The U.S. Military Moves Deeper into Africa

Nick Turse General Thomas Waldhauser sounded a little uneasy.  “I would just say, they are on the ground.  They are trying to influence the action,” commented the chief of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) at a Pentagon press briefing in March, when asked about Russian military personnel operating in North Africa.  “We watch what they do…

Trump’s Unconstitutional Assault on the Judiciary

Robert Reich One way dictators take over democracies is by threatening the independence of a nation’s courts. Donald Trump is doing just this.  Connect the following dots: 1. In January, Trump blasted a federal judge for staying his travel ban. “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is…

Trump Will Let Pentagon Decide Troop Levels

(ANTIWAR) Ongoing efforts by President Trump to delegate more and more of his war-making powers directly to the military leadership took a major new step on April 20, when he signed a classified memo delegating all decision-making on US troop levels in the global war against ISIS to Defense Secretary James Mattis. Mattis has subsequently ordered…

Julian Assange Responds To U.S. Calls For Arrest

(MPN) In his first speech as CIA Director, Mike Pompeo delivered a strong invective against the pro-transparency organization WikiLeaks, accusing the group of acting as a “non-state hostile intelligence service.” The aggressive rhetoric came amid Wikileaks’ latest series of releases, known as “Vault 7,” which detail how the CIA has lost control of its cyber-warfare arsenal,…