War

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Moises Saman  In Aleppo, Syria, a rebel builds Molotov-cocktail-like incendiary bombs in an abandoned school.

Photo: Moises Saman
In Aleppo, Syria, a rebel builds Molotov-cocktail-like incendiary bombs in an abandoned school.

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Photo Of The Day

Moving Shot of a Child Fairy Soldier Looking on in Central African Republic.

A Child Soldier Wearing Fairy Wings, Looking on in Central African Republic.

 

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Monster food. Literally

If you were a little queazy at the thought of eating cat or dog, then this article probably isn’t for you.  (Caution:  graphic content)

Shocking photographs have emerged of a cannibal by the name of Mad Dog eating the flesh of a lynched Muslim man for the second time in as many weeks.

In one, ‘Mad Dog’ – real name Ouandja Magloire – cuts a portion of meat from the body of a murdered Muslim lying burning on a roundabout in the capital of the Central African Republic, with the body of another a few yards away.

Another photograph shows him licking a bloodied knife as he stands over a body, wearing the same T-shirt he was pictured in during the previous act of cannibalism

His mum must be so proud.    Read more »

The 5 worst weapons still in use

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Shamed be he who thinks evil of it

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I can’t describe this video any better than this:

Please take 4 minutes and watch this short film from Australian soldier Tom Abood who shares his new gratitude for life, freedom, education and home. The video is not graphic and does not contain any violence. It does have a powerful message though. I’m sure a lot of our fans can relate to Tom whether through their own experience in war or the experiences of friends and family.  Read more »

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For September 11

It is September 11 here, and tomorrow it will be in the US, this is for all the veterans out there who sacrificed.

Monday nightCap

Breaking The Taboo (Trailer)

On December 7th, a documentary will be released on YouTube (yes, released on YouTube, not MSM).

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this groundbreaking new documentary uncovers the UN sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its devastating impact on countries like the USA, Colombia and Russia. Featuring prominent statesmen including Presidents Clinton and Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo and expose the biggest failure of global policy in the last 50 years.

Bookmark this page if you like to view it.

 

What Good Is War If You Hand Everything Back?

Awesome graphic that shows our instinct to invade and conquer

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The future for Afghanistan?

With Afghanistan in mind, I’ve been reading an article suggesting that the west needs to win more wars with private armies. The argument is that this would allow Government’s to ‘fudge’ their involvement, and politicians wouldn’t have to explain casualties to the public.

Some of it even makes sense.

Here are a few extracts:

Why has the international community continued to persist with negotiated settlements and even-handedness in cases where one side was clearly at fault? The reason, for the most part, is self interest. Such an approach avoids direct intervention and the subsequent political risks.

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Outright victories, rather than negotiated peace settlements, have ended the greater part of the twentieth century’s internal conflicts.

The private military sector can allow policymakers to achieve their foreign-policy goals free from the need to secure public approval and safe in the knowledge that should the situation deteriorate, official participation can be fudged.”

As the political and economic costs of peacekeeping continue to escalate, it may increasingly make sense for multilateral organizations and Western governments to consider outsourcing some aspects of these interventions to the private sector.

Western countries are more reluctant to intervene militarily in weak states, and their politicians are disinclined to explain casualties to their electorates. Furthermore, Western armies, designed primarily to fight the sophisticated international conflicts envisaged by Cold War strategists, are ill equipped to tackle low-intensity civil wars, with their complicated ethnic agendas, blurred boundaries between combatants and civilians, and loose military hierarchies.

UN peacekeeping efforts have fallen victim to Western governments’ fears of sustaining casualties, becoming entangled in expanding conflicts, and incurring escalating costs.

Oh, I forgot to mention, the author is Labour Leader David Shearer