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Funding the Pentagon to ‘cover the globe’

Protest against President Obama’s warmongering in the name of fighting terrorism, UN Headquarters, New York City, September 29, 2014.

Protest against President Obama’s warmongering in the name of fighting terrorism, UN Headquarters, New York City, September 29, 2014.

By WILLIAM D. HARTING*

President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the caps that exist under current law allow.  McCain wants to see Obama his $35 billion and raise him $17 billion more. Last week, the House and Senate Budget Committees attempted to meet Obama’s demands by pressing to pour tens of billions of additional dollars into the uncapped supplemental war budget.

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Oil and the US empire

Discussion of oil prices | K.C. ADAMS

Oil has become a strategic resource in the modern world. Oil is necessary for industrial mass production, transportation and warfare.

A human-centred outlook towards oil regards the resource as necessary for mutual development of all peoples to a modern standard wherein all nations are regarded as equal without reference to size or development, where the rights of all peoples are affirmed and force is not used to settle conflicts amongst nations, and the short and long term consequences of the use of oil on the social and natural environments are important considerations in nation- building.
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US special black ops in 150 countries

US Special Black Ops missions already in 105 countries in 2015 – over 60 per cent of the nations on the planet. NICK TURSE*, TomDispatch

US Special Operations Forces around the world, 2012-2013 (key below article). (Map courtesy of TomDispatch and Google) Key to the Map of US Special Operations Forces around the world, 2012-2013 Red markers: US Special Operations Forces deployment in 2013. Blue markers: US Special Operations Forces working with/training/advising/conducting operations with indigenous troops in the U.S. or a third country during 2013. Purple markers: US Special Operations Forces deployment in 2012. Yellow markers: US Special Operations Forces working with/training/advising/conducting operations with indigenous troops in the US or a third country during 2012. (Click to enlarge)

US Special Operations Forces around the world, 2012-2013.
Key to the Map of US Special Operations Forces around the world, 2012-2013
Red markers: US Special Operations Forces deployment in 2013.
Blue markers: US Special Operations Forces working with/training/advising/conducting operations with indigenous troops in the U.S. or a third country during 2013.
Purple markers: US Special Operations Forces deployment in 2012.
Yellow markers: US Special Operations Forces working with/training/advising/conducting operations with indigenous troops in the US or a third country during 2012.
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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 had attempted to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers. And it was the second time they failed. Continue reading

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This day in 1966: The US nuclear weapons ‘accident’ in Spain

L to R: Lorenzo Gonzalez, Ana Josefa Lopez, and director Dina Hecht. Broken Arrow 29 (1986) | Courtesy: Dina Hecht

L to R: Lorenzo Gonzalez, Ana Josefa Lopez, and director Dina Hecht. Broken Arrow 29 (1986) | Courtesy: Dina Hecht

By JOHN HOWARD

This month, with little fanfare, Palomares begins its 50th year as “the most radioactive town in Europe.” If you’ve heard of Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island but are unfamiliar with Palomares, you might wonder why. All appear in Time’s top-ten list of the world’s “worst nuclear disasters.” Palomares moreover has been called the worst nuclear weapons accident in history. So why do so few people outside Spain know about it?

The cover-up and whitewash were figurative, also literal. Though four nuclear bombs were rained on Spain, many vaguely recall a lone “lost” bomb, fished out of the Mediterranean intact. Continue reading

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