It’s hard to draw the line between lust and love for me sometimes.
But I can’t get it out of my head.
This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism.
- Four Egyptian protesters were killed on Thursday when security forces clashed with demonstrations to honor the one year anniversary of the crackdown on protesters in Rabaa which left a thousand dead.
- The police chief in Tripoli, Libya, has been assassinated.
- The US sent $10 million in Pentagon emergency spending money to assist France’s fight against terrorism in northwestern Africa.
- The appointment of the Central African Republic’s first Muslim PM, Mahamat Kamoun, has been rejected by rebel group Seleka.
- Israel and Gaza began a five day ceasefire on Thursday.
- Rahed Taysir Al-Hom, who headed northern Gaza’s sole bomb disposal unit, died defusing an unexploded 500kg bomb on Wednesday.
- AP videojournalist Simone Camilli and his freelance Palestinian translator Ali Shehda Abu Afash were killed when a previously unexploded bomb detonated in Gaza.
- For Gaza’s wounded, and its overwhelmed hospitals, an excruciating battle continues.
- Canadian law professor William Schabas has been appointed head of the UN’s commission to investigate Israel for war crimes in Gaza — to Israel’s vocal displeasure.
- Assad’s forces have retaken Mleiha, a key Damascus district.
- The Islamic State has seized a number of towns in Aleppo.
- After weeks of struggle, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agreed to step down, accepting Haider al-Abadi’s candidacy.
- The rise of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and of the Islamic State/ISIS and its inextricable connection to US involvement in Iraq.
- The Islamic States is putting effort into establishing cells outside of Syria and Iraq.
- IS seizes on wheat supplies as an economic weapon.
- Watch Vice’s full-length documentary on ISIS here.
- The situation with the Yazidis stranded on Mount Sinjar seems to have both markedly improved and been overestimated in the first place… did US intelligence misjudge the humanitarian situation? Yazidi leaders strongly resist the claim that the crisis is over.
- A helicopter delivering aid on Tuesday in northern Iraq crashed, killing the pilot, and injuring New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin.
- EU foreign ministers are holding an emergency meeting in Brussels today to discussing arming the Kurds.
- Attah Mohammed Noor — Balkh province’s governor, former warlord, and powerful ally of Abdullah Abdullah — has warned of “civil unrest” should the vote recount be biased.
- Pakistan foiled a militant attack on an airbase on the outskirts of Quetta.
- Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk on Wednesday ambushed a Bush carrying Ukrainian soldiers — twelve of whom were killed. An unknown number were taken captive.
- Russian Alexander Borodai has resigned as prime minister of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, ceding the title to a Ukrainian named Alexander Zakharchenko. Its military leader, Igor Girkin — AKA Strelkov — has also resigned.
- Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are aggravated by a Russian aid convoy to the separatists.
- Putin sought to act as peacemaker between Azerbaijan and Armenia after renewed fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory has resulted in dozens of deaths recently. Both Azerbaijan and Armenia, however, are skeptical of Russian intentions — both agreeing that Russia should not send in peacekeeping forces.
- Azerbaijan has detained four of its most prominent human rights activists and advocates.
- NATO is close to an agreement to bolster its presence in Eastern Europe.
- WIRED profiles Edward Snowden.
- Former DARPA head Regina Duggan reportedly violated internal ethics regulations in discussing products sold by the company she founded with Pentagon officials during her tenure.
- I wrote a feature article for The Atlantic online about a war photograph from Desert Storm.
Photo: Al Shaaf neighborhood of Gaza City. A Palestinian man surveys the destruction. Alessio Romenzi for TIME.
The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.Chuck Palahniuk
We have a fear of facing ourselves. That is the obstacle. Experiencing the innermost core of our existence is very embarrassing to a lot of people. A lot of people turn to something that they hope will liberate them without their having to face themselves. That is impossible. We can’t do that. We have to be honest with ourselves. We have to see our gut, our excrement, our most undesirable parts. We have to see them. That is the foundation of warriorship, basically speaking. Whatever is there, we have to face it, we have to look at it, study it, work with it and practice meditation with it.Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Poor James Joyce, who was somebody else who crawled under furniture when it thundered. Poor Beethoven, who never learned to do simple child’s multiplication. Poor Sappho, who leaped from a high cliff, into the Aegean. Poor John Rushkin, who had all those other silly troubles to begin with, of course, but who finally also saw snakes.David Markson, Wittgenstein’s Mistress
We’ve got everything we need right here, and everything we need is enough.Jack Johnson
No one can grant you happiness. Happiness is a choice we all have the power to make.Dean Koontz, Life Expectancy