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The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB is the military’s entrance exam that is given to fresh recruits to determine their aptitude for various military occupations. The test is also used as a recruiting tool in 12,000 high schools across the country. The 3 hour test is used by military to gain sensitive, personal […]
Federal grant spending, awarded with little oversight from Washington, has fueled a rapid, broad transformation of police operations in departments across the country. More than ever before, police rely on quasi-military tactics and equipment. Currently the Law enforcement can already beat protesters with batons, spray subversive chemicals into their eyeballs, shoot rubber bullets at a […]
Even though the United States has withdrawn a majority of its troops from Iraq, there are still 5,000 private contractors and Iraq is still heavily militarized. Almost 1 million Iraqi personnel have been recruited into the army and the security agencies. Yanar Mohammed, president of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), has for […]
Wikileaks has revealed US ties to Honduras wealthiest businessman and political heavyweight Miguel Facusse. Miguel Facusse’s private security guards, known locally as sicarios, have been connected with alleged assassinations and armed attacks in the impoverished campisno of the Aguan Valley where Facusse owns approximately one-fifth of the land. Human rights groups all over the […]
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the “velvet glove” of U.S. foreign policy. The political bias of its operations in Haiti goes back decades. Here are ten things to know about USAID in Haiti. 1.) USAID paid millions to Haiti’s dictator, Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, to boost U.S. influence in the region after […]