“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953
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Next time you have dark thoughts about the human condition, remember there are still people like Layla around. Check out MAG’s short portrait of a graceful young Lebanese woman whose job is to remove countless landmines and cluster bombs.
Blessed are the Peacemakers (wherever the hell they might be).
“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters…. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Frederick Douglass, 1857
A stealth bomber tries to fly, fails, crashes, burns. And 1.5 billion dollars — poof — vanish. Don’t worry, we’re pretty sure there’s more where that came from.
A stirring portrait of our star from the celebrated educational film Our Precious Bombs.
Amazing artist Eric Garcia reminds us that, in some areas, Uncle Sam adores those from south of the border.
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“My wife thinks I will come home in a box.”
Northern Gaza has only one bomb disposal unit to protect its citizens from unexploded ordinance. Now the head of that unit is dead. The Guardian tells a story of Rahed Taysir al-Hom here.
The US Department of Defense came up with the brilliant idea to use a video game to test the skills of classified government employees. Video games are a fun way to train people to protect “sensitive data” against the nefarious “Wikispills” or treacherous 17-year-old hackers who wear a single earrings.
Should classified employees be suspicious of their coworkers? Sure they should! Certain coworkers deserve extreme suspicion, particularly Hema, who visits in India twice a year, got her car repossessed, and “speaks openly of opposition to U.S. foreign policy.” That sounds like the enemy within!
From our gallery of ongoing YouTube INFILTRATIONS. This one is based on an article about a Pakistani girl with a deep fear of drones.