My Free Online Course is Ready and About to Launch!

Hello everyone. I haven't posted for a while, mainly because I've been completely swamped writing with creating my free online course  which launches on Monday.   The course is on exactly the sort of material I cover on the blog so if you're following the blog you should seriously consider signing up for the course.  It's … Continue reading My Free Online Course is Ready and About to Launch!

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Targeting Terrorists and Near Certainty

The American Civil Liberties Union had a successful FOIA request that yielded a document explaining how the Obama Administration approves actions to kill suspected terrorists.  I learned about the release from this good article. What follows are just my personal angles, not a comprehensive treatment of the document. First, I don't know why these policies … Continue reading Targeting Terrorists and Near Certainty

New B’Tselem Report on Operation Protective Edge…and a Critic who Fires Blanks at B’Tselem

B'Tselem is one of the finest casualty recording organisations in the world so the recent publication of its report on Operation Protective Edge (July 8 - August 26, 2014) is an important moment for the field.  The report is simultaneously very good and very brief so I urge everyone to have a look. There is a well-organised interactive … Continue reading New B’Tselem Report on Operation Protective Edge…and a Critic who Fires Blanks at B’Tselem

The New US Policy on Civilian Casualties in Military Operations

I posted recently on the expected announcement from the Obama administration about civilians killed in US air attacks.  You can read a brief summary of this release here.  The best in-depth analysis I've seen is this article by Jack Serle. I'm still happy with my original post now that the announcement is out .  However, I wish … Continue reading The New US Policy on Civilian Casualties in Military Operations

Civilians versus Combatant Watch: Ewen MacAskill edition

Here is a decent article by Ewen MacAskill reporting on a plan by Jeremy Corbyn to apologize to the Iraqi and British people over the Iraq war if he becomes Labour leader next month. Great. Unfortunately, the article also provides a perfect example of the shoddy practice, discussed just a few weeks ago on the blog, … Continue reading Civilians versus Combatant Watch: Ewen MacAskill edition