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This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.
Armed men raided the offices of Sudanese daily paper Al-Tayar on Saturday, confiscated and destroyed equipment, and beat the editor.
At Foreign Affairs: ”Why the Central African Republic has many peacekeepers, but no peace.”
Two explosions in Nigeria Wednesday, one targeting an opposition leader and another a prominent Muslim cleric, left at least 42 dead.
Clashes between militias in Libya left 47 dead last week.
21 Egyptian soldiers were killed in an attack on a border checkpoint over the weekend.
Amazing and terrible photos from the last couple of weeks in Gaza by Time's Alessio Romenzi. 
15 were killed yesterday when Israeli shelling struck a UN-run school in Gaza. The current death toll in Gaza has passed 800.
According to UN calculations, one child is killed every hour in Gaza.
The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio ad from human rights group B’Tselem listing out the names of some of the dead Palestinian children from the past 17 days of conflict.
Clashes erupted in the West Bank as protests mounted against Israel’s shelling of a UN school in Gaza. Two Palestinian protesters were killed. A “day of rage” is planned for this, the last Friday of Ramadan.
A BBC interview with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.
The UN Human Rights Council has voted to launch an independent investigation into human rights violations in Israeli operations in Gaza. 29 voted in favor and 17 abstained. The sole “no” vote belonged to the United States. 
The Lebanese parliament failed for the ninth time to elect a new president. 
According to the Syrian opposition, last Thursday and Friday 700 Syrians were killed in conflict — the deadliest two days of fighting in the war. 
The UN sent trucks of food and other supplies across the Turkish border and into rebel-held Syrian territory, in defiance of the Syrian government. 
Iraqi parliament elected Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum the new president.
The veracity of the claim that ISIS called on Iraqi women to undergo genital mutilation is called into question.
Four journalists have been detained in Tehran, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife, The National reporter Yeganeh Salehi.
Many obstacles block prosecution of those responsible for MH17.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has resigned following the collapse of the governing coalition.
A Ukrainian journalist working as a freelancer for CNN was abducted Tuesday by pro-Russian separatists. 
A dispatch from the front lines with Ukrainian rebels.
RFE/RL interviews an Armenian who says he was recruited in Moscow to fight for the separatist movement in Ukraine.
A mass grave unearthed in Slovyansk, Ukraine, contains 20 bodies believed to have been killed by pro-Russian separatists. 
Ongoing questions about US intelligence prior to the downing of MH17.
C.J. Chivers on the continued dangers of Soviet surplus arms in Ukraine.  
Jon Lee Anderson on proxy war in Ukraine.
Six players for the football club Shakhtar Donetsk refused to return to the conflict-torn region of Ukraine after playing a friendly against France. One, Fred, has since returned.
The European Court of Human Rights found that Poland broke the human rights convention in assisting the CIA in the detention and torture of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Poland is the first to be held accountable for participation in CIA extraordinary rendition programs. 
Two Russian activists sentenced to four and a half years in a prison colony.
Two Finnish aid workers were shot dead in Herat, Afghanistan.
Matthew Rosenberg on the squabble-ridden audit of the Afghan election.
The Afghan police officer charged with killing AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus has been convicted and sentenced to death. 
15 members of the Hazara community were killed by Taliban gunmen as they travelled through the Afghan province of Ghor. 
Civilians caught in the crossfire in Myanmar’s northern Kachin state.
The National Journal on the broad parameters for putting someone on the terror watchlist.
A clip from the upcoming documentary The Kill Team by Dan Krauss, about the killing of civilians by a group of US soldiers in Afghanistan.
Photo: Gaza. A Palestinian man holds a young girl injured during the Israeli shelling of a UN school yesterday. Alessio Romenzi/TIME.
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thepoliticalnotebook:

This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.

Photo: Gaza. A Palestinian man holds a young girl injured during the Israeli shelling of a UN school yesterday. Alessio Romenzi/TIME.

If you would like to receive this round-up as a weekly email, you can sign up through this form, or email me directly at torierosedeghett@gmail.com.

ourtimeorg:

Says it all.

ourtimeorg:

Says it all.

"

Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder… And that is war in a nutshell. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles.

-1918

Let the capitalists do their own fighting and furnish their own corpses and there will never be another war on the face of the earth.

-1912

"

— Eugene Debs

"They tell us that we live in a great free republic; that our institutions are democratic; that we are a free and self-governing people. This is too much, even for a joke."

— Eugene Debs, 1918

dudeinthesoundbooth:

What it gets down to is what it has ever been: if you don’t want an abortion, don’t have one. If you are a doctor and you don’t wish to perform an abortion, use your right to conscientious objection and refer your patient to someone else. If your political or theological objections to women making their own reproductive choices are so strong they keep you up at night, you are entitled to engage in debate in dedicated political or theological fora.

What you are not entitled to do is mislead women and the public in an ongoing campaign to harass, coerce and interfere with personal health decisions that have nothing – nothing – to do with you.

justanotherpalestinian:

But there IS place for you and your forces to force a child to drink gasoline, torture him, and burn him alive. There IS place for your armed-to-the-teeth militants to kidnap another child and beat him brutally. There IS place for you to use white phosphorus on Palestinian civilians. There IS place for you to raid homes, vandalize mosques and churches, and prevent us from entering our holy places. There IS place for you to steal our land and culture and claim it as yours. There IS place for you to demolish homes and steal our water and resources. There IS place for you to kill whole families at a time in the name of ‘self defense’ from ‘Hamas terrorists.’
Fuck all neutralists, two-staters, peace-lovers, apologists, and sideliners. And fuck Israel.

justanotherpalestinian:

But there IS place for you and your forces to force a child to drink gasoline, torture him, and burn him alive. There IS place for your armed-to-the-teeth militants to kidnap another child and beat him brutally. There IS place for you to use white phosphorus on Palestinian civilians. There IS place for you to raid homes, vandalize mosques and churches, and prevent us from entering our holy places. There IS place for you to steal our land and culture and claim it as yours. There IS place for you to demolish homes and steal our water and resources. There IS place for you to kill whole families at a time in the name of ‘self defense’ from ‘Hamas terrorists.’

Fuck all neutralists, two-staters, peace-lovers, apologists, and sideliners. And fuck Israel.

(via fannishchaos)

iamthetwickster:

microwave-is-not-an-onomatopoeia:

I cannot even fathom how much I laughed at this

im catholic and thats hilarious

iamthetwickster:

microwave-is-not-an-onomatopoeia:

I cannot even fathom how much I laughed at this

im catholic and thats hilarious

(Source: fluent-in-lesbianism, via lpmanders16)

"Want to buy a gun? Cool. Promise you’re not crazy. Promise? Cool. Want birth control? Whoa, lady. Let me ask five old dudes real slow first."

— Sam Grittner. (via mysharona1987)