August 5th, 2011


'The Secret War in 120 Countries'

"Last year, Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post reported that US Special Operations forces were deployed in seventy-five countries, up from sixty at the end of the Bush presidency. By the end of this year, US Special Operations Command spokesman Colonel Tim Nye told me, that number will likely reach 120. 'We do a lot of traveling — a lot more than Afghanistan or Iraq,' he said recently. This global presence — in about 60 percent of the world's nations and far larger than previously acknowledged — provides striking new evidence of a rising clandestine Pentagon power elite waging a secret war in all corners of the world."


The global economic crash, stadiums, and Jupiter Legos

* Steven Pearlstein details how the global economy got this bad. hint: it's been coming a long time.
* The BBC examines why the American economy has stalled.
* Nate Silver crunches the numbers on how far behind the economy really is.
* There's a dramatic political shift underway in Turkey.
* Somalia need more than food to fight against famine.
* Jonathan Bernstein posits why Obama should go for controversial recess appointments.
* 'Why do mayors love sports stadiums?'
* David Weigel on Romney's money laundering.
* Nice! Carrying Lego figures to Jupiter.