Obama is the Decider Now
Obama is the Decider Now by Matt Bors Cartoonist Matt Bors’s latest book is Life Begins at Incorporation. Read more
When the Earth Touched the Sky
A controlled IED blast in Zari in april. David Axe photo When the Earth Touched the Sky How eerie calm led to sudden death in the Afghanistan war’s final months This story was updated on June 16 to include comments from Richard Newton Pvt. 1st Class Cody Towse believed... Read more
We Are To Blame The latest NSA eavesdropping debate should be about us  The details are harrowing: The NSA is collecting vast tranches of information about your calls and conversations. A secret court, ruling behind closed doors, gave them permission. Is the government overstepping its bounds? That isn’t an... Read more
Russia’s Got Deadly New Submarines
Yury Dolgoruky. RIA-NOVOSTI Photo. Russia’s Got Deadly New Submarines Should America panic or not? The Russian navy’s last two Typhoon-class submarines, by far the biggest undersea warships ever, are headed for the breakers for dismantling after decades of frontline service. The Typhoons, made famous by Tom Clancy’s The Hunt... Read more
A Remarkable Protest in Turkey
anjanjanj/Via Photopin A Remarkable Protest in Turkey But probably not a “Turkish Summer” Last week, a group of people in Istanbul, Turkey, gathered in Gezi Park, a green space near the central Taksim Square. The Istanbul city government had announced plans to demolish the park to build a shopping... Read more
War Junkie

War Junkie

Uncategorized June 4, 2013 0

David Axe photo War Junkie Combat becomes an addiction in this archive story Morning. Jan. 27, 2005. Baqubah, occupied Iraq. A hundred surly Arabs and a bunch of bemused GIs gather in a musty provincial government building. It’s a chance for known insurgents to sign a pledge against violence... Read more
Ambushed!

Ambushed!

Uncategorized June 4, 2013 0

David Axe photo Ambushed! From the archives, a deadly roadside battle at the height of the Afghan war in 2009 It started with a threat. At a checkpoint in Baraki Barak district, Afghan security guards protecting the American combat outpost stopped a driver. When they insisted on searching the... Read more
Death, Darkness and the Deserters
A Chadian soldier. David Axe Photo Death, Darkness and the Deserters From the archives, a harrowing tale of African desert warfare from June 2008 It started with singing. I was in my sweltering hovel at a guest house in Abeche in eastern Chad on a Friday evening when I... Read more
The Court Martial of Bradley Manning
Fibonacci Blue via photopin (cc) The Court Martial of Bradley Manning A complicated man at the center of a complicated trial On Monday, Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, begins his court-martial for espionage charges. Manning himself is a... Read more
The 1990s All Over Again
The 1990s All Over Again President Obama’s new direction in the war on terror turns back the clock In a landmark speech Thursday at National Defense University, President Obama laid out a new direction for the war on terrorism. “I believe,” he told a packed auditorium filled with journalists,... Read more
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