- 2 months ago
World War I: Unseen Images from the front
Photo: A French officer stands near a cemetery with recent graves of soldiers killed on the front lines of World War I at the Saint-Jean-sur-Tourbe on the Champagne front, eastern France on Dec. 19, 1916.
A viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army left behind a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken during World War I that have never before been published. The images, by an unknown photographer, show the daily life of soldiers in the trenches, destruction of towns and military leaders. This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the WWI. —Reuters
(via paxmachina)Source: Boston.com
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Taiwanese soldiers with an interesting, if not intimidating piece of equipment. A ballistic face mask designed to protect the user from headshots. Meant for close range encounters, the masks are rated up to .44 Magnum but keep in mind that the energy from the bullet will still be felt impacting the mask.
Ballistic face masks - awesome for dystopias!
(via 2087)Source: gunrunnerhell
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- The Central African Republic has chosen capital city mayor Catherine Samba-Panza as their interim president and the EU has agreed to send 500 troops to help restore order.
- The UN says as many as 6000 children have been forced to commit atrocities in the Central African Republic’s outbreak of violence.
- The government of South Sudan has accused rebels of attacking a hospital and killing 127 patients last month.
- The Ugandan army has set up a “rapid response center.”
- Algeria sent 3000 policemen to the southern desert city of Ghardaia to calm weeks of violent clashes.
- Libya’s Justice and Construction party quits the government.
- A new Amnesty International report calls violence in Egypt on an “unprecedented scale” and accuses security forces of repeatedly and regularly committing abuses.
- Two large explosions in Cairo this morning have killed at least 3.
- A new report details “clear evidence” of the Syrian government’s systematic killing of detainees. A huge cache of evidence smuggled out of the country shows that the regime tortured and killed roughly 11,000 detainees between March 2011 and August 2013. [PDF full report]
- The first round of direct talks between Syria and the opposition will begin today and last 7-10 days, then talks will resume after a short break.
- Joshua Landis on why Syria is entering Geneva II from a position of strength.
- Iran was invited and then disinvited from Syria talks.
- James Nachtwey photographs Syrian refugees.
- The Associated Press severed ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer Narciso Contreras for editing one of his September photographs of a Syrian rebel fighter. (He digitally removed a colleague’s videocamera from the bottom left corner of the shot.)
- 10 have been killed in the past week of clashes in Tripoli, Lebanon.
- Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference has agreed on a document upon which to base a new constitution.
- Iona Craig breaks down what really happened when that drone strike hit the Yemeni wedding party on December 12th.
- A new push to see the release of former Marine Amir Hekmati from the Iranian Evin prison, where he has been held for over two years on no known charges.
- A Taliban attack on a Kabul restaurant left 21 dead, including foreigners.
- Who is attacking the Afghan Taliban in Pakistan?
- Pakistanis are protesting following the deaths of 29 people in a bomb attack on a bus convoy this week. 13 were killed in a blast near the army HQ in Rawalpindi. 20 soldiers were killed in an attack on a Pakistani army convoy in the northwest.
- Pakistan is saying the airstrikes it conducted in Waziristan are not the beginning of an offensive.
- The New York Times reports that the Pentagon has proposed to the President that post-2014 10,000 troops be left behind in Afghanistan or none at all.
- Congress cut development aid to Afghanistan in half from last year.
- An incredible story/piece of reporting by Asra Nomani on losing her friend and colleague Daniel Pearl (killed in 2002 by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) and her decade-long efforts to track his killer and his final story. He was killed 12 years ago in February.
- According to a human rights group, government security forces in Myanmar massacred 40 Rohingya Muslims last week.
- Two protesters were killed in clashes in Kiev.
- 54% of Russian respondents said that the US was the greatest global threat (but only 16% of Iranians said the same).
- It was revealed last week that 34 nuclear launch officers cheated on a monthly proficiency test. This week the New York Times reports on a culture of such cheating among nuclear launch officers.
- P.W. Singer on NPR on what everyone needs to know about cyber threats.
- The US government’s privacy board has said that the NSA phone data collection program is illegal and should be shut down.
- The freesnowden.is website held a live chat with Snowden, with people submitting questions on Twitter with the #asksnowden hashtag.
- Snowden also did an interview with the New Yorker, in which he denied allegations that he was acting as a spy for a foreign country.
- Attorney General Eric Holder has indicated that the DOJ would be open to plea negotiations with Snowden.
- Sometime in the next few weeks, the GAO plans to release a report on intelligence contractors.
- Gregory Johnsen, BuzzFeed’s first Michael Hastings reporting fellow, on the 60-word sentence that started the war on terror and kept it going.
Photo: Kiev, Ukraine. Protesters and police clash in the center of the city. January 22nd. Efrem Lukatsky/AP.
(via darksilenceinsuburbia)Source: thepoliticalnotebook
- 7 months ago
This combination photograph shows portraits of Afghan National Army soldiers following a patrol made on Sunday, July 11, 2010, at the United States Army’s Combat Outpost Ware, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, near Kandahar City, southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)