"On July 16, while I was in eastern Gaza City taking photos of the many buildings recently destroyed by Israeli forces, a man approached me and asked if I wanted to enter his home to take photos of the inside.
I accepted his offer and as he showed me around, I learned his name is Khamis Mraish and that his brother, Dr. Riad Mraish, ran a clinic from the home. As Khamis took me through each corner of the house, he described in detail the damage in every room. Most of the family’s belongings, including Dr. Mraish’s medical equipment, were now ruined, scattered in pieces and covered with debris.
It was horribly sad to witness his pain — and how he so badly wanted to share his story with the world. And the more people I speak with, the more I realize there is this same feeling everywhere. The people in Gaza want, and need, the world to see what they are going through.”
Despite its exciting origins at the hands of terrified and superstitious French cave dwellers, and despite the fact that most artists are completely wackadoo, art history is pretty boring, not to mention long. We at Dark Rye can’t do much about the length, but we’d like to help take care of the boredom. Join us on this enlightening journey through the many ages of art, minus a couple of the duller ones like Mannerism and Neoclassicism. When you’re done, maybe you’ll swap out your old college Starry Night poster for something a little less clichéd…
Andrew Jackson was a BAMF. Someone tried to assasinate him once with two pistols, both misfired , and Jackson proceeded to beat the crap out of him with his cane.
That last reply is perfection.
1. Palestinian children take shelter at a UN school after evacuating their home near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)
2. Palestinians stand amongst the rubble of Tayseer Al-Batsh’s family house which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
3. Palestinians travel to a shelter at a UN school after evacuating their homes near the border in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
4. Palestinian children stand next to graves ahead of the funeral of 18 members of al-Batsh family who were killed the previous night in Israeli strikes that hit their house as they were targeting Hamas police chief Tayseer al-Batsh. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)
5. A Palestinian boy draws on a chalk board at a UN school after evacuating his home near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)
6. A blood-stained mattress rests on top of the rubble of a house following an Israeli air strike, that killed 18 people of the same family in Gaza City. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)
7. Palestinian families travel to a UN school to seek shelter after evacuating their homes near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)
8. The son (L) of one of the Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh’s family, who were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
9. A Palestinian woman gestures as she stands behind a missile which was fired by Israeli aircraft at a shack belonging to Bedouins in Rafah. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)
10. Palestinian children sleep on the floor at a UN school after evacuating their home near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)
Faces of Tibet
Wherever I live, I shall feel homesick for Tibet. I often think I can still hear the cries of wild geese and cranes and the beating of their wings as they fly over Lhasa in the clear, cold moonlight …
- Heinrich Harrer, Seven Years in Tibet
Day 4: Gaza death toll passes 100 as Israel continues assault | July 11, 2014
1. A ball of fire is seen following an early morning Israeli air strike on Rafah. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)
2. A Palestinian man looks at a house which was hit in an Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
3. The destroyed house of the Palestinian Abu Lealla family following an Israeli airstrike in the north of Gaza City. (Mohammed Saber/EPA)
4. Mother of three-year-old Saher Abu Namous mourns during his funeral after he was killed in an explosion in the east of Jabaliya refugee camp. (Mohammed Saber/EPA)
5. A chicken walks amidst the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
6. Smoke and debris from an Israeli explosion rise above the northern Gaza Strip. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)
7. Palestinians look at the remains of a missile which was fired by an Israeli aircraft on a street in Deir El-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. (Ashraf Amrah/Reuters)
8. Members of the Abu Lealla family search the rubble of their destroyed home after an Israeli airstrike north of Gaza City. (Wissam Nassar for The New York Times)
9. A Palestinian woman reacts in front of her son’s boat, which was damaged in a fire that started following an Israeli naval strike, at the seaport of Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
10. Palestinians look the damage of a destroyed house where five members of the Ghannam family were killed in an Israeli missile strike early morning in Rafah refugee camp. (Khalil Hamra/AP)
You’d think the Israeli military would have lunched a major offensive against Hamas through their surgical strike capabilities, but they’d rather go collateral against 139^2 mi where 74% is composed by urban environment inhabited by 1.8 million, where I estimate that roughly 1 in every 113 (assuming US intel on Hamas is an accurate estimate) inhabitants are armed assailants.
I find the Israeli proclaim of self defense to be arguable. I would suggest a formal on-site UN inspection regarding jurisdictional disputes under Chapter VII, Art. 51 because there are evident suspicions of human rights violations.
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. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.
- Fighting continues in Ukraine, where the army has retaken areas of Donetsk but separatists continue to battle it out — most recently over the airport.
- Ukrainian rebels carried out a swift, old-school version of justice in Slovyansk, as documents they left behind in their flight show.
- Amnesty International reports on graphic evidence collected of torture targeting, among others, protesters and journalists in Ukraine over the last three months, as well as abductions.
- A dispatch from Rwanda — where last week they celebrated the anniversary of Tutsis occupying Kigali and bringing an end to the 100 days of genocide.
- Amnesty International says South Sudan is “locked in a cycle of violence.”
- In the Congo, a major faction of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda seems like it might be ready to disarm.
- President Obama has offered to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas — mean while 98 Palestinians have reportedly been killed in Israeli attacks.
- On Israeli right-wing youth extremism and the awful killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir.
- Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan De Mistura will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the UN’s Syria envoy and point man on the ongoing conflict.
- ISIS has taken control of an old chemical weapons facility in Muthanna. The US is downplaying the danger, saying the facility contained no intact weapons.
- A new ISIS revenue stream: oil smuggling.
- Matthieu Aikins points out in the New York Times that the best allies against ISIS are other Sunni Islamists.
- The death toll rises among Iraqi Shi’ites recruited to battle ISIS.
- Iran delivered three attack planes to Iraq.
- After meeting with Shia opposition in Bahrain, American diplomat Tom Malinowski was expelled by the government.
- The number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan in the first six months of 2014 went up by a quarter from last year’s levels.
- The Afghan Taliban has banned polio vaccination teams from southern Helmand province.
- Brinksmanship between Afghan presidential hopefuls.
- Pakistan’s anti-militant offensive has forced more than 700,000 people to flee their homes.
- In Myanmar, four journalists and the head of a newspaper were sentenced to a decade in prison and hard labor for reporting on a secret government factory designed to produce chemical weapons.
- An obituary for David Truong, an anti-Vietnam war activist whose wiretapping and conviction on espionage charges eventually lead to the passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
- A new way of war — the purposeful targeting of children.
- On Thursday, Germany demanded that the top US spy in Berlin leave the country over new allegations of American espionage.
- BNP Paribas SA, France’s largest bank, pleaded guilty in US federal court to violating sanctions by processing $9 billion worth of banned transactions involving Sudan, Cuba and Iran between 2004 and 2012.
- The Intercept reports on surveillance of Muslim-American leaders in the US.
- Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center for the past three years, is stepping down from his position.
- The TSA’s new focus: electronics.
- New charges are expected against Ahmed Abu Khattala, suspected ringleader of the Benghazi attacks.
- The Marine Corps is expanding the offer of infantry training to more women.
- A new “burn pit” registry has been created to log the names of 11,000 veterans and troops possibly sickened by exposure to open air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Small self-promotion: I wrote a piece for Foreign Policy last week on the practice of barrel bombing from Sudan to Syria and now Iraq.
- Bonus war photo: Ukrainian soldiers take up a position in a sunflower field.
Photo: Gaza City. Palestinians search amid the rubble of an overnight Israeli strike. Khalil Hamra/AP
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Dozens of colleges around the country are not investigating sexual assault cases on campus, and a significant number are giving oversight of incidents involving athletes to school athletic departments, according to a major survey released Wednesday.
More than 40 percent of the schools surveyed said they have not conducted a single sexual assault investigation in the past five years. That total includes 6 percent of the large public universities that participated in the survey.
The national sampling also found that more than 20 percent of schools give oversight of sexual violence cases involving athletes to their university’s athletic department. This method of oversight was higher at Division II and III schools than Division I.