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The U.S. is waging a massive shadow war in Africa

Six years ago, a deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Special Operations Command gave a conservative estimate of 116 missions being carried out at any one time by Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations forces across the globe. Today, according to U.S. military documents obtained by VICE News, special operators are carrying out nearly … Continue reading The U.S. is waging a massive shadow war in Africa

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Don’t Buy Don’t Sell in the Trump era

After authorising the firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles (each costing around $1.5 million) at a Syrian airbase with no apparent consequential strategic purpose and diminishing none of the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability, the maker of the Tomahawk missiles, Raytheon's stock rose sharply, adding more than $1 billion to its market capitalisation. Other missile and … Continue reading Don’t Buy Don’t Sell in the Trump era

The 5% and the Universal Basic Income

The idea of universal basic income is rapidly gaining traction among people who are worried about (or looking forward to, depending on your view) an ever-more automated future (where workers are replaced by robots and computers) and rising inequality in our society gets ever more acute. However, the idea of a basic income goes back … Continue reading The 5% and the Universal Basic Income