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Scahill & Greenwald: What if All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims? Are facts about women in war oversimplified? If the international development aid is based on desirable facts rather than actual facts, a lot can go wrong, says gender researcher.

Are facts about women in war oversimplified?

(Illustrative photo: Colourbox) This article was originally published on Kilden - Information and news about gender research in Norway. Read the original article Rape is used as a strategic weapon during war. This has eventually become a truth. At the conference A gender perspective on demography and conflicts, packed with researchers, policy makers, politicians, and global development professionals, Maria Eriksson Baaz addressed some of the persistent myths dominating the aid and development field.

Eriksson Baaz is professor at the School of Global Studies at University of Gothenburg, and has done research within the field for many years. Objective knowledge is a myth. The Importance of Protecting Civilians—Through Law, Strategy, and Tactics. The spate of allegations of civilian deaths as a result of US operations in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen over the last few weeks has garnered significant interest from humanitarian groups around the world, as well as, finally, the United States Congress.

The Importance of Protecting Civilians—Through Law, Strategy, and Tactics

Some media reports suggest that the March 17 bombing in Mosul, if true, is the single biggest civilian casualty event resulting from a U.S. airstrike since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while multiple other reports question whether possible changes in the rules of engagement led to this overall increase in civilian deaths. The US military, however, says that a) nothing has changed in the rules of engagement; b) all allegations of civilian harm are taken seriously; and c) in war—especially when fought in populated areas—some civilians unfortunately will die. War is hell, there can be no doubt. Log In. The Economic Wreckage The destruction in Yemen could cripple its economy long into the future, and it is unclear how the country will rebuild.

Log In

“They have hit many factories on the basis of suspicion, but we never get the real reasons,” said Abdul-Hakeem Al Manj, a lawyer at the Sana Chamber of Commerce and Industry who is helping businesses document the strikes with an eye toward future prosecution. “Any institution that has a big hangar, they hit it directly.” Some businesses said they suspected they were targets only because they continued to operate after the Houthi takeover. Syrian City Shown Utterly Destroyed After 5 Years Of War. The Invisible Struggle of Homeless Female Veterans. Not everyone realizes this, but shelters helping homeless or disabled veterans tend to be segregated by gender.

The Invisible Struggle of Homeless Female Veterans

In the State of New York there are only TWO shelters for homeless female veterans outside of New York City. TWO. Boko Haram's Young Victims Process Trauma Through Heartbreaking Drawings. The Fallen of World War II - Data-driven documentary about war & peace. Where the Bodies Are Buried - The New Yorker. Jean McConville had just taken a bath when the intruders knocked on the door.

Where the Bodies Are Buried - The New Yorker

A small woman with a guarded smile, she was, at thirty-seven, a mother of ten. She was also a widow: her husband, Arthur, had died eleven months earlier, of cancer. The Rise of the Child Terrorist. On January 15, a video surfaced on the Internet that depicted a 10-year-old Kazakh boy using a gun to execute two Russian members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) who had been accused of being spies.

The Rise of the Child Terrorist

ISIS claimed ownership of the video, although it has not yet been authenticated. Only a few days earlier, twin suicide bombings rocked northern Nigeria, involving three girls, who appeared to have been only 10 years old, all wearing explosives that may have been remotely detonated by members of Boko Haram. A year before, a nine-year-old girl named Spozhmai, who is the sibling of an Afghan Taliban commander, was detained at a border checkpoint in Kandahar. Rather than go through with her mission, she confessed to the authorities that she had been forced to wear a suicide belt. The Gatekeepers. The Gatekeepers By Simon Wood "One of the questions asked in that study was, How many Vietnamese casualties would you estimate that there were during the Vietnam war?

The Gatekeepers

The average response on the part of Americans today is about 100,000. The official figure is about two million. The actual figure is probably three to four million. The people who conducted the study raised an appropriate question: What would we think about German political culture if, when you asked people today how many Jews died in the Holocaust, they estimated about 300,000? “The truth is unspeakable”: A real American sniper unloads on “American Sniper” Hearing Garett Reppenhagen describe how he felt the first time he shot someone is like listening to an addict talk about his first time injecting heroin.

“The truth is unspeakable”: A real American sniper unloads on “American Sniper”

“I leveled my M-4, put him in my iron sights, and took three shots. One of them hit him center mass and he went down in the middle of the road. I’m a U.S. veteran, and “American Sniper” is rife with lies. After watching the movie “American Sniper,” I called a friend named Garett Reppenhagen who was an American sniper in Iraq.

I’m a U.S. veteran, and “American Sniper” is rife with lies

He deployed with a cavalry scout unit from 2004 to 2005 and was stationed near FOB Warhorse. I asked him if he thought this movie really mattered. “Every portrayal of a historical event should be historically accurate,” he explained. ”A movie like this is a cultural symbol that influences the way people remember history and feel about war.” Garett and I met through our antiwar and veteran support work, which he’s been involved with for almost a decade. He served in Iraq. Human Costs of the Forever Wars, Enough to Fill a Bookshelf. Photo.

Human Costs of the Forever Wars, Enough to Fill a Bookshelf

Massacre at Centralia. Disunion follows the Civil War as it unfolded. By the time Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price invaded Missouri in September 1864, he had earned a reputation for his men’s lack of discipline. After authorizing the invasion, Price’s superior, Gen. Kirby Smith, felt it necessary to add, “You will scrupulously avoid all wanton acts of destruction and devastation. Price’s men did indeed commit depredations, including shooting prisoners and African-Americans. (1) What are the top survival tips in a warzone for a fresh recruit? Green Beret Ponders 'Just War' Theory While Shooting Man In Face. AFGHANISTAN — A Special Forces soldier engaged in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan today mulled over the complex issues surrounding the current conflict and his own moral responsibility in it while shooting a young Taliban insurgent in the face, sources confirmed.

The surreal nature of the confrontation triggered a philosophical dialogue within Staff Sgt. Emile Kyle, who was on a routine training mission with a local militia when his team came under fire from multiple locations. Moral Injury: The Grunts - The Huffington Post. March 18, 2014 How do we begin to accept that Nick Rudolph, a thoughtful, sandy-haired Californian, was sent to war as a 22-year-old Marine and in a desperate gun battle outside Marjah, Afghanistan, found himself killing an Afghan boy? That when Nick came home, strangers thanked him for his service and politicians lauded him as a hero? The British Military, Operating Death Squads from Belfast to Basra: Terrorizing Civilians is What Occupying Forces Do.

The latest no shit story is that “soldiers from an undercover unit used by the British army in Northern Ireland killed unarmed civilians.” “Before it was disbanded 40 years ago, after 18 months, plain-clothes soldiers carried out round-the-clock patrols of west Belfast - the heartland of the IRA - in unmarked cars.” Former members of the unit stated that “they also carried out drive-by shootings of nationalists, even though there was no independent evidence any of them were IRA members.” “We were not there to act like an army unit, we were there to act like a terror group.” source This news will, of course, not surprise the Irish nor anyone unfortunate enough to have first-hand experience of living under occupation - or anyone remotely aware of history for that matter. A more recent occurrence of terrorism by occupying forces was documented in Iraq in 2003. Source. Torture on Tape: Disturbing Video Shows U.S. Special Forces Observing Brutal Afghan Interrogation.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Let’s go to another story from Afghanistan. Rolling Stone has just posted this video online, which shows a prisoner being whipped by Afghan security forces, as what appears to be two identified American military officers look on—unidentified American military officers look on. Let’s go to a clip. The Video The United States Army Doesn't Want You To See. 9 Lesser-Known Yet Horrific War Crimes and Atrocities. Report: Many Iraqis Still Holding Petty Grudge About U.S. Invasion. Forced labor of Germans in the Soviet Union. Soviet war crimes. War crimes perpetrated by the armed forces of Soviet Russia and the Soviet Union from 1919 to 1991 include acts allegedly committed by the Red Army (later called the Soviet Army) as well as the NKVD, including the NKVD's Internal Troops.

Britain Admits Detention of Afghans Without Charges. Combat Deaths Now Considered ‘Acts of Allah’ — No Longer Covered By Life Insurance. WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Veterans Affairs is considering a highly-controversial policy for U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan by having their deaths classified “Acts of God” — or Allah in this case — a clause not covered by the Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI), officials said. Wikileaks: Civilians gunned down at checkpoints. Iraq War's Missing Prisoners: Families Search For 16,000 Unaccounted Who May Be Held In Secret Prisons.

16,000 Iraq War prisoners still unaccounted for. Thousands of Iraqis have gone missing in the 10 years since the U.S. invaded the country, according to Agence France-Presse on Friday. How “Equality” in the Military Leads to Gross Inequality. Women in the military by country. Recent history of changes in women's roles by country. Have we really learned the lessons of Vietnam? Using War as Cover to Target Journalists. 8-Year-Old Palestinian Boy Pleasantly Surprised He Hasn't Been Killed Yet. American bombing of Iraq left legacy of deformed babies: Siddiqui. Are U.S. drone strikes a war crime?