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One hundred years later, World War I’s lasting bootprint

From the war’s scope to the weapons: Five legacies of World War I

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America’s new isolationism Weary of war, Americans increasingly balk at military intervention. Does this reflect a new strain of isolationism or just doubts about the effectiveness of using force in the Middle East?
Graphs: John Kehe/The Christian Science Monitor

America’s new isolationism Weary of war, Americans increasingly balk at military intervention. Does this reflect a new strain of isolationism or just doubts about the effectiveness of using force in the Middle East?

Graphs: John Kehe/The Christian Science Monitor

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Monitor reporter Scott Peterson reports from the Aleppo neighborhood of Salaheddin that the rebels are impeding the Syrian Army’s ground progress, pushing them to use more deadly tactics.
READ: Inside Aleppo: Rebels repulse Syrian tanks, civilians dodge shells

Monitor reporter Scott Peterson reports from the Aleppo neighborhood of Salaheddin that the rebels are impeding the Syrian Army’s ground progress, pushing them to use more deadly tactics.

READ: Inside Aleppo: Rebels repulse Syrian tanks, civilians dodge shells

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Afghan Diary: The lives of four Afghans provide a lens on how America’s longest conflict has changed a nation – and the divisions and dangers that persist.

Afghan Diary: The lives of four Afghans provide a lens on how America’s longest conflict has changed a nation – and the divisions and dangers that persist.

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Charles Taylor: A guilty verdict against the former Liberian president – including charges of murder, rape, use of child soldiers – sets precedent for holding sitting heads of state to account.

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What would happen if Iran had the bomb? Nuclear apocalypse? Not quite.
Scott Peterson answers the question.

What would happen if Iran had the bomb? Nuclear apocalypse? Not quite.

Scott Peterson answers the question.

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The video of US marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters has shocked many. But the dehumanizing of the enemy was much worse back in the day.

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According to a survey conducted by Pew, 1 in 3 US veterans of the wars since 9/11 think that Iraq and Afghanistan have not been worth it.

  • Breaking it down by individual war, half of the polled veterans considered the war in Afghanistan to have been necessary and 44% said the same of the Iraq war. 
  • Six in ten of these veterans thought that we should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on domestic issues.
  • Only 21% of them thought that the civilian public understood the issues faced by servicemembers.
  • 87% came down on the side of increased use of drones in warfare.
  • 82% were against re-institution of the draft.

Above is a chart detailing what servicemembers reported as being the rewards and the burdens of their military experiences and a word cloud of the words and phrases they chose to describe those same experiences.

Read the full research here

Photo Credits: Erik DeCastro/Reuters; Brennan Linsey/AP 

(via thepoliticalnotebook)