Here is the new mini drone already deployed in Afghanistan. War is getting more like the movies all the time. Except the death is real. 

Here is the new mini drone already deployed in Afghanistan. War is getting more like the movies all the time. Except the death is real. 

In honor of Veterans Day, here’s a talk given by PopTech Social Innovation Fellow Bryan Doerries about his project, the Theater of War. Through the theatrical readings of SophoclesAjax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities, the Theater of War seeks to create a dialogue, foster community, and de-stigmatize the psychological injuries of war.

The difference between a robot and a human being are feelings. I have grown numb to almost everything that goes on around me. Very few things move me. If I was normal and had my feelings intact, I would have fled like the thousands fleeing my country every month.
— Dr Mohammed Yusuf, is one of Somalia’s unsung heros. He is the director and chief surgeon of the Madina Hospital, one of Mogadishu’s few operational hospitals, and the country’s top trauma medical facility. Dr Yusuf and his team at Madina operate on between 10 and 100 people a day, depending on whether there is fighting in the city. They range from patients who have bullets and shrapnel lodged in their guts to others who need amputations - at times of both legs and arms. (Read More)
I think that unfortunately, we’re living in a time of narrowing — journalism is becoming sound bites. We’re trying to make huge decisions based on political, polemical arguments that have a lot more to do with people’s reelections, and not really serving the country in terms of understanding the world better. And that’s what I try to do with my work. I spend a lot of time on the ground and try to bring back complicated stories, in a time where there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of patience for complications.

But the way that I try to do that is to ground these stories within the lives of individuals and try to understand how these issues look differently when they’re embodied. And I think that this story is an example of that. So, you know, that’s ultimately the goal, and to provide a window to the world so that Americans can have a better understanding of the dangers out there, and to make better decisions. Because I don’t think the United States has actually made very intelligent decisions in terms of how it’s dealt with — its reactions to 9/11.

Laura Poitras discussing her film, The Oath, which tells the story of Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo facing war crime charges. Poitras was named Outstanding Director for The Oath at the Cinema Eye Honors last night.