From Hobby to Weapon: The Rise of the Aerial-borne Improvised Explosive Devices

As the offensive in Mosul began, a small, unmanned airplane, reminiscent of remote controlled (RC) airplanes flown by hobbyists, flew over Kurdish Peshmerga fighters north of the city. Concerned about the nature and purpose of the vehicle, security forces downed the plane to eliminate any threat it may have posed.  A small group of soldiers … Continue reading From Hobby to Weapon: The Rise of the Aerial-borne Improvised Explosive Devices

The Dialectics of Brutality in Dallas

Yesterday President Obama, flanked by former president George W. Bush, spoke at a ceremony commemorating the lives of police officers killed in Dallas last weekend. Cutting through the sanctimonious and pious eulogies and calls for unity is a demand to understand. Yet, understanding the shooting of officers in Dallas is difficult. It's easy to fall … Continue reading The Dialectics of Brutality in Dallas