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Millions throughout Africa are facing war, mass rape, famine and disease. Yet there is no armed force able to deploy immediately to save them. If the U.N. can't protect them, maybe a private army can.
As the experience of Blackwater and other private security forces in Iraq demonstrates, relying on contract armed forces presents a number of difficult challenges, including oversight and accountability. But current peacekeeping efforts are not immune from such problems.
Whatever the problems posed by private, U.N.-backed armed forces, none would be worse than standing by while hundreds of thousands of Africans die.
Millions throughout Africa are facing war, mass rape, famine and disease. Yet there is... more
NEW YORK - An explosive device caused minor damage to an empty military recruiting station in Times Square early Thursday, shaking guests in hotel rooms high above.
Police blocked off the area to investigate the explosion, which occurred at about 3:45 a.m., shattering the station's glass entryway. No one was injured.
The Department of Homeland Security said it was examining whether there was a terrorism link to the explosion.
UPDATE: No Link Between Notes And NYC Blast
Authorities on Friday were investigating whether an explosion at the Times Square military recruiting office was connected to strikingly similar bombings at two foreign consulates in New York, as they ruled out a link to mysterious letters sent to Capitol Hill offices.
Investigators were also scrutinizing surveillance video and forensic evidence after a bicycle-riding bomber struck the landmark station Thursday, scarring one of the world's most recognizable locations.
Authorities said there was no connection between the blast and a letter sent to as many as 100 members of Congress bearing the words "Happy New Year, We Did It."
The lengthy anti-war letters - which arrived with photos of a man standing in front of the recruiting office before it was damaged - contained no threats, officials said.
NEW YORK - An explosive device caused minor damage to an empty military recruiting... more
Britain's Tony Blair spoke at Depauw Univeristy on March 3, 2008. I was in the audience and I was astonished! He spoke of the center of gravity shifting eastward saying in ten, fifteen, twenty years, the world power will be a country in the far east, not the United States. Three Abdulah's sit on the board of directors of the world's largest bank. China and India are other countries that are progressing faster than the United States in many areas. Hard power alone-meaning the military, is not going to work ten, fifteen, or twenty years from now. Soft power, meaning diplomacy will have to be used. Now is the time to influence democracy on our neighbors or the window to do so will be gone. It's time to move beyond democrat and republican and be open to function in the rapidly changing world or lose our place, isolate ourselves and be closed to global engagement.Britain's Tony Blair spoke at Depauw Univeristy on March 3, 2008. I was in the... more
Jennifer Welker talks with Herold Noel on when he came home from his tour in Iraq. He talks of his dedication to the military, while struggling with PTSD finding a home and a support system.
Tracks 1 & 7 Produced by Herold Noel
Edited by Jennifer Welker
FCP studio, Apple Soundtrack, MotionJennifer Welker talks with Herold Noel on when he came home from his tour in Iraq. He... more
Venezuela and Ecuador ordered troops to their borders with Colombia, sharply raising tensions after Colombia killed a top rebel leader on Ecuadorean soil.
President Hugo Chavez on Sunday promised Venezuela would respond militarily if Colombia violates its border, where he ordered tanks as well as thousands of troops. He also ordered closed Venezuela's embassy in Bogota.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said he deployed troops to the border while also withdrawing his government's ambassador from Bogota and expelling Colombia's top diplomat.
"There is no justification," Correa said Sunday night, snubbing an earlier announcement from Colombia that it would apologize for the military incursion.
Chavez called the killing of rebel leader and spokesman Raul Reyes and 16 other guerrillas on Saturday an attack by a "terrorist state," saying it shows Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is a "criminal." Venezuela and Ecuador ordered troops to their borders with Colombia, sharply raising... more
China is developing the ability to limit or prevent the use of satellites by potential adversaries during times of crisis, the Pentagon said March 3 in a report to Congress.
The report, the latest in a series of annual assessments of China's military power, says Beijing views its efforts in space warfare as not only a practical advance of military power but also a boost to national prestige.
In space and other aspects of China's military modernization, the Pentagon stuck to its oft-repeated view that China's first priority is to build a broad-based capability to prevent Taiwanese independence. It said China's focus on space warfare is an important part of that Taiwan strategy.
"China further views the development of space and counter-space capabilities as bolstering national prestige and, like nuclear weapons, demonstrating the attributes of a world power," the report said.
China typically objects to the Pentagon's depiction of its military programs and policies. The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately return a message seeking comment on the report. China is developing the ability to limit or prevent the use of satellites by potential... more
The diplomatic spat between Colombia and its neighbours has deepened, as Venezuela ordered the immediate removal of Colombia's ambassador and embassy officials from Caracas. This followed Ecuador's move that cut off diplomatic ties with Colombia after a raid on a FARC rebel base inside Ecuador which left FARC leader Paul Reyes and several others dead. Venezuela and Ecuador have had their tanks in position on the Colombian border since the raid.
The tensions were sparked when a Colombia reportedly found documents in a rebel camp that showed Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez as donating $300 million to FARC and also tied Ecuador's president Rafael Correa with Paul Reyes. Both countries feel that Colombia's raid on foreign soil was unjust and a violation of Ecuador's sovereignty.
With that being said, do you think that Chavez should get involved in what some might see as an issue involving only Colombia and Ecuador?The diplomatic spat between Colombia and its neighbours has deepened, as Venezuela... more
A woman who has been a pacifist her whole life married a marine and has to deal with the daily tension of not being with him and knowing that he is fighting in a war she doesn't believe in.A woman who has been a pacifist her whole life married a marine and has to deal with... more
Shame Prince Harry "doesn't like England much", as he's to have at least an 18-month break from fighting. That means he won't have to eat that "gross" boil-in-the-bag food he was complaining about too. The Prince was sent home from Afghanistan after his presence was made widely known through a press leak late last week. The good news for Harry is that he will be receiving a promotion next month, after completing two years in the Army, to a full lieutenant and his salary will rise from £23,475 to £28,216. Whether or not he'll ever be able to fight on the front lines again remains to be seen. Do you think the man who's third in line for the throne should be allowed to fight?Shame Prince Harry "doesn't like England much", as he's to have at... more
The Israeli army is withdrawing its troops from the Gaza Strip as military operations there are 'winding down'. This comes after almost a week of intense Israeli assaults on the territory which killed more than 100 people. Hamas has called this welcomed withdrawal a 'victory' for Palestine, and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has suspended all contact with Israel over the attacks.
This spate of violence prompted international outcry, and was condemned by EU officials and the UN. The Israeli army is withdrawing its troops from the Gaza Strip as military operations... more
The Telegraph carries what some might find to be a cringing, spaniel-like piece on Prince Harry, charting his return from service in Afghanistan, and panting excitedly about his duties in the army. In a statement this weekend, he stated that "I don't want to sit around in Windsor. But I generally don't like England that much and, you know, it's nice to be away from all the press and the papers."
The Telegraph carries what some might find to be a cringing, spaniel-like piece on... more
Turkey is ending their ground offensive against the PKK rebels living in the northern Iraq. While acknowledging that "it is impossible to render the entire terrorist organization ineffective with an operation in only one region," Turkish officials say they had made it clear to the PKK that northern Iraq is no longer a "safe area" for terrorists and therefore had achieved their military goals.
Turkey is ending their ground offensive against the PKK rebels living in the northern... more
"We don't know who struck first, us or them. But we do know it was us that scorched the sky. At the time, they were dependent on solar power. It was believed they would be unable to survive without an energy source as abundant as the sun.""We don't know who struck first, us or them. But we do know it was us that... more
Just what is being planned here? Why has this not been reported in the media? I think we need to watch this very carefully.Just what is being planned here? Why has this not been reported in the media? I think... more
Please pardon the parallelism, I'm aware there is no connection between the two plights, but I wonder if the US/UK support, military occupation of the border, and Kosovo's geopolitical advantage makes it a prime candidate for US nation building and dominance in the region. Can anyone else draw parallels with the creation of Israel in 1948 or make a distinct case for the difference?
Should the US even be involved? Russia has already threatened to send military troops to the border to confront the US and NATO forces. Is the US ready to fight for this one? Should the US take a diplomatic neutrality stance instead?
Please make me understand the difference.Please pardon the parallelism, I'm aware there is no connection between the two... more
This CNN report shows how active US troops have shown overwhelming support for Ron Paul over Barack Obama or John McCain through fiscal donations which somewhat shows how the military feels about which direction we, as a whole, should take.This CNN report shows how active US troops have shown overwhelming support for Ron... more
Now that Kosovo has declared its independence from Serbia to become the World’s newest country, plans by UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari envisage a new Kosovan security force. Cadets are being trained at a new academy based at Kosvo’s Protection Corps Training Centre. Arbresha Rrahmani, the first female cadet at the academy, tells us about her hopes for Kosovo's future.Now that Kosovo has declared its independence from Serbia to become the World’s... more
These images show the homogenizing effect of military service of young people. For young women it can be especially contradictory with competing demands from society to appear gentle and feminine with the necessity of adapting to the rigors of a regimented survival.These images show the homogenizing effect of military service of young people. For... more