Martha Rosler, The Gray Drape, 2008.

Martha Rosler, The Gray Drape, 2008.

theatlantic:

Suicide Has Killed More Troops Than the War in Afghanistan This Year

154 active duty troops have committed suicide in the first 155 days of the new year—a rate alarmingly close to one per day. The number dead from suicides eclipses the U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan by about 50 percent.
Read more at The Atlantic Wire. [Image: AP]

theatlantic:

Suicide Has Killed More Troops Than the War in Afghanistan This Year

154 active duty troops have committed suicide in the first 155 days of the new year—a rate alarmingly close to one per day. The number dead from suicides eclipses the U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan by about 50 percent.

Read more at The Atlantic Wire. [Image: AP]

Watching this right now. via aljazeera:

Southern Kordofan: Unfinished Business | 
With exclusive access, Al Jazeera investigates a hidden war in the remote state of Southern Kordofan in Sudan.

Watching this right now. via aljazeera:

Southern Kordofan: Unfinished Business |

With exclusive access, Al Jazeera investigates a hidden war in the remote state of Southern Kordofan in Sudan.

theweekmagazine:

“No one was really prepared for the number of seriously wounded  survivors,” says Dr. Ronald Glasser, the author of a book on battlefield  medicine. Wounded veterans have swamped the VA system, leading to a  backlog of almost 900,000 disability claims. Vets complain of a  burdensome bureaucracy, lost paperwork, redundant medical exams, and  inconsistent diagnoses. “You fight for your country, then come home and  have to fight against your own country for the benefits you were  promised,” said Clay Hunt, a Marine sniper who was shot in the wrist in  Iraq, and had to wait 10 months for disability checks. Depressed,  divorced, and haunted by the loss of several close friends in battle,  Hunt killed himself last March.
Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are returning home with unprecedented physical and mental wounds, and many aren’t getting the care they need.

theweekmagazine:

“No one was really prepared for the number of seriously wounded survivors,” says Dr. Ronald Glasser, the author of a book on battlefield medicine. Wounded veterans have swamped the VA system, leading to a backlog of almost 900,000 disability claims. Vets complain of a burdensome bureaucracy, lost paperwork, redundant medical exams, and inconsistent diagnoses. “You fight for your country, then come home and have to fight against your own country for the benefits you were promised,” said Clay Hunt, a Marine sniper who was shot in the wrist in Iraq, and had to wait 10 months for disability checks. Depressed, divorced, and haunted by the loss of several close friends in battle, Hunt killed himself last March.

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are returning home with unprecedented physical and mental wounds, and many aren’t getting the care they need.

3rdofmay:

The more closely I study this picture, the harder it is to look at.
manpodcast:

Zoe Strauss, Pennsylvania National Guard, Philadelphia, 2005.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Philadelphia-based artist Zoe Strauss, who joins me to discuss her new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The show opens this weekend and is on view through April 22. 


That is some mind-boggling juxtaposition there.

3rdofmay:

The more closely I study this picture, the harder it is to look at.

manpodcast:

Zoe Strauss, Pennsylvania National Guard, Philadelphia, 2005.

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Philadelphia-based artist Zoe Strauss, who joins me to discuss her new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The show opens this weekend and is on view through April 22. 

That is some mind-boggling juxtaposition there.

utnereader:

The artist employs once-typical infrared color film to investigate a  jungle war zone within the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in  tragic scenes of destruction depicted in vivid lavender, pinks and reds. (via Designboom)

whoa. Work by Richard Mosse.

utnereader:

The artist employs once-typical infrared color film to investigate a jungle war zone within the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in tragic scenes of destruction depicted in vivid lavender, pinks and reds. (via Designboom)

whoa. Work by Richard Mosse.

aljazeera:

Tareq Ayoub: a ‘martyr to the truth’ | 

As American troops pull out of Iraq, Dima Tahboub, widow of Al Jazeera reporter killed in Baghdad, talks about her loss.

aljazeera:

Tareq Ayoub: a ‘martyr to the truth’ |

As American troops pull out of Iraq, Dima Tahboub, widow of Al Jazeera reporter killed in Baghdad, talks about her loss.

3rdofmay:

The art: Goya, Not This Time Either (Tampoco), from “The Disasters of War,” working proof for plate 36, 1810-1814.
The news: “Qadaffi is Dead,” a running roundup of news, links and pictures at The Atlantic Wire. 
The source: Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

3rdofmay:

The art: Goya, Not This Time Either (Tampoco), from “The Disasters of War,” working proof for plate 36, 1810-1814.

The news: “Qadaffi is Dead,” a running roundup of news, links and pictures at The Atlantic Wire. 

The source: Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

newshour:

The war in Afghanistan began 10 years ago today.
(Photo: Sgt. Joseph Krause and fellow soldiers return to Fort Carson, Colorado, on June 15, 2011, after serving in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province. JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES)

newshour:

The war in Afghanistan began 10 years ago today.

(Photo: Sgt. Joseph Krause and fellow soldiers return to Fort Carson, Colorado, on June 15, 2011, after serving in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province. JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES)

theatlantic:

How Perpetual War Became U.S. Ideology

The United States has found itself in a seemingly endless series of wars over the past two decades. Despite frequent opposition by the party not controlling the presidency and often that of the American public, the foreign policy elite operates on a consensus that routinely leads to the use of military power to solve international crises.
…
 
The passionate zeal of the liberal interventionists and neoconservatives satisfies an emotional hunger that has been a part of our political system since the emotion-laden days of the Cold War, when the public first came to view U.S. foreign policy as a tool of good to be deployed against evil. Both ideologies use the language of morality and appeal to our shared humanity. People want to do something about tragedy and it’s easy to persuade them that doing the right thing will be worthwhile. Realists may often be right, but they are rarely convincing

Read more at The Atlantic
[Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

theatlantic:

How Perpetual War Became U.S. Ideology

The United States has found itself in a seemingly endless series of wars over the past two decades. Despite frequent opposition by the party not controlling the presidency and often that of the American public, the foreign policy elite operates on a consensus that routinely leads to the use of military power to solve international crises.

The passionate zeal of the liberal interventionists and neoconservatives satisfies an emotional hunger that has been a part of our political system since the emotion-laden days of the Cold War, when the public first came to view U.S. foreign policy as a tool of good to be deployed against evil. Both ideologies use the language of morality and appeal to our shared humanity. People want to do something about tragedy and it’s easy to persuade them that doing the right thing will be worthwhile. Realists may often be right, but they are rarely convincing

Read more at The Atlantic

[Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]