• The Rise of the military's secret military

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    How big is the US secret military which has grown exponentially in recent years? It is time, the true size and scope of the U.S. military’s secret military began to come into focus.  It is, to say the least, vast. A review of  the information reveals that in 2012 and 2013, U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) were likely deployed to — or training, advising, or operating with the personnel of — more than 100 foreign countries.   And that’s probably an undercount. SOCOM is weaving a complex web of alliances with government agencies at home and militaries abroad to ensure that it’s at the center of every conceivable global hotspot and power center.

    Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 09:58
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  • Ebola: between public health and private profit

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    The mass media are not asking possibly the most fundamental question about ebola–given that ebola has been known to the international health community since 1976 (featuring in about 34 outbreaks), why was a vaccine not developed long ago?

    Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 09:55
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  • South Sudan: The Phony Deal.

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    Both in terms of maintaining the integrity of the SPLM, state and peace building as well as democratization, the conflict is about the soul of South Sudan. Regional and international players have continued to ignore this at their own peril.

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  • The Economics of the GERD and the Egyptian Military

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    The policy of the Egyptian government under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will revolve around the following issues. The first critical aspect is the quest for stability (istiqrar). Underpinning this is economic stability which will in turn shapes foreign policy. Given the history of President al Sisi the centre of gravity will be the Gulf both to secure economic resources and geopolitics of Sunni solidarity in the larger Middle East.

    Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 20:22
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  • An update on the South Sudan civil war

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    Juba managed to browbeat IGAD into reneging itself and refusing the participation of the Seven, a move that immediately choked off whatever little life was left in the “peace talks”. But Riak has recently declared that he was now planning to start a national organization, i.e. a kind of SPLA 2. Meanwhile,both Riak and Salva want to be the oil masters, so as to extract aid from Khartoum.

    Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 20:47
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