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Capture of 22-metre transatlantic narco-sub marks new era in war on drugs

  Spanish authorities recently captured a 22-metre submarine after its three crewmen transported US$121-million worth of cocaine 7,700 kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean from Colombia, then scuttled it and ran. It’s the biggest narcotics submarine ever found, and the first confirmed to have transported drugs from the Americas to Europe, signalling what experts have characterized as...
  • Hitler, Raeder, and the demise of the Kriegsmarine

    October 2, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
      Given his obsessive, hands-on leadership, intolerance of failure, and penchant for brutal punishment, it had to be more than a little disconcerting when an infuriated Adolf Hitler learned details of a major sea battle from a British news agency hours before his own admirals...
  • The costs of war (Part 2): Military greenhouse gas emissions

    September 25, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    A series of reports produced by the Costs of War Project says the American military is contributing significantly to climate change, emitting more greenhouse gases than some developed countries and compromising national security in the process. The United States Department of Defense is “the world’s...
  • U.S. has spent $5.9 trillion on wars since 9/11, report says

    September 18, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The United States has spent $5.9 trillion on wars that have killed 480,000 people since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, says a new report. More than 244,000 civilians have been killed in the fighting, which has created 21 million refugees and displaced persons,...
  • Warbirds then and now

    September 11, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Warbirds of every shape and size were on display at the 2019 Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Air Show on Sept 6-8. Here are a few: Click on photos to...
  • Head of new U.S. Space Command touts allied co-operation

    September 6, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The head of the newly created U.S. Space Command has emphasized touting co-operation among allies, including Canada, in his first news conference since his appointment. “Historically, we haven’t needed to have allies in space,” General Jay Raymond said last week at the Pentagon. With the...
  • On track, part 2

    August 28, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The National Youth Track and Field Championships took place Aug. 9-11, 2019, in Sydney, N.S., where 721 athletes—314 of them sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion—competed. The event, hosted by Cape Breton University and the Legion’s Breton Branch,...
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