22 September, 2014
"NAPALM IS THE MOST TERRIBLE PAIN YOU CAN IMAGINE,” Kim Phuc once told an interviewer. “Water boils at 100 deg. C, [but] napalm generates temperatures of 800 to 1,200 deg. C.”
The 49-year-old Vietnamese-Canadian woman became an unwilling expert on the effects of the fiery weapon at an early age. Phuc was only 9 years old in 1972, when planes from the South Vietnamese Air Force attacked her village of Trang Bang, about 40 kilometres northwest of Saigon.
During the June 8 raid, Read more [...]
19 September, 2014
IN BRITAIN, it became known as the “Phoney War” or the “Bore War”. To the French, it was the drôle de guerre or the “strange war”. The Wehrmacht called it Sitzkreig or “the sitting war”.
The first six months of World War Two are often remembered as a relatively tranquil phase of the conflict, particularly when compared to the tumult that would come later.
After a fast and furious campaign in Poland, Hitler’s army stood down. Meanwhile, the western powers' strategy was Read more [...]
17 September, 2014
ZOMBIES ARE BIG RIGHT NOW. You’d have to have been dead yourself these past few years not to have noticed.
Once the exclusive province of cult-movie enthusiasts and horror flick aficionados, the undead have gone mainstream in the 21st Century. They’ve overrun our bookstores, multiplexes and game consoles; their lifeless eyes stare at us each week from our television screens. FEMA has even been tapping into the public’s insatiable appetite for the zombie apocalypse to help raise general Read more [...]
15 September, 2014
MAJOR MEDIA OUTLETS reported last week that President Obama is ordering the U.S. military to execute a new round of air strikes against ISIS targets throughout Syria. The White House is also dispatching an additional 475 troops to Iraq to shore up the nearly 1,200 already in-country.
This widening war against the so-called Islamic State represents the third time in 25 years that Washington has committed troops to the Persian Gulf. While this certainly stands as a grim milestone for war-weary Read more [...]
12 September, 2014
IN HIS 1997 PULITZER-PRIZE-WINNING BOOK Guns, Germs and Steel, author and University of California historian Jared Diamond describes the absurd Battle of Cajamarca.
The clash, which took place on Nov. 16, 1532 in what would later become Peru, saw an 80,000-man Incan army utterly routed by a token force of just 168 Spanish Conquistadores in a matter of minutes.
The violence erupted when the Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, along with a handful of soldiers and mounted horsemen, met Read more [...]