Daesh daeshing it up. Photo via social media A sense of purpose can be intoxicating by MATTHEW GAULT Three men assaulted Istanbul’s Ataturk airport with AK-47s and suicide vests on June 28, killing 41 people and injuring 239 more. Islamic State has not claimed responsibility but Turkish officials believe the terror... Read more
U.S. Air Force photo New book explores Barack Obama’s special relationship with a lethal technology by REED PEEPLES Weapons shape wars. Like leaders and enemies, they become active characters in our narratives of armed conflict. However the United States’ post-9/11 wars are resolved, we can already confidently assign their emblem — the drone. In... Read more
Inkstudios art Navid Khonsari wants to change how the world sees Iran — and Tehran isn’t happy about it by MATTHEW GAULT Navid Khonsari doesn’t strike me as a spy. That’s because, despite what some Iranian newspapers will tell you, he isn’t one. He’s an adopted New Yorker by way of Canada and... Read more
The names and faces of the missing. BioWare capture Moral complexities ultimately require making a choice by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN Mass Effect 3 isn’t a “message” game. The third entry in the science-fiction video game trilogy made by BioWare between 2007 and 2012 — there is a fourth game on its way — marries the aesthetics... Read more
An F-100 drops bombs near Khe Sanh in 1968. U.S. Marine Corps photo If you have positive notions of war, read this book to get that smacked out of you by ROBERT BECKHUSEN I was sad to learn that Michael Herr, the author of the Vietnam War memoir Dispatches, died Thursday... Read more
They know there’s a war on, they just don’t wanna go. Big Talk Productions capture This Britcom is full of strong women and cruel humor by MATTHEW GAULT Two boys scuffled in the schoolyard, provoking their teacher to punish them with a stern talking-to. The mothers of both boys watch, and... Read more
I feel a meme coming on. HBO capture HBO isn’t afraid to show imperfect commanders, mounds of corpses and actual tactics by MATTHEW GAULT Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton finally clashed on the most recent Game of Thrones — and it was wonderful. The two illegitimate sons of lords fought over Winterfell during “Battle... Read more
This team is ready to kill zombies … and challenge stereotypes. Street Justice Films capture Not all vets are alcoholics, ‘The Hurt Locker’ still sucks and no one cries when you kill a zombie by MATTHEW GAULT I interviewed Mat Best and Nick Palmisciano on Memorial Day. No pressure. Best is a former... Read more
Street Justice Films promotional image Veteran-helmed zombie comedy doesn’t take itself too seriously by MATTHEW GAULT Zombies are ravaging America, but former U.S. Army Ranger-turned-internet superstar Mat Best and his team have the cure. The heroes need to get the zombie-antidote into the hands of government scientists. One problem — Col. Holloway,... Read more
Full-scale Nazi aggression on display. Paradox Interactive capture Germany beat me badly, but I still had a lot of fun by MATTHEW GAULT Everything was going so well. I had organized my economy, military and political system — and was confident the republic would survive fascist aggression. I knew the history, lay of... Read more
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