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The junta belt: What’s fueling the military takeovers sweeping across West and Central Africa?

Note from LeftEast editors: We reprint Tamás Gerőcs’s article on the political economy of the recent wave of coup d’etat in West and Central Africa. The article was originally published at Africa Is a Country: a site of opinion, analysis, and new writing on and from the African left. The militaries in six West African countries—Mali, […]

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The US military has used illegal spy balloons for decades

On Feb. 4th the United States shot down a Chinese high-altitude balloon after it sailed over the United States over the course of several days. The Biden administration claimed it was a surveillance balloon, while the Chinese government called it an “unmanned civilian airship used mainly for meteorological research purposes” that had strayed off course […]