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DEATH OF A GENERAL, A MOTHER’S LOSS, AND HOPE

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2 February 2016
Nineveh, Kurdistan

Written by: Free Burma Rangers

1Kurdish forces at Nineveh front.

Several days ago we came from the front line across from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-held Nineveh to attend the memorial of a General killed as he led his troops in repelling an ISIS suicide attack. Our team, consisting of Karen, Kachin and Karenni Free Burma Rangers (FBR) team members from Burma, our family, and foreign staff, drove under snow-covered peaks and through a beautiful gorge arriving in mid-afternoon in the snowy mountain vastness of Soran.

The memorial service lasted two and a half hours with speeches, poems, as well as Kurdish music from Kurdistan’s greatest singer, Shivon Prewar. Kurdish Generals, Members of Parliament and people from all walks of life crowded in to pay their respects to General Shawkat and the others who died with him.

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This cool shot shows Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey generating Kopp-Etchell’s effect in the dust

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25 November 2015

MV 22 hasty landingImage credit: U.S. Marine Corps. H/T @DCDude1776 for the heads-up

By David Cenciotti

A U.S. Marine Corps Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft is depicted with seemingly solid rotor disks.

The image in this post shows a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey assigned to Special Purpose MAGTF – CR – CC during a TRAP (tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel) drill at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, on Nov. 16, 2015.

What makes the shot particularly interesting (and vaguely Star Wars-like…) is the halo effect caused by the sand hitting the blades and eroding their metal surface. The effect is more visible around the blades’ tips where the peripheral speed is higher.

Caused by the oxidation of eroded particles, the so-called “Kopp-Etchells effect” (named by war correspondent Michael Yon after Cpl. Benjamin Kopp, and Cpl. Joseph Etchells, two fallen American and British soldiers) makes the tilt-rotor aircraft more visible from distance, hence more vulnerable.

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Japanese Scholars’ Reply to the American Scholars’ Comfort Women Statement: In search of a constructive dialogue based upon facts

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August 6, 2015

On May 5th, 2015, one hundred and eighty-seven American-based researchers of Japan issued a statement on the comfort women issue titled, “Open letter in support of historians in Japan” (hereafter, “American scholars’ statement”). It is our understanding that, subsequently, the number of signers increased to some four hundred and sixty people. In response to the challenge proposed by the American scholars’ statement, we Japanese scholars respond with the following views.

<1> Complete agreement that events should be viewed in their historical context, and weighed carefully in the balance

We were struck by this passage from the American scholars’ statement:



“[…] we believe that only careful weighing and contextual evaluation of every trace of the past can produce a just history. Such work must resist national and gender bias, and be free from government manipulation, censorship, and private intimidation.”



We are sympathetic to this suggestion, which we believe to be an important, fundamental principle of historical research. It is cause for celebration that researchers in both Japan and the United States are in agreement on this point.

That we are attempting a response here is due to our having detected, in the American scholars’ statement, a willingness to deal constructively with historical facts that has previously been lacking in American debate on the comfort women issue.

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Ability, Not Disability: The Newest ICS Production Centre Develops Skills

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Article by SNV

17 July 2015

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This week, construction was completed on the new Improved Cook Stoves (ICS) production facilities at the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre, located just outside the Vientiane city limits.  This partnership is part of the ADB’s Harnessing Climate Change Mitigation Initiatives to Benefit Women project, funded by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF).  The collaboration between these organisations will provide more skills and income-generating activities for disabled women in Laos, as well as expanding the market for Improved Cook Stoves in the country.

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