William Howard Livens Played With Fire
In 1915 a German U-boat torpedoed the British passenger ship Lusitania, killing more than 1,100 people. The sinking of the ocean liner sparked protests across Western Europe. One young Cambridge graduate named William Howard Livens vowed to kill as many German soldiers as civilians died on the Lusitania. And... Read more
The Ferguson Police Have No Idea How to Deal With Journalists
Just after 1:00 A.M. on Aug. 19, 2014, there was a moment of panic when law enforcement on West Florissant Avenue—the flashpoint of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri—corralled journalists into their designated “playpen.” Protesters seeking cover from the cops fled into the swarm of photographers. A standoff followed as,... Read more
Check Out These Homemade Kurdish Tanks
Historically isolated from arms suppliers and outgunned by Islamic State militants, resourceful Kurdish security forces have built their own makeshift armored vehicles—all in a desperate bid to beef up their own fighting strength. But guess what. These homemade tanks really suck. Photo via Twitter In northern Syria and neighboring... Read more
The World’s Longest Minefield Isn’t Where You Think It Is
The farthest-stretching mine belt on Earth isn’t in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, the Angolan savannas or the Afghan mountains. It’s in one of the most desolate parts of the Sahara Desert. The U.N. classifies the Western Sahara as a “non-self-governing territory,” despite two-thirds of the region being occupied by... Read more
‘I See Ukraine Being Free and Independent’ Svoboda Guard right-wing militia recalls Euromaidan fight, looks to future https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS0arxPAmDU Read more
Surprise! Spies Manipulate Their Wikipedia Pages
The Wikipedia entries for top public figures in the intelligence community are pretty barren. This makes sense—it’s not really in the best interest of spies to divulge their backgrounds. Many intel services around the world escape having an entry at all in “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.”... Read more
Ukrainian Border Town Mans Checkpoints Against Kiev
In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, pro-Russian civilians are erecting checkpoints to protect against supporters of Kiev coming from the west. The volunteers say they have no other choice but to safeguard the roads as tensions mount between Ukraine and Russia following Moscow’s annexation of the strategic Crimean peninsula.... Read more
After Euromaidan, Flowers Come Out in Kiev
Maidan Nezalezhnost in the center of the Ukraine’s capital city Kiev was the center of historic protests starting in November. After deposing president Viktor Yanukovych on Feb. 22, the people of Kiev have undergone a transformation—and so has Maidan. Mitch Swenson & Zack Baddorf video Read more
Where Ukrainians Love Russia
In the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian sentiment is everywhere. Protests break out almost daily in Donetsk while the world watches to see if Russia will move north to take the city in the same fashion it took Crimea. Ukrainian police have struggled to keep order—sometimes with... Read more
‘Nobody Forced Anyone to Vote’
Hundreds of thousands of Crimeans cast their vote in a referendum on Sunday. At stake—whether the Crimean peninsula should become part of Russia or remain in Ukraine but gain more autonomy. Results are rolling in, with an estimated 95 percent of Crimeans voting in favor of secession. Zack Baddorf... Read more

Zack Baddorf


Zack Baddorf is a multimedia journalist with 10 years of video, radio, print, photo and web reporting in more than 30 countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the West Bank, Kashmir, and Iraq, as well as rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka and Burma. Most recently, Baddorf spent a year working as a civilian videographer for the U.S. special forces command in Afghanistan. Baddorf served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and worked for a year for an international non-governmental organization in South Sudan doing media development. He served in the U.S. military for five years as a journalist, reporting from across Asia and the Middle East.

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