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On February 15, the U.S. government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Somalia to construct up to five military bases for the Somali National Army in the name of bolstering the army’s capabilities in the ongoing fight against the militant group al-Shabaab.

This is a troubling development that not only risks further militarizing Somalia and perpetuating endless war, but comes with the potential of exacerbating geopolitical rivalries at the expense of the needs and interests of ordinary Somalis.

According to a commentary from The Intercept by John Schwarz, former Navy Seal and founder of mercenary firm Blackwater Erik Prince has called on the United States to "put the imperial hat back on" and control massive parts of the globe again.

Erik Prince is a former US Navy SEAL who was behind the revival of the private security industry. 

He also calls himself "Kingfish".

There's a move in the US House of Representatives to potentially downgrade the United States' formal relations with South Africa over its case before the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ, or World Court) accusing Israel of "genocide" against Palestinians.