Pripyat, Ukraine in 2006. Kadams1970 photo via Wikimedia Wildlife returns to the wasteland by BECKY FERREIRA The name “Chernobyl” has become synonymous with the eerie, urban ruins left in the wake of devastating nuclear fallout. But a new legacy has begun to blossom from the ashes of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone... Read more
‘Watch out! Do not expose your life to the elements.’ Miguel Angel Rodriguez photo via Flickr Migrants shift to less-traveled and more dangerous routes by DEBORAH BONELLO This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Criminal groups and corrupt officials are the main beneficiaries of a U.S. inspired shift in Mexico’s policy that... Read more
Carro de combate T-72 búlgaro. Foto del Ejército de Tierra estadounidense Redfish, con su sede en San Antonio (Texas, EE.UU.), es una empresa fuera de lo común por DAVE MAJUMDAR ¿Necesitas un sistema de defensa con misiles tierra-aire de diseño soviético para disuadir a tus vecinos? Si es así puedes acudir... Read more
A Bulgarian T-72. U.S. Army photo San Antonio-based Redfish is an unusual company by DAVE MAJUMDAR Do you need a Soviet-designed surface-to-air missile defense system to deter your neighbors? If so, a small U.S.-based arms broker named the Redfish Trading Company is offering to sell a complete Buk-MB — a Belarusian modification of the... Read more
Leclerc. Photo via Wikipedia High-tech vehicle finally sees combat by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN “So what do you think of France’s new super tank, the Leclerc?” a retired colonel in the French army’s logistical brigade jokingly asked me in 2002. “You know, the one we paid a fortune for and that we’ll... Read more
In 2001, a Green Beret got ready for war — with a government credit card by KEVIN KNODELL & BLUE DELLIQUANTI Read more
The Fallagh tank during a military parade. IRNA photo The Fallagh is a strange vehicle by ROBERT BECKHUSEN In May, the Iranian military tested the Fallagh tank for the first time during the Beit-ul-Moqaddas 28 war game. But the term “tank” is pushing it. The Fallagh is more a tracked, armored... Read more
British artillery at the Somme. Source But the guns failed to cut the Germans’ wire by MATTHEW MOSS On June 24, 1916, the British Army launched what was, at that point, its largest bombardment of World War I. Four days of heavy shelling preceded the infantry assault in the Somme sector. A thousand... Read more
Barrage-fire tactics proved devastating by MATTHEW MOSS The British Army entered World War I with just two machine guns per battalion. In contrast, the Imperial German Army had long embraced the new weapon — and had already fully integrated it into its infantry regiments. As the stalemate of trench warfare took hold,... Read more
In 1965, U.S. and Dominican Tanks Fought Brief, Violent Skirmishes
Tanks have rarely been used in battle in the Western Hemisphere — and fights between tanks are even rarer. But the Dominican Republic in 1965 was one of the exceptions, when Constitutionalist rebels fought the armored vehicles of invading U.S. Marines in the streets of the capital city, Santo Domingo. Stranger yet, the... Read more