The days of post-World War II pacifism in Japan are more or less over. The Japanese government has announced it will bolster its coast guard capabilities to defend disputed islands in the East China Sea. China also claims and regularly patrols these islands. The coast guard budget is expected to reach a record of 210 billion … Continue reading Quiet Since WWII, Japan Begins $44 Billion Re-Militarization to Confront China
An unpublished report by a government advisor and UN consultant, obtained exclusively by INSURGE intelligence, accuses Western and Algerian security services of complicity in al-Qaeda terrorist activity across North Africa. The academic report focuses on damning evidence that a devastating al-Qaeda terrorist attack on the Tigantourine gas plant near In Amenas, Algeria, was orchestrated by … Continue reading Intelligence Agencies are Running Al-Qaeda Camps in North Africa?
Tens of thousands of Moroccans took part in demonstrations against the “hogra.” This is the local term for arbitrariness, arrogance and the injustice of power against the little man. The death of fish-merchant, Muhsin Fikri, became the detonator of discontent. He had been picked-out by the police, which issued a decision to scrap his goods, for selling … Continue reading Moroccan Spring in November?
Some people just don’t learn. After becoming the most famous case of hyperinflation in modern history roughly ten years ago, Zimbabwe is about to have another go at conjuring paper money out of thin air. I’m sure this time will be different. You know the story. Starting in the late 1990s, the Zimbabwe government’s policies … Continue reading Zimbabwe Goes Down the Path of Hyperinflation… Again.
The US is dramatically increasing the tempo of its military operations in MENA (the Middle East and North Africa), especially in the Horn of Africa. Djibouti has an important role to play in the military planning. The small republic guards the entrance to the Red Sea and Suez Canal to make it a perfect springboard for launching … Continue reading Djibouti Turns into Springboard for US Military Intervention
The Obama administration has covertly deployed hundreds of US troops to Somalia to wage a secret war in the impoverished East African country alongside private contractors and soldiers from African allied states, a New York Times article revealed Sunday. Under the pretext of protecting US and African troops from terrorists in the al-Shabaab Islamist militia, … Continue reading US Escalating Covert War in Somalia
The scourge of Boko Haram is a well-known disaster to the Nigerian state, but one aspect that has not been looked at by the international community is the issue of the identity crisis of minorities and the domineering attitude of the majority. To the average outside viewer the Nigerian State is a multi-ethnic, multicultural with … Continue reading Boko Haram: A Quest for Dominance or Simply Terrorism on Steroids?
Libyan National Army forces loyal to a controversial eastern Libyan commander have seized all three of Libya’s oil ports, ruining the plans of the Tripoli-based UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) to put them back into operation. Colonel Ahmad Mesmari, a Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman, reported that LNA forces had taken control over the … Continue reading Forces of Opposition Commander Take All Three Key Libyan Oil Ports
Sometimes the real news is in the details -- or even in the discrepancies. Take, for instance, missions by America’s most elite troops in Africa. It was September 2014. The sky was bright and clear and ice blue as the camouflage-clad men walked to the open door and tumbled out into nothing. One moment members … Continue reading Mission Impossible: Keeping Track of US Special Ops in Africa