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!
I will be teaching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and registration is now open! Here is the link Please sign up. I'll provide more information as the launch date nears.
This morning I gave my first lecture in my Economics of Warfare class. I plan to continue to post a lecture each week. I don't plan to write an abstract for each lecture but you can get a sense of the material covered by looking at "categories" and "tags".
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
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
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
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
I'm already organizing my "Economics of Warfare" course for 2015-16 so I had another look at this incisive 13 minutes on drones from John Oliver. The bit around minute 5:00 triggered a few bad memories that I would like to ....errr....share with my loyal readers. It shows Scott Shane of the New York Times decrying … Continue reading Is Everyone a Civilian or is it just Everyone who’s not a Military-Aged Male?