The June 2004 issue of Harper’s Magazine has an extract from “a handout that accompanies a weeklong course on Iraq’s customs and history given to U.S. Marines as part of their training.” The laudable idea is that by teaching Marines about local customs, relations will improve.
Here’s a quote that seems terribly relevant these days:
Do not shame or humiliate a man in public. Shaming a man will cause him and his family to be anti-Coalition.The most important qualifier for all shame is for a third party to witness the act. If you must do something likely to cause shame, remove the person from the view of others. Shame is given by placing hoods over a detainee’s head. Avoid this practice.Placing a detainee on the ground or putting a foot on him implies you are God. This is one of the worst things we can do.
After all these years, Nic still can’t understand the American attitude to healthcare.
A sci-fi and fantasy heavy installment that includes The Valedictorian of Being Dead, The Mastermind, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, Tiamat’s Wrath, The Raven Tower, The Liberation, The Light Brigade and Cryptonomicon.
Includes The Incomplete Book of Running, Aching God, The Murderbot Diaries, Lies Sleeping, The Consuming Fire, and Rendezvous with Rama.
Did you know Las Vegas is kind of nutty?
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.