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Inside Afghanistan: Politics, war and buzkashi

Few can claim a national game as violent or influential as Afghanistan has in buzkashi. The country in which Canadian soldiers fought for 13 years is home to a deceptively complex society. And buzkashi (pronounced ‘BOO-skeh-shee’), which dates to the times of Genghis Khan, is a deceptively complex game that over the centuries has...
  • Climb aboard a water-borne improvised explosive device

    March 28, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Rebels in Yemen are wielding a new naval weapon on the Red Sea, but it took some time after it was first used for authorities to realize what they were dealing with. An explosives-laden boat belonging to Yemen’s Ansar Allah, or Houthi, forces collided with...
  • Belgian king returns field gun to Canada

    March 21, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It’s been nearly a century since Canadian guns fell silent at Mons, Belgium, the last city they liberated before Germany surrendered and the war to end all wars was ended. Canadian 18-pound field guns, ubiquitous among Allied forces between 1914 and 1918, are said to...
  • The story of a forgotten airplane

    March 14, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    In early March, the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, led an expedition 800 kilometres east of Australia, where he found the long-lost wreck of the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea almost 76 years ago. Among the stunning...
  • The changing face of recruiting

    March 7, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Canadian demographics are changing and military recruiters will have to change with them if they want to keep up, says Darrell Bricker. “We have this perception of who this country is that is no longer true,” the chief executive officer of Ipsos Public Relations told...
  • A proper reaction

    March 1, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
    In early October, the army made it clear that the Canadian Armed Forces was not about to let racist behaviour among its members derail its reputation. Last year, some members of the CAF crossed the line from being military professionals to engaging in behaviour that...
  • Statues in changing times

    February 28, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    History is written by the victors—a quote that has widely been attributed to Winston Churchill, and also to Napoleon Bonaparte, Mark Twain, Niccolo Machiavelli and Walter Benjamin, a German Jewish philosopher who committed suicide in 1940 rather than be caught by the Nazis. But victors...