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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The Golden Age of Special Operations | TomDispatch

They have a way of slipping under the radar, whether heading into Pakistan looking for Osama bin Laden, Central Africa looking for Joseph Kony, or Yemen assumedly to direct local military action against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. I’m talking, of course, about U.S. special operations forces. These days, from Somalia to the Philippines, presidential global interventions are increasingly a ...

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Obama unveils US food security plan for Africa | BBC News

US President Barack Obama has announced a $3bn (£1.9bn) plan to boost food security and farm productivity in Africa, US officials say. They say the initiative is aimed at alleviating shortages as world food supplies are being stretched by rising demand in Asia’s emerging markets. Food security is also on the agenda of this weekend’s G-8 meeting. For more on ...

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich: We Are Not Exiting Afghanistan — We Are Staying | The Huffington Post

Yesterday, the president announced that the U.S. signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Afghanistan, committing the United States to the country for a long time to come. The agreement addressed the transition to Afghan-led security forces by 2014. Human and monetary costs to the U.S. will continue to skyrocket. via Rep. Dennis Kucinich: We Are Not Exiting Afghanistan — We ...

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Obama Touts War’s End in Afghanistan, But Critics See Election-Year Guise for Prolonged Occupation | DemocracyNow!

On a surprise visit to Afghanistan, President Obama marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Osama bin Laden and announced the signing of a long-term strategic partnership with the Afghan government. In a speech to the U.S. public, Obama said the agreement heralds “a future in which the war ends, and a new chapter begins.” We’re joined by writer ...

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Obama speech in Kabul: What he didn’t tell us | GlobalPost

MAHMUD RAQI, Afghanistan — The office of Kapisa’s governor sits high on a hilltop overlooking the provincial capital, Mahmud Raqi. It has a beautiful view of the river below and the mountains, trees and fields that stretch into the distance. Beneath the tranquil surface, however, lies a grim truth. Just outside town roadside bombs are planted to target NATO convoys. ...

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Irving Moskowitz, Controversial Backer Of Israeli Settlements, Gives $1 Million To Anti-Obama Super PAC | The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — Even in the era of unbridled campaign contributions, Irving Moskowitz’s $1 million donation in February to American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-linked super PAC, is eye-catching. A retired physician who made a fortune purchasing hospitals and running bingo and casino operations in the economically depressed California town of Hawaiian Gardens, Moskowitz is well-known to those who follow the Israel-Palestine ...

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Seeing Iran Through North Korea; Obama’s Hard Work Ahead at Nuclear Summit | Global Security Newswire

WASHINGTON — President Obama knows the Global Nuclear Summit, now meeting for the second time in Korea, is not specifically designed to tackle the world’s most dire nuclear flash points — North Korea and Iran (see GSN, March 21). The summit’s direct focus, and where it has achieved measurable success, is in reducing or securing loose nuclear materials or stockpiles ...

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Bill McKibben: Winter Heat Wave Underscores Need for Obama to Reject, Not Fast-Track, Keystone XL | Democracy Now

As President Obama heads to Oklahoma today to announce the fast-tracking of the southern portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas, we speak with 350.org’s Bill McKibben. The pipeline approval comes two months after Obama rejected a proposal for the 1,300-mile Keystone XL pipeline from the Alberta tar sands oil fields to Texas after large protests ...

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William Pfaff: Wars and Potential Wars Abound | Truthdig

The two most recent American wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, have failed or are disastrously failing. The United States is being pressed to launch two new wars. There is little public support for any of the four. The government of Israel, the American domestic pressure group which it sponsors, AIPAC, and numbers of prominent American friends of Israel are attempting ...

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Super Tuesday’s ‘super calm’: Obama quelling ‘drums of war’ | RT

US President Barack Obama has dismissed calls from a senior Republican senator to start bombing Syria, saying that President Assad will leave anyway. He also called for a sober approach to dealing with Tehran’s nuclear program. ­Talking at a “Super Tuesday” press conference in the White House, Obama has basically acknowledged that not every issue can be resolved by deploying ...

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