Black Snake, marble and limestone. By William E. Nutt (2002)
Bill Maher on the criticism he’s received for his views on religion, his film, Religulous, specifically.
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.
- The prime minister of the Central African Republic and his cabinet have resigned.
- Clashes in CAR are threatening last month’s ceasefire deal.
- Libya’s congress has called for a UN-backed ceasefire.
- Egypt signed a $3m per year lobbying contract to help keep the US-Egypt relationship on good footing.
- Fighting along the border between Sudan and South Sudan is threatening to merge two conflicts.
- Human Rights Watch says that atrocities in South Sudan amount to war crimes.
- In photos: Gaza after the bombardment.
- In Israel, to be anti-war is to be ostracized/vilified/threatened…
- The cease-fire in Gaza has ended and not been renewed. Rockets were launched from Gaza and Israel has resumed airstrikes. Talks are not progressing in Cairo.
- Atef Abu Saif’s eight day war diary from Gaza shows the minutiae of life under the shelling.
- Amnesty International calls for an investigation into evidence that Israel is actively targeting health care workers.
- Foreign Policy reports that European powers have drawn up a plan for a UN mission to oversee the end of the blockade on Gaza and the destruction of Hamas’ tunnel system.
- A horrifying dispatch from the scene of a barrel bombing in Aleppo.
- The Syrian civil war continues to threaten Lebanon.
- ISIS stormed one of the Syrian government’s last bases in Raqqa.
- President Obama has authorized limited airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq.
- ISIS has trapped 50,000 Yazidis in the mountains of northwestern Iraq, creating a terrible humanitarian crisis. Who are the Yazidis?
- Bahrain convicted nine opposition activists of “public security charges,” stripping them of citizenship.
- Major General Harold Greene was killed in a green-on-blue attack in Afghanistan this week — the first US general officer to be killed in either the war in Iraq or Afghanistan.
- The US system of tracking weapons shipments to Afghanistan is faulty — failing to the extent that it isn’t known how many weapons are missing.
- An Indian soldier who accidentally crossed the border has been detained by Pakistan.
- RFE/RL explains the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
- A female journalist has written a blunt and damning essay about her recent rape in Ukraine by a “Very Respected Journalist.”
- "Has Russia invaded us yet?" — the slow invasion of Ukraine.
- Russia bans food imports from the US and EU.
- Edward Snowden has been given permission to stay in Russia for at least another three years.
- Former Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili is being prosecuted for human rights violations and abuse of power, but his allies (like Sen. John McCain) are standing by their man.
- Two Khmer Rouge leaders have been sentenced to life in prison by the UN-backed tribunal in Cambodia.
- The New York Times will now use the word “torture” to describe… well, torture.
- Troop charity Move America Forward is outed by ProPublica for its fundraising fakery and funneling proceeds into PACs and political consulting firms.
Photo: Shejaiya neighborhood, Gaza City. A man enters his shattered home on a mostly destroyed street. August 7. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty
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