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Mali’s Desert Climate Is the Doom of Armored Vehicles

Half of the German army’s armored vehicles in Mali—there as part of a multi-national peacekeeping mission—have broken down because of the West …

How Ex-Spy Christopher Steele Compiled His Explosive Trump-Russia Dossier

The man behind the infamous dossier that raises the possibility that Donald Trump may be vulnerable to Kremlin blackmail is Russia expert Christopher Steele, formerly of M.I.6. Here’s the story of his investigation.<p>There’s a row of Victorian terraced houses on a side street in London’s Belgravia …

Three flawed ideas are hurting international peacebuilding

Violence disrupts the lives of some 1.5 billion people worldwide.<p>International interventions such as peacekeeping missions or negotiations aim to bring peace to people affected by violence, but they rarely do so. The inability of United Nations peacekeepers to contain the fighting in the Congo, …

Spectacular Mountain Landscape Photography by Max Rive

<b>Max Rive</b> is a talented 30-year-old photographer, adventurer and climber from the Netherlands, who runs worldwide photo tours and shoots stunning …

Learn Virtually Every Lighting Setup You’ve Ever Imagined For Free

If you’ve ever wanted to see how the pros light amazing studio shots, look no further. My wife and I recently moved into a new place that offers …

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Inside the Green Berets' Hunt for Wanted Warlord Joseph Kony

HAUTE-KOTTO PREFECTURE, Central African Republic — The helicopter settles in the elephant grass, rotor wash flattening the six-foot-tall fronds.<p>The first man on the ground is Travis, a brawny Green Beret with a solemn demeanor. He scans the treeline, carbine at the ready, and the rest of the …

Photographing in Bad Light by Alex Lagarejos

There are thousands of articles out there about how to photograph in the golden hour and obviously if you live in a location blessed with amazing …

Pentagon plan to seize Raqqa calls for significant increase in U.S. participation

A Pentagon plan for the coming assault on Raqqa, the Islamic State capital in Syria, calls for significant U.S. military participation, including increased Special Operations forces, attack helicopters and artillery, and arms supplies to the main Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighting force on the …

Vladimir Putin has a plan to upend the political order of the Middle East. Spoiler alert: It’s working

<b>Vladimir Putin (AP/Khalil Hamra/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>While the U.S. has been consumed by domestic politics, Putin has built a bold new strategy — and carried it out<p>Steven A. Cook<p>March 5, 2017 11:00am (UTC)<p>In Washington, whenever the idea of Kurdish independence from Iraq comes up, all kinds of …

Mission unaccomplished, 15 years later: The misuse of American military power, the Middle East in chaos

<b>(AP Photo/Krzysztof Zatycki)</b><p>The United States has already lost — its war for the Middle East, that is<p>Danny Sjursen<p>February 25, 2017 10:58am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>The United States has already lost — its war for the Middle East, that is. Having taken my own crack at …

Middle East

Trump's new national security adviser has a reading list for anyone involved in military affairs

Facing added scrutiny in the wake of his predecessor’s resignation, new National Security Council chief of staff H.R. McMaster will have to learn from Michael Flynn’s mistakes. Fortunately learning is one of his favorite hobbies.<p>In 2012, while commander of the US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence …

National Security

Russian provocation: Bluster or genuine peril?

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's a Russian spy ship off the coast of Connecticut. Crammed with eavesdropping equipment, the Viktor Leonov has loitered in these waters before, but its current visit is the latest in a string of provocations.<p>The last few years have seen dangerous Russian "fly-bys" of US warships, …

Russia

Forget “bad hombres,” President Trump is headed for a war with China

<b>A Chinese man holds up a Chinese newspaper with the front page photo of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and the headline "Outsider counter attack" at a newsstand in Beijing, China, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Trump is a mixed blessing for Chinese leaders. His threats to tear up trade deals and hike</b> …

China

To Break the Moscow-Tehran Alliance, Target Iran’s Regime

Putin may not like the Islamic Republic, but it serves his interests in important ways.<p>Want a deal with Vladimir Putin in the Middle East? Then start with the real questions: Are the Russians prepared to abandon Iran and Bashar Assad’s Syria? If so, what would it take to pull it off?<p>Start by …

Middle East

What Is A Supernova? New Study Reveals Star Captured Hours After Explosion

Supernovas are a tricky thing to catch right away, and they can’t even be seen in the Milky Way from Earth.<p>But what is a supernova? Put simply, it’s …

The Syrian war isn’t stopping for Trump

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p>So far, the most meaningful role played by President Trump in the miserable conflict in Syria has been his …

‘Blackwater Air’ Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces

A corporate descendant of the notorious guns-for-hire firm just got a $204 million contract to support American troops in Africa.<p>A mercenary air …

China may be preparing for a crippling preemptive missile strike on US military bases

For some time analysts have noted that China seems to be tailoring its military to counter the US's. For example, Beijing tested its "carrier killer' ballistic missile on a model of a US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, while its own aircraft carrier is designed for coastal defense and will likely be …

China

Putin orders Russia's air force to prepare for a 'time of war' — and NATO doesn't stand a chance right now

"In accordance with the decision by the Armed Forces Supreme Commander, a snap check of the Aerospace Forces began to evaluate readiness of the control agencies and troops to carry out combat training tasks," said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, according to Russia's state-run …

Military

Russia calls NATO moves in Baltics, Poland and Germany a threat: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia views the deployment of NATO troops and military hardware to the Baltic states, Poland and Germany as a threat and has no information about how and when the build-up will end, the RIA news agency reported on Thursday.<p>U.S. Bradley fighting vehicles that will be deployed in …

Russia

Russia calls Romania 'a clear threat' and NATO outpost: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia views Romania as a NATO outpost and as a threat due to it hosting elements of a U.S. anti-missile shield, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday, citing a Russian foreign ministry official.<p>The U.S. military, which says the shield is needed to protect from Iran, not …

Russia

Donald Trump seeks a grand bargain with Vladimir Putin

GEORGE W. BUSH looked into Vladimir Putin’s eyes and thought he saw his soul. He was wrong. Barack Obama attempted to “reset” relations with Russia, …

Sorry, Einstein - Physicists Just Reinforced The Reality of Quantum Weirdness in The Universe

There's no avoiding that "spooky action at a distance."<p>One of the strangest phenomena you're likely to come across in all of science is quantum …

Big Game: U.S. Soldiers’ Secret Hunt for Jihadists in a Kenyan Forest

The U.S. is waging secret warfare around the world—but the operations in and around Kenya’s Boni National Reserve are some of the most mysterious.<p><i>A</i> …

President Trump Needs To Think Twice About Antagonizing China

Through his empty bravado and saber rattling about trade, South China Sea islands, and Taiwan among other issues, Mr. Trump should think twice about antagonize China. Yet, China is less worried when one considers it holds about 10 percent of U.S. debt and has no reason to be concerned as our nation …

Foreign Policy

Is a new Middle East war on Israel's horizon?

<b>Looking out from Israeli-held territory, the scrubby and rock-strewn ground pitches steeply downwards towards a patrol road and the border fence.</b><p>The current frontier with Syria - the young lieutenant points out - is about a third of the way up the opposite escarpment. And just a couple of …

Middle East

11 Jaw-Dropping Examples of Portrait Photography

When you think of what makes a portrait visually impactful, what comes to mind?For me, I’d have to say it’s how the shot is framed.I know that might …

Landscape Photography

Between two worlds: struggles of the Asmat people – in pictures

Global development professionals network,Conservation and indigenous people,Conservation,Deforestation,Trees and forests,Indigenous peoples,Indonesia,Religion,Asia Pacific,Globalisation<p>Facing deforestation on their lands and marginalisation by foreigners, the Asmat people of West Papua, Indonesia, …

John McCain Takes Over as Shadow Secretary of State

The 2008 presidential runner-up has found a new purpose in criticizing, and cleaning up, Trump’s foreign policy messes.<p>On his first full day as secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil C.E.O. <b>Rex Tillerson</b> called on his new employees at Foggy Bottom to band together in the face of sweeping change, …