Nick Turse
A view of my idyllic workspace at George’s Bar at the Logali House in Juba where I wrote much of my latest article on the desperate situation at a UN camp for internally displaced persons in Malakal, South Sudan
Already, 3.9 million South Sudanese are facing catastrophic food insecurity and 50,000 children may die of malnutrition by the end of the year. Right now, experts in Juba are crunching numbers to decide if and when famine can be declared. “Half the kids may already be dead by the time famine is actually declared,” one UNICEF official told me. 

A view of my idyllic workspace at George’s Bar at the Logali House in Juba where I wrote much of my latest article on the desperate situation at a UN camp for internally displaced persons in Malakal, South Sudan

Already, 3.9 million South Sudanese are facing catastrophic food insecurity and 50,000 children may die of malnutrition by the end of the year. Right now, experts in Juba are crunching numbers to decide if and when famine can be declared. “Half the kids may already be dead by the time famine is actually declared,” one UNICEF official told me. 

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What is Operation New Normal and why won’t the U.S. military talk about it?
In my latest investigation of shadowy U.S. military missions in Africa, I try to figure out just that. The article begins:
“What is Operation New Normal? It’s a question without an answer, a riddle the U.S. military refuses to solve. It’s a secret operation in Africa that no one knows anything about. Except that someone does. His name is Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee Magee. He lives and breathes Operation New Normal. But he doesn’t want to breath paint fumes or talk to me, so you can’t know anything about it.
Confused? Stay with me.
“Whatever Operation New Normal may be pales in comparison to the real “new normal” for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). The lower-cased variant is bold and muscular. It’s an expeditionary force on a war footing. To the men involved, it’s a story of growth and expansion, new battlefields, ‘combat,’ and ‘war.’ It’s the culmination of years of construction, ingratiation, and interventions, the fruits of wide-eyed expansion and dismal policy failures, the backing of proxies to fight America’s battles, while increasing U.S. personnel and firepower in and around the continent. It is, to quote an officer with AFRICOM, the blossoming of a ‘war-fighting combatant command.’ And unlike Operation New Normal, it’s finally heading for a media outlet near you.”
Read the entire article here: Nick Turse, How “Benghazi” Birthed the New Normal in Africa | TomDispatch

What is Operation New Normal and why won’t the U.S. military talk about it?

In my latest investigation of shadowy U.S. military missions in Africa, I try to figure out just that. The article begins:

“What is Operation New Normal? It’s a question without an answer, a riddle the U.S. military refuses to solve. It’s a secret operation in Africa that no one knows anything about. Except that someone does. His name is Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee Magee. He lives and breathes Operation New Normal. But he doesn’t want to breath paint fumes or talk to me, so you can’t know anything about it.

Confused? Stay with me.

“Whatever Operation New Normal may be pales in comparison to the real “new normal” for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). The lower-cased variant is bold and muscular. It’s an expeditionary force on a war footing. To the men involved, it’s a story of growth and expansion, new battlefields, ‘combat,’ and ‘war.’ It’s the culmination of years of construction, ingratiation, and interventions, the fruits of wide-eyed expansion and dismal policy failures, the backing of proxies to fight America’s battles, while increasing U.S. personnel and firepower in and around the continent. It is, to quote an officer with AFRICOM, the blossoming of a ‘war-fighting combatant command.’ And unlike Operation New Normal, it’s finally heading for a media outlet near you.”

Read the entire article here: Nick Turse, How “Benghazi” Birthed the New Normal in Africa | TomDispatch

I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Jonathan Schell – a thinker, writer, and truth-teller of the highest order whose extraordinary reporting from Vietnam gave us some of the most indelible works on the war.  Not one to rest on his laurels, Schell went on to write incisively on the Nixon years before producing prescient books on the risks of nuclear war and the rise of people power. 

It was one of the great honors of my life to have Jonathan Schell endorse my own book on the Vietnam War and speaking with him about that conflict is indelibly seared into mind.  His work will endure for its truth and its humanity.  My late friend Gloria Emerson, another great chronicler of the Vietnam War said it best:  “If, years from now, Americans are willing to read any books about the war, let them be The Village of Ben Suc and The Military Half by Jonathan Schell. They tell everything.”

New York Public Radio - REWRITING HISTORY
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For your listening pleasure: I talk to Bob Garfield from WYNC’s On The Media about the Pentagon’s attempt to peddle a counterfeit history of the Vietnam War.

For more, read my latest article: “Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053.”