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The Uncounted - The New York Times
Late on the evening of Sept. 20, 2015, Basim Razzo sat in the study of his home on the eastern side of Mosul, his face lit up by a computer screen. His wife, Mayada, was already upstairs in bed, but Basim could lose hours clicking through car reviews on YouTube: the BMW Alpina B7, the Audi Q7. Almost every night went like this. Basim had long harbored a taste for fast rides, but around ISIS-occupied Mosul, the auto showrooms sat dark, and the family car in his garage — a 1991 BMW — had barely been used in a year. There simply was nowhere to go.
nytimes  nytimesmagazine  war  military  goverment  isis  drones  airstrikes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Fighter - The New York Times
The Marine Corps taught Sam Siatta how to shoot. The war in Afghanistan
taught him how to kill. Nobody taught him how to come home.
cjchivers  samsiatta  marines  military  ptsd  criminaljustice  crime  nytimes  nytimesmag 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Love’s Road Home - The New York Times
Ashley Volk waited for Sam Siatta to return from Afghanistan. She couldn’t have seen the detours ahead. But “she kept on fighting, for him and for them.”
ashleyvolk  samsiatta  cjchivers  nytimes  relationships  love  wedding  military  crime  criminaljustice  ptsd  war 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Would the world be more peaceful if there were more women leaders? | Aeon Ideas
Many activists believed that if women had political power, they would not pursue war. But how true is this? Do incidences of violent conflict alter when women become leaders, or when their share of parliamentary representation rises? In what sense do women mother wars?
aeon  war  peace  military  women  worldleaders 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Undercover in North Korea: “All Paths Lead to Catastrophe” - The Intercept
The most alarming aspect of North Korea’s latest nuclear test, and the larger standoff with the U.S., is how little is known about how North Korea truly functions. For 70 years it’s been sealed off from the rest of the world to a degree hard to comprehend, especially at a time when people in Buenos Aires need just one click to share cat videos shot in Kuala Lumpur. Few outsiders have had intimate contact with North Korean society, and even fewer are in a position to talk about it.
theintercept  northkorea  politics  internationalrelations  military  kimjongun 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning - The New York Times
Her disclosure of classified documents in 2010 ushered in the age of leaks. Now, freed from prison, she talks about why she did it — and the isolation that followed.
chelseamanning  politics  wikileaks  classifiedocuments  leaks  leakers  whistleblowers  nytimes  nytimesmag  Military 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How the Death of a Muslim Recruit Revealed a Culture of Brutality in the Marines - The New York Times
Recruits at Parris Island have been subjected to severe hazing, far beyond that experienced in other U.S. military boot camps. Is this really the only way to create a warrior?
parrisisland  marines  Military  hazing  usmilitary  nytimes  nytimesmag  janetreitman  crime 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Killing of Osama bin Laden
It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account.
seymourhersh  osamabinladen  terrorism  islam  middleeast  pakistan  military  politics  londonreviewofbooks 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden

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