thepoliticalnotebook:

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.
ISIS murdered a second journalist this week — Steven Sotloff, a freelancer whose life they threatened in their propaganda video of James Foley’s beheading.
Read some of Sotloff’s excellent reporting at Foreign Policy and at TIME.
The head of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Joel Simon, asks whether it’s time to end media blackouts on kidnapped journalists like Sotloff and Foley.
Photographers William Daniels, Pierre Terdjman and Michaël Zumstein want to continue their work covering conflict in the Central African Republic but are stymied by lack of international interest. 
Armed ex-Seleka rebels stormed the town of Nana Bakassa in northern CAR, kiling at least 5.
More than 26.000 people fled the town of Bama in northeastern Nigeria after Boko Haram seized it. A Nigerian lawmaker says that Boko Haram now patrol Bama’s streets, still littered with bodies days later.
The US is preparing a major border security program in Nigeria.
Afonso Dhlakama, the rebel leader of Renamo in Mozambique, has come out of hiding — returning to the capital, Maputo, to mark a symbolic end to a two-year conflict.
A US airstrike in Somalia killed six members of Al-Shabab, possibly including leader Ahmed Abdi Godane. Al-Shabab has confirmed that Godane was in one of the vehicles struck, but has refused to say whether he was killed.
American and AU forces step up the offensive against Al-Shabab.
Somalia’s government offers Al-Shabab amnesty.
Activists in Egypt and Bahrain, sentenced for their role in protests and human rights activism, turn to hunger strikes.
Libya braces for civil war.
Israel announced plans to take a nearly 1000 acre tract of West Bank land for Jewish settlers, the largest land appropriation in the last three decades. The US has strongly condemned the plan.
Archaeologists rush to save Syrian landmarks.
Education is indefinitely on hold for Syria’s “lost generation.”
Evidence that ISIS is using cluster munitions.
Iraqi forces have captured the first Chinese citizen known to have been fighting with ISIS.
A Yazidi girl tells of her kidnapping and escape from ISIS captors in Iraq.
350 more American troops will be deployed to Iraq.
Iraqi forces broke the ISIS siege of Amerli.
50 men have been kidnapped by ISIS militants from Tal Ali village, 170 miles north of Baghdad.
28,000 pro-ISIS Twitter accounts have been set up since James Foley’s murder.
Human Rights Watch has new evidence that ISIS massacred Iraqi soldiers, between 560 and 770 of them, at Camp Speicher in June.
Two British-Nepali human rights advocates have gone missing in Qatar after arriving there last week to look into the condition of Nepalese migrant workers.
Human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja was detained by Bahrain upon entering the country to try and see her imprisoned father.
Kate Clark at the Afghanistan Analysts Network patches together the first list of detainees at Bagram.
Avoidable miscommunication blamed for a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan in June.
Artist Richard Johnson will cover the Afghan war for the Washington Post.
The Taliban is running low on foreign fighters. 
Pakistan says the military has killed 910 militants since the start of its offensive in Waziristan in June.
Al Qaeda establishes a new branch on the Indian subcontinent.
Ukraine, Russia and pro-Russian separatists are set for talks in Belarus this afternoon, but shelling continues in eastern Ukraine (see photo).
More dispatches from Vice News in Ukraine - this time from Novoazovsk, where they found “found terrified civilians trapped in the shelling, along with desperate Ukrainian forces angry at their lack of reinforcement from their leaders in Kiev.”
A Russian photojournalist for the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency, Andrei Stenin, has been killed in Ukraine. 
The Beslan school siege, ten years on.
NATO gathers for its annual summit this week, with a rather extraordinary amount on its plate and Afghanistan taking a backseat.
September 3rd was the anniversary of Britain and France’s declaration of war on Germany.
This week marked the 20th anniversary of the 1994 IRA ceasefire in Northern Ireland. Here are photographs from Northern Ireland then and now.
A federal appeals court on Tuesday heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the government’s mass data collection programs.
Click here to donate to the Committee to Protect Journalists in Steven Sotloff’s name.
Photo: The outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine. Sept. 4. Philip Desmazes/AFP/Getty.

thepoliticalnotebook:

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.

Click here to donate to the Committee to Protect Journalists in Steven Sotloff’s name.

Photo: The outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine. Sept. 4. Philip Desmazes/AFP/Getty.

archaeologicalnews:

An ancient Egyptian coffin lid being sold at auction in Cambridgeshire today should be withdrawn from sale and repatriated to Egypt, embassy officials in London have said.

They are furious at the refusal of Willingham Auctions to withdraw the partial sarcophagus, which dates back thousands of…

humansofnewyork:

"Some people still prefer the arranged marriage, especially in the countryside where tradition is still strong. The thought is that your parents know you very well, and will make the decision based on experience and not emotion. The divorce rate with arranged marriages is lower, because both families are heavily involved and there are many people committed to making the match work. But the tradition is on the way out. It used to be that you didn’t even see your wife until your wedding day, and you fell in love after your wedding, as you learned to support and care for each other. But today there’s Whatsapp and Facebook, so keeping two people apart is almost impossible. ‘Love marriages’ are becoming much more popular than arranged marriages, and even arranged marriages involve much more interaction than they used to. Many families still choose to uphold the appearance of an arrangement. Their children will come to them and say: ‘I fell in love.’ And they’ll say: ‘OK, let us arrange it.’"
(Jammu, India)

humansofnewyork:

"Some people still prefer the arranged marriage, especially in the countryside where tradition is still strong. The thought is that your parents know you very well, and will make the decision based on experience and not emotion. The divorce rate with arranged marriages is lower, because both families are heavily involved and there are many people committed to making the match work. But the tradition is on the way out. It used to be that you didn’t even see your wife until your wedding day, and you fell in love after your wedding, as you learned to support and care for each other. But today there’s Whatsapp and Facebook, so keeping two people apart is almost impossible. ‘Love marriages’ are becoming much more popular than arranged marriages, and even arranged marriages involve much more interaction than they used to. Many families still choose to uphold the appearance of an arrangement. Their children will come to them and say: ‘I fell in love.’ And they’ll say: ‘OK, let us arrange it.’"

(Jammu, India)

eastafricaart:

Intore dance and drumming

eastafricaart:

Intore dance and drumming

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archaeologicalnews:

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During the past six months, retired pharmaceutical researcher Irv Cantor helped transcribe a 641-page field book written by an archaeologist traveling through 1920s China. Mr. Cantor has also logged details about early-day U.S. currency. This week, he’s making an inventory of clock orders…

America Street, House of the Future
corners of America and Reid Streets
Charleston, SC, USA
Artist: David Hammons
overview of site for “House of the Future”
About this project: The artist selected a poor east side neighborhood to create a two-part work. He replaced a billboard image which promoted cigarettes and featured blacks, with his photograph of local children looking forward and upward toward a flag at the end of the park. He also constructed, with neighborhood help, a Charleston house that is smaller than normal scale. It represents, among other things, pride in the area’s old homes and in the past.

Art on File - TP-11-07-05 - America Street, House of the Fut

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theacademy:

50 years ago tonight Mary Poppins flew into theaters. Author P. L. Travers who wrote the stories the film was based on came to Hollywood to see the movie alongside Walt Disney. 

The film was nominated for 13 Oscars and won five; Best Actress for Julie Andrews, Best Film Editing, Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”.

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