One can argue that the U.S. civil war was, or developed into, the first modern war, the first war that was fought in the manner that was to sadly dominate the 20th century. Maybe the ‘style’ of war has fundamentally changed again, with the fragmentation of fronts between states and terrorist groups, guerrilla warfare, or the rise of drones and similar technology, cyber warfare… As a pacifist who chose to serve in emergency medical services, I’m really out of my depth here.
Jeffery B. Roth wrote a fascinating piece on the use of biological (e.g. sending infected clothes to enemy lines) and chemical (e.g. Greek fire artillery shells) weapons in the civil war for the New York Times’ “Disunion” series.
Saber-rattling. Increased presence of battle ships in response to a violent conflict in a third country. Decrees banning protests in Russia. Discussions of boycotting the Olympics in NATO countries.
Seems like after the popcultural retro phase, geopolitics are now going 80s.
This is absolutely brilliant: Afghanistan-born product designer Massoud Hassani developed a revolutionary new tool to clear mines – especially in windy desert areas like in Afghanistan – that is based on a simple toy. What a great design. The project is nominated for a Focus Forward award.
(by Callum Cooper/Focus Forward Films/ via Kraftfuttermischwerk)