This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism. Journalist James Foley was beheaded on video by an Islamic State militant on Tuesday. Foley, who had been captured in November of 2012, was murdered by a man with a British accent,
prompting rapid investigation into the militant’s identity. The video also showed and threatened the life of another captive journalist - Steven Sotloff. Read more about him
here. As Richard Engel reports, IS has been buying, trading, and stealing hostages from other Syrian groups. Journalist James Rohde, himself a former Taliban prisoner,
wrote in a piece for that US unwillingness to negotiate with IS or pay a ransom for the release of captured journalists failed Foley. The Atlantic The Pentagon has said
a Delta Force rescue was attempted over the summer, to no success. Also at issue is the widespread use of freelancers in war zone reporting
an experience written about last summer by Italian freelancer Francesca Borri. Jon Lee Anderson
comments in The New Yorker: “Yesterday’s guerrillas have given way to terrorists, and now terrorists have given way to this new band, who are something like serial killers” Read
a selection of Foley’s reporting for GlobalPost. The lawyers for three Al Jazeera staff jailed in Egypt
have filed an appeal. Tunisia and Egypt
halted flights into and out of Libya over security concerns related to militia fighting.
Shots were fired in the Liberian capital of Monrovia during protests over an Ebola quarantine in West Point slum. Boko Haram
seized a police academy. Clashes in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, between the militia and peacekeepers
have intensified — killing five, including a Red Cross worker. Last weekend, 34 were killed in Bangui when members of the Seleka rebel group conducted a series of armed raids. As a result, the UN is increasing the number of peacekeepers in the country. Egyptian peacekeepers will be
sent to support UN efforts in CAR, Mali and Sudan.
Conflict over territorial disputes between Rezeigat and Maaliya tribes in Darfur has left 70 dead. An
Israeli airstrike killed 3 Hamas commanders in Gaza and airstrikes continue. According to
Haaretz, Germany, France and Britain have begun work on a Security Council resolution intended to end fighting in Gaza — granting the Palestinian Authority control over Gaza, internationally supervised reconstruction with the aim of preventing Hamas from re-arming and peace talks based on pre-1967 boundaries. Rights activists say Lebanese media freedoms
are at risk.
The estimated number of dead in the Syrian conflict is now 191,000 , according to the UN. The US says it has
completed destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal.
In Iraq, US weaponry intended for the Iraqi army has fallen into IS hands . New Jersey-born Sharif Mobley is charged with murder in Yemen (downgraded from terrorism suspicions), yet his
lawyers don’t know where he is. A photojournalist held in Iran
has been released, but Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian remains in custody . The Afghan government
expelled and banned from the country for reporting it found threatening. New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg Matthieu Aikins writes in
Rolling Stone about times changing for the worse for the expat community in Afghanistan. The US
has released 9 Pakistani prisoners from Bagram. The US is
offering $30m for information on Haqqani leadership. Long-running border disputes in India’s northeastern Assam state have
erupted in clashes, resulting in a dozen dead and 10,000 displaced.
Street battles and heavy shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine have killed dozens — and the overall civilian/combatant death toll in the ongoing conflict is more than 2000. The first trucks of a massive, 270-truck Russian aid convoy
have cleared customs in eastern Ukraine. A
rocket strike on a refugee convoy in eastern Ukraine and killed 15 refugees. Over the past couple of weeks, a number of the pro-Russian rebel leaders have
stepped aside. An
interview with photojournalist Mauricio Lima, who has been on assignment for the New York Times in Ukraine for the past month. Kosovo
arrested 40 men suspected of having fought in rebel groups in Syria and Iraq. At
The New York Times, Ravi Somaiya and Christine Haughney write on the increased global targeting of journalists. The
Guardian and the Texas Observer have teamed up to produce a four part series of reports on the humanitarian/immigration crisis at the US-Mexican border and in Central America. Mexico says 22,322 people have “
disappeared" since the drug war began in 2006. The US says it
plans to amend the process by which people can challenge their inclusion on the no-fly list.
I encourage you to
donate something to the Committee to Protect Journalists in Foley’s name, so they can continue to work to protect reporters in danger around the world. (Other organizations that support and protect journalists include the Rory Peck Trust, RISC and Reporters Without Borders.) Photo: Gaza Strip. Two men, Adel and Mohammed, in the only room left in their house not utterly destroyed. August 16. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty.
You WILL want to watch this.
In the early morning hours on 8/16/2014 in Ferguson, MO,
Greg Thomas spoke with VICE about Ferguson, structural racism, media bias and more!!!
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i saw this live and was screaming about it on twitter. he’s the best. this is a graduate level seminar on media & partisanship. this is 4 years of journalism classes in 7 minutes.
please watch this video. please. this is
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