Archive for the ‘war’ tag

#  Pictures of War’s Technological Emergence →

May 22nd, 2014 at 10:49 // In Worth Seeing 

The First World War really was, as this very neat little photo series illustrates, a clear embarkation point where the history of war changed dramatically and it became indisputably technologized.

wwi-soldiers-marching-behind-single-tank

 

(via kottke)

#  Ten World War I Myths →

February 5th, 2014 at 10:00 // In Worth Knowing 

Even as someone who got a BA in history and focused on the 20th century, I admit I was surprised by this when I learned this recently:

3. Men lived in the trenches for years on end

Front-line trenches could be a terribly hostile place to live. Often wet, cold and exposed to the enemy, units would quickly lose their morale if they spent too much time in them.

As a result, the British army rotated men in and out continuously. Between battles, a unit spent perhaps 10 days a month in the trench system, and of those, rarely more than three days right up on the front line. It was not unusual to be out of the line for a month.

(via kottke)

#  Every Nuke Test Ever →

November 25th, 2013 at 17:41 // In Worth Watching 

Well, actually this video which is posted on YouTube some fifteen years after it was created around 1998, doesn’t have an nuclear explosions in the last 15 years. Still, I’m a sucker for maps and history, and this is a member of both of those sets. I learned that France did a lot of their nuclear testing in Africa, which I’d never thought of.

The poster’s description:

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998.

(via a retweet from Ian Landsman)

 

#  Drones, Democracy, and War →

January 28th, 2012 at 7:18 // In Worth Considering 

Peter W. Singer, not the famous Australian utilitarian philosopher, considers some of the ramifications of the seemingly risk-free war the United States is carrying out in Pakistan.

And now we possess a technology that removes the last political barriers to war. The strongest appeal of unmanned systems is that we don’t have to send someone’s son or daughter into harm’s way. But when politicians can avoid the political consequences of the condolence letter — and the impact that military casualties have on voters and on the news media — they no longer treat the previously weighty matters of war and peace the same way.

(via The Browser)

#  The Afghanistan We Don’t See →

June 18th, 2010 at 20:06 // In Worth Seeing 

This isn’t done often enough. Foreign Policy got a batch photos taken by Kabul teens which shows the day-to-day life of the people. While this may be antithetical to the traditional notion of news photography, regularly undertaking this practice would be an invaluable compliment to that.

(via Reddit)

#  Calculating the Nuke Goal →

July 6th, 2009 at 16:41 // In Worth Knowing 

Aside from hiring Kal Penn, President Obama recently reached an agreement with the Russians about arm limitation. I found Slate’s explanation of the logic behind the agreed target sobering.

U.S. military planners dream up a variety of hypothetical conflicts with other nuclear powers and determine how many warheads would be required to destroy all the most important targets in each scenario.

#  America’s Defense Budget Compared →

March 18th, 2009 at 17:42 // In Worth Seeing 

This chart is impeccably executed.

#  The Gaza War on Al-Jazeera →

January 18th, 2009 at 13:12 // In Worth Reading 

Eric Calderwood thinks that while the network’s coverage is unquestionably biased, it’s not without merit.

But in a larger sense, Al-Jazeera’s graphic response to CNN-style “bloodless war journalism” is a stinging rebuke to the way we now see and talk about war in the United States. It suggests that bloodless coverage of war is the privilege of a country far from conflict. Al-Jazeera’s brand of news - you could call it “blood journalism” - takes war for what it is: a brutal loss of human life. The images they show put you in visceral contact with the violence of war in a way statistics never could.

#  My Long War →

August 23rd, 2008 at 12:38 // In Worth Reading 

Dexter Filkens, who covered Iraq from 2003 to 2006, has a rather good piece about its impact on him in this week’s New York Times Magazine.

For me, the war sort of flattened things out, flattened things out here and flattened them out there too. Toward the end, when I was still there, so many bombs had gone off so many times that they no longer shocked or even roused; the people screamed in silence and in slow motion. And then I got back to the world, and the weddings and the picnics were the same as everything had been in Iraq, silent and slow and heavy and dead.

#  The End of Globalization →

August 15th, 2008 at 18:49 // In Worth Considering 

It’s worth considering the fact that Paul Krugman is wrong. But it’s also worth considering his point that the Georgia-Russia conflict may be the dawn of a new era:

But as I was reading the latest bad news, I found myself wondering whether this war is an omen — a sign that the second great age of globalization may share the fate of the first.