Some Things A Person Simply Can Not Come Back From

An Iraq veteran and former JSOC member named Daniel Somers killed himself on June 10th. He was 30-years-old. He left a suicide note to his family that captures the reality of the soldier in the U.S. imperial project as well as anything. There is no better antidote to the chauvinist nationalist narratives furnished by the…

Uganda’s Political Monarchy

U.S. buddy Museveni’s Uganda is a “political monarchy” according to a dissident general in the Ugandan military, Gen Sejusa. The suspicion is that Museveni is laying the groundwork for passing the reigns of power to his son, Brig Kainerugaba. Uganda is a strong partner of Washington and AFRICOM. Needless to say, the U.S. strengthening of…

June 9th News Digest

Humiliating the Client The new Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, called for an end to U.S. drone strikes in his country. Two days later Washington kills nine people in North Waziristan in a drone strike, as if deliberately thumbing their nose at Sharif and putting him in his place. The corner stone of international…

When Will the Dirty Wars End?

Director Rick Rowley and journalist Jeremy Scahill’s much talked about docu-thriller “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield” opened on Friday to strong reviews. It details the growing use of extrajudicial assassinations by the U.S. executive branch to strike at targets around the planet, without any declaration of war or meaningful congressional oversight and documents…