I know I haven’t posted one of these in a few days, but that’s not because there wasn’t much to note. Below is a full baker’s dozen, though some are echoes of stories already on our radar.
- The Toronto Star offers an elegant PTSD history, showing how “soldier’s heart” became “shell shock” became “combat fatigue” became “Vietnam syndrome and beyond.
- “Veterans for Peace” is the hed the Guardian gives to this video testimony from a former British soldier who found himself in Ireland during the Troubles.
- Nan Levinson embedded with IVAW and wrote War is Not a Game. Click here to hear her tell WBUR about the movement they built.
- Counterpunch explains in more detail why Andre Shepherd’s asylum case is important.
- After Petraeus brokered a deal with no jail time, the Daily Beast was among those pointing out that the info the general shared w.his girlfriend was just as classified as that released by whistleblowers behind bars. Others included Nonprofit Quarterly, which called Petraeus’ sentence “a sweetheart deal,” and our iconic Daniel Ellsberg, who stressed the obvious: that those whistleblowers were serving their country, not betraying it.
- Speaking of whistleblowers, Chelsea Manning was again all over the news: First, news that her attorneys have secured a major victory, with the DoD ordering that the pronouns used in all legal filings reflect her true gender. THEN, Chelsea’s own byline at the Guardian, on this piece urging international prosecution of U.S. architects of torture. “To let their horrific actions go unanswered,” she writes, “would send an awful message to the world: it is wrong to torture and mistreat people, except when those doing it have the supposed blessing of the law and with the permission of high-ranking supervisors and politicians.”
- It’s not just our friend Brandon Bryant: drone pilots are saying no by quitting. After the Air Force publishes the numbers, The Nation rounds up word from Bryant and other drone personnel, which makes those resignations less “perplexing” than inevitable.
- Also in the Hardly-Surprising Results Dept, military concussions are more damaging than those suffered by athletes.
- Speaking of combat injuries, Iraq vets may finally get redress for those burn pits that poured toxins into their lungs.
- This week’s Selma anniversary prompted this Slate piece about the riots in summer 1919, after which black veterans organized rather than accept second-class citizenship.
- And we close with the voice of Dave Cline, who until his 2007 death had been a bulwark for generations of soldier-dissent. Via the essential Vietnam Full Disclosure, here’s Cline addressing the powerful Canadian coalition Peace Has No Borders.
You can likely guess the “not quite.” (I think I’ll use Alex’ image as the standard-bearer for these news roundups….)
- First and foremost, there’s hope for Andre Shepherd, and a possible higher profile: Wall Street Journal: “Now German officials must decideWall Street Journal f whether Mr. Shepherd qualifies as a refugee under European Union law as outlined by the court. That sets up a potential clash between American and European law in such sensitive areas as the Iraq war and military desertions, although U.S. officials have to this point not been heavily engaged in the case.” I’ll write more about this in a full post later: I want to talk to his lawyers first.
- Gizmodo on DOJ completely redacting their own supposed proof of harm done by Snowden. Reading the headline, at first I thought this item (via VICE) was actually about that doubletalking DOJ attorney you see in Citizen Four, trying to persuade a San Francisco courtroom that the NSA shouldn’t be accountable to judicial review.
- “At the VA they hand out opiates like candy.” I’ve heard that a lot, and it was good to see MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow highlight the issue, working with Aaron Glant – who in addition to his work with the Center for Investigative Reporting, wrote for Haymarket’s the iconic book on Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan.
- I’ve said often that I didn’t want to write about Bowe Bergdahl without talking to him or his attorneys – something that never stops partisan media from speculating. Now The Hill has chimed in with “news” that a decision about Bergdahl is coming “in the near future.” Looks like all you need is ONE quote from the Army secretary and then pack in all the partisan backstory. and Presto – file and get paid. Journalism? I’m not sure.
Stuff that might not be news to fans of the AintMarchin Facebook page, or anyone following my Twitter feed. But here are some links to peruse over dinner:
In New York, Wil Hylton’s terrific piece explaining why if you’re AWOL, Canada is now the worst place to go for asylum.
Speaking of asylum, by this time tomorrow we’ll know whether Germany will extend it to conscientious objector Andre Shepherd.
PBS on veterans courts making prosecutors target injustice instead,
TIME jumps on the transgender-troops-justice bandwagon.
At USA College, 5 takeaways from the Reddit AMA of Edward Snowden.
(Art by the peerless Alex Eckman-Lawn, which may become the book’s cover.)