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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.

Vietnam’s Lessons and the U.S. Culture of Violence – an Analysis

Lawrence Davidson To The Point Analyses
VN man and boy murdered in My Lai by U.S. soldiers. There is new interest in the slaughter and massacres that took place during the Vietnam War. This may in part be a response to the fact that last month (January 2018) marked the 50th anniversary of that war’s Tet offensive. In Vietnam many of the massacres (My Lai was by no means unique) were perpetrated by soldiers as well as their officers from the so-called “land of the free.” I use this descriptive term intentionally because one of the things that is often declared to be constitutionally “free” from rational regulation in the U.S. are guns.

War at Home

Ranjani Chakraborty and Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica
bombs Unexploded ordnance. Open burns of munitions. Poisoned aquifers. Of all the military’s environmental hazards, the explosive compound RDX may be the greatest threat to America’s health.

Daniel Ellsberg: Nuclear War Planning in USA

Amy Goodman, Juan Conzalez, Daniel Ellsberg Democracy Now!
Few know Ellsberg was also a Pentagon and White House consultant who drafted plans for nuclear war. His new book, published Tuesday, is titled “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.”
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