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Listen to the Governor of Okinawa

Alexis Dudden Foreign Policy in Focus
newly-elected Okinawa Governor By ending construction of this base, the United States can atone for its past conduct, take into consideration the democratic desires of Okinawans, and begin to think more broadly about peace in the East China Sea and beyond.

Trump Calls on Military to Deploy to the Southern Border

Courage to Resist Courage to Resist
woman soldier with quote DoD formally approves military-hosted immigrant concentration camps as non-military sites fill up. We need military service members to speak up and share with us what’s happening as plans develop.

Trump Drones On: How Unpiloted Aircraft Expand the War on Terror

Rebecca Gordon TomDispatch
What are U.S. forces doing in Niger? Apart from the uranium that accounts for over 70% of Niger’s exports, there’s little of economic interest to the United States there. The real appeal is location, location, location.

Destroyed and Saved

Pesha Magid, Shawn Carrié The Intercept
motor bike driving by total destruction of buildings Mosul residents are left asking: Who will pay for the reconstruction? The answer isn’t clear, except for one part, which is that America will not be involved, even though its bombs were responsible for the lion’s share of destruction.

Drones Will Soon Decide Who to Kill

Peter Lee (and Steve Wright) The Conversation
drone flying in air The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). Whereas current military drones are still controlled by people, this new technology will decide who to kill with almost no human involvement.
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