Category Archives: United States

Are we re-living the 1930s?

  With the rise in protectionism and isolationism,  a rise in authoritarianism, the question must be asked; Are we living through another 1930s? http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/01/are-we-living-through-another-1930s-paul-mason?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress Advertisements

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Grade Inflation

    In academia there’s a term which is spoken of in hushed tones: Grade Inflation. It refers to the alleged slow, but steady, increase in grades by students across all sectors and abilities. It appears from some data as … Continue reading

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A Lasting Impression

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/06/world/feat-wwi-graffiti-found/ From earliest times man has sought to leave his/her mark on the eternal world. For many this has taken the route of children, achievements, success, monuments. But for others, men and women of more modest circumstances this has taken … Continue reading

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How to spot a Russian bomber

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-31537705

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There can be only One

The unkillable soldier http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30685433 The image that comes to most people’s mind when they imagine veterans, is that of venerable old men (and increasingly women), sitting with their medals showing, usually in a quiet room. Generally they are alone… The … Continue reading

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World War One battlefields 100 years on

World War One battlefields 100 years on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-28461026

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Last Hiroshima bomb crew member dies

Last Hiroshima bomb crew member dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28548475

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The Marching Dead

US sends draft notices to 1800s men http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28268638   The agency responsible for maintaining and updating the data which allows the United States government to theoretically the maintain operational capability of conscripting its citizens for military service recently made a … Continue reading

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Cold war haunting the Israel-Gaza conflict

  What weapons are being used in the Israel-Gaza conflict http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28245343 Israel might be a cutting edge weapons producer, but the weapons which it’s enemies deploys against it are a blast (pun unintended) from the past. This short story from … Continue reading

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Remember the Alamo?

Phil Collins donates Alamo hoard http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28054287 Collection of military memorabilia is at an all time. With the natural rise in interest in the First World War with the centenary of that conflict rapidly approaching. In this case it’s Phil Collins … Continue reading

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Olympian and POW Zamperini dies

Olympian and POW Zamperini dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28149957

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Allez des Cauchemars

France’s forgotten Blitz http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-27703724 Today marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Occupied France. The actual landings themselves were preceeded by a massive aerial bombardment of the Nazi held French coastal areas of Normandy. As many as 50,000 … Continue reading

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Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer?

Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer? This piece by the BBC cogently sets forth the disquieting fact that Afghanistan is a place where foreign armies come to wither and leave. The British, Soviets and now ISAF all have failed to … Continue reading

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