The Full Scale of Chicago’s Gun Violence
It was a scene played out over again and again on Chicago’s West Side. Shocked and dazed from the bullets that just entered his body, a young black man was carried into an ambulance on a stretcher and whisked away to the nearest emergency room. The window of the... Read more
Wiretap Law Complicates Philippine Drug War
Wiretapping is a central tactic for law enforcement officers pursuing drug dealers and traffickers. In 2016 alone, various U.S. law enforcement agencies were authorized to use wiretaps 3,168 times. 82 percent of these wiretaps were authorized for investigations involving narcotics—a trend that has largely held since 2006. In total,... Read more
The Strange Realities of Chicago’s Gang Wars
The typical explanation for Chicago’s gang violence is as follows. Young gang members in small, disorganized cliques shoot each other over petty personal feuds that they play out on social media with the hope of gaining street notoriety and possibly fame as a rapper. This type of killing came... Read more
Burma’s Slaughter of the Rohingya Follows a Bloody Pattern
On Oct. 9, 2016 around 400 Rohingya Muslims from an insurgent movement known as Harakan Al Yaqin simultaneous attacked three Burmese Border Guard Police headquarters in Rakhine state. The HaY, which later changed its name to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, or ARSA, was poorly armed. Only around 30... Read more
Not Every Civil War Results in Mass Rape
“Our analysis of the behavior of the Muslim communities demonstrates that the morale, will and bellicose nature of their groups can be undermined only if we aim our action at the point where the religious and social structure is most fragile. We refer to the women, especially adolescents and... Read more
Why Do Some Militaries Kill Civilians During Civil War, While Others Do Not?
In August 2017, residents of Tu Lar To Li fled as Burmese soldiers closed in on the remote village located in Burma’s Rakhine state, according to the testimony of 20-year-old Hasina in a recent Human Rights Watch report. In the wake of years of ethnic cleansing between Buddhist and... Read more
How Can You Tell You’re About to Have a Civil War?
The Iraqi Kurd’s vote for independence in September 2017 sent shockwaves through the region. The day after the vote, the Iraqi military conducted a military exercise with Turkey. The government in Baghdad grounded international flights in and out of Kurdish Regional Government territory. And the Turkish government threatened to... Read more
Did the Chicago Police Department Betray One of Its Own?
Internal Chicago Police Department emails revealed to War Is Boring show the department failed to pursue evidence that could exonerate the CPD sergeant who shot and killed a 19-year-old man in November 2016. On Nov. 23, 2016, Sgt. John Poulos shot Kajuan Raye in the back during a foot... Read more
Not Every Civil War Is a Guerilla War
Civil wars have been given fairly blunt analysis for years. Security analysts have painted all civil wars as “guerrilla wars.” It’s also common for civil wars to be depicted as featuring near-constant fighting until one side either gives up or is defeated. Very few analysts account for the fluctuating... Read more
Do Civilian Casualties Cause Counterinsurgents to Fail?
The Netflix movie War Machine paints counterinsurgency wars as impossible. All of them. “The thing about counterinsurgency is that it doesn’t really work,” the film’s narrator says. “We tried it in Vietnam. That went well. The British and the French gave it a shot, trying to hang on to... Read more
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