Do you miss the music fanzine culture of the 1980s and 1990s, when publications like Forced Exposure
cataloged the under-the-counter culture? Fuckin' Record Reviews
brings you highlights from all of these zines and more!
Check out the early writings of musicians like Steve Albini
, Bill Callahan
, Alan Licht
and David Grubbs
, as well as veteran rockcrits like Byron Coley
, Gerard Cosloy
, Tom Lax
He tells you he is one of the martyrs now. He tells you it is not safe for you to stay in your apartment, that soldiers may come soon. At any moment. You agree. It is time to go. You don't have the leisure to cry now over Ali's death now but you are eternally saddened. You pack only the most essential belongings for yourself, Emad and Yara. Before you head down the stairs with your children, you take one last look back at your home and whisper,
xaatrak to yourself. Goodbye.
1,000 Days of Syria
is a "choose your own adventure" historical fiction newsgame
, in which you live the first 1,000 days of the Syrian conflict through the eyes of one of three optional characters. Guardian article
. [more inside]
The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown
is a nine-part series posted by sci-fi author and statistician Michael F. Flynn
to his blog last year, covering the historical conflict between heliocentrism and geocentrism, with a special focus on Galileo. They are based on an article (pdf)
by Flynn which originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Analog
. [more inside]
When British forces pull down the union jack for the last time in Afghanistan this year, it will be a hugely symbolic moment. It is not just that the departure marks the end of 13 years of British involvement in combat in that troubled country. The surprise is that it could also signal the end of a century or more of unbroken warfare by British forces.
Next year may be the first since at least 1914 that British soldiers, sailors and air crews will not be engaged in fighting somewhere. [more inside]
“People have this idea, because it’s a ‘community’ garden, you’ll have a bunch of people sitting around holding hands, singing ‘Kumbaya,’” says Julie Beals, executive director of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council (LACGC ). “Have you seen an actual community?”
The A-Team Killings
"Last spring, the remains of 10 missing Afghan villagers were dug up outside a U.S. Special Forces base – was it a war crime or just another episode in a very dirty war?"
More than half the population of small, rural Madras, Oregon (population: ~6059) and its surrounding community is served by one clinic: Madras Medical
. At the beginning of 2006, the clinic's doctors and nurses decided to ban pharmaceutical reps from visiting their practice. No more free lunches. No more free drug samples. No more gifts. And yet.... "It's made us better doctors." (Via) [more inside]
In 1971, the newly-created US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired a bunch of freelance photographers to collectively document environmental issues around the country. They were given free rein to shoot whatever they wanted, and the project, named Documerica
, lasted through 1977. After 40 years, the EPA is now encouraging photographers to take current versions of the original Documerica photos and are showcasing them on flickr at State of the Environment
. There are location challenges
, and a set has been created with some of the submissions, making side-by-side comparisons
. [more inside]
Save your marriage... with a writing
workshop. Link to paper: (PDF)
"The Ideology of Hatred": An interview with Niza Yanay
- "Once we understand how hatred operates as an apparatus of power relations, and particularly how the discourse of hatred is motivated and mobilised in national conflicts, serious questions about misrecognition, veiled desires and symptomatic expressions arise. These questions have, to a large extent, been left unaddressed in studies of hatred between groups in conflict." [more inside]
Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission
changed their rules
to require companies to disclose
if they use 'tantalum, tin, gold, or tungsten if those minerals are “necessary to the functionality or production of a product”' These
are also known as 'conflict minerals
The Deadly Tin Inside Your Smartphone
, Businessweek [more inside]
An essay which looks inside the conflicted mind of an Israeli soldier, stationed at a West Bank checkpoint. By Oded Na'aman, currently a student in the Philosophy PhD program at Harvard University, who served in the Israeli Defense Forces from November 2000 to October 2003. Mr. Na'aman is also a member of Breaking the Silence
, a website that gathers and publishes anonymous testimonials
from IDF soldiers -- combat veterans -- about their experiences and the realities of life in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.
Class Conflict Awareness Rose Significantly From 2009 To 2011
A new Pew Research Center survey reports that "the issue of class conflict has captured a growing share of the national consciousness".
The Atlantic is in the middle of a four-part special report
on the Israel / Palestinian peace process, called "Is Peace Possible?
" which features multimedia presentations on and analyses of what they believe are the four core issues of the conflict: Borders
, Refugees, and Jerusalem. (The latter two will be released on Monday, November 7 and 14th, respectively)
The report was put together in collaboration with the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
. [more inside]
In pictures: the life of a war photographer
(There are some graphic images in here; not for the squeamish, though for most would be SFW for most workplaces).
Photojournalism in Libya from "a towering perspective": Bryan’s height — somewhere north of 6 feet 6 inches, closer to 7 feet with helmet and boots — is both a perennial joke and a source of wonder among those who cover war and know him. Why would anyone so damn tall take on a line of work where, on many days, you want to be small? Let’s be clear. Bryan is a big target. Correction: he is a very big target. He looks like a walking sheet of plywood out there.
The CBC has launched an interactive web documentary
with tonnes of videos that takes users inside Shatila refugee camp
(pop. 12,000) in Beirut, where Palestinians have now lived for more than 60 years.
Remove the scourge of conflict
- "Taming mass violence is the theme of the World Bank's latest World Development Report
, which focuses on 'conflict, security and development' [pdf
] ... Mass violence destroys all hopes of progress. We should make a huge effort to eliminate this scourge.
It seems feasible. It is desirable. So try."
Conflict History: a Timeline of War and Conflict Across the Globe
You can browse the timeline to find information about wars from a long time ago
up to the present
. A map shows the conflicts spread across the globe. You can search for specific wars: we got your War of Jenkins' Ear
and your Battle of Gqokli Hill
From the Pentagon to the private sector
- In large numbers, and with few rules, retiring generals are taking lucrative defense-firm jobs [more inside]
Artillery rounds are being fired across maritime borders between the Koreas. At least one soldier is dead.
In what appears to be a response
for South Korean military exercises
(accompanying commentary from a blog which to be run by North Korea is here
), the North Korean army has fired numerous (at least 200, according to CNN
) artillery rounds on an island in South Korean territory, resulting in one South Korean marine dead and 15 wounded. The South Korean army has responded by returning artillery fire and deploying fighter jets but is seeking to limit the scope of the conflict
. At the same time, there have been signals that South Korea was seeking redeployment of US nuclear weapons
on its soil. This just one day after revelations about North Korea's uranium enrichment facilities
Mass wedding for former Tamil fighters Fifty-three couples of former Tamil Tiger rebels were married Sunday ... at a rehabilitation camp near the northern town of Vavuniya. [more inside]
Chronic budget deficits, compounding debt and unfunded liabilities suggest the US financial situation will not be remedied, wiping out military funding. Surplus world oil production could disappear entirely by 2012, and reach a 10 million barrel a day shortfall by 2015. Coalition military operations would become essential to protecting US national interests. According to this year's remarkably candid United States Joint Forces Command Joint Operating Environment report (PDF)
From the bloody civil wars in Africa to the rag-tag insurgencies in Southeast Asia, 33 conflicts are raging around the world today
, and it’s often innocent civilians who suffer the most. [more inside]
African land reform,
plot by plot, may be the foundation for solving so much else – from famine to poverty to genocide.
was a war criminal who was able to escape prosecution for his war crimes during the genocide in Bosnia. In a particularly strange twist, Karadzic assumed the name Dragan Dabic and rose in the ranks of the alternative healing community in Belgrade
. [more inside]
Photos from the war.
A slideshow of photos taken by German soldier Werner Wiehe
... vermisst in Russland, 1944.
(While viewing the slideshow, might I suggest playing some appropriate musical accompaniment
, arranged in sequential order?!)
is a website launched
this month by the Oxford Research Group
"to be an important platform for promoting a better understanding of the real threats to global security in the 21st century and the policies that should be implemented to address those threats at their root cause." It highlights "four interconnected drivers of global insecurity: climate change; competition over natural resources; global militarism; and poverty and marginalisation. Prof. Paul Rogers makes the case for a rethink of the security paradigm
, the elusive and ruthless
, short bio
) of the violent separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE
) has been reportedly killed
in battle by the Sri Lankan Army
(self-loading video) [more inside]
"A young mother is injured and her three month old baby killed by shell fragments as she breastfeeds the child in the government declared no fire zone. Parents hide their children in roughly dug bunkers to escape LTTE press gangs who comb the no-fire zone for conscripts. A woman loses her husband to sniper fire and the toddler he was carrying too drowns when they attempt to wade across a lagoon to escape the no-fire zone. A father is shot in the head by LTTE members as he attempted to flee with his family." - The University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) discuss the situation in Vanni, Sri Lanka, in their 47th information bulletin.
Fantasy Meets Reality.
The very best works of science fiction illuminate controversial current events and the intricacies of human nature. So, it's no surprise that the United Nations Public Information Department and the Sci Fi (SyFy?
) Channel co-hosted a panel yesterday evening on "humanitarian concerns" at the UN, with the creators and actors of Battlestar Galactica
-- a show which regularly explores those themes
. A 2-hour video webcast is archived here
. (RealPlayer video)
. Entertainment Weekly has an additional write-up
. [more inside]
Is this end for the Tamil Tigers?
The Sri Lankan army have captured Elephant Pass
, the latest in a string of victories against the guerrilla outfit. The army has pledged to avoid civilian casualties (which have caused India and other countries to intervene in the past) but there are still concerns
with reports of artillery strikes on civilian centers in Tharmapuram
[graphic], and serious human rights concerns
. Though the military battle may be all but over the country is sure to face armed political struggle for some time.
Prvi svetski rat
- Gritty and poignant Serbian postcards from the First World War. Just one of the seriously interesting
(e.g. check out the collection of 78s
) holdings at the Digital National Library of Serbia
Very recently the Kalenjin
peoples of Kenya's Olmelil valley began skirmishing over land disputes
. Over 20 people have died so far. This type of inter-tribal unrest is nothing new in Eastern Africa. What makes this particular
conflict most jarring to western eyes is that it's being fought with bows and arrows (Time Magazine Slideshow, a forum post with many large images inline, [coral cache of same]).
You get the feeling that somewhere in Fresno, California Gary Brechter
might be pretty wound-up at the moment...