'Afghanistan is just like Iraq – hot, dusty and full of people who want to kill you', SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer Search Advisor Bomb Hunters tells the story of the British army's elite bomb disposal experts, men who face death every day in the most dangerous region of the most lethal country on earth – Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Cultural Resilience among the Jorai of Northeast Cambodia
Author: Krisna Uk
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Category: Social Science
In Salvage, Krisna Uk draws on extensive research in a Cambodian village she calls Leu to provide a unique ethnography of the Jorai, an ethnic minority group that lives in Vietnam and in the most heavily bombed region of northeast Cambodia. The Jorai inhabit a remote region largely beyond the reach of the nation-state but have suffered the devastating effects of battles between and within states. Uk focuses on the experience of a Jorai community that experienced violent and protracted international and domestic conflicts—the Vietnam War and the Khmer Rouge regime. These conflicts had enduring effects on the community’s moral fabric, the villagers’ activities, and the physical and spiritual environments with which they engage daily. Uk’s ethnography is an exploration of a resilient communal life that refuses to surrender its integrity to the blind, destructive forces of modern aerial warfare and that struggles to come to terms with the unintelligible violence unleashed by Cambodia’s revolutionary movement. It examines the destructive power and enduring harm that explosive remnants of war inflict on the human body and the social relations. But it also reveals how the local Jorai villagers turn these treacherous and fatal products of foreign technology into precious subsistence items as well as aesthetic and ritualistic objects that will take the souls of the dead on their journey to a better life. Uk demonstrates how the Jorai of Leu can, through their creative and traditional labor, revive the legend of the formidable Jorai warriors by transforming deadly modern weapons into their own war trophies.
When NATO took charge of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for Afghanistan in 2003, ISAF conceptualized its mission largely as a stabilization and reconstruction deployment. However, as the campaign has evolved and the insurgency has proved to more resistant and capable, key operational imperatives have emerged, including military support to the civilian development effort, closer partnering with Afghan security forces, and greater military restraint. All participating militaries have adapted, to varying extents, to these campaign imperatives and pressures. This book analyzes these initiatives and their outcomes by focusing on the experiences of three groups of militaries: those of Britain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the US, which have faced the most intense operational and strategic pressures; Germany, who's troops have faced the greatest political and cultural constraints; and the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Taliban, who have been forced to adapt to a very different sets of circumstances.
British Military Intelligence Operations, Ethics and Human Rights
Author: Jon Moran
Moran concentrates on three aims: to provide an overview of British military intelligence operations in the last 30 years which concentrates on operational not strategic intelligence; to examine the debates over ethics and effectiveness that have followed these operations; and to examine the increasing attempts to place military intelligence under the same type of regulation that police and security intelligence operations have been subject to. As such, he provides a timely overview of intelligence effectiveness and ethics in this area of heightened interest and relevance in terms of the recent UK deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the light of the UK Strategic Defence Review. This book is not a philosophical discussion of military ethics; nor is it a study of operations alone. In the light of experiences from Northern Ireland to Afghanistan, it examines the debates over effectiveness which have surrounded British military intelligence activities whilst tying these debates closely to the ethical issues they raise. Each stage of operations is evaluated in context. Interest will cut across disciplines and as such this book will appeal to intelligence, counter-terrorism, military studies, politics, human rights and philosophy practitioners, scholars and students.
A Soldier's Account of the Iraq War, and His Post War Struggles with Injury and Ptsd Thru Poetry
Author: Gordon L EweLL
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are the enemys weapon of choice in Iraq, and to date they are the number-one killer of Coaliti on forces on the batt lefi eld. Their ever-increasing sophisti cati on is a challenge but not an insurmountable one. Generally speaking, IEDs are roadside bombs that threaten our Soldiers and logisti cal convoys taking much-needed supplies to them. Master Sergeant Ewell, a Combat Engineer, and Expert in the Tacti cs and Techniques the Enemy was using in Iraq to assemble, disguise and detonate IEDs, became one of the fi rst two Soldiers ever to make up a special team, whos mission was vital in the fi ght to fi nd and render safe the Improvised Explosive Devices, before they could unleash their deadly force upon other Soldiers, Convoys, and the local traffi c of Iraqi civilian commuters. In Iraq, he performed 59 dangerous missions, co-authored a fi rst of its kind manual used for the training of special teams that would have the mission of fi nding IEDs, was Blownup six diff erent ti mes and saved countless lives. A recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart Medal. This is a powerful account of his experience during War, and his Post-War struggles with Severe Injuries and PTSD thru Poetry.
A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks
Author: Susan Casey
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
A journalist's obsession brings her to a remote island off the California coast, home to the world's most mysterious and fearsome predators--and the strange band of surfer-scientists who follow them Susan Casey was in her living room when she first saw the great white sharks of the Farallon Islands, their dark fins swirling around a small motorboat in a documentary. These sharks were the alphas among alphas, some longer than twenty feet, and there were too many to count; even more incredible, this congregation was taking place just twenty-seven miles off the coast of San Francisco. In a matter of months, Casey was being hoisted out of the early-winter swells on a crane, up a cliff face to the barren surface of Southeast Farallon Island-dubbed by sailors in the 1850s the "devil's teeth." There she joined Scot Anderson and Peter Pyle, the two biologists who bunk down during shark season each fall in the island's one habitable building, a haunted, 135-year-old house spackled with lichen and gull guano. Two days later, she got her first glimpse of the famous, terrifying jaws up close and she was instantly hooked; her fascination soon yielded to obsession-and an invitation to return for a full season. But as Casey readied herself for the eight-week stint, she had no way of preparing for what she would find among the dangerous, forgotten islands that have banished every campaign for civilization in the past two hundred years. The Devil's Teeth is a vivid dispatch from an otherworldly outpost, a story of crossing the boundary between society and an untamed place where humans are neither wanted nor needed.
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READ THIS BOOK AND YOU'LL NEVER SMELL THE SAME AGAIN! Bernadette Burnett should smell (she did die in 'Boyle-Breath') but instead she brings a breath of fresh air, and lots more, to Roquefort High School. Not quite C. S. I. but 'Burt' wants to find out...first why she's back at all, then em why she killed herself!? Bernard Boyle will help again of course, with smells, odours, whiffs and stinks, even 'The Comfy Chair'? Snipers and Social Workers, ghosts and ghouls, boils and bullying, dreams and surprises, angels and devils will as always get in the way... Heaven and Hell basically, i. e. Life on the Planet Earth continues... Zeronia, that 'Social Workers of the Galaxy' orb, tries to help again with all those other everyday human problems - families, especially teenagers; gangs; pregnancy; with firestarting, dyslexia, alcoholism and UFOs; vampires, love and money? Crossing the road... Human beings try to help, a dog does also! HELL IS A PUNCTUATION ERROR
The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Ray Jayawardhana
Publisher: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Winner of the Canadian Science Writers Association 2014 Science in Society Book Award A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Science Book of the Season A Book to Watch Out For, The New Yorker's Page-Turner Blog A Los Angeles Times Gift Guide Selection One of the Best Physics Books of 2013, Cocktail Party Physics Blog, Scientific American Detective thriller meets astrophysics in this adventure into neutrinos and the scientists who pursue them The incredibly small bits of matter we call neutrinos may hold the secret to why antimatter is so rare, how mighty stars explode as supernovae, what the universe was like just seconds after the big bang, and even the inner workings of our own planet. For more than eighty years, adventurous minds from around the world have been chasing these ghostly particles, trillions of which pass through our bodies every second. Extremely elusive and difficult to pin down, neutrinos are not unlike the brilliant and eccentric scientists who doggedly pursue them. In Neutrino Hunters, the renowned astrophysicist and award-winning writer Ray Jayawardhana takes us on a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of neutrinos and the colorful lives of those who seek them. Demystifying particle science along the way, Jayawardhana tells a detective story with cosmic implications—interweaving tales of the sharp-witted theorist Wolfgang Pauli; the troubled genius Ettore Majorana; the harbinger of the atomic age Enrico Fermi; the notorious Cold War defector Bruno Pontecorvo; and the dynamic dream team of Marie and Pierre Curie. Then there are the scientists of today who have caught the neutrino bug, and whose experimental investigations stretch from a working nickel mine in Ontario to a long tunnel through a mountain in central Italy, from a nuclear waste site in New Mexico to a bay on the South China Sea, and from Olympic-size pools deep underground to a gigantic cube of Antarctic ice—called, naturally, IceCube. As Jayawardhana recounts a captivating saga of scientific discovery and celebrates a glorious human quest, he reveals why the next decade of neutrino hunting will redefine how we think about physics, cosmology, and our lives on Earth.