Archive for the ‘war’ Category

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Afghan skater documentary Skateistan is worth watching

by Warren

Afghanistan is a mess, by any measure, but sometimes there are small pockets of hope and cultural innovation. Skateistan, a short documentary, shows one such pocket as it delves into a Kabul skate park and contrasts it with its war-torn surroundings.

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Dick Cheney on war in 1994

by Warren

Hmm, not quite the song and dance of the last eight years.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Russia got cyberattacked before real war began

by Warren

Turns out all the hooey about “OMG HACKZ0RZ!” has at least a grain of truth to it. According to the New York Times, weeks before the “haha the Olympics are on and noone will notice” mini-war Russia just sprang on Georgia, the breakaway republic’s servers were being pelted by Cossack nerds aiming to humiliate them and take down their internet infrastructure. Besides the psychological benefits, cyberwar is also exceedingly cheap, costing much less than a tank full of soldiers to implement and maintain. Whether these cyberattacks are the work of the Russian government, intelligence agencies or criminal organizations (or all three) is unclear, but in a larger sense these incidents point to the way wars might be waged in future conflicts. Of course, the people with the most to lose aren’t the Third World powers but Western and Asian countries, where more infrastructure and economic muscle is tied into net connectivity. JUst like terrorism, cyberwarfare is essentially asymmetrical.