We are waiting here to see if we are meant to live or die. Every day is another day of fear and destruction. If you don’t die, someone you know is likely to be among the dead. This is no life a human being can accept.

A Palestinian commenting on conditions inside Gaza. 

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The (Not So) Great Wars and Modern Memory
From online anthologies to New York Times bestsellers, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are writing short fiction as illuminating and comprehensive as war novels. 
[Medium - July 88, 2014]
WHEN PHIL KLAY’S BOOK Redeploymentwas delivered to my apartment a few months ago, I was about to take a long subway ride down the eighty or so blocks to Columbia. I took the book with me. It wasn’t a good idea after all, to open it up and read the title story on the 1 train — crushed into the railing, rattling southward in the dark tunnel. My throat had closed up by the time I hit my stop. When I emerged out into the sunlight from underground, Sgt. Price, the bluntly insightful narrator of “Redeployment,” walked up the stairs and out onto Broadway with me.
Klay’s collection of stories is one of new canon of contemporary fiction not just about the wars in Iraq in Afghanistan, but by the people who fought in them. They come in all forms, ranging from novels to short stories (some of them very short). Phil Klay’s Redeploymentcame out this year, but the title story was originally published in the anthology Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, edited by Roy Scranton (once referred to as the “Ezra Pound of the war lit world”) and Matt Gallagher.
Redeployment and Fire and Forgetaren’t war novels — a valorized genre; they are collections. Along with the many veteran-written short stories posted online, they make an accumulating archive of short fictional work. “While not a novel, Redeploymentlights up the contemporary war fiction scene while readers wait for the next great novel to come along,” wrote Peter Molin in his Time of War blog review of Klay’s collection. Redeploymentcertainly makes the contemporary war fiction scene shine brighter, but it is no placeholder for an imminent Great American War Novel. The collection achieves greatness in and of itself, not as a stepping stone on the way to a higher genre.
ON ONE LEVEL, it’s easy to review works like these. Pick from words like visceral, searing, powerful, heartbreaking. Call Phil Klay the Tim O’Brien of his generation. Say the work is complex, complicated, candid and beautifully written. And it will all be true. But it’s much harder to actually describe the impact of reading even a portion of this particular canon of work.
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The (Not So) Great Wars and Modern Memory

From online anthologies to New York Times bestsellers, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are writing short fiction as illuminating and comprehensive as war novels. 

[Medium - July 88, 2014]

WHEN PHIL KLAY’S BOOK Redeploymentwas delivered to my apartment a few months ago, I was about to take a long subway ride down the eighty or so blocks to Columbia. I took the book with me. It wasn’t a good idea after all, to open it up and read the title story on the 1 train — crushed into the railing, rattling southward in the dark tunnel. My throat had closed up by the time I hit my stop. When I emerged out into the sunlight from underground, Sgt. Price, the bluntly insightful narrator of “Redeployment,” walked up the stairs and out onto Broadway with me.

Klay’s collection of stories is one of new canon of contemporary fiction not just about the wars in Iraq in Afghanistan, but by the people who fought in them. They come in all forms, ranging from novels to short stories (some of them very short). Phil Klay’s Redeploymentcame out this year, but the title story was originally published in the anthology Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, edited by Roy Scranton (once referred to as the “Ezra Pound of the war lit world”) and Matt Gallagher.

Redeployment and Fire and Forgetaren’t war novels — a valorized genre; they are collections. Along with the many veteran-written short stories posted online, they make an accumulating archive of short fictional work. “While not a novel, Redeploymentlights up the contemporary war fiction scene while readers wait for the next great novel to come along,” wrote Peter Molin in his Time of War blog review of Klay’s collection. Redeploymentcertainly makes the contemporary war fiction scene shine brighter, but it is no placeholder for an imminent Great American War Novel. The collection achieves greatness in and of itself, not as a stepping stone on the way to a higher genre.

ON ONE LEVEL, it’s easy to review works like these. Pick from words like visceral, searing, powerful, heartbreaking. Call Phil Klay the Tim O’Brien of his generation. Say the work is complex, complicated, candid and beautifully written. And it will all be true. But it’s much harder to actually describe the impact of reading even a portion of this particular canon of work.

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A grenade where you’d least expect it…
Estuche (Jewelry Case) — Los Carpinteros
At the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montréal this week, one of the standout pieces (for me) was this grenade-shaped chest of drawers (or, conversely, large wooden grenade with drawers?) — done by Cuban art collective Los Carpinteros. Lovely that it’s fully functioning — just as furniture, not as ordnance.
PBS Frontline covered Los Carpinteros back in 2008 in “Cuba: An Art Revolution." The collective, made up of Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodriguez, began working in the 1990s and their paintings and sculptures can be found in museums all over the world. 
Here’s a slideshow with a selection of some more of their work.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Coyne DeGhett

A grenade where you’d least expect it…

Estuche (Jewelry Case) — Los Carpinteros

At the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montréal this week, one of the standout pieces (for me) was this grenade-shaped chest of drawers (or, conversely, large wooden grenade with drawers?) — done by Cuban art collective Los Carpinteros. Lovely that it’s fully functioning — just as furniture, not as ordnance.

PBS Frontline covered Los Carpinteros back in 2008 in “Cuba: An Art Revolution." The collective, made up of Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodriguez, began working in the 1990s and their paintings and sculptures can be found in museums all over the world. 

Here’s a slideshow with a selection of some more of their work.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Coyne DeGhett


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Armed men raided the offices of Sudanese daily paper Al-Tayar on Saturday, confiscated and destroyed equipment, and beat the editor.
At Foreign Affairs: ”Why the Central African Republic has many peacekeepers, but no peace.”
Two explosions in Nigeria Wednesday, one targeting an opposition leader and another a prominent Muslim cleric, left at least 42 dead.
Clashes between militias in Libya left 47 dead last week.
21 Egyptian soldiers were killed in an attack on a border checkpoint over the weekend.
Amazing and terrible photos from the last couple of weeks in Gaza by Time's Alessio Romenzi. 
15 were killed yesterday when Israeli shelling struck a UN-run school in Gaza. The current death toll in Gaza has passed 800.
According to UN calculations, one child is killed every hour in Gaza.
The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio ad from human rights group B’Tselem listing out the names of some of the dead Palestinian children from the past 17 days of conflict.
Clashes erupted in the West Bank as protests mounted against Israel’s shelling of a UN school in Gaza. Two Palestinian protesters were killed. A “day of rage” is planned for this, the last Friday of Ramadan.
A BBC interview with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.
The UN Human Rights Council has voted to launch an independent investigation into human rights violations in Israeli operations in Gaza. 29 voted in favor and 17 abstained. The sole “no” vote belonged to the United States. 
The Lebanese parliament failed for the ninth time to elect a new president. 
According to the Syrian opposition, last Thursday and Friday 700 Syrians were killed in conflict — the deadliest two days of fighting in the war. 
The UN sent trucks of food and other supplies across the Turkish border and into rebel-held Syrian territory, in defiance of the Syrian government. 
Iraqi parliament elected Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum the new president.
The veracity of the claim that ISIS called on Iraqi women to undergo genital mutilation is called into question.
Four journalists have been detained in Tehran, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife, The National reporter Yeganeh Salehi.
Many obstacles block prosecution of those responsible for MH17.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has resigned following the collapse of the governing coalition.
A Ukrainian journalist working as a freelancer for CNN was abducted Tuesday by pro-Russian separatists. 
A dispatch from the front lines with Ukrainian rebels.
RFE/RL interviews an Armenian who says he was recruited in Moscow to fight for the separatist movement in Ukraine.
A mass grave unearthed in Slovyansk, Ukraine, contains 20 bodies believed to have been killed by pro-Russian separatists. 
Ongoing questions about US intelligence prior to the downing of MH17.
C.J. Chivers on the continued dangers of Soviet surplus arms in Ukraine.  
Jon Lee Anderson on proxy war in Ukraine.
Six players for the football club Shakhtar Donetsk refused to return to the conflict-torn region of Ukraine after playing a friendly against France. One, Fred, has since returned.
The European Court of Human Rights found that Poland broke the human rights convention in assisting the CIA in the detention and torture of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Poland is the first to be held accountable for participation in CIA extraordinary rendition programs. 
Two Russian activists sentenced to four and a half years in a prison colony.
Two Finnish aid workers were shot dead in Herat, Afghanistan.
Matthew Rosenberg on the squabble-ridden audit of the Afghan election.
The Afghan police officer charged with killing AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus has been convicted and sentenced to death. 
15 members of the Hazara community were killed by Taliban gunmen as they travelled through the Afghan province of Ghor. 
Civilians caught in the crossfire in Myanmar’s northern Kachin state.
The National Journal on the broad parameters for putting someone on the terror watchlist.
A clip from the upcoming documentary The Kill Team by Dan Krauss, about the killing of civilians by a group of US soldiers in Afghanistan.
Photo: Gaza. A Palestinian man holds a young girl injured during the Israeli shelling of a UN school yesterday. Alessio Romenzi/TIME.
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2014’s World Cup may be only just over, but the politics of the 2018 World Cup are already a subject of discussion. Over at The Daily Beast, Tunku Varadarajan suggests that a genuine way to punish Vladimir Putin for MH17 (and whatever else) would be to take the World Cup away from Russia. 

How does one punish the autocratic, omnipotent president of a quasi-superpower? It is much harder to do so than to spank the piddling ruler of a smallish rogue state, but options exist. Putin believes that a World Cup in Russia can be sold to his people as an endorsement of his rule. Why should the world become an accomplice in a dictator’s Ponzi scheme of pride? As he preened for the cameras at the World Cup finalin Rio de Janeiro on July 13, it was clear that Putin regards Russia’s staging of the cup’s next edition asa propaganda godsend, a global vote for his achievements. Imagine his consternation if he were prevented from putting on such a show. 

Not that the original choice to award Russia the 2018 slot (or Qatar the 2022) wasn’t already widely criticized based on allegations of kickbacks and vote-buying.
Photo via Getty.

2014’s World Cup may be only just over, but the politics of the 2018 World Cup are already a subject of discussion. Over at The Daily Beast, Tunku Varadarajan suggests that a genuine way to punish Vladimir Putin for MH17 (and whatever else) would be to take the World Cup away from Russia. 

How does one punish the autocratic, omnipotent president of a quasi-superpower? It is much harder to do so than to spank the piddling ruler of a smallish rogue state, but options exist. Putin believes that a World Cup in Russia can be sold to his people as an endorsement of his rule. Why should the world become an accomplice in a dictator’s Ponzi scheme of pride? As he preened for the cameras at the World Cup finalin Rio de Janeiro on July 13, it was clear that Putin regards Russia’s staging of the cup’s next edition asa propaganda godsend, a global vote for his achievements. Imagine his consternation if he were prevented from putting on such a show. 

Not that the original choice to award Russia the 2018 slot (or Qatar the 2022) wasn’t already widely criticized based on allegations of kickbacks and vote-buying.

Photo via Getty.

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A passenger jet, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 from the Netherlands to Malaysia, was shot down over eastern Ukraine yesterday. Most of the answers are still forthcoming on this one, but none of nearly 300 passengers on board are thought to have survived. 
Who shot it down? Ukraine itself has denied involvement or capability and several signs seem to point to the pro-Russian separatists. 
Separatists have agreed to allow international investigators access to the crash site. 
Earlier this week, Ukraine accused Russia of shooting down a Ukrainian fighter jet in its own airspace. 
Israel launched a new phase of Operation Protective Edge: a ground invasion. According to Gaza’s health ministry, 24 Palestinians have been killed since Thursday night and more than 200 injured. Israel is claiming 14 of those it killed were terrorists and has lost one soldier. 
Netanyahu has said Israel is prepared to “significantly widen" the offensive. 
Inside Gaza’s tunnels — which have been a primary stated target of Israeli forces over the past three weeks.
Earlier in Gaza, a strike from a naval ship killed four Palestinian boys playing on a beach.
Three Israelis were indicted in the revenge killing of 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir.
Parisian police are considering a ban on pro-Palestine demonstrations.
14 Tunisian soldiers have been killed in a militant attack near the Algerian border. 
Libyan militant groups battling for control of the Tripoli airport have agreed to a ceasefire. 
In the Central African Republic, it’s worse than we thought.
Assad begins his third term as Syria’s president. 
Kuwaiti protesters demanding the release of an opposition leader and the purging of corrupt judges were met with tear gas over the weekend.
Anti-terrorism laws in Gulf states are being deployed against dissent and opposition, not militancy.
Tribesmen bombed Yemen’s main oil export pipeline on Saturday.
After a Houthi takeover of the Yemeni city of Amran last week, tens of thousands have fled the city.
Intelligence is linking Saudi chemist turned Al Qaeda bombmaker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri to ISIS and the Nusra Front.
Saudi Arabia is positioned in the middle of extremism — from Yemen on one side and Iraq on the other.
A Saudi rights lawyer has been jailed for 15 years for “inciting public opinion” and “undermining judicial authorities.”
Qatar is planning an $11bn deal to buy Apache helicopters and Patriot missiles from the US.
A suicide bombing in an Afghan market on Tuesday killed at least 89 people — the worst insurgent attack since 2001.
Kabul airport came under attack by militants on Thursday.
Afghanistan has jailed a Pakistani journalist, detaining him while reportedly on his way to interview Taliban sources. He was originally accused of spying, but is now charged with illegal entry into the country.
The outgoing top commander in Afghanistan, General Joseph Dunford, is expressing concern about the approach to the drawdown.
The widow of the first assassinated Iranian nuclear scientists speaks about her husband’s fears and death, and about meeting with his assassin. 
Protests and violent clashes continue in Cambodia over a disputed election. Eight members of the opposition in parliament have been arrested on charges of inciting insurrection. 
A Dutch court ruled that the government bore responsibility for the deaths of 300 of the victims of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia in 1995, owing to failures by Dutch peacekeepers. 
What are the aircraft carrying out 21st century aerial reconnaissance?
Alan Rusbridger interviews Edward Snowden.
A bill presented in Australian parliament this week could mean that journalists face jail over intelligence leaks.
The US plans to transfer six low-level Guantánamo detainees to Uruguay, possibly next month. 
A US Navy nurse has refused to force-feed prisoners in Guantánamo.
The Guardian looks into hunger strikes carried out by the non-Afghan detainees that the US continues to hold, largely under cover of secrecy, at Bagram.
Blackwater employees testified against former colleagues in the trial over the 2007 Nisour Square shooting. 
And some helpful suggestions for naming the latest operation in Iraq (Operation Shiite Storm, anyone?). You get to pick your favorite.
Photo: Donetsk, Ukraine. A section of the miles-long wreckage of MH17 smolders yesterday. Credit: ITAR-TASS/Barcroft Media.

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Photo: Donetsk, Ukraine. A section of the miles-long wreckage of MH17 smolders yesterday. Credit: ITAR-TASS/Barcroft Media.


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Most Americans who follow soccer now wouldn’t quibble with the idea that the United States will win – or at least play in – a World Cup final in our lifetime. That would have been a preposterous idea 20 years ago. Now it’s a good pub argument.

Andrew Das — NYT sports editor.

America’s love of this year’s World Cup — because for once we were the underdog. 

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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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When it was bad, you knew it could have been worse. When it got worse, you knew it could have been terrible. When it got terrible, you knew there was hope left, just a thread of it, but something to hold on to. You knew those things because he was there. If you watched the last two minutes in a heart-imploding frenzy, urging the U.S. to get forward and score the tying goal, the life you felt was the gift he gave you, because without him the match would have been over long before.

I don’t care that the U.S. lost. He goes into the lore. When the aged DeAndre Yedlin is hoisting the World Cup in 2026, Tim Howard is the background, in the same way that Brian McBride’s bloody face is the background and Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria is the background. He matters to American soccer forever because of this match. We lost, but he still saved us.
The great thing about Grantland’s sendoff for Tim Howard and the USMNT is how it manages to be both over the top and right on point at the same time.
The camera wobbles and the image pixelates as the cameraman tilts upward to catch the Syrian military helicopter drop its payload. The video, which has been viewed more than 76,000 times, follows the barrel bombs’ tumbling descent, the roar of their fall growing louder. The bombs hit their targets in a closely-packed urban area with an enormous crash, sending a huge plume of dark gray and white smoke, dust, and debris rising up as the building gives way. The video, reportedly from the Damascus suburb of Daraya, was uploaded by anti-government media activists from Syria in February. The accompanying video description refers to the weapons as barrel bombs — and ordnance tumbling from a Russian Hip helicopter, with visible fins, is likely just that. Similar to many of the videos available online of these bombings, the precise details of the attack in question, like the number of dead and wounded, are not known.
I have a piece up at Foreign Policy looking at the practice of barrel bombing — from Sudan to Syria, and now Iraq, too.
It’s not that Tim Howard and the US defense won’t be key to keeping the USA in contention, or that the game might not be turned by the opportunistic zeal of Dempsey up front, but for the US to progress you get the feeling it’s going to involve a successful gut check: Beckerman, Bradley, Jones.
Analyzing the critical nature of the midfield trio — Beckerman, Bradley and Jones — for the upcoming knockout match against Belgium on Tuesday. Interesting rethink of Bradley’s much-scrutinized performance in the past three matches.
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"One the day the war will be over and I can return to my poem."

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Separatist rebels in Ukraine agreed to a ceasefire — and then broke it by shooting down an Mi-8 helicopter over Slovyansk. 
Separatists are also distributing pro-Putin rap songs. 
The UN estimates that 423 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine between April 15 and June 23. 
More than 14,000 refugees have crossed the border into Russia. 
Mali is urging a more aggressive UN mission.
Egypt convicted three Al Jazeera journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to produce false broadcasts. Each was sentenced to at least seven years. 
Four bombs exploded in Cairo metro stations, causing only a few injuries.
Gaza’s unemployed graduates. 
Human Rights Watch says that ISIS has been recruiting Syrian children to their fight with the promise of a free education, and has found evidence that more moderate rebel groups like the Free Syrian Army have used children as well.
The Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons has announced that Syria finally shipped the last of its known chemical weapons out of the country — although the OPCW says it has not completed the verification work necessary to declare Syria free of the weapons.
Israel launched rocket attacks against Syria in retaliation for the death of an Israeli teen in Golan Heights.
The three Israeli teens have been missing for two weeks now, and the resulting crackdown and tensions have been the most serious in a decade. 
Al Qaeda militants attacked Yemeni army base, airport and nearby agricultural plant, killing six soldiers and a civilian.
Syrian warplanes launched airstrikes inside Iraq.
Iraqi PM Nouri Al-Maliki rejected calls for the formation of some sort of emergency government. 
Iran is supplying Iraq with military equipment and more in the fight against ISIS as well as directing surveillance drones from an airfield in Baghdad.
Rania Abouzeid on the Syrian roots of Iraq’s current crisis. 
More than four dozen Iraqis will travel to Washington in the coming months to testify against Blackwater in the killing of 17 Iraqis in September 2007.
A week of fighting between Afghan forces and militants in the south has left more than 100 dead. 
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has released tapes he says provide evidence of election fraud. The White House has called for an impartial review of all fraud claims. 
Why Pakistan’s offensive against militants will fall short of its purpose. 
Internal Pakistani refugees who have fled a government offensive in Waziristan protested food shortages.
Canada-based cleric Tahirul Qadri is returning to Pakistan with the promise to lead a nonviolent revolution.
Sgt. Ryan Pitts will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions in the costly battle of Wanat, which killed nine US soldiers and sparked investigations. 
A bipartisan panel of former military and intelligence officials concluded that the targeted killing and armed drone program sets a dangerous precedent for endless war.
More than 400 large US military drones have crashed since 2001.
The FISA court has renewed the government’s application to continue collecting bulk telephone metadata — an approval which expires again in September. 
Guantánamo Bay prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi has requested a civilian lawyer. 
On Tuesday a federal judge in Oregon declared the no-fly list unconstitutional because the Americans placed on it have no way to contest the inclusion.
A New York Times interactive on the 100-year legacy of the First World War. 

Photo: Tuz Kurmatu, Iraq. Iraqi forces patrol a checkpoint near ISIS forces. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty/
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In a world where quantities as varied as footsteps and mouse clicks can be measured with scientific precision, soccer is a land where time remains a mirage.
The NYT explains to American fans why that 5 minutes and 28 seconds of stoppage time were added to That Match with Portugal on Sunday.
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